OBITUARY: Juanita Joy Funk

Juanita Joy Funk passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Jan. 18, 2020, at her Newton residence. She was born Aug. 4, 1965, in Newton to Walter W. and Susie (Ortmann) Busenitz.

On April 18, 1987, she married David P. Funk at Emmaus Church in Whitewater. They were blessed with four children in the years to come. She enjoyed her role as a mother and keeping the home running smoothly. Family was important to her and she greatly looked forward to quality time spent with her loving family and many friends.

Juanita was an active member of the Grace Community Church in Newton and kept her connections with Emmaus Church in Whitewater. Faith was very important to Juanita. All who knew her saw the evidence of her strong faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Juanita is survived by her husband, David; father, Walter Busenitz; sons and their spouses, Aaron and Holly Funk, Jason and Nelsy Funk, and Titus Funk; daughter and her husband Tina and Andrew Price; brothers and their spouses: Robert and Marilyn, Stephen, Mark and Joan, Reuben and Diana, Ethan and Denise, Earl and Cori Busenitz; sisters and their spouses: Fern and Rick Rudolph, Elizabeth and Jim Pearce, Lillian and Dan Jerred, Kip and Pearl Nanninga; sister in law and her husband: Rachel and Gordon Busenitz. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her mother: Susie; brother: Jonathan Busenitz and nephew: Douglas Pearce.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at Grace Community Church with Pastors David Reimer and Steve Friesen presiding. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the Fireside Room at Grace Community Church, The family will be present to greet friends. Interment will be at the Emmaus Cemetery in Whitewater.

David and Juanita had a special connection with Honduras and took multiple mission trips there to work at Project Talitha Cumi, a home for abandoned girls. Juanita requested that memorials be given to World Indigenous Mission in support of Project Talitha Cumi. Memorials can be given in care of Petersen Funeral Home or online at to the “AA-Juanita Funk Memorial Fund” listed under Special Projects.

Petersen Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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