Genevieve Gamburg Munson

Genevieve (Gamburg) Munson Genevieve Kennett (Gamburg) Munson passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at the age of 92. Genevieve was born on June 25, 1920, in Elizabeth, Colorado to Cora Gates and William Verner Kennett. Genevieve lost her mother when she and her sister, Ernestine, were only 2 and 3, her father moved the little family to the family ranch, where they were raised by their grandparents. After Genevieve graduated from high school, she earned a teacher's certificate, following in the footsteps of her father who was an educator and a judge. During World War II, Genevieve moved to Greeley CO where she met her husband, Sam Gamburg, a Major in the U.S. Army. She and Sam were married by the chaplain at Ft. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming in August 1942. During their time in the military at Ft. Warren, Genevieve had her two children, Edward and Linda. After the war ended, in 45', Sam and Genevieve packed their toddlers, their little dog and all their belongings and drove cross-country to Hatboro PA where Sam's family lived. Here, Genevieve and Sam reunited with his family as Sam partnered with his father and brother to run their family business, Gamburg's Furniture. Genevieve and Sam made Hatboro their home for the next 22 years. In Hatboro, Genevieve (frequently referred to as Jeanne) raised her 2 children and was an active member of the Hatboro community. She was a member of the Hatboro Women's club and the Crooked Billet Garden Club. She was a wonderful cook and baker, and applied these talents over the years, to host many dinner parties for friends and family. As a member of Ashbourne Country Club, Genevieve played golf, bridge and attended many social events with Sam and their mutual friends. She was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist from the age of 16, and a member of the Mother Church in Boston for 76 years. In December 1963, when Genevieve was 43, she lost her husband, Sam in a tragic plane disaster, that took the lives of not only Sam, but all his closest friends, returning from a golf trip in Puerto Rico. Genevieve handled this tragedy with grace and was a pillar of strength for her children, family and friends throughout this difficult and painful time. In August 1965, "Jeanne" married Donald W. Munson. Don was a widower with two young adult children, Donald and Barbara. At this time Genevieve (Jeanne) left her beloved Hatboro to create her new home with Don and his family in Moorestown New Jersey. Genevieve and Don were members of Riverton Golf and Country Club. Here, with her winning smile, she developed many friendships that would last her a lifetime. She continued to be active in the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Moorestown. For a number of years, she assumed the responsibility of first reader and worked as librarian for the reading room. Over the years, she counseled church members and those in her community who were in need of guidance. Genevieve definitely had a "green thumb" and loved to enjoy the variety of beautiful roses she tended in her own special rose garden. Genevieve and Don were married for 36 years when Don passed in June 2001. Again, she approached this loss with wisdom and courage, a role model to all who knew her. In 2003, at age 83, Genevieve courageously left Moorestown, her home of 36 years, and returned to Pennsylvania to begin another chapter of her life, as a resident at Shannondell in Audubon, PA. She was an active member of the community here and made many dear friends, sharing stories and a lifetime of experiences. She participated in the choir and was an original member of the writing group, where she wrote several stories about her experiences growing up on her grandparents' farm in Colorado. Soon after Genevieve moved to Shannondell, she joined the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Phoenixville,PA where she attended weekly services and participated as an active member of the church. During her nine years at Shannondell, Genevieve made it her passion and mission to meticulously chronicle her life through the thousands of pictures she had collected over the years, pictures with captions written personally by her, that tell her story. The albums she created are the perfect gift from her generous spirit and meaningful life, to all who were blessed to have known her. Genevieve is survived by son, Ed Gamburg and wife, Rosemary, Paoli, PA, daughter, Linda (Lynn) Gamburg (Beck) Stevens, and husband, Gene, Exton, PA, Donald Munson, his wife Adriana of Collingswood NJ; Jim Stiles and wife Denise who reside in Carmel, CA; eight grandchildren: Laura (Beck) Hannum and husband Bob, Horsham, PA, Jen (Beck) Meyers, Bensalem, PA, Kia Gamburg Lyons and husband, Joe Lyons, Chester Springs, PA and Derek Gamburg and wife Mindy, Dillon CO; Simona Munson, Boston, MA, Timothy and Jordan Stiles, Carmel CA and seven great-grandchildren: Nicole and Heather Hannum, Morgan and Joseph Meyers, Ethan and Riley Rae Gamburg, and Jameson Lyons. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located in Phoenixville, Pa. Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life memorial service at Shannondell on Saturday September 29, 2012 at 11am.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Sept. 14, 2012