Dorothy “Dee” Kunz

Dorothy Josephine Brooks was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1919, to a family with roots in that State dating back to the late 1600s. The middle sister of three vivacious daughters, Dorothy graduated high school from the Lincoln School in 1937 and received a teaching degree from Wheelock College in Boston four years later. After college, she moved back to Rhode Island where she taught preschool. On a blind date in 1943 (they went roller skating), she met Jack Kunz, to whom she was married for more than six decades. At the time, Jack was in Rhode Island serving in the Navy. Dorothy moved to St. Paul with Jack in 1946 where she spent the rest of her life, but never lost her Rhode Island accent. Infinitely good and kind, Dorothy was a mother and friend to all. Filled with honesty and integrity, she served for years as an election judge and when she learned to golf (at age 63), used a clicker to make sure every stroke was counted. Dorothy was a gifted knitter, having made hundreds of sweaters and blankets. She was a good card-player and loved sports. Dorothy was a devoted fan of the Twins and Lynx. For decades, she and Jack spent the month of March in Winter Haven, Florida where they enjoyed lazy days swimming, soaking up the sun and going to spring training games. Dorothy liked to polka dance and loved Lawrence Welk and Vic Tedesco. Most of all, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were a source of the joy and happiness that she radiated every day of her long life. She enjoyed attending all of their sporting events and other activities, rain or shine, and regardless of whether their skills were good, bad or even ugly. Dorothy acquired many names over the years: Dottie, Dot, Dee, Gram, and GG (when she became a great-grandmother in 2012). Those who had the opportunity to spend time with Dorothy know that she was a rare and special woman. Her subtle wisdom, calm disposition, honesty and sincerity touched the lives of so many. On September 2, 2018, at the age of 99, Dorothy said a final, peaceful goodbye. She leaves behind her sons and their wives, John and Robbie Kunz and Don and Mary Kunz, grandchildren, Adam and Cathy Kunz and Jessica and Ethan Allen, and her great grandchildren, Jack, Brooks, Eli and Mabel. A visitation honoring Dorothy’s wonderful life will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 1800 Edgerton Street, St. Paul, Minnesota. Private Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Optage Hospice at Presbyterian Homes and Services.