Obituary: Barbara Rundquist

LEONARDVILLE, KS (June 23, 2015) – Barbara Ann Rundquist, 83, of Leonardville, passed away Monday, June 8, 2015, at her home. She was the wife of retired Covenant pastor Dolan Rundquist.

Dolan & Barbara RundquistShe was born on February 5, 1932, in Clay Center, the daughter of George F. and Margaret E. (Nanninga) Trumpp. She grew up in the Leonardville community, where she attended the Evangelical Covenant Church.

She married Dolan on June 27, 1951. He survives.

In 1951 she graduated from North Park Junior College. She worked for the dean of music at Bethany College, Covenant Offices in Chicago, and General Cable Corporation until Dolan finished college and seminary.

She then finished her college education at Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught fourth and fifth grades in Tacoma, Washington, and Loveland, Colorado. She also taught learning skills at Central College in McPherson, Kansas, and directed and taught the Stillman Valley (Illinois) Covenant Preschool.

Together with her husband they served Covenant churches in Washington, Colorado, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois, and Nebraska. She was active in children’s work, taught senior high and adult Sunday school classes, sponsored senior adult overnight outings, and directed choirs in churches they served.

She sang in the Bethany Oratorio Society for 10 years, and for several years she took piano lessons from international concert pianist James Cook at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She served on the National Board of Covenant Women as national historian for five years and on the Covenant Midwest Conference Board for six years, functioning as liaison from that board to Covenant Cedars Bible Camp in Nebraska.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Darin Rundquist of Leonardville; a daughter, Krista Schoonover of Loves Park, Illinois; and a granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 12, at the Clay Center Covenant Church with pastors Grant Clay and Dwight Diller officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Memorials have been established for Women Ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church and Clay Center Covenant Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas.


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  • Hi Dolan! I worked with Barbara at the Covenant Office in the early 50s and went to classes with you. That was a long time ago! My sympathy to you. Barb certainly did a lot of things! Blessings to you! Shirley Gustafson

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