Bonnie S. (Dreyer) Gilles
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Bonnie S (Dreyer) Gilles
Juy 31, 1955 - May 28, 2018
Bonnie S Gilles, age 62, of Colorado Springs, Colorado lost her battle to cancer Monday, May 28th, 2018. She was the daughter of M. Robert Dreyer, and Haremina (Nyp) Stehouwer, born and raised in Grandville, Michigan. She graduated from Calvin Christian High School, Calvin College, majoring in Political Science and Grand Rapids Community College with a degree as Registered Nurse. She was preceded in death by her father, M. Robert Dreyer.
She is survived by her Husband, Jeffrey A Gilles, and had been married for 35 adventurous years. During their 35 year marriage, they had 5 loving children: Todd A Gilles, Kemper R Gilles, Piper S Gilles, Alexe D Gilles and Shelby J Gilles.
Those who were close to Bonnie knew what a bright and independent spirit she was, she loved to travel, watch sports (Go Broncos) and most importantly support all her children in every way possible. Whether it was tennis, singing, golf or figure skating, she was there. She wasn't just the mother of her children, she was also the ultimate "skating mom" to many. She hosted skaters from all around the world (Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, Sweden, US, and Russia just to name a few). She supported their dreams almost as much as her own children's dreams. The skating community definitely won't be the same without her.
A Celebration of her Life service will be held on Saturday, June 9th at the Pauline Chapel, 2 Park Ave, Colorado Springs, CO at 1pm and a reception to follow at the Broadmoor. Please contact the family. Flowers may be sent to Pauline Chapel. Those wishing to make Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to CanFund or USFS as she was such a supporter in many athletes lives.

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Published in The Gazette on Jun. 6, 2018.
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May 31, 2019
There is not a single
Day that goes by that I dont think of you . Always loved, never forgotten
Your skating family
Missing you ❤
Leanne Patmore
June 15, 2018
I was so sad to see that Bonnie has passed. We were next door neighbors in our grade school days. People thought we were sisters because we had the same last name. Her dad was M. Robert and my dad was Bobby Dreyer. We had a lot of fun times. Prayers for her family to be strong!
Vickey Dreyer-Kars
June 12, 2018
Praying for all her loved ones! I go way back withBonnie to our elementary and high school years. I wish I had connected with her before hearing about this. I have sweet and fun memories of her. I'm glad she lived such a full life and continued her adventurous and fun spirit..with love and prayers, Bonnie Hemmes Sikkema
Bonnie Hemmes/ Sikkema
June 10, 2018
Todd, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.
Rosalind Giulietti
June 10, 2018
My you find strength from all the prayers and support in this sad time. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
Alexandra M
June 9, 2018
Our prayers are with Bonnie and the entire Gilles family. We will always remember Bonnie as a wonderful, loving and caring mother. We will miss you but your memory will go on in the minds of everyone you touched. Piper our love and thoughts are with you and your family.
Irina and Juris Razgulajevs
June 8, 2018
Deepest sympathies to Aunt Haremina and the Gilles family. Aunt Haremina you are such a strong and amazing woman.
We love you so much!!! Our prayers are with you and the Gilles'.

Shannon (Nyp) Nelson, Tony, and Devin.
Shannon Nelson
June 8, 2018
I have fond memories of Bonnie from the Northern Illinois Skating Club. She was a driving force with Jeff in getting the club to hold a benefit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. God Bless the family as they move forward with this loss. After all of these years I would still think of Bonnie although I didn't stay in touch. What a tremendous caring person she was with a laugh that would fill a room. Her heart was as big as her smile.

God Bless You all and Bonnie may God hold you in the palm of his hand and there must be a skating rink in heaven.
Cynthia VanderWaal
June 8, 2018
What fond memories I have of working with Bonnie when we worked together on the, "Boot Skatin Benefit" in Rockford. I am so sorry for your loss and I always will remember Bonnie being the light of the room. She always made people feel welcome. So beautiful and so caring. May God Bless You All
The VanderWaal Family (Cindy, Mandy and Kaitlynn)
June 8, 2018
Our prayers are with Bonnie and the entire Gilles family. We will always remember Bonnie as a loving mother and force of nature at the rink during the many years our children skated together at the Broadmoor World Arena and at skating competitions. Bonnie will live on in our hearts forever. We are grateful for the memories of times shared.
Brock Family
June 8, 2018
Our prayers are with Bonnie and the entire Gilles family. We will always remember Bonnie as a loving mother and force of nature at the rink during the many years our children skated together at the Broadmoor World Arena and at skating competitions. Bonnie will live on in our hearts forever. We are grateful for the memories of times shared.
Brock Family
June 8, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss! May God bless and comfort you all.
The Noakes Family
National Ave home
June 7, 2018
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June 7, 2018
. You were the kindest, most beautiful and thoughtful person I have ever met.
Thank you for sharing your children, your kindness and your love with my family.
Rest in Peace my friend, you will always be loved and never forgotten.
The Patmore/ Chipeur family
Leanne Patmore
June 7, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. Fond memories of Bonnie growing up!!!

