KUNST, Norman Charles
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1921 - 2013
It is with great sadness that the family of Norman Charles Kunst announces his passing in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the age of 91 years.
Norm was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia on October 21, 1921 to Charles and Ellen Kunst. As a young man, Norm worked for the Queensland Railway. In 1941, he joined the RAAF and came to Canada with the British Commonwealth Flight Training Plan where he trained as a pilot. By 1943, Norm was a flight instructor in Calgary, Alberta where he met the love of his life, Jeanette Elizabeth Brennen of Stettler, Alberta. They were married in Stettler on July 12, 1943. Their first daughter, Marion Elaine, was born in Calgary before Norm was deployed to England where he flew sorties with a Mosquito Squadron. Following the war, Norm returned to Australia with Jeanette and Marion. While living there, he apprenticed as a carpenter. Evelyn Lucille, their second daughter, was born while they were there. After three years, the young family returned to Canada and settled in Stettler, Alberta. There he worked as a carpenter and formed his own business, Norm Kunst Construction. While in Stettler the family expanded with the births of Marsha Ellen and John Norman "Jack". In 1965, Norm accepted an appointment with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Alberta Government where he remained until his retirement in 1986. After his retirement, Norm retained his interest in carpentry, planes, trains and automobiles. His vehicles sparkled! The main centre of Norm's life was his wife and family. He loved any opportunity to have the family together.
Norm is survived by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Jeanette; his four children, Marion Neumeyer, Evelyn McCourt (Dave), Marsha Fernandez (Ron Olchowy) and Jack Kunst (Eunice); 9 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren. Norm was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law in Australia, Merv and Coral Kunst; his son-in-law, Arthur Neumeyer and his grandson, Rodrigo Fernandez.
Following the cremation, a family service will be held at the Rutherford Retirement Home, where they lived for over two years.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Norm's memory may be made to the Parkinson Alberta Society, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1Z6.
For condolences, please visit
Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home
Edmonton, AB T5K 1R5
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2013