“We are not alone
– we live in God’s world…
who created and is creating…”
Margaret Sophie Kerr died early Sunday morning at the Red Deer Hospice, on February 16, 2014, with her husband at her bed side. She died peacefully after being surrounded by her children and grandchildren the previous evening. Her mind was clear then and she told each of them that she loved them and even their dogs and cats, too. Margaret’s body has gone into the sun – but her spirit is soaring to the skies. Margaret had a busy and not always easy life. She was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. She grew up into an adult while Germany was being taken over by Hitler’s Army. Her father was a Minister in a free church, which caused many conflicts. She became a school teacher and was teaching in East Germany as World War II was drawing to a close. She left only a few kilometers ahead of the approaching Russian Army and managed to get across the Elba River during the following night and walked the many kilometers back to her home in West Germany. After surviving the shortages of food and living space in Post War Germany, she followed her family to Canada when she was in her early thirties. As an immigrant in Canada, she took whatever work was available until she could speak English well enough to return to University and her teaching career. She has a soft spot in her heart for Special Needs Children and spent several years teaching these students as well as regular classes. Margaret’s family brought her great joy and she will be lovingly remembered by her children; Mike (Michelle), Loretta (Bob), and Wes (Cheryl), as well as her grandchildren from them; Twyla, Stephanie (Aaron), Jason, Logan (Tella), Paige (Cody), and Jordyn, also her great-grandchildren; Olivia Grace and Amelia Sophie (from Aaron and Stephanie). Margaret also had an adopted Swiss family; Peter and Theresa Strasser along with their children; Daniel (Mandy) and her great grandchildren; Pierce, Kingsley, and Monica (Richard), and great-grandchild, Graydon. Margaret was predeceased by two brothers; Herman and Bernard, and her parents; Rev. Arthur Pohl and Sophie Pohl. She has one surviving sibling, a younger sister, Ursula (Noel) in Ottawa and their extended families. Margaret survived many illnesses in her life and at the time of her death was in a twenty year remission from Polycythemia. We would like to thank Dr. Moffatt for his care of her, also the nurses on Unit 22, who gave much thoughtful care to her during her eight week stay there. Along with the care given at the Red Deer Hospice during her four day stay. They could not have been more caring and helpful if it had been their own Mother. It was much appreciated. I would like to repeat what I wrote in the Memorial Book at the Red Deer Hospice shortly after her death:
Good-bye my Love.
You taught me a lot about “throwing pebbles into the pond of Love
– to bring ripples of love into a still world”.
Your Jim (husband).
Margaret and I had a strong faith which I think drew us closer than anything else in our lives. I would like to end this obituary with the last lines of the New Creed with which I began this obituary: “… In life, in death, in life beyond death, We are not alone, Thanks be to God”.
A Celebration of Margaret’s Life will be held at Gaetz United Church, 4758 Ross Street, Red Deer, on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
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Arrangements entrusted to
EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPEL
4820 – 45 Street, Red Deer. Phone (403) 347-2222