Ann Bunk

Anna “Ann” Jeannette (née Pawlus) Dancause Bunk — who loved her family and friends unconditionally, her son said — died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at home while in her sleep. She was 87.

Born in Albany on Nov. 28, 1931, she lived in Lake Helen, Florida.

“She enjoyed a colorful wardrobe; fingernails done in her favorite color, purple; and hair decorations,” her son wrote in a tribute. “She liked singing zip-a-dee-doo-dah at all times of the day. A very happy old gal! Everyone who met her loved her and her beautiful smile.

“For the past eight years, she had dementia and her devoted daughter Barbara had taken excellent care of her mother 24-7, having a gift of turning a sour thought into smiles and laughter with her mother, arranging several weekly social classes for her mother, along with daily grooming and cleaning needs.”

She is survived by five children: Leonard “Len” Dancause of East Berne, Barbara Dancause of Lake Helen, Florida; Patricia Durrick and her husband, Robert, of Loudonville; Lawrence “Larry” Bunk and his wife, Carol, of Madison, Wisconsin; and Jay Bunk of Port St Lucie, Florida.

She is also survived by five siblings: Bernice Barron and her husband, Jack, of Gansevoort, New York; Alice Spinelli of Greenville; Joseph “Joe” Pawlus and his wife, Emily, of West Berne; Arlene Yattaw and her husband, James, of Corinth, New York; and Julia “Julie” Murphy and her husband, Charles, of Easley, South Carolina.

“Ann was loved by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren,” the tribute said.

Two husbands died before her, Edward “Ed” P. Bunk Sr. in 2006 after 36 years of marriage, and Wilfred “Dan” Dancause, as did her children Wilfred “Tommy” Dancause, who died at the age of 22, leaving behind his wife, Cindy, their twins, Thomas and Michael, and their daughter, Linda; Edward “Ed” Bunk Jr. who died at the age of 57, leaving behind his wife, Cindy; and Robert “Scott” Bunk, who died at the age of 27.

Two grandchildren, Matthew Bunk, at age 3, and Cheyenne Dancause, also died before her, as did her brothers, Walter Pawlus, who left behind his wife, Joan, Richard Pawlus, who left behind his wife, Mary, and Arthur Pawlus.

Her in-laws also died before her: Louis Spinelli, who left his wife, Alice, and Janet Pawlus, who left her husband, Arthur.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in New York.


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