Beverly A. Gass

February 9, 1944August 16, 2019

Ms. Beverly Ann Gass, 75, of the City of Plantation, Louisville, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2019. Beverly was born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 9, 1944, the first child of Herman “Dewey” Gass. Jr. and Mar- ion F. (Schoenlaub) Gass. Her paternal grandparents, Herman D. Gass and Margaret H. (McGhee) Gass Inge and James Crafton “J.C.” Inge; maternal grandparents, Helen P. (Deisenroth) and Edwin W. Schoenlaub; par- ents, and sister, Patricia Lynn Mason, preceded Beverly in death. Left to cherish Bev’s memory are her adopted family: Joy Faye, Rob, Betsy, Helen and Isaac Heines, a niece and nephew, and a multitude of dear friends from her years as a teacher, coach, and volunteer. Beverly was a member of the Christ Evangelical United Church of Christ. She graduated from Waggener High School in 1962 and earned her B.A. in K-12 Physical Education from Georgetown College. She earned her M.A. degree and Rank I designation from Eastern Kentucky University. She chose teaching and coaching as a career because she loved working with children of all ages. For forty-four years, Bev taught physical education to and coached the children of Jefferson County, Kentucky. Westport High School and Wilder Elementary School received the majority of Bev’s years with JCPS. While at Westport H.S., Bev taught health and P.E., served as the track & field and cross-country coach, and girls’ basketball coach. Following retirement from the public school system, Bev taught physical education 13 years for the Archdiocese of Louisville at the St. Albert the Great School. Beverly was a volunteer at heart. She gave tirelessly of her time to many great organizations. For 20 years, she served Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana as an adult volunteer. Bev was the leader of Brownie Troop #1040 and served Area 14 as the North Bullitt Service Unit Manager for many years. She was Co-Director for the Area 14 Day Camp for 10 years. Also in ser- vice to the children of Bullitt County, Bev coached soccer for the Bullitt County Family YMCA for 16 seasons. For fifteen years, Bev gave freely of her time to Special Olympics of Kentucky as the coach for the Blue Devils basketball team. Believing in what she taught, Bev was a lifelong member and volunteered for the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD), serving as president, physical education chair, at-large east board member and Hoops for Heart® state coordinator. In 2011 she was awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Walter Mus- taine Award for her dedication to KAHPERD. A celebration of Bev’s life will be held Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of the Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home, 7410 Westport Road, with burial in the Cave Hill Cemetery. Friends may pay their re- spects at the funeral home on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send a gift in remembrance of Bev to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2115 Lexington Rd., Louisville, KY 40206. Please visit to leave a condolence for the family.


  • Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana


  • Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019


Beverly A. Gass

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Jan Martin

August 26, 2019

Bev and I became good friends while at Westport High School. I have so many fond memories of her and all the laughs we shared! RIP Bev!
Love, Jan

Jamie Sparks

August 25, 2019

On behalf of the KAHPERD board and our health and physical education members state wide, we share our condolences to the family. Bev’s dedication, commitment and service to our organization will always be cherished and remembered.

Jamie Sparks
KAHPERD Executive Director
SHAPE America President

Kathy McDonough

August 25, 2019

R.I.P. Miss Gass. I loved being in her gym class at Westport High School. She was a very kind teacher that made you want to try to do your best but never pushing us to do what we couldn't do. She and I both laughed at those darn rope climbs. God bless her for her patience with me on those. We forget teachers have lives outside of school. And, to learn in her obituary all the things she was involved in was so heartwarming but, not surprising because she was a very special and kind lady. May you rest in peace sweet woman. No more sickness. No more pain....

Suzanne Thompson

August 25, 2019

Miss Gass was my PE and Health teacher at Westport High School. She was professional and set a great example. She was infinitely patient with her students. I enjoyed reading about her personal accomplishments within her obituary (details we had no clue about while being her students). My sympathies to her friends and family. Rest In Peace.

Don Calitri

August 25, 2019

As a KAHPERD past President and Executive Director, I am so thankful for the positive influence Bev had on me in our professional organization. More important is her years of positive teaching in P.E. to all the kids she came in contact with. We in the profession will miss this great lady and leader and excellent teacher. Sympathy to all her family and friends.

Christina Cartwright Ridder

August 25, 2019

She was such an amazing person and teacher. She was a positive influence on so many kids. I'd like to think she made us all better people. She will truly be missed. ❤

Summer Ayers

August 24, 2019

Bev, Thank you for all the wonderful years you have gave me throughout my Girl Scout life and on into adulthood ❤️
I will always cherish the life learning moments you have shared with me and so many other girls, I am glad to have met you. To Family and friends who may feel grief hold your head up high because Bev has earned the best wings a Girl could ever have! She has left such a footprint in everyone’s hearts and will live on in our found memories for the rest of our lives. Sending prayers and blessings to all whom’s life's she has touched

~Love Summer

Diane Ballard

August 24, 2019

I will always remember Beverly helping out with area 14 Girl Scout camp and seeing her around town at the grocery and other places . Bev did a lot in the community . Bev loved Girl Scouts and teaching children and hanging out with Girl Scout leaders and joy Heinz’s . I will always remember her she was really kind and sweet . I can’t believe she has passed away .

Kathie Bentley

August 24, 2019

I sure will miss our long lunches where we solved all the problems of the world.
You have impacted SO many students and scouts... what a Legacy. Wish you could see the multitude of sweet comments... all for you... on our Westport page.
Love you Bev ❤️🙏🏻

Billie Harper

August 23, 2019

Life long friend. Will miss you and all our memories. Such a sweet person.