Geraldine Marie Gunst

March 31, 1936 - July 27, 2017

03/31/1936 - 07/27/2017

Past Services

Sunday July 30, 2017
11:00 am

Sunday July 30, 2017
3:39 pm

Sunday July 30, 2017
3:40 pm

Geraldine Marie Gunst, 81, born March 31, 1936, passed away surrounded by her family Thursday, July 27, 2017, at Riverside Hospital.
Jeri was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years and childhood sweetheart, Tony Gunst, Jr., her mother Leona Lucille, her daughter Judy (Beanie) Roberson and her son-in-law Karl Janowski.
Jeri was the owner of Women’s World Salon before she moved her family from Muskegon, Mich., with her husband in 1975. In 1976 Jeri opened Hairphenalia Beauty Salon. Her entrepreneurial spirit opened a second location, still open today, in Yorktown, VA. Today there are 14 women employed at the salon. It was her life long mission to mentor and empower her employees who she thought of as family. She also was a life member at the Newport News Elk’s Lodge # 315 and also a member of the Moose Lodge. Most of all, Jeri enjoyed spending time with her family, including her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Debra Janowski and Tony Gunst III and wife, Janice; her beautiful grandchildren, Erek, and wife Karen, Danielle and husband Greg, Dena, Anthony and wife Julianne and Andrew; and her four great grandchildren, Erek Jr., Lillie, Karlynn and Adelline. She is also survived by her siblings, Ron (Marilyn) Conley, Judi Anderson, Toey (Clare) TerBorg.
The family will receive friends 11:00 am Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel followed by a celebration of life at 12:00 Noon. Interment will take place in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Following the services, the family invites you to celebrate Jeri’s life at 700 Aqua Clubhouse, Windy Way, Newport News, VA.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Karl’s Klan and Free to Breathe
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Williams Family
6 years ago

Condolences to the Gunst family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

Jack Waddy
6 years ago

I am truly sorry for your loss. Everyone who ever met Jeri loved her. She was an awesome friend. She meant a lot to me and will be missed very much