Family meant everything to Brighton wife, mom and grandmother
Vonnie Kunselman enjoyed building and solving puzzles, playing cards and other games with her grandchildren, and shopping in downtown Beaver.
“To her, family was everything,” said her son, Harry Kunselman, a lawyer in the Downtown firm Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. “Family was the center of her life. Her whole focus.”
Edith Evonne “Vonnie” Kunselman of Brighton died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Villa St. Joseph in Baden after a long illness. She was 75.
Born on Oct. 23, 1937 in Freedom, Mrs. Kunselman was a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Bilotto.
She graduated from Freedom Area High School, attended business school in Pittsburgh and worked in the payroll departments of the Pennsylvania Railroad and Koppers, her son said.
In 1961, she married Robert E. Kunselman, now a Beaver County Common Pleas senior judge. They had five children together.
“She led a simple life. She was a decent, ordinary woman deeply committed to her Catholic faith,” her son said. “Once she had children, she focused all her attention on us.”
She was a member of and volunteer at Saints Peter and Paul Church and school in Beaver.
Mrs. Kunselman played pinochle, Michigan rummy and other card games with a card club to which she belonged and “was a big fan” of the Shirley Shoppe, a women's clothing store in Beaver, her son said.
In addition to her son, Harry, of Upper St. Clair, and husband, Robert, of Brighton, Mrs. Kunselman is survived by a second son, Chris Kunselman of Center; two daughters, Lisa Morgan of Imperial and Elena Armstrong of Oakdale; nine grandchildren; and three sisters, Donna Camp of Beaver Falls, Anita Hooke of Chippewa and Linda Stenger of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mrs. Kunselman was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Noll Funeral Home, 333 Third St., Beaver. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 200 East End Ave, Beaver, PA 15009 or Villa St. Joseph, 1030 W. State St., Baden, PA 15005.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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