Mr. Ted Arne Gundersen

Mr. Ted Arne Gundersen, 72, of Fernandina Beach, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017.

He was born in Hackensack, N.J., on Jan. 28, 1945, to Edward Curtis Gundersen and Edith Solveig Kyhnel.

They first moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and in 1950, they moved to their new home in North Bellmore, N.Y. At that time, there was a barn with two horses at one end to the block, and around the other corner and up two blocks was a pasture for two cows and a bull.

In March 1965, Ted went to work for AT&T. He was a communications technician in the Manhattan office named Private Line Telegraph.

He became an avid skier. With a friend, he traveled to Kitzbuhel in the Tyrolean section of Austria.

In 1975, he was promoted and became a computer programmer in White Plains, N.Y. A few years later, he met his wonderful wife, Jan. In 1977, he was promoted into the Engineering Department. Ted worked at managing AT&T’s long-distance network. In 1978, Jan and Ted were married. He always said that the best thing he ever did was to marry Jan. However, he took on a huge responsibility since she had two young sons: David was 10, and Darin was 8. He loved and raised them as if they were his own.

In 1989, they were transferred to Oakton, Va., and in 1990, they were transferred to Atlanta.

Ted retired from AT&T in April 1997 after 32 years of service. Jan and he moved to their new home on Amelia Island in 1998.

He loved anything to do with computers. He spent much of his retirement learning more about them. He especially enjoyed making videos and albums of their vacations, and building websites for local organizations. He loved cruising and counted approximately 35 cruises to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and two riverboat cruises across Europe.

Ted is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Jan; his two stepsons, David Belsito (Alicia) of Wilmington, N.C., and Darin Belsito (Jessica) of Oakwood, Ga.; and by three grandchildren, Brian Belsito, Allison Belsito, and Cole Cheney, all of Wilmington. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Kathyrn Taylor (Maynard) of Fernandina, and Nancy Croland (Bob) of Glen Rock, N.J., and Geraldine Rodner (John) of Bedford Hills, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend of more than 39 years, Patrick Huffman.

His ashes will be placed in the columbarium at First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 9 N. Sixth St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

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