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Jewel W. Kimbell

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Oct. 11, 1916 -- March 3, 2012

Jewel W. Kimbell, age 95, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Glenview, Ill., passed away March 3, 2012, at the Milford Nursing Center in Milford. She was born on Oct. 11, 1916, in Chicago to Helmuth and Isabel (Brandt) Wertens.

Jewel grew-up in Park Ridge, Ill. and graduated from Maine Township High School before attending Grinnell College. She was united in marriage to Jack G. Kimbell in Evanston, Ill., in 1940. Except for a period during World War II, they made their home in Chicago's northern suburbs. In 1966, Jewel joined her husband at the family-owned Kimbell Candy Company and helped operate the business for 20 years until their retirement.

Jewel was a past secretary of the National Confectioners Association and a past treasurer of the Margaret Laird Foundation. She enjoyed spending her spare time reading, playing bridge and traveling, especially to England.

Jewel is survived by her three daughters, Sarah Busi and her husband, Michael, of Littleton, Colo.; Laurie Ruf and her husband, Daniel, of Spirit Lake; and Julie Wechsler and her husband, Thomas, of Winnetka, Ill.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; great-grandson, Jacob; brother, William; sister, Violet.

There will be no formal services held for Jewel. The Schuchert Funeral Home in Spirit Lake is in charge of the arrangements.