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Bernice K. Gunderman, volunteered with terminally ill and abused women July 18, 1927 -- Nov. 21, 2007

Bernice K. Gunderman, whose volunteer work included comforting terminally ill patients and counseling abused women, died Wednesday in her Amherst home. She was 80.

The former Bernice Krause was born in Lackawanna. She attended Lackawanna High School.

She raised five children and, after her first husband died, helped raise five stepchildren with her second husband.

Mrs. Gunderman returned to the classroom after raising the children and earned a human services degree from Medaille College.

She was self-employed, supervising sales of Shaklee vitamins, but spent considerable time volunteering.

She was a hospice volunteer, often responding in the middle of the night to comfort the dying.

Mrs. Gunderman also volunteered at Consolata Mission in Amherst, coordinating programs for inner-city children.

She sang for many years in Sweet Adelines as a alto, and often performed solo at weddings and funerals.

Surviving are her husband, Paul; seven daughters, Gale Chapple, Kim Alessi, Meg Covert, Linda Schaffer, Paula Konotopskyj, Roberta Moe and Vicki; three sons, Herb Schoenfeld, Todd Schoenfeld and Steve; and a sister, Ellie Kropovitch.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, 8445 Greiner Road, Clarence, with prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.


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