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Lee Ann Kunkel – Obituary

Name: Lee Ann Kunkel

Age: 67

Born: 03-26-1955

Died: 05-17-2022

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Lee Ann Kunkel, age 67—cherished wife, mother, grandmother, and friend—passed from the arms of her husband and into the presence of God on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Lee Ann was born on March 26, 1955 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Edward and Anita (Lauer) Medeck.  She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1973. While at her first job, at Townhouse Bakery, she met the love of her life, David Kunkel, whom she married on August 7, 1976 at Calvary Baptist Church in St. Cloud.  Lee Ann graduated from St. Cloud State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She later obtained her Master’s Degree.  Lee Ann was employed as a Special Education Teacher in the Big Lake School District for 23 years, retiring in 2015.  Lee Ann was an active member of her local church where she volunteered with Sunday school and sang in the choir.  She took great joy in serving and being a member of her church community.  Together, Dave and Lee Ann raised a family, built a home, travelled extensively, and courageously fought a battle with cancer over the last year-and-a-half.  They credit their strong marriage to Jesus Christ, whom they accepted as Lord and Savior in 1976.  
Lee Ann loved bird watching, quilting, reading, wintering in Texas, playing pickle ball, and line dancing. Above all else, Lee Ann treasured her family.  Her siblings were among her closest friends and confidants.  They played together, laughed together, cried together, and supported each other during difficult times.  Lee Ann was an uncompromising mother and grandmother.  She was tender, gentle, unfailingly cheerful, and had an infectious smile.  And she would never let you walk out the door without an “I love you” and a reminder to “be careful, be good, be safe, be smart.”
Lee Ann is already immensely missed by those she leaves behind: her husband of almost 46 years, Dave; children, Matthew (Lyndsay), Bethany Kunkel, Brian (Courtney); three grandchildren, Benjamin, Elias, Thea; siblings, David (Marie) Medeck, Lynne (Tom) Harris, Lori (Dean) Bernick, Lisa (Paul) Steffens; and many nieces, nephews and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Anita Medeck.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road in St. Cloud.  Pastor Dick Johnson will preside.  Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.
Memorials are preferred to the Pregnancy Resource Center.

Guestbook for Lee Ann Kunkel

Norma Doneghy Anderson
May 25, 2022, 7:56 pm
My sincerest condolences to the Kunkel and Medeck families. May she rest in peace!
Marti Thomas Doneghy
, Dave and Marie's sister-in-law
May 23, 2022, 1:03 am
Praying for God's sweet peace to the Kunkel and Medeck families that surpasses all earthly understanding.
Con & Florence Atkinson
, friend
May 22, 2022, 9:01 pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Kunkel & Medeck families. We trust that happy memories of Lee Ann will help you in your sorrow. She had a special warmth and certainly was courageous.
Bruce and Carol Cater
, Friends
May 22, 2022, 2:09 am
We send our love to you all. Its been too long since we have seen any of you. We had no idea LeeAnn was dealing with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you move forward in your life and rest knowing you will one day be together in the lords kingdom. Much love
Mary Ellen Holverson
, friend,co-worker,sister-in-Christ and collegue
May 20, 2022, 5:11 pm
I've known LeeAnn for 60 years, our lives woven together throughout.. Most importantly, she was and is my forever sister in Christ Jesus, Savior and Redeemer of our souls!
Diane Stirling
, Friend/neighbor
May 20, 2022, 3:47 pm
Im so sorry for your loss. My heart aches with you, and yet rejoices in the great joy of eternity that LeeAnn is now enjoying with our Lord and Savior Jesus! One day, in a blink of an eye we will be with Him too! Until then may the Lord keep your family covered in His love, joy and peace.
Laura Allen
, Friend
May 20, 2022, 2:16 pm
My deepest sympathy to David and all the family. Lee Ann will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was such a kind, loving, gentle person. God blessed everyone who knew her. Prayers that God may give each of you comfort and strength during this difficult time.You are all in my prayers 🙏🏻
Rachel Radke
, Friend
May 20, 2022, 1:14 am
My family and I are mourning with you, Dave, and also rejoicing with Lee Ann. Im so glad we got to know her and pray with your email updates as she battled cancer this past year. Trusting that the Lord has kept His promise and welcomed her home as His faithful servant.
Melissa (Medeck) Bjorklund
, Cousin
May 19, 2022, 11:15 pm
My deepest sadness for the family of Lee Ann, especially Dave whom I know loved and cherished her beyond words. Lee Ann had an amazing and remarkable life and I was honored to have known her. Lee Ann's shining personality will live on in our hearts.

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