Frances E. Bunk, 80, of Route 305, passed away Monday
(April 9, 2012) at the Olean General Hospital with the whole of her
immediate and extended family by her side.
Born Jan. 8, 1932, she was the eldest child of Harvard C. and Doris M.
A. Shaw Hitchcock. On Feb. 19, 1955, she married Anthony A. Bunk Sr.,
Frances grew up in Knapps Creek, and was a 1951 graduate of Olean High
Following her marriage she moved to Belfast, where she spent the rest
of her life doing what she loved most - caring for her family.
She enjoyed spending her summers at the family cabin on Lamoka Lake,
shopping, playing cards and bingo, and was well known for her beautiful
Ever the involved mother and grandmother, Frances served as a Cub Scout
leader for her sons and grandson, as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for
her daughter and as a Camp Fire leader for her grandchildren.
She was a member of the McKee Chapter #212 of the Order of the Eastern
Star, Cuba, and the Belfast Area Betterment Association. She attended
both the Christ Episcopal Church in Cuba and the Belfast United
In addition to her family, Frances especially loved her dogs, Gecko and
Jack, who were her constant companions during her recent illness.
In addition to her husband of 57 years, she is survived by three
children, Anthony (Linda) Bunk Jr. of Cuba, Douglas (Kimberly) Bunk and
Valerie (Eric) Goldthwait, both of Belfast; seven grandchildren, Phillip
(Brandy) Bunk, Denise (Mike) Bunk-Hatch, Chris “Cricket” Goldthwait,
Michelle (Fred) Childs, Keith (Heather) Borden, Jesse Borden and Tony
Ratzel; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mavis (Herman) Foster,
Darlene (Edward) Stover and Donna (William) Rice; two brothers, Charles
Hitchcock Sr. and Harvard (Marilyn) Hitchcock; a brother-in-law, Jack
Peters; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; an infant daughter, Susan; two
sisters, Shirley Peters and Rosemary Cooley; a sister-in-law, Virginia
Hitchcock; a brother-in-law, Grant Cooley; and a nephew and godson,
Charles Hitchcock Jr.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 24 Genesee Parkway, Cuba, where
funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 14, 2012). The
Rev. Marian Schneider will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount View
Cemetery Veterans' Field of Honor in Olean.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Olean General Hospital
Foundation, in care of the Marie Lorenz Dialysis Center, 515 Main St.,
Olean, NY 14760, or to the National Kidney Foundation, 300 Delaware
Ave., Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14202.