Bonnadell "Bonnie" (Klepel) Hemmer, age 84, of Howard, formerly of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, surrounded by her family, at the Good Samaritan Society in Howard. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, April 23, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Church in Howard. Burial will follow at the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Bonnie was born on September 19, 1937, in Canton to Emil Klepel and Iva Irene (Hemstock) Klepel. After graduating from high school in Canton, Bonnie gave birth to three daughters, Starr, Edna, and Dee as result of her first marriage. Bonnie met LeRoy Hemmer at the Arkota Ballroom in Sioux Falls and on November 15, 1969, the couple were united in marriage and to this union their daughter Jodie was born.
Once they retired from the farming business they moved to Madison for 23 years. The couple then moved into the Good Samaritan Society in Howard in 2018. Bonnie enjoyed her life on the farm. Her and LeRoy were also very active with Square Dancing, where they traveled around the state to different events. They also enjoyed traveling with family to all different parts of the country where they brought back all kinds of souvenirs for their grandchildren.
Bonnie always had a special love for all her grandchildren and great -grandchildren. She especially always enjoyed when her entire family was together. Big family get togethers would always bring her so much joy and were certain to bring a smile to her face.
Bonnie is survived by her children Mary (Bob) VanEmmerik of Salem, Starr Cheeseman of Sioux Falls, Edna (Brian) Jorgensen of Colome, Dee Paige of Vermillion, Joe Hemmer (Colleen Healy) of Sioux Falls, and Jodie (Rodney) Gluhm of Canova; her 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; her sister Jean Thompson of Canton; and many nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy; her parents Emil and Iva Irene Klepel; sisters Charlotte O’Brien and Karen Farnsworth; brother Emil Klepel Jr.; a granddaughter Brandi (Wahl) Lueders; and her son-in-law Lynn Cheeseman.