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Gerald Bunkowske Obituary

Gerald “Gerry” H. Bunkowske, 91, of Hutchinson, Minn., passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Hutchinson Health in Hutchinson, after a short battle with cancer.
    Funeral service will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with interment in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Acoma Township, McLeod County, Minn., with Pastor Greg Tobison officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
    Gerald “Gerry” Herman Bunkowske was born on Dec. 29, 1927, in Vergas, Minn., the son of Ferdinand and Frieda (Sonnenberg) Bunkowske. He was baptized as God’s child on Jan. 22, 1928, and later confirmed in his faith. Gerry received his education in Frazee, Minn. He attended college at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and went on to teach in Lutheran schools in Acoma Township, Hutchinson, Hortonville, Wis., Eagle River, Wis., Lake City and Norfolk, Neb. After teaching he held various other jobs until retiring in November 2000. Gerry and Eunice returned to Hutchinson where they had met at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township.
    On July 16, 1950, Gerald was united in marriage to Eunice Sitz at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township, McLeod County. This marriage was blessed with four children, Glen, Ruth Anne, Paula and Jonathan. They shared 61 years of marriage until the passing of Eunice on Aug. 26, 2011.
    Gerry was always an active church member, especially serving as organist for 75 years, sharing his gift of music in praising the Lord. Gerry was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
    He loved gardening, yardwork, fishing for sunnies, playing cards and Fastrack, puzzling, ordering chicken at restaurants, and playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Gerry is survived by his children, Glen (Bonnie) Bunkowske of Lake City,  Ruth Anne (Robert) Huebner of Watertown, Wis., Paula (Michael) Collura of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Jonathan (Caryl) Bunkowske of Watertown, S.D.; 19 grandchildren;
nine great-grandchildren (two of whom will be born this fall); sisters-in-law, Helen Bunkowske of Helena, Mont. and Caroline Gorentz of Vergas, Minn.; brother-in-law, Robert (Mary) Sitz of Hutchinson; special friend, Dolores Schindler of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Frieda Bunkowske; wife, Eunice (Sitz) Bunkowske; brothers, Alvin, Vernon (Dorothy) and Milton; and siblings-in-law, Orville and Lois Vorbeck, Harold Clarke, and Charles and Adeline Kowski.
    Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at

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