Gertrude Ness will celebrate her 106th birthday on April 22. She was born in 1906, and has lived in Glendale and Burbank since the early 1940s.
She continues membership in four organizations — the Patrons Club, Sons of Norway, California Retired Teachers Assn. and Glendale Beautiful.
Born in Milroy, Minn., Ness grew up on a farm and attended Minnesota State Teachers College for two years. She taught third grade, after-school band, orchestras and took a youth rhythm band to a prize-winning youth drum and bugle corps that performed throughout Minnesota from 1928 to 1941.
She and her husband, Peder, moved to Glendale in 1941. From 1943 to 1944, she worked at the Lockheed Vega plant in Burbank on B-17 bombers riveting the bombay doors, she said.
Ness started her 30-year career in child care in 1944 with the Glendale Unified School District. In the late 1960s, she served as president of the California Child Care Supervisors Assn. She retired from the school district in 1973.