It is with sadness that the family of Joseph Kuni announces his peaceful passing on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, with his wife at his side. Survived by his wife, Mary Louise (Murphy) Kuni and their children, David (Annie) Kuni, and Joëlle Kuni (Greg Long). Proud Grandpa to Matthew and Chloë Kuni, and Caleb Long. Also surviving are his brothers, Wendell Kuni (Brenda), and Anthony Kuni (Alma), and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Maria (Baumann) Kuni, and his brothers, Alex, Frank, and Steve Kuni.
Joe was born on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946, in Kleinsteinbach, Germany. Joe and his family immigrated to Canada in August 1952, and moved to Raleigh Township. Joe and Tony attended St. Patrick’s School in Merlin, where they both quickly learned the English language and about life in Canada. A good education was important to Joe and he excelled at his schooling while continuing his work chores at home.
After moving to Chatham, Joe attended John McGregor Secondary School, then Chatham Collegiate Institute. After graduating, he attended Windsor Teachers College, and was hired by the then Chatham Catholic Separate School Board. He taught at two schools in Chatham-Kent, before becoming a Principal at several schools including St. Ambrose, Christ the King (Wallaceburg), John Uyen, St. Vincent, St. Mary’s (Blenheim), and St. Agnes. While continuing his career in education, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, University of Windsor and his Master of Education, University of Toronto. He also worked as Assistant to the Director for four years in this time, before retiring in 1998. His love of education and the English language continued over his career, always encouraging children to learn. Although he would reprimand a student for misbehaving, the children always knew that the following day their slate would be clean. Family, friends, and hopefully, many of his students will remember his smile and joy for life. At Joe’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with a private family burial service at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2-4 p.m., at Aristo’s, 307 Grand Avenue West, Chatham. In his memory, donations may be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice, Heart and Stroke Foundation, RTO-ERO Foundation, or charity of choice.