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Janice L. Gunem, November 26, 1923 - October 21, 2019

Janice L. Gunem
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Janice Wahl Gunem, age 95, of Eau Claire and formerly of Osseo, passed away October 21, 2019, at Dove Healthcare-West in Eau Claire with family at her side. 

Janice’s self-described “pride and joy” was her grandson, Andrew, who always brought a smile to her face.  Their times together were among her fondest memories. 

Janice was born November 26, 1923, in Eau Claire to Edward C. Wahl and Gertrude Nelson Wahl.  The youngest of five children, she attended the Ninth Ward School and graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1941. 

She worked full-time as a secretary at the Eau Claire office of Employers Mutual of Wausau for 20 years.  She also worked for her brother, Dr. George Wahl. 

On October 11, 1953, she married Omer Gunem at Second Congregational Church, Eau Claire.  Janice and Omer then resided in Osseo, where they belonged to the Osseo Evangelical Lutheran Church.  She was an active member of the Osseo Hospital Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

She and Omer moved to Eau Claire in 2005.  Omer, her husband of 59 years, passed away on June 10, 2013. 

Janice is survived by her son, Scott (Lalaine); grandson, Andrew (Stefanie); sisters-in-law Elenore Gunem and Inez Abraham; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and their families. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer; her parents; parents-in-law Gilbert and Elvina Gunem; sisters Helen (Robert) Kenney and Eileen (Howard) Elliott; brothers Dr. George (Kathryn) Wahl and James (Ione) Wahl; sisters-in-law Hope (Bruce) Fiedler and Beatrice (Fred) Holland; and brother-in-law Lyman Gunem. 

For their wonderful care, the family wishes to thank Dr. Joanna Setla; the Mayo Palliative and Hospice team, including Charlene, Nicole, and Evelyn; and the staff of Dove Healthcare-West. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to an organization of one’s choice. 

Funeral service will take place at 12 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Benrud officiating   Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11 am until the time of service and continue following the service at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3307 State Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701 during a luncheon.  Burial will take place at 11 am on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in the Osseo Cemetery in Osseo, WI.  

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Katie McCrory Bielat December 27, 2019

    Scott, Lalaine, and Andrew - I'm very sorry to hear this news. I have many fond memories of Janice from my summer visits in EC. I will look back on these memories with great fondness. Wishing you peace and sending you love.

  2. Carter Wahl November 15, 2019

    Scott, Lalaine, and Andrew, I have many great memories of Janice and Omer at family gatherings in “the good old days.” With peace and love, Carter

  3. Kelly Miske October 29, 2019

    Scott and family so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to your memories as they are now your treasures.
    God Bless!

  4. Roger and Blyann Johnson October 29, 2019

    Janice was such a sweet loving lady. We will certainly miss her. Our deepest sympathy to Scott and family.

  5. Andrew Salter October 29, 2019

    It was so nice getting to know Janice. What a wonderful lady she was I sure miss her at Dove she was a favorite of mine for sure

  6. Leona Torpen October 24, 2019

    May find memories of our times with Omer and Janice in Osseo. They left a lasting impression of good humor and kindness on our family. Janice was a lady of style and grace. Will always remember them with a smile. Prayers for comfort. God bless her memory. Leona

  7. Angie Nijhawan October 23, 2019

    Dear Lalaine, Scott and Andrew,
    We are so sorry for your loss and send our heartfelt sympathy to your family. She was a lucky mother and grandmother to have children and grandchildren as loving as you. Peace to all of you.
    Angie and Vinay

  8. Bill and Nancy Meyer October 23, 2019

    All of us at Realife Cooperative are saddened by the loss of Janice. She was a lovely part of our Realife family. May you find comfort in many happy memories, as we do. God bless you all.

  9. Larry Mar Guerrero October 23, 2019

    My deepest condolence to the late and dear friend from great distance. May you have peace were you are now. I know someone is eager to meet you there.