Friday, June 5, 2015

Joseph Gunde Passes Away

      Joseph Gunde "Poppy", 94, a four year resident of Davidsonville, MD and formerly of Bowie, MD and Washington, D.C., died on June 2, 2015 in Davidsonville of natural causes.
      Born on March 4, 1921 in Johnstown, PA to the late Frank and Agnes Stefanic Gunde, Joseph served in the U.S. Army as a Technician based in the Philippine Islands and later worked as a maintenance mechanic. He was a former parishioner of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. and was currently a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville. Joseph enjoyed woodworking, painting, gardening and following the University of Notre Dame athletic teams.
      In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Spak Gunde who died on May 29, 1964, they were married on December 18, 1954; daughter, Shirley Gunde, an infant son, and son-in-law, Gary Poole. He is survived by his children, Francis (Diane) Gunde of Brooklyn, MD, Patricia Poole of Annapolis, MD, and Joseph (Peggy) Gunde of Davidsonville, MD; his grandchildren, Rachael (Daniel) Faulkner, Helen Carlson, Lauren and Jack Poole, and Gary Gunde; and four great grandchildren.
      Friends are invited to celebrate Joseph's life from 6 to 8 pm on Wednesday, June 10 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD and from 10 am until a Mass of Christian Burial is offered at 11 am on Thursday, June 11 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Burial will be at later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 ( or Knights of Columbus Charities, One Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510 (
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