Gerda H. Klay
1921 - 2014 CANAAN, CONN. Gerda H. Klay of Canaan, Conn., died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Geer Village, Canaan. She was born in Hungary, on March 25, 1921, daughter of Otto and Ella Friedlander Herz. She lived in Budapest until the age of 19. Her father, celebrated pianist Otto Herz, came to the United States on a concert tour as the accompanist of world famous violin virtuoso, Zino Francescatti, in October 1939. World War II had just broken out and Otto Herz seceded to stay in America. His wife and Gerda followed him in May 1940. Gerda continued her own musical training and, after getting her "Teacher's Diploma" in 1942, became a member of the piano faculty at her Alma Mater the New York College of Music. In 1947, she married Andor C. Klay ( also of Hungarian descent) who worked at the Dept. of State. She moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a private piano teacher until her retirement in 2007, at the age of 86, when she moved to Geer Village in Canaan. Gerda and her husband spent 12 years (1958-1970) in the American Diplomatic Service in Europe. The couple had one son (born in 1956) Larry, who became a clinical psychologist PHD but unfortunately died in 2004 from a heart condition. He left his widow, Martha, and his daughter, Amanda, both residents of Great Barrington. Andor Klay died in 1996. FUNERAL NOTICE: In keeping with Gerda's wishes, there will be no calling hours. There will be a Memorial Service at Geer Village, Canaan, Conn., on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 31, 2014