March 22, 1933 – November 10, 2018
Dorothy A. Dunker, 85, of Anacortes, Washington, formerly of Benton, Kentucky, passed peacefully on Nov. 10, 2018. She was born on March 22, 1933, in Howells. Graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in Fremont in 1951.
Dorothy Vrba married Keith Dunker on Dec. 31, 1952, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Thus, beginning a wonderful married life full of family, adventures, and travel. Dorothy’s commitment to support her husband led to a fulfilling life following Keith’s career as they had 19 addresses all across this world.
She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Anacortes, Washington, and was very involved in their Kentucky home church, St. Henry’s in Hardin.
Dorothy’s faith sustained her throughout her whole life. Her prayers were answered over and over again as she prayed for her family and friends every day. The pages of her prayer book were well worn and folded over with special inscriptions that she added as she remembered all of us.
Retiring to Kentucky was the perfect scenario for enjoying the many hours of boating and fishing on Kentucky Lake. Dorothy was Keith’s favorite “fishing buddy!” Well known for her hospitality, their home was always a welcome respite for family and friends. Many meals shared, fish frys, kolaches baked, angel food birthday cakes will be memories we hold dear.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Keith L. Dunker; her children, Kimberly (Dale Oldis) of La Conner, Washington, Daniel (Sandy) Dunker of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Thomas Dunker and Glorianne (Michael Walker), both of Anacortes, Washington; nine grandchildren, Danylle Kappler, Emily Hermansen, Jessica Taylor, Katelin Watters, Maxwell Walker, Benjamin Walker, Abigail Dunker, Kailee Dunker, and Krislyn Dunker; plus five great-grandchildren, Theodore, Greyland, Cora, Jude and Kierstyn. Also survived by her sister, Gladys Tomka of Dodge, along with many nieces and nephews.
We will all miss the many hand-written letters and cards—never missing a birthday, anniversary, holiday or an accomplishment she loved “keeping in touch” with all. Always ending her message with “We include Love and Prayers.”
Dorothy was preceded in her death by her parents, Frank J. and Sophie (Dolezal) Vrba; and her brother, Frank (Buzz) Vrba.