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KARPERIEN, Gerard Marinus

December 29, 1934 – January 27, 2012

Gerard Karperien, beloved husband of Bernadine Karperien, of Calgary, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, January 27, 2012 at the age of 77 years.

Gerry is survived by his loving wife Bernadine, his three sons Gerry (Diane), Wayne (Audrey), Brian (Christine) and daughter Brenda (Alfred). He is also survived by 10 wonderful grandchildren.

He was predeceased by parents John and Rita, sister Ricky, and brother Herman.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.

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  1. Auntie Bernadine and family. I am sorry for your loss. We are all feeling it very deeply.

    I am so sorry I am not able to be there to support you all. I am putting lots of prayers out for you and we will be there in SPIRIT!

    I hope you can find peace in your heart and look after yourself through this very very sad time.

    Loving you always and forever! Deanna and Tanner

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  2. We are so sorry for your loss. He was a special man, and he will be so greatly missed by everyone that has got the pleasure to know him. We love you all, and only hope that someday, you will be at peace with God’s newest angel – he looks over all of us that are reminded of his practical jokes, his humor, and his ability to make everyone love the man he is. May god be with you all in these trying times.

    Love you all,
    The Gerlings

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  3. Aunty Bernadine and family.
    So sorry to hear of your loss! May your memories bring you comfort in the trying days ahead.
    Love Terry, Trudy and family.

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  4. Sheila Schmidt (Roach) :

    Dear Karperien Family,
    On behalf of Matt and Ruth’s family we offer our sincere condolences. We can tell you from experience that we truly understand the pain you are feeling with the sudden absence of your husband; brother, father, grandfather and friend. Gerry’s strength and determination to come to Matt’s/Dad’s funeral meant so much to all of us. It showed his strong belief in supporting one’s family. There are so many wonderful things to say about Gerry, but the one that stands out most was his endearing smile and contagious laugh, he loved a good joke. Through the years we have all experienced special moments and conversations with Gerry that have touched us personally. One of his famous comments to all little girls or women was; “You’re So Beautiful” in his most sincere way. This always managed to make everyone feel special, even if it was for just a moment. Bless his kind heart.

    From one family to another, we wish you much strength as a family unit and hope that you find peace in your hearts knowing that with each other’s support you will feel the love Gerry wished for all of you.

    Love always… the “Matt & Ruth Roach Clan”.

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  5. Marguerite & Lawrence Peckham (Pat and Paul's daughter) :

    Dearest Aunt Bin, cousins Gerry, Wayne, Brian and Brenda. So sorry to hear of the loss of uncle Gerry. I know how difficult it is to look beyond the sorrow you are feeling today. Keep your wonderful memories close to your heart and may the love of those around you help you through the difficult days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. XXOO
    Marguerite and Lawrence

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  6. John Karperien and Family (Herman) :

    Auntie Bernadine and family. So sorry for your loss. We hope that the coming days will bring you peace. It is never easy losing a husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Irene Grezel-Read :

    Dear Aunt Bernadine and cousins, I send my love and big hugs to you all. I will remeber uncle Gerry’s ready smile and the pride he felt for his children. I am very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Love Irene (Grezel) and Stephen Read

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  8. Albert Marie Rita Linda Jeff and families :

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jerry. Words cannot express how much he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Pattie-Anne and Dougie MacLeod - Sisty's daughter :

    Aunt Bernadine and family, So sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. The loss of a loved one is truly one of the most difficult times of our life. This is also a time when family and friends pull together and help us through the process. Please know that you have an extended family here in Cape Breton and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love……Pattie-Anne, Dougie and family

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  10. JoAnne Labunski :

    Bernie, Brenda & family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow.

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  11. angus and Linda York :

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful man. We met Gerry through mutual interest in cards and other social activities where we live. He was always genuinely interested in how everyone else was doing. Our deepest condolences to his entire family.

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  12. Ron and Sabine Thomsen :

    Auntie Bin, Gerry, Wayne, Brian, Brenda and all your families our hearts are full of sorrow for you and your loss. Uncle Gerry was truely a wonderful man full of joy and life. I can close my eyes and see his infectious smile, hear his hearty laugh. Ron, Kyle and Paul and Jacob all send you our love and condolences. Uncle Gerry will truely be missed by all. May you take comfort in the knowledge that he is watching over you even as we deal with his loss.

    Love always Sabine

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  13. Rob & Nicki Roach :

    Dear Bernadine and Family
    We are so sorry about Gerry. He was such a wonderful happy man. There are no words that can describe how much he will be missed.
    Please accept our condolences and prayers for you and your wonderful family.
    If we can be of any help, do not hesitate to call us.
    All our love Rob and Nicki

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  14. Rick and Sue Murphy :

    We are very sorry for your loss. Gerry was a one of a kind, sincere man who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

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  15. Wally Pat Shawn & Family :

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Gerry was a very kind, loveable and a joyful man to be around. He will be missed by one and all. Bin you have a wonderful family who will circle you with their love.
    They will be there to help you through this time of sorrow. We love you all very much. Take care. Our thoughts are with you.

    Love to you all

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