In Loving Memory

Janice Kay Gunther

June 26, 1956 - May 24, 2021

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Janice Kay Gunther, age 64, a native of Michigan, and a resident of Daphne, Alabama, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021.

Janice loved God and loved many people. She was a prayer warrior, an entrepreneur, author, artist, craftsman, nature lover, animal lover, and an adventurer. She poured out her talents and treasures to serve God and bless many lives and nations. Her legacy is faith, love, and generosity.

Janice was preceded in death by her sisters, Cindy & Vickie; and her mother, Donna.

She is survived by her spouse of 45 years, Jeffrey Gunter; children, Kelly, Keith, and Jordan; grandchildren, Alicia, Garidston, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Jordan, Destin, Kendrick; father, James Paveglio; siblings, Michael, Sue, MaryJo, Julie and Kristin; In-laws, Shirley Gunther, Jan Paveglio, Lee Cherry; and her pets, Sassy, Sabel, Lucy, and Gracie.

A celebration of life service will be held at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3PM (Central Time).  There will be a time of visitation beginning at 2PM.

In lieu of flowers, we want to honor mom’s memory by raising funds for Hair We Share.  This is for patients suffering hair loss due to medical conditions, such as cancer. She has always been generous to other people’s needs, whether family or strangers.  Link to Donate:

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Kathleen Roberton

    Janice, Jan to us, is a ray of light still shining bright in the kingdom of God. She was a friend, Christian sister, prayer warrior and a testimony to those around her. She will be missed, yet we do not mourn as those with no hope! Oh, let’s not forget her laughter!

  2. Kelvin and Paulette Holley & Family

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the Gunther Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Bonnie (Paveglio) & Scott Robison

    We will miss Janice she was a sweet God loving soul. Janice showed me how to roll my hair around juice cans so it was “smooth and bouncy”.
    She was a comfort to me when my Dad passed (Uncle Louie) earlier this year, we talked about coming down for a visit, she was so thrilled to be in AL near the kids.
    Love you cuz
    God be with you. Praying for Jeff & the kids

  4. Jackie Hubbell

    Janice, my faithful prayer warrior!! My loving and caring friend! When I look at the coasters you made I will remember you always!!

  5. Cherry Gunther

    She’s the best mother-in-law. I was nervous moving to US when Keith and I were still engaged, but she made me feel at home and loved as a daughter right at the beginning. She always reminded me that she has prayed for me eversince Keith was six and told her that he wanted to marry someday. She taught me so many things and imparted faith and generosity. She’s also the best grandmother to all her grandkids. Our family was blessed to have her and our family grew in number because of the many ‘strangers’ that she adopted into our family.

  6. Bill and Tammy Titus

    Tammy and I were blessed by our years of friendship with Jan. We remember her, first and foremost, as a woman who loved God. There are some Christians through whom Christ shines. She was one of them! She carried out the Great Commission by her life. Many souls were touched and changed for the good.

    She revered God’s Justice and Righteousness. She loved her family, the people of the Church, the people not in the Church and the nation in which she lived. She was a Christian patriot. She wanted to see our nation remain as the ‘Land of the Free’ and not succumb to Evil.

    It was known by all that knew her, that she was a prayer warrior whose prayers were mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. The devil certainly must have shuttered when she entered her prayer closet. She knew her Lord and He knew her.

    At last, it can surely be said that she was no stranger upon her arrival to Heaven. She had spread God’s love near and far. She had done untold damage to the Kingdom of Darkness on this earth.

    I have no doubt, whatsoever, that she has heard the words, ‘Well done, My good and faithful servant’!

    We will miss her greatly.

    Bill and Tammy Titus

  7. Jan Paveglio

    Janice was my Daughter-in-Law and was so devoted to her Dad, always in touch with him, They had long, loving phone conversations which warmed his heart. She was a talented woman who lived a Christian life and always looked out for others, There is no doubt that she is rejoicing in Heaven. We will miss her,

  8. Lynda Bula Murchie

    Janice and I met at St. Leo when we were in school and became friends. Janice and I went to different high schools, but we both ended up living in the same apartment house when we were both newlyweds and our husband’s were in the Navy. We lost touch but I’ve thought about her often until Janice found me on Facebook about a year ago. She never told me that she was sick. Janice, I will always love you and we will be friends forever. Until we meet again…..

