Sylvia Barzak Gunderson
Gunderson, Sylvia Barzak RENSSELAER Sylvia Barzak Gunderson died on January 16, 2014. She was the beloved wife of Robert Gunderson, mother of Erik (Sarah Brooks) Gunderson, M.D. of Charlottesville, Va. and Kurt (Anne-Marie Scheidegger) Gunderson, Ph.D. of Bern, Switzerland, and grandmother of Max, Ben, Alex, and Nina Gunderson. Other survivors include sister, Leah Cionek; nephews, Fred, Christopher, and Peter Cionek; and a niece, Debi Cionek. Sylvia was born in Amsterdam and graduated from Wilber Lynch High School. She studied at the College of New Rochelle, obtaining a bachelor's degree in art and English, and also at the College of St. Rose, obtaining a master's degree in education. She initially taught art in Amsterdam, and then at the USAF H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany. After returning to the United States to raise her children, she later worked at RCG BOCES where she developed and taught the elementary and middle school gifted and talented programs until her retirement in 1996. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oxfam America, 226 Causeway St., 5th Floor, Boston MA 02114 ( Family and friends are invited to an open house on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m., at 22 Patroon Pointe Drive, Rensselaer. Condolence page at

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January 24, 2014
Sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing, a lovely lady! I worked with Sylvia at Van Rensselaer Elem. school. Alan Dellehunt
January 23, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that's it's tough for the family. May you draw close to God at this time.
January 22, 2014
Dear Mrs. G, thank you for being a great teacher. I'll always remember your sharp sense of humor. My condolences to your family.
Ingrid Staats
January 22, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. I have fond memories of her when I lived at 11 Highland Dr. My condolences to Bob, Kurt and Erik.
Liz (Larsen) Miskin
Littleton, MA
January 22, 2014
Herr Gunderson, Words can not express the sorrow I feel for you at this moment. I can still hear your funny stories in German class from your days in Germany. My deepest sympathies, April (Blair) Speed
April Speed
January 22, 2014
mike burch
January 21, 2014
Bob and family, we've only known you and Sylvia for a short time but we've enjoyed the #31 driveway conversations. We're truly sorry about her passing. May she rest in enternal peace.
Sincerely, Jack and Joann
Jack Palella
January 21, 2014
My deepest sympathies to you. May you rest your cares on the "God of all comfort" (2Cor 1:3)
January 21, 2014
Dear Bob, Erik, Kurt and Family,
We are deeply saddened to learn of Sylvia's passing and want you to know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
We will always remember those old days when the children were growing up and the summers at Red Oaks Swim Club.
Most Sincerely,
Dick and Suzanne Mahlstedt
East Greenbush
January 21, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Sylvia will obviously be greatly missed. May remembering her always bring you comfort. God is for us a refuge and strength - Psalms
Daniels Family
January 20, 2014
Bob and Kris
We were sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. We will remember the good times we had together in Wiesbaden, Las Vegas, Denver and here in our home. We will also remember her for her intellectually curious mind and sense of humor. Our condolences to Bob and her family
Bob and Kris Strader
January 20, 2014
Kurt and I were very sorry to read of Sylvia's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will always remember her as a sweet, helpful and talented lady. Her sign on our building will be only one of her great legacies.
Clytie & Kurt Nurnberg
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