Norene Bunker

Norene Bunker

Norene R. (Leverson) Bunker, 81, passed away on March 26 under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Norene was born July 11, 1931 in Mobridge, S.D., to her loving parents, Tilford “Till” and Ethel (Moe) Leverson. At the age of 8 she moved to Beach, N.D., where she attended school through the eighth grade. Her high school years were spent in Fargo, N.D., where she graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1949. She attended Interstate Business College before taking her first job at the “Store Without a Name” which was, at the time, one of downtown Fargo’s leading women’s fashion stores. In 1955 she moved to Great Falls, Mont., where she was the bookkeeper for a large lumber company that operated 40 retail lumber yards. In 1960, she returned to Fargo and another bookkeeping job with Piggly Wiggly Norland. 

On June 24, 1961 Norene was united in marriage to Art Bunker at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, N.D. The Bunkers made their home in Fargo for most of their 48 years of married life, also spending many winter months in Ahwatukee. They remained tremendous partners until Art’s death on Oct. 31, 2009.

The Bunkers have made numerous contributions to Concordia College, Mary College, First Lutheran Church, Mountain View Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and to many other worthy causes.

Norene is survived by her brother, Glen “Tuck” (Ruth) Leverson, Mercer, Wis.; sisters-in-law, Genell Brenner, Xenia, Ohio, and Donna Leverson, Crosby, Texas; Art’s cousins, Charles “Skip” (Joanie) Gossett, Speedway, Ill.; and Jeannie (Warren) Gossett, Norris City, Ill.; along with numerous nephews, nieces, and loving cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Till and Ethel Leverson; husband, Art; sister, Barbara (Arnold) Kupker; and brother, Dale “Nip” Leverson.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorials to be given in Norene’s name to a charity or special cause of the donor’s choosing.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28 at First Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D. Feel free to sign the online guestbook, at

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