Tonawanda News


October 4, 2012

Angela Gunta

NORTH TONAWANDA — Angela (McCarthy) Gunta, a lifelong resident of North Tonawanda, entered into rest on Sunday, September 30, after a lengthy illness. She was just two weeks shy of her 92nd birthday.

Angie or Ange, as she was known to her family and friends, will be remembered forever by her loving husband of 58 years, Joseph Gunta; and her daughter, Margo (Richard) Martin. She was a special  Aunt Angie to her beloved nieces and nephews, the late Beverly (Ronald) Fahs, Raphaelle Rae (Charles) Proefrock, Victor S. (Patricia) Pane, William (Vicki) McCarthy, Frank Pascuzzi, Jr., Elaine Kurasiewicz, Anthony Tony (Bernadette) McCarthy, Thomas, Jr. (Linda) McCarthy; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Angie was the last child of the late William, Sr. and Lucia (Pane) Cordapadre McCarthy. She is predeceased by her brothers, William C., Jr. (Mary) McCarthy, Thomas (Martha) McCarthy; and her sisters, Mary C. (William) Pane and Rose (Frank) Pascuzzi.

Angie was born on October 16, 1920 above her family's store, McCarthy's Market, which at that time, existed at 204-206 Oliver Street. McCarthy's was well known throughout the Tonawanda's for more than 75 years for its fine fruits and vegetables and later renowned gift baskets. She was proud of her family's business and worked beside her family, growing up in the store. During WWII she would drive the truck to market daily to acquire the stores fresh produce, while the men folk fought overseas. In the late 1940's, she opened her own business, McCarthy's Beauty Salon. There she worked for 57 years as a beautician, enjoying many life long clients that she cherished as friends.

After her 1938 graduation from North Tonawanda High School, she went back to school and in 1978, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from State University of New York College at Buffalo. She volunteered at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Zonta Club. She enjoyed the sounds of a Big Band and loved dancing, Angie will always be remembered for her quick wit, wonderful sense of humor and was never without her gift of gab, or an opinion on many topics.

Family and friends may call at the WATTENGEL Funeral Home, 307 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, NY,  (716) 692-0440 on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 10:30-11:30 AM, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 AM. Angie was a supporter of many fine charities and organizations. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to: Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, NY 14221 (; The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson Street, PO Box 672, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (; Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, New York 14240 (

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