Joseph William Kuni (Joe)


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.


17 Comments on “Joseph William Kuni (Joe)”

  1. Our sympathy goes out to you……..Mary Lou, David, Joelle and family. We have such good memories of working with Joe
    in several Chatham Separate Schools. Joe was an excellent teacher with a huge sense of humour.
    You will all be in our prayers.
    Cam & Shirley Gilhula

  2. Mary Lou:
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband.
    Thinking of you during this time of grief.
    I know he had not been well.

    Take Care

    Linda Goldsmith

  3. Mary Lou, David, Annie, Joelle & Greg. Our family has lost a loved member. We pray that beautiful memories are with you during this sad time. Brotherly love is never ending. Rest well Koundog. See you on the other side.. Love Always, Tony & Alma

  4. I do remember Joe from St. Pat’s School many years ago. I recall him being a jovial, friendly guy. Sincere sympathy to the Kuni families.

  5. My deepest condolences. Mr.Kuni was my all time favorite principal to work for. I have lots of great memories of him and his shenanigans. He was one of a kind who gave his whole heart to the staff and students in his care and will be missed my many. RIP Mr.Kuni.

    Until we meet again.
    Cathy DeBresser Knowler

  6. Condolence to Mary Lou and David and Joelle,

    Sorry hear about wonderful guy who passed away. sorry for loss of your husband and father. you all will be in my prayers at this sad time. if they is anything I can do you and your family.

  7. We are very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to You Mary Lou and all your family.We remember the old times…Many Blessings. with love Alice , Andy Scheibli, Michael Scheibli & Valerie Fritz….God Bless you all…..

  8. To The Kuni Family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. Our boys, Josh and Jay attended John Uyen School when Joe was principal there. Joe was always so kind and fair and was actually like a big teddy bear. He was one of those people who made all those around him feel somehow better about themselves. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kuni family.

  9. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kuni. Some of my fondest memories are from St. Vincent School when he was our principal. He set high expectations for all students and always had a friendly smile for you when you passed him in the hallway. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  10. Pam and l extend our deepest condolences to Mary Lou & family. I enjoyed our many years of working with Joe and sharing many laughs with such a kind and sharing person!

  11. Sue Luzon
    I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He taught me at George P Vanier school. He was my favourite teacher. He knew how to lift you up. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  12. Dear Kuni Family,
    We am so sad to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful kind man always with a bright smile. He was a wonderful neighbour for many years and also a mentor as we work together at Saint Agnes school for several years. To his great kids David and Joelle, we enjoyed many good times as kids in our early years and in high school. May the wonderful memories you shared together as a family help you to get through this difficult time and the great loss he leaves in your hearts.
    Lisa and Rob Pieta

  13. Mr. Kuni was my principal at St. Ambrose. At that time he wore big chunky shoes that would echo down the hall. Everyone knew he was coming. He would lean into your class to speak to the teacher and we could tell by the look on his face if this was a good visit or not. His smile would encompass the room. As a child, I felt safe in his presence.
    For the family I wish my condolences and happy memories to share.

  14. Mary Lou & family, My family and I are saddened to learn of Joe’s passing. Mr Kuni was one of the great ones. My twin brother Tony and I will always remember him during our years at St Vincent. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers during this time.

  15. I am so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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