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Gunnel M. Dingus(1942 - 2014)

Gunnel M. Dingus Passed away peacefully on March 29, 2014, after a long illness resulting from Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Sweden on May 14, 1942, the oldest of three children of Otto and Marianne Ljungberg, both deceased. Her two siblings survive her: a brother, Kjell Ljungberg, and a sister, Eva Backlund, both of who reside in Sweden. Her childhood and education took place in Enkoping, Sweden, which she recalled as a cherished time in her life with many fond memories. Her fondest recollection of her childhood involved the happy times spent with her loving family at their country home in Sweden outside of Enkoping. Throughout the remainder of her life, she enjoyed annual visits with her family at that country home. In 1965, Gunnel moved from Sweden to the San Francisco Bay Area where she continued to reside the remainder of her life, except for a period of about two years spent in Sun Valley, Idaho, in the mid 1970's. As a result of her hard work, dedication and competence, she had a successful career working in responsible positions for several San Francisco companies, finally as an executive assistant for twenty-five years at Berkeley International Capital Corporation. Her business career resulted in many friendships that continued throughout the balance of her life. Gunnel especially enjoyed her membership and participation in SWEA, a worldwide Swedish women's organization. She regularly attended their functions and established many lifelong relationships as the result of her participation in those activities. Gunnel was particularly fond of outdoor sports: hiking, camping, backpacking, skiing, sailing and sculling. In early 1989, she met her future husband, Larry Dingus. At the inception of this relationship, it was their mutual interest in outdoor activities that drew them together: on their second date, they hiked on Mt. Tam; and, shortly thereafter, they backpacked in the Sierras and kayaked in Alaska. Gunnel and Larry were married in Sweden on July 14, 1990, and their honeymoon was spent trekking in Turkey. They subsequently enjoyed, among other things, adventure travel to various places throughout the world, including treks in Bhutan, Mongolia, Burma, Nepal and Patagonia, and skiing in Austria, Switzerland and Canada. They had an inseparable, loving relationship throughout their time together. Gunnel is survived by her husband, Larry, who continues to reside in their family home in San Anselmo's Sleepy Hollow. Gunnel was a compassionate, positive, happy, smart and energetic person who had many friends. She valued and maintained those friendships throughout her life. She will be sadly missed by all who had the fortunate opportunity of knowing her, especially her husband and her family. A celebration of Gunnel's life will take place at 2:00 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Servino, 9 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. Instead of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Boulevard, Novato, California 94945, in honor of Gunnel Dingus for Alzheimer's disease research.

Published in Marin Independent Journal from Apr. 4 to Apr. 9, 2014
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