Sunday evening, October 7, Kathaleen Louise Healy went to heaven to be with God. Kathy enjoyed life as a best friend, mom, grandma, sister, aunt and friend until the very end. She was surrounded by family on the farm she loved.
Kathy’s Celebration of Life Service will begin at 10:30 a.m on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Methodist Church in Dell Rapids. Interment will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the family present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A time of sharing will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Kahler Funeral Home. To leave condolences please visit www.kahlerfh.com
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2011. The cancer progressed very quickly. She actively lived the last year and a half of her life and continued to support, love, and encourage others in her life, especially her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Kathy was born April 2, 1947 to Robert and Bernadine Healy in Sioux Falls, SD. She spent her childhood in Dell Rapids, SD. She attended school and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1965. She worked for JC Penny. She was married and raised three children in Sioux Falls. She later established an in home daycare.
On July 4, 1989, Kathy married Bill Bunkers and moved to “the farm.” Kathy attended SDSU with her daughter, Shannon and both graduated in 1997. She enjoyed living in the country, helping Bill run the farm, her flower garden and “mowing the lawn.” She just loved being in God’s great outdoors.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sibling, a nephew, Michael John Jr., and a granddaughter, Emily Nicole. She is survived by her husband, Bill Bunkers of Dell Rapids; her children, James Steffensmeier II of Colton, SD, Shannon (Craig) Stubbe of Sioux Falls and Erin Steffensmeier of Sioux Falls; her step-son, Brad (Mary) Bunkers of Livingston, MT; her step-daughter, Debra (Doug) Trefz of Onaka, SD; her 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; her sisters, Mary Ellen Ostherr of Camden, ME and Trisha (Ralph) Healy-Smith of Corona Del Mar, CA; her brothers, Bernie (Millie) Healy of Tigard, OR, Mike (Alison) Healy of Manchester, TN and Jim (Mary) Healy of Cape Cod, MA.