Fern M. Kunkel


October 22, 1926 - November 7, 2019


Fern M. Kunkel, 93, of Mitchell, SD, died Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 11, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Church of The Epiphany Catholic Cemetery in Epiphany, SD. Visitation will be from 3-5:00 PM Sunday at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 4:30 PM Prayer Service.

Fern M. Kunkel was born on October 22nd, 1926 to Art and Millie (Robinson) Koepke in McCook County, Spencer, SD.  She attended Pearl Township school   and then attended Spencer High School. On October 26th, 1943 she married Henry Kunkel. They farmed on his homeplace until retiring in 1977 when they moved a mile south. Fern was a true farmer’s wife, doing chores and helping with farm work. Fern and Hank spent many winters in Texas and AZ.  They liked to travel and visited many places. Summers were spent camping and fishing with friends and family

She is survived by her children, Lavone Zachery, Mitchell, SD, Richard (Carol) Kunkel, Spencer, SD, Cheryl Loveall, Toledo, OR, Gary (Julie) Kunkel, Mitchell, SD, and Dale (Gingar) Kunkel, Plankinton, SD; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Pat Koepke and Ann Kunkel.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Curtis Kunkel; three sister, Phyllis Reifers, Evelyn Schneider, and Delores Tentinger; and brother, Jim Koepke.


Sunday, November 10, 2019
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:30 PM Scripture Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Monday, November 11, 2019
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Church of The Epiphany Catholic Cemetery
Epiphany, South Dakota

Posted by Dennis and Mary Reifers on November 9, 2019
Aunt Fern always had a warm smile and a sweet comment, we will miss her but look forward to our eternal reunion.
Posted by NancyJScheetz on November 9, 2019
Peace and love to your family.
Posted by Bonnie Coy on November 9, 2019
Sympathy and warm thoughts to Fern's family. She always had a smile and a cheery greeting whenever you saw her
Posted by Deb Neugebauer on November 9, 2019
Sincere sympathy to you. Fern was a sweet woman!
Posted by Jo and Roger Herrick on November 9, 2019
We will miss your great hugs and wonderful smile. We will never have a good Apple bar again. Love you Grandma Fern!
Posted by Jackie Harrington on November 9, 2019
So sorry for your loss
Posted by Roger and Sandra Smith on November 8, 2019
So sorry for your loss . Our deepest sympathy to all the family.
Posted by Leroy Schneider Family on November 8, 2019
Our sincere condolences to all in your family. Fern and Hank both were always helpful in so many ways. Fern would pick up Ramona for the Happy Mothers Club meetings so often. She added cheer in the nursing home, too. May God's reward be great.
Leroy Schneider and daughters Marita, Rose, Julie, Sharron.
Posted by Joey on November 8, 2019
So glad they taught us to play pinochle and fun to play with them. My sympathy to you
Posted by Joe Zachary on November 8, 2019
I Love you so much Grandma... you will be missed very dearly. I will never forget you. Your Cream Peas will always be my favorite!! RIP.
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