Tonya Gutke, 49, our loving daughter, sister, and friend passed away peacefully on July 2, 2021 surrounded by her family following a short battle with cancer. She was born on August 28, 1971 to Jerrold Gutke and Edra Durfey. Tonya grew up in Sandy, Utah with her 4 brothers and sister.
She graduated from Alta High School in 1989. She married Robert Maestas; later divorced.
July 1994, Tonya was exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning while camping. As a result, she suffered with severe long-term neurological problems. Although she struggled, she persevered through life, and made the best of everyday. Always striving to keep her independence. She enjoyed the many years she spent as a retail cashier.
Tonya had a heart of gold, she loved to sing and dance. She always took the time to make sure her family and friends were loved and encouraged everyone to do the right thing. The love for her family will carry on in our hearts forever.
Tonya is survived
Just follow the Yellow Brick Road by her father, Jerrold Gutke, stepmother Audrey Gutke, her siblings Michael Gutke, Troy Gutke (Cami), Renon Erickson (Kelly), Roger Gutke (Melissa), and Rodney Gutke (Kelli). Uncles, Aunts, Nieces, Nephews, and many special friends she touched throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Edra Durfey and a still-born baby boy that she was excited to meet on the other side.
At her request, a cremation will be held with interment in the Teasdale, Utah Cemetery. Graveside service will be held on her birthday August 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm
- Survived By
- Jerrold Gutke, Father
- Audrey Gutke, Step-Mother
- Michael Gutke, Brother
- Troy Gutke, Brother
- Renon Erickson, Sister
- Roger Gutke, Brother
- Rodney Gutke, Brother
- Preceded in Death By
- Edra Durfey, Mother
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My heart is with all of you at this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss.
I have many fond memories of the family get togethers with all of my cousins out at Grandma and Grandpa Gutke's house in Holladay. The Easter egg hunts, the Christmas celebrations, Grandma's amazing pies (banana cream and lemon meringue were my favorites), the somewhat scary basement, the cool attic, the epic Yahtzee games in the kitchen, running the loop around the lower floor of the house that went through Grandma and Grandpa's bedroom and bathroom, eating Aunt Edna's casseroles, playing crocket and frisbee in the back yard, using the piano, playing over at the elementary school close by (those huge buried tires that you could climb inside of were the coolest), Grandpa working as a cross guard at the intersection, etc, etc.
I remember Tonya's loud laugh, her smile and her enthusiasm for life - and I am so glad that she was a part of mine.