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Nancy F. Kunkel

December 19, 1929 January 8, 2021
Nancy F. Kunkel
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Obituary for Nancy F. Kunkel

Nancy Fuelbier Kunkel, 91, formerly of Quincy, Illinois died January 8, 2021 at a private care facility near her daughter Kristin and her family in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

Nancy was born, December 19, 1929 in Quincy IL, to Louis F. and Eva Wand Fuelbier. She married Arthur J. Kunkel on June 30, 1951, and they celebrated 65 beautiful years of marriage. Art preceded her in death on November 26, 2016.

Nancy graduated from Notre Dame High School and Quincy University where her musical talents and her glorious operatic voice were shared with the Quincy Community. She coupled her love of music with a pursuit and passion for Education, that resulted in completing post graduate work in Guidance and Counseling.

Nancy was well-known in Quincy music circles, haven given her Graduation Recitals at both Notre Dame Conservatory and the Quincy Conservatory of Music, and numerous stage productions while at Quincy University. In her senior year at Quincy University, she auditioned at the Muny-Opera in St. Louis; and was invited to join the highly competitive Muny Vocal Production Troop.

Nancy devoted her professional life to education and advising the youth of Quincy, watching them grow in their lives and in their pursuits. She was a valued part of the Quincy Public School system for over 50 years and after retirement, enjoyed an adjunct role at St. Peters School as Guidance Counselor. One of her coworkers said it best, “She was truly one very, very special lady who touched the lives of so many students; so many times, she would provide those less fortunate with things they would have never experienced. The work she did “behind the scenes” changed countless lives for the better.”

Nancy was a lifelong member of St. Peters Catholic Church. She cherished her faith and knew it provided her strength to bear the cross of more than 40 years with Multiple Sclerosis.

Nothing meant more to Nancy than her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Kristin Kunkel Frohn, Kristin’s husband Brad, and her four Grandchildren: Kaitlin, Keaton, Kendall, and Kelsey. Nancy cherished the memories and experiences with her daughter and her children. She is also survived by a nephew, Dennis Arthur Campbell, his wife Nancy and their daughter Lisa. Nancy’s extended family and lifelong friendships were her greatest treasures.

In addition to her husband, Art, Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Eva Fuelbier; two sisters: Jane Fuelbier Harris and her husband William Harris; Patricia Fuelbier Donald and her husband David W. Donald; her Parents-in-Law Hildagarde Zimmerman Kunkel and Arthur V. Kunkel and Sister-in-law Marjorie Kunkel Campbell and her husband Raymond Campbell.

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, a Funeral Mass and a Celebration of Life will be planned for June 30, 2021 at the Church of St. Peter in Quincy, IL. Internment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Quincy.
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors of Michigan and Duker and Haugh Funeral Home of Quincy are in charge of the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorials be made to Quincy Notre Dame, the Franciscan Friars of Quincy University, or the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.

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