January 2, 1924 -July 22, 2020 Beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother, Mary Francis (Pritchard) Gershuny passed away in Mountain View, CA on July 22, 2020. She is survived by her son Darryl Gershuny of Redondo Beach, CA; her daughter Dianne Gershuny of Mountain View, CA; grandchildren Eva Kaye-Zwiebel of Burlingame, CA; Aaron Kaye of London, England; and Carly Marchioni of Fairfax, VA, as well as three great grandchildren. Born in Silver City, MS, to Robert and Sarah (Wigley) Pritchard, she had four older sisters. Her first memory was of being rescued from the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. She left home for Washington, DC at 18 to join the WW II effort as a civilian. A year later, she decided to join the army (WAC), lying about her age because women had to be 21 to join. Achieving the rank of technical sergeant, she served in New Guinea, the Philippines, and then in the Japanese occupation where she met her husband, the late Josh Gershuny of Lafayette, IN. After several years working in the Chicago area, they moved to southern California where she worked as an administrator in the aerospace industry while raising a family, eventually settling in Woodland Hills, CA. Not having had the opportunity to pursue higher education when she was young, Mary frequently took community college classes in everything from interior design to horticulture.
She went back to school full time at UCLA and then Cal Western, where she received a BS in Business Administration at the age of 52. After retirement and a few years living on the Mississippi coast, Mary and Josh returned to Southern California, eventually moving to Castaic, CA. Her greatest joy at that time was providing regular childcare for her granddaughter Carly. In 2004, they relocated to Los Altos, where she lived until a few months ago when she moved to her daughter’s home in Mountain View under hospice care. No service is planned. The family asks that donations in her memory be made to the National WWII Museum, https://www.nationalww2museum.org, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.