Martha Gertz (1920 - 2016)

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Mrs. Martha Gertz has passed away at the age of 96 years. As a God fearing woman, she enjoyed life with her husband and children, yet, her lifetime regret was that she did not receive a formal education. Martha was the child of a early twentieth century female landowner and a WW 1 Allied War Veteran. The Lashuk family immigrated to Canada in April 1939. The family settled in the County of Barrhead, the Western Pride school district. Martha went to work as a domestic for the Grohn family in Barrhead. Her employer, the legendary Emma Grohn matched her with the eligible bachelor Adolf Gertz. She married in 1940 and farmed on NE 27 TP 58 R3 W5 (Lunnford) with her husband until June of 1960. At that time she became the silent partner in Barrhead Billiards. During these active years she was foster parent to Ann Rembowski and Brad Pichota. In Barrhead, Martha's farming was limited to the garden. She always had a successful crop of vegetables and flowers. In her later years she found bingo and card playing an enjoyable mind stimulating activity, Ella Anderson was indeed a good friend at the time. Martha recognized early in life that a healthy body kept a healthy mind. She walked several miles every day until the age of 90. Sadly, dementia took her mind and spirit. She lived her remaining years at Keir Care Centre. The residential staff at the Centre were very kind to her. On her behalf, Martha's family would like to thank them. Martha will be remembered by her daughter, Lydia (Nick Pichota); son, John (Elli) Gertz, grandchildren; Brad, Novalee, Kim, Cameron, Lorelei and families; 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, also her in-laws, Emma Selent, Martha Hollender, Robert (Freda) Gertz and Mary Lashuk. She was predeceased by her parents, Filmon and Akalina Lashuk, her husband, Adolf in 1990, all her siblings; William Lashuk, Helen Rudyk, Nina Prokopchuk, Philip Lashuk and Emil Lashuk. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 4, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Barrhead, AB. Interment to follow at the Barrhead Cemetery - Greek Orthodox section with Pastor Kevin Ree officiating. Donations gratefully accepted to Zebra Child Protection Centre or Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers 11713 - 82 St. Edmonton, AB T5B 2V9. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting Rose Garden Chapel, Barrhead, AB. 780 674-4644.
Published in The Barrhead Leader on June 28, 2016
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5326-48 Street | Barrhead, AB T7N1A1 | (780) 674-4644
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