- 100 years old
- Date of birth: Apr 23, 1913
- Place of birth:
New York City, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 9, 2013
- Place of passing:
Berkeley, California, United States
Gertrude's memorial celebration will be held on January 3rd at the Hillside Club in Berkeley. As she requested, there will be dancing and music at her memorial:
Where: Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street (at Arch St.) Berkeley CA 94709
When: 12:00 dancing
2:00 - 3:30 dancing and mingling
Parking: two-hour neighborhood parking
This memorial website was created in memory of Gertrude Khuner. She was an inspiration to us all, and we will remember her forever.
She has touched so many lives, and we invite you to share memories, pictures, and thoughts.
"Today Gertrude (aka Grandma, Mom) would have been 103 years young. Her spirit is still dancing in many hearts. Take a moment to remember her!"
"On April 30th 2015, at North Berkeley Senior Center, Gertrude's Line Class celebrated her birthday by wearing red in her honor and dancing to her favorite tunes. Her former students keep the fire burning -> 3 classes a week, Monday, Thursday and Friday. Teachers are : Muriel O, Nikki G, Suzanne M, Jane C, Carrie H, Grace S, Masako V, Martha H, Mark R. I myself have started a class in Albany with Gertrude's blessings. And now eighty year old seniors are line dancing. Thanks to Gertrude. She is still our role model.
Happy Birthday Gertrude! How can we forget you!
"Shary & I continue to think about Gertrude and the inspiration she has been to us and to all those that shared her class with us. May her memory live on forever."
"In life, in death, Gert is ageless. Today she is 102. Can't you just see her dancing on the horizon?"
"I am one of Gertrude line dancing students at the North Berkeley Senior Center. Most of her students had been there for a very long time. I myself had been there for about five years. Like myself, most of her students there were recent immigrants of Asian origin. And like myself most students there had never dance before. So having a teacher like Gertrude was such a blessing. She had been an inspiration to all of us. For me, line dancing opened up a new world of music and movements. Songs that I have never heard before and steps that I have never even seen before now become part of me. Gertrude was inclusive. It did not matter if we did not speak English well, nor did it matter if we did not behave properly. She accepted us as we were. After attending her memorial at Cedar street, I began to understand her cultural , religious and family background. It gave me a window to see how one life touches another and another. Recently, I have just begun teaching line dancing at the Albany Senior Center ( since September). And I had the chance to tell Gertrude about that. I asked her for a piece of advise. And she replied : " choose good music". She was indeed my role model. Thank you again Gertrude for teaching us line dancing!!!"
"Gertrude, 40 yrs my senior, always seemed like a co-conspirator in utter folkdance fun, balanced with a commonsense approach about how to spread the fun. I’ll never forget her in her 90s coming down my steps and then writing down instructions as a demonstrated some “new” dances she needed for her group. Nor will I forget some of the great dances she taught me. I treasured her razor sharp hold on reality combined with her warm generosity. She has set the bar for me, and part of her will always live in me."
"I have lived a life of music and dance since 1966, very much due to Gertrude Khuner and her family. Thank you to all for your continuing presence in my life."
"While I am saddened to hear of Gertrude's passing, I also celebrate her life, appreciating much, that I shared many good times with her. I felt a special honor, having the opportunity to spend time with her.
I cherished her approach to life, living it to the fullest, with optimal vigor that her body granted as she aged. Often I was impressed by her internal flame, with her energy and curiosity. I looked forward to seeing her when I came to visit the family, hoping to spend some one-on-one time for good conversation.
My thoughts and prayers are with Gertrude's soul, and her close knit family,"
"Gertrude was an inspiration! After I had taught Fitness and Dance to Older Adults for many years, Gertrude guided me in teaching Line Dance. She taught me dances, showed me how to modify steps, and shared her down to earth approach to teaching. I am so grateful to have known her. I will always remember the 95 chocolate covered strawberries that were prepared for her 95th Birthday at our LifeLong
Learning Staff Meeting of the Berkeley Adult School."
"What a gift to have know Gertrude for so many years. She was loving, fun and a joy to be with. May her memory be a blessing."
"It was a pleasure to know Gertrude and to eventually assist her in the Exercise to Music class. She has been an incredible inspiration. I hope I can continue to lead the class as long as she did. Shary Levy adds: I feel so fortunate to have known Gertrude and to have been part of her exercise class. Yes, she was a true inspiration and a kind person."
"No one loved more fiercely, lived more joyously, or danced more beautifully than my grandma, Gertrude Khuner. Her love for family and community, propensity for life-long learning, and of course, her wonderful sense of humor, will inspire me always."
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