Gundlach, Anne Marie 8/24/1963 - 3/10/2017 Greensboro, NC Anne Marie Gundlach (nee Lewis) died in the arms of her son, with close relatives by her side on Friday, March- 10th after an aggressive breast cancer metastasized to her liver. She died comfortably and with her usual grace and dignity. Anne expressed regret at not being able to say goodbye to "The Girls" and many other supportive friends and colleagues. She will be missed by all. Anne Marie was born in Detroit MI, the first daughter of George and Mary Lou Lewis. Anne attended primary school in Michigan. She graduated magna cum laude from Chelsea High School in 1981, where she was in National Honors Society, Key Club, and The Contemporaries, a Madrigal Choir. Anne went on to work in Sarasota Florida, where her love of the beach began. She then migrated to North Carolina, where she attended the Bryan School of Business at UNCG, she was a member of the business sorority Delta Sigma Pi. She also met husband Wendell Gundlach at UNCG. After college, Anne Marie began her legacy of service, excellence, and integrity at the Greensboro News and Record, then The Center for Creative Leadership. But it wasn't until Anne became a State Farm Agent in 1994 that she felt she had found her perfect career. With the birth of the 'light of her life' Alexander Gundlach in 1997, Anne rose to the challenge of full time work and raising a son. She was more proud of being Alex's mom than anything else in the world. Anne Marie's success, energy and determination were phenomenal and her legacy and philanthropy live on in a number of places. Her generosity, strength, love and dedication, and most of all her SMILE have touched and inspired so many in our community. In addition to being a State Farm agent for over 20 years, Anne was a member of Business Women of the Triad, GURUS of Greensboro Merchants Association, The Competitive Advantage Network Group, the grants chair for The Women's Business Forum, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, and an associate member of the Greensboro Realtors Association. Anne also volunteered at Alex's schools, helped organize and sponsor The Women's Only Pink Ribbon Walk/Run against Breast Cancer, and volunteered for The March of Dimes,The American Cancer Society, and as a Cancer survivor peer mentor at Alight Foundation. Anne Marie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lou, her Aunt Beverly, her grandparents, sister in law Pam and brother in law Herb. She is survived by her son Alex Gundlach , her parents, George and Eszter, siblings Phil (Gabi), Margaret (Warren) and Kati (Daniel), her special sister/cousin Stacee (Mike), cousin Paul (Carrie) as well as by her niece Sophie and nephews Benjamin, George, Duncan, and Adam. She is further survived by Wendell Gundlach, sister in law Melanie (Jim), and many other special family members and innumerable friends, whom she loved so dearly. The family wishes to thank Dr. Gus Magrinat and the nurses at the Cone Cancer Center for their dutiful and excellent care, and to Hospice of Greensboro for helping Anne to have a peaceful death in her home. Also special thanks to Rev. Butch Sherrill for his ongoing support. A celebration of Anne's life will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 2 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3906 West Friendly Ave. in Greensboro. A reception will follow. Anne would not want us to be sad. Her light shines on and her smile will dwell in our hearts and minds forever. She would want us to be inspired to carry on the relentless pursuit of joy and goodness that was her life. She often started her day with the song 'Beautiful', by Carole King: "You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart...." In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alight, Inc. 501 N. Elam Ave, Suite 2-006 Greensboro, NC 27403 ( Alightfoundation.org ) or to the Women's Professional Forum Foundation (WPF) Girl's Leadership Edge program. PO Box 38594 Greensboro NC 27438.
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