James Cunz

James Cunz, 88, of Onamia passed away October 1, 2017 at the Mille Lacs Long Term Care Center in Onamia

A Funeral Mass will be held at October 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia with Father Jerry Schik, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. 

Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.

Jim was born on June 25, 1929 and immediately adopted by Harry and Eylma Cunz. He lived in Bismarck, ND until he was 10, when his family moved to Onamia. His family ran a small farm, where Jim and his father built the barn from processed lumber off the farm. They raised chickens, geese, cows and horses. In 1950, Jim married Annella Athman, his “Little Bride”. Jim and his father built a house for Jim and his growing family. Jim worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and  in 1975, they moved to Staples  where Jim continued to  work for MnDOT until his retirement in 1987. He enjoyed duck and deer hunting, walking in the woods, plowing snow with his tractor and spending hours mowing acres of lawn. 

He is survived by his wife of 67 years; two sons, Jim Cunz and Tom (Aletha) Cunz; five daughters, Mary Syverson (Richard Booth), Margaret (Peter) Willis, Sue (Gary) Rogers, Shari (Scott) Iverson and Kristi (Gary) Trana; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Myron Syverson; daughter-in-law, Beth Cunz and step-great granddaughter, Megan Syverson.

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