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Laura J. Kunz

September 17, 1951 — August 16, 2022

Laura Jeanne Kunz, age 70, of Detroit Lakes, MN, formerly of Maple Plain, MN, passed away on August 16, 2022, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born September 17, 1951, to Larry and Jeanne (Steindorf) Courteau in Minneapolis, MN. Laura was the second oldest of eight children.

Laura was united in marriage to Larry Schanus in 1969. They divorced in 1989. Laura has been married to Paul Kunz since 1991.

She was a nature and animal lover, having many dogs, cats, horses and other animals on her 10-acre farm and could often be found searching for birds and other wildlife in the yard.

She was an artistic wonder with her ability to paint, sew, knit and draw. Her daughters and granddaughters enjoyed the many doll clothes she created and her children had many outfits she'd sewn.

In her 40s, after raising her five children, she went to college for the first time. She worked hard to become a registered nurse and mostly stayed in the gerontology field. She was employed as a nurse in the Detroit Lakes and Fargo area for many years.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Daniel E. Schanus, Jr.; father, Larry Courteau; and sisters Renee Courteau and Ellen Stotts.

Laura is survived by her mother, Jeanne Courteau; husband, Paul; children, Daniel (Monica) Schanus, Christopher (Sarah) Schanus, Amanda (Eric) Christofferson, Stacie Schanus, Sandra (Mike) Barger; and stepson, Jeremiah Kunz; 13 grandchildren, Kayla, William, Benjamin, Garrett, Anna, Katrina, Joseph, Michael, Braden, Zach, Alex, Sophia and Benett; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Tom Courteau, Terry (Fred) Skreen, Tony (Dawn) Courteau, Chris (Glenn) Zalusky, and Peter (Kim) Courteau; and many other loved ones.

A celebration of Laura’s life will be held Thursday, September 1, 2022, in Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, MN.
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