Ilse's Story

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On the evening of August 31, 2016, at the age of 76, Ilse passed away after a little over a year battle with cancer; she was surrounded by her family and friends at her home in Kilgore, Texas.
Ilse was born on September 19, 1939 in Giessen, Germany. She was one of three children, and the only daughter of Jakob and Luise (Schreiber) Gunderoth.
Ilse was a member of a Lady's German Group. She also worked at Johnny Ozarks for many years and was a friendly, familiar face to the many residents of Kilgore, Texas. She was a woman with a strong spirit with an un-denying voice. She will be missed by more than just her family.
Ilse was preceded in death by her parents Jakob and Luise (Schreiber) Gunderoth; her husband John Earl Rounsavall; her brother in law Larry Rounsavall and daughter in law Tish (Wood) Rounsavall.
Ilse is survived by brother and sister in law Karlheinz and Ellen Deutscher of Germany and brother Helmut Gunderoth of Germany; her son and daughter in law Ricky and Jeanine Rounsavall; her son and daughter in law Stephen and Beth Rounsavall; her son Alan Rounsavall; her daughter and son in law Kristi and Raymond Bowman. Her grandchildren: Jennifer and Cory Shannon; Michael Rounsavall; Chrissi and Kirk Webb; Jax and Stevie Rounsavall; Kylee Bell; Morgan Bowman; Justin and Erica Thomas; Chris and Ashley Thomas; Holly Thomas. Her great grandchildren: Corbin and Xander Shannon; River, Jovie and Marlie, Rounsavall; Riley and Laney Webb; Alex Thomas; Ashton and Christa Thomas; Gabriella, Logan, and Miles Dunaway. She is also survived by her brother and sister in law Donald and Frankie Sue Rounsavall; sister in law Nelda Watts; sister and brother in law Alice and Marion Dingler; her sister in law Cammie Rounsavall; as well as, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
On Saturday, September, 10th at 1 p.m. Ilse will have a Celebration of Life with Grace Baptist located on 119 Peavine Road, Kilgore, Texas 75662 (903-984-0626) with her family and close friends prior to her being laid to rest at the Rounsavall Cemetery in Athens, Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ilse's memory either to the Rounsavall Cemetery Association at 46 Ouida Circle, Longview, Texas 75603, Hearts Way Hospice at 4351 McCann Road, Longview, Texas 75605 or Grace Baptist at 119 Peavine Road, Kilgore, Texas 75662.
A very special thank you to her longtime friend Lisa Herrington, her fellowship at Grace Baptist, and her German Lady friends.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the nurses at Hearts Way Hospice: Donya, Staci, Kelli, and Jason; the social worker, Tracy and the aide Carolyn, for all of their loving support and care they gave to Ilse and her family in her final days.
Published on September 2, 2016
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