Gunvor Pedersen, a native of Norway and 37-year Montauk resident who loved to walk the beaches here, collecting beach glass and rocks, died at home on Tuesday of lung cancer. She was 69.
She came to the United States on a visit and stayed to work at various jobs, including one at a large insurance company in downtown Manhattan, which she loved.
She lived in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and on a visit to an uncle’s house on Long Island, met Fred Pedersen, her future husband, who fished with her uncle.
The couple were married on Sept. 4, 1965. The Pedersens had two sons who survive their mother, Mark Pedersen of Jersey City, N.J., and Ian Pedersen of Montauk, and a daughter, Britt Pedersen, who died in 1981 at age 7. A granddaughter, Hailey, who Ms. Pedersen adored and called “Golden Girl” in Norwegian, also survives.
Ms. Pedersen kept the books for her husband’s business in Montauk, Meberg and Pedersen Builders, which her son still runs.
She loved to do Norwegian crossword puzzles and to travel. She had her grandparents’ house in Norway, which she and her husband visited often, along with other places in Europe. His wife enjoyed collecting Danish porcelain bear figures, Mr. Pedersen said, and bought them on various European trips.
Born on Oct. 9, 1944, in Farsund, Norway, she was the daughter of Syvert and Solveig Syvertsen. Three siblings who live in Norway, Anita Haugland, Tore Syvertsen, and Spenser Syvertsen, survive their sister.
A wake will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton, and a funeral service will be held there on Monday at 11 a.m., the Rev. Bill Hoffmann from Montauk Community Church presiding. Burial will follow at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Donations in Ms. Pedersen’s memory have been suggested to the Montauk Community Church, P.O. Box 698, Montauk 11954, to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York 10087.