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Juanita J. Funk

January 18, 2020

Juanita Joy Funk passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on January 18, 2020 at her Newton residence. She was born August 4, 1965 in Newton, Kansas to Walter W. and Susie (Ortmann) Busenitz.

On April 18, 1987 she married David P. Funk at Emmaus Church in Whitewater. They were blessed with four children in the years to come. She enjoyed her role as a mother and keeping the home running smoothly. Family was important to her and she greatly looked forward to quality time spent with her loving family and many friends.

Juanita was an active member of the Grace Community Church in Newton and kept her connections with Emmaus Church in Whitewater. Faith was very important to Juanita. All who knew her saw the evidence of her strong faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Juanita is survived by her husband: David; father: Walter Busenitz; sons and their spouses: Aaron and Holly Funk, Jason and Nelsy Funk, and Titus Funk; daughter and her husband Tina and Andrew Price; brothers and their spouses: Robert and Marilyn, Stephen, Mark and Joan, Reuben and Diana, Ethan and Denise, Earl and Cori Busenitz; sisters and their spouses: Fern and Rick Rudolph, Elizabeth and Jim Pearce, Lillian and Dan Jerred, Kip and Pearl Nanninga; sister in law and her husband: Rachel and Gordon Busenitz. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother: Susie; brother: Jonathan Busenitz and nephew: Douglas Pearce.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday January 25, 2020, at Grace Community Church with Pastors David Reimer and Steve Friesen presiding. Visitation will be Friday evening January 24th 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Grace Community Church, The family will be present to greet friends.  Interment will be at the Emmaus Cemetery in Whitewater, Kansas.

David and Juanita had a special connection with Honduras and took multiple mission trips there to work at Project Talitha Cumi, a home for abandoned girls. Juanita requested that memorials be given to World Indigenous Mission in support of Project Talitha Cumi. Memorials can be given in care of Petersen Funeral Home or online at worldim.com/give to the “AA-Juanita Funk Memorial Fund” listed under Special Projects.

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10 thoughts on “Juanita J. Funk

  1. Dear Dave and Kids,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Juanita seemed to be such a warrior through the cancer fight and I’m sure it has been a difficult time since the diagnosis. May God give much peace to your hearts as you grieve her absence from this life and we praise God that she is now with her Heavenly Father. Our condolences to you all.
    Daren, Tina, Jackson, Justus, and Caden Busenitz

  2. Love you guys. Beautiful message about her life, loves, and her legacy. So thankful God connected us as a forever family. I am praying for you all. Blessings,

  3. Dave and family,
    So sorry to hear of Juanita’s passing. May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time.
    Cleta Smith

  4. Dave and family,
    Feeling so fortunate to have spent some time at Talitha Cumi with Juanita, Dave, Jason and Titus and being a part of God’s footprint with the Funk family. What a great example of family and faith! Thoughts and prayers to the Funk family as we celebrate Juanita’s heavenly healing.

  5. Dave and Family,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Juanita’s passing. We are grateful that she no longer suffers, but know that you are sensing the loss. I pray for God’s peace to heal you at this time.

  6. You have been in our prayers. I know you have the assurance that Ms. Juanita is at home with her Lord and Savior and you have peace in knowing that. I also know the loss of a loved one leaves a hole in the lives left behind may God’s love and peace fill that hole. I only met her once but her life was a living testimony for her Lord and it lives on in her family and friends. May God Bless you in this time of loss.

  7. Dave,
    I’m just now seeing the loss of your wife. So sorry… may God guide you through this loss. His Word and love be your your comfort.
    Prayers for you and your family,
    Diane Cunningham

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