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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
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Kathleen "Kathy" (Dvorsky) Nunemaker, 64, of Cedar Rapids, passed away from a heart attack on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, with burial to follow at St. John's Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with a vigil service at 7 p.m., at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
Kathy is survived by her loving family, including husband, Dave; son, Ben Nunemaker of Santa Monica, Calif.; and daughter, Angela Nunemaker of Santa Monica, Calif.; brothers, Steve Dvorsky (Sandy) of St. Paul, Minn., and Dave Dvorsky (Marti) of Cedar Rapids, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Christine Dvorsky; mother, Bernice Dvorsky; father, Donald Dvorsky; and grandparents.
Kathy was born May 9, 1956, at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Regis High School in 1974, and earned her bachelor's degree from Mount Mercy College in 1978. Kathy married Dave in 1979 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where she was a charter member. She spent 13 years of her career working in classified ads, rising to supervisor at The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Her desire to care for children led to her opening a home daycare business, which she operated for many years, helping mold the community's young hearts and minds and establishing timeless friendships. Her love for cooking progressed into her role as a cook at the Linn County Jail.
Kathy was a fun-loving, beautiful wife and mother who embraced life to the fullest. She will be remembered for her kind heart, dedication to her family, selfless ability to care for others and knack for making everyone feel right at home. Her ability to listen and understand anyone's situation in a caring manner was unparalleled. Kathy was a very accomplished cook and baker as well as a great hostess for many well-orchestrated gatherings and parties. She always ensured that everyone had plenty of delicious homemade food and never left hungry. She willingly shared her cooking expertise and life experiences with the people around her. Kathy greatly valued the health benefits of exercising, fresh air, and sunshine, walking almost every day, often including family, friends and neighbors.
Kathy especially enjoyed time with her family in any setting. Some of her fondest memories were from family vacations around the country and abroad. Her most recent exciting adventure was a family trip to New Orleans in 2019. She also treasured three cruises she sailed, two Hawaiian and one Caribbean, as well as a two-week tour of Europe. Most of all, she loved regularly visiting Santa Monica, Calif., to see Ben and Angela, who moved there in 2010 and 2017, respectively. Kathy will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all those who knew her.
Please share your support and memories with Kathy's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.