In loving memory of

Rosella M. Kunkel
October 4, 1937 - August 1, 2019

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.


Sara Brinker wrote on Aug 25, 2019:

"I?m so very sorry for your loss. Rosella was a kind and generous soul!!!! God be with you all. Sara (Ulses) Brinker"

Maxine and Anne wrote on Aug 6, 2019:

"Sorry to hear about Rosey passing . Our prayers are with the family"

Dorothy Patrick Peterson wrote on Aug 6, 2019:

"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)"

Patricia, wrote on Aug 5, 2019:

"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."

Roberta Tassell wrote on Aug 4, 2019:

"To my good friend Lisa and Connie and rest of the family I give you my sympathy. Lisa will need hugs and prayers and patience, she so loved her mom & dad. I will help her by reminding her of all the good memories. Family is so important, and we are never ready to tell them good bye. "

Marla Edwards wrote on Aug 4, 2019:

"Our sympathy to you, Connie, and your family. Rosella was a special woman and an especially wonderful aunt to me. You are all in our prayers. "

Terry and Marie (Diers) Cook wrote on Aug 4, 2019:

"Prayers for the family. Rosella and my mom were good friends. Remember her always going to mom to get perms in her hair. She was a terrific lady. Our thoughts are with all of you. She is now in Gods hands. RIP"

Jeanne kockler Rippentrop wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"My sympathies to Connie and family, spent a lot of Saturday nights playing 500 hundred with Rosie and Connie, Rosie and Connie could never beat Laura and I but sometimes we would let them win one or two, so Rosie wouldn?t pout and invite us back always had a great time. Rest In Peace Rosie "

Sharon Lallier Waller wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"My sincere sympathies to Connie and family. I have many wonderful memories of visiting when I was a young girl playing with the kids and reading books to them and always baking a cake when we got there. When it was time to leave Rosie always gave me some Avon in appreciation of helping out. Rest In Peace sweet Rosie. Love you!"

Elaine Ingalls Greve wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"Well Rosella loves life and life loved her! She was by far one of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the honor to called my friend! She always remembered me after I had my kids. She always had a story for you ? and I always enjoyed listening to them. Always gave a good ass chewing if you needed it and was never afraid to tell you what was what. She loved her kids and was very proud of them. She always knew about the shenanigans Peggy and I would get into but never said much until she was ready to. I always figured she had to word that ass chewing just right or we would charm our way out of it. She always enjoyed her birthday cupcakes I would make for her. As I said before she was a sweetheart and I loved her dearly and she?ll be missed by many down here on earth. But she?ll make heaven a little brighter and I?m sure my parents and her will have a lot to talk about. Lol. That being said I am so very sorry for your loss she was truly the best! ?? Hugs love ya all Elaine Ingalls Greve"

Nancy Kollasch Overlie wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"Gloria and family, so very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to you all. She was a good friend to my mom."

Ron & Pat Doerning wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"Rosella was such a generous person. My deepest sympathies to Connie and kids."

Sandy Metzger wrote on Aug 3, 2019:

"We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. Daniel Sandra Metzger"