Gloria Mae Ludwig Gunter passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 12, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rubin and Rose Ludwig, and her brother, Rubin Ludwig, Jr.
Gloria was born in Port Arthur, Texas on August 3, 1923, but moved with her family to her father's birthplace, New Braunfels, Texas, at eight years of age. She was a fifth generation Texan and a proud member of the Lindheimer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Upon graduating from New Braunfels High School in 1940, Gloria entered the University of Texas at Austin. In 1942 she put her studies on hold to marry a young Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corp, Edwin Gunter. Upon Ed's discharge from the Air Corp, he and Gloria lived in Karnes City, Texas and then San Marcos.
When Ed's work with the Knights of Columbus brought them to Austin in 1955, he and Gloria joined St. Ignatius Catholic Church, and all five of their children graduated from St. Ignatius School. Gloria began her teaching career at St. Ignatius and ultimately became the school's first lay principal. Gloria returned to the University of Texas in the summer of 1965 to finish what she began 25 years earlier. Attending UT each summer during her break from teaching, Gloria obtained her education degree in 1972. After ten years at St. Ignatius School, Gloria began teaching in the Austin Independent School District where she taught first grade for 16 years, finally retiring from Barton Hills Elementary in 1990. Never able to sit still, Gloria worked as a bailiff at the Travis County Courthouse for over 12 years after her retirement from teaching.
Gloria was passionate about her children and proud of their accomplishments, encouraging them to be good at whatever they chose to do. She was most comfortable tending her yard in her beloved Barton Hills where she lived for over 61 years. Her roses were the envy of the neighborhood. Her kitchen was the heart of her home and she loved nothing more than cooking wonderful meals and desserts. Large family dinners at her house on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve will be missed and never forgotten. Gloria was a loyal Democrat who loved to stir up a good political "discussion", even after her kids decreed no more politics at the dinner table. Gloria looked forward to the monthly lunches at El Gallo with her St. Ignatius buddies and time spent with her teacher friends. She never wore her religion on her sleeve, but she was a devout Catholic, attending Mass each Sunday until her health no longer allowed it. Her greatest sins were playing slot machine tournaments once or twice a year at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas and her enjoyment of a good piece of gossip.
Gloria is survived by her children, Ed (Ellie) Gunter, Jeff (Donna) Gunter, Chris (Alice) Gunter, Kelly Schrader, and Dana Gunter; grandchildren, Lisa (Kelly) Flynn, Eddie Gunter, Douglas Gunter, Virginia Gunter, Carley (fiancé, Will Volk) Gunter, Valerie (Blake) McKinney, Daniel (Kristen) Gunter, and Michael (Heather) Schrader; great-grandchildren, Ashlinn Flynn, Colin Maher, Lilly Clark, Scarlett Schrader, Ainsley McKinney and Barrett Gunter.
The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Drs. Gilbert Blancarte and Punit Chadha, and their staff, for the compassionate care provided Gloria. A very special thanks is extended to Gloria's wonderful caregivers, Olivia Willis and Jessica Hernandez.
The family will receive visitors from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Rosary to follow on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 126 West Oltorf St., with a reception to follow at the Fr. Eugene Dore Family Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Austin or a charity of your choice.