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“So sorry for your loss, it's hard to loose loved ones, remember all the happy holidays and other special times that were shared with family, friends...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Cheril Meiner - Winner, SD

“Dear Family,We would love to be with you as you celebrate Aunt Bonnelle's life. She was very special to us and we cherish the many visits we had...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Darlene Lueken - Lake Placid, FL

“My sincere condolences to Diane, Carol Jo, Norman, Randy, & to all other family members. Unfortunately I'm not able to be there, but want you to...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sondra (Spreckels) Wilder - AZ

“Thoughts and Prayers to the family of Bonnelle's. She truly was an amazing woman, so very warm, caring and loving, and such inspiration to others. I...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Scott and Virginia Middlen - SD

“Carol Jo, Thinking of your family. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Karla Heyduk - White River, SD

“As a young boy I spent many weekends and summers at G & G Spreckels' farm with my many cousins. Grandma was a terrific cook and always greeted us...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kelly Hedlund - Hays, KS

“Aunt Bonnelle was a kind, special person who we loved alot and will miss her so much. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Don & Patty Spreckels - Dallas, SD

“In loving memory of our Aunt Bonnelle. In our hearts, you will always be a very special Auntie! Our condolences to the family. Dick & Lucy ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Dick and Lucy Mahlendorf - SD


Bonnelle Jewell was born January 15, 1923 to Charles Cyrus and Myrtle Florence (Bloodhart) Jewell, on the farm in Carlock Twp. Gregory, SD. Bonnelle was the last of eleven children born to the family. She passed away of natural causes on June 4, 2016, at the age of 93.

Bonnelle became a member of the Fairmont Methodist Church on September 13, 1936, a country church south of Gregory (after marriage she joined the Lutheran Church in Colome, SD.)

She attended Dowling School District #34 grades 1-8. She graduated from Gregory High School in 1940 and went one year of college at Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. After leaving school she moved to Deadwood, SD to live with her next older sister, Neva. Bonnelle was employed with Bell Telephone in Deadwood as a telephone operator.

In 1943, she met and married the love of her life, Harry P. Spreckels, on October 31, 1943, the son of Charles Fred and Anna Karoline (Stenslid) Spreckels.

Bonnelle belonged to the Sunshine Sisters Extension Club in the 1940's while living on the Hamill farm. After moving to Gregory, SD in 1990 she attended Grace Lutheran Church in Burke, SD. Bonnelle was a beautiful seamstress making hers and her three daughter's clothing until they went to high school. She made many beautiful square dance outfits as Harry was a square dance caller for many years. She also loved to garden, raise chickens and had beautiful flowers. Bonnelle loved to entertain, no one ever stopped that she didn't serve a lovely lunch, especially her homemade pies, pastry rolls and buns.

Bonnelle was a wonderful wife and mother, her children and family loved her dearly and will miss her forever. Grateful for sharing her life are; daughter Carol Jo (Everett) Hossle of Hamill, SD; daughter Diane (Dean) Hedlund of O'Neill, NE; son Norman (and special friend Toni Soulek) of Chamberlain, SD; and son Randy Spreckels of O'Neill, NE; and by 17 grandchildren (see list), 41 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a son-in-law Ron Hill and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harry, four brothers, five sisters, daughter Myrna Hill, and great-grandson Ty Hossle.

Carlette Schultz (Gene)
Kirt Hossle
Kent Hossle (Julie)
Kory Hossle (Becky Jo)
Kelly Dean Hedlund (Jill)
Todd Hedlund (Kelly Ann)
Michael Hedlund (Carol)
Troy Hedlund (Debra)
Randy Hedlund (Tracy)
Ruth (Randi) Cook (Al)
Ronda Headrick (Gary)
Jeniffer McManus (Chad)
Brandi Christensen (Russell)
Summer Johnson (Jerad)
Katina Baker
Curtis Spreckels
Cody Spreckels (Dana)
Jan Spreckels

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A prayer service for Bonnelle Spreckels was held Tuesday evening June 7, 2016 at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory,SD with Pastor David Schmidt presiding. Music was provided by Melodee Hargens, pianist. Summer Johnson sang "On Eagles Wings" and Geoff Smith sang "The Lord's Prayer.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Burke, SD with Pastor David Schmidt officiating.

Music was provided by Randy Sachtjen, organist. Brecken Bartling and Sierra Swan sang "On Eagles Wings." Jeremy Shultz sang "The Lord's Prayer." Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace."

Doris & Vince Berens were in charge of registration. Flower attendants were Dick & Joan Shoemaker and Don & Betty Stevicks.

Casket Bearers were grandsons Kirt Hossle, Kent Hossle, Kory Hossle, Kelly Dean Hedlund, Todd Hedlund, Michael Hedlund, Troy Hedlund, Randy Hedlund, Curtis Spreckels, and Cody Spreckels.

Honorary Casket Bearers were granddaughters Carlette Schultz, Randi Cook, Ronda Headrick, Jeniffer McManus, Brandi Christensen, Summer Johnson, and Katina Baker.

Honored guest was Cecil Routh.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.