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John Kunz III was born on Feb. 7, 1844 at Diemtigen, Canton Bern, Switzerland to John (Johann) Kunz II and Rosina Knutti. John Kunz III was married to Magdalena Straubharr on Nov. 11, 1864 in Switzerl ... show more

John Kunz III was born on Feb. 7, 1844 at Diemtigen, Canton Bern, Switzerland to John (Johann) Kunz II and Rosina Knutti. John Kunz III was married to Magdalena Straubharr on Nov. 11, 1864 in Switzerland.
Children of John Kunz III and Magdalena Straubhaar included;
William J. Kunz b. March 14, 1865, m. Anna Schmid
Johann Jacob Kunz b. April 17, 1866
Rosina Katharina Kunz b. May 16, 1867, m. Gottfried Eschler
John William Kunz b. July 14, 1869, m. Mary Schmid
Magdalena Matilda b. Oct. 11, 1871 d.


John Kunz III was baptized on Nov. 15, 1868 along with his wife Magdalena Straubhaar by Karl G. Maeser in the cold waters of the Stream called Grundbach, at Zwischenfluh, Diemtigen, Canton Bern, Switzerland. He emigrated to the United States on the SS Nevada from Liverpool, England in July of 1873. with his Family in 1873 and arrived in Utah on July 2, 1873. On May 22, 1874 Magdalena Straubhaar Kunz died. She was buried in Ovid Cemetery, Ovid, Bear Lake County, Idaho.
John Kunz III on Oct.26,1874 married Sophia Straubhaar, the younger Sister of Magdalena Straubhaar in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Children of John Kunz III and Magdalena were raised by Sophia Straubhaar including;
William J. Kunz
Rosina Kunz
John Kunz
Sophia Straubhaar Kunz died on Oct. 25, 1893.

John Kunz III married Magdalena Linder on Nov. 2, 1874 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Children of John Kunz III and Magdalena Linder included;
Mary Magdalena Kunz b. Oct. 16, 1875
Catherine Kunz b. Jan. 30, 1878
Eliza Rosetta b. June 14, 1880, m. Jessie Dredge
Wilford John b. Sept. 24, 1883

Magdalena Kunz died Feb. 6, 1920.

John Kunz III married Louisa Weibel on Nov. 8, 1883. She had no children of her own, but reared the five living children of Elizabeth Boss.

Louisa Weibel died on

John Kunz III married Margaret Lauener on Sept. 5, 1888.
Children of John Kunz III and Margaret Lauener included;
Charles Crockett Kunz b. May 21, 1892
Lovina Hannah Kunz b. July 28, 1893
Abel Chester Kunz b. Aug. 23, 1896
Heber Christian Kunz b. Dec. 7, 1898
Melvin Kunz b. June 21, 1900
Milton Lyman Kunz b. Jan. 6, 1902
Jesse Amasa Kunz b. Oct. 5, 1903
George Sidney Kunz b. Sept. 20, 1905
Ursula Grace b. March 8, 1908
Louisa (Lula) Kunz b. Feb. 16, 1910

Margaret Lauener died on March 19, 1949.

John Kunz III and Elizabeth Boss were married on Dec. 19, 1888.
Children of John Kunz III and Elizabeth Boss included;
Agnes Ruth Kunz b. July 23, 1890 m. A.H. Dansie
Julia Esther Kunz b. Jan. 20, 1893 m. A. Schmid
Parley Peter Kunz b. Oct. 24, 1894
Hedwig Hazel Kunz b. Sept. 29, 1896
Lucy May Kunz b. Nov. 13, 1898
Lydia Kunz b. May 13, 1900

Elizabeth Boss died on May 13, 1900.

John Kunz III served the first LDS Mission in the Kunz Family to Swizterland from 1884-1886. John Kunz III and his brother David Kunz were called on a mission to Switzerland and Germany on October 10, 1884. John Kunz III and his brother David left salt Lake City by train for New York City. They boarded the steamship "Wyoming" and saiiled Nov. 4, 1884, arriving in Liverpool, England where they met Mission President John Henry Smith. From there they went to Bern, Switzerland. He was ordained a High Priest on June 15, 1890 by William Budge. He was ordained a Bishop on Nov. 10, 1890 by John W. Taylor. He was Bishop of the LDS Bern Ward, Montpelier Stake for approx 26 years from 1890 to 1915. John Kunz III was sent by Brigham Young to make cheese. He was an excellent Dairyman and stayed at the upper dairies near Williamsburg, Idaho. John Kunz III died on January 16, 1918 in Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho. He was buried in Bern Cemetery, Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho.

Selections from Dianne Steckler Rasi-Koskinen in her book, The comfort of being together in Pease & Plenty, The William J. & Annie Schmid Kunz Family Story.

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