George M. Gundlah, 73, passed away on November 19, 2019 at his home in Chandler, AZ after being diagnosed with cancer in May of 2019.
George is survived by his loving wife Cathi of 30 incredible years, his daughter Angela Petrocelli and son in law Eric Leopper of Arizona, his son Joe Petrocelli and daughter in law Megan as well as his three grandchildren; Madison, Brighton, and Avery of Virginia, his sister Laraine and brother in law Lindsey Simpson of NC, his mother in law Mary Jane Reitsma Jakubowski, and many more close family and friends. George is preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary, and by his sister, Mary Lou Roberts.
George was born in Bingingham, NY and grew up in Old Tappan, NJ. He graduated from Northern Valley High School in 1964, later moved to Montvale, NJ and worked for Lipton Tea for 33 years as a Supervisor of Computer Operations. After a very early retirement, George and his wife moved to the mountains of Tennessee and later ended up in the hot valley of Arizona.
George was a devoted family man and loving father. He married Cathi in 1989 and they enjoyed raising their two fantastic children together. He was dedicated to his beliefs and loved sitting out back with his Granddog, “Baby”, camping with his family, playing the slot machines, and watching Nascar. His family and friends will always remember George as a generous and caring husband, father, and friend.
As per Georges wishes there will be no funeral service. He truly believed that people should embrace each other while they’re alive and cherish those memories they had together when they die.
His wife would like to thank all the supportive family, friends, doctors, and nurses for their compassion and comfort these last six months.
In lieu of flowers, George wished that donations be sent in his memory to Savior Hospice and Palliative Care at 4530 East Shea Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85028.