Geraldine “Gerri” Straus-Moser
After a long and courageous battle with cancer, our dear Gerri Rose passed away surrounded by family on Monday, April 17th, 2023. Gerri and her beloved husband, Mark, have called British Columbia their home for many years, but it was her desire to live out her final days with family in Ontario. Though it took great fortitude to endure the travels, we are so thankful her desire was fulfilled.
Mark will be sincerely joined in his grief and remembrance by Gerri’s mother, Dolores Straus, and sister- in- law Brenda ( late Steve) and her siblings Brad (Catherine), Dan (Eva), Jeanette (Joe Meeks), Mark (Lynn), Rodney (Tracey), and Cameron (Julie). Also lovingly remembered by in-laws, Blanche and Bill Moser, Luanne (Paul McGinley), Dale (Lise), and her many nieces, nephews, their spouses and children. She was predeceased by her father, Harold Straus and brother, Steve Straus.
Gerri had a contagious zest for life, and was brave of heart even in the darkest moments, when her faithful motto was, “This too shall pass”. She had a successful and fulfilling legal career since 1989. This eventually led her and Mark to a life in B.C., where they fully embraced the West Coast lifestyle, and loved spending time outdoors in White Rock and at their cottage on Mayne Island.
Gerri Rose lit up any room with her beautiful soul and vivacious laughter. She inspired all who knew her with her openness to new experiences and people, and her gift for making those around her feel loved and seen. Her life revolved around her faith, family, and friends, and she embraced them all with an unparalleled warmth.
Gerri was so thankful for the thoughts, prayers and support of her many friends and family members. Right until the end, she was never alone. We take comfort in knowing that she is reunited with loved ones who have already stepped beyond the curtain, and that she will be with us in spirit always.
Our heart felt thanks to the many supportive family, friends and care providers in Ontario, British Columbia and around the world, especially the team at Surrey Memorial Hospital in BC as well as Dr. Donna Ward and Dr. Claire Harlick here in Waterloo.
The family invites you to celebrate Gerri’s life at a funeral mass at St. Clement’s Catholic Church in St. Clements on Saturday, April 22nd at 10 am. It was her wish that her funeral would be a colourful affair, so please dress accordingly. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Graham Giddy Funeral Home Waterloo 617 King Street N Waterloo ( 519-888-7700 ) To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.grahamgiddyfh.com In lieu of flowers, donations in Gerri’s honour may be made to BC Cancer Foundation – Surrey https://bccancerfoundation.com/donations/bc-cancer-surrey/.
We leave you with some of Gerri’s final written words:
“You can be sad. You can cry. But do not be afraid. I am safe with God. He prepared a place for me. When Jesus welcomes me, I am home.”