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.   Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.














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Lurabeth Cothren

Mr. Kunde, I am so sorry for your loss. Lurabeth Cothren

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 10:09pm
Diana and Tom Gilbert

Dick so sorry to hear of Joan's death. She was such a sweet person. Expressing our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

 Posted June 24, 2017 - 3:21pm
Craig Magwire

Dick (Mr Kunde), sooooo sorry to hear of the loss of Joan!! She was a beautiful woman inside and out. She will be missed... gone too soon! Thinking of you and your family!
Craig Magwire

 Posted June 23, 2017 - 12:42pm
Connie Russell

My deepest sympathies got out to Joan's family. Joan was a kind, caring person and I enjoyed serving with her on the YWCA board of directors years ago.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 11:42am
Krista Mettscher

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Joan. I came to the Beatrice Rural Development office in 1997 not even knowing what the Agency did, and Joan taught me so much, she was definitely a mentor to me. I have been able to take the knowledge I gained while working with her and have been quite successful in my career. I will always remember her and have special appreciation for her in my heart. I'm thinking of Dick and the rest of the family at this difficult time and keeping all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of each other.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 10:37am
Alicia Garnett

Joan was a wonderful person, and my heart goes out to her family. I always enjoyed when she subbed in our bridge group and seeing her at golf. She will be missed. Sending prayers to her family.

 Posted June 22, 2017 - 8:39am
Paul Tedesco

Richard and family, Patti & I remember how graciously Joan welcomed new teachers to Neligh-Oakdale. Our prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 10:08pm
Lee & Deb Sander

Richard & family...Out deepest sympathy in your loss. May GOD BLESS!

 Posted June 21, 2017 - 8:01pm

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