Lucy Jane Kunze

  • Born: October 27, 1930
  • Died: February 21, 2021
  • Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

Tel. (270) 683-1505

Tribute & Message From The Family

The challenge has been met with dignity and grace. The victory has been won. Lucy Jane Kunze was one of the sweetest, kindest, most considerate ladies you would ever meet. She deeply loved her husband Ralph, family, friends, and church. Lucy was born in Glasgow, Kentucky on October 27, 1930 to J. Less and Ida Jewell Foster Hoover and died peacefully among family on February 21, 2021, at her home in Owensboro. When she was six years old the family moved to Owensboro, where she was later a member of the junior high rifle team, was voted Prettiest Girl in her Senior Class, and graduated from Owensboro High School in 1949.

Prior to that, while playing tennis one day, she met a young man, Ralph Kunze, who had recently returned from service in the Navy during WWII. They were married on January 21, 1950, and raised three children, Bruce, Janet, and Brian. She is survived by her children and their spouses; Bruce and Susie Kunze, Janet and Ted Munger, and Brian and Cindy Kunze, as well as four grandchildren, Nathan, Erin, Josh, and Clay, and six great grandchildren, Graham, Sara Jane, Elizabeth, Odin, Josie, and Nolan. Survivors also include three sisters, twins Jerrine and Jeanine, and youngest sister Joseannah, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Lucy was the consummate stay at home mom doing all she could to raise caring productive children. She became a great Southern cook and is remembered for her fried chicken that was beyond compare. Lucy deeply loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and spent many wonderful hours with them. She was devoted to Zion United Church of Christ, and was a member from the time of her marriage until she could no longer attend. She taught Sunday School, served as a youth group leader, had a beautiful voice and loved to sing in the choir where she was a soprano for many years. Lucy used her amazing gift at floral arrangement to beautify the sanctuary at Zion for many years, as well as being a faithful member of the Class, where Ralph taught Sunday School for many years. Among her other activities, Lucy was a Brownie troop leader, President of Washington School PTA, member of the Junior League, and was recognized for her outstanding volunteer service to the American Cancer Society in 2004.

Lucy and her family spent many wonderful summer vacations at Pompano Beach, Florida, playing in the pool, fishing, golfing, and just hanging out with their friends the Gants. Lucy and Ralph loved to travel to Dallas to visit their daughter Janet who had aspirations of becoming a tennis star! She worked at the Bakers Rack for many years and after Ralph retired from the family business, We-3 Moseley and Kunze Men's Clothing Store, he worked with the seniors program at Central Bank and Trust, where he and Lucy led many delightful senior trips including to the New England states.

Lucy was one of those rare individuals who never had a bad word to say about anyone and who treated everyone with kindness, even during her long bedridden illness. How we could use more of that kindness today. Her sweet gentle soul will be remembered for many years to come.

Our immense thanks to daughter Janet, who gave Mom unequaled compassionate care for the past seven years. The family also wishes to acknowledge and offer our sincere thanks to Tish Warren who spent many hours and days caring for Lucy in the most loving way, and to her dear friend Avery Smith who offered her comfort and companionship following her husband Ralph's death.

A memorial service for Lucy will be held for family and friends in the fall before the annual vineyard harvest.

Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations in memory of Lucy are asked to be sent to either Wendell Foster, Inc. or the Legacy Fund at First Christian Church in Owensboro.

Care by Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memories and condolences may be offered online at

Condolence & Memory Journal

With special thoughts of you and appreciation for the fineness that you show in your family love, loyalty and support.
Susie and Bill Tyler

Posted by Susie and Bill Tyler - Owensboro, KY - Friend   March 02, 2021

Janet, Bruce, & Susie, I'm so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by Brenda Zuerner - Owensboro, KY - Friend   March 02, 2021

Your kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered by the OHS 49ers. We will miss you.
In Christian love,
Carol Harrison Thrasher

Posted by Carol Thrasher - Owensboro, KY - Classmate   March 01, 2021

So very sorry for the loss of this lovely lady. I was the coordinator of Reach to Recovery for many years and Lucy was a volunteer I could always count on. Many of the women she saw had just had life changing surgery and diagnosis. When Lucy came in dressed up, make up and hair prefect, these women saw that they could be well and whole again. She was such a blessing and I am blessed for having known her.

Posted by Patsy Milam - Owensboro, KY - Friend   March 01, 2021


To Bruce, Susie and all the Kunze families:
We were saddened to hear about the passing
of such a grand lady as Lucy. All are in our
thought's and prayer's.

Posted by Larry & Paulette Boswell - Owensboro, KY - Friend   March 01, 2021

Bruce and the whole family, I send prayers and sympathy for the loss of your mom. What a lovely lady!

Posted by Phyllis Church - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   March 01, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Lucy is the sister of my good friend Soni Brown. Lucy was such a beautiful, classy lady. She will be missed by her family and friends. I am also a friend of Tish Warren who also loved Lucy. Prayers for all who are grieving the loss.

Posted by Gale Bryant - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   March 01, 2021

Bruce, Suzie and family, my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom. What a lovely tribute to her. My prayers for you and your family as you go through this time of grief and loss.

