Ruth M. Bunkers, 84, of Remsen, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Ruth Bunkers was born May 6, 1922, at Le Mars, the daughter of John "Jack" and Mary (Robinet) Boever.
Ruth was raised in the Remsen area and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School in Remsen. On Sept. 2, 1941 she married LeRoy Bunkers at Remsen where they made their home. They operated the Bunkers Dairy in Remsen from 1942 until 1964 where she was the bookkeeper. She also owned a home business, Amway and Amzoil distributorships.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, church Guild and Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed baking, bowling, reading, collecting roosters, sewing and mending, playing cards, golfing, camping and fishing. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, which included Ella, the neighbor's dog.
Survivors include five daughters and their husbands, Diane and Louis Offerman of California, Mo., Karen and Joe Hermes of Le Mars, and Palm Springs, Calif., Kristine and Tony Full of Alton, Susie and Doug Ruhland and Bonnie and Rich Arens, all of Remsen; two sons and their wives, Gary and Martha of Lakeville, Minn., and Philip and Shannon of Rogers, Minn.; 24 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Harpenau of Remsen; one brother, James and his wife Jeanette Boever of Remsen; three sisters-in-law, Armella Loesche, Ginger Bunkers and Esther Bunkers, all of Remsen; one brother-in-law, Dale and his wife Mary Bunkers of Granville; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers-in-law, Al Harpenau, Gilbert Loesche, Vernon Bunkers, Louis Bunkers, Cletus and his wife Adeline Bunkers; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Marina and Sylvester Kobberman, Doris and Paul Kestel.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Revs. William McCarthy and Timothy Johnson, Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba, Revs. James Tigges, Richard Sitzmann and Richard Ball, officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's may call any time after 2 p.m. today (Mnday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Louis Offerman, Joe Hermes, Tony Full, Doug Ruhland, Rich Arens, Michael Bunkers, Dan Harpenau, Pat Boever.