Mary Lee Brammerlo Kunau, beloved wife, terrific mother, grandmother, and dear friend, died following a long illness at her home in San Antonio on February 15, 2012, her 54th wedding anniversary.
Mary was born on March 8, 1934, to Albert and Clara (Allen) Brammerlo in Maquoketa, Iowa. Mary grew up in Preston, Iowa and, after graduating from Preston High, attended Cornell College and subsequently graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa.
Mary married Robert Kunau, also from tiny Preston, Iowa, on February 15, 1958. Mary flourished in her role as a young mother while Bob was completing his medical training in Iowa City, Salt Lake City and Dallas. Bob and Mary then moved to Minneapolis, where they and their three children enjoyed six wonderful years.
The family moved from Minneapolis to San Antonio in 1975 where, except for a brief time in Dallas, Bob and Mary have made their home. Mary adored her family. She excelled as a mother to her three children, and took absolute delight in her grandchildren; every birthday and holiday was celebrated in Mary’s unique fashion. Mary enjoyed nothing better than large, boisterous family gatherings, which always included great food, singing, and endless games of Scrabble.
Mary’s children and seven grandchildren were lucky recipients of her many special gifts, from her appreciation of nature and books to her love of cooking, tennis, travel and crossword puzzles. Mary will be particularly remembered for her love of children-especially those in need-from her early days as a nurse at the University of Iowa to her service at CASA and the PALS program in San Antonio.
Throughout her life, Mary had an extraordinary gift for making and sustaining friendships. The list of people whose lives Mary touched is long: high school and college friends, tennis buddies, fellow book lovers, Sunday school and Bible study friends, and other special friends whom she loved so dearly.
Mary’s family, which is grateful for her many gifts of love and life, includes husband, Bob; son, Tom (Sharon) Kunau of St. Paul, MN; daughter, Susan Stone (Bob); and son Andrew (Camila) Kunau of San Antonio. Mary’s life is also celebrated by her grandchildren, Eric, James, Jack, Emma and Sam Kunau; and Rachel and Kevin Stone. In addition to her immediate family, Mary leaves behind her beloved brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, and friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Clara Brammerlo, and her brother, Allen Brammerlo.
The family wants to express their appreciation to Drs. Claudia Hura, Amy Lang, and Bradley Kayser, who provided such compassionate care during Mary’s illness.
A memorial service will be held in Preston, Iowa, in the Spring. Mary, dressed in her tennis togs, will be interred in eastern Iowa, in a space overlooking the Mississippi River Valley.
FEBRUARY 18, 2012
UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
5084 DE ZAVALA ROAD
In lieu of flowers, Mary asked that donations be made to Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) at 406 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78212, or to the Magdalena House, P.O. Box 692041, San Antonio, Texas 78269.
Born: March 8, 1934
Place of Birth: Maquoketa, IA
Death: February 15, 2012
Place of Death: San Antonio, TX
Memorial donations may be made to:
Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) 406 San Antonio, Tx 78212
Magdalena House, P.O. Box 692041, San Antonio, TX 78269
This memorial provided by:
Porter Loring Mortuary