Moreno Guitierrez, Gundy Scaroline

Gundy passed away on Monday, May 20, 2024, surrounded by her family, after a brief illness. Even though Gundy lost this fierce battle we all know she never gave up. We would like to thank all of the Doctors, Nurses and support staff at both North Bay Regional Health Centre’s Emergency and ICU Departments, and Sudbury’s Health Sciences North ICU Department. You were there for us when we were scared and didn’t know what was going to happen next. Your compassion, patience and thoughtful explanations, along with your first class care of Gundy, helped us through this most difficult time.

Gundy was born on August 15, 1976, in Antofagasta, Chile, to proud parents Deisi Elizabeth Guitierrez Cisternas and Luis Armando Moreno Gaitero.

In 2005 she took the brave and independent step of leaving her home and country and relocating to North Bay, Ontario. Even though she left the homeland she loved so much, her new home was a place her children were able to grow and flourish with the love and support of her new friends and family in Canada.

Having grown up in the northern part of Chile, just south of the equator, where north means hot and south means cold, she thought that North Bay would be a nice warm place to settle. After all, it was called “NORTH” Bay. Needless to say, she endured quite a bit of teasing from her new Canadian community over her shock at the harsh realities of winters in the Bay. Truth be told, she came to join her Mom and sister who were already here…but who somehow forgot to mention the cold. Despite never really embracing North Bay winters, Gundy grew to love both the City and it’s people and simply turned up the heat whenever necessary.

Her loss is felt first and foremost by Matt Butterworth, her partner in life and love, and by her mother, Deisi, her children Miguel, Destiny and Valentin, along with Matt’s children Chris and Izzy, and her three sisters, Yanina (and Leo), Dayan, and Janahan (and Jose), her Godson and nephew Jorge, and nieces Nanni, Javiera, Josefa and Ashley and other nephews Matias, Rylan and Ignacio, as well as her in-laws, Rick and Kathy Butterworth and all of Matt’s extended Butterworth family.

Also feeling her loss are numerous friends and work colleagues throughout North Bay, particularly at St. Hubert Catholic School and the incredible community at Parents Lending Autistic Youth Support (PLAYS) which welcomed her diverse family with open arms.

Gundy loved her family above all else. Together, she and Matt created a happy and lively home for their blended family of five very busy kids and one very happy dog, Laika. She loved nothing better than taking each and every opportunity to surround herself with family. Barbecues, campfires, or just sitting around the kitchen table laughing and telling stories into the wee hours were some of her favourite things. She was a fierce UNO player.

Some of her kids favourite memories are of her cuddling them when they were little, while singing their favourite lullabies and in more recent times reading stories with them before bed. She was so proud of the amazing people her kids are becoming.

She spent her life and career helping people, first as a Personal Support Worker (PSW), and then as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE), where she spent most of her time working with special needs kids. Inspired by her Mom, her firstborn, Miguel, will be entering a similar field of study to advocate for disabled children in our local school systems.

Gundy will be remembered for her compassion, her joy in just living every day to the fullest, her love for her family and her absolutely outrageous “no-holds-barred” passion for Bono and U2 and absolutely anything “ROOTS”. She was clever, kind and funny. Anyone who knew Gundy would agree she is gone far too soon.

Finally, We want to say thank you to anyone who might wish to make a donation in Gundy’s memory. All of you who knew Gundy knew that she was very much an advocate for autism awareness and mental health issues. One suggestion would be Community Living North Bay, at 741 Wallace Rd, North Bay or to any charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements have been private. However, we would like to invite family, friends and colleagues to join us at a Celebration of Life for Gundy to take place at the North Bay Elk’s Lodge #25, 325 Elks Lane, North Bay, on June 15th from 1:00 to 4:00.


