Obit: Gunia, Clara M. (1915 - 2006)

Contact:  Audrey Roedl


----Sources: Tribune-Record-Gleaner, Loyal, Wisconsin 17 May 2006

Gunia, Clara M. (1 JUL 1915 - 12 MAY 2006)

Clara M. Gunia, 90, Spencer, died on Friday, May 12, 2006, at the Colonial Center, Colby. Services were held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lubin, on Wednesday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Long officiated. Burial followed in Saint Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.

Clara Marie Pawlicki was born on July 1, 1915, in the town of Roosevelt, rural Thorp, to Anton and Mary (nee Kesznowska). She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the area schools. She married Louis B. Gunia on Feb. 26, 1938, in Chicago, Ill. She operated cheese factories with her husband in the town of Withee and Greenwood until purchasing York Center cheese factory in the town of York in 1947. They operated Gunia’s Dairy until retiring in 1973, and moving to Spencer. She then worked for the food service program, Spencer. She and her husband also helped their son and daughter-in-law develop Christmas Tree Marketing in Texas. She resided in Spencer until entering the Colonial Center, Colby in 2000. She was a talented sewer and crocheter and made great Polish dishes. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Spencer, and previously served on the school Board for Lincoln School.

Survivors include her four children, Virginia (Mike) Matanic, Maple Plain, Minn., Claudia (Tom) Braun, Portage, Sharon (Harold) Groschwitz, Colby, and Dennis (Marge) Gunia, Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joseph Pawlicki, Thorp.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Louis, on Aug. 8, 1996; two brothers, Alois and Edmund Pawlicki; three sisters, Julia in infancy, Lottie Losiewicz and Wanda Sandel.

Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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