May 9, 1956 – Calgary, Alberta
November 1, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Barb Gerst, of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the age of 58 years.
Barb was born and raised in Calgary. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education and was a well-respected and loved teacher for over thirty years. During her teaching career she touched many lives and turned the learning experience into a wonderful adventure for her students.
Barb was an active member at the Calgary Winter Club and in her retirement she loved to swim, travel and golf. Barb was also very passionate about volunteering. She chose an underprivileged school in Zihuatanejo, Mexico for which she raised funds in the Calgary school community to pay for the students’ learning materials and lunch room program. She spent countless hours volunteering in Zihuatanejo teaching students and adults English.
Barb had so many friends who will miss her smile and her kind and generous nature. She always inspired those around her to live life to the fullest and to be the best they can be. She will be very fondly remembered. She made the world a kinder and better place.
Barb is lovingly remembered by her son, Marc Gerst; her mother, Claire Lee (Harold Roman); her sisters, Kathryn Taft and Brenda Taft (Dennis Looten); her brothers, Bob Taft (Carol Heimbach) and Gerry Taft; her nieces and nephews, Michael, Katie and Emily Taft and Mike Allen; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Barb was predeceased by her husband, Robert Gerst earlier this year and her father, John Taft (2003).
Family and friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Barb’s Life on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the The Glencoe Club, 636 29 Avenue S.W. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to: Youville Recovery Residence for Women, 3210 29th Street S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 2L1.
In living memory of Barb Gerst, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences