December 10, 1920 to November 4, 2014
Gert passed away peacefully and leaves behind her family, her Kitimat First United Church, and many friends. Especially mourning her passing is her beloved daughter, Joanne Ong, granddaughter Kim (Paul) Amado and grandchildren Madison, Dana and Quinn, and grandson Richard (Eileen) and grandchildren Sierra, Blaine and Zoey. Gert was predeceased by her husband Peter, son Peter and his wife Heather, and her grandson Stephen Ong.
Gert’s life centred on music, from her young days in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, when her whole family produced and performed in a weekly gospel radio program. In Ocean Falls and then in Kitimat, Gert played the organ in the United Churches. With her husband on the piano, she played organ in other churches and for many weddings and funerals. She was a tireless leader of both adult and award-winning children’s choirs. Over many years, a multitude of children were taught piano by Gert. Even in her later years, Gert still drove to Mountainview Multi-level Care each Thursday to lead sing-alongs. The family is deeply grateful to the staff of Mountainview for their thoughtful and generous care of Gert during her residence there in her last years.
A service of memory and celebration will be held at Kitimat First United Church on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at
2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kitimat First United Church.