Elaine M. Gundacker

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Elaine M. Gundacker, age 76 of New Hampton, IA died on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at her home near Cass Lake, MN. Elaine M. Gundacker was born on June 11, 1933 in New Hampton, the daughter of Alvin and Myra Timm. She attended New Hampton High School, graduating in 1951. Elaine married Harry P. Gundacker on August 8, 1969. She was part owner of Horseshoe Resort near Cass Lake, MN, with her son Clark Heitmann. Prior to resort ownership, Elaine worked in city government for a number of cities which included New Hampton, Oelwein, Marshalltown, and Geneso, IL. Elaine also was employed with Iowa League of Municipalities, and Stone Ford. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and fishing. Elaine said shed rather fish than eat and her happiest times in life were spent with her grandchildren. Elaine is survived by three sons, Clark Heitmann of Cass Lake, MN, Kurt Gundacker and his wife Rita of Rosemount, MN, Erik Gundacker and his wife Rose of Rosemount, MN; two daughters, Constance King and her husband Greg of Davenport, IA, and Jenifer Britton and her husband David Eichacker of Lake Havasu, AZ; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Kay Pacovsky of New Hampton. Elaine is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harry in July of 1999; and one daughter, Kristin Gundacker. Cemetery: Burial will take place at New Hampton Cemetery with Mike Kennedy, Phil French, Stuart Stone, Norman Cole, Sue North, Linda Bendixen, Reba Donahue, Shirley McConnel, Lorna Eaton, Jeff Pacovsky, Nancy Schlindwein, Marty Blocker and Michael Pacovsky serving as honorary casket bearers. Matt Heitmann, Zachary King, Justin King, Craig Gundacker, Joshua Stearns, and Tom Riley will serve as active casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Service: Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in New Hampton, IA with Reverend Kevin Frey officiating.

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  1. Clark,
    sorry to hear of your mother’s passing away. She was a very neat and kind lady. Jessica will miss her dearly. I didn’t know her very much, but my family had a very good time visiting with you and her when we were on vacation at your resort. You are in our prayers.
    Carol & Jessica Speicher and the Kramer family

  2. Our deepest sympathy to everyone. We will miss Elaine…and especially the humor filled e-mails, she had recently sent!Elaine was loved by everyone who knew her and this testifies to the type of person she was! It there is anything we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  3. Elaine will be sadly missed. It was always nice to see a bright smile, a warm heart and a bear hug when ever we would visit the resort at Cass Lake.

  4. I have fond memories of Elaine and how helpful she was to myself and other city clerks in the area when she was with the League of Municipalities. She convinced me I could do some of the new changes which were mandated and I was hesitant about. A classy, intellligent lady.
    Mary F. Jasper

  5. Love, peace and prayers to Clark, Connie, and all the Gundacker kids. The loving memories we hold for this incredible woman are immeasurable. When she married ‘Gun.’ our father and mentor, she became one of us. The loving and heartwarming conversations around our dining table have never been replicated. We are certqin God holds a special place for Lainie.
    Bob & Betty Soukujp

  6. So sorry to hear of Elaine passing . She was a sweet lady, we lived beside for a couple of years and she was the
    best , she spoiled us rotten and love listine to her stories .
    May gold bless ad keep you .
    Gary and Lind and Robb and Matt.

  7. Clark and Connie
    Sorry to hear about your Mothers death. Elaine and my Mother Bernice Shaw were good friends. I even got to baby sit you two when you lived out on the farm South West of New Hampton. (long time ago )
    Thanks to Lorna Eaton I found out about this , I live in Aberdeen S.Dak. But spend some time back in New Hampton.
    Take care and my prays and thoughts are with you guys.

  8. Connie & Clark and all the family & friends of Lanie.
    Lanie was so happy at Cass Lake, I am glad she was able to spend > 10 years there. David & I hold you in our thoughts & prayers. I miss the emails from Lanie already,(hole in my heart) what a blessing, her love for Christ, And her desire for all of us to accept our Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts= that we may all spend eternity together…that none should perish.we pray during this diffcult time you will find peace in knowing your mom is with you, whole, healthy, and filled with joy. love david & jeni.

  9. Our sincere condolences go to Elaine’s family from Western Bank in Cass Lake. Our staff will miss her. Her faith and determination were strong to the end.

  10. She spoke so highly of all her children. Our thoughts to all of you and your children.

    It was my pleasure to have known her.

  11. Dear Clark and family,
    Elaine is in our thoughts. We are wishing you and your family peace. We always had nice chats with her at Cass Lake and I will always remember how much she loved her boston Bruno.
    Please accept our sympathies,
    The Walter family from IL

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