Gail Berry
1941 - 2021
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Gail Berry

Bandon, OR - Gail Berry died May 20, 2021, at home in her apartment in Bandon, Oregon.

Gail was born November 20, 1941, in Iowa, to the late Calvin and Adele Huenemann.

Gail received her bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Master's degree in early music from Stanford University. She led the Early Music Ensemble of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, while she was on the faculty there, and played and taught early music for many years.

Gail also taught piano to students of all ages throughout her life. After moving to North Carolina in 1987, she played viola with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, as principal violist for many years, as well as with the Concordia String Quartet. She also formed a catering company, Chefs-for-a-Day, with partner Bob Jones, while living on Oak Island. She greatly enjoyed providing good music and good food to her family and community.

She is survived by her son Karl Berry, brothers John Huenemann and Joel Huenemann, sister Mary LaBorde, and a large extended family.

At the request of her family, memorial donations may be made to the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, 5032 Randall Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28403, or online at

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Published in Wilmington Star-News from May 26 to May 28, 2021.
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June 12, 2021
Gail and I were neighbors in Wilmington, NC. She was a wonderful neighbor, always kind, cheerful, and a joy to talk with. God bless you.
Larry Knoerl
June 6, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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May 27, 2021
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Don Bramlett
May 27, 2021
Rest in peace, dear friend.
Dean Hewett
May 27, 2021
Gail was a dear friend as well as a beloved cousin. She welcomed me when I moved to California, and we shared many a long conversation and a lot of laughs. Even after she moved back east, she never missed a birthday or Christmas greeting, and for years she would include a recipe and confetti in each card. Generous and funny, talented and kind, Gail shared her gifts without a fuss and left a wealth of good memories for us to cherish.
May 26, 2021
Gail's hospitality and thoughtfulness were second to none. She would sign each e-mail with a creative, personalized closing; a different one each time. She made sure to introduce herself to me at the very first symphony rehearsal I attended 18 yrs ago, and helped make me feel at home. Gail, you were the best! You were much loved and sorely missed.
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