Marilyn Bunting – Manchester

Marilyn BuntingMarilyn M. Bunting, 76, of Manchester, Iowa, died suddenly on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  She was born on February 11, 1938, in Anamosa, the daughter of  Virgil and Philomene (Corwin) Miller.  Marilyn was raised and educated in Martelle.  She attended the University of Dubuque, taught at Martelle and then returned to complete  her BS degree in Education in 1971.  She also received a MA degree in Education in 1980 at Clarke College.

On July 7, 1957, Marilyn was united in marriage to Clifford Bunting. Two sons were born to this union.  Marilyn was an elementary teacher in Martelle, a special education teacher for 25 years at West Delaware, and college teacher at the University of Dubuque. Marilyn was a mentor for staff and students during her teaching career.  She retired in 2000 and was a volunteer for several years at West Delaware elementary and middle schools.

Marilyn was active in the First Lutheran Church involved with religious education, music, and took time to share her faith with others.  She also enjoyed studying religion, sewing, gardening, and watching movies.

Marilyn was kind, strong, loving, and compassionate and will be missed by her husband, Clifford Bunting of Manchester; two sons, Dr. Dean (Cyndy) Bunting of Davenport and Daniel (Lisa) Bunting  of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Seth, Haley, Carlin and Lucas; one brother,  Ernest V. Miller of Marion; and brothers-in-law, Donald (Phyllis) Bunting of Martelle, and Robert (Evelyn) Bunting of Mount Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Katy.

Memorials may be directed to Regional Medical Center or First Lutheran Church.

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Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014,  at First Lutheran Church – Manchester, Iowa.  Officiating:  Rev. Tony D. Ede

Visitation:  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Monday, June 9, 2014, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester, Iowa and one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church.

Interment:  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery  –  Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Casket Bearers:  Dave Bunting  Dick Butschi  Mark Odden  Doug Borrett  Sam Holden  Mark Guetzko