Gerda Gudmundsson, age 89 of Lakeville passed away on May 11th, 2021 peacefully at home. Born on Thursday May 14th, 1931 in Reykjavik Iceland, she was the daughter of Jórunn Sigurðardóttir and Lúdvik Gudmundsson.Growing up in Iceland Gerda was the youngest child in her family. Gerda attended primary school in Reykjavik, followed by completing an education in domestic sciences and home economics at Women's Gymnasium (Kvennaskólinn í Reykjavík).Gerda was incredibly close with her family. Being the youngest of many siblings, she describes her older sisters as helping raise her while her mother and father worked.Gerda would very playfully illustrate meeting her future husband, Gunnar Gudmundsson. She was adored by a smitten young man who sought her attention, persistently following her around town on his motorbike (once crashing) until she agreed to see him.Gerda and Gunnar went on to marry and started a family in Reykjavik raising two young boys. Gerda worked as a seamstress for a local men's department store while her husband worked as a fisherman often at sea for small stretches of time.New opportunities found her young family and they moved to the United States; Massachusetts in 1964. Gerda and her husband finished building a home in Lakeville in 1966 where they had lived ever since. Mrs. Gudmundsson loved to craft and regularly attended a ceramics class in Middleboro with friends from her neighborhood. She formed many cherished relationships among her neighbors, some lasting over 60 years. Gerda was interested in holistic healing and became certified as a Reiki Master. This instinctive interest would coincide with her fascination in spiritual arts. Gerda loved a good psychic book, one of her favorite authors being Sylvia Brown. Gerda is also well known for her love of chocolate.Mrs. Gudmundsson was a devoted mother who treasured her two boys, Gummi and Lulli; the late Gudmundur and Ludvik Gudmundsson. She made most of her children's clothing herself and kept a meticulously clean home, was a marvelous cook, and tenderly opened their home to any friends of her sons. Gerda kept Lakeville newspaper clippings from every Apponequet football game her sons played in while she could be found feverishly cheering them on from the bleachers. She never missed a game. Mrs. Gudmundsson was deeply proud as her sons became doctors, husbands and fathers. She often returned to visit home and family in Iceland. She and her family also got the chance to travel to beautiful places across the world. As an Amma, Gerda was much more than a remarkable grandmother. Amma's songs and back rubs could cure any ache and melt away all worries. Though she showered her family with love, don't be mistaken, she was full of sass. Gerda stealthily took part in nuttiness and nonsense with her grandchildren. Gerda's smirks and sarcasm stand out in memories of her laughing madly over stories she hears. She will be missed dearly.
Gerda is survived by her seven grandchildren; Tomas Gudmundsson, Gunnar Gudmundsson, Kathryn Gudmundsson, Kristyn Gudmundsson, Jennifer Gudmundsson, Stefan Gudmundsson, and Laurel Carter and her husband Cody, and great grandchildren Jasmine and Darrion.
A private funeral service will be held on Thursday May 20th at Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 280 Bedford Street, Lakeville MA 02347. She will be laid to rest with her late husband and her two sons in Sampson Cemetery in Lakeville. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home for the funeral service on Thursday. The family would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time and asks that you send a message with treasured memories of Mrs. Gudmundsson.
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