  9. Gretel Rowland

    A tribute to my friend Jan Gunther.

    Cherry asked me the other day if I would like to write a memorial tribute for Jan. I prayed about what to say and the Lord brought me back to remembering conversations I had with her several years ago when we both lived in Tennessee. I remember her enthusiasm for Jesus was contagious. All who knew her admired her for her faith. Not only was she a businesswoman but her business was to share Jesus with others. What a precious woman of God she was. Always the light for others to see Jesus in her. Her enthusiasm for her family was amazing too. We had several conversations about her children and grandchildren. She was so proud of them and loved them all dearly. I remember how excited she was when she and Jeff were finally getting to move down to Gulf Shores, Alabama area to be near her daughter and grandchildren. A dream she had for quite some time. The Lord opened the door for them to move down about six months prior to my husband moving down to Miramar Beach, Florida.
    Although I have not seen her since that time I know we would’ve picked up right where we left off.
    It’s amazing when you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ you have the assurance of spending eternal life with Jesus in heaven. No more pain or suffering. Jan would want all to know that this is where she is right now. She is in the arms of Jesus and she is walking on the streets of gold in heaven!

    Jan would want to ask you all these questions. Do you know Jesus? Do you remember the day you confessed that you are a sinner and asked Jesus to forgive you, and asked Jesus to become your Lord and Savior?
    “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    This is the hope we have in Jesus. God gives us the gift of salvation and the ability to be reunited with our saved loved ones in heaven one day too.
    If you don’t know Jesus please call upon Him today to save you. This is what Jan would want the most.
    Jan, you are missed dear friend but I will see you again one day in heaven!

    Love in Jesus’ name,
    Gretel Rowland

  10. Jackie Hauck

    Janice and I grew up together from St.Leo’s and went to high school at Kearsley . When she gave her heart to the Lord, she started praying for me, little did I know. When I was 28 she led me to the Lord and then became one of my best friends and sister in the Lord! Many of our conversations were over the phone because I remained in Michigan and she moved all over.We laughed, prayed, cried on the phone for many hours each time we could. I’ve always considered her my sister and I will miss her so much. She had such an impact on my life and I know many others she touched also.
    I am so sorry for your loss family, I know she loved everyone of you dearly.
    If there is anything I can do to help you through this tragedy please get in touch with me, sue has my number. In the meantime I will pray for all of you! May the Lord take you through this journey, she wanted all of you to fulfill His destiny for you in this life! Don’t give up we will see her again!Love to all.

  11. Stu and Cheryl Down

    Our sincere condolences to Jeff and their beautiful family. Janice is my cousin, as her mother and my beloved mother were sisters. I grew up with Janice, Mary Jo and Vickie. I hold so many memories of the laughter and fun we use to have together. Janice and Jeff reached out to my husband and I back in 2017 now living in North Carolina with a letter I opened on a Saturday only to find a most generous gift to help us when I became very ill. To say the least this is one of many ways Janice and Jeff aways did the marvelous works for others We talked then and we prayed together. I will never forget the impact of her teachings and the unselfish ways. On how they both helped family and friends or whoever needed them. She also sent Stu and I information about God’s grace and blessings. The most intricate irony to this post is Janice never told me she had breast cancer. It breaks my heart to know she has fought a tough battle and still putting others first. She kept her untold illness from many. She is and will always be a unselfish prayer warrior in our hearts. My dear cousin, please share your fellowship with the family members we have lost and greet them now in heaven. Their soul’s will always be warmed by your presence.. We will miss you so much but know one day we will be together again. To Jeff and family members, our prayers will be with you and God will shine his light upon y’all. May God cradle your heart and souls forevermore. We love you Janice. You were not only my cousin, you were a angel sent from above to tell your story on this earth and leave now at peace with God. We love you dearly.


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