A Married Gay Couple Attends a German Catholic Family Reunion
Their son Jerome Kunkel, who, later in life (when he decided to run for mayor of Jasper and won) changed his first name to Roman, was my grandfather, and he married Caroline Hoffman. Together they had nine children: eight girls and one boy. Eventually their offspring produced 37 children, giving Mary Beth and me dozens of Kunkel cousins (with none at all on the Whaley side). My father started dating my mother when they both attended Jasper High School in late 1930’s, and the first time he came over to the Kunkel household filled with all these girls running around, he thought there was a party going on!
|The Kunkel Children (the oldest, Maxine is missing), my mother is at the far right|
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On Sunday David and I drove home. He had met an overwhelming number of my Kunkel relatives, and they all had treated us both with affection and much good humor. That side trip to the Whaley side of the family in the Cox Cemetery tied both of my family trees together in a way that I will think about in a deep and satisfying way for a long time.