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Bonnie L (Wedel) Russell

Bonnie Lynne (Wedel) Russell, of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away Sunday, October 18, with family at her side. The family will greet friends on Sunday, November 15, 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM and the service will be held on Monday, November 16th, 2020, 11:00 AM at the County Christian Evangelical Free Church in Scotts. Everyone that knew Bonnie, loved her. She loved people and enjoyed life with her positive outlook on almost everything. If something fun was happening, Bonnie was there, making friends with everyone she met. Bonnie was born to George & Joyce (Christensen) Wedel on May 29, 1969, in Kalamazoo. When she was 1 year old, the family moved to Scotts, Michigan, where she grew up with her sister Terrie and brother Andy. Their little farm grew by adding dogs, goats, a pony and even a donkey. But Bonnie really wanted a horse. It took years of convincing, but she finally got the first of her horses and kept her dad fixing fences for the next dozen years! Bonnie loved music. She was in the marching band at Climax-Scotts high school playing the flute. Her talent was later used at Country Christian Evangelical Free Church, where she was a member of the Praise band. She loved to go to Christian concerts with friends, making sure she had the best view of the drummer on stage. She then taught herself to play the drums so that the Praise band could have that needed addition. What everyone knew about Bonnie was that she was a Designer Extraordinaire. She managed the Flower Shop at Wedel’s Garden Center and had a flair for making unique, beautiful flower arrangements. Wedel’s garden expos had that classy glamour for the last 24 years because of Bonnie’s talent. She loved her job, often putting the needs of Wedel’s and her floral team before her own. This flair was apparent whenever you saw Bonnie. Her knack for decorating and beauty showed in her home as well as how she dressed. It was a rare day to see Bonnie without her nails, hair, jewelry and clothes “just so”. Bonnie loved the Lord, her politics, small business and being an American. Bonnie was a loyal member of the Republican party for 20 years, helping local, state and national candidates win. A highlight for her was going to the 2016 National Republican Convention where she made many lasting friendships. She supported her beloved Detroit Tigers no matter how well they were doing. Another highlight was going to the winning game of the 1984 World Series. She loved travelling – she & Rich were engaged at Little Sable Lighthouse near Silver Lake, in Northern Michigan on October 26, 2018 – and enjoyed travelling to Mexico, Kentucky, Las Vegas & Chicago with him. She enjoyed being mom to Rich’s kids Bryan, Matt & Nicole and grandma to their children. Bonnie leaves behind her beloved husband, Rich Russell, and his parents Bill & Ruth Russell and Bill & Kathy Runkle. Siblings left behind are Terrie (Dana) Schwartz and Andrew (Danielle) Wedel. Also, her special niece Andrea (Gary) Truax, and nephews Nathan (Lindsey) Schwartz, Nicholas Schwartz, Zachariah Wedel, Caleb Wedel, and Eli Wedel as well as grand nieces & nephews Dylan, Jackson, Alaina & Callen Truax and Stella Schwartz. While at Bonnie’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to read her full obituary, and also sign the guestbook by lighting candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial donations may be made to Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and/or Country Christian Evangelical Free Church. The Russell family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, 409 S. Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097 269-649-1697.

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I am so sorry for your many family losses this year. I'd like to share a memory of Bonnie. My husband Chuck passed away unexpectedly in March 2015 and I went to Wedel's to make flower arrangements for the funeral. My husband was a hunter and fisherman and I and my sons took a few decorative pieces he had bought to see if they might be something they could use in the arrangements. Bonnie was so kind and took time with us at a most difficult time in our lives. The 3 arrangements that came were unbelievable in design and creativity with what we gave her. Her personality exuded a caring and compassionate person. I am so sorry for your personal loss. May it comfort you to know that she touched many peoples lives.

Ginny Parnaby Nov 15 2020 12:41 PM

We were so sorry to learn of Bonnie passing. She also had a warm friendship and a engaging smile. We will miss her and will remember her whenever the name Wedels comes up as well as George and Joyce which we also miss often.

Bill and Pat Stovall Nov 12 2020 5:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bonnie (Wedel) Russell

Bill and Pat Stovall Nov 12 2020 5:53 PM

Shocked to hear this. Known her since high school. What a wondeful person but a horrible loss. No more pain & suffering in her glorified body! Rest in peace my fellow Tigers fan, and YES Im still jealous u got to go to the 84 World Series!!

Todd White Nov 9 2020 8:51 PM

What a beautiful person! It's sad that she left us so young.

Brian Kincaid Nov 8 2020 8:56 PM

I knew Bonnie through our membership in the Michigan Floral Association. A talented designer and business woman, a beautiful lady, and always smiling, and always inclusive. If she saw someone sitting alone, she would strike up a conversation and sit beside them. She loved the floral business and always shared her ideas with other florists. You are missed, Bonnie Nancy Burgett Butts

Nancy Burgett Butts Nov 1 2020 3:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bonnie (Wedel) Russell

Diane Hamilton Oct 24 2020 12:56 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I only had the privilege of meeting Bonnie recently but she had an impact in my life. My prayers are with her and her family and friends.

Maura Sullivan Oct 23 2020 3:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bonnie (Wedel) Russell

Maura Sullivan Oct 23 2020 3:20 PM

Bonnie's smile and happiness was infectious. From the time I first met Bonnie, as a student in my third grade class at Climax-Scotts, I knew she was special. She was a great, caring person who will certainly be missed by many. Terrie and Andy, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you have experienced such a difficult time in the last few months. Prayers for all who knew and loved Bonnie. Patti Pittman

Patti Pittman Oct 22 2020 6:17 PM

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