June 15, 1941 – Thursday, August 7, 2008
Buffalo Assembly of God
Monday, August 18th, 2008
Ethilda Marie Gunderson, 67, of Buffalo, formally of Tillamook, Oregon, died peacefully at the Warm Beach Senior Community Center in Stanwood, Washington.
Thomas and Helen (Fleck) Kneeland was blessed with a daughter in Tillamook, Oregon on June 15th, 1941 and named her Ethilda Marie. She graduated from Tillamook High School and then went to college in Idaho. There a friend asked Ethilda if she would like to be a pen-pal to a gentleman, by the name of Richard, who was in the Air Force and who was serving in Germany. She agreed and that friendship would soon turn into something deeper. Richard came home from Germany and worked for Minnesota Rubber for about a year and a half and then took a trip to Oregon to meet his pen-pal Ethilda. On that trip he proposed to her, they were married on July 10th, 1962 and then returned to Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with two boys and a girl: Randy, Tim, and Tiffany. Ethilda was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed lighthouses, cardinals and monarch butterflies.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Richard; and her parents: Thomas and Helen Kneeland.
Ethilda Gunderson is survived by her three children: Randy Gunderson, Tim (Sue) Gunderson, and Tiffany Gunderson; brothers: Martin, Thomas, Paul, and Dan Kneeland; sister: Nancy (Viron) Elmore; many nephews, nieces, other relatives and good friends
Visitation for Ethilda will be Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th, and Monday August 11th from 9am to 4:30pm at the Gilbertson Funeral Home in Stanwood, Washington.
Her funeral service will be Tuesday, August 12th, 2008 at 2pm at the Philadelphia Church in Seattle, Washington.
Graveside sevice will be Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 4pm at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo, Minnesota.
Ethilda’s memorial service will be Monday, August 18th, 2008 at 6pm at the Buffalo Assembly of God Church. Visitation will begin at 5pm at the church.