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June 6, 1927 ~ November 20, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Elise Muncher, 96, passed away on 20 November 2023 after a long illness.
Born in Fürth, Germany prior to the beginning of WWII, she lived through the horrors of war and could tell stories of being shot at and running from bombs falling from the sky and having to beg farmers for food. She prevailed with a strength that only survivors have.
After the end of the war she met her shining prince in the US Army uniform, but has told stories of getting death threats for dating the enemy, at least in the eyes of the older Germans. She married her prince and came to this country by boat in 1953. After many duty stations in Germany and the US East Coast, they settled in Hinesville in 1962.
She worked for years at the military PX as their main bookkeeper, but sadly had to retire for medical reasons in 1974. Her eyesight was failing due to a hereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa. The final couple of years working for the PX she actually had to do the books using a magnifying glass. This was all before computers did the work. Looking for a miracle in 1982 she started going to Russia every year for seven years for experimental treatments that would help her retain a little sight until 2003. She learned how to walk with a white cane, had a talking computer and would still continue her hobbies of raising African violets for the local greenhouses, baking numerous German desserts and meals, knitting and crocheting and also couponing way before it was cool.
After her shining prince was called home in 2003, she became the matriarch of a wonderful group of friends called ‘the WildBunch’. She would go to monthly brunches at the club, Friday night karaoke and dancing at the club, numerous cruises to various tropical destinations and Ft Stewart command events and tree dedications. She also met her best friend Mary and joined the Methodist Church Circle of Love. Her friend Mary helped her adopt a cat named Honey and her son often said that if the cat could drive, he would be replaced. But through all of the bad times and good times she always had a smile on her face and never a bad word to say about anyone.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, of 54 years, best friends Mary, Eleanor, and Chris and her cat Honey.
She is survived by her daughter, Marion Carter of Hinesville, her son, Bruce Muncher of Hinesville, and her grandson, Brian Carter (Melissa) of Atlanta, numerous nieces and nephews in Georgia and Germany, and her WildBunch friends.
A heartfelt thanks to her special caregiver Katie West and GHC Hospice staff for their love and compassion (Kendall, Jerri, Stacy, Darlene, Michaela, Cassie and others).
Memorial service will be held on 28 November 2023 at 11:00am at Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home in Flemington, Georgia. Burial will be in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, Georgia at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to GHC Hospice (481 Elma G Miles Pkwy, Ste D, Hinesville, GA 31313), Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL, 60601), Georgia Library for the Blind (GLS Atlanta, One Margaret Mitchell Square NW, Atlanta, GA 30303), or a charity of your choice.
Thomas L. Carter Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.