Virginia Irene Gumz

Virginia Irene Gumz

MADISON/MINERAL POINT-Virginia Irene Gumz, age 81, of Madison, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born on Aug. 6, 1932, in Dodgeville, the daughter of Walter and Irene (Hughes) Dahler. She married Don Gumz on April 11, 1953, in Mineral Point. She worked as a bookkeeper for WKOW radio station, and worked 24 years as a food service worker for the Madison School District. Virginia loved sending and receiving cards and letters with relatives and friends. She was an active member of her church by attending services, making coffee for fellowship, joining the women’s circle and helping to put the K.I.T. (newsletter) together. Virginia enjoyed cooking, taking care of her home, decorating for the seasons, collecting cardinal pictures, figurines and willow angels. She loved country music and traveling to Nashville, Tenn., Branson, Mo., with Milford and Eileen, as well as attending county fairs and going on cruises. She enjoyed UW-Volleyball with her husband, and friends, Gary and Evelyn. She also looked forward to going out to lunch with her former co-workers and going out for New Year’s Eve with neighbors.

Virginia is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Don of Madison; daughter, Connie (Perry) Johnson of Lodi; son, Donnie (Diane) Gumz of Madison; step-grandchildren, Scott (Alice) Lewis of Madison and Carrie (Todd) Colbeck of Madison; and step-great-grandchildren, Paige Lewis of Illinois and Conner Colbeck of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew/godson, Danny Moodie.

Funeral Services will be held at LAKEVIEW MORAVIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH, 3565 Tulane Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 14, 2014, with the Rev. Staci Marrese-Wheeler presiding. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Friday, June 13, 2014, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeview Moravian Community Church, Comfort Keepers and Agrace HospiceCare.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Maureen Therese for her love and care, and also to the staff at Agrace HospiceCare. Also, thank you to Pastor Staci Marrese-Wheeler.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive