Jack Gaylord Guenther
b. 9 May 1918, d. 27 February 2009
- Father: Gaylord Stephen Guenther b. 9 November 1891, d. 1 August 1952
- Mother: Mary Ethel Sierk b. May 1890, d. 15 June 1962
- The following appeared in The Nagara Falls Gazette: [Born] At Memorial Hospital . . . To Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther, 635 Jefferson avenue, June 8, a son.
- Jack Gaylord Guenther was born on 9 May 1918 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York.
- Gaylord Stephen Guenther and Mary Ethel Sierk appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1121 Walnut Avenue. Other members of the household included Jack Gaylord Guenther.
- The following appeared on 28 June 1921 in The Daily News: (Attica) Mrs. William Guenther of Washington street was in critical condition yesterday. Her son, Gaylord Guenther, with his wife and little son, have come by automobile from Niagara Falls.
- Gaylord Stephen Guenther and Mary Ethel Sierk appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 1887 Cleveland Avenue. Other members of the household included Jack Gaylord Guenther, Marilyn Ethel Guenther and Jane Audrey Guenther.
- Gaylord Stephen Guenther and Mary Ethel Sierk appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Niagara Falls, New York, at 1887 Cleveland Avenue. Other members of the household included Jack Gaylord Guenther, Marilyn Ethel Guenther and Jane Audrey Guenther.
- He was attending college and employed as carpenter helper in building construction, according to the 1940 census.
- The following appeared on 16 February 1943 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Miss Marilyn Guenther, a student at William Smith College, N. Y., spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Guenther, of Cleveland avenue. . . . Ensign Jack Guenther, personnel officer with the See Bees at Camp Peary, Virginia, spent the weekend at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Guenther, of Cleveland avenue. Enroute to Camp Peary, he will stop at Washington, D. C., where he will receive special training.
- He married Elynor Forster, daughter of Otto Marquard Forster and Louise Lyson Bulgheroni, on 4 April 1946.
- The following appeared on 9 June 1951 in The Nagara Falls Gazette: [Born] At Memorial Hospital . . . To Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther, 635 Jefferson avenue, June 8, a son.
- The following appeared on 1 August 1952 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Gaylord S. Guenther, 60, who had been in the contracting business here for many years, died of a heart attack early today at his home, 1887 Cleveland avenue.
A Fire department inhalator squad administered first aid to Mr. Guenther for 15 minutes before he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. by his doctor.
Mr. Guenther was a native of Holland, N. Y. He came to this city 36 years ago and was associated with the Charles W. Moyer company, contractors, for 20 years. He later served as superintendent for the Walter S. Johnson Building company for several years.
For the last ten years, until his retirement, Mr. Guenther operated the Gaylord S. Guenther contracting business.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Associated General Contractors.
Funeral services for Mr. Guenther will be conducted at the Gridley Funeral home at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery, Attica.
Mr. Guenther is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Guenther; a son, Jack G. Guenther; two daughters, Mrs. Robert E. Wilson and Miss Jane A. Guenther, all of this city, and his father, William H. Guenther, Warsaw, N. Y. He is also survived by four grandchildren.
- The following appeared on 9 May 1953 in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal: Miss Jane A. Guenther, daughter of Mrs. Gaylord S. Guenther of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, and the late Mr. Guenther, became the bride of Donald J. Stone, son of Mrs. Albert P. Stone of Ontario Street, and the late Mr. Stone, on Saturday, May 2, at the First Presbyterian Church, Niagara Falls. The Rev. Charles C. Berryhill officiated at the ceremony.
The bride, escorted by her brother, Jack G. Guenther, chose a street-length dress of dior blue lace with bracelet-length sleeves and full skirt. The boat neckline was edged with pleated nylon net and a wide flounce of nylon nte trimmed the hem of the skirt. She wore a matching hat and carried a Colonial bouquet of pink sweetheart roses.
She was attended by her sister, Mrs. Robert E. Wilson, who was attired in a dress of champagne lace with matching accessories, and carried a Colonial bouquet of daffodils and baby iris.
