Dr. Joseph Kunz, MD

Obituary of Dr. Joseph L. Kunz, MD

Joseph L. Kunz, M.D., was born on April 7, 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y. He is a graduate of Canisius High School and Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. (1951), and the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine (1956). He was granted an Internship and a Residency in Internal Medicine at Buffalo General Hospital where he served as Chief Resident (1956-1959). He was also granted a Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan (1959-1960).  Dr. Kunz served as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps at Walson Army Hospital in Fort Dix, New Jersey (1960-1962).


He went on to establish a thriving private practice in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy wherein he was always deeply committed to offering his medical services free of charge to patients in need (1962-1986). He
also served as Medical Examiner of Erie County, and as Staff Physician at Erie County Department of Health, and Hamlin Terrace Health Care Center.  
Over the course of his illustrious medical career, Dr. Kunz was appointed
Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and had hospital affiliations at Buffalo General Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Mercy Hospital, and Buffalo Children's Hospital.


In 1959, Dr. Kunz married the love of his life, Marie Leyden Kunz, M.D., and went on to have two beautiful children together. Dr. and Dr. Kunz were married for 62 very happy years raising their family in North Buffalo. Throughout their marriage, they travelled extensively, especially enjoying family trips to Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Greece.


Dr. Kunz was an active member of several professional societies including the American Medical Association; Erie County Medical Society; Gastrointestinal and Liver Society of Western New York; New York Medical Society; New York
State College Health Association; and the New York State and Western New York Societies of Internal Medicine.  
He also served as President of the University of Buffalo Medical Alumni Association and on the Editorial Board of Buffalo Physician.


After his retirement from private practice, Dr. Kunz worked tirelessly at the Outer East Side Health Clinic to support medically underserved citizens of Western New York. He also volunteered for the American Red Cross, providing medical assistance to victims of national disasters including Ground Zero in NYC, and numerous hurricanes in Florida and Louisiana. In addition, Dr. Kunz served as a Visiting Minister to the Sick with St. John the Baptist Church, Lockport, N.Y., and St. Michael the Archangel Church, Sarasota, FL.


Dr. Kunz was recognized with numerous awards throughout his professional career including the Presidential Key Award from the University of Buffalo Medical Alumni Association, and the Dedicated Physician Award from Buffalo

General Hospital.


He is survived by his wife, Marie Leyden Kunz, M.D., his son, Howard Leyden Kunz (Julie Maben), his daughter, Caroline Kunz Reeves, Esq. (Allan Reeves), grandsons, Joseph Patrick Reeves, Capt. Alexander Poole Reeves, Michael Andrew Reeves, lst Lt. David Leyden Reeves, and Timothy John Reeves, and granddaughter, Mathilda Elizabeth Kunz, and many beloved nieces and nephews.


Relatives and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass to be celebrated Friday, Nov. 5th at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist RC Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport.  Visit pruddenandkandt.com.




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Memorial Mass

10:00 am
Friday, November 5, 2021
St. John The Baptist R.C. Church
168 Chestnut Street, <no data>
Lockport, New York, United States
(716) 433-8118
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