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Joseph C. Kunerth

August 2, 1918 April 27, 2013
Joseph C. Kunerth
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Obituary for Joseph C. Kunerth

Chandler, AZ

     Joseph C. Kunerth, 94, of Chandler, Arizona, formerly of Worthington, Minnesota, passed away on April 27, 2013, at Graceville Estates in Chandler, Arizona.
     Born on August 2, 1918, in Brewster, Minnesota, he was the son of Joachim and Florence Kunerth.  On June 25, 1941, Joe was joined in marriage to Esther Eichstadt of Jeffers, Minnesota.  After their marriage, they settled on a farm near Brewster, Minnesota.  In 1992, they began to divide their time between here and Mesa, Arizona.  They moved to Mesa permanently in 2002.  Joe was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Worthington and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed farming, traveling and spending time with family and friends. His most favorite activities were fishing in Alaska, attending rodeos and playing pool and shuffleboard with his Arizona friends.
     Joe will be greatly missed by his seven children, son Bill and his wife Erma of Fulda, Minnesota, daughter Korrine and her husband Don Pawlitschek of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, daughter Tresa Olson of Gilbert, Arizona, son Tom and his wife Kathy of Chandler, Arizona, daughter Ramona and her husband Sam Nelson of Freeborn, Minnesota, son Patrick of Mankato, Minnesota and daughter Rita and her husband Steve Welsh of Centerville, South Dakota, 28 loving grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren.  He will also be missed by many wonderful nephews, nieces and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Esther, parents, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and 2 grandchildren.
     Dad's love for God, Family and Life were witnessed everyday by his family, friends and caregivers.  By his example, he was a prayer warrior admired by his children and grandchildren. He greeted every one he encountered with a big hello and a story from the past. 
     Visitation & Rosary will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.
     Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Worthington, Minnesota, with Father Will Thompson officiating.  Joe's grandchildren will serve as casket bearers.  Special music will provided by his grandchildren, Heidi, Sarah and Ben.  Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Worthington.  Lunch and fellowship will follow at the church.

All memorials will be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, in memory of Joe Kunerth.


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