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Audrey Kuntz

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Audrey Elizabeth was welcomed into this world by her parents Albert and Evelyn (Caskanette) Heidmiller on March 27, 1928, in Riversdale. Along with her siblings John, Bill, Ed, Albert, Mary, and Myrtle, the Heidmiller family grew up in Riversdale. Audrey attended St. Ann’s school in Riversdale.

Audrey enjoyed attending local dances with her siblings, and her friends, hitting up dances in Formosa, Mildmay, and Cargill. One particular night at a dance in Cargill, she met a young strapping man by the name of Francis Kuntz. They hit it off instantly and danced the night away. In 1947, Francis purchased a 150 acre farm on Concession 14, outside of Carlsruhe, for only $9,000, and $3,000 for the bush. Audrey and Francis were married on March 29, 1948 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Riversdale, and then she joined Francis on the farm. Why this day, you might ask? There were two reasons. The first reason being it was two days after her 20th birthday, the legal age to get married, and the second was because it was Easter Monday, and they couldn’t get married on Easter Sunday! Audrey never shied away from hard work. She was running horses and helping with chores on the farm. As a newlywed couple, they didn’t wait long to start their family with the arrival of Joan, shortly after followed by Wayne, Pat, Tom, Paul, Phillip, Doreen, Ann, Dan, and Eugene. Audrey never had time to work outside the home, as she was busy raising her large family. She always had meals made and treats baked for her family and the workers on the farm.

When her children were young, they would spend many winter days on the frozen pond at the back of their property. Audrey and Francis never joined in, except for one special day when Audrey decided to join the kids as the goalie. It was all going well until she fell and broke her hip, and her goalie career was over! After that, when the kids would skate, Audrey would stay at the house and have caramel popcorn ready for when they were done. Although juggling a large family, Audrey never received her driver’s licence. She only got behind the wheel once, but after driving into a gate behind the barn, she never drove again! 🙂

In 1986, Francis and Audrey made the move to Walkerton. Francis knew that if something were to happen to him, he wanted Audrey to be set up in a location that was accessible to everything she needed. Their home was in the perfect location. She was close to the post office, the church, grocery store, Second Hand Rose (where she volunteered), and the main street. Francis passed away in 1992, and her son Eugene also passed away in 1999, at the age of 30. Audrey struggled with these losses but had her faith, her family and community support to help her stay strong.

Audrey volunteered at the Second Hand Rose for 37 years. She was proud of the charity work that the store did, and that a lot of the money went to Right to Life. She was also an active member of the Catholic Women’s League for 60 years, beginning as a member with St. Francis Xavier Church in Carlsruhe, and continued as a member when they moved to Walkerton. Audrey was also a part of the Neustadt Ag Society. While on the farm, Audrey had a huge vegetable garden and also spent many hours in her flower beds. She enjoyed seeing her hard work pay off with the growth of beautiful flowers and food in the summer for her family. She kept this love going when she moved into Walkerton, being very proud of her flowers at the front of her house. Audrey had a skill for baking that was unmatched. Her Christmas cake, butter tarts, and bread were like none other. In fact, her bread was so famous around town that the CWL would ask Audrey to donate bread to their events every year. She also had mastered baking cookies. Any type of cookie she made, never lasted long, as they were a hit with her family every time. Every year, Audrey would also do canning and preserving.

Audrey loved playing cards, with Solo being her favourite. If you ask her family, they would say her favourite games were the ones when she won! 🙂 Audrey played cards three times a week, travelling with different friends to games in Mildmay, Chepstow, and the Walkerton Legion, with Sacred Heart Church and the Walkerton Library being where she played the most cards.  Audrey was well known for her knitting skills. She used to knit mittens and continued to knit slippers and dishcloths. Every year for Christmas, she would give these as gifts to her family members (with such a large family, that is a lot of slippers and dishcloths!!) During Covid, knitting was the main thing that helped her get through that tough time when everything was closed, and her family could not visit. There were countless dishcloths and slippers knitted through this time! Audrey also used to tie quilts for the family and in the winter, she would get together with other church ladies to tie quilts in Carlsruhe. The church quilts went to the mission, which she was happy to donate to a great cause.

Audrey’s biggest passion in life was her family. Watching her children, twenty-eight grandchildren and fifty-three great-grandchildren grow and become strong, loving and caring individuals made Audrey so proud. Audrey was happiest when all of her children were together. As a little girl, she would dream about what her life would look like when she was older. When recently asked what that dream was, she responded, “I am exactly where I wanted to be!”

