May 29, 1929 - Sep. 25, 2020

Date of Service: Oct. 2, 2020

BURLEY – Dona Kunau, a life-long resident of Burley, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at home.

She was born on May 29, 1929, in Declo, Idaho, the daughter of James Orien (John) and Emma Elizabeth Andersen Ashcraft. She and Glen Kunau, also a life-long resident of Burley, were married on Dec. 12, 1948, at the Kunau cabin in Ketchum, Idaho. They were happily married for almost 72 years.

Together with her husband, they raised five children, Kristie K. Stafford (Ken) of Manhattan, Kansas; Karen Pinder (Philip) of Nassau, Bahamas; Robert James Kunau (Nancy) of Burley, Idaho; Scott Howard Kunau (Aimee) of Star, Idaho; and Richard Glen Kunau of Declo, Idaho, to be successful, smart, well-educated and caring. In addition to raising a lawyer, a nurse, a politician, a computer expert and a rancher/farmer, Dona and Glen taught their children valuable life lessons about empathy, communication, and common sense. They have four grandchildren, Sam, Delaney, Rayn and Hudson.

In addition to being a wife and mother, Dona was also an active volunteer in the Burley community and the Idaho Republican Party. Dona volunteered with the American Cancer Society, giving talks and showing films on the consequences of smoking. She was a Campfire Girls Leader and also a leader for her sons’ Cub Scout groups. Dona served on the Burley Public Library Board, and was the Treasurer for the Burley Methodist Church for many years. Dona was a ski instructor for the Pomerelle Ski School for many years, giving up her Saturdays to teach kids how to ski.

Dona served as a State Committee Woman for the Idaho Republican Party and represented Cassia County at state conventions and Idaho at several national Republican conventions. She was named to the Idaho Republican Hall of Fame, and received the award for Outstanding Republican Worker in 1987 from the Idaho State Republicans.

One of her passions was playing bridge, which she did for over 60 years with different Burley clubs. She also enjoyed duplicate bridge, and played with several friends over the years.

The family is thankful for the loving care and attention for both Dona and Glen by their very special care-givers, Tammy Zimmerman, Valle Steube, Lowayne Wall, Brittany Self, Jesse Carter, and Josie Hauser, and to their good friends, Cindy Moyle and Glenda Meacham.

She is survived by her husband; her children and grandchildren; and two sisters, Cheryl Gillette (Jim) of Burley, and Linda McFarland of Lave Hot Springs, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Kenneth Ashcraft and Donald (Swede) Ashcraft.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, with the Rev. Kenneth Haftorson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, and from1 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family recommends memorials be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Burley Public Library Foundation.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/M-HJWjkMHiE.

Condolences for Dona Kunau

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From Jennifer Holm Jamison:
My mother, Nettie Tucker Holm, spoke often about what a sweet person Dona was when they were in school together. She will definitely be missed by many! Condolences to your family and friends.
From Eleanor Hewlett:
I love that Dona started a Friday morning coffee get together many years ago. We are still keeping it going. Bob makes our coffee and it's ready at 9:30 every Friday morning. I am so happy to have known Dona and send my love and sympathy to all the family.
From Kevin Smith:
I have been fortunate over the past years to get to know Dona, Glen and their loving family. Dona half kiddingly scolded me at times for getting Glen home late from Thursday meetings. I have seen and felt their, Love, Concern, and Compassion for one another. Dona is a Great Lady, always doing good things for the right reasons for those around her. Dona will be missed, but not forgotten and is resting in a better place.
From Randy Price:
Dona's son Scott was and is my best childhood friend. I spent many happy hours as a treasured guest in the Kunau home. Dona always welcomed me without reservation and she treated me just like one of her own kids. High praise indeed! I knew her as an intelligent and witty lady. Always very classy! I was fortunate to have known this good family! My prayers are with you all.
From Gay Dawn and Lonnie Downs:
I remember Dona when I was in grade school. I attended birthday parties for Kristie and Dona was sure everyone felt welcome! Upon returning to Burley over 35 years ago, I became better acquainted with Bob and Richard at Farmer's Corner. Got to know their families and on occasion even got to visit with Kris when she was visiting her parents here in Burley. Great memories of Glen, Dona and family. Our sincere prayers and condolences to all of the family.
From Ray and Deanne Patterson:
Although we did not know Dona and Glen, we do know Robert, Nancy and Hudson who are dear friends to us. We admire their love for the community and the goodness and honesty evident to all in how they live and conduct their lives. Therefore, we pay tribute to a good woman, Dona, who certainly influenced their lives.
From Viki and Larry Osterhout :
Glenn , I am so sorry for the lose of your sweet wife. I certainly enjoyed knowing her and the example she is to everyone. Always a great smile and never a bad word. Viki and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
From Tommie DeN:
I have good memories of happy times with Dona. Condolences to your family. ~Don and Tommie Dean

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