In Memory of Joan Frances Tunink
Died: December 26, 2013
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 www.christensenvanhouten.com
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.
10:30 A.M., Monday,
December 30, 2013
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa
Father Richard D. Ball
Reverend Mr. Michael Stover
2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Sunday,
Vigil Service at 4:00 P.M.
December 29, 2013
Christensen - Van Houten
Kay Bloyer, Organist
Melinda Bengford, Cantor
"Jesus, Come To Us"
"Here, I Am Lord"
1:30 P.M., Monday,
December 30, 2013
St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery
Dawn (Gehlsen) Blanchard & 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 ”
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.
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.
Your Friend at Apple
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”
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
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”