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GERLACH, Shirleen Rae

August 21, 1954 – Saskatoon, SK
June 25, 2013 – Calgary, AB

There comes a time when all warriors will lay down their swords and realize all battles will not be victorious. Our fearless warrior laid down her sword Tuesday, June 25, 2013 but not before fighting the hardest battle of her life.

Shirleen made us proud every day, with her amazing strengths and her undying will to survive. She warmed everyone with her infectious smile, and never once let her own pain deter that. Shirleen, along with her lifelong best friend and husband Bruce, celebrated forty years of marriage on April 14 of this year, and had big plans for the next forty. Shirleen and Bruce of Okotoks, have two sons, Jeremy (Blaine), and Chad (Kim), two young men who are proud to have the Mother and Father they have.

Shirleen complimented her life with the success of being the best Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, and Friend any one of us could have asked for, and will rest knowing that we live every day because it was her that showed us how.

Sissy, Ma, Mom, Sis or Shirleen, whatever each of us knew her by, realize she worked so hard at making everything picture perfect, and it will be so rewarding for her to see it all from above. We can all relax and breathe now, knowing she will be watching over us all. One day if we pay attention, we may even see her and her angel friends, riding the rainbow after the rain. Although that may not be far off, Shirleen is sadly missed by all of us.

A Gathering will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E., CALGARY, AB) Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Shirleen Gerlach, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E., CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. Jeremy Gerlach :

    Dad & Chad,
    We will all miss Mom so much. She left us here for now because she knows we can handle it. Mom fought a hard battle, now our battle is carrying on. We can do it, and she will be with us every step of the way. NEVER FORGET THAT. She gave us the skills we need to survive this, and we will. I love you guys, and Mom does too.
    Rest peacefully Mom….we’ll all see you again soon. XO

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  2. Phil & Marlene Smith :

    Bruce & Family of Shirleen.

    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Shirleen. We know that you will always have many happy memories of her time here on earth. In the last few years we had lost track of Bruce & Shirleen but you guys were always in our thoughts. Jason kept us updated on what was happening in the Gerlach family. Remember, Shirleen would want you to carry on and be happy. We wish you guys the best.

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  3. Ted & Joan Garrow :

    Our thoughts are with you Bruce and your family – Shirleen fought a long hard battle and is now at peace. Take care

    Joan and Ted

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  4. Pat Gerlach :

    I was sorry to hear of Shirleen’s passing. With deepest sympathies,

    Pat Gerlach

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  5. Toni, Jo, Bryn & Lincoln :

    To Bruce, Chad and Jeremy, We wish to convey to our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to you all at this time. Bryn and Lincoln will miss their Canadian Grandma. Shirleen was a true friend and words cannot describe what she meant to us all. She will be sadly missed but always cherished. Love to you all, Toni, Jo, Bryn & Lincoln. Christchurch, New Zealand.

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  6. Bev & Bugs Garrow :

    We have been talking about the good old days and all the fun we had camping & Jeeping. We have wonderful memories of Shirleen. Please know that we are thinking about you Bruce, Jeremy & Chad.

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  7. I am deeply saddened to hear that Shirleen succumbed to her illness. She was an incredible person, with a beautiful smile, and strong spirit. My deepest condolences to Bruce, Chad, and Jeremy. May she have peace now.

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  8. Allison & Walter Marozoff :

    Bruce, Chad & Jeremy, sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of all the great times we had on Carr Cr. in Okotoks. Thinking of you.

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  9. Roy & Donna Simkins :

    Bruce & Family You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful wife and Mother. We hope you will beable to find the strength to get through this trying time. Roy & I often speak of the short time you lived with us and have wondered where you had moved to. Take care, all our love, Roy,Donna, Lori,Jim, & Leah-anne Simkins

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  10. Colleen McDonald-Sanheim :

    Jeremy and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was so blessed to have had such a cheering squad in her corner during her fight. My sincerest condolences to all of you….

