Rosella Margaret Kunkel was born October 4, 1937, in Algona, daughter of Melvin John and Florence Veronica (Schaller) Faber. She grew up in Bancroft attending school in Bancroft thru the 11th grade and graduated from West Bend High School.
Rosella married Conrad Kunkel on November 25, 1958, at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft. They raised family in Bancroft and after her children began school she worked for the school Hot Lunch Program from 1982 until 1995. Rosella enjoyed sewing and embroidery work, going for walks, and doing daycare in her home making many lifelong relationships with the children she cared for and their families. Rosella faithfully prayed the Rosary and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Altar Society.
Rosella died Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the Titonka Care Center at the age of 81.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, Conrad Kunkel of Bancroft; seven children, Bernard (Angel) Kunkel of Dallas, TX, Lisa Kunkel of Bancroft, Norman (Larry) Kunkel of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Theresa (Steve) Patterson of Dallas, TX, Julie Stallard of Waynesboro, PA, Peggy (Greg) Atherton of Ocheyedan, and Kira (Denny) Carroll of Lu Verne; 13 grandchildren, Quade (Katelyn) Burch, Sasha Jansen, Josh and Alexa Garter, Paul and Gavin Patterson, Tyler Kunkel, Alexis, Gannon and Garrett Atherton, and Colton, Chantal, and Cailey Carroll ; 3 great-grandchildren, Beau, Luke, and Addison; and Ben and Joel Vaske, who she cared for and considered family. She is also survived by four siblings, Kathleen Loew of Hayfield, MN, Melvin A. (Lucille) Faber of Burt, Gloria Ellwanger of San Antonio, TX, and Cindy (Mike) Mulroney of Fort Dodge; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Florence Faber; her step-father, Ornie Behrends; a sister, Arla Jean Faber; her son-in-law, Tracy Stallard; and two brothers-in-law, Don Loew and Jim Ellwanger.
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I’m so very sorry for your loss. Rosella was a kind and generous soul!!!!
God be with you all.
Sara (Ulses) Brinker
Sorry to hear about Rosey passing . Our prayers are with the family
I send the love of the Patrick family, Mildred's children and grandchildren. We are sorry to hear of the loss of Rosella, our cousin. May she rest in peace. Please be assured of our prayers and love as you grieve. Our hope is that the memories you have of Rosella, perhaps when she was younger will comfort you in your sorrow. Blessings and grace, Dorothy Patrick Peterson (Greeley, CO)
I will always remember Russell's, kind heart. She was a good friend to my mom and all who knew her. Always helpful when you needed a helping hand. Her sport will be missed.
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