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October 29, 2006
Dear Audrey, My sincere sympathy to your parents Dorothy and Bert
Strain and Family, and to your husband Garth and your children.
A beautiful. talented lady. You
will be remembered always. Cousin
Bob Kaupp
October 27, 2006
Joan Uhrich ( sister of Mrs. Gunther) said to the choir, " God needed a new choir director, so he came and took the best one".

Its still very hard for the St. Marys community to believe that such a wonderful and kind hearted women who loved music could be so tragically taken away from the ones who loved her so dearly. At the funeral service on monday, the choir came together and at the end of the service and sang a joyfully spirited Siyahamba. It was great to sing together with the choir as one. Some day we will all sing together with Mrs. Gunther.

Deepest Sympathies to the Gunther Family.
October 27, 2006
I was never a student or even the parent of a student of Audrey's, but I met her once, at Carnegie Hall. Her radiant smile, firm handshake, kind words, and incandescant sincerity reflected the pure inner and genuine love she had for life itself. Per Ardua Ad Astra Audrey -- rest with the choirs of angels.
October 26, 2006
Mrs G, you always inspired me. You inspired me to use my gifts and talents to glorify my Creator. You taught me not only to love music, but to adore it. You showed us all love, and brought us together as a family. (I'll never forget the time another conductor asked how you created a family out of your choir, and you told him "well for starters, try smiling at them!!") You created a safe haven for your students, and gave comfort to anyone who came to you. Your door was always open, your smile always ready, your hugs always warm, and your direction always sound. I'll never forget all the blessed memories you gave each one of us, and the beautiful music you created through love and encouragement. Thank you for all you've done, and thank You God for such a wonderful person! Mrs G, you're always in my prayers.
October 26, 2006
First and foremost my condolences to the Gunther family. Audrey was the most generous and truly caring person I know. She was inspiring to all her students. Audrey was most warm and welcoming to everyone both in and outside of her choir.
She was not only a role model for me but also a wonderful friend, and mentor. Audrey was my guide throughout my high school years and even though she's gone, her memory has continued to spark my musical ambition. If it weren’t for her, I would not be here, in school continuing to study the music that both her and I love.
We must hold our heads high in this time of sorrow, for Audrey is in a better place now.
I will dearly miss Mrs. Gunther, the most beautiful teacher a student could ever know.
October 26, 2006
Dearest Audrey,

You were a beautiful and devoted wife and mother, an AMAZING teacher, and a wonderful friend. You truly were a gift to everyone who knew you, and those who did know you were touched in some way by your loving and caring spirit.

Thank you for the joy you brought to others. You were always so generous with your time; you always gave so much to your students, your family, and your friends.

Thank you for your warm friendship. What a wonderful, loving individual you were. I feel so blessed having known you and having been able to call you my friend. Thanks be to God for the gift of you. You are dear; you are loved, and you are missed.

I am so sorry that your life was cut short. You had so much more living to do. I’m sorry that you weren’t able to retire with Garth, that your children won’t have their “mom” and that your future grandchildren won’t have their “Grandma”. I’m sorry that more students won’t experience a learning relationship with you, that your colleagues won’t see your smile or hear your laughter, and that I won’t have a continued friendship with you.

God bless and keep you, Audrey. May Garth, your family, and your friends be filled with strength and peace.

With love, from your friend,
Kim Lambrecht

Loving thoughts of you and prayers for your family also from Kristin, Cally, and Michelle Nurkowski
October 26, 2006
Words cannot even begin to describe how blessed i feel to have known Mrs. Gunther. She was truly a remarkable teacher in the way that she passionately inspired each of us to discover our own voice. And while she gave me the chance-and the courage-to sing, i believe that to her it didnt matter whether or not you could hit a note, for she recognized the gift of song in whatever way one's song might manifest. She applauded her students for their accomplishments, and more importantly, for their efforts. She did not ask for perfection, but rather investment. She encouraged us to be our best, but loved us all the same when we were not. For her gift of commitment, generousity, passion, and unwavering faith, I will be forever thankful. There is no doubt in my mind that she is now leading a choir of angels in joyful song.
October 25, 2006
I had the pleasure of being one of Mrs. Gunther's students at St. Vincent de Paul. I chose St. Vincent because it offered a band program, and I couldn't have imagined a better experience, and at the time, I didn't know how profoundly music would affect my life.

Junior high was a strange time for me, and I remember the one thing that kept me smiling was the fact that I had either music class or band practice, both of which Mrs. Gunther was so passionate about. She did whatever she could to make it fun for us. She booked out of town band trips, she opened the music room up to us at lunch hour, and she even took on pieces of music that she knew we'd like. Being a drummer, I was especially happy that we had "Wipe Out" in our repertoire.

I can remember her cheery voice and glowing smile as if it were yesterday. She was there for so many people during an awkward time in their lives and offered each of us a way to feel right at home with music, whether it was in music class, the band, or the choir. Her patience, passion and dedication were so contagious and live on in everyone she touched.

She would have been so proud of the way the choir performed at her funeral. That beautiful music brought her right back to the room, smiling bigger than ever.

My deepest condolences to her family. If she meant this much to a student, I can't imagine the sadness of your loss. Please know that you are in all our prayers as we mourn Mrs. Gunther's passing.
October 25, 2006
I know that i've posted before, but I wanted to say thanks to everyone who attened on sun and mon. I saw a lot of people that I haven't seen in a long time, and it was nice that everyone got together, but im sure it would have been a lot better if mrs. gunther was here to reminisce the good times we all had together with all of us. I hope that we can all come together on a happier occasion and relive our moments with the most amazing woman i ever knew. I know that they Gunther family appreciated it especially the choir. It just goes to show what kind of an impact that mrs. gunther left on all of us. she will surely be missed.
October 25, 2006
Dear Mrs.Gunther,
Infinite thanks for all the wonderful memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Being in high school choir is absolutely my best high school memory, and it never would have been without your warm smile, your dedication, and your contagious love of music. You even made it easy to get up early for practise in the mornings! And how because of your contagious spirit, the choir grew and grew, and before long, being in choir was the popular thing to do!
Thanks for Seattle, and Orlando, and countless performances which gave each and every one of us such a tremendous pride and sense of belonging, so dearly needed during the high school years. I'll be singing for you!

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