Sherry A. Kunz

Funeral services were held on Dec. 9 at Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg for Sherry A. Kunz (nee Hancock) of Cedarburg. Sherry died at the age of 59 on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 at Columbia St. Maryís Hospital in Mequon. Interment took place at Zur Ruhe Cemetery in Cedarburg.

Sherry was born on July 17, 1947 in Darlington to the late Myron and Ona (nee Vinger) Hancock. She married Michael Kunz on March 28, 1970 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa.

Sherry graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1965. In 1969, she graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in music education. Sherry taught in the New Berlin school district in the early 1970s. Later, with her husband Michael, she co-founded Kunz Company Inc. (KCI), specializing in industrial packaging machinery sales.

Sherry is survived by her husband Michael; her children Scott (Amanda) Kunz of Grafton, David (Marisa) Kunz of Gurnee, Ill., and Jeff (Michelle) Kunz of Greenfield; and her grandchildren Brandon, Anthony and Emma. Sherry was the dear sister of Linda (the late Daniel) Kunz, Susie (Glenn) Tischaefer, Al (Janis) Hancock and Lori (Steve) Mannes; and dear sister-in-law of Kathleen (Walter) Riley of Michigan. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Things we loved about Mom - from her sons:

A meal wasnít just a meal - it was an event. We always planned (and hoped) on going home with leftovers.

She was true to us and loved us for who we are. She loved us like only a mother can.

She was a great encourager, always knowing just what to say, just when you needed to hear it.

Her sense of humor. She had a way of finding humor in situations and had a great laugh.

The way she loved Pop, putting up patiently with his never-ending, often-repeated stories. She always loved him for who he is and always had a look of genuine love when she gazed at him.

Her value of family. Mom loved quality time with us and family gatherings were very special to her.

The way she would find value and pleasure in the little things in life: watering her plants, playing the piano, reading a good book, relaxing in the sun, tending her garden, doing crossword puzzles, playing in the kitchen, singing along with Patsy Cline while cleaning the house, taking care of us boys.

The way she was a surrogate mother to our friends. She was Mom to far more than just her three sons.

Weíll miss you Mom.

Things we loved and will miss about our sister - from her brother and sisters:

She raised three great sons whom we love dearly and through them we will remember her.

The great memories of our childhood together. Times were pretty simple then for our family and we didnít have much, but we always had each other.

Her many talents.

Singing at our weddings and other events.

Cooking mass quantities of great-tasting foods for family get-togethers.

Her handy crafts with paints, needlepoint, writing or whatever else she felt like trying.

The way she thought about our children, particularly when they were very young.

Her sense of humor and, of course, her smile.

Good-bye Sis - we love you.

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