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Hunter, Caroline Julia (Funke) Cook 1911-2007


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/11/2012 at 14:23:01

Caroline Cook Hunter, age 95, of Calmar, Iowa, died on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, Iowa, following a short illness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2007, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa, with Rev. Gary Krapfl officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Schluter - Balik Funeral Home in Decorah, Iowa, and after 10:00 a.m. at the church on Saturday morning. There will be a rosary at 4:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Caroline Julia (Funke) Cook Hunter was born on December 27, 1911, the daughter of Hubert and Katherine (Roth) Funke in Parkston, South Dakota. Caroline moved with her family to Burr Oak, Iowa at a young age, and she then attended St. Benedict's Catholic School. Caroline married Frank Cook on May 28, 1934, near Castalia, Iowa. She worked at Decorah Produce, an egg processing plant for fifteen years. After Frank died on November 10, 1955, She then started working at the Maid-rite, a sandwich shop in Decorah for three years. While she was working at the Maid-rite she met Lyle Hunter and they later married on August 8, 1956. Caroline enjoyed and loved her own grandchildren and all other children, taking care of over 157 children over the years. She also was a superb and generous cook and baker, making enough food "to feed an Army". Caroline enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, knitting, sewing and doing embroidery. While living in Calmar, Caroline enjoyed her friends and neighbors, especially Laura Numedahl, who was a special friend. Caroline was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church.

Caroline's survivors include her daughter: Theresa Teslow, Postville, IA and her son: Orval (Anna) Cook, Mabel, MN. Three step-children: Helen Herold, Calmar, IA; John (Jack) Hunter, Minneapolis, MN and Pat Gerlich, Des Moines, IA. Eleven grandchildren: David Cook, Darrell (Ann) Cook, Darwin "Darby" (Diane) Cook, Denise (Augie) Shindelar, Darla (Kevin) Wenthold, Darcy (Mike Powers) Bruns, Wayne (Joyce) Teslow, Diana (Pat) Gardner, Randy (Dawn) Teslow and Ron (Mary) Teslow. Eleven step-grandchildren: DeWayne (Jeannette) Wenthold, Cathy Peterson, Diane Wilder, Sandra (Dan) Miller, Steve Herold, Ron (Heidi) Herold, Robin (Dave) Zweibohmer, John Hunter, Jacquelyn (Wayne) Snyder, Robert (Lisa) Guttormson and Deb Guttormson Many great-grandchildren; many step-great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband: Frank Cook on Nov. 10, 1955; her second husband: Lyle Hunter on Mar. 20, 1989; one great grandson: Jesse Einck; one step-grandson: Nathan Hunter; two sons-in-law: Raymond Teslow and Bob Herold; two sisters: Francis Houdek and Josephine Cook; and one brother: Leonard Funke.

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database

St. Benedict's Catholic Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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