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Funeral services will take place on Friday, April 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Belvidere Community Church
Belvidere, South Dakota

Belvidere Cemetery
Belvidere, South Dakota
A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the Kadoka City Auditorium with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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In memory of

Delores M. Bonenberger

of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the Kadoka Care Center at the age of 87

Delores M. Bonenberger was born in Texsam, SD on May 14, 1933 to Jens and Goldie (Walker) Jensen. At five years old she moved with her family to a ranch south of Belvidere. She attended school in Belvidere from 1st grade until the middle of her junior year when she and her family moved to Hill City. Delores graduated from Hill City in 1951 and then attended National College of Business in Rapid City.

While in Belvidere, Delores met the love of her life and eventually married John Bonenberger on November 22, 1952. She resided with John’s parents on the ranch north of Belvidere while John was in the service and this is the place they eventually purchased in 1960. Delores and John lived in Kadoka from 1966 until 1975 when they moved back to the ranch where she remained before she moved into the Gateway Apartments and eventually the Kadoka Care Center until her death on March 28, 2021 at the age of 87.
John and Delores were blessed with two sons, Keith on August 17, 1954, and Kurt on August 7, 1956. Due to a heart condition Kurt passed away on August 28, 1956.

Delores loved the ranch life and could always be found outside with the cattle, chickens, sheep and horses. She put up hay in the summers, pulled calves in the spring and was famous for her delicious branding dinners. Her grandkids Alisha, Brett and Kade were her greatest joy and she helped them with many 4H projects involving animals as well as taking them fishing, sledding, and cheering them on in anything in which they participated. In later years, she would jump on her four-wheeler and drive through the ranch with her dogs on the back. She loved being visited and entertained by great grandchildren, Makaylan, McCoy and McKey Bonenberger; Joslin Sommerville and Brice Lockhart; and Berkley and Taylor Bonenberger.

In addition to the ranch, Delores worked in the Belvidere and Kadoka banks, rented rooms at the H&H El Centro, served as Jackson County Deputy Treasurer, was a County Commissioner for several years, was active in the Legion Auxiliary and area CowBelles, and was a member of the Belvidere Presbyterian Church. She was known for her outgoing personality and sense of humor. Delores loved to visit and no one was a stranger.

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Keith (Pam) Bonenberger; grandsons, Brett (Nikki) Bonenberger and Kade (Kala) Bonenberger all of Kadoka; granddaughter Alisha (Brandon) Lockhart of Mitchell; seven great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Delores was preceded in death by her parents, Goldie and Jens Jensen; her husband, John; infant son, Kurt; four siblings, Virgil Jensen (Francis), Dale Jensen (Mary), Ilove Saftner (Bud) and Gladys Hix (Bud); and nephews, Duane Jensen and Randy Sanftner.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at the Kadoka City Auditorium with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Belvidere Community Church.

Interment will follow at the Belvidere Cemetery.

Services will be live streamed.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 5-7 p.m.
Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka South Dakota

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00 p.m.
Kadoka City Auditorium
Kadoka, South Dakota

Friday, April 2, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
Belvidere Community Church
Belvidere, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

Scotti Block - Pianist
Congregation Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"Jesus Loves Me"

Rob Eckert - Kipp Magelky

Jim Willert - Bill Headlee - Craig Coller
Bob Eckert - Rudy Reiman - Jerry Magelky

Belvidere Cemetery
Belvidere, South Dakota

  • I am sorry to hear about Delores. My she looks like how I remember Goldie. Both such dear ladies. Sympathy to her family and friends. ~ Donna Bodkin Craven Rapid city (4/1/2021)
  • I remember growing up "next door" to their ranch. Great neighbors. ~ Etta Evans Texas (3/30/2021)
  • So sorry in the loss of Delores. She had such a vivacious laugh & I remember how she could yodel.....loved it. May your memories comfort & sustain you. ~ Emily Sammons Midland SD (3/30/2021)
  • So sorry for your loss. Delores was always a fun lady. ~ Ladonna Larson Mitchell, S D (3/29/2021)
  • Deloris was a joy to know with her quick wit and laughter. She always had time to visit. Our sympathy to the family and may happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. ~ Bill and Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (3/29/2021)
  • Keith, Pam, and kids,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Delores was a wonderful woman with a heart of gold and a laugh that filled the room. As a young child I can remember going to the Court House after school to touch base with mom and Delores would be in the commissioner's room, giving everyone heck. She had plenty of stories to share.....some were just for adults but that was ok. She will shirley be missed by all.
    ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Martin, SD (3/29/2021)