9 Condolences

  1. Gundy, fuiste mi amiga, prima, compañera y confidente cuando éramos niñas, la noticia de tu enfermedad y fallecimiento caló hondo en mi corazón y solo quería estar ahí contigo y con mi tía y mis primas acompañándolas en esos duros momentos. Desde aquí, en la distancia, les envío un gran abrazo y todo mi cariño a mi tía Deisi, mis primas Dayan, Yanina, Janahan y a sus hijos, también extiendo el cariño de parte también de mi mamá, María Elena y mi hermano Mauricio. No sabes cuando deseo estar allá acompañándolas en tus funerales, pero se que Dios te tiene guardada y esperando el día en que nos podamos reunir todos nuevamente, te quiero mucho.

    By: María Alejandra Alcalde Moreno
    June 4, 2024
  2. My heart has been broken by the sudden death of my dear nephew, Matthew’s partner in life and love, Gundy. The obituary so well describes her, and her loving and beautiful spirit. My heart mourns with all who loved her, especially Matt, her kids, so young, and her mother, as well as all of those in her family of origin in or from Chile, the Butterworths who dearly loved her, and her friends, and the young children she worked with so lovingly in the school where she was an ECE teacher in North Bay.
    I especially remember her hospitality and fun-loving nature when I went to North Bay for two Thanksgivings with my surrogate refugee son, Zhyar. Then she, Matt, and all the kids came to Toronto once for performances at Young Peoples’ Theatre, including a ‘relaxed’ one that Destiny could also enjoy.
    I have a small, engraved statue from Chile that Gundy gave me for my birthday in 2017, and which I cherish.

    By: Betty Butterworth
    June 2, 2024
  3. I did not know Gundy well, but my son Jalen who attended St..Huberts from grade 6-8 absolutely adored her. Jalen is autistic and non-verbal. We had a very difficult year leading up to him attending St.Huberts school and he was really struggling when he first arrived there. “Ms. Gundy” as she was known by Jalen and the other students made Jalen’s transition much smoother each day. I myself am working as a supply EA in North Bay now and was at St Huberts on Friday. I was told about the sad news from some of the staff who clearly were missing her dearly. Patti Meehan (whom Gundy worked with) told me on Friday that Gundy would still ask about Jalen. He is now going into grade 11 and attends school down south. Thay was so touching to know that she still asked about Jalen. I’m sending my deepest sympathy to Gundy’s partner, children, family and friends. She made a positive difference in my son’s life and I will be forever grateful. May she rest in Peace. 🙏❤️

    By: Sara Parks
    June 2, 2024
  4. Vuela alto preciosa y que Dios le de consuelo a tu mamita, hermanas y a tu familia en general, no hay dolor más grande que la pérdida de un ser querido como tu, serás la flor más bella en el jardín de Dios 🕊️🕊️🕊️

    By: Claudia Torres
    June 1, 2024
  5. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
    I had the pleasure of working with Gundy’s children many years ago.
    Gundy was an amazing mother and friend, always patient and kind.
    She will be missed.

    By: Tanya Major
    June 1, 2024
  6. Deisi, I am so sorry to learn of your daughter’s death. Please accept my condolences.
    Anne Moffat

    By: Anne Moffat
    June 1, 2024
  7. I would like to extend my condolences to the entire family and the North Bay community for the terrible loss of Ms. Gundy, even though I never met her in person we got something in common, I came from Chile as well and finding out what such an amazing lady she was and having roots from down south at the end of the world certainly had an impact.
    She has gone way too soon and sure will be leaving a legacy behind, as she touched some many lives in her new home in the north.
    God may give the strength to go through this difficult times to her entire family, friends and all the people that she touched their hearts and lives with her compassion and hard work.

    By: Paola Irarrazabal
    May 31, 2024
  8. I would like to send all my condolences to the family of Gundy. I never physically met Gundy but knew her to her mothers love.
    Gundy will not physically be here but she will be in all the hearts she has touched.

    By: Pauline LaRocca
    May 31, 2024
  9. On behalf of the Nipissing Trackers , I would like to extend our sincere condolences on Gundy’s passing. We got to know Gundy as she had her daughter Destiny in our ski program for the past two years. So sad to have someone taken at such a young age.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    Martial Gerolami
    Ipissing Trackers

    By: Martial Gerolami
    May 31, 2024

Leave a condolence

All condolences are reviewed prior to be being posted.

Enter the number displayed in the black box: