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Velma Irene Bunde was called to Heaven on February 2, 2017 at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato, MN. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato. Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.
Velma was born in Brookings, SD to Henry and Anna (Friday) Borgwardt. The family moved to Minnesota in 1933. Velma was united in marriage to Richard Friedrichs in 1935 at SS Peter and Paul Church in Mankato. She and Rich enjoyed traveling and camping and visited much of the continental United States and Canada. Richard was called to Heaven in 1994 at the age of 79. Velma remarried Ralph Bunde in Texas in 1996. Ralph was called to Heaven in 2011 at the age of 93.
Velma is survived by a daughter, Betty (Tom) Rykhus of North Mankato; a son, Mike (Jan) Friedrichs of Lakewood, CO; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandsons; 3 step great-grandchildren; 4 step great-great grandsons; sisters-in-law, Betty Borgwardt of Rochester, MN and Bernadine Friedrichs of LasVegas, NV; . She was preceded in death by not only her 2 husbands but also her 2 brothers; 2 sisters; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Chuck Bradley.
Velma's family would like to thank the staff at Oak Terrace for all the caring help they gave Velma and for making her life so much fun.
Published on March 28, 2017
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