Death of Bonnie Steele

   Life Stories | Posted on August 2, 2021

We are saddened to inform our campus family of the death of Bonnie Steele, information coordinator and assistant financial aid advisor at Student Financial Services. Bonnie died on Sunday, Aug. 1, after a long and valiant battle against cancer. In addition to being an important part of the Student Financial Services team for 15 years, she was a dear friend to students and staff alike. Her passing will be keenly felt.

Please remember Bonnie’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they process this difficult loss. You are invited to share memories and condolences with the family below; please include your name with your comments.

If you’d like to talk to someone about this loss, please reach out to our Counseling & Testing Center at or one of our University chaplains on duty by call or text at 269-281-4383 or by email at

Bonnie Ellen Steele was born April 19, 1966, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Paul and Zella (McIntrye) Steele. At the age of 9 the family relocated to Little York, Illinois.

Bonnie graduated from Broadview Academy, LaFox Illinois, in 1984. She attended Andrews University, graduating in 1989.

Bonnie loved being with her family and her work family. She enjoyed connecting with her friends online, writing letters and sending cards. She was a voracious reader. Bonnie loved baking for people and loved flowers, filling many pots with perennials, annuals and a few vegetables too. Bonnie worked as an elderly caretaker for several years She worked at Andrews University in the Office of Student Financial Services for the past 15 years.

Bonnie is survived by four siblings; Joyce Zacharias of Arcadia, Indiana; Meredith (Beverly) Steele, Benton Harbor, Michigan; Donovan Steele, Danville, Indiana; Jill (Terry) Leary Little York, Illinois. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews; David Zacharias, Diane (Tim) Reynolds, Ryan (Christen) Steele, Michelle McGuire, Kai (Kristi) Steele, Brit (Sherryl) Steele, Libby Partlo, Eden Partlo, Derrick (Tiffany) Leary, Aaron (Sara) Leary, Kellsy (Chad) Scott, 15 great nieces and nephews. Bonnie also had several very special friends and honorary nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Bonnie Steele was held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the PMC Youth Chapel. Burial will take place in Illinois at a later date. Online memorials may be made here at the Starks Family Funeral Home website.



We are saddened to hesr of the passing of Bonnie. She wss our neighbor and will be missed greatly. Her famiky and friends are in our thoughts and prayerd. May you rest in peace Bonnie. Jerry and Terri Turnetr
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 9:25 PM
Bonnie will be missed so much. She worked with Duane and me at Redwood Manor Elderly Care Home for eleven years. She was faithful, dependable, respectful , and thoughtful. Since our retirement it has been my privilege to correspond with her. I cherish my last visit with Bonnie when we were in Berrien Springs May 1. May her family and friends share with us the promise to see Jesus again and live forever on this Earth made new. From, Carol Fancher
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 2:11 PM
My condolences to Bonnie’s family and friends. She was a very sweet person, I will certainly miss talking with her. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 1:44 PM
May she RIP. May she find rest in the bosom of the Lord!
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 08:16 AM
Our hearts are very sad but we do look forward to seeing Bonnie again where she will be healed and will not suffer any more. She came to work every day even though she was not feeling well and loved deeply her job, students, friends and most of all family. We will miss Bonnie. Student Financial Services will always remember her smile, hugs and her hard work in helping students to reach their dreams of getting a college degree.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 07:30 AM
Thank you Bonnie for being a kind person. Always helpful in her role at work. You always responded promptly and respectfully. I am sad to hear of your passing. My deepest condolences to the Steele family.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/04/2021 at 02:12 AM
Bonnie was such a beautiful soul. Her laughter and merriment could always be seen in her smile and on her face. She has been such a close friend for almost all of our lives. The void she leaves will be felt until we meet again. Let us comfort one another. In a little while, we will all be together. Love and prayers for all who are grieving.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/03/2021 at 9:39 PM
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Bonnie. She was always a positive personality even when she was in pain. I will miss her warm greetings every time I passed by her office. Let's prepare to meet with her when Jesus returns.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 4:54 PM
I am so sorry to hear it. All the family is in my prayers.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 3:16 PM
So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers for her family during this time.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 1:55 PM
As others, I am very sad to hear of Bonnie's passing. I appreciated working with her, she was always kind, and quick to respond for any questions I or a student may have had. I will miss her. She was an inspiration in how she professional and respectfully served us all. Jean Kusnir/Aviation Department
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 11:01 PM
I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I sent an inquiry a few weeks ago to SFS and the response came back from Bonnie's email with her signature so I am actually stunned about this news. By God's grace this is not final; we await resurrection morning. Bonnie, along with us, will have the last laugh at death, the last enemy to be vanquished. I wish to encourage her family, friends and work mates to grieve with the hope of the ultimate victory. She is just resting until that triumphant morning. These former things of pain and sorrow will all pass away and we will only experience joyful fellowship forever more, when Jesus comes again. My condolences to all and my prayers ascend for God's comfort and peace at this time. Even so come Lord Jesus.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 10:53 AM
My condolences. Truly sorry for your loss. May the Lord be with you and give you strength and healing.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 10:43 AM
My sincere condolences to Bonnie's family and friends. She was such a light, with her humor and wit, and professionalism. I will miss her bright eyes and beautiful smile. Cherish the memories!
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 10:41 AM
We are saddened to hear the news. Condolences to your family she will be greatly missed.
Posted by: Anonymous
08/02/2021 at 10:40 AM

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