Paul Joseph Gunia, 61, September 3, 1956 to June 6, 2018.
Due to a tragic car accident
Loving father of Adam and Katrina Gunia
Beloved ex-husband Lynn Gunia
Brother of Michael (Sue) Gunia and the late Diane (Ronald) Scala
Son of the late Joseph and the late Cecilia Gunia, wonderful Uncle and
Grand Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Son in law of the late Helen
Paul was a wonderful, generous, kind and loving family man with a
quick smile, charming wit and a hand ready to help. anyone.
Paul and Lynn met July 5, 1974 at a bowling alley and have been
together ever since. Paul was 17 years old and Lynn was a month shy
of turning 17.
Lynn fell in love with Paul’s bright, mint green eyes and Paul loved
her lavender hot pants. They married on November 5, 1977. They were
married 29 years and 3 months. They were divorced in 2007. But they
decided to stay together and share the house and raise their children.
They continued to share meals together, every Saturday was pizza
night, never fail, had coffee together. Paul loved his coffee. He’d
make a full pot and drink it throughout the day.
On Paul’s days off he’d walk for a newspaper, then Lyn would cook
breakfast, then they’d read the paper and discuss the topics.
In 1982 for Lynn’s birthday, Paul surprised her with a Springer
Spaniel puppy, Lady. That was to be the start of a menagerie of
strays and adoptees of dogs, cats, birds and rabbits. Throughout
their lives together they acquired 20 pets. Paul loved and adored
each and every one of those fur babies.
Every time Lynn left the house, she’d bring another fur baby home.
Paul would say “Not another one.” But they’d look at each other and
start to laugh. He never, ever said no. So, the stray would have a
loving and permanent home because of Paul.
They loved going on day trips to Richmond, IL, Twin Lakes, WI by Lake
Mary, Union, IL and Brookfield Zoo, that was their favorite place to
be. They loved the zoo and were members.
They really did enjoy each other’s company. Even if they just pulled
weeds in the yard or shoveled snow together. Paul loved Lynn’s
homegrown tomatoes and basil. He couldn’t wait for the tomatoes to
ripen. Because that meant tomato and basil salad. Lynn would make the
salad and they’d have it for dinner with Italian bread, mozzarella
cheese and a glass of Paisano wine. Perfect summer dinner.
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