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Obituary: Kuntz

Elaine Kuntz, 88 of Fairbury died at 11:35 pm, Friday, August 20, 2021 at OSF St. James-John Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

There will be a graveside service at 11 am, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Strawn Cemetery, Strawn. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Vermillion Valley Sweet Adeline’s c/o Beth Russell or SELCAS of Fairbury.

Elaine was born August 20, 1933 in Fairbury; the daughter of Robert and Aldine (Dart) Stiver. She married Jerry Kuntz on August 6, 1955 in Strawn. He preceded her in death on December 25, 1996. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Susan Duerr and Julie Starcher, one brother, Keith Stiver and her parents.

Survivors include, one son, Rick (Luann) Kuntz of Normal; one daughter, Beth (Kevin Russell of Fairbury; nine grandchildren, Angela (Danny) Seman, Shay (Jocelyn Hulburt) Kuntz, Shaun Duerr, Josh (Melissa) Duerr, Jason (Gina) Maurer, Bobbi (Rodney) Morris, Johnathan (Kayla) Stepro, Matthew Stepro and Devin (Kayla Meriedth) Russell; nine great grandchildren + one on the way.

Mrs. Kuntz was a 1951 graduate of Fairbury-Cropsey Highschool and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Chenoa. You could likely find Elaine at a bowling alley the golf course or around a card table playing euchre. She also enjoyed sewing and was a member of the Vermillion Valley Sweet Adeline chorus for over 55 years. She loved her family and treasured the time spend with her grandchildren.

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