Haruko Izaki Kunkle

March 01, 1932 ‒ April 03, 2021

Sunbury, Ohio
Formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina

Haruko Izaki Kunkle, 89, of Sunbury, Ohio and formally of Charlotte, North Carolina died on April 3, 2021 at her home with her family at her bedside.

She was born in Sasebo, Japan to Ichiji and Wasa Izaki and was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James A. Kunkle, Sr.

Surviving are her loving children, Rumiko Tilley (Wayne Orndorff) of Denver, North Carolina, Alton “Bumper” Kunkle (Maria) of Wenonah, New Jersey, James Kunkle, Jr. (Gina) of Swansea, South Carolina and Ami Norrod (Roman) of Sunbury, Ohio. Haruko was the proud grandmother to 13 grandchildren, Stephanie Tilley Johnson (Andrew), Kathryn Tilley, Anna Tilley, Allison Kunkle, James “Jimmy” Kunkle, James Kunkle III (Laura), Jessica “Jessi” Russell (Hunter), Payton Kunkle, Kelsey Shultz, Nickolas Shultz, Gabe Norrod, Grace Norrod, and Charlotte Norrod. She was also the great-grandmother of 11 great-grandchildren, Ansley, Emmy, Aubrey, Addy, Lincoln, Jacob, Chloe, Elly, Charlee, Jak, and Emmy.

Haruko loved gardening and spending time outdoors. She was a passionate Carolina Panthers fan and enjoyed seeing her many grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in a variety of sporting events. She will be remembered as a compassionate and loving mother and grandmother who, most of all, enjoyed the time she spent with her family.

A private family memorial service will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is assisting the family.

Memories of Haruko and condolences may be posted at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Ami and family, deepest sympathy about your mother, She was such a beautiful lady and such a wonderful grandmother attending soccer games. A dedicated cheerleader for her grandchildren!! She will truly be missed.🙏❤️

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Ami, your mother was such a beautiful woman. Her spirit, love and grace can be seen in you and your children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • YAmi & Roman I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. I am sure that your mom is looking down with a smile and gratitude for all the love ❤️ that you have showed her through the past. And the best part is she is smiling without feeling any pains or stress at all. She truly for the first time is pain free from our stress and worries.
    I find myself often thinking 🤔 of you guys and missing the old days. Lol 😂. Be good. Stay in touch.

  • Amy, we are so sorry for your loss. Words are not enough. Our hearts are heavy for your pain knowing how much you love your mom. Our prayers are with you Roman and the kids.

    Velma and Steve Stiverson

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