FULTON — Donald “Butch” Kunzwiler, 82, of Fulton, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Oswego Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Oswego, New York, to the late Wray and Antoinette Margaret (Toporowski) Kunzwiler and was a longtime resident of Fulton, New York.
Donald began his career in Lyons, New York, having worked in the Education System for mmore than 35 years as an Administrator and Principal. Mr. K. returned home and worked in the Fulton School District where he served as Principal, overseeing five elementary schools and finally retiring as the Principal at Fairgrieve Elementary School in the early 90’s.
Donald was the past president for the Fulton Youth Hockey and the Fulton Polish Home. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Oswego Country Club.
Donald had a passion for children having a well-rounded education including extracurricular activities. He loved to attend his sons’ and grandchildren’s sporting events having also volunteered many hours as a coach for baseball, football.
Mr. K was a tireless mentor to numerous local children through the years.
He was an avid communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Minetto.
Don was survived by his devoted wife of 58 years Carolyn Kunzwiler of Fulton, their sons, Jeffrey D. (Amy) Kunzwiler of Fulton and Michael K. (Mary) Kunzwiler of Oswego; six grandchildren, Krysten Amy, Kyle Kunzwiler, Brady Kunzwiler, Sophie Kunzwiler, Michael J. Kunzwiler and Marissa R. Kunzwiler; and several nieces and nephews.
Don was predeceased by his older brothers, Robert, Floyd, and John Kunzwiler.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Guy Baccaro.
Entombment will follow in All Saint’s Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego.
Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. 2nd St. S., Fulton.
In light of Don’s lifelong dedication to education the family has requested that in lieu of flowers to please consider bringing school supplies that could be distributed throughout the community in honor of Don.