Norma J. Dunkelbarger, 105, passed away on January 4, 2021. She was born Norma Jean Kahn, on October 5, 1915 in Kansas City, KS to Milton and Mattie (Lee) Kahn, the fourth of their five children. She lived in the area her entire life. As well as being a wife and mother, she worked primarily in banking as a mortgage loan officer. She retired in 1980, as Vice President from First State Bank in Kansas City, KS after a 28 year career. She was a member of the Kansas City, KS Women's Chamber of Commerce during her career.
She and her first husband Horace L. "Dode" John had two sons, Bill and Ken, both of this area. In 1981, she married Robert Dunkelbarger, a high school classmate. They were active members of Bristol Hills UMC, traveled extensively, and had a wonderful life together until his death in 1993. She was a long time resident of Town Village of Leawood, where she was known for her spirited personality.
Norma came from a beautiful fun loving, close knit family. She was a child of the Depression, which helped form her character as an honorable and hardworking citizen. She was a great cook, known for her wonderful cranberry relish, deviled eggs, and chocolate chip cookies. She thrived on crossword puzzles and TV game shows, which helped keep her mind active and sharp.
She leaves behind both sons, Kenneth John, of Overland Park, and William John, (Mari) of Leawood, two grandsons, Adam John, and Derek John (Emily), great grand daughters Naima and Alma John, all of Chicago, step-son Larry Dunkelbarger (Norma) of Ballston Spa, NY, and many loving nieces and nephews around the country. She was the last surviving member of our family's greatest generation, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A private service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery in Kansas City, KS. Memorial contributions can be made to Bristol Hills UMC, 4826 County Line Rd. Kansas City, KS 66106 or Cross-Lines Community Outreach, 736 Shawnee Ave., Kansas City, KS 66105, where she volunteered for several years.