‘Still send[ing] love’
Family and friends gathered around Gertrude Kuhnsman to celebrate her 106th birthday at the Moravian King’s Daughters Home on West Market Street Aug. 26.
“She’s always very appreciative and she’s always liked a party, so she’s happy for this celebration,” said daughter Shirley Bilheimer.
The celebration was marked by live music, a porch full of guests and a visit from a mounted policeman and two horses. The visit from the horses was in honor of the horses that Kuhnsman owned earlier in her lifetime.
When asked how it feels to have reached this age, Kuhnsman responded, “I’m more than 106.”
“She feels more than 106, apparently,” said Bilheimer.
Over the course of her 106 years, Kuhnsman was an active Elk with the former Bethlehem Lodge #191, she volunteered with different charities and was proud to drive for the Red Cross. In addition to her charity work, she raised four children and now has six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, almost all of whom were in attendance.
“I feel so fortunate, it’s unbelievable,” Bilheimer said. “She has been a dear and sweet and loving mother to her children [and] to her children’s friends. I can’t believe how she can forgive and forget and still send love… She’s a very loving lady.”
“I’ve always been her granddaughter,” echoed granddaughter-in-law Jan Rhiel.
Family and friends alike shared similar sentiments.
“She is amazing, she is truly amazing,” said Sherry Hill, Moravian King’s Daughters Home administrator.