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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Jewell Etta Abelmann
November 22, 1935 - February 14, 2020

Place of Birth: Alexander, North Dakota
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 84

Jewell was born on the family farm northeast of Alexander, ND on November 22, 1935, the daughter of Lonzo and Dora Bratcher. She was baptized and confirmed at Nazarene Church in Alexander, ND. She attended country school and later graduated from Alexander High School in 1954. While growing up, Jewell spent a lot of time with her sisters in the kitchen. This is when her love for baking and cooking began and continued life-long.

After graduation, she worked at American State Bank until she married the love of her life and best friend Forest Abelmann, on August 16, 1958. Soon after they married, they moved to Wahpeton so Forest could finish his college education. Forest and Jewell moved back to Williston and began their family. Jewell became a stay at home mother raising their five children, Dan, Tim, Connie, Val and Keri, until her youngest went to school then she started working at Mercy Hospital until she retired. Growing up, the family spent a lot of time together camping along the river bottoms, snowmobiling & meeting up in an old wooden granary up on Sax.

For years, Jewell was an avid gardener. She had an amazing rose garden. Her flower beds were always colorful, neatly pruned and admired by many. She enjoyed feeding and watching the humming birds that would frequently stop and fly from one flower to the next. Her vegetable garden was plentiful and shared with others. She canned her many fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed for many meals to come. Beautiful flowers displayed on her kitchen table and fresh tasty vegetables to compliment any meal.

Jewell was a wonderful homemaker who loved to cook and bake. Her kitchen often smelled of fresh baked buns and she was known for her homemade donuts and lefse. She shared so many of these goodies with family, friends and visitors were always welcome.

She spent many hours crafting, sewing and quilting. She gifted many of her beautiful quilts to family and friends. Every stitch was sewn with love. She was a member of the DP Quilting Club, the Buttons and Bows for many years and the American Legion in Alexander.

Forest and Jewell were members of Our Redeemers Lutheran Church. Her faith was absolute, very important and she had a very strong belief in the Lord. A cherished memory for her children will be attending the Christmas Eve Church Services singing “Silent Night”.

Jewell’s love for Forest was so strong, and wanting to keep his memory close, she wore his emerald birth stone every day until she passed.

Jewell had a beautiful personality, smile and was so full of life. She loved to spend time with those that meant the most to her which was her family. She was so proud of being a mother, grandmother, great-grand mother. She would light up when her family would come visit her. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, Edna & Vernetta, her cousins at Birthday Club and the many card parties Forest and Jewell had entertaining relatives.

Jewell entered the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston which has been her home for the past 3.5 years. She was quite excited when she was voted Valentine Queen in 2017.

She was loved by many and known as “Grandma Jewell”.

Jewell is survived by her children; Dan Abelmann of Alexander, ND, Tim (Marsha) Abelmann of Alexander, ND, Connie (Jim) Boe-Quandt of Oakes, ND, Val Abelmann of Williston, ND and Keri (Kevin) Hauge of Ray, ND; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward Bratcher of Williston, ND, Lyle (Sharon) Bratcher of Alexander, ND; brother-in-law, Hildreth Abelmann of Alexander, ND and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forest; sisters, Edna (Bill) Forthun and Verneta (Cliff) Olson; mother and father-in-law, Arthur and Selma Abelmann; sister-in-law, Ardath (Lloyd) Workman; brothers-in-law, Dale Abelmann, Arlin Abelmann and Marvin Abelmann; daughter-in-law, Leanne Abelmann; and grandson, Vance Neset.











