BELLVILLE — Lenoria Kunkle, 86, of Bellville, passed away Thursday morning, April 28, 2011, in Knox Community Hospital following a short illness.
She was born Oct. 17, 1924, to Dennis and Laura (Lewis) Picklesimer and was graduated from Fort Gay High School, West Virginia. On Dec. 21, 1946, she married Duane Kunkle, with whom she celebrated 60 years of love and devotion. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2007.
Although she worked for Mansfield Tire and Rubber, Lenoria and Duane were also continuously engaged in agriculture, raising crops and livestock. They later developed a portion of their land into what is now known as the Clear Fork Mobile Home Park. For 20 years they owned and operated the park, as well as keeping the crops and farm.
In the winter, she and Duane spent time at their home in Lake Wales, Fla., where they operated a small citrus grove for 30 years. Lenoria attended Clear Fork Alliance Church. Always willing to lend a hand she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, participating in the Blood Mobile Drive. She was also a Girl Scout Leader and volunteered for many of her children’s school activities.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Randy Gregg of Fredericktown; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Kathleen Kunkle of Bellville; six grandchildren, Angella and Christopher Foster, Michelle Gregg-Skinner and Dan Skinner, John Gregg, Abigail, Rebecca and Donnie Kunkle; and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Juliya Foster.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Picklesimer; and a sister, Carrie Cole-Williamson.
Friends may call Monday, May 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Michael V. Stine will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Four Corners Cemetery near Butler.
Memorial contributions to the Bellville-Jefferson Township Rescue Squad may be made through the funeral home. Private online condolences to the Kunkle family may be made by visiting http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.