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Joan E. Bunke

Posted December 31, 2012 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

January 5, 1934 – December 24, 2012

Joan Bunke

Joan Bunke

Joan E. Bunke, 78, passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2012. She was the daughter of Ernest F. Bunke and Rosaline (Bruessel) Bunke, born January 5, 1934 in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Joan was a graduate of West Bend High School and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Joan was employed with the Des Moines Register for 40 years, most recently as the Book and Arts Editor. She retired in 1999. Joan enjoyed the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, movies, travel and the company of friends.

Joan is survived by her sisters, Carol (Robert) Giombetti of Florence, Wisconsin and Jan Bunke of Villa Grove, Illinois, and sister-in-law, Rita Bunke of West Bend, Wisconsin. She is also survived by nephews, Jeff and Scott Bunke, Robert, Rick, and Anthony Giombetti, Ryan Reed and niece, Tracy Keller. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Milton Bunke.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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