Bonnie J. Bell

Bonnie J. Bell

Bonnie passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born April 12, 1944 in Plainwell, the daughter of Claude and Dorothy (McDonald) Knight. Bonnie had worked at McPherson Plastics for many years. In her free time she enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, geocaching and flower gardening.

On May 10, 1963 she married William Bell who passed away in 2005.

Surviving are her children, Chris (Bill) Meines of Bedford, Indiana and Todd (Richard Howard) Bell of West Olive; grandchildren, Jacob (Alison) Meines, Joshua (Mikayla) Meines, Karisa (Christian) Wykoff, Cameron, Haley, MaKenna and Trevyn Bell; siblings, Sally Staley, Barb (Bernie) Livingston, Daryl (Kathy) Knight, Bruce Knight, Val (Mike Dalrymple) Vandervort, Brenda Kling and Wendy (Russ) Tompkins; brother-in-law, Don Sparks along with many nieces and nephews and special friend, Terri Macak.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sisters, Sandy Sparks and Sharon Kellogg; sister-in-law, Deb Knight; brothers-in-law, Dean Staley and Del Kellogg and mother and father-in-law, Kember and Martha Bell.

Friends may visit with Bonnie’s family from 6-8 P.M., Friday, March 8, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 12:00 P.M. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 9, 2019 with Celebrant Mary Ann Devries officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

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  1. Lisa Laws says:

    Had a lot of fun times working with Bonnie at McPherson Plastics years ago. She was also my neighbor growing up boarded their horses at my parents house for a few years. Bonnie was always super nice and fun to be around. Will miss her.

  2. Brian says:

    Going to miss you Aunt Bonnie, Love Clara, John and Graycyn Singer!

  3. Clara John Graycyn says:

    We will miss you Aunt Bonnie. Love Clara, John and Graycyn Singer.

  4. Marlita Walker says:

    So very sorry to the entire Knight family. Bonnie was a sweet gal, and us younger cousins always looked up to her and the rest of the “older” Knight cousins. Bill and I are traveling so will not be able to be present at the funeral. Hugs to all. Praying God’s comfort.

  5. Brenda Loviska says:

    Todd I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and the family.

  6. Sherry and Ken Schumaker says:

    We are so very sorry for the pain and loss you must be feeling. She was a great cousin, sister, mother and friend to many and she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and let us know if we can help in any way.

  7. Kevin says:

    RIP Aunt Bonnie you will be deeply missed you were a great person and a wonderful Aunt and we will be always remember you never forget you love you Aunt Bonnie

  8. Kathy Topp says:

    I’m saddened to hear of your moms passing. We will not be able to attend the funeralWe have moved to Arizona

  9. Tammy Lutes says:

    Sending my sincere condolences to my younger OHS classmates, Chris and Todd. I am so sorry for your loss! Hugs to both of you…as well as Barb Livingston. Wishing your families comfort and peace at this difficult time.

  10. Kathy Topp says:

    Larry and I were deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. Such a great person she was!

  11. Kathy Topp says:

    Todd and Chris
    I was sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. She was always a great lady and I appreciated how she took care of Grandma Bell.

  12. Bob Miles says:

    To the family of Bonnie sorry to hear of your loss . My thoughts are with you.

  13. Carla McDonald says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be greatly missed. She was a wonderful lady. I remember her smile and laughter.

  14. Linda MacDonald says:

    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bonnie. She was a special person. I will let my siblings know of her death.
    I will not be able to attend her funeral as I have a church responsibility that day.
    You are all in my heart and prayers.

  15. Deb Lovett- Seekman says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  17. Darl and Joyce Gilliland says:

    Our love and sincerest sympathy to the Bell and the entire Knight family. We are so sorry for your loss. May you feel the prayers being said for your family and that they will give you peace and comfort through this difficult time. God bless you.

  18. Debbie Anderson says:

    So very sorry to hear about your loss. I always admired Bonnie’s no nonsense attitude after Bill’s passing when it came to lawn work or anything that needed to be done around the house. She never hesitated getting out there on her tractor mowing or doing whatever yard work she needed to. Same goes with winter with the snowblower and clearing her driveway. I don’t think there was much she wouldn’t attempt, but Todd was there to help if she needed it. May God wrap the entire family in his loving arms and give you the strength, comfort and peace you need through this difficult time. God Bless All of You….

  19. Karen & Dave Howrigon says:

    So sorry to hear about Bonnie, such a sweet lady, always smiling and so kind. Sending prayers to the Bell and Knight families.

  20. Marilyn MacDonald Vargo says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Bonnie. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was a delightful person – always happy and smiling. She will be missed.

  21. Jo Jackson says:

    I remember Bonnie from years ago from the Wednesday Night Ladies bowling league. Her family and mine had so much fun together, lots of good memories. She was always smiling and laughing! What a great loss for your family, she was a sweet lady!! Prayers for all of you.

  22. Joyce & Dan McClellan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Bonnie. Such fond memories of the fun shared from days gone growing up in the neighborhood. Sending prayers for comfort for all.

  23. Nicole Brumley says:

    My thoughts are with your family during this time. Please send strength to Wendy and her family.

  24. Jane Ismirle says:

    Mark and Jane Ismirle
    So sorry to hear about Bonnie will so miss seeing her out in the yard with her dogs. Prays for the family.

  25. Cindy, Tootie, Ken Whitaker says:

    My family has known Bonnie’s son Todd for years, all of us are very sorry to hear this, Todd. I first met Bonnie a few years ago, and just adored her, we had many long talks, just an all around wonderful woman. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Todd Bell says:

    We would like to thank everybody for their thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement in the loss of my mom. As most have already expressed, she will be greatly missed .

  27. George & Mary Washburn says:

    We are so very sorry to hear that Bonnie has passed away. George has many fond memories of her as neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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