Dorothy O. Kunkel

November 23, 2010 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church for Dorothy O. Kunkel, who passed away on Nov. 21, 2010. The Rev. Daniel Praeuner of Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate. Dorothy was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Bryan, Ohio, to Cassel and Florence Osborne, who preceded her in death.

She was baptized on April 20, 1930, at First English Lutheran Church in Bryan. She was confirmed Nov. 14, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell. Her confirmation verse was Isaiah 41:10. On June 14, 1949, she married Oscar (Pete) Kunkel at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He survives her at the family home. She is also survived by four sons, Bud Kunkel, and his wife, Laura, of Roswell, [auth] Tim Kunkel, and his wife, Pat, of Yuma, Ariz.; Bob Kunkel, and his wife, Pat, of Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, and Ted Kunkel, of Richland, Wash.; one brother, Ed Osborne, and his wife, Margaret, of Roswell; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy had one sister, Evadean Osborne Johnson, and her husband, Frank, (both deceased) of Wayne, Mich. Dorothy graduated as valedictorian of Romulus High School in Romulus, Mich., in June 1944. Dorothy was first employed by Detroit Edison after high school. After moving to Roswell in mid-1947, she worked at the Roswell Army Air Field as a secretary. After Pete’s graduation from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1950, Dorothy and Pete returned to Dexter, to operate the home place farm.

There she raised her family, ensuring they were baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell. Dorothy was a tremendous supporter of 4-H activities, high school athletics, and, of course, scholarship for her sons at Dexter and subsequently at Goddard High School, after the move to Roswell in 1970. Dorothy worked at the Mehlhop Insurance Agency in Dexter for several years before she began working at Lawyers Title Insurance in Roswell in March 1972. She retired in July 1999 as the senior title examiner.

Above all else, Dorothy honored her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with her life as a caring and giving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to everyone with whom she came into contact. Her example of always putting Christ and others first in her life will always be remembered by family and friends. Pallbearers will be David Kunkel, Matthew Kunkel, Ryan Bishop, Chuck Kunkel, Kevin Graham, Joshua Arvidson and Drew Williams. The family requests that memorials be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1405 N. Sycamore Ave., Roswell, NM 88201. We want to acknowledge and especially thank the caring and thoughtful staff, and especially the nurses, at Sunset Villa Care Center, who did everything in their power to take excellent care of Dorothy.

You may give your condolences on-line at lagronefuneralchapels. com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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