Obituary of Gertrude "Gertie" Batke
Gertrude "Gertie" Germaine Batke
(March 5, 1941 - December 16, 2018)
Gertrude “Gertie”, beloved Mom, Nana, Sister, and Auntie passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Camrose, Alberta at the age of 77 years.
Gertie was born in St. Vincent, Alberta on March 5, 1941, the youngest child to Aurel and Florence Leclair.
On November 22, 1975, she was married to Loris Batke of Edberg, Alberta. Born to this union was one daughter, Irene.
Gertie enjoyed many activities such as being a homemaker, camping, playing BINGO, playing cards and spending time with the family.
On May 16, 1998 she lost the love of her life, husband Loris.
On September 9, 2004, Gertie became “Nana” and welcomed her first grandchild, “her little man”, Jordan. Jordan was the twinkle of her eye. She enjoyed having Jordan for sleepovers and watching hockey games on TV. Springtime was a special time to go out and watch Jordan play outdoor soccer, she was the loudest cheerer on the sidelines.
She lived until her passing in Camrose Parkview Place where she met some very nice friends and enjoyed visiting with the neighbours. She enjoyed doing puzzles and catching up with the news.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Irene Batke (Trent); her grandson Jordan; step-granddaughter Amber; step-great-grandchildren Zachary and Hunter; brothers Lionel Leclair of St. Paul, and Palma (Therese) Leclair of Edmonton; and sister Alma Berlinguette of St. Paul; brother-in-law Lee (Louise) Batke of Brandon, Manitoba; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gertie was predeceased by her loving husband Loris; parents Aurel and Florence Leclair; infant brother Louis G. Leclair; sisters Lea Stang and Eve Parenteau; brothers-in-law Karl Stang, George Parenteau, and Omer Berlinguette; sister-in-law Irene Leclair; and parents-in-law Loren and Ida Batke.
Gertie was a great Mother and Nana, she cherished her time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all that have been touched by her.
A Liturgy of the Word outside of Mass was held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018 from the St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Larry Pederson as celebrant. Interment has taken place in the Camrose Cemetery.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions in Gertie's memory may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation as well as the charity of one's choice.