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Wendorff, Gerda Emma

Gerda Emma Wendorff, beloved wife and mother, passed away at Fort Macleod on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, after 83 energetic years. Gerda was born at Schloss Rombin, in Schalau, Ospreussen on June 22, 1922, the eldest daughter of Ernst and Emma Mirwaldt. Gerda came to Winnipeg in 1951 and learned English while employed as a governess for Senator Patterson’s sons. She and George met at her father’s German library and they were married in 1955. They worked together toward the time they would have their own business. Gerda enjoyed being one of the girls at the butcher shop, bringing candy home to Connie and getting foot rubs from Oma. Eventually George and Gerda started their own construction business, Holland Homes, building many homes in Winnipeg. During this time Gerda was a busy homemaker while also decorating show homes and sewing many sets of draperies with her sister Irene. Gerda loved family and family celebrations, especially Christmas and birthdays, always preparing delicious German delicacies. She loved parties and dancing, children and babies, going shopping, growing flowers and doing ceramics. Gerda loved fishing at her parents’ cabin at Caddy Lake and their own cabin at Twin beaches. She delighted in laughter and giving gifts and unwrapping presents. When Klaus and Gerda bought the Sunset Motel and moved to Fort Macleod in 1981, Gerda made a great friend in Sandy Soltesz and over the years the two of them shared early mornings, laughter and tears and many Travel Alberta Housekeeping Awards. They worked very hard. Gerda was always an early riser, and in retirement in Calgary, became renowned for her inventiveness, skill and sheer output as a machine knitter. She proudly made, wore and gave away hundreds of beautiful sweaters. She could sew anything. She was a charter member of the Knitty Gritty Knitting Club. Gerda always looked forward to the annual Stampede block party. She never missed the chance to go out to a restaurant or the shopping centre or the Austrian Club. She treasured the memory of all her brothers and sisters joining them in Calgary to celebrate her 75th birthday. Gerda is survived by Klaus (George), her husband of 50 years; her daughter Connie Hunter and son-in-law (her boy) Donald Hunter; her sisters Irene Dzinkowski and Lore Mahyles; her brothers, Sigfried Mirwaldt and Kuno Mirwaldt and by many nieces and nephews. Born in a far off castle, she came of age during the terrible war and found a wonderful life in Canada. Always a lady. Service will be held at Eden’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at 11 a.m. with John Viens officiating. Cremation to follow.

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