BLOOMINGTON — LaVern "Fritz" Punke, 86, of Bloomington, died peacefully surrounded by family Tuesday (April 18, 2017) in Atlanta, Ga.
She was born March 22, 1931, in McLean County, to August and Marie Schilkofski.
She lived in the Bloomington area most of her life, but did spend years in California and Georgia near her children. During her early 60s, she exhibited her vitality for life and lived independently in Hawaii.
Fritz loved life and celebrated it like a party. A country girl, she grew up on an farm in Arrowsmith, but developed the sophistication to have a career in banking. Missed will be her many indelible qualities, from spotless housekeeping to her famous fried chicken. She loved watching sports, especially professional football, and always had a favorite quarterback. Her zeal for life was matched by very few.
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She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Condon, Douglasville, Ga.; three sons, Greg Kinsell, Powder Springs, Ga.; Jerry Kinsell, Temple, Ga.; and Jeff Kinsell, Carlsbad, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; cousins; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her love for family and friends was unconditional and shared unselfishly.
Fritz was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gene and Chuck; sisters, Mildred, Grace and Evelyn; and grandson, JJ.
There will be no visitation. A family memorial will be held in Douglasville, Ga. The family plans to have a memorial service "party" in Bloomington. Notice to family and friends will be provided at a later date.