Jewel Diane Bonsteel Breitenstein

February 11, 1932 ~ November 23, 2012

Our 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 warmth.

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 her.

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.

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