Michael “Mike” W. Gaunder

Michael “Mike” W. Gaunder of McLean, Virginia passed away on May 7, 2019 at the age of 68. He was born on May 13, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio to Milton and Catherine (Dearth) Gaunder.

Mike is survived by his wife of 25 years, Flora (Suissa); daughter, Melanie (Ryan) Wildermuth; grandson, Hudson Wildermuth; brother, David Gaunder; niece, Miranda (Matthew) Brown; and nephew, Dylan Gaunder.

He is preceded in death by his father, Milton Gaunder; mother, Catherine (Dearth) Gaunder; grandparents Milton and Lyda Gaunder and Wayne and Zepha Dearth.

He graduated from Johnstown Monroe High School in 1968 then attended Kent State University. After college, Mike began his career as a tax appraiser for Cole-Layer-Trumble in Dayton, Ohio. Throughout his career Mike worked for NCR, Mead, Marvin Poer and KPMG taking him to Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Georgia, and eventually Virginia. In 2000, Mike started his own consulting company, Professional Tax Solutions (PTSI) in Falls Church and retired in 2018.

He had a passion for golfing and traveling and often took advantage of the beautiful scenery and golf courses while away. Mike was a member of the Westfields Golf Club for 20 years, hosted annual golf trips and traveled to Scotland to golf with some of his closest friends. Mike and Flora traveled together to many places, but Saint-Tropez, France was the one place they most enjoyed.

Mike made many charitable donations over the years, especially those benefiting children. Tee off for Tyler, however, was an event that held a very special place in his heart. He was witty, charismatic, lived for the moment and took advantage of all life had to offer. Mike enjoyed fast cars, the newest technology and spending time with his loyal and cherished companion, Bogey, his Golden Retriever.

A celebration of life will be forthcoming this summer to honor Mike and his memory. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Mike’s name be made to Capital Caring Hospice, Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center by visiting www.capitalcaring.org.

8 Responses to Michael “Mike” W. Gaunder

  1. Mike Dendo says:

    God Bless You Mike and RIP. You will be missed by all.

  2. Teresa McGrew says:

    Rest in peace dear cousin. You are missed. It was great growing up with you. Love Teresa Lane McGrew

  3. Melissa Philopena says:

    You are the strongest man I know! Tyler and I loved you and you will always be in our heart! Rest In Peace and I know your looking over us!

  4. Janet McDonald says:

    To Mike’s family,

    I knew Mike years ago while clerking for the Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board in Prince George’s County MD. We spent many hours going over his appeals and sharing stories. As stated, he was truly a charismatic person. I loved his company any time he showed his face in my office. Lunch meetings, golfing (on that rare occasion)… I was just thinking about him…and saddened to hear of his death. Please know you will have a place in my heart. Praying for healing for all of you during this time….and in the future, when that smile comes over your soul because something reminded you of his warm memory, be blessed.

  5. Fred Myers says:

    Mike, I will miss you. We grew up together but drifted apart in our later years. Since your passing, I have remembered all our good and bad times. You made more of an impact on me than anyone would imagine. I hope you rest in peace and hopefully we will see each other again. God Bless You

  6. Charlotte Lane says:

    Rest in peace .You will always be in a special place in my heart.Love and miss you.God Bless. Your Aunt Charlotte Dearth Lane.

  7. Marie SUISSA-AMZALLAG says:

    Mon cher beau-frère,

    Tu as été un homme magnifique, un vrai gentleman. Tu nous as toujours considéré comme ta propre famille très proche et pour cela on garde un excellent souvenir de toi. Nous t’avons aimé comme un frère. Repose en paix et merci pour tout le bonheur que tu as donné à notre sœur Flora qui t’a aimé de tout son cœur.

  8. Rosanna Marshall says:


    Thank you for sharing so many fun times with George and I. Love you much, safe travels until we all meet again.

    Much love,
    Rose & George

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