Hearty, Gerda Eleanor Hearty (Nee Tanner)
October 15th, 1942 - May 11th, 2019
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the sudden death of Gerda Hearty on Saturday, May 11th, 2019. She was surrounded by her family while visiting her childhood "camp" in Quebec. Gerda is predeceased by her loving parents, Freda Evoy (Tanner)(Nee Lecharity) and James Albert Tanner. Gerda's death leaves broken hearted: Al Hearty her much loved husband of almost 54 years; her cherished daughters, Kerrie and Krista (Michael McLean); and beloved grandchildren Ashton Kerr, Ireland Hearty Kerr and Emery McLean. She also leaves to mourn: her dear brother Roy Tanner (Mavis) of Carleton Place, sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen Smith, Donna Keon (Stan), Odel Hearty, Graeme "Sandy" McDougall, Jerry Hearty, and Gary Hearty (Theresa), along with, many adored nieces and nephews and a large group of very close friends whom she loved. She was predeceased by her beloved sister-in-law Sharon McDougall and brother-in-law Durrell "Butch" Smith. Throughout her full life, Gerda's fun loving nature drew in and brightened the lives of those who had the good fortune to meet her. Her compassionate and encouraging disposition has touched and influenced so many lives throughout her long career as a teacher in Perth and Smiths Falls followed by many years of community service in Perth. Gerda contributed greatly to her community by coaching countless school sports teams, volunteering in her grandchildren's classrooms, being the secretary for the Rotary Club and the Retired Teachers Federation, and organizing events as the hospitality coordinator for the CFUW to name a few. Gerda took immense joy from being with her children and grandchildren, spending time baking, laughing and playing. No matter what was going on in Gerda's life, the moment her kids and grandkids walked in the door they were greeted with wide open arms and an expression that told them they were the most important person in the world and had her full attention. Most of those who knew this strong, vibrant woman will remember best her zest for life, her caring nature and her ability to see the good in everyone. Friends may pay their respects at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St W, Perth on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 & 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. A celebration of Gerda's life will be held in St. Paul's United Church, 25 Gore St. W, Perth on Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. A reception will follow in the Church Hall. Memorial donations in Gerda's memory should be directed to Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation.