In Memory of Joan Frances Tunink

Joan Frances Tunink
Joan Frances Tunink
Born: March 26, 1931
Died: December 26, 2013
Age: 82
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Joan Frances Tunink
March 26, 1931 - December 26, 2013
From: Odebolt, IA

 Joan Frances (Kerkhoff) Tunink, age 82, of Odebolt, IA, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at the Horn Memorial Hospital, of Ida Grove, IA.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa with Father Richard D. Ball officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 30, 2013 in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a vigil service at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2013 at the Christensen- Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Joan Frances Tunink was born on the family farm on March 26, 1931, one of six children born to Alphons and Frances (Bluml) Kerkhoff. She was baptized into God's family at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton, Iowa, and was later confirmed.  Joan attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1948.

 She married Francis “Fiz” Tunink on December 27, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Templeton. The couple made their home in Odebolt Iowa and were blessed with six children, Alan, Barbara, Jean, Curtis, Jeff, and Karen. Joan took pride in making "home" a warm and memorable place for  family and friends to gather.  She will be remembered for holiday meals on elegantly set tables and her splendid cinnamon rolls and homemade pies.  Joan started working outside of the home as a book keeper for the family business, Tunink Feed Service, and later worked for the Family Resource Center in Carroll, IA and Elderbridge Meals for seniors in Odebolt.


A devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Joan spent a lifetime creating special memories.  She will be remembered as a hardworking, strong woman with a great sense of humor who enjoyed life and wanted those around her to do the same. She was an accomplished seamstress and would sew dolls for her grandchildren, making them come to life with a story she created to accompany each doll. You always felt special and loved in her presence.


In addition to spending time with her family, Joan enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, making quilts, baking, cooking, sports, and reading.  Favorite pastimes frequently included a competitive game of cards or scrabble. Joan belonged to the St. Martin’s Ladies Guild and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.


Joan is survived by four children, Barbara (Kent) Woodhead of Lincoln, NE;  Jean (Terry) Watters of Estherville, IA; Curtis Tunink of Atlanta, GA; Karen (Michael) Ricciotti of Covington, WA; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (Sean) Rath;  Kristen (Beau) Bolsenga; Angela (Jeremy) Simington; Brandon (Amanda)   Woodhead; Courtney Woodhead; David Ricciotti and Nicole Ricciotti; 6 great-grandchildren, Caaden, Danica and Xander Rath, Brileigh Simington, Aria  Woodhead, Emma Bolsenga; brothers Frank (Carole) Kerkhoff of Red Oak, IA; Dave (Dee) Kerkhoff of Templeton, IA; sister, Joyce (Jim) Masching of Carroll, IA; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kerkhoff of Audubon, IA,  and Imelda Kerkhoff of      Manning, IA.


She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Francis “Fiz” Tunink; two sons, Alan Tunink and Jeff Tunink; two brothers, Orville Kerkhoff and Meryl Kerkhoff. 



Funeral Mass
10:30 A.M., Monday,
December 30, 2013
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball

Reverend Mr. Michael Stover

Richard Bloyer

Alter Servers
Ryan Lansink
Janae Lansink


Keith Kerkhoff
Marty Kerkhoff
Gary Tunink
John Tunink
Jay Masching
Ron Metz


2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Sunday,
Vigil Service at 4:00 P.M.
December 29, 2013
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, iowa


Kay Bloyer, Organist
Melinda Bengford, Cantor
"Ava Maria"

Congregational Hymns
"Jesus, Come To Us"
"Here, I Am Lord"


Graveside Services
1:30 P.M., Monday,
December 30, 2013
St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:24 AM
“Curtis, I saw the belated notice of your Mom's passing and wanted to express my condolences. Please know that you and your family will be in our prayers. Your Mom looked like a precious lady. May God comfort you all in your loss.
Best regards,
- Bryan Alison
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM
“Sorry to hear of your loss, Curtis. I'll be praying for you and your family.”
- Bobby Moore
Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM
“My deepest sympathy to all of Joan's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I remember your parents well and they were always a favorite of mine to visit. Sorry I was not able to make it back to Iowa for her celebration of life. ”
- Constance S Tunink
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM
“To all of Joan's loved ones, I just learned of her passing. You have my deepest sympathy and you will remain in my heart and in my prayers.”
- Melissa Patrick
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of Ms. Joan's passing. It was our pleasure to be able to offer her our services over the past year. She was always so pleasant to chat with when we went to her house and to the assisted living facility. Glad we were able to get that last picture of her with Santa this year. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. ”
- Ron & Eileen Sutton Odebolt Soft Water
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM
“So sorry you all have to let her go! Reading about her life is very inspiring... She must have been a wonderful mother having raised Barb!”
- Pat Stear
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM
“To all of Joan's family, we offer our deepest sympathies. My family has lived next door to Joan for the past 6 years and she has been a dear friend and neighbor to all of us. We have many special memories together. My favorite is when Joan taught me to make her home made apple pie. I will never forget that day and I have the recipe tucked away to share with my daughters. She will be greatly missed.
Dawn (Gehlsen) Blanchard & family”
- Dawn Blanchard
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM
“So sorry for your loss. God be with you and your family during this hard time.”
- Mark and Haifa Kattan
Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM
“To all the family. So very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She was a wonderful person & always made you feel so welcome at the house. I have so many memories growing up & spending time at the house. Remember the good times and it will help ease the pain. My thoughts, prayers & condolences are with all of you. ”
- Deanna Russell
Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM
“To the Tunick family,
My deepest sympathy to your entire family. I have many fond memories of both your parents. Karen, I remember all those times we would be in the kitchen with your mom.. Or out in the driveway bugging your brothers. And who could forget Poncho. And the huge rock in your front yard. There are so many great memories. Keep them always tucked deep in your hearts and always remember them lovingly. My family will keep you in our prayers!!! God bless you all.

Jodie and Jeff Hudson ”
- Jodie (Rohlf) Hudson
Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM
“Dear Karen, Jean, Barb, Curtis, Mike, David, Nicole and family,
So sorry and sad for your loss of your wonderful Mom and grandmother. Joan always had a smile and a great story. May you cherish the fond memories and find peace. Our Mom's had a special connection and now are again watching over us from above. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Marie Elena Ricciotti
Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM
“Curtis and Family,

Sending my deepest Sympathy to you and your loved ones at this time. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I hope that you are able to find Peace in the many fond and happy memories of your Mom.

With Sympathy,
Your Friend at Apple
Shannon Kimmel”
- Shannon Kimmel
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM
“Karen and family,
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, Joan. As we know, our mom's hold a special place in our heart. We are thinking of you and your family at this time.
Tricia, John and Doug”
- Tricia Mello
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Dear Barb, Jeannie, Curtis, Karen, and your families,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/grandmother. It is so hard to lose a parent, so hard to imagine life without them. That is why God blesses us with wonderful memories to cherish. I hope your faith and those memories of your mom sustain you all through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathleen (Metz) Morgan

- Kathleen (Metz) Morgan
Friday, December 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM
“To all of Joan's family,
I have very fond memories of when Uncle Francis & Aunt Joan and all of you kids came to Nebraska. It was always so exciting to see all of you. It's difficult to lose your parents, especially the last one. Your heart feels broken. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all, Carol”
- Carol (Metz) Thieman
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