Barbara P. Kunshek

1947-03-30 - 2020-10-08

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights IL (Map-it)


Service Date: 0000-00-00

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Cemetery: Assumption Cemetery 19500 S Cottage Grove, Glenwood, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-754-0016

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Barbara Kunshek (nee Rymarz) of Valparaiso, IN passed away, age 73, on October 8, 2020.  She was born in Poland and grew up in Chicago Heights, IL. She graduated from Bloom High School and Prairie State College.  Afterwards, she graduated from Western Illinois University with her Bachelor and Master degrees in Biology.

After working as transplantation researcher at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Barbara married Rudy Kunshek, Jr. in 1974. Their union resulted in three children:  a daughter, Niccole Kunshek – Pittman of San Antonio, TX, together with two sons, Jeffery and Todd Kunshek of Valparaiso, IN.  Subsequently, Barbara became a university professor and the long-term Director of Medical Assisting at the former Davenport University, Merrillville, IN.

Upon retirement, she became an Indiana Master Gardner and Porter County Master Recycler. She regularly conducted seminars throughout Northwest Indiana on vermicomposting – her favorite hobby as well as sewing, baking pies, solving newspaper puzzles and saving any box she came across. Her favorite salutation to her family as she left to go shopping was the loud and clear declaration, “I’m going now.” As a Registered Medical Assistant, she was active in the American Medical Technologists Association serving as treasurer for the Indiana State Society. Among her various volunteer activities; Barbara was a long-term caregiver at the St. Agnes Day Care Service Center in Valparaiso, IN. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Stanley B. Rymarz, mother Lottie Rymarz, and bother Stanley G. Rymarz. Her husband survives along with her brother Thomas Rymarz and sister Elizabeth DeBonfioli, her three children and several nephews and nieces.  In lieu of flowers, bequests may be made in her honor at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Visitation and Service are Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 11:00 AM with a 1:00 PM Mass at the Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home, 540 Dixie Highway (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Glenwood, Illinois.  Information: (708) 754-0016.



  1. Fred & Louise Scherschel on October 12, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    Dear Niccole and Family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of your dear mother Barbara. She was such a kind and generous person and will be greatly missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God bless Barbara Kunshek..

    Our sincere sympathy,
    Fred & Louise Scherschel

  2. Sue Zientara on October 12, 2020 at 1:56 pm
    Rudy and kids – What a terrible loss for your family. Barb was one of my dearest friends and people as kind and generous as Barb are irreplaceable. My life will certainly be different without my dear best friend but I thank God for all of the wonderful times that we have had during our fifteen-year friendship.

  3. Louis Scherschel on October 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Dear Rudy, Niccole, Jeff and Todd,

    My parents’ and my thoughts are with all of you at this time. Barb was an incredible light who made the world so much better for her being here. I remember all of the times I spent at your house when I was young and how warm and hospitable she always was. She will be dearly missed for all her gifts and will always be remembered by so many. The condolences of my whole family to each of you.

  4. Lisa Kovacs on October 13, 2020 at 8:25 am
    Rudy, Nicole, Jeff & Todd,

    So sorry to hear about Barb. I loved working with her at Davenport University. She was always so generous with her time and a fun person to be around. She made work less tedious. I admired her work ethic and her creativity. Also enjoyed getting together after our time at Davenport and meet up for our DU Dinners. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Lisa Kovacs

  5. Kathy Hinshaw on October 13, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Dear Rudy and family,

    My deepest condolences on the loss of Barb. She was a treasured colleague at Davenport. I have many happy memories of our time there together. She was respected amongst her colleagues and loved by her students. She was always popping into the library for good conversation! She will truly be missed and remembered fondly.

  6. David and Cassandra Eddington on October 13, 2020 at 4:36 pm
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family Niccole. Although I never met your mom, I know she was a beautiful person because the apple does not fall far from the tree. You are in our thoughts any prayers.

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