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The Paul Mortuary

390 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA

OBITUARY

Sally Cole Gensberg

September 5, 1945November 30, 2019
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Sally Kay Cole Gensberg September 5, 1945 ~ November 30, 2019

Sally was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, and called St. Louis, Washington DC, and Los Angeles home before settling on the Monterey Peninsula in 1972. She and her husband John were married at Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel that same year.

Sally worked for just under 25 years at CTB/McGraw-Hill in Monterey before starting Professional Management and Evaluation Services, Inc., a local business that supported the licensing and certification of countless architects, engineers, and other professionals. Many of her colleagues became lifelong friends. An ardent learner, her interest in science, art, and cultures around the world knew no bounds.

Sally took great pride and pleasure in being involved in local community organizations, including the Native Plant Society, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, volunteering at election polls, Girl Scouts, local public schools and the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. She received a letter of commendation in 1993 from President Clinton to recognize her community leadership in creating a Career Day at Monterey High School. Sally also spent countless hours helping others in big ways and small – lending an ear, providing advice, giving a ride, making a home-cooked meal. “I can help” was a lifelong motto.

Sally is survived by her husband, John Gensberg; by her daughters, Elisabeth Pollard-Gensberg and Alexis Gensberg Robert; by her sons-in-law, Anthony Pollard-Gensberg and Nicolas Robert; by her grandsons, Eli, Ian, and Leo Robert; and by Isadora the grand-dog.

While Sally’s abrupt departure shocked her loved ones, we take comfort in the certainty that she lives on in the memories of everyone who knew her. She thrived on the many relationships she made throughout the Monterey Peninsula and throughout the world.

If you are one of the people she knew for five minutes, for five years, or for decades, we welcome you to join us at Sally’s funeral service, 12:30pm Friday, December 6th, at Paul Mortuary, 390 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Viewing begins at 11am. Following the funeral service, the burial will take place at the City of Monterey Cemetery, 798 Fremont St., Monterey. To sign Sally’s guest book and leave messages for her family, please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com.

Services

6 December

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Paul Mortuary Chapel

390 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, California 93950

6 December

Funeral Service

12:30 pm

The Paul Mortuary Chapel

390 Lighthouse Ave.
Pacific Grove, California 93950

Memories

Sally Cole Gensberg

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Jane Folmsbee Clark

December 5, 2019

Our family lost touch with Uncle Ronnie's family years ago. We are scattered all over the country. Our cousin Margaret notified us of Sally's passing.

I just want to share how special my memories are of the wonderful times we 11 cousins had when we got together for Thanksgivings and family picnics.

My condolences to Sally's husband and family and to our cousins Larry, Dennis, David and Judy.

Mary Kay Anderson

December 4, 2019

I have such fond memories of Sally, working with her on the many school projects she so graciously took on, we spent many evenings at her home working on them. She had such a warm smile and the gift of making everyone feel so comfortable and welcome.

We ran into one another some time ago, even though it had been many many years since we had seen one another we managed to pick right up, it was wonderful catching up. She was so proud of her girls and their families and adored John.

Sending my heartfelt sympathies to the family at this very difficult and sad time. She will truly be missed.

Mary Kay

CHRISTINE LAMPERT

December 4, 2019

Sally will live fondly in my memory forever. She and I worked together for many years for the California Architects Board. She, as our consultant and me, as a committee member and board member helping to write the exams for the licensing of architects in California.

I want to send my prayers and thoughts to her husband John and the rest of the family. Sally and John and I had many dinners together discussing their travels and talking about John's love of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. I think they went to visit just about every building that he designed.

Even though Sally and I hadn't seen each other in many years, I think about her often. Her lively upbeat personality and kindness to all. I will miss you Sally. You left a wonderful legacy here on Earth and I know that you will continue your good work wherever you are ...........

Tom Strongman

December 4, 2019

Susan and I are heartbroken to hear of Sally's passing. I remember her brilliant smile and warm personality from our days at Mizzou. We send our sincerest condolences to John and her family. We're thinking of you and sharing your grief.

Tom and Susan

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