Doris Natalie Brunk

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Doris Natalie Brunk, 83
LIMINGTON -- Doris Natalie Brunk, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, with her family by her side.
She was born in South Limington on Oct. 11, 1927, the daughter of Ralph Hasty and Florence Isabelle (Riley). Doris graduated from Limington Academy in 1947 and then attended Pelletier's School of Cosmetology in Sanford.
On March 21, 1948, Doris married Limington basketball and baseball star, Edward G. Brunk. Doris met Ed at the Limington Gym where she watched him play. On their first date they went bowling. They bought Ed's grandfather's estate, Dr. John F. Moulton, in Limington Village where they made a wonderful life together and had four children.
Doris was a very private and serious woman. Only her closest loved ones really knew and saw her sense of humor. She was a multi-talented woman and a very hard worker. She was a great organizer and planner. She worked at GE in Limerick for a couple years and did hair on the side and eventually opened the Limington Beauty Shop from her home in 1958. In the mid-60s she was involved in the Limington Town Plays and did makeup and hair.
She was a great cook and always prepared plenty. Anyone who showed up at mealtime was invited to pull up a chair. Her hands were never idol. Throughout her life, she made dozens of gingerbread houses during the holidays for her grandchildren, made at least one hundred quilts and made hundreds of mittens. Her energy seemed endless and there was always something to do on the farm. She wasn't timid about getting things done, like shooting a woodchuck from the kitchen window and doing carpentry and yard work.
Doris enjoyed keeping her home in order and neat as a new pin. She loved singing and music. Riding in the car on family trips was always a fun time for her and Ed and the children. It was a time for singing favorite oldies and hymns in beautiful harmony, singing rounds and laughing together. She especially loved singing with her youngest daughter and they often sang in church together. When Doris was in her 50s, she dabbled with piano lessons, which helped her to read music better.
Doris was a member of the Standish Baptist Church, where she was very active. She taught Sunday school, did substitute teaching and sang in the choir. She and Ed were part of a church ministry group that visited local nursing homes. She was always called upon to organize church suppers and other functions. Doris was a loving and caring wife and mother.
Doris Natalie Brunk
She treasured each and every family gathering, especially the many Christmas' when all the grandchildren would come and the entire family would sing together. Doris loved her family more than words can adequately express.
In 1981, when Ed retired, Doris and he started traveling to Florida a few weeks during the winter. Doris didn't mind traveling but hated to be far from her family. In 1998, on their 50th wedding anniversary, Doris and Ed went to Hawaii. The trip was a gift from their three children. It was the first time they had ever been on a plane. Doris retired in 2003 after being a beautician for 55 years. When Ed's health declined, she lovingly took care of him at home until just before his passing in 2005.
Doris was predeceased by her husband of 57 and a half years, Edward G. Brunk, who passed away on Nov. 13, 2005; an infant son, Edward Jr.; two brothers, George and William Hasty, and three sisters, Catherine Leavitt, Christine Martell and Joyce Weeman. She is survived by one sister, Mary Gray of Gorham; and three children, Brenda McGrath and her husband Roger of Limington, Gregory A. Brunk and his wife Linda of Limington, and Laurie Saucier and her husband Louis of Porter. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Michael Gould and his wife Melissa of Limington, Gregory J. Brunk and his wife Annah-joy of Buxton, Bryan Brunk and his wife Bethany of Grantham, Pa., Nichole Gatten and her husband Shawn of Grantham, Pa., Jessica Farrington of Portland, Matthew Brunk, currently of Lancaster, Calif.; and 11 great-grandchildren, Asa, Isabella, Reese, Nicholas, Abel, Gregory E., Timothy, Olivia, Ryker, Marietta and Kylen. Doris was also a loving aunt and leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. She was known to them all as Aunt Dody.
The family would like to thank everyone who was involved in Doris' care for the past several months. We were so fortunate to have such compassionate nurses and private caregivers. The tender love and care they bestowed was truly a comfort to all of us.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Watson Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple St., Cornish. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m., at the Standish Baptist Church, Rt. 25; Gregory A. Brunk officiating. There will be a private burial in the spring of 2011.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to:
VNA Home Health & Hospice
50 Foden Rd.
South Portland, Maine 04106

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 27, 2010