1916 — 2015
Thresia Tunink, age 97, of Storm Lake, Iowa, died Monday November 24, 2014 at Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake. Funeral Mass was held Friday, November 28, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial followed in the sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Early, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.
Thresia Tunink was born December 19, 1916 in Elgin, Nebraska, the daughter of William and Catherine (Overmohle) Tunink.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
Thresia did house work and helped with children for many years. She cared for the William Salber family for four years after their mother passed away. She then worked at the Indian Missions in Marty, South Dakota for several years.
In 1940, she moved to Early, Iowa to keep house for her uncle, Henry Overmohle. She looked forward to the fishing trips to Minnesota that she and Henry took every fall. Everyone looked forward to her Fourth of July picnics with fried spring chicken, fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream. After Henry’s death, she was a hot lunch cook at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Early. She retired from there to give full-time attention to her greenhouse that started as a hobby, but expanded into a thriving business. Thresia moved to the Villa in Storm Lake, where she continued her love of sewing and quilting. She quilted many beautiful quilts for friends and relatives. She entered Methodist Manor Retirement Community in 2011. Thresia was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Early, where she served on the Sacred Heart Guild. After moving to Storm Lake, she became a member of the St. Mary’s Parish. Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, Jerry Tunink of Neligh, Nebraska; sisters, Loretta Zegers of Petersburg, Nebraska, and Mary Ann Kloewer of Fremont, Nebraska; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Thresia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Father Wilfred, OSB, Tony Tunink, and Leo Tunink (in infancy); and sisters, Philomena Wilwerding, and Betty Wolff.