Aug 20, 2010
by WLJ

Leslie Marilyn Kunde

Leslie Marilyn Kunde entered into rest peacefully at home in Glen Ellen, CA, surrounded by her loving family, July 27, 2010.

She was the dearly beloved and cherished mother of Jeff R. (Roberta) Kunde and Keith L. (Stacey) Kunde, all of Kenwood, and Marcia M. (Jim) Mickelson, of Bennett Valley. She was the adored grandmother of Jared Kunde, Bobby Mickelson, Jenna Kunde, Jamie Mickelson, Jordan Kunde and Kash Kunde; as well as the loving sister of Robert Coley, of Colorado.

A native of San Francisco, she was 79 years of age. Leslie is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Arthur W. “Bob” Kunde, in 2008.

Leslie, along with her late husband, were co-founders of the Kunde Family Estate Winery and Wildwood Vineyards in Kenwood. Together, they were deeply involved with the Sonoma County Fair as well as proud supporters of many agricultural youth organizations within Sonoma County.

Leslie was a member of the Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen’s Association, the American Hereford Association, and a resident of the community for the past 58 years.

The Kunde family wishes to express deepest thanks, appreciation and gratitude for the compassionate care extended to the entire family by Leslie’s caregivers, Margery VanDorp and Lois Gardea.

A celebration of Leslie’s life was held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at St. Francis Solano Catholic Church in Sonoma, CA.

As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions in Leslie’s name be made to the Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County - Scholarship Fund, 970 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, the 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1283, Rohnert Park, CA 94927 or the Kenwood Firemen’s Association, P.O. Box 249, Kenwood, CA 95452. Arrangements entrusted to Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel.