Stella M. Bunkers, 91, of Dell Rapids, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Dells Area Hospital. Stella’s wishes were to donate her body to the USD School of Medicine. A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to your favorite charity or to St. Mary School in memory of Stella.
Stella was born on July 5, 1929 at Trent, SD, the daughter of William and Mary (Majeres) Burkard. She grew up on the family farm southeast of Dell Rapids. She attended St. Mary School graduating in 1946. After high school she enrolled in McKennan’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1950. She married Yvo Bunkers on January 14, 1952 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Dell Rapids. The couple made their home in southern Maryland while Yvo was enlisted in the US Navy. After his discharge, the couple moved back to Dell Rapids where Stella started working as a nurse for the Dell Rapids Hospital. Stella retired in 1988. In retirement, Yvo and Stella enjoyed their winters in Brownsville, TX and their summers in Dell Rapids. Yvo passed away in 2017.
Stella was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Altar Society. She enjoyed family and golfing.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her two brothers, Edwin and Alfred.
She is survived by her sons, Paul (Patty) Bunkers of Houston, TX and their children, Will (Alexandria), Meredith (Philip) and their child (Dacree), and Mattie; Tom (Vicki) Bunkers of Colton and their children Skye, her children, (Cash and Katya) and Elise; Dave (Susi) Bunkers of Phoenix, AZ; Greg (Susan) Bunkers of St. Louis, MO and their children, Johni and Luke; her daughter, Laura (Rick) Anderson of Dell Rapids; her brother-in-law, Terry (Emily) Bunkers of Buckeye, AZ and her many friends and extended family.