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In Memory of Ernest Kunesh


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sunday March 27, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton St
Baldwin WI, 54002

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday March 27, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
1010 Newton St
Baldwin WI, 54002

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Ernest Joseph Kunesh, age 64, resident of Baldwin, WI passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2022 at his residence, surrounded by family. Ernie was born on February 26, 1958 to parents Richard and Elizabeth (Zehoski) Kunesh in St. Paul, MN.  He was the oldest of eight children in his family. He attended Farmington High School, and graduated in 1976. While in high school, Ernie was a very strong runner. He was involved in both track and cross country, even competing in state meets.  When Ernie turned 18, he purchased a car he would have for the rest of his life, the 1966 Pontiac GTO.  Ernie loved this car!

On August 30, 1982, Ernie married the love of his life Shannon Nelson and through this union, they were blessed with a daughter. Ernie enjoyed spending time with his family and absolutely adored his grandchildren. He loved building things and was a very skilled handy man. He could fix or build just about anything.

Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Shannon; daughter Laura (Trevor) Swanson; grandchildren, Thomas, Melody, and Tessa; parents, Richard and Elizabeth; siblings, Mary, Teresa, Charles, David, Maureen, and Steve; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 27, 2022 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home 1010 Newton St. Baldwin, WI 54002.  Visitation will take place one hour prior. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials preferred to the family.

Services are entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, www.oconnellfuneralservices.com, (715) 684-3434.

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  • Ernie
    I have fond memories of competing with you for the Farmington
    Tiger track and cross country teams. God bless
    Mark Henry .

  • To my cross country running buddy, Ernie, who never liked to take short cuts to avoid completing a full workout, this early exit from life is a great mystery. Ernie always hung in there tough and ran the full distance during every practice. Well, almost every practice. Only a few times in the four years we practiced together, do I remember Ernie ever taking a short cut to lessen the miles we were supposed to run. It just wasn’t Ernie’s way. As a result of Ernie’s hard work and dedication to the sport, Ernie was a top notch cross country runner throughout high school. I have a feeling Ernie took these same “take no shortcuts” attitude with him throughout his life. Ernie was not only a very good runner, he was also a very good guy and a dear friend. It sounds like Ernie’s life after high school turned out just as good. I believe it’s not how long we live on Earth that’s most important, but simply how we live while we’re here. And from what I know about Ernie, he did it right.

  • I surely will miss your quiet presence around my bonfires. You will be missed at every family event. Sister in law, Sandy