Penny Gerber, Former Pa. Dems Vice Chair, Passes Away at 78

Former Pennsylvania Democratic Party Vice Chair Penny Gerber passed away on March 15th, and a memorial service will be held April 6th.

According to the Inquirer Gerber’s support was considered by many to be crucial to winning the endorsement of the state Democratic party.  

From the Inquirer:

Mrs. Gerber and her husband, A. Richard Gerber, were close with prominent Pennsylvania political families such as the Caseys and Lambs.

She worked on Ed Rendell’s campaigns for district attorney, mayor, and governor, and was close with other Philadelphia elected officials such as former Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

“You name a statewide Democrat or any prominent local Democrat, she played a role in their lives in one way or another, either as friend or consigliere, or someone who paved the way,” said her son Michael, a former state representative. “She was like everyone’s second mom.”

The memorial service will be held at St. Thomas’ Church, 610 Church Rd., Flourtown.  Gerber’s family requested donations be made to Abrahamsohn Christmas and Easter Committee, Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-3309

7 Responses

  1. Penny was a wonderful person. She was very helpful to me when I worked at state committee.

  2. She was a wonderful person who cared about her community and our nation. My deepest sympathy to the Gerber family.

  3. I am sorry to hear the news. Your mother was always kind to me. We traveled together a few times to meet your dad and Jim at their meetings. Jim and I always enjoyed our trips to NYC for the PA meeting in early December where we spent time with both your mom and dad.

  4. i’m sorry for the loss here and I do offer condolences to her family and friends here.

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out today to the Gerber family on the passing of former PA Dems Party Vice-Chair Penny Gerber.
    Penny was my partner at State Committee for 5 years. Her institutional knowledge of the State and her political acumen were critical to our historic success. Penny’s friendship and guidance to me were invaluable. She will be missed.

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