Barbara J. Gunsalus

Barbara J. Gunsalus, 80, of Phoenix, NY passed away at
her home on Monday June 3, 2019. Born to her late parents
Freida S. “Fritz” (Scherfling) and George W. Dunn on Feb-
ruary 13, 1939. She was a 1957 graduate of John C. Bird-
lebough High School in Phoenix. Barbara was a pharmacy
technician for Wayne’s Pharmacy, and retired from Tops
Markets Pharmacy, Fulton, NY
Barbara was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star,
Chapter 173, of the Callimachus Lodge 369, Phoenix.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband
of 42 years Ronald E. Gunsalus on Nov. 21, 2001; her brother
Edward G. Dunn on Oct. 11, 2004.

Surviving are her daughters Debra J. (Keith) Caltabiano of
Phoenix and Sandra (Greg) Melocik of South Lake, TX;
seven grandchildren Heidi, Brian, Nicholas, Michael,
Meagan, Christini, and Jessica; two great-grandchildren
Jabe and Peyton; her sisters Janet D. (Doug) Farling of
Webster, and Betty Madison of Baldwinsville; her sister-in
-law Kathy Dunn of Black River; her brother-in-law Richard
(Marilyn) Gunsalus of Phoenix; nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Calling hours are on Thursday June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. in
the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St.,
Phoenix. The funeral service will be on Friday June 7, at
2 p.m. with the Rev. Lauri J. Craig officiating. Burial will
follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126 Chestnut St..
Contributions in Barb’s memory to: Friends of Oswego
County Hospice, Inc., P. O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126.

4 thoughts on “Barbara J. Gunsalus

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. We have so many memories of times we got to spend together growing up and with all of our wonderful cousins days we had to catch up on what was happening in each others lives. She will be missed by all who had the privilege to have had in in our lives.

  2. Deb and Sandy I am so sorry to hear of you mom’s passing. It’s not easy to lost you mom, but some how we get through it. Thinking of all of you and know she is in good hands!

  3. To Deb, Sandy and all the rest of Barb’s family. Wish I could have been there to help celebrate your Mom’s life at the calling hours and memorial service. Barb and I were close as kids. I’d always get a few days with the family during summer vacations – or go on the bus for visits to Phoenix with Gramma Scherfling. We were like best playmates in those days. She was my Maid of Honor at my wedding in 1955 – and took care of my kids from time to time when we both lived in Syracuse for a time. Seeing she stayed in Phoenix for most of her life – and I moved to other places in the country – we keep track of one another with an occasional phone call, letters and remembering birthdays. When I’d come “home” for visits I’d always try to spend at least an afternoon playing catch-up with her and whatever family was at the house – and we’d visit each other at family reunions. I treasure her life, her memory, the love she had for each one of you. Your Mom and I loved each other too. That love will never end.

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