December 29, 1943 - June 6, 2021
Mary Carol Bunte (nee Beversdorf) 77, of West Lafayette, IN, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in West Lafayette, IN. A Remembrance Reception will be held on Sunday, July 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, IN. Mary was born in Chicago, IL to Margaret Ione (nee Christensen) and Roy Charles Beversdorf on December 29, 1943. She married David Paul Bunte on December 28, 1965 in Chicago, IL. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wheaton College and a Masters in Art Education from Purdue University. She retired in 2007 after 33 years of teaching art, primarily in the West Lafayette and Tippecanoe school corporations. Mary has been using fiber in various forms for most of her life—from the humble beginnings of doll clothing, knitted scarves, and macramé pot hangers, to exhibiting work in major quilt shows. Because her teaching required a broad knowledge of art materials and techniques, her own art incorporates a variety of approaches. Her work includes a series of chiaroscuro architectural pieces, photo quilts inspired by trips to Europe, and draped female figure studies. She was a member of FibR, a local group of fiber artists working in a variety of media, the Purdue Women’s Club (PWC) Quilting Connection, and Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Her work has been shown at International Quilt Association (IQA) shows in Houston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Long Beach, and Portland; SAQA shows in Houston and Cincinnati; and Sacred Threads exhibits in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Michigan. Music was another great passion of Mary’s, and she played piano throughout her life, including accompanying her daughters at recitals, playing hymns and worship songs at church, and was invited on stage to play at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Mary is lovingly remembered by her adoring husband, David Bunte; her daughters, Brooke Bunte, Bryana Bunte, and Brittany (Hans) Rees; grand-children Graham Rees and Eliza Rees; her brother, Ron (Connie) Beversdorf of Orland Park, IL; nieces Kristen (Chris) Beversdorf-Safranski, Erin Beversdorf, and Brian (Marisa) Beversdorf; and her many cousins scattered in Nebraska, Kansas, California, and more. In lieu of flowers, the Bunte Family requests any memorial gifts be given to the Arts or Religious organization of your choice, or to Mary’s favorite quilt show, Sacred Threads (www.sacredthreadsquilts.com). The Bunte family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to The Gathering Ministries of Lafayette, the River of Life Christian Church in Logansport, IN, Westminster Village, and Franciscan Hospice Care for their support during Mary’s final journey.
Mary Carol Bunte (nee Beversdorf) 77, of West Lafayette, IN, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021 in West Lafayette, IN. A Remembrance Reception will be held on Sunday, July 18, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, IN. Mary... View Obituary & Service Information
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