Margaret A. Kunz, special-education teacher

November 15, 2012
Margaret A. Kunz
special-education teacher

Margaret A. Kunz, 94, a special-education teacher who taught in D.C. public schools for about a decade until her retirement in 1986, died Nov. 13 at her home in Silver Spring.

She had complications from congestive heart failure, said her son Chris Kunz.

Mrs. Kunz taught at Janney Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School.

Margaret Amata Burns was born in Valley Falls, R.I., and graduated in 1939 from what is now Rhode Island College. She taught English and later art at an elementary school in Rhode Island before settling in Washington in the mid-1940s. She received a master’s degree in special education from American University in the 1970s.

After retiring from D.C. public schools, Mrs. Kunz taught classes and led tours at the National Gallery of Art. In the 1990s, she lived in Hawaii, where she continued to cultivate her interest in art by painting watercolors and making batiks. She returned permanently to the Washington area in 2009.

Her husband of 34 years, Karl Kunz, died in 1979. Survivors include six children, Karl Kunz of Buriram, Thailand, Dr. Kevin Kunz of Captain Cook, Hawaii, Paul Kunz of Herndon, Mary Kunz of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Catherine Kunz of Leesburg and Chris Kunz of Silver Spring; a brother; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

— Emily Langer

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