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RUBENS, Gertrude “Gerda” Elizabeth

1930 –2014

Our beloved mother, Gerda passed away suddenly on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 83 years. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus.

Gerda was born in Schmelz-dorf, Germany. She met her future husband, Bernard Ruben in Germany following the war. They immigrated to Canada in the mid-1950s and married in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Gerda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie and friend.

“I love you. Thank you children, family and friends, for all your prayers, strength, love and kindness throughout the years. Peace be with you all, now and always.”

Gerda was an industrious woman, supporting her family by various vocations. Her passions were horses, nature and the beautiful flowers of spring. She captured award-winning photographs of birds in spring, along with the flower of a summer rose.

Gerda is survived by her loving children, nieces and nephews, two sisters, a brother and numerous relatives in Germany. She was predeceased by her husband, two sisters and her parents.

“Till we meet again.”

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family through If friends so desire, donations of charity can be made to Children’s Cottage Society of Calgary at

In living memory of Gertrude Rubens, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. My heart goes out to you Irene and to your brother Fred, and to your family in these moments. Praying that our Heavenly Father gives all of you the strength you need for the passing of your loved Gerda. I will always love Gerda and I will miss her dearly. Dunia

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  2. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your faith and those around you for strength, and remember your cherished Gerda and you are loved and that you’ll meet again.

    “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25,26

    Love, Jill

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  3. Sheryl and Fred Stenhouse :

    Dear Irene,
    At this difficult time in the sudden loss of your mother, may you always take comfort in knowing that she is in the arms of our Lord.
    Those precious memories that you both shared together will be a priceless treasure. Always remember that you are loved by God; he
    is not only your heavenly Father, but your comfort and friend, especially in times such as these. Also, we as your fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord are here for you as well…you are well loved..
    God never meant for any of us to be alone. He loves us all. Take comfort in the words of Psalm 23….We hope it can bring you peace.
    Love, Fred and Sheryl

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  4. I was fortunate to meet Gerda, as I was the receptionist at her doctors office at the old General Hospital. This was several years ago. Gerda never failed to bring a flower to me, a small box of chocolates and even a nice gift when my daughter was born, now 23 years ago. She was a delightful lady full of lot’s of “spunk” I am so happy to have known her. My condolences to Gerda’s family.

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  5. Irene,
    My sympathies for the loss of your mom.. I am so sorry I could not make it to the memorial however know my thoughts and prayers were with you. My condolences.

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