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LOEWEN, Gerhard “Hardy”

LOEWEN, Gerhard “Hardy”
December 24, 1934 – April 12, 2013

Gerhard “Hardy” Loewen, beloved husband of Ferne of Calgary, AB died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 12, 2013.
Gerhard grew up on the family farm near Springstein, MB. A career in teaching took him to various parts of Manitoba; Ailsa Craig, Ottawa, Ontario; Richmond, Quebec and Calgary, Alberta. Gerhard retired in 1996 after fifteen years with CBE at Montgomery and Bishop Pinkham Jr. High Schools. He always went the extra mile for all his students. Family was his first priority and most recently it was his grandchildren who brought him the utmost joy. He was a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to all. Many thanks to all who helped Ferne care for Gerhard in the last seventeen years at many Calgary Hospitals and Long Term Care Centres, including Wentworth Manor.

Hardy is survived by his loving wife Ferne; his sons David (Melissa) and Mark (Patty); his grandchildren Kinsey, Baxter, Emma, Eli, and Cooper; his siblings Johanna (Guy), Elsie (Harry), Ron, and Ruth (John); and sisters-in-law Selma and Marj.

Hardy was predeceased by his parents Wilhelm and Sarah; his sisters Elly and Gerta; his brothers Bill and Ernie; his brothers-in-law Peter and Ernie and sister-in-law Lillian.

A Celebration of life will be held at Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church (1308 Edmonton Trail N.E.) on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Hardy’s memory may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978,, or to the Mennonite Central Committee of Canada, 210, 2946 – 32st N.E., Calgary, AB, T1Y 6J7 to help continue their mission around the world.

In living memory of Gerhard Loewen, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Karen/George Komanac :

    To Ferne (Fanny!) We’ll always remember Hardy’s ready laugh!! Memories are sweet…we offer our profound sympathies
    Geo & Karen

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  2. Daniel Lichti :

    Dear Ferne and family,
    My heart goes out to you as you mourn your loss and celebrate the memory of Hardy. I will always be grateful for the wonderful hospitality you extended to me during my visits, courtesy of the CPO. Hardy’s ready laugh, his political rants, and rabid support for the Red Wings are easily played back in my memory with much affection! I will not forget him.

    My deepest condolences,

    Dan (Lichti)

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  3. Stephen and Linda :

    Dear Ferne, David and Melissa, Mark and Patty…Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May the memorial service tomorrow bring you comfort and peace as you celebrate your husband/father’s life. Also, our thoughts are with Kinsey, Baxter, Emma Eli and Cooper as they remember a grandfather who loved them very much!
    Our love to all of you….wish we could be with you on Tuesday morning!!

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  4. Jim, Cathy, Patrick and Phillip Duke :

    To Ferne and the Loewen Family, our sincere condolence on the passing of Hardy. He was a warm, friendly and intelligent man. His enthusiasm for Detroit Red Wings was contagious. We will treasure fond memories with you Ferne and Hardy

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  5. Elmer & Beulah Janzen :

    Dear Ferne and family
    Hejen T called to tell us Hardy had passed away, we are so sorry, I will always remember his hearty laugh, his devotion to the Detoit Red Wings, a true liberal, but most of all a true friend. You have been a devoted care giver for a long time, Life will suddenly be very different for you. God bless you
    Our deepest condolences
    Belah and Elmer

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  6. Dick-Judy- Kent Hehr :

    Dear Mark, Ferne and Family
    The Hehr family offers their sincere condolences to Mark, Ferne and the entire Loewen family. Hardy was a great supportive father and a highly dedicated teacher. It was our privilege to have known him.

    Dick-Judy-Kent Hehr

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  7. Suzi from Rhinebeck :

    Dear David and family,
    My condolences on the loss of your Dad. May he be at peace and may you have strength at this sad time.
    Hugs to you and your beautiful family,

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  8. Jill and Doug Lundquist/Baz :

    Our heartfelt condolences to our dear friends David and Melissa, and all of David’s family. You are very much in our thoughts and we send you our love,

    Jill and Doug

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  9. Melissa, David, Eli and Emma,
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss.
    With heartfelt sympathy and understanding,
    Gale Katz

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  10. Lucille and Len Hagel :

    Dear Fern and Family
    Our deepest Sympathy to all of you.
    I always admired your strength and ambition over the years of Hardy’s illness. You’ve been an inspirition to everyone.
    Thinking of You
    Lucille and Len

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  11. Rachelle Raine Babcock :

    Mr. Loewen was my junior high guidance counsellor and he encouraged a group of us to start a “Friends Club”. We would meet with him regularly and work on being better friends and people to those around us. As the years went on we still visited Mr. Loewen from time to time and it was wonderful to still see his smiling face. I don’t remember many of my teachers over the years but it’s hard to forget such a warm heart. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Mike Sanderman, Ina Sanderman :

    Mr Loewen was Michael’s Health and Guidance Counselor at Bishop Pinkham Junior High. The highlight of Parent-Teacher meetings was talking with Mr Loewen. He would always mention just once to the class that his birthday was December 24. Michael picked up on that fact and for several years until Michael went to Lethbridge, we always made a point of bringing a card and visiting Mr Loewen. He actually cried the first time because Michael was the only student over the years who noticed his birthday. Mr Lowen told us once he wanted to be a pilot when he was young but life got in the way. You have qualified for your Pilot’s licence, highest marks. Enjoy the flight.
    Mike Sanderman & his mother

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