Harold Leo Gunderson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 11, 1921
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Age:
96 years old

Visitation

Date: Friday April 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Pax Christi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am

Location: Pax Christi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 11, 1921
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Age:
96 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, March 11, 1921
Date of Death:
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Age:
96 years old

Harold Leo Gunderson

The funeral Mass for Harold Leo Gunderson will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Pax Christi Catholic Church with Rev. Chinnappa Pothireddy officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday, April 21 at River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday.

Mr. Gunderson, 96, a long time resident of Rochester passed away April 15, after a lengthy battle with cancer with his family at his side at Willows and Waters Senior Living in Rochester.

Harold was born March 11, 1921 in Pine Island, MN to Carl and Frances (Osborn) Gunderson. He married Marjorie Ann Hofbauer at St. Michael’s Church in Pine Island on October 14, 1947. He and Marjorie made their life-long home in Rochester raising their nine children. He was devoted to his wife and family. Harold was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus at St. Pius Church. He enjoyed traveling out west, playing cards, and watching westerns on television.

Harold grew up in the Douglas area prior to the war. He was a WWII Corporal in the Army Air Force from 1942-1945. He received several ribbons and a World War II Victory Medal. He was a life-long automobile salesman. In his career, he sold every brand of automobile domestic and foreign. After retirement, he kept busy with his rental properties and as a courier for Ohly Law Firm.

Survivors include his children, Sandra Gunderson, Gary (Barb) Gunderson, Ricky (Pam) Gunderson, Heidi (Jerry) Holthe, Kim (Richard) Ellis, Lisa (Ted) Mason all of Rochester, Mark (Dennise) Gunderson of Pine Island, and David (Denise) Gunderson of Byron; his grandchildren, Amber, Alicia, Jeremy, Jon, Jodi, Jesse, Jamie, Cory, Jessica, Chad, Colten, Logan, Daniel, Amanda, Angeleena, Joshua, Jacob, and Jonathon; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Maxine Hays of Boca Raton, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Frances; brothers, Edward, Lawrence, Leonard, and Clarence; sister, Elaine (Kildow) Gunderson; daughter, Linda Harget; daughter-in-law, Kathy Gunderson; and his wife, Marjorie, the love of his life, who passed on October 1, 2016.

A special thank you to the Veterans Administration, Jackie and her staff at Willows and Waters and Lisa D. at St. Croix Hospice for their love, kindness and compassion for our father.

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The family of Harold Leo Gunderson has received the following condolences.

To the Gundersen family,  My heart is sad to hear the loss of your father.  It's hard to lose a parent let alone both in such a short time. I hope you find comfort knowing they are now together. In no more pain and with the rest of our loved ones that have passed. My you find Comfort amongst each other . May the Lord put arms around you all during your journey . It's a "new normal" in your life. I believe death is so much harder for the living. We think of them often, even after years have gone by.

Mark and family, please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. I remember him from years ago at St. Pius. 

Harold was a very interesting and admirable man. Back in the day he would always greet me with a potential left hook. I loved that..


God Bless..