Charles A. Switzer was best man and William F. Lynch was the usher.
The reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Guenther, Oak Street, Niagara Falls, for the immediate families and the wedding party.
Mrs. Guenther wore a silk shantung suit of cadet blue with pale pink accessories and an orchid corsage. The mother of the bridegroom selected a Wedgewood blue silk print dress with matching accessories and an orchid corsage.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone will reside at 7 Sixty-seventh street after a brief wedding trip. For trraveling the bride chose a navy blue gabardine suit with navy blue and white accessories, and wore a corsage of cymbidium.
Miss Guenther is a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and William Smith College, Geneva. She is a case worker with the Niagara County Welfare department.
Mr. Stone, a graduate of Lockport High School, is an alumnus of Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind., and attended Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. He now is with the engineering department at Hooker Electrochemical Company.
- The following appeared on 16 June 1962 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Mary E. Guenther, of 1887 Cleveland Ave., a resident for the last 46 years, died unexpectedly in her home Friday (June 15, 1962). She was 72.
Mrs. Guenther was a native of Attica. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Women's Association at the church. She was also a member of the Mother's Corner Club.
Mrs. Guenther was the widow of Gaylor S. Guenther, a local contractor, who died in 1952.
Surviving are a son, Jack G. Guenther, this city; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Wilson, of Fairport, and Mrs. Donald J. (Jean) Stone, of North Tonawanda; a sister, Mrs. Harold F. Ames, and two brothers, Glen and Ray Sierk, all of Attica, and another brother, Dr. Leo Sierk, of St. Petersburg, Fla; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Gridley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, in Attica.
- The following appeared on 12 January 1970 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. Robert E. Wilson, 46, a Niagara Falls native and formerly active in music circles here, died in Highland Hospital, Rochester, Saturday (Jan. 10, 1970) after a long illness.
Mrs. Wilson, the former Marilyn E. Guenther, lived with her husband on 5 Harvest Road, Fairport. They also had lived in Syracuse since leaving here about 12 years ago. Mr. Wilson is also a Niagara Falls native.
Mrs. Wilson attended local schools and was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and William Smith College, Geneva.
She was a member of the Niagara Falls Philharmonic Orchestra and was active in music here and in Syracuse.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wilson is survived by two sons, Robert P. and Steven L. Wilson; a brother Jack G. Guenther, this city; a sister, Mrs. Donald J. (Jane) Stone, North Tonawanda, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Emery-Curtis Funeral Home, Fairport. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Attica.
- The following appeared on 23 May 1970 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Lance L. M. Brown will be ordained into the Christian ministry at a service of worship Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, 311 First St., at 4 p.m.
Officiating clergy will be the Rev. James Westhafer, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Lockport, and moderator of the Presbytery of Western New York, assisted by the Rev. a. Russell Stevenson, the Rev. Carl H. Lenz and the Rev. Hans Klee.
Mr. Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther, 962 Rankine Road, this city, and the late Marine Corps Maj. Fletcher Locke Brown Jr., is the first young man who has grown up in the First presbyterian Church here to be ordained in the church in more than 60 years.
A DeVeaux School graduate, mr. Brown received his bachelor's degree from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1966. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Conferred on him the degrees of bachelor of divinity in 1969 and the master of theology in 1970. He was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
He will become assistant minister in Beulah Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, where he will be in general charge of church education and in direct association with junior and senior high youth.
Mr. Brown and his wife, the former Nancy J. Liersch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Liersch, 2931 Weston Ave., and a well-known organist and musician, will reside with their infant son Eric, at 104 Dauntless Drive, Pittsburgh, after June 1.
A reception will follow the ordination and will be sponsored by the Women's Association of the church and the hospitality committee of the Church Session. Mrs. Melving Dashineau is chairman.
- The following appeared on 18 August 1970 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Wallens, 922 Lafayette Ave., announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Bonni-Sue Wallens, to Jack G. Guenther, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack. G. Guenther, 962 Rankine Road.
Miss Wallens is a graduate of Stella Niagara High School and attends Niagara Community College, majoring in social science and humanities.
