Wilma Dunbar

  • Born: September 3, 1918
  • Died: January 24, 2020
  • Location: Kiester, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

A funeral service will be held for Wilma Dunbar at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Mansfield Lutheran Church in rural Alden with Rev. Don Rose officiating. Visitation will take place one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in Mansfield Lutheran Cemetery.
Wilma passed away peacefully Friday night, January 24, 2020 at Parkview Senior Living in Wells, MN. She was 101 years old.
Wilma Dorothy Louise (Korn) Dunbar was born September 3, 1918, in Alden Township to Reinhold and Dorothy (Wright) Korn. She was baptized on September 29, 1918 at the Mansfield Lutheran Church. Wilma was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the Faith Lutheran Church of Walters. She went to District 130 school.
On October 10, 1937, she was married to her one and only love of her life, Charles S. Dunbar, Sr. at Faith Lutheran Church in Walters, MN. To this marriage was one daughter, Audrey, and one son, Charles "Chuck", Jr. She was a faithful member of the Mansfield Lutheran Church and attending services up to six months ago. She was a member of Mansfield Women of the ELCA and the Rachel Circle.
Wilma was an outdoor person. First being her father's right-hand man on the farm and then working alongside her husband as a farmer. She was proud being a farmer's wife and having a large clean garden and house. She enjoyed taking care of the livestock and chickens. Her and Charles moved into Kiester in 1976. She enjoyed playing cards, reading, traveling, gardening and flower gardening until she was 98. She loved giving away most of the vegetables she grew. She made the best strawberry jam and apple pies.
She became best friends with Lucile Anderson and every day they would walk the town of Kiester, playing cards and travel to almost every state but one. Wilma loved her family and friends. Especial her grandchildren as each generation came along.
Wilma is survived by her daughter Audrey (Wayne) Livingston of Wanamingo, daughter-in-law, Minnie Evelyn Dunbar of Kiester, grandchildren, Randy Livingston of Wood Cross, UT, Laurie (Jack) Sabin of Kenyon, and Charles Steven (Cammie) Dunbar, III of Escondido, CA. She had 9 great grandchildren, Chad Livingston of Sunset, UT, Missy Jo Schulz of Morristown, Jake (Maegan) Livingston of Kenyon, Amanda (Chad) Nolde of River Falls, WI, Joseph (Maria) Sabin of Hortonville, WI, Jacklyn (Martin) Lyness of Savage, Ashley (Derek) Olinger of Pine Island, Courtney (Colton) McConnell of Minot, ND, and Hannah Dunbar of Wells. Wilma had 15 great-great grandchildren, Max Livingston, Austin, Johnny and Trace Schulz, Nicholas and Colter Livingston, Caleb and Corey Nolde, Liam and Seth Sabin, Keile-mei and Jaycee Cabanting, Avery and Charles Lyness, and Jase Niebuhr. One brother Reinhold "Junior" (Harriett) Korn of Walters and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband in 1981, her son Charles "Chuck" Dunbar, Jr in 2013, both parents, her brother Lavern (Ethel) Korn, sisters Marie (Melvin) Stern, Mildred (Max) Knudtson, and Evelyn Peterson; and all of Charles' brother, sisters and their spouses. Many good friends and especially Edina Swehla and Lucile Anderson.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Wilma will be greatly missed by many. I have many a fond memory of enjoying lunch and coffee time with my Grandma Lucile and Wilma who always made me feel like one of her own grandchildren. I'm sure the heavenly reunion of these two wonderful women was a sight to behold. :) My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Posted by Sandy Cowell - Des Moines, IA - Family Friend   February 03, 2020

I feel very blessed that my great-grandmother was able to grace this Earth with her presents for over 101 years (I know that's a statement not many people are fortunate enough to relate to). She lived through so many important moments in history, it's surreal to imagine just how much the world changed around her during the course of her life. My eldest son, Austin, who has always had a soft spot for her, liked to brag to his friends that his great-great-grandmother was older than the Green Bay Packers, and the actual game of football itself). Tomorrow we bid farewell to a beautiful woman, both inside and out, as her soul has now been lifted up to heaven... and what a beautiful soul it was, is, and always will be. You will be missed and forever cherished by many, Grandma D. We love you so much! Until we meet again, take care of you for me. ❤xoxox

Posted by Missy Schulz - Family   January 31, 2020

Our sympathy to you all at this time. Wilma was a wonderful lady and neighbor.
Blessed be your memories of her.

Posted by Tammy Aadsen - Kiester, MN - Neighbor   January 30, 2020

Wilma you were such a special lady. I always enjoyed our time with you. I have such fond memories of being with you and Uncle Charles on the farm. You will be sorely missed. All my love to you. Say hi to Uncle Charles when you see him. Hugs and Prayers, JanetkA

Posted by Janet Peskey - Iroquois, SD - Family   January 27, 2020