• 88 years old
  • Born on June 28, 1930 in San Marcelino, Zambales, Philippines.
  • Passed away on February 15, 2019 in New York, New York, United States.

Guillermina Gundy, known to her friends as Nena, died on the 15th of February 2019 after a short illness.

Guillermina was born on the 28th of June 1930 in San Marcelino in the province of Zambales of the Philippines.  She was named after San Guillermo, the patron saint of her hometown.  From her birth, her father lovingly referred to her as Nena.  She was the third youngest of nine brothers and sisters and grew up during the tumult of World War II.  She came to the United States in 1954 as a graduate student in psychology at Indiana University.  She married and raised a daughter and a son.
She was an accomplished player of the violin, piano and the organ.  Later in life she returned to her love of the piano, which she played on and off again up to just a few years ago. Nena could often be heard practicing Bach's Goldberg Variations on her prized Yamaha baby grand piano for hours.  She loved the arts and ballet and admired the craft in all things done with excellence.  In her last years, she watched tennis with a passion and had a near-encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary tennis stars.  She remained an ardent fan of New York City and all it has to offer even during her last years when she could no longer venture outside to enjoy the city.
While in her mid-60s, Nena was diagnosed with a bone cancer that was rare in someone of her age.  Despite the changes brought about by this adversity, she persevered with her love of travel, taking many trips abroad well into her 70s.  A devout Catholic, one of these trips included fulfilling a life-long dream of visiting the Vatican.
By her friends, Nena is remembered as kind and charitable. She was an energetic, tireless  conversationalist who loved telling good stories.  With a storyteller's keen sense of hyperbole, it's unclear to this day how many of her stories and memories were absolutely, might have been, could have been or should have been true!  By her family, she is remembered for all of these things, but also for her loving support and supreme generosity.  A woman of very strong opinions and principles, who would defend her positions feistily and was not afraid to do so using very colorful language.  She remained devoted to her faith and could be heard whispering prayer unto her final breath.
She is survived by her daughter, Maria, her son, Peter, and her granddaughter, Carmen.  At the request of her family, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Guillermina (Nena's) name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center toward the fight against cancer ( http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/guillerminagundy) .
Posted by Maria Gundy on June 28, 2019
Last Tuesday was my mother's birthday. It's the first time I couldn't celebrate it with her.  I had started to think about what I was going to get her for it.  I have been thinking about her all month. I went to the NY Botanical Gardens to see the Rose Garden. The rose garden had over 700 varieties of roses. I thought of her all the way home. Roses were her favorite flowers. She would spend hours a day in her garden at home cultivating her roses.
Posted by Elena Mateo on April 4, 2019
To the Gundy Family and friends of Ate Nena ,
My deepest condolence to the whole family . Ate Nena as she is fondly called had left us memories to cherish . She is always joyful to accept visitors and generous in her giving to the church . God bless you and may Ate Nena rest in peace ! From the Starr's in Florida formerly in NY , Thanks for the memories ! From Elena Mateo Starr
Posted by Sandy Cerdan on March 5, 2019
Rest In Peace Aunt Nena. You are loved and will be very missed. ❤️
Posted by Keith Ladioray on March 3, 2019
One of the nicest Ladioray that I have met,
Never thought that was the last time I’ll see you... I was even telling my Dad that she looks stronger him before he passed away... You and Dad may have a wonderful trip to Heaven... I’ll see you guys on the next episode...
Posted by Stephen Price on February 28, 2019
I first met my girlfriend Maria's mother, Nena in 2017 after Maria and I had been dating for over a year. The first time we met was probably on Easter 2017, and we visited her in New York City. She had other friends there that day including Lily and everyone was very happy and talkative. Maria brought all the food and prepared dinner, which included a ham, salad, potatoes, and dessert.  We spent many subsequent holidays together and these gatherings included many of her friends too.  I will miss her kindness and her lovely smile.
Posted by Claire Villarosa on February 27, 2019
Rest in peace, Tita Nen. I will miss you. Until we meet again. I love you
Posted by Melissa Miko on February 26, 2019
Keeping your family in our thoughts. May Guillermina rest in peace.
Posted by Wilhelmina Boland on February 25, 2019
Being with Nena was always a Happy Celebration and there was never a dull moment. The moments we spent together were memories I will fondly cherish and remember forever. She would always ask me to see her and share the photos I took during my travel. Her encyclopedic knowledge of the places in photos was truly amazing! She was a delight to be with. She loved to be with friends and as she said: "friends are precious gifts." I will forever be thankful for her gift of friendship and for sharing with me her strong faith.

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