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Our mom, 89, of Rochester passed away Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. at Charter House from a lengthy battle of Parkinson's disease with her loved ones by her side.
Bunnie was born on May 25, 1930 in Bellchester, Minnesota. She was raised on the family farm on Pepin Hill in Wabasha, Minnesota and was a graduate of St. Felix High School. Bunnie lived in Rochester her whole adult life and on June 11, 1955 she married James Powers at the St. Felix Church in Wabasha. James died in 2002.
In the 1950's Bunnie worked in the business office at Mayo Clinic. When her sons, Joe and Cris opened the Canadian Honker Restaurant Bunnie worked there for over 30 years.
She was active in her church St. Francis of Assisi and belonged to the St. Joan of Arc CCW. Bunnie was a Eucharistic Minister, Lay Carmelite, and former member of The Serra Club and was on the Finance Committee at St. Francis Church. She also was also a member of the Apostle League at Prior Lake Retreat and a volunteer at St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary where she was a past president. Bunnie was a fundraiser for Guest House Bishops Reception; a cover girl for the Rochester Women's Magazine and was famous for her coconut cake.
Bunnie enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, watching football especially the Vikings! She loved flowers and enjoyed reading to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her five children; Kelly Mechelke and Kerry Powers of Rochester, John Powers (Sue Ellen) of Centerville, Minnesota, Joe of Rochester and Cris (Roxanne) of Zumbro Falls, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, three sisters; Lorraine Nadler and Adelaide Edwards both of California and Margaret of St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Revs. James Berning and Timothy Recker officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com
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