Since joining the staff at Bonnerup Funeral Service in 2005, Karla Tukua has become a familiar face at the funeral home. In February of 2005, Karla completed training to serve as the funeral homes Pre-Arrangement Specialist. Shortly after, she began assisting families in Albert Lea, Ellendale, New Richland, and the surrounding areas. In 2010, she began assisting families in Blue Earth at Patton Funeral Home and in Winnebago at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, as well as at Bonnerup.
Karla was born and raised on a farm between Frost and Bricelyn, Minnesota, the daughter of Elwood and May Monson. She graduated from Frost High School and then pursued an Associate of Arts Degree in child Development at the University of Minnesota-Waseca, Minnesota.
In 1977, Karla moved to Albert Lea and began working at the Albert Lea Community Child Care Center. She later met and married her husband Gene Tukua, who is employed with the City of Hartland, where he handles the maintenance and utilities. They have two adult children, Naomi and Seth.
Karla has worked in the area in many different capacities, but now has found her niche serving families at Bonnerup Funeral Service. "People serving people" is her deepest desire and she is always available to help, whatever the need.
While not serving families at the funeral home, Karla works with her church, Vista Covenant in rural New Richland. She has served as chairperson of the Christian Education Board, Superintendent of Sunday School, coordinator of Vacation Bible School, has taught many years of Sunday School, and most recently serving as chairman of the church.
Baseball is Karla's summer passion, as she spends countless hours watching her son coach as well as play the game. She also has an interest in vegetable gardening and enhancing her home landscape with flowers.
People are number one in Karla's life, and she is always willing to visit with families. Please call the funeral home to set up an appointment to visit with Karla about the benefits of pre-planning.