President’s Note

Naples Opera Society is sad to announce the passing of our longtime member, donor, and friend, GUNTER MANCHEN.  We will remember always his generous donation of the Bechstein piano to the Norris Center in order for us to share beautiful music with the community.  His gift enabled us to debut the new Norris Center hall and to continue our mission of low cost performances for community enrichment. He will be greatly missed.  We extend our deepest sympathy to Gisela, his talented wife and our friend, and to his family. (Dr. Bowman, NOS President)   

 Please read the following information from his family:

 Passed away, with his family by his side, on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Gisela for over 52 years. Proud father of Susanna (Sunny) and her husband Michael Reuter (deceased) and Christiane and her husband Andreas Ermel. Devoted grandfather of Stephan, Alexandra, Samantha, and Rebekah. Brother of Eberhard, Peter, and Wolfgang. Deeply mourned by his best friend Heribert Koenig.

 Born in Halle/Saale, Germany, Gunter became a cabinet maker and church organ builder. Upon immigrating to Toronto in 1965, Gunter began to sell pianos and established a reputation as a renowned concert piano technician.   The Euro Grand Piano Gallery in Naples, Florida, was the culmination of a lifelong dream. 

 Along with his generous support of the South West Florida music community, Gunter also supported the re-construction of the Evangelische Johannesgemeinde Halle (Saale).  Gunter and Gisela, opened their home to many aspiring musicians over the years.  Their hospitality was legendary.  Above everything, though, Gunter most valued his Christian faith. 

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the Naples Memorial Service.  Please attend as you are able. 


11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Lunch to follow.

Tel:  239.261.7421

860 Banyan Blvd.,

Naples, FLORIDA 34102

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to, please consider making a donation to:

 Evangelische Johannesgemeinde

An der Johanneskirche 2
06110 Halle (Saale)


Attn:  Pfarrer Gerry Woehlmann

Restoration Fund Wire Instructions:   

Account Name:  Ev. Johannesgemeinde Halle(Saale)

Bank Name:  Stadtsparkasse Halle

Bank Code (BLZ): 800 537 62

Account Number (Konto-Nr.) : 381 040 016

International Bank Number (i-ban): DE 53 80053762 0381040016

Specify:  Gunter Manchen Memorial Fund

Or :  Grace Lutheran Church

860 Banyan Blvd.,

Naples, FL 34102

Tel:  239.261.7421

About Ron Bowman

Ron Bowman holds a doctorate in vocal performance from Florida State University, and is currently the Vice President of Student Development at Hodges University in Naples, Florida. He has taught for over 28 years in higher education, and frequently performs in opera, concerts, and for the Naples Opera Society.
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