Elaine Kunz


Elaine Kunz died 94 years old in New Salem on September 2, 2020.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, September 26 at Zion Lutheran Church, New Salem with social distancing suggested. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, New Salem, ND.

Elaine Emily Kunz was born to Herman & Rosa (Toepke) Just on August 1, 1926 at the Clifton House in New Salem, which her parents ran as a boarding house.

Elaine attended New Salem School graduating in 1944 then moved to Aberdeen WA to work for Boeing Co. for a year. Upon returning she attended Dickinson State College earning a Rural School Teacher Certificate & taught at Sweetbriar School for 2 years. She married Walter Kunz July 26, 1948 at New Salem, they had one daughter & three sons. While raising her family she worked part time positions selling World Book Encyclopedias, Secretary for Muscular Dystrophy Assn. & clerk at Cenex. Walter retired in 1979, they traveled & spent winters in AZ until 2005. She was active in her church teaching Sunday School & lifetime member of LWML. She belonged to Community Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Judson Homemakers Club & Hi-Lo Bridge Club.

Survivors include Kerry Horton of Bismarck, Wayne & Dianne Kunz of Whitewood SD & Steve Kunz of Fairbanks AK. 4 grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, son Kurt, son in law Bill Horton, siblings Ferd & Alice Just, their children Tim & Mary, Opal & Max Thiele, their children Janet & Jim, Roy & Elaine Just, their children Darnell & Mick, Harvey & Margie Just & son Marshall.

Memorials for Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch, Lutheran Hour, or donor’s choice.

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