Colleen Gail Kunze, 82, left this life and went to another life in heaven with her family by her side at her home May 24, 2014. A service of tribute and love will be in Eternal Hills Chapel Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 4 p.m. Entombment will follow at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. Colleen was born Sept. 22, 1931, to Lindley Wilson Fogel and Lola Myrtle Fogel. She was the middle of three children. Throughout her younger years, she aspired to go to Juilliard and become an opera singer. Colleen's plans changed once she met John F. Kunze, whom she married in 1950. They had the apple of both their eyes, Shannon Lynn Kunze. Even though her plans changed, she was well known for her food. She made some mouth-watering fish, pies and candy. She also was very proud of her yard and gardens. Colleen worked at the hospital as a phlebotomist. She and her husband also loved to travel from Alaska to Montana. They both dreamed of traveling to Ireland, where Colleen always felt her family was from. In Colleen's later years, she loved spending time with her small but close family, in particular her great-grandkids in which she would bake cookies and teach them little songs. She had a great passion for her family history in Klamath Falls and was proud to be part of one of the longest living families that first came here in the 1880s. There really is so much more that could be said about Colleen. She will be loved and missed by many. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50-plus years; both parents, Myrtle and Lindley Fogel; daughter and only child, Shannon Mathews; among many cousins, grand parents, friends and family. She is survived by her sister, Ramona Lee Overson of Klamath Falls; niece, Ramona George of Central Point, Ore.; great-nephew, David George of San Diego, Calif.; cousin, Evelyn Manning of Klamath Falls; grandson, John Carl Mathews and fiancee, Cyndy of Klamath Falls; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Sarah and Tim Cleveland; and great-grandkids, Shannon and Jace, all of Klamath Falls. She also touched so many lives and leaves behind special friends, including Tracy Steiner, Audrey Young, and Carla and Michelle Draper. Those wishing to do so may send memorial contributions to Klamath Hospice. Our family has been very blessed to have an awesome team from hospice by our side, and for that, we are very grateful.
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Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News on May 28, 2014