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June 19, 1921 – Sunday, December 25, 2011

Service Information
Church of St. Francis
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Two hours prior to Mass
beginning at 9:00 A.M.

Lucille A. Kunkel, age 90, of Buffalo passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2011.

She was born in Rochester on June 19, 1921 the daughter of Nick & Barbara Yurechich Rukavina.

Lucille honorably served her Country in The United States Navy as a Pharmacist Mate during World War II.

On June 23, 1956, Lucille A. Rukavina & Emery F. Kunkel were joined in holy marriage in Rochester. The couple settled in the Minnetonka area. Emery Kunkel preceded his wife in death on October 4, 2010.

She belonged to The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, the Auxiliaries of D.A.V. and American Legion.

Survived by a daughter: Cindy (L.V. “Mike”) James of Modesto, CA. grandchildren; Jason G. Kunkel, Sarah M. James, and Joshua James, Five great grandchildren: Jacob, Olivia, Dominick, Ethan and Isaac; a sister; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers and three sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial for Lucille Kunkel will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo, MN. Father David Hennen will be the Celebrant. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28th two hours prior to Mass at the church. Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Casket Bearers will be Mike James, Jason Kunkel, Joshua James and Dick Smith.

Arrangements for Lucille Kunkel are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo .

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2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Diane Rethke

    Dear Cindy and family; Lucy was a wonderful, sweet and kind lady. I worked at Sunrise Asst. Living and she was always a pleasure to serve in the dining room. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane Rethke

  2. Sue Smith-Holman

    Dear Cindy, Your Mom and my Aunt Lucy was one of the sweetest souls around. I loved her laugh and she was always a very kind and attentive aunt. I always enjoyed time spent with your family and she was a joy to be around! I will miss her and hope you find peace over the coming days.
    Much Love,


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