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Pauline Kuennen

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Pauline A. Kuennen age 76 of Lawler, IA, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at ABCM Rehabilitation Center, in Independence, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2017, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Duane Arndt, Paul Arndt, William Arndt, Levi Towsley, Dixie Hughes and Jason Alcott serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church where there will be a 4:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in Lawler. Pauline “Poopsie” Kuennen was born September 8, 1940, in Saratoga, IA, the daughter of Carl and Leona (Milhan) Arndt. She received her education in Charles City and was a 1959 graduate of the Charles City High School. On January 10, 1970, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, she married Robert “Ray” Kuennen. To this union two daughters were born. Pauline enjoyed working at the Post Offices in Lawler, Jackson Junction and Waucoma. She also worked for several years as an attendant at the former Larkin-Martin Funeral Home in Lawler. Pauline was active with the Lawler Little League Program, the Turkey Valley Athletic Booster Board for many years and had received the Governors Volunteer Award. She loved playing cards, watching the Hawkeyes, Packers and Cubs, making crafts and the fishing trips up-north along with collecting snowmen. Her family and all of her friends will remember Poopsie for her one-of-a-kind personality. Survivors include two daughters, Jodi (Jon) Reeg of Independence, IA, Stacy Kempf of Shawnee, KS; four grandchildren, Regan Reeg, Rylee Reeg, Anthony Kempf and Aiden Kempf; two brothers, Paul Arndt of Charles City, IA, Duane (Mary Anne) Arndt of Hutchinson, MN; one sister, Dixie Hughes of Charles City; sister-in-law, Donna (Chris) Stephan of Iowa City; brother-in-law, Virgil Kuennen of Charles City; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert “Ray” Kuennen on April 8, 2003

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  1. Jodi and staci- can’t e en put the words to say how sorry I am. Your mom was the best and ran the best concession stand in Iowa— not including the wonderful free hot dogs soda and candy we got. She always had a second home for us and treated us like family– she was wonderful and is missed– she was a Lawler staple and brings me great memories thanks for sharing your mom with us growing up!!! Love and prayer to you both– Anne blazek

  2. May Pauline rest in peace with Ray by her side eternally. May Jodi, Stacy, and the entire family find comfort in all of the wonderful memories of a lifetime. May our beloved parents guide us from above and follow us to every softball game and even in our lives until we meet them, again. In Prayer and God Bless Us All. Love, Kelli and Christian

  3. Stacy and Jodi, my sympathies to you and your family. Forever in your hearts your mother will be. She will be missed! Prayers, Hugs and Love, Kristy Dietzenbach

  4. Jodi and Staci, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families, your Mom was a great lady, Turkey Valley supporter and so much more. I will always remember our ‘chats’ at your kitchen table. Hold tight to all the memories, cherish them and celebrate a wonderful life of a wonderful person Dave Anderson

  5. My deepest sympathies to Jodi and Staci and their extended family. I had the pleasure to work with Pauline 1:1 when I was coaching in the Lawler Little League program. She really wanted the kids to have a great experience playing baseball/softball and most of this happened by making sure we had access to great equipment behind the scenes. Whether it being fundraisers or just working directly with the Lawler Parents, she was a leader in many ways. I appreciated her support during those years and the many laughs we had shared through the journey of coaching our young athletes. Thank you for all the years supporting Turkey Valley athletics too Pauline, may God hold you in his hands forever. Tom Smith

  6. My deepest sympathy to Jodi and Staci – I enjoyed many visits with your mom over the years. She was such a staunch supporter of Turkey Valley athletics! A really great gal. Prayers and hugs for you both.

  7. Deepest sympathy to Pauline’s family. I always enjoyed her coming into the bank and visiting with us.

  8. I really enjoyed Pauline’s company during my days at Turkey Valley. She had such a great sense of humor and could tease with the best of us. We just found out about her passing and want to say that she will truly be missed. Our sympathies to Jodi and Stacy. Ken and Pat Winter


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