Donald “Butch”. Kunzwiler

September 2, 2019
Donald “Butch” Kunzwiler, 82; of Fulton passed away peacefully Monday at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a long illness. He was born in Oswego, NY to the late Wray and Antoinette Margaret (Toporowski) Kunzwiler. Donald was a longtime resident of Fulton, NY. He began his career in Lyons, NY having worked in the Education System for over 35 years as an Administrator and Principal. Mr. K. returned home and worked in the Fulton School District where he served as Principal overseeing 5 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 also 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, Michael K. (Mary) Kunzwiler of Oswego, 6 grandchildren: Krysten Amy, Kyle Kunzwiler, Brady Kunzwiler, Sophie Kunzwiler, Michael J. Kunzwiler, 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 AM Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Minetto where a mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Guy Baccaro. Entombment will follow in All Saint’s Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oswego. Calling hours will be conducted 4:00 to 7:00 PM 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 in honor of Don throughout the community.

4 thoughts on “Donald “Butch”. Kunzwiler

  1. Dearest Carolyn and family,

    It is with heartfelt sympathies we send you all, in the loss of Butch. He was a wonderful gentleman that loved his family, church, and the educational system. May he Rest In Peace with Our Lord in Paradise.

    In sympathy and friendship,
    Rosemary Occhino-Pilawa and family

  2. Dear Carolyn,

    Butch was such a kind and loving man with character, dignity and integrity that is hard to find anymore. The two of you were so good to me and I am blessed to have such fond memories of the times we shared. You were a team that built a legacy of children and grandchildren to carry on traditions, stories and adventures that are so unique to the Kunzwiler family. I raise a Manhattan to Uncle Butch as he enters into Heaven and the arms of our Lord and Savior, who will surely say to him, “Well done good an faithful servant”. (Matthew 25:23)

  3. Jeff and Mike:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I will tell you that through the years, I realized that he raised two great sons along with your mom. All my best to the family and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. Jeff, Mike

    I learned of your father’s passing today 10/1. I am very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of the many hockey games your dad attended and supported all of us. He was a great man!

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