Gerda E. Ganci, a retired registered nurse who was active with Falmouth Garden Club for many years, died May 27. Ms. Ganci, 91, lived in North Falmouth.
She was born in Germany and raised in Witzen, Brandenburg, and was educated in Berlin.
Ms. Ganci worked as a registered nurse in hospitals in Germany, Canada and the United States. Prior to her retirement in 1992, she was on the staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for 30 years.
She received the Florence Nightingale Award for her dedication to the profession.
In 1957 she met James Joseph Ganci when he was in Germany serving as an officer in the United States Army. The couple married and returned to the US that same year.
Ms. Ganci was an accomplished gardener and was a member of the Falmouth Garden Club for nearly 20 years. She shared her love of gardening by dividing up her plants and helping others with their gardens. She also planted and maintained gardens for the Old Silver Beach Association.
Since moving to North Falmouth in 1992, she became active at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. She walked up the hill from her house to attend Mass every day. She took on the task of washing all the linens on the altar as well as placing and caring for the Christmas and Easter flowers. She was a longtime member of the women’s guild and sang in the church choir.
She leaves four children, Heidi Di Giovanni of North Falmouth, Todd Ganci of Franklin, Jill Ganci of Pembroke and Stefanie Kandalaft of Hartsdale, New York; two siblings in Germany, Siegfried Fobe of Halle and Regina Faber of Dessau; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband in 2001 and by her son James Gregory Ganci in 2002.
A funeral Mass was said on Wednesday, June 2, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in North Falmouth.
Burial was to be private.