Aug 30, 2015


Agnes Thorpe-Kromer Kuns, 95 years, 7 months old, passed away July 18, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz., due to complications from a stoke.

She was born Dec. 15, 1911, in Sandusky, the eldest of nine children, to Louis Thorpe-Kromer and Lavina Rader Kromer, now deceased. Agnes married Gerald "Jerry" Kuns March 3, 1930. The first years of married life were spent in Fremont, where the Kuns and Obermayer families settled in 1832. They next made their home in Sandusky and Castalia until 1953 when they moved, with their family, to California.

Agnes worked for Bendix Aviation, Ltd., and subsidiary, Electrical Components, as an assembler. In an article in the Bendix News in 1967, she was photographed with her "steady hands" assembling shorting plugs and JTRE connectors used by airframe and missile firms and also connectors for engines powering the first and second stages of the Saturn rocket, Apollo II and others.

Agnes loved sports and was a "star" basketball player and excelled in other sports at Margaretta High School from 1925-26. She loved walking and gardening and will long be remembered for her Christmas Cactus. Many family members received slips from the plant and they're blooming all over the world. She loved to dance and her song and motto was "I'm gonna dance 'til I die!" Blessed with good health, she was dancing to Country-Western music just two weeks before her death. From 2000-05 she resided in Corona, Calif., near her daughter, Janet, and from 2005 until her death, she enjoyed living in a senior assisted living home near her son, Dean, in Arizona.

She is survived by her children, Marilyn (Lester) Tompkins of Kailua, Hawaii, Janet (Roger) Becker of Corona, Calif., Jerry (Theresa) Kuns of San Francisco, and Dean Kuns of Tucson; seven grandchildren, Sandi (Ron) Tompkins-Dennis; Brenda (Steve) Tompkins-Carr; Gary (Kathy) Becker, Ellen (Jim) Becker-Granado, Susan Becker, Dean Kuns II and Eliena Kuns; seven great-grandchildren; and last surviving sibling, brother, Elmer (Mary) Kromer of Sandusky.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Gerald A. Kuns in 1996; her parents, Louis and Lavina (Rader) Thorpe-Kromer; three brothers, Louis, Joseph and Rolland F.; and four sisters, Marguerite Ostheimer, Genevive Houk, Virginia Streng and Ruth Kromer.

Agnes loved baking cookies and giving them to others. She will be fondly remembered by her family, many friends and doctors as "the Cookie Grandma!"

Memorial contributions may be made to Guide Dog for the Blind, PO Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950 or Grace Lutheran Church, 203 S. Washington St., Castalia, OH 44824.

Her earthly body was cremated and her ashes will be scattered during a family ceremony in her beloved mountains of Arizona.

To contact the family go to Janet Becker at or Marilyn Tompkins at