Joan E. Bunke(1934 - 2012)

Joan E. Bunke

Des Moines

Joan E. Bunke, 78, passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2012. She was the daughter of Ernest F. Bunke and Rosaline (Bruessel) Bunke, born January 5, 1934 in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Joan was a graduate of West Bend High School and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Joan was employed with the Des Moines Register for 40 years, most recently as the Book and Arts Editor. She retired in 1999. Joan enjoyed the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, movies, travel and the company of friends.

Joan is survived by her sisters, Carol (Robert) Giombetti of Florence, Wisconsin and Jan Bunke of Villa Grove, Illinois, and sister-in-law, Rita Bunke of West Bend, Wisconsin. She is also survived by nephews, Jeff and Scott Bunke, Robert, Rick, and Anthony Giombetti, Ryan Reed and niece, Tracy Keller. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Milton Bunke.

A memorial gathering will be held at a future date.

Memorials may be made to the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Animal Rescue League of Central Iowa.


Funeral Home

Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Ave Des Moines, IA 50312
(515) 244-2121

Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012