Fannie Bernice (Gunnink) Post was born on January 3, 1922, to Jurry and Joanne (Eernisse) Gunnink at a home near Leota, Minnesota. The family moved to Chandler, Minnesota, where she grew up on the family farm. She attended country school near Chandler and graduated from Chandler High School. She graduated from Calvin College with an elementary teaching degree and from the Reformed Bible Institute with a Bible degree. She was united in marriage to Nelson Post on August 4, 1948, at the Chandler Christian Reformed Church in Chandler. During their marriage she taught elementary classes in Sunnyside, Washington; Allendale, Michigan; Delavan, Wisconsin; and Kentwood, Michigan. After retiring, Nelson and Fannie resided in Farmington, New Mexico, for 3 years where they started a Christian school. Later they traveled and volunteered for many Christian organizations in many places across the United States, combining their love for travel and Christian service. In 2001 the couple moved into the independent apartments of Edgebrook in Edgerton, Minnesota, where they joined in the community and were often found playing games with other residents. They also continued their volunteer service by working at the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store for many years. After the death of Nelson in 2014, Fannie continued to live in the independent living apartment until moving to Edgebrook Assisted Living in March 2016 and then to the Edgebrook Care Center in April 2017 where she passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the age of 98 years and 17 days.
Fannie was a member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. She was devoted to God, her Savior, and had a heart for missions. Fannie loved hiking, bird-watching, exploring nature, visiting family, and volunteering, which she and Nelson often managed to overlap wherever they were, at home or traveling. She always had an open home where people were welcome to drop in for coffee, a meal, or even to stay for a period of time. She will be remembered for being hard-working and loyal, for her love of music and singing, and her devotion to her husband and children.
Fannie is lovingly remembered by her two children, Philip (Mary) Post of Huntley, Illinois, and Lois (Keith) Boersma of Ashton, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond Gunnink of Ada, Michigan. She is preceded in death by her parents; two infant daughters; a sister, Katie Gunnink; and 4 brothers, John Gunnink, Abram Gunnink, Jerrien Gunnink, and Rudolph Gunnink.
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