In recent years, Audrey was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her health started to decline. Audrey passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in her 96th year.

Loving mother of Joan Van Wylick of Chesterville, Wayne (Fran) of Bayfield, Pat (Dave) Missere of Fergus, Tom (Trish) of Hanover, Paul (Donna) of Mildmay, Phillip (Virginia) of Hanover, Doreen (Paul) Klages of Mildmay, Ann (Dennis) Lange of Mildmay, and Dan (Gloria) of Hanover. She will be missed by her 28 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by her husband Francis, her son Eugene, her infant children Mary and Patrick, her son-in-law John Van Wylick, her siblings John Heidmiller, Bill Heidmiller, Ed Heidmiller, Albert Heidmiller, Mary Young, and Myrtle Fischer, and her parents Albert and Evelyn (Caskanette) Heidmiller.

Visitation will be held at the Walkerton District Knights Community Hall, 1658 Highway 9, R.R.#5 Mildmay, on Sunday, June 4, 2023, from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m., with vigil prayers at 3:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton, on Monday, June 5, 2023, at 11 a.m. Fr. Jason Kuntz officiating. Interment in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Carlsruhe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Grey Bruce Health Centre Oncology Department (please make cheques payable to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation) or to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Southwestern Ontario (RMHC – SWO) would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Alina , Camila and Edward Feijoo
June 6, 2023

Trish and Tom, our prayers are with you during this difficult time

Lovely Obituary , thanks for sharing the memories and legacy your mother has left .

Donna Schilling
June 6, 2023

I am sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother Great Grandmother and Friend. Her family, her community and the world will surely miss this incredibly strong and courageous woman.

Gerry Ernest
June 6, 2023

My heart felt sympathies to the family. She was a wonderful lady❤️

Marlene O’Hagan
June 6, 2023

She sure did live a full and wonderful life. My sympathy to her family and friends. I always enjoyed the odd shift with her at the Second Hand Rose. God bless her.

Henk and Truus Schotman
June 5, 2023

Our sympathy for your loss. All the strength during this difficult time.

Mike and Sharon Doerr
June 4, 2023

Our sincerest condolences to the Kuntz family.
Lovely Obituary. Nice to learn more about the mother that raised Eugene !
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Dan and Alissa Perri
June 4, 2023

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Kuntz family during this difficult time.

Joe and Barb Poechman
June 3, 2023

Thanking of the Kuntz family and wishing you comfort as you remember the many happy times you shared together.

Doug and Sheila long
June 3, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your mothers passing.

Ralph and Pauline Diemert
June 3, 2023

With Deepest Sympathy to the Kunitz Family. I don’t think how old we are, losing a parent is always so difficult. We are thinking of you during this difficult times.

Jane and Brian Haack
June 2, 2023

Deepest of sympathy to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ruth Hobley
June 2, 2023

To Doreen and the Kuntz Family,
Sending you my sincere sympathy. Ruth Hobley

Trevor and Denise winters
June 2, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .

Rosemary Borho
June 2, 2023

Our deepest condolences to the Kuntz family. Thinking of you all.
Doug & Rosemary Borho

Don Spielmacher
June 2, 2023

Tom and Trish. What an amazing lady and a life well lived. My heart and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. The memories and love she left with you will be with you for the rest of your lives.

Rick & Nancy (Young) Knowles
June 1, 2023

So sorry for your families loss our thoughts are with all of you at this time.

Paul Grubb Andrea West
June 1, 2023

Saddened to learn of your loss. Our condolences to a great family in the loss of a great lady.

Dorothy O’Connell
June 1, 2023

What a beautiful legacy she has left
Sending our prayers and sympathies
Dorothy and Dan O’Connell

Peter and Jo-Ann Carter
June 1, 2023

Sorry to hear the passing of your mom. We enjoyed playing solo with her over the years.

Brenda & Bill Meyer
June 1, 2023

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Cherish the memories as they will bring you comfort in the upcoming days and weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jack and Nancy Schneider
June 1, 2023

We are so sorry to hear of Audrey’s passing. Our thoughts are with the Kuntz family at this time of grief.

Carol Drisdelle
June 1, 2023

So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace Aunt Audrey

Doug and Barb Grubb
May 31, 2023

We are so sorry to the Kuntz family for their loss of their mother, grandmother and great – grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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