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Bonnie Gramberg-KirchmeierBonnie Gramberg-Kirchmeier, 88, of Waubay, SD passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol, SD. Public Graveside Service will be 11 A.M. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Lakewood Cemetery in Waubay and will be live streamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Walk through visitation will be on Monday from 5-7 P.M. at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster. Bonnie Lou Soyland was born on December 25, 1931 to Tony and Mable (Holsher) Soyland in Waubay, South Dakota. She grew up in the Day County area and attended Webster school until 6th grade. The family then moved to Garden Grove, California where she graduated high school in 1949. After graduating from high school, she returned to South Dakota and lived with her aunt and uncle, Nick and Maym Martin and worked as a receptionist at the Peabody clinic. In September of 1950 she married Gordon Gramberg of Waubay and to this union three children were born, Roxanne Sylvia Craig, Valerie Jean (Elliot) Middleton and Gregg Gordon (Mona) Gramberg. Music was a big part of Bonnie’s life, as she grew up singing along to her dad’s violin. In school she sang in the Glee Clubs, Operalia’s song in the American Legion Auxiliary choir, church choir, and special Christmas programs and was a member of a special trio. She also loved to dance but her dancing days ended when she underwent knee replacement surgery. Bonnie’s favorite TV program were the Lawrence Welk show and the Gaither Gospel Hour. She also loved watching the Minnesota Twins baseball games and playing pinochle. Bonnie roots went deep in Waubay where she was born and after marrying Gordon Gramberg the couple bought the double lot at 120 N. 2nd St previously owned by her grandfather, William C. Holsher and established their home there for many years! The Lutheran church was very important to her. She served on the church council and call committee, was Ladies Aid President, Sunday school teacher, and sang in the choir, and was a part of the quilting group. She was also in the community and served on the school board, active in PTA, Legion Auxiliary President, secretary of the senior citizen group, president of the Tuesday Literary club and worked as newspaper reporter at the Waubay Clipper, the Webster Reporter and Farmer, the Watertown Public Opinion and Aberdeen American News for many years. Gordon passed away in 1992. In 1995 she married her high school sweetheart, John Kirchmeier. John passed away in 2004. Bonnie passed away on July 29, 2020 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 4 days. She will be missed by three children, 17 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a granddaughter Tanya Marie Craig, two brothers Ted and Scott Soyland, one sister, Juanita Morris.
Thank you, Amy, for your sympathy and the comfort of your voice in the service
valerie middleton Aug 7 2020 12:00 AM
Sending sympathy and love to Bonnie's family and friends. We knew Bonnie and Gordan from their long stay in Tioga. She worked in our Crafty Hands store and brought the joy of crafting and quilting to many local people. She even appeared on the local version of the Today show in Williston, ND where she advertised our church bazaar showing off many of the handmade goods our WELCA group had made for our annual Fall Bazaar. Bonnie shared her love of God with many others and was very kind-hearted. often helping out their neighbors the Syversons. We cherished her wisdom in our Bible Studies. God bless and comfort you in this sadness but rejoicing in her new home in Heaven.
Lori Hickel Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM
We pray that you feel Gods love as you mourn the loss of a wonderful woman who treated everyone like family. We are blessed to have known her.
Love, Tony, Angie, Hailey, Hannah & Jack Arnold Aug 4 2020 12:00 AM
With deepest Sympathy and will be in our thoughts forever.
The Gary Pries family. Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM
With love and remembrance of my dear cousin Bonnie, I send you thoughts of love and peace.
Terrance Becht Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM
"Grief only exists where love lived first." We've been here before, but it does not make it easier...I'm so sorry for your loss, the heartache...but it is also a tribute to Aunt Bonnie's love.
Amy Beth Soyland Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM
So very sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. She was a very special lady. She never forgot to send a birthday or Christmas card once she knew you. She made all of her letters newsy and interesting. She and my Uncle Jack were such a cute couple. Prayers and hugs to all Janet and Bob LaLonde
Janet LaLonde Aug 3 2020 12:00 AM
With heartfelt condolences, Kathi & Scott, Karen and family, Mike & Kathy and Family, John & Barbara and family
Tribute Store Aug 2 2020 12:00 AM
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. All our love.
Peggy, Heather, Dustin, Cara and Drew Aug 1 2020 12:00 AM
Aunt Bonnie-there are no words to say how much she means to me and to so many people. She was there my whole life. I spent a lot of time at her house and always felt so welcome and loved. I will miss her as will anyone who ever knew her. Yes, Val-she indeed was beautiful inside and out.
Susie Jul 31 2020 12:00 AM