Joan Catherine (Kriese) Bunte

December 22, 1955 ~ March 15, 2021 (age 65)


Joan Catherine (Kriese) Bunte, 65, of Indianapolis, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021.  She was born on December 22, 1955 in Indianapolis, to the late Maurice August and Thelma Theresa (Springman) Kriese.  

Joan graduated from Emmerich Manual High School, class of 1974, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from IUPUI.

Joan was a beloved teacher with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for over 15 years and was a Certified Tennis Instructor for the Indianapolis Tennis Center.  She was a member of Holy Rosary parish.  She was a published author with her daughter-in-law, Alison Madden, of the story “Fred & Fiona Flea: The Crown Jewels Caper.”  

She will be remembered by family, friends, and former students for her generosity, warmth, and commitment to the Catholic faith.

Survivors include her children, Martin (Ann) Madden, Peter (Alison) Madden and Anne Bunte; brothers, Tom (Maureen), Chuck (Claire), Joe (Debbie) and Fritz (Nancy) Kriese; grandchildren, Eleanor, Evelyn, Teddy, Charles, Catherine and George Madden.  She was preceded in death by her husband, David Bunte; and sister, Claire Kriese.

Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 18 at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens St., with Rev. Ryan McCarthy presiding.  Burial:  Calvary Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions have been suggested to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

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March 17, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home
1458 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Mass of Christian Burial
March 18, 2021

10:00 AM
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
520 Stevens Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203


Holy Rosary Catholic Church
520 Stevens St., Indianapolis, IN 46203,
Tel: 317-636-4478

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