Mr. Guenther is a 1969 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and attends Niagara University, majoring in engineering.
A December 1972 wedding is planned.
- The following appeared on 30 June 1983 in the Tonawanda News: Happy Birthday! . . . Jaclyn Lyane Guenther, daughter of mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther Jr. of North Tonawanda, first birthday on July 5. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack G. Guenther of Niagara Falls and Mrs. Norman Hardy of North Tonawanda.
- Jack Gaylord Guenther became a widower at the 14 September 1990 death of his wife Elynor Forster.
- The following appeared on 15 September 1990 in The Buffalo News: Elynor F. Guenther , 70, a former American Red Cross volunteer, died Friday (Sept. 14, 1990) in her home after a lengthy illness.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian Church, 311 Rainbow Blvd.
A Niagara Falls resident for more than 40 years, she had lived in many areas of the world, including Pearl Harbor at the time of the surprise Japanese attack that plunged the United States into World War II.
At that time, Mrs. Guenther 's first husband, Maj. Fletcher L. Brown Jr., was stationed there as a Marine pilot. He was killed a year later in fighting at Guadalcanal.
Mrs. Guenther, a native of Jackson, Miss., was involved with several Niagara Falls organizations and events, including the LaSalle Children's Field Day and the Maid of the Mist Festival. As a Red Cross volunteer, she worked with the blood bank and at Veterans Hospital, Buffalo.
She was a former member of the Niagara Falls Weavers, a craft club, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jack G. Guenther; three sons, the Rev. Lance L. M. Brown of Purcellville, Va., Jack G. Guenther Jr. of North Tonawanda, and Otto F. Guenther of New Castle, Del; a daughter, Lyane Marie Klein of the City of Tonawanda, and four grandchildren.
- Jack Gaylord Guenther died on 27 February 2009 at age 90 in Niagara Falls, New York.
- He was interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, Wyoming County, New York.
- The following appeared in a Niagara Falls newspaper: Jack Gaylord Guenther, Sr., 90 of Niagara Falls passed away Friday February 27, 2009 surrounded by his family at his residence while under care from Niagara Hospice.
Mr. Guenther was born in Niagara Falls, NY on May 9, 1918 a son of the late Gaylord S. and Mary (Sierk) Guenther. He was a 1936 graduate of Niagara Falls High School where he was Captain of the Football team. He continued his education and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1941 and the Thayer School of Engineering in 1942.
Mr. Guenther served in the United States Navy, Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) from 1942-46 and was discharged from active duty with the rank of Lieutenant. He continued his service in the United States Naval Reserve from 1941-50 where his duty stations included Norfolk, Virginia, Newfoundland, Camps Parks, Shoemaker, Pleasanton, California. While serving he also played on the Fleet City Bluejackets team.
He met and married Elynor Forster Brown on April 4, 1946. Mrs. Guenther died September 14, 1990.
His professional civil engineering career included Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. from 1946-49 heavy docks and foundations in the San Francisco Bay area, from 1951-1971 Wright & Kremers, Inc. managing industrial, commercial and public building projects including the Niagara Power Project and from 1972-1986 with the Dravo Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA., in heavy construction management in the United States and Saudi Arabia.
Mr.Guenther was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls where he served as an Elder and Trustee. He was active in the Niagara Falls Builder's Association, a life member of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, American Society of Engineers and the Society of Military Engineers.
Survivors include three sons, Rev. Dr. Lance L. M. (Peggy) Brown of the Town of Tonawanda, Jack G. (Della) Guenther, Jr. of Grand Island, NY and Otto F. Guenther (Donna Reisert) of New Castle, DE, a daughter Lyane Marie (Guy) Klein of the Town of Tonawanda, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Jane Stone and Marilyn Wilson.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday March 14 at 12 Noon in the First Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls, 311 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY with the Rev. David Crapnell officiating. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
Flowers graciously declined, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Niagara Falls or to the YMCA of Niagara Falls.
- A single grave marker identifies the graves of Jack Gaylord Guenther and Elynor Forster.
- Last Edited: 31 Aug 2016