Posted by Margaret Cambron - Philpot, KY - Family Friend   March 01, 2021

I knew Lucy from many years of going to Zion United Church of Christ and she was truly a beautiful, kind, caring person. My heart goes to the family in her loss.

Posted by D Ellen Basham - Owensboro, KY - Friend   March 01, 2021

Bruce, Susie and family, We extend our condolences for your loss. Lucy was a lovely, elegant lady with her beautiful smile and delightful personality. May your faith and precious memories of her happy life bring comfort always. Christy Hall

Posted by Christy Hall - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   March 01, 2021

Bruce , Suzy , and family : My condolences in the loss of you mother. Thinking of you in these sad days.

Posted by Nicole Woodward - Owensboro, KY - Coworker   February 28, 2021

Bruce, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family at the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady.

Posted by Joyce Yeiser - Owensboro, KY - Friend   February 28, 2021

Bruce and Susie and family--Lucy was a beautiful woman, inside and out. Always a smile and a kind word. She and Ralph were a special couple, and they contributed so much to the Owensboro community. Our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Cheryl King - Prospect, KY - Friend   February 27, 2021

So sorry to hear of Lucy's passing. She was not only a beautiful woman but an example of Christian dignity. I know she will be missed.

Posted by Suzanne Oost - Lockbourne Ohio, OH - Family Friend   February 26, 2021

Mike & Cheri Robinson - We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Mike and Cheri Robinson - Owensboro, KY - Friend   February 26, 2021

My sincere condolences to Janet, Bruce, and Brian. Your mother was extremely proud of each of you. Lucy, you will be missed more than words can express. It was an honor to be entrusted with your care. I will never forget the time we spent together singing, listening to music, and sharing stories of your family history. You were a role model of kindness, grace, modesty,and dignity. You may be gone, but your legacy will remain with everyone who was fortunate to know you.

Posted by Tish Warren - Owensboro, KY - Friend   February 25, 2021

There is so much that I could write about my friend from the first grade. The first time we played together was in the apartment over her uncle's restaurant . The last time we were together one of my sons and I spent the night at her home when we came to O'boro for a luncheon with the few remaining people from our high school class, so there would never be enough room to tell about all the things we shared during the in-between years. But i can say that Lucy was always a beautiful, lovely person and dear friend. You, her family, were so blessed. And so was I.

Posted by Nancy Brown - Birmingham, AL - Friend   February 25, 2021

Bruce, Janet and Brian,
I'm so sad to learn of the passing of Lucy....she was an Angel on earth. I didn't know Lucy all of her life but she knew me all of mine. It's really fair to say that Lucy and Ralph were an were an important influence on me, I'm so blessed that they both passed my way. When I think back on my youthful and young adult years the thoughts would be incomplete without reflecting on Zion Church and the Kunze's. Many blessings to each of you and thank you for sharing your parents with me.

Posted by Joe Bowen - Owensboro, KY - Friend   February 24, 2021

What a special beautiful woman. She was always so kind and took me under her wing when Joe and I were first married and members of Zion. We were fortunate to have them as neighbors also for a few years. Ralph and Lucy were a wonderful testament to living good and loving lives. I have fond memories of our time singing soprano in the choir. She stood next to me and helped keep me on key!!! Ralph and Lucy were an inspiration to me as they were so faithful teaching our Sunday School Class. I sure learned a lot from them over the years. She will be missed. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

Posted by Vicki Bowen - Owensboro, LA - Friend   February 24, 2021

Janet, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a wonderful lady and I know how devoted you were to her care. Please extend my condolences to Bruce, Brian, and the rest of your family.
All my love,
Sally Fortson Treppendahl
Woodville, MS

Posted by Sally Treppendahl - WOODVILLE, MS - Friend   February 24, 2021

Janet, Brian and Bruce:
I am saddened by the passing of your mom but am glad to know she has a new body and is reunited with your dad. Your mom was a huge influence on my life and on Lisa after we first were married. She was indeed a beautiful Southern lady and served as a shining example of how we should all conduct our lives. I'm grateful to have grown up around your mom and dad and pray God will comfort you and your family today and in the days to come.

Posted by Al Bell - Lewisburg, TN - Family Friend   February 24, 2021

Kunze family,
What a beautiful life and legacy.
Mike, Cherita, Ian and Ashtin Flener

Posted by Cherita Flener - Owensboro, KY - Family Friend   February 24, 2021

Bruce and Susie, Sorry for your loss. I did not know Mrs. Kunze well, but I do remember her always being very gracious and kind to a young kid in the Bakers Rack. Beautiful woman; beautiful obituary.

Posted by Charlie Steele - New Canaan, CT - Friend   February 24, 2021

Dear Bruce, Janet and Brian,
It is with sadness, but fond memories, that I learned your sweet mother had died. Growing up your family played a key roll in our church: your grandmother and mother in the choir; your dad teaching Sunday School; the close camaraderie of the Couples Class that included us kids in their fun. They loved us and taught us what was expected and important. We were blessed by their faith. I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sharon Stone Clements    February 23, 2021

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