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Jean Elizabeth (Schweizer) Gundersen

December 14, 1935 ~ June 10, 2019 (age 83)


Jean Elizabeth Gundersen died on June 10, 2019 at the age of 83. The daughter of Carl and Elizabeth Schweizer, she spent her formative years in West Hartford.  She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy and went on to attend Edgewood Park Junior College in New York.

On a visit to friends at the University of Connecticut, Jean was introduced to her future husband, Charles A Gundersen, a pre-med student, who she married eight months later on October 19, 1957, and then embarked on a full and happy adventure, that was to span more than 61 years. 

Jean was a longtime resident of Glastonbury, (38 years), before moving to Portland fourteen years ago, and spending winters in Naples.  She enjoyed lively parties, playing scrabble and bridge with friends, participating in water aerobics classes, attending local concerts, and art shows.  Jean was an avid gardener and passed this interest down to her daughters and grandchildren.  While spending winters in Naples Florida, she enjoyed walking the beach, collecting shells (sand dollars in particular), and observing the wildlife, and never ceased to be mesmerized by the beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.

But foremost, Jean was dedicated to her family, her parents before they passed, her husband of nearly 62 years, her 3 daughters, and 6 grandchildren.  She was devoted to her husband, cherished her daughters, who she was very proud of, and very supportive of her grandchildren’s education and accomplishments.

Jean leaves her husband Charles, her daughters Carolyn Kahrs and her husband Henry, Diane Bergan and her husband William, and Pamela Dahlgren and her husband Timothy, and her grandchildren Alexander Kahrs, Samantha Herrscher and her husband Daniel, Dennis Bergan, Emily Dahlgren, Charles Kahrs, and Christopher Dahlgren.

Jean will be remembered as a kind, caring, and fun loving person, adored by all; a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and grandmother.  She will be sorely missed by all her loved her.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. Burial services will be private.


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