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Bonnie L Hanvelt

Bonnie L Hanvelt

Bonnie L. Hanvelt, age 68 of River Falls, died unexpectedly Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Hudson Hospital in Hudson.

Bonnie was born on September 27, 1950 in Plum City. She was the daughter of Dennis and June (Moen) Fritz. Bonnie grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1968. After high school, Bonnie worked for a few years in the Twin Cities at American Family Insurance. Bonnie married her high school sweetheart Gary Hanvelt on February 8, 1969 at the Elmwood United Methodist Church in Elmwood. After marriage, they moved to River Falls where Bonnie worked for a short time at Langwear as a seamstress. Bonnie retired from Anderson Windows in 1991 to take care of her family.

Bonnie enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, drawing, baking and cooking. She also enjoyed traveling and going to car shows. Most of all, Bonnie loved to spend time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 50 years; Gary, one daughter; Kristi (Joe) Sharon of River Falls, three grandchildren; Ryan, River and Kane, mother; June Fritz of Elmwood, two brothers; Dewey (Sue) Fritz of River Falls and Don (Katie) Fritz of Elmwood, one sister; Diane (Steve) Pittman of Spring Valley, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her father; Dennis Fritz and one brother; Bruce Fritz.

The family would like to thank the nurses; Katie, Amy, Jenny and Dewey “Gizmo” at Fresenius Dialysis Center in Hudson for their loving care and support of Bonnie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 4:00PM-7:00PM.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Elmwood, is serving the family.


  1. Joseph Robelia

    Gary, so very sorry and saddened to hear of bonnie's passing, she was a very lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her, take care and God bless

  2. Dick Bates

    Gary & Family:
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I know with 50 years of marriage you and Kristi and the grandkids have many fond memories. They will be with you always. We will remember Bonnie in our prayers.
    Dick & Jan Bates

  3. Diann Holcomb

    Gary, So sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. Life sure puts bumps in the road. My prays are with you an your family.

  4. Gary Hanvelt

    Bonnie I miss you so very much, I cry all the time when I look at our 50TH. Anniversity pictures or even walk though the house & look at your chair. Your shrubs that we planted just you passed I’m taking special care of Please come back to me I love you & miss you so very very much. Gee

  5. Patricia Warren

    I was not well acquainted with Bonnie but I have gotten to know her daughter over the years through her strong friendship with my daughter. I offer my condolences and send my love to Kristi and the entire family during this most difficult time.

  6. Judi Stuart

    My deepest sympathy Gary to you and your family and to Bonnie's family. God Bless.

  7. Mary C Shemon

    Sorry to hear this, you have our sympathy

  8. Karen Moen Kent

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  9. Pauline gabler

    So sorry for your loss prayers are with you

  10. Steve and Pat Asher Werner

    We are sad for your loss. Bonnie was a kind and lovely person

  11. Donna (Gibson) Anderson

    Dear Gary - I am so sorry to here of the loss of your wife but I remember Bonnie making me Barbie doll clothes when I was a little girl living in Rock Elm many many years ago.... May God be with you and your family ...

  12. Wanda Gibson Traynor

    Sorry, Gary to see the death of your wife. You, Gary, were our next door neighbors when we were growing up. Havenrime't seen you or the twins for years. You are in my prayers

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