Joseph “Jay” Gumina

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Joseph "Jay"

Gumina, Joseph “Jay”

1967-2013. Passed away peacefully at home on August 10th, surrounded by family and friends.Beloved husband of Genia. Father of Savannah and Teagan. Son of Rosario and Charmaine, and brother of Andy (wife Tony). He will be lovingly remembered by his in-law family, nieces, nephews and especially by his special group of long-standing friends.

Jay loved being with his family and friends, hunting, ATV’ing, Butternut and fishing. He was an avid hunter for most of his life and enjoyed being in the woods hunting for that elusive Big Buck.
He graduated from Whitewater with a degree in Computer Science and spent most of his career at Case New Holland in Racine, working in the Information Technology department. He traveled to Europe and Pennsylvania for work but always counted the days until he returned to Wisconsin to be with his family and friends.

Jay’s cancer battle was only a hindrance to him in that he was unable to forget his daily struggles with the disease and move through his life as if it didn’t exist. He resisted with all the strength he had and only at the end did it prove stronger than he. Jay will be missed by all who knew him and forgotten by none.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13th at the FUNERAL HOME from 4-7 pm with a service to follow. Interment Highland Memorial Park.

Heritage Funeral Homes
New Berlin Chapel
16880 W. National Ave 262-901-1140

Past Comments


Jay was a good co-worker, a great friend, and an exceptional person. In the many years we worked together Jay was the epitome of common sense and strong values. I’ll remember his hearty laugh and stories forever, and will miss him immensely.

I can only feebly express my sadness on his passing, but be assured that everyone who knew Jay feels a tremendous loss.

My deepest sympathies to Jay’s family.

Dave Gableman (ex-CNH)


Genia & Girls,
To know “J” is to love him. A strong, silent man with a dry sense of humor. Right to the end he showed his love for his girls, all three of you. I’m glad I got to say goodbye. Rest in peace, you will be missed.

Linda Beal

Dear Genia, Teagan & Savannah,
Wish we could have been there with you guys during this difficult time. Just know that we
love you all and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to all of you,
Uncle Barney & Aunt Linda


My dearest Jay-bird:
I could never be as brave as you…
You are very much loved and always will be…
You are very much missed and always will be…
We were with you at journeys end and always will be…
I promise to keep watch over Genia and the girls, as I know, you always will be…

My dearest Genia, Teagan and Savannah:
I will never be as brave as you.
You are loved by many and respected by all.
We were with you at the end of Jay’s journey and always will be.
Jay & I promise to watch over you and the girls.

Let us toast now to the happy memories of Jay
There will be food and drinks to celebrate
And tears and hugs to ease his absence

Love you.

Jon steffes

Jay Gumina and I were college roommates in the fall of 1990. I will always remember Jay for his love for life. We always picked on Jay for looking more mature than us. Most of us called him Dad. He was like a brother to me at uw whitewater

Francesco Murro

To Jay’s family and friends,
I had the great opportunity to meet, work and enjoy the time I spent with Jay during my trips to Racine back in 2009.
We will miss a great person and man
God bless you Jay.
Francesco Murro – co-worker in CNH Italy

Linda Beal

Dear Genia, Teagan & Savannah,
Wish we could have been there with you guys during this difficult time. Just know that we
love you all and that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to all of you,
Uncle Barney & Aunt Linda


To Jay’s family and friends,
I am truly saddened by Jay’s death. I worked with him several years, met him in person the first time in Navan, Ireland, and then we met either in Racine, Burr Ridge, or Turin, Italy. I will always remember Jay for his optimism (‘there are no issues, just challenges or opportunities’), his sense of humor, and his dedication at work under an unpretentious approach.
Rest in peace Jay.
Thomas Dalmasso – Colleague at CNH Belgium

Enrico Ceresa

To Jay’s Familiy and Friends.
Much have been written and said about Jay and all the good things and memories he left behind too soon. I can only say that we will all miss a great man and I’d like you to feel that I’m really close to you in this hard moment.
I’m sure he will protect us walking at our side. Rest in peace Jay.

Enrico Ceresa co-worker at CNH Italy

Andrea Belli

To Jay’s family and friends,
I worked several years with Jay, as co-worker in CNH in Italy, but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to know him personally. I’ve appreciated and I will remind Jay’s enthusiasm, humour and unpretentiousness with his competence and tenacity, all through a far-off, brigth voice…
Rest in peace, Jay.
Andrea Belli – CNH co-worker

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