Lynne Louise Wunsch

Posted: Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Longtime Juneau resident, Lynne Louise Wunsch, 56, died Dec. 26, 2004, at her home of lung cancer.

She was born on April 19, 1948, in San Francisco, Calif., and spent her childhood in neighboring Pacifica, Calif., where she graduated from Terra Nova High School in 1966.

After a brief stint as a city-girl living in Las Vegas, Nev., she made the move to the wilds of Juneau and never looked back. She was very well known and respected in the banking and lending industry, working first in management at the Alaska State Credit Union, then moving on to the United Bank of Southeast Alaska, which later became National Bank of Alaska/Wells Fargo where she flourished in her chosen career as Business Banker and Assistant Vice President.

Her friends say, "Lynne loved banking and she loved people. She loved the hustle, the bustle, and the never-ending social interaction. Always willing to lend an ear, a hand, or a piece of her mind, she was naturally drawn to activities and organizations that helped others-too numerous to list."

She was best known for her early involvement with the American Cancer Society, Alaska Airlines Upgrade Program, and most recently, her volunteer work managing the travel reimbursement account for Cancer Connection.

Her close friends write, "Lynne was a kind-hearted generous woman, strong-willed, self-reliant, in-charge and quick-witted. Ever the able entertainer, she reveled in her Italian heritage and loved food: cooking it, serving it, forcing her many friends to partake of another glass of wine, another plate of food, or another bite of desert. She radiated true elegance and put the letter, 'C' in class. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Lynne, we love you."

She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Frizza; and her brother, Randy Frizza.

She is survived by her grandmother, Kay Benney of Walnut Creek, Calif.; her father, Ettro Randall Frizza of Pacifica, Calif.; her sister, Christing Lombardi of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her nieces, Nicole Kasler of Pacifica, Calif., and Keli Channey of Phoenix, Ariz.; her nephew, Nathan Efestione of Phoenix, Ariz.; her fiancé, Dr. Tom Gundelfinger, D.C., of Juneau; and her "girls," the cats, Honey and Snicker.

A celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at the SandBar and Grill, 2525 Industrial Boulevard in Juneau. All whose lives she touched are invited at Lynne's invitation "to eat, drink, be merry, and say some nice things."

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Lynne to: Cancer Connection, P.O. Box 20329, Juneau, AK 99802.

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