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Irene E. Brunk
(April 30, 1932 - October 24, 2013)

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Irene E. Brunk

IRENE E. BRUNK

Irene E. Brunk, age 81, of Kahoka, MO, died Thursday, October 24, 2013 in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Irene was born April 30, 1932 in Kahoka, MO, the daughter of Orlanda and Edna Hess Muhrer.

She married Jerry Lee Brunk on January 8, 1955 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka. He preceded her in death on June 21, 2011.

Survivors include her children, Janis Wallingford (Charlie Bates), of Keokuk, IA, Gayla (Mrs. Kent) Nixon of Kahoka, MO, Tamra Dochterman (Jim Waples) of Quincy, IL, and Terry L. Brunk of Kahoka, MO; eight grandchildren: Jason (Linda) Wallingford of Maywood, MO, Tisha (Mrs. Troy) Patterson of Monroe City, MO, Kendra (Mrs. Joseph) Nichols of Burlington, IA, Kale (Katrina) Nixon of Kahoka, MO, Ryan (Kim) Dochterman of Canton, MO, Erica (Mrs. Shane) Durnil of Columbia, MO, Lane (Tricia) Dochterman of Harington, KS, Shaina Dochterman and fiancé Erick Arnold of Kahoka, MO; eleven great-grandchildren: Jase and Jakeb Wallingford, Bo and Bralynn Patterson, Koy, Kayne, Kennyck and Kyper Nixon, Wesley Dochterman, and McKenna and Landen Durnil; one sister, Rovene (Mrs. Deane) Meinhardt of Kahoka, MO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Arnold Brunk of Kahoka, MO Sandy Brunk of Burlington, IA, Jim Moore of Greenwood, MO, Steven and Bev Brunk of Danville, IA and Lucille Brunk of Kahoka, MO; dear friend, Mary Dot Hunziker of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jean Brunk, Ronald Brunk, Larry Brunk and Rosemary Moore.

Irene was a 1950 graduate of Kahoka High School. Following graduation she was employed at the former Sheaffer Pen in Fort Madison during which time she met her future husband, Jerry. They farmed in Clark County following their marriage, where she was farm wife and mother. She retired from Clark Co. R-1 School District where she cooked for many years.

Irene was a faithful member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka and was involved in various committees, ministries, and organizations, including the courtesy committee for many years. She was a perfectionist when it came to quilting, noting that she would know if there was an incorrect stitch even if no one else did. She belonged to the Common Threads stitch club at the Kahoka Christian Church, making blankets for the “Linus Project” and other charities. She was an excellent cook and well known for making cookies to share with neighbors and family. Weekly she would send care packages to her grandson, Lane, while he was serving in Iraq which he would share with friends, always looking forward to the next week when they would receive another one.

Jerry was a charter member of the Kahoka Lion’s Club and Irene was right beside him whenever they were making and selling ice cream to raise money to help others. She was an avid sports fan and was on the third generation of her family attending as many of their activities as possible, traveling to several games in different towns often on the same day. She enjoyed watching sports on TV, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Tigers. Her love for her family was second only to her faith.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka with the Rev. Dixie Laube officiating. Burial was in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to St. Paul United Church of Christ or the Clark Co. Senior Center.

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