Obituary of Virginia Gunderson
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Virginia “Ginny” Gunderson
Virginia “Ginny” Gunderson, of Lakeport, CA, died of natural causes on March 11, 2023 at her home in
San Diego, CA. She was 97 years old.
Born on September 3, 1925 to Pearl Lawrence and William Jennings Adams in Los Angeles, CA, Ginny
along with her younger brother Nelson Jennings “Doc” Adams (1928-2017) went to live in Cache, OK at
the age of 5 with their grandfather, James Albert Wilson Adams (a former Texas Ranger) and aunts, Rush
and Juanita Adams. As a child and young woman, she loved dancing and was an “extra” in several
Shirley Temple movies. Ginny attended college at Redlands University and Fresno State in CA, where
she met her husband, Joseph Calvin Eischen. After they married in 1946 and welcomed three children,
she worked as a court clerk for many years in southern CA and later in northern CA. Joseph
predeceased her in 1980.
In the early 1970s, Ginny moved back to Lawton, OK, with her daughter Karen, to be with family. There,
she met her second husband, Marion “Gundy” Gunderson, who was stationed with the National Guard
at Fort Sill. In 1974, Ginny and Karen moved back to California and settled in Santa Rosa. After a long
distance relationship, Ginny and Gundy wed in 1984. Ginny and Gundy made their home in Sidney, NE
for many years where she worked in data entry at Cabela’s.
Upon retirement, they spent several years as camp hosts in northern CA, living in their Minnie Winnie
and going on adventures. Ginny and Gundy permanently relocated to Lakeport, CA in the late 1990s,
where they enjoyed friends, music, gardening, and spending time with their Norwich Terrier, Eric the
Red. Ginny was a lifelong Methodist with a smile and hug for everyone. She loved singing, and in later
life, took up painting and enjoyed time in her backyard studio that Gundy built for her before his death
in 2017. Her paintings of flowers and California landscapes were featured in four gallery showings
including a solo show.
Ginny is survived by her three children, Stephen Eischen of Santa Rosa, CA, Kathleen Eischen (Peter) of
Franklin, NC, and Karen Eischen, of Santa Rosa, CA; grandchildren, Rana Salzmann (David) of Chicago,
IL, Jay Hutchinson (Dawn) of Middleton, WI, Em Perry of Santa Rosa, CA and Jeremy Gunderson;
great-grandchildren, Josephine Salzmann and Jasper Hutchinson- Wohn; and stepsons, Bryan Gunderson
(Dawn), of Musctine, IA, and David Gunderson, of Kearney, NE.
According to her wishes, Ginny’s ashes were placed with Gundy’s at the Veteran’s Circle in Hartley
Cemetery, Lakeport, CA on April 4, 2023.