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Susan Jorgenson (Williston, ND)
Feb 14, 2020
What a sweet friend. We met 45 years ago. Valentines Day reunites your parents. Peace and love surround you all.
Kelsey Ginther (Williston, ND)
Feb 14, 2020
Val, I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time
Maeve - Bethel (Williston)
Feb 14, 2020
Dearest Jewell - I will miss you so much - your smiles, your winks, your hugs. In French, when friends part, they don't say "au revior," which means "good bye," instead, they say, "a bientot," which means "see you later." When we shared our last hug at the door of Bethel when you were on your way to Bismarck, I knew it would be "a bientot," and not "au revior." Save a hug for me, Jewell - Love you!
Duane and Kathy Binde (Williston, ND)
Feb 15, 2020
Best babysitter ever and such a great person. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. Rest In Peace to a true Jewell. God bless, Bindes
Gail Pederson (Williston, 59101)
Feb 16, 2020
Val, saying prayers for you and your family. I sorry to read of her passing. Thinking of you. Gail
Barb and Brian Weight (Lisbon, ND)
Feb 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Jewel was such a sweet person and will be missed by many.
Betty Jo Falcon (Trenton, ND)
Feb 17, 2020
So sorry of the passing of sweet Jewell. She was such a nice lady. I visited with her quite often at Bethel. Bless her memories, may she Rip.
Jamie Ellingson (Williston, ND)
Feb 17, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss! She was a sweet lady and was always kind to my Mom. She will be missed. I will keep you in my prayers.
Mark and Wrolson (Williston, North Dakota)
Feb 17, 2020
Jewell was such an amazing ,sweet Lady. I'm going to miss our visits and her hugs and her precious sweet smile. She always enjoyed talking about our families and old fun times we had together and most of all she loved talking about all of her family. She was so proud of all of you. Jewell is now happily reunited with Forest in heaven. Prayers are with all of you.
Lyle & Linda Stevens (Epping, ND)
Feb 17, 2020
Jewel was a very kind and sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Nicole Gravos (Williston, ND)
Feb 17, 2020
Val, I'm sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Larry & Lila Lynne (Williston, nD)
Feb 18, 2020
We are in Arizona and just heard of Jewel’s passing. Our condolences to the family. We lived across the street from the Abelmanns for 22 years and have such pleasant memories of Jewel. May the memories you share sustain you during this difficult time.
Dave Arnson (Williston, ND)
Feb 18, 2020
To Dan and Family, thoughts and prayers to you and your family I with the loss of your Mom.
Rhonda Daniel (Ray, ND)
Feb 18, 2020
Was sad to see of my Quilt Sisters passing. Jewel you were a true sweetheart. Loved the smile I always got when ever I saw you. So glad I got to spend the years I did in Quilt Guild with you. But I still have Val and Kari to quilt with. RIP sweet Jewel, my FAITH tells me we will see each other again one day. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family in their great loss. Loved ya my friend.
Elaine Nelson (Tioga, ND)
Feb 18, 2020
So sorry to read of Jewels passing. It brought back memories of her and I sharing an apartment at the Poekes’ while we each worked at the American State Bank. Good memories. We would see each other occasionally during the years at Walmart! Good memories.
Diane (Chitwood) Netter (Aloha, Oregon)
Feb 19, 2020
I was so sorry to hear the passing of Jewel. My condolences to all the members of the Abelmann and Bratcher families.
KATHY BEROSIK (Williston, nd)
Feb 20, 2020
Val and Family: My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother. Prayers are with you al during this sadden time.
Diane (Chitwood) Netter (Aloha, Oregon)
Feb 20, 2020
I was so sorry to hear the passing of Jewel. My condolences to all the members of the Abelmann and Bratcher families.
Joe and Val Trumpower
Feb 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Shirley Skarphol (Williston)
Feb 20, 2020
Keri - I am so very sorry for your loss. It is always hard to say goodbye, but saying goodbye to your Mom is more. Keeping you in my heart & prayers?? Keep your memories close in your heart!
Jodi & Derek McKinzie (Williston, ND)
Feb 21, 2020
Sorry for your loss of your mother. Keep your memories of her close to your heart. Prayers to all of the Abelman and Bratcher families.
Bonnie Stevens (Williston, ND)
Feb 22, 2020
Connie, Val and Family - You know I just loved your mom! We go way back to her days at Mercy. Those were the days filled with fun and laughter. I have been fortunate to spend the last three years re-connecting with Jewel, Connie and Val. Jewel was just that - a precious precious lady. I will miss her greatly. Your all in my prayers.
Michelle A Trout (Williston)
Feb 26, 2020
Abelmann Family ~ please accept my sincere condolences
You’re in my prayers and thoughts
God Bless
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