unknown - October 19, 2010
Gertrude “Gertie” Cusimand, formerly of Payson, died Oct. 19, 2010 in Texas.
She was born in Berlin, Germany and came to the U.S. in 1978, making her home in the Tucson area, where she and her husband realized a longtime dream of having a farm.
At the age of 65, Mrs. Cusimand realized another dream, skydiving.
Eventually she came to Payson to be near family and made her home at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community for several years, but continued to enjoy gardening — a love affair that was a gift from her father, who in an April 8, 2008 Payson Roundup article, Mrs. Cusimand said gardened through both the good times and the bad, including World War II.