during that march.
Ms. Gerner was best known as a swimming instructor who specialized
in teaching disabled children.
"Doctors said she worked miracles in the water," Mauro said.
Ms. Gerner worked with several children with disabilities from
spina bifida to cerebral palsy. She received the Henry Ford Award for
volunteers four times for her work.
Mauro said her mother was "too modest" to run for office in city
government, but she ran campaigns for several former council members,
including Jack Hammett and Dominic Raciti.
Ms. Gerner was also active in the PTA, Bluebird and Girls Scouts
and her church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Baker Street.
"She crocheted altar cloths for the church and was active in the
choir," Mauro said.
Ms. Gerner is survived by her son Michael Gerner, daughter Kathy
Mauro and sisters Violet Jahn and Elinor Liles.
A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist