Freeport woman dies after home explosion

Photo courtesy of GoFundMe account in couple's honor.
Photo courtesy of GoFundMe account in couple's honor.(Jeff Kaiser)
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 6:54 PM CDT
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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - Officials confirmed Wednesday that Bonnie Bawinkel, 60, of Freeport has died after more than a two-week battle in the hospital.

Bonnie and her husband, Al Bawinkel were airlifted Tuesday, Sept. 13, after an explosion at their home in Freeport.

Bonnie was initially transported from her home to FHN in Freeport, then airlifted for a higher level of care to a Rockford hospital. The Winnebago County Coroner reports that despite all live-saving efforts, Bonnie was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Family and friends started a GoFundMe fundraiser for the Bawinkels days after the explosion. An investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway by Stephenson County officials.