Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - August 9, 2013

Loigene Grace Gendzel

Loi Gendzel was a resident of Palo Alto from 1962 to 2012. She died on July 25. She moved to the retirement community at The Forum in Cupertino, Calif., in May of 2012.

Born and raised in New York City, an only child, she graduated from Freeport High School on Long Island and then from Barnard College (Columbia University) in 1951, having majored in political science (international relations). She earned her Master's in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work in 1956 while working at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. She married Ivan Gendzel, M.D., on May 4, 1957. They relocated to San Francisco in 1958 and then lived on the Peninsula and in Oakland before moving to Palo Alto in 1962. Their son, Glen, and daughter, Amy, were raised and schooled there. Active in the PTA, the 4H and school enrichment programs, she later taught Oriental Brush Painting at Avenidas in Palo Alto for 30 years and was an active volunteer with the United Nations Association, serving on the board and helping to set up the Library and Information Center. She and Ivan traveled extensively (frequently with their young adult children) during the 1980s and 1990s. Because of increasing heart problems, she was scheduled for heart surgery in August, but died suddenly at home.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ivan Gendzel of Cupertino; son Glen Gendzel, his wife, Colleen Hamilton, and their children (Joelle and Louis) of San Jose; daughter Amy Taylor, her husband John Taylor and their children (Grace and Jackson) of Everton, England (UK); sister-in-law Sue Ezekiel, her husband George Ezekiel of Oakland, their two sons (Dan & Jack) and their families. She was an artist and musician who loved teaching and sharing these interests with her students and fans.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 4 in Cupertino.

Please do not send flowers. However, if you wish to make a donation in her memory, consider Avenidas or the United Nations Association - Midpeninsula Chapter (where she volunteered for many years).

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields