Irene Van Gundy

October 31, 1926December 14, 2012
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Irene Van Gundy, 86, of Greeley, died December 14, 2012 at Safe Harbor, Life Care Center, Greeley, Colorado. Irene was born in Sterling, Colorado on October 31, 1926 to Carl and Margaret (Bauer) Maurer.

She graduated from St. Anthony’s High School where she participated in speech and drama. After her children were grown, she moved to Greeley in 1964 to pursue a college education at CSC, now the University of Northern Colorado. She received her BA degree in English education in 1967 and her MA degree in 1971. Irene taught at Greeley West High School for 20 years and was active in speech activities. She also attended many sports events, especially baseball, and was known as “Baseball Mom”. She also supported drama and music events. Throughout her life, she was always interested in helping others. She volunteered at North Colorado Medical Center, and was active in the Greeley Exchange Club. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Kathy Hlad of Greeley, a son Jim Van Gundy of Mexico. She had 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Stoddard Funeral Home. A private family service will be held with inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens prior to the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the baseball program at Greeley West High School or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634. Please visit to sign online guestbook.


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Stephanie Van Gundy

January 10, 2013

To all my family who put together the picture slide show,THANK YOU! I so loved looking at all the pictures. So much I've missed out on. Please just know I love you all and do think of you and grandma often.

Stephanie Van Gundy

January 10, 2013

I wish I had known you better grandma. I love you,enjoy your new body in heaven.

Lauri Frank (Smith)

January 7, 2013

I was lucky enough to be in one of Mrs. Van Gundy's classes my junior year and then to be an aide for her my senior year (1978). Her no nonsense approach to learning brought out the best in her students. We kept in touch for many years after graduation. She encouraged me to become a teacher myself, which I have happily been doing for nearly 30 years now. I will forever remember her with love and affection. Rest in peace, Mrs. Van Gundy.

January 4, 2013

. Irene was taken the evening after the Sandy Hook Elementary school children. Her granddaughter Anne said this: "The day Irene went home, Heaven truly needed another teacher." I thought this was so true. Such a wonderful teacher and friend. Truly we were priviledged to know her and be in her life many years. Our boys stated what a wonderful woman, friend and teacher she was also and wanted her family to know she meant alot to them. Thanks to her for all the help she gave whenever it was needed. You are an angel now and free to fly wherever you want. We'll always miss your humor, friendship and love. Blessing to all the families. Maxine, Gary, Greg and Mickey Bracken

Ila Leavy

January 4, 2013

Thinking of you all, Kathy, this morning while I'm in Seattle area. Your mom is being honored well. Peace and blessings to ALL of you in her family. Ila Leavy - Greeley West High

Amelia Martinez

January 3, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

January 2, 2013

I was a student of Mrs Van Gundy at Greeley west in 1979 she was a great lady. Mary (hamman) Foos fort collins colorado

Bruce Van Gundy

January 2, 2013

My Aunt Irene was a remarkable person in going back to school, after being a housewife and going through a divorce, to earn her degree and become such an outstanding teacher. Being a banker in Denver, I was always amazed at the number of students that recognized our last name and always asked if I was related. Those former students always said she was one of the best teachers that they ever had. She will be missed.

kathe Kloberdanz

January 1, 2013

I remember Irene's young days back in Sterling. She and my mother Mary Yenter Kloberdanz and Betty Howe We're always busy reading and running around together. I'm sure Irene's influence was what kept my mother reading throughout her life up until the time Alzheimer's Took it away from her. I'm thank Irene fondly for her influence and friendship to them both.RIP

Gloria Mestas

December 23, 2012

I worked with Irene for years at Greeley West, and I always envision her bustling from place to place to get things done to get to the baseball game. She loved her baseball team. Irene was a no nonsense teacher who cared for each student who walked through her door, and she expected them to be at their very best. They responded by being at their very best. She was a dedicated friend who would always go the extra mile for you and be there to raise your spirits when those tough days hit. Irene will definitely be pulled into service immediately in the big classroom on the other side.