Gertrude Henrietta Khuner
  • 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

              1:00 Memorial

              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.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by julia lee on 26th April 2017

"On Monday April 24th, 2017 , The Line dance class of North Berkeley Senior center remembered Gertrude by dancing the dances that she taught us so many years ago. Some wore the red Gertrude T-shirts. Yes, the dancing and listening to the music brought back memories. For a moment we felt united. We were in one accord, dancing following the same rhythm and remembering her face, her voice,
her small frame moving inspiring us all.
After two hours of dancing, the group went to a Chinese dimsum place called Asian Pearl to feast and celebrate Gertrude's 104th birthday.

What has Gertrude accomplished in her departure?
Now in North Berkeley Senior Center , Line dancing is alive and well. In fact,  it has expanded. More people are teaching and more classes are available and more people are enjoying the opportunity to dance at old age.
In addition, in Albany  there is now a senior line dancing class just for the over 65. The class is diverse, it includes immigrants from different parts of the world such as Peru, Iraq, Taiwan, Korea, China and England.
If  Gertrude were alive she would have loved to see the elderly immigrants dancing.  She would have loved to see her students taking the paton and following her ambition. She would smile and nod her head.


This tribute was added by The Khuners on 23rd April 2016

"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!"

This tribute was added by julia tjwannio liem on 7th May 2015

"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!

This tribute was added by Marv Sternberg on 23rd April 2015

"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."

This tribute was added by The Khuners on 23rd April 2015

"In life, in death, Gert is ageless.  Today she is 102.  Can't you just see her dancing on the horizon?"

This tribute was added by julia lee on 13th January 2014

"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!!!"

This tribute was added by Mary Harte on 2nd January 2014

"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."

This tribute was added by Barbara McOwen on 31st December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Joshua Haber on 21st December 2013

"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,"

This tribute was added by Naomi Puro on 15th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Bonnie Levin on 15th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Marv Sternberg on 15th December 2013

"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."

This tribute was added by Audrey Khuner on 11th December 2013

"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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