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Marjory "Marge" Bunte

Marjory “Marge” Bunte

Formerly of Backus

Marjory “Marge” Bunte, 92, formerly of Backus, Minn., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society of Pine River, Minn.

Services will be at United Methodist Church in Pine River at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, with Pastor Hager officiating.

Marjory Moore was born June 9, 1921, to Robert Jackson Moore and Della (Martin) Moore. She grew up in the Honey Creek Quaker Church in New Providence, Iowa, and was the fifth of nine children. She graduated from New Providence High School in New Providence, Iowa.

She married Walter J. Bunte on April 4, 1941. Together they made their first home in Hubbard, Iowa, where Walt had his own Service Station. When Walt returned from the service, they made their home primarily in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Walt worked at a McDonalds in Waterloo and then as a sales rep for Petro Supplies, while Marge served as a stay-at-home mom with a part-time position with Avon. She also worked in the school cafeteria at Peet Junior High in Cedar Falls.

She made many life friends, both at work and in the neighborhood. They had a vegetable garden every summer, and she stocked her shelves high with canned goods and preserves. She enjoyed painting ceramic figurines and an occasional game of golf.

Upon retirement in 1978, they purchased lake property in Backus, Minn. They loved the woodsy lakeshore, but also enjoyed spending their winters in McAllen, Texas, where Marge learned oil painting and woodcarving.

Marge was active in the Powers Township Powder Puff Birthday Club, St. Joseph’s Hospice Auxiliary, Pine River Art Club and the Pine River American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband, Walter, passed away on May 6, 2002. She found solace and comfort by attending church at the Pine River United Methodist Church. She became known as the “Pickle Lady” ever since she donated her bread and butter sweet pickles to the church for the annual Harvest Dinner. She prided herself as always having the coffee pot on for drop-in neighbors. With her increasingly limited vision, they helped her be part of their weekly spinner domino games.

Marge is survived by her two children, Carolyn (Robert) Ballard, Moorhead, Minn., and John (Pat Hare), Eldora, Iowa; four grandchildren, Greg (Anne) Ballard of Blaine, Minn., DeAnn (Steve) Zimmer of Hibbing, Minn., Taunya Bunte of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Robert John (Rhonda) Bunte of Lincoln, Neb.; four great-grandchildren, Brendan, Ashleigh and Aidan Ballard and Sebastian Bunte; and her brother, Robert M. Moore of Green Mountain, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Good Samaritan Society Home Care & Hospice in Pine River. This gift provides a more lasting memory while helping others.

Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn. Please visit to leave a message of comfort and support for Marge’s family.