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Carmalita Marie Munsterman

May 28, 1953 — July 26, 2021

Carmalita (Carmen) Marie (Dubin) Munsterman, 68, of Kansas City, was a caring mother, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend. She passed away peacefully at her home on July 26, 2021 surrounded by her three daughters.

Carmen was born May 28,1953, in Kansas City, Missouri, as one of 15 children of Jerome and Angeleen (Putthoff) Dubin. After graduating high school, Carmen found her calling to help others and attended nursing school. During this time, she met Robert (Bob) Munsterman who would be her partner in life for the next 40 years on a farm in Appleton City, Missouri. Together, they had three daughters, Bridget Zimmermann (David), Jeri Meisel (Jonathan) and Amy Snyder (Jesse) and five grandchildren, Ellie Meisel, Andrew Zimmermann, Audrey Meisel, Ryan Zimmermann, and Chloe Snyder. One of Carmen’s favorite joys was spending time with her grandchildren and enthusiastically cheering them on during sporting events.

Carmen was well known for her cooking abilities and never passed up an opportunity to have a party or bake cookies for all her family and friends. She believed all treats tasted better when they were dipped in chocolate. Carmen loved caring for people as the Social Services Director at Appleton City Manor as well as all the friends she made in her subdivision in Kansas City. She traveled to Mexico many times including most recently in May, 2021 with her three daughters and cherished the wonderful memories in the tropical breezes. She loved to spend time outdoors in her garden, and never missed an opportunity to go fishing. She was gifted at making a house into a home with her decorating abilities--especially during Christmas which was her absolute favorite holiday.

Along with her parents, Carmen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Munsterman; and four siblings:  Sheri Mikuls, Donna Dubin, Daniel Dubin, and Robert Dubin.

Besides her three daughters and five grandchildren, Carmen also leaves siblings:  Dick Dubin, Rita Service, Mike Dubin, Tony Dubin, Terri Grubbs, Joy Dugan, Christina Hager, Jamie Dubin, Jack Dubin, and Jan LaPour as well as countless nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She was a proud godmother to Nicole Service and Jamie Smith. Carmen’s signature farewell will be fondly remembered as “kisses, squeezes and hugs” and she will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am, on Friday, August 13, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 919 NE 96th Street, Kansas City, MO. Interment at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery in Montrose, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

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Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am, on Friday, August 13, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 919 NE 96th Street, Kansas City, MO. Interment at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montrose, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice.

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