darling wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister,
aunt, cousin and friend, Jewel, passed away at the age of
80 on November 23, 2012 of hospital acquired infections
while recovering from a fractured femur. She was surrounded
by her family. Jewel was born in Detroit, Michigan, and
lived in American Fork, Utah since 2002.
Jewel was a life-long member of the LDS faith. She graduated
from Dryden High School in 1950. In 1953, she attended Brigham
Young University where she met her future husband, Frank.
They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on September 1,
1955. Together, they served volunteer missions for their
Church. The focal points of Jewel’s life were service
and family. She spent years serving in the Primary in several
wards and as a foster parent for infants (her "Angel
Babies") being placed for adoption by LDS Social Services.
Grandma Jewel embraced (quite literally) everyone who crossed
her path with an open and loving heart, immediately integrating
them into her family and her prayers. Jewel loved flowers,
babies, people, jewelry and vibrant ensembles. She often
said, "The pinker the better." She was always
dressed in things as vibrant and colorful as she was. She
was adored by everyone for her kindness, exuberance and
Born to John Albert and Lucille M Alger Bonsteel, Jewel
was third of twelve children. Deceased siblings are Melvin
Bonsteel and Arlene Hansen.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frank Vernon
Breitenstein, their five children and their spouses: Melody
(Rick) Rush of American Fork, UT, Stephen (Janet) Breitenstein
of Nampa, Idaho, Reed (Julianne) Breitenstein of Navato,
California, Shauna (David) Strohte of Tusayan, Arizona and
Daniel Breitenstein of American Fork. Siblings Beverly Hoyt,
Patricia Foot, Sandra Bonsteel, Kay Tinsley, Sharon Smyth,
Linda Carr, Penny Lockhard, Gail Hatch and Russell Bonsteel
as well as the eighteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren
and numerous adopted friends who are blessed to have loved
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 30, 2012
at 11:00 am in the Sunset Hills 1st LDS Ward Chapel at 949
North 540 West, American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held
from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services. Everyone is welcome;
that was always her policy anyway. She will be interred
at the American Fork Cemetery.