Joan M. Kunde
Joan M. Kunde 76, of Beatrice passed away at her home on Wednesday June 21, 2017 after a courageous eight year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born September 8, 1940 at Fairbury. She graduated from Endicott High School in 1958 and Peru State College in 1962. She married Richard Kunde on May 30, 1964 at the Endicott Methodist Church. She worked many jobs including being a Physical Education teacher in Fairbury, a County Home Extension Agent and Teachers Aide both in York. She started and taught in a Pre-school and was a secretary for Magwire Insurance Agency both in Neligh. After moving to Beatrice in 1980, she worked for Farmers Home Administration/Rural Development from 1980 to 2001 and was the food service director at the P.E.O. Home from 2001 until retiring in 2008. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society Circle #6. She was also a member of Chapter FM P.E.O., Xtenders Extension Club, several bridge clubs all of Beatrice. She was an accomplished seamstress who shared this talent with many young girls as a 4-H Club leader. She loved to play bridge, golf, crafts and taking care of her family.
Survivors include her husband, Richard “Dick” of Beatrice; two sons, Brett Kunde and partner Rosie Paz and her daughter Nicole of Denver and Scott Kunde and wife Nikki of Beatrice; one daughter, Stacy Kunde of Beatrice; two grandchildren, Alice Kunde and Ryker Kunde; two sisters, Joyce Blackwell and Marilyn Ramsey and husband Larry all of Beatrice; three brothers, Kenneth Riggle and wife Nancy of Endicott, John Riggle and wife Pat of Lincoln and Ron Riggle and wife Kim of Elkhorn; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Iven and Dora Janssen Riggle.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Beatrice with Father Robert Barnhill, Celebrant. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. in the Fairbury Cemetery of Fairbury. A Scriptural Rosary will be held at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice at 6:30 P.M. on Friday June 23, 2017. The family will meet and greet friends and relatives on Friday at the funeral home from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. A memorial has been established to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Decorating Fund and her grandchildren’s college fund. The body will lie in state at the Fox Funeral Home from 12:00 noon Wednesday until 9:00 P.M. Friday and at the church one hour preceding the service on Saturday. www.foxfuneralhome.net Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.