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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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, www.heartandstroke.ca., 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences