Bonnie June (Hirchert) Knoell (1930 - 2012)

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Graveside services for Bonnie J. Knoell, 81, were held on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. at the Concord Cemetery in Concord, Neb. The casket bearers were Robert Knoell, Danny Knoell, Grant Hardin, Brandon Knoell, Glen Knoell, Elliot Knoell, Justin Knoell, David Ramsey, and Peter Schwab. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Bonnie June Knoell, the daughter of Herman and Lillian Cross Hirchert, was born July 12, 1930, near Belden, Neb., and died June, 22, 2012, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 10 days.
Bonnie was baptized and later was confirmed at the Lutheran Church in Laurel, Neb.. She attended Laurel Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1947. She attended a business school in Sioux City, for a short time then returned to Laurel and was employed in the business office at the Home Oil Service Station.
On Nov. 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald Emery Knoell, Sr. at the Lutheran Church in Laurel, Neb. Six children were born to this union. Bonnie was a homemaker for many years. The family lived in several communities, then moved to Anthony, Kan., where she was employed as an office administrator for J.M. Cleminshaw. In 1980 they moved to Audubon and Bonnie was employed at DeLong's garment factory in Exira, and later in Atlantic, until she retired in 1995.
Bonnie was a member of the Audubon County Historical Society. She had been a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts for several years. Bonnie loved to work in her garden and enjoyed refinishing her many wood projects. She enjoyed being out doors and going fishing. Don died Feb. 20, 2011. Bonnie has continued to enjoy her home in Audubon.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Donald E. Knoell, Sr.; her sons Darrel Knoell and Marlin Knoell, her parents; her brother Carol Hirchert; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Boyd Knoell and Jo Ellen Stolze.
Survivors include her sons Gerald and wife Nannette Knoell of Fayetteville, N.C., Carol Lee Knoell of Audubon, Donald, Jr. and wife Terri Knoell of Eldora, and Randall Knoell of Audubon; her daughter-in-law Keiko Knoell of LeMoore, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her brother Richard and wife Linda Hirchert of Dakota City, Neb.; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Bonnie Hirchert of Laurel, Neb., Melva and husband Earl Pinkelman of Hartington, Neb., Marlene and husband Melfred Peterson of Hinton, Lois Knoell of Omaha, Neb., Gerald Stolze of South Sioux City, Neb.; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from June 29 to July 6, 2012