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 (oxfamamerica.org
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 wjlyonsfuneralhome.com