Dorcas Ruth Bunnell, 96, of Cambridge passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Walker Methodist – Levande in Cambridge.
Dorcas was born on July 4, 1923 in St. Paul, Minnesota. While still an infant, she moved to Ohio with her parents, Nels and Blanche (Eastling) Bjerke. When she was about 7 years old, the family moved back to Minnesota and settled west of Freisland near her grandparents’ farm. She attended the rural school in that area for 8 years, then went to Hinckley High School and graduated from there on May 26, 1942. She married Melvin Bunnell and they had 4 sons. Their home was near Cambridge, on a farm where they raised Charolais cattle. Melvin was a boilermaker and worked away from home a lot. She was a stay-at-home mom, raising her boys and tending big gardens.
Dorcas was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Melvin; grandchildren Dusty Bunnell and Brandon Bunnell; great-grandchild Samuel Bunnell Miller; siblings Jeanette Moffatt, Marion Keeney, Albert Bjerke and Gerald Bjerke; daughter-in-law Doris Bunnell; step-children George, Melvin, Jr. and Isla Mae.
She is survived by her sons Duane Bunnell of Cambridge, David (Dori) Bunnell of Devils Lake, ND, Darby (Lori) Bunnell of Cambridge, and Darcy (Kaycee) Bunnell of Fort Peck, Montana; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, sisters Evelyn Taylor, Velora (Jim) Handahl, brother Arnold (Carolyn) Bjerke all of Rochester, MN, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 1PM, Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Interment will be in Cambridge Union Cemetery.
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