ADAMS, MINNESOTA -- The funeral for Leonilla Mary Yunker will be at
11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Adams with the Rev.
Gregory Leif officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Yunker, 94, of Adams, a homemaker, died Sunday (Sept. 17, 2000)
at the Adams Health Care Center.
Leonilla Mary Mullenbach was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Johnsburg, attended
St. John's Catholic School in Johnsburg and then worked on the family farm.
On Oct. 22, 1929, she married Philip Merten in Johnsburg. He died September
18, 1954. She married Ray Yunker in 1961 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church
in LeRoy and he died in 1989. During her marriages, she lived on an acreage,
and from 1992 until returning to Adams in 1996, resided in Milwaukee. She
was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and its Rosary Society and
St. Barbaras unit.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy (Alfred) Loecher of West Bend,
Wis., and Marcella (Damien) Bissen of Milwaukee; three sons, Mathias (Susan)
Merten of Kansas City, Mo., Nathan (Betty) Merten of Brownsdale and Bernard
(Eline) Merten of St. Ansgar, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren;
three sisters, Armella Mullenbach, Marianne Mullenbach and Ida Winkels, all
of Adams; and a brother, Otto (Marcella) Mullenbach of Austin.
She was preceded in death by a son, a grandson, five brothers and three
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thursday at the Adams Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at
4:30 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. today.
Leonilla Mary Yunker, 94, Adams, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at the
Adams Health Care Center.
She was born Feb. 27, 1906, in Johnsburg, to Mathias and Mary Ann
(Kramer) Mullenbach. She attended St. Johns Catholic School in Johnsburg and
worked on the family farm. She married Philip Merten on Oct. 22, 1929, at
Johnsburg. Philip died Sept. 18, 1954. Leonilla married Ray Yunker in 1958
and St. Patricks Catholic Church in LeRoy. He died in 1989. Through both
of her marriages she lived on an acreage farm. She lived in Milwaukee from
1992 until 1996 when she moved back to Adams.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rosary Society and
St. Barbaras Unit of the church.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy (Alfred)
Loecher, West Bend, Wis. and Marcella (Damien) Bissen, Milwaukee; sons
and daughters-in-law, Mathias (Susan) Merten, Kansas City, Mo., Nathan
(Betty) Merten, Brownsdale, and Bernard (Eline) Merten, St. Ansgar, Iowa;
16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Armella Mullenback,
Adams, Marianne Mullenbach, Adams, and Ida Winkels, Adams; brother and
sister-in-law, Otto and Marcella Mullenback, Austin, Mildred Mullenbach,
Adams, Alice Mullenbach, Johnsburg; brother-in-law, Stephen Freund, Adams;
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both her husbands; son,
Michael; five brothers and three sisters.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev.
Gregory Leif officiating. Organist will be Helen King. vocalists will be
Peter Bissen and Dawn Buege.
Interment: Sacred Heart Cemetery. Casket bearers will be: Douglas
Loecher, Kevin Loecher David Merten, Philip Merten, Jason Merten, Gregory
Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home and there will be a
rosary at 4:30 p.m. and prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be
visitation Thursday at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
[Austin Daily Herald, Sept. 20, 2000]