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Gertrude Ganan

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April 19, 1925 - May 5, 2013
Born in Santa Cruz, CA., daughter of Hannah Hauser & Henry Helmle. Graduated from Fairfax H.S. in 1942, LA City College in 1944, & UCLA in 1955. From her father came a love of nature; from her mother, a love of language. Gerry had a long career as a teacher at John Muir Elem. School in Santa Monica, CA. Fluent in Spanish, she was one of the earliest ESL teachers. She enjoyed travels to Europe, Central & South America, & especially Machu Picchu. She was an accomplished gardener with an incredible "green thumb." She loved to read, and instilled a love of books in her grandchildren. Her children, Cynthia, Nancy, Richard, & grandchildren, Elissa, Jessica, & Clayton brought her pride and joy. The generosity of her sons-in-law gave her comfort & pleasure. She possessed uncommon strength & dignity, and will be greatly missed.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2013
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