Mrs. Thelma Kunst, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was a 1940 graduate of Creston High School . Thelma and her husband, Ray started Rockford Flower Shop in 1952. While caring for her children she also assisted Ray in operating the flower shop and later helped him with the garden center (formerly beside the Rockford Michigan State Police Post). In July of 1975, she and Ray sold their business. Thelma was a very endearing person whose values were in being faithful, gentle, and caring. She was a Charter Member of Rockford Reformed Church. Her children grew up in a Christian home, and those values that have continued throughout her life, are now present in her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Janice and Harold Hulst of Sparta, Ronald J. and Mary Ellen Kunst of Elmira, NY, Steve and Cheryl Kunst of Tallahassee, Fl; grandchildren, Susan and Bryan Albers, Pamela Phillips, Jeffrey and Candace Hulst, Rebecca and David Ziebarth, Renee and Jeremy Guzzardi, Rhonda and Mike Neri, Christofer Kunst, Sheena Perkins, Kate Stuart, Karen Stuart; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Eldona and George Allington; in-laws, Spud Ensing, Barney and Marcy Townes, and Mrs. Loraine Kunst; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond on May 9, 2010, her parents, Duard and Silva Weller, her daughter-in-law, Ruth Kunst, her sisters, Arlyn Townes, and Alma Ensing.

The service celebrating Thelma’s faith life and physical life will be Saturday at Rockford Reformed Church, 4890 11 Mile Road , Rockford , at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rick Tigchon officiating. Interment in Rockford Cemetery . The Kunst family would like to thank the staff at Meadowlark Retirement Village for the loving care that was given to Thelma. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider North Kent Community Services, 10075 Northland Drive , Rockford , MI 49341 . Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements were made by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.


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