Janet Kunsman, 71, clerk active in veterans groups

July 28, 2006

Janet N. L. Kunsman, a retired accounting clerk who was active in several veterans organizations, died of complications from an infection Sunday at Milford Memorial Hospital in Milford, Del. The former Owings Mills resident was 71.

Janet Nancy Lee Quidley was born in Baltimore and raised on Hilton Street. After graduating from Western High School in 1953, she enlisted in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve.

Mrs. Kunsman served until 1959 as a secretary in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of lance corporal.

After raising her family, she became an accounting clerk in the 1970s and held jobs with Lee Dopkin Plumbing Supplies, Esskay, Riggs Distler Co., and Poole & Kent Co. until retiring in 1998.

Mrs. Kunsman was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 521 Ladies Auxiliary in Owings Mills, and a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 116 of the Reisterstown American Legion.

She was also a member of the Military Order of the Cootie, and was a past president of the Maryland Military Order of the Cootie. At her death, she was treasurer of the national and Maryland organizations,

Mrs. Kunsman volunteered at area veterans hospitals, family members said.

"She dedicated her life to her family and veterans," said a daughter, Tamera J. Gregory of Coconut Creek, Fla.

Her husband of 30 years, Richard E. Kunsman, a Hemingway Trucking Co. driver, died in 1984.

Mrs. Kunsman was a founding member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, 515 Academy Ave., Reisterstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.

Also surviving are four other daughters, Ellen M. Cohn of Reisterstown, Janet J. Westfall of Perry Hall, Deanna L. Yost of Towson and Kathleen K. Velleggia of Freeland; two brothers, Quentin Quidley of Warren, Mich., and Dewey Quidley of Lakewood, Colo.; five sisters, Adelaide Healey of Lakewood, Darlene Matterson of Needles, Calif., Patricia Kellerman of Bel Air, Betty Russell of Pasadena and Scharley Miller of Lutherville; and 12 grandchildren.

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