Julia Guenther

August 5, 2018

WEST POINT — Services for Julia Guenther, 95, West Point, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point. The Rev. Steve Emanuel will officiate. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday with a Christian Mothers rosary at 1:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. vigil, all at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point.

She died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at Colonial Haven in Beemer.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Retirement Community or Colonial Haven.


Julia Rose Guenther was born on May 26, 1923, to Frank H. and Amelia (Armbruster) Steffensmeier on the family farm near Olean. After attending Sacred Heart Academy at Olean, she worked as a hired girl for a few families.

On June 20, 1945, Julia married Bernard “Ben” Guenther at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Olean. The couple farmed west of West Point before retiring and moving to West Point in 1994. Julia moved to St. Joseph’s Retirement Community in 2007 and to Colonial Haven in January 2018.

Julia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guild and Christian Mothers. She always had a large garden and did a lot of canning. Likewise, she raised hens, chickens and ducks. She was a wonderful baker. In retirement, Julia enjoyed patchwork quilting and was active at the Sunshine Center.

Julia was known to be a savvy card player and enjoyed all types of games with family and friends. She continued to do the things she loved and persevered humbly even as her eyesight and hearing diminished greatly through the years.

Julia is survived by her daughters, Bernice (Frank) Evert of West Point and Doreen Guenther of Boise, Idaho; her sons, Marvin and Norman (Reina), both of West Point; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Julia was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Ben, in 2001; an infant daughter; a daughter-in-law, Janis Guenther; a sister, Mary Steffensmeier; her brothers, Conrad, Joseph (Clara), John (Elenora), Carl, Frank, Henry, Albert and an infant brother, Stephen.

Lunch at the Nielsen Center will follow burial.

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