Genevieve Ann "Jenny" Gumpertz
1929 - 2020
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Genevieve Ann "Jenny" Gumpertz

Palm Desert - Genevieve Ann "Jenny" Gumpertz, age 91, died on July 19, 2020 in Palm Desert, California. She died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.

Jenny was born on March 19, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Carl and Alice Eva Terrell. She had two sisters, Caroline and Maudie. After graduating from Whittier College she worked for NBC-TV in Hollywood and in Hawaii, and for Desilu Studios as a script girl. She then worked for theatrical producers, Lewis & Young, of the Sacramento Music Circus. She left the entertainment industry and became an editor for a firm of psychologists in Westwood. This led her into freelance manuscript editing.

In 1974 Jenny married the love of her life, Gordon, an advertising executive based in Los Angeles. They made their home together in Marina del Rey and Jenny became a stepmother to Gordon's two children, Suzanne and David. Jenny loved to travel and she and her husband spent many vacations traveling within the United States and abroad. They made many friends and enjoyed get-togethers for dinner and a movie. They also both shared a passion for writing short stories and in 1986 she and her husband both retired and became fulltime writers.

In 2002 Jenny and her husband moved to Palm Desert, California where they joined critique groups in the Palm Springs Writers Guild and wrote several short stories, some of which were published and award winning. She and her husband made many friends in the desert area. Jenny's greatest work and writing accomplishment was a book she wrote and published called The Troublemakers.

Jenny is predeceased by her husband, Gordon, and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer, her daughter Suzanne, two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Kaitlyn, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful wife and mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, as well as a very dear friend to many. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

A private family memorial service will be held on Monday, August 3 at Rose Mortuary in Palm Desert. She will be interred next to her husband at Desert Memorial Park in Palm Springs. An online memorial page will be available to all who would like to share and add to Jenny's memory at

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Published in The Desert Sun from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2020.
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August 3, 2020
Jenny and I were members of both the Palm Springs Writers Guild and National League of American Pen Women, but our truly close friendship developed over the years when we were in the same small group of critiquers. We met weekly and read, critiqued, and supported our fellow writers. Naturally, we all grew close and Jenny was one of the very special ones.

With her background in editing, she was one to really listen to when she made suggestions. I loved her writing-- of short stories and of her wonderful book of the lovable nuns in "The Troublemakers."

She was a caring, considerate, sensitive person who was dearly beloved. There are aren't many Jenny Gumpertz in this world and we will always miss her.

Love and rest in peace, Dear One.
Joanne Hardy
Joanne Hardy
August 1, 2020
Dear Jenny, We always enjoyed your company over lunch and your lovely home parties. Thank you for the years of friendship with you and Gordon. We miss you both.
Carol Mann
August 1, 2020
We will miss Jenny, a loving, witty, talented and greatly valued friend. Her memory is a blessing. She lived an interesting, productive and full life. Rest in peace Jenny.
Carol and Paul Stager
August 1, 2020
The Palm Springs Writers Guild was honored to have Jenny as a member for many years. We will all remember her fondly. We have posted a tribute to Jenny here:
Mark Anderson
August 1, 2020
I will always think of dear Jenny with joy. As a fellow member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild we were partners at Guild events and became good friends. PSWG will not be the same without her cheerful and loving presence.
Rachel Druten
August 1, 2020
Genny and Gordon were dear friends with whom we shared movies and dinners. We miss them both.
Audrey & Courtney Moe
July 30, 2020
Jenny, You were the heart and soul of our weekly Thursday afternoons Writing Critique Group. Each of us has felt your absence from Group the moment you left. I for one am very grateful we had those two luncheons at Villa Bellagio last year. You will always remain a bright light radiating joy, peace and love in my heart. I thank you for who you were to me and the rest of those who knew you.

Eileen Cinque
July 30, 2020
Jenny & Gordon were very special people. I knew them both through the Writer's Guild and Jenny was in Pen Women with me. Jenny was so excited when her book was published. It was a good story and a book I will treasure.

To her family: May good memories keep them close to you.
Kathy Bjork
July 30, 2020
My dear 'ratters2'....I will miss your sweet soul. We spent many a Thursday afternoon listening to each other's writings, and as we wended our way from Ireland to Italy and on to the Vatican, I grew to love your sense of humor and kindness. You spotted errors immediately; your opinions were impeccable. Kindness came out of your pores. Say hi to Sid, and know that our little group misses you greatly.
With love and a sweet goodbye,
Roccie Hill
July 29, 2020
Aunt Jenny at age two
I have many good memories of you, dear Aunt were always so much fun...full of smiles and laughter, and always "got the joke." Fly with my Mom, Aunt Maudie, and all the Angels now...and say hello to my Grandma Eva and Grandpa Carlie! Love you xoxoxox
Jennifer Studley
July 28, 2020
Dave, my thoughts and prayers are with you ❤
Soarky Irving
July 28, 2020
I shall always remember our long close friendship . The laughter we enjoyed and the good times together. A lovely and talented lady whom I admired for her
writings, her wit and her kindness.

May you rest in peace and may your memory be a blessing.
Sandi Benjamin
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