Adella May (Brunk) Kanagy

Adella May (Brunk) Kanagy, 95, of Valley View Haven, Belleville, passed away at 2:41 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Haven.

Born Nov. 12, 1922, in Biglerville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Alice (Yoder) Brunk. On June 9, 1948, she married Lee Hartzler Kanagy. He passed away on April 5, 2012.

Surviving are: her children, Dan L. Kanagy, of Tokyo, Japan, Ruthy Kanagy, of Eugene, Ore., David Kanagy and wife, Miyako, of Panama, Tim Kanagy and wife, Donna, of Beckley, W.Va., and Lois Papetti and husband, Ron, of Fairfax, Va.; grandchildren, Erin Kanagy-Loux and husband, James Murphy, Elena Kanagy-Loux and husband, Brook Bergland, Joseph Kanagy, Aubrey Kanagy-Jackson and husband, Wesley, Tim Kanagy II, Robbie Papetti and Rickie Papetti; great-grandchildren, Kaelani and Makani Kanagy-Biller, Seven Werneth and Wilder Murphy; a sister, Mabel Brunk of Goshen, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Brunk, of Goshen, Ind.

While in Japan, she was preceded in death by a son, John Ernest Kanagy, who was 14 and a half months old. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Brunk, and two brothers, Ivan Brunk and Milton Brunk.

Adella was a registered nurse and she graduated from the LaJunta Mennonite School of Nursing in LaJunta Colorado. She received a B.A. at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., and a M.A. at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She served as a missionary to Japan with her husband from 1951 to 1973.

Following their years in Japan, she worked as a visiting nurse in the Washington D.C. area, then as a chaplain for SUN Home Health Services in this area. She was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church and she has written three books entitled: Letters Across the Pacific, Dutch Kettle Cookbook and Apple Dumpling: Diary of My Great Trip West 1937-38.

A memorial service will be held in her honor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, with Pastor Alan Kauffman officiating. Her family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Prior to the memorial service, family and friends are welcome to attend the burial at Allensville Mennonite Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Mennonite Mission Network, 3145 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517.

Arrangements are under the care of the Henderson Funeral Home, 3813 West Main St., Belleville, PA 17004.