Uncle Jerry
Jerry Dreyer
June 7, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family. God Bless.
Karen Tibbetts
June 7, 2018
My sincere condolences to Piper and all the Gilles family. Your Mom looks beautiful like you and although I did not know I am not surprised that she was considered a skate Mom. I think you have inherited her kindness. Be strong if you can Piper. RIP Bonnie Gilles
June 7, 2018
You were an amazing caring mother and a kind considerate person. We will miss you but your memory will go on in the minds of everyone you touched. RIP Bonnie
Christopher Dean.
Chris Dean
June 7, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Haremina and the Giles Family. Sending hugs and prayers!
Rick and Carol Tiemeyer
June 7, 2018
Dear Gilles family Bonnie was one of a kind she will be greatly missed by all who knows her. So long my competition roomie I will missed you for all the years of friendship and laughter over the years we sure had some good times. May your soul RIP you will be a social force to be reckon with the angels will love you as we all do.
Carmen James
June 6, 2018
May you rest in peace knowing that we all miss you - and that your beautiful children know that you are watching over them : ) I miss you more than words can say.
June 6, 2018
Bonnie, you were truly a force of nature, and I am privileged to have known you. Your warmth, generosity, style, humour, and kindness were valued by all who knew you. We will miss you so much.
Carol Lane
June 6, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.
Angie (Dreyer) Wait
June 6, 2018
Much love and prayers for the Gilles family. Bonnie was my husband's cousin. When she came to visit her Micigan family it was always a fun time. We got reacquainted again through Facebook, I'm so glad we did. If she sensed I was feeling low she was quick to message me, wanting to help. She even suggested I come visit her and share some wine. Such a kind and loving person! She will be missed!
Carol Tiemeyer
June 6, 2018
Dear Jeff, Piper,Alexe and family,my heart is empty. I think of your precious Bonnie often and wish it were not so.It is so easy to remember her huge smile and bubbling personality. That will never go forgotten. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. We are thankful the suffering is over and are reminded that God chooses the special ones first. Bonnie will always be "Special"
Kathy Adams
June 6, 2018
Sending prayers and hugs to the entire family during this difficult time.
Danielle Robins-Crook
June 6, 2018
We are so thankful for Bonnies sincere motherly hospitality while our son Colin was in Colorado training. Colin shared so many great memories with us , especially how wonderful the dinners were and the great family and friendship you all provided. I am thankful for being able to meet Bonnie but even more for all she and her beautiful family did for Colin while he was far away from home. A wonderful blessing indeed!!! Our deepest Sympathy xoxoxo
Megan Grafton
June 6, 2018
Piper our love and thoughts are with you and your family. Your mom was one of those wonderful, loving and caring Skating Moms and her joy and pride in you and your ice dancing was obvious.
May cherished memories of your mom bring you and your family peace!
Pat, Bobbi,PiPurr,ShaeLane Cochar
June 6, 2018
Skating competitions won't be the same without you Bonnie. You were always there supporting the skaters and sharing your joy
and enthusiasm with others. ❤ Rest In Peace dear friend. Nancy Bates
Nancy Bates
June 6, 2018
Deepest sympathy from all of us at Skate Canada National Service Centre in Ottawa
Emery Leger
June 6, 2018
so sorry to hear of bonnie's passing. we remember her from many wonderful times at FSCR. in Rockford. she and her children were and are a wonderful contribution to figure skating in the US. She was a devoted mother and a strong loving supporter of the kids in theor sport. God Bless prayers to her family. lynete and alexis williamson ( Lynette bremer)
June 6, 2018
Goodbye dear friend, until we meet again! It was always fun to see you at skating competitions. Christine Love
Christine Love
June 6, 2018
Dear Alexe: To you and your whole family, my sincerest condolences on your Mom's passing. It was my good fortune that our paths crossed on my visits to the Broadmoor. She will certainly be greatly missed by the skating community. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Jack
John Greenwood
June 6, 2018
I will miss you my dear friend but your memory will live on through your beautiful family. Your insight, sense of humor and caring touch made us friends.
Leah Adams
June 6, 2018
I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Bonnie with her son Todd. She was a very strong, charming and beautiful inside as outside. She will be greatly missed not only by her family but by all that had the opportunity to know her. Condolences to Her family may she live on in your hearts she will always be with you ~Lala~
Lala Van Camp
June 6, 2018
What a wonderful soul Bonnie had! I recall how she poured her heart into helping at the preschool in Rockford. She hosted a "pirate's day" at her home and took joy in all the kiddos. I got to see her in St. Louis when the girls were in Juniors along with my daughter. Rest in Peace, Bonnie. Your beauty lives on in those who love you.
Cathy Wieder
June 6, 2018
I see where you get your great smile, Piper.. Wishing you love and strength at this difficult time. A Canadian skating fan.
Heather Stremler
June 6, 2018
I never met Bonnie,but Bill DeMotte spoke so highly of her. A true friend and wonderful mom.Be at peace now
Emmit Fitz-Hume
June 6, 2018
Please accept my condolences during your time of great sadness. May you cherish fond memories to cope with the pain from day to day. Take note of the comforting words at 1Thessalonians 4:14, the beautiful hope of seeing your love one again.
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