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  11. Mosby Family :

    As a family we have many memories of the Gerlach Family and all the fun times spent in the mountains and at the rink. Shirleen was one of a kind, her smile brought joy, her hugs were larger than life. We know that she is at peace and no longer suffering. We are here for you all Bruce, Jeremy and Chad and wish that this was not happening to you guys. You were a strong unit and it was always evident how much Shirleen loved you all….Prayers

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  12. Rosa Watkins(Filice) :

    Bruce, Jermemy, Chad; there are no words that can express how I feel. Your mom has left me with many childhood memories. The many mornings we had in Kelowna meeting for coffee with our kids and chat about everything.

    You are all in my thoughts the past few days.

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  13. Tom and Wendy Lang :

    Bruce and family:
    We were very sorry to hear the news.
    We will always miss the smiles and the laughter.

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  14. Travis Smithdorf :

    With deepest sympathies I extend my condolences…

    When I think back to my childhood in Okotoks, Shirleen without hesitation pops into my mind….

    May God give you strength during this exceptionally trying time.

    Shirleen take care up there! xo

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  15. Janice (Smithdorf) Herbst :

    Dear Bruce, Jeremy and Chad,
    I am so sorry to hear of Shirleen’s passing. She was one of the first neighbours I met when we moved to Thorson Crescent. She was an awesome friend & neighbor and I certainly have many wonderful memories of those times.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Janice (Smithdorf) Herbst

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  16. Debbie Hansen :

    My thoughts are with you Bruce, Chad, Jeremy and the Dyrdal family.

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  17. Elise Galloway (nee Smithdorf) :

    Dear Gerlach Family,
    My deepest sympathies to you. Will always have fond memories growing up in Okotoks and spending time at the Gerlach’s.

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  18. Bruce Gerlach :

    Thank you to everyone who attended the July 1st service and to those who offered their condolences. It means more to the Gerlach family than you can possibly imagine. A special thanks to Chad, Kim, Jeremy and Blaine. You make it easy for me. I love you guys.

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  19. Roxanne Craigdallie :

    To Chad and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing.
    Please enjoy the happy memories as that truly is the best gift that you could give to her.

    My thoughts are with you.

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  20. Birgitta and Gert Holmqvist :

    Dear Bruce, Jeremy and Chad.

    We are very sad to hear of Shirleens passing.
    She was for sure a terrific lady. Her smile and positiveness was infectious, it made me smile everytime I spoke to her, picking up my mail.
    Our thoughts are with you.

    Love
    Birgitta and Gert

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  21. Bruce,

    Please accept my condolences on Shirleen’s passing. I was very sad to hear of her death after her long battle.

    David.

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  22. Ken and Kathy Stone :

    Bruce,

    We were so shocked to hear of Shirleen’s passing. Our sincere thoughts are with you and the boys.

    Ken and Kathy Stone

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  23. Darlene & Ted Landale :

    We were so shocked to read about Shirleen’s passing in the paper. we will always remember her smile. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Bruce, Jeremy & Chad. Be strong. Hugs.

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  24. Glynis Ross :

    I worked with Shirleen at Wray-McRae Agencies 19 years ago when I was starting out in the insurance industry & have thought of her often over the years. Shirleen was always quick to help as I navigated the thickets that make up insurance & I’ve never forgotten her support to me. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother, lover, best friend and partner.

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  25. Jeremy Gerlach :

    Thank you everyone. It’s been 2 months today, and it hasn’t gotten any easier. Dad, Chad, and I appreciate all the support, and we continue to find our team one leader short. We love you & miss you daily Mom.

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  26. Sheila De Cosse (Gerlach) :

    Dear Bruce and family;
    I am so very sorry to hear about Shirleen’s passing. May your wonderful memories of her bring you comfort. I have very fond memories of the time I spent with you and your family when we moved out to B.C. in the late ’70’s,
    Take care.
    Sheila

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