Vincenza Gunther

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Vincenza Gunter of West Milford passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The former Greenwood Lake, N.Y., resident was 78.

Gunther previously worked for West Milford Township as a secretary at the Hillcrest Senior Center.

A native of the Bronx, she was the daughter of Agostino and Evelyn Paulson-Galioto.

She is survived by a daughter, Suzanne, and a son, Paul Gunther; a daughter-in-law, Allison; grandchildren Robert, Daniel, Brian, JohnPaul, Max and Gabrielle; daughther-in-law Diane Gunther; sister-in-law Barbara Galioto; a nephew, Phillip Galioto; and best friends, Steve and Eddie.

She was predeceased by her husband ,Willliam E. Gunther II, son William E. Gunther III, grandson William E. Gunther IV, brother Agostino Galioto, and nephew Patrick Galioto.

Services were private and handled by Richards Funeral Home, West Milford.

The family extends a warm “thank you” to all those who loved her dearly.

A remembrance by friends Steve and EddieVINCENZA! ... Known by most as Vivian, this was a woman who had an incredibly interesting life and the perseverance to overcome more struggles and adversity than one could ever imagine. We first met Vivian at the 5th anniversary party of the Greenwood Restaurant on Windermere Avenue in Greenwood Lake, where Viv and Eddie danced until the wee small hours. A great friendship began and what followed was years of getting together for good food and FUN! Family, friends and so many wonderful people passed through our lives and Vivian greeted everyone with mostly good times, a lot of happiness, and a lifetime of giving generously. I will always hear Viv’s throaty laugh usually as we raised our glasses and said cheers. But perhaps the greatest cheers of all was the birth of each one of her grandsons starting in 1981 with Billy then, Brian, Bobby, John-Paul, Max, and Danny followed by long awaited granddaughter Gabby in 1997, (Now Vivian could finally think pink!) There were indeed rough times both economic and emotional with the loss of a father, brother, beloved son and grandson, but if Vivian was anything, she was a survivor. Family, friends, and cheers was the stuff that really mattered. Friends from the Bronx, Chester, Greenwood Lake and her best friend Jane kept her optimistic that tomorrow would not only bring solutions but wonderful final days on her beloved farm. Her optimism was infectious and served as a beacon to the special needs Pride Group and Senior Citizens Group who were drawn to her and embraced her with open arms and affection.

Her valiant battle with cancer and assorted heart related issues were merely other stones in the road to sidestep and for months, even years beyond the doctor’s initial dire predictions Vivian met each day with a positive view of tomorrow. Viv’s next battle was to regain strength deemed necessary for her to be able to return home.

Frequent visits from friends and family were accompanied by well wishes and an abundance of food and cheer. But Vivian only wanted to go home to the farm and she got her wish! We love you Vivian!

Your friends, Steve & Eddie

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