In Loving Memory of
Gertrude Elizabeth Widmark
Apr. 29, 1917 – Mar. 01, 2008
Gertrude Elizabeth Widmark, better known as Gertie, passed away peacefully on March 1st 2008 in Wrinch Memorial Hospital, Hazelton with family at her side. Gertie was born at Munson, Alberta, April 29th, 1917 to John and Francis Miller. At the age of 2, the family moved to a farm at Tappen, B.C. where Gertie grew up and attended the Carlin School.
On June 15th 1939, she married her lifetime partner, Stan Widmark. From 1939 to 1958, Gertie & Stan lived at various locations in the north Okanagan. In the springs of 1958, they moved to South Hazelton where in a very short time she became Aunty Gertie to the neighbourhood children. In 2006, Gertie was no longer able to live in her South Hazelton home, so moved to the new Skeena Place facility where she enjoyed many happy times with her new family.
Among her many interests, Gertie loved gardening, knitting and hooking rugs. She was a life member of the Women’s Institute and enjoy many active years fund raising for their various charities. After Stan retired, they traveled extensively and she especially enjoyed Vera Heggie’s tours where she met many lasting friends.
Gertie is pre-deceased by her three brothers and her loving husband of 60 years. She is survived by sons, John (Tanya), Lawrence, aka “Bud” (Vickie) and foster daughter Nancy (Len), five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren who will all miss her.
Gertie will be laid to rest beside her loving husband in the Two Mile cemetery where the beautiful Rocher de Boule mountain overlooks the valley.
To celebrated her life an open house and tea is planned for May 17th, 2008, at 1 p.m. to be held at her former home of 45 years in South Hazelton, where each of her family and friends can remember her in their own special and unique ways. In lieu of flowers, Gertie would have appreciated that you make a donation to the Skeena Place Transportation Fund, Upper Skeena Hospice Society or to a charity of your choice.