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Mabel Hilda Kunkel

Mabel Hilda Kunkel died Aug. 27, 2003 at the age of 79 years, five months, and 22 days.

Mabel Schuette was born March 5, 1924, in Plato to John and Emma (Maack) Schuette. She was baptized March 23, 1924 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Plato by Rev. R. Zwintacher and confirmed in the same church April 10, 1938 by the Rev. Reuben Ehlen.

She grew up on the family farm north of Plato with her six sisters and four brothers. She graduated from the Glencoe High School in 1942.

Mabel was united in marriage to Ellsworth Henry Kunkel May 4, 1947 in the Plato church. They were blessed and enjoyed life with their one son, Bruce.

They made their home in Norwood for 49 years, where she worked as a switchboard operator, at Tonka Toys in Mound, and for the City of Norwood Young America. After Ellsworth's death in Feb. of 1997, she relocated to Young America for another six years of retirement.

Mabel was a very active member at St. John's Lutheran Church in Young America, where she belonged to the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) and really enjoyed all church activities.

She was also close to community friends through her sewing club and card party groups. She was very friendly, outgoing, and caring person that enjoyed helping others.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter Amanda.

Mabel is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers (Arthur, Edwin, Clarence, and Harold Schuette), five sisters (Malinda Templin, Olga Franke, Regina Panning, Matilda Werth, and Frieda Kruschke).

Mabel is further preceded in death by brothers-in-law (Fred Franke), Herbert Panning, William Werth, Vernon Kruschke, Raymond Dammann, Harry Bentz, Harvey Knop, and Alton Gens), and sister-in-laws (Emma Schuette, Evelyn Knop, Irma Gens).

Mabel is survived by her son Bruce Kunkel, daughter-in-law Kim, and granddaughter Amanda of Eden Prairie, sister Lillian Dammann of Glencoe, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and multiple friends and neighbors.

Funeral services for Mabel were Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with the Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating.

Arthur Fuchs was the organist. The congregation sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Lawrence Biermann was the soloist that sang "How Great Thou Art" and "Abide With Me."

Pallbearers were Myron Franke, Brian Dammann, Howard Schuette, Elmer Schuette, Larry Werth, and Jerry Alsleben.

Interment was in the St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery.

The Paul-McBride Funeral Home in Norwood Young America handled the arrangements.

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