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Germaine Gertrude Sherwick (Laverdiere), a beloved member of our community, departed from this world on October 1, 2023, at Cypress Regional Hospital, at the remarkable age of 98. She was born on March 29, 1925, in Lac Pelletier, Saskatchewan, into a French-speaking household, where she began her journey of a life filled with purpose and love.
Germaine attended school at Lac Pelletier, Cedar Hill and then attended high school at St. Louis Convent in Swift Current. Her dedication to learning then led her to Teaching School in Moose Jaw, where she was quickly entrusted with the education of students very close to her own age in Frontier. This marked the beginning of her teaching career, which touched many lives throughout Southwest Saskatchewan.
It was while teaching at Congress School that Germaine's path crossed with that of her future husband, Duane Sherwick. The two were united in marriage on April 8, 1948. Germaine seamlessly transitioned into the role of a dedicated farming partner, all while continuing to teach in Admiral, supporting their family during challenging times.
In June of 1969, Germaine faced the sudden loss of her beloved husband, Duane. Undeterred, she, alongside her son Marvin, carried on their farming legacy and family values. Germaine's commitment extended beyond her family as she also served as a substitute teacher at Admiral and the Simmie Hutterite Colony.
Through the support of neighbors and loved ones, Germaine was able to remain on the farm. She found companionship in Henry Koch, who shared her passion for farming and offered his helping hand. Germaine remained on the farm well into her late 70s, only temporarily relocating to Swift Current during the winter months to look after her brother's house. Come spring, she would eagerly return to her beloved farm. Eventually, she and Henry shared a home in Swift Current and Germaine remained there until 2021 when she moved to Prairie Pioneer Manor, where she spent the remainder of her days.
Germaine's warm and sociable nature earned her the reputation of a social butterfly. She cherished every moment spent with her children, grandchildren, and anyone fortunate enough to cross her path. Her attentive and caring demeanor endeared her to all who were fortunate to know her.
Germaine thrived on social interactions and eagerly embraced new acquaintances. She was an active member of the community birthday club and engaged in various community events alongside her dear friends Joan Spetz and Jean Garthus. Her spiritual life was equally important, as she joined a Bible group in Swift Current. Among her many passions, Germaine found solace and joy in knitting, farming, gardening, and fishing. Her prowess even earned her recognition at the ice fishing derby held at Duncairn Dam, a testament to her adventurous spirit.
Germaine's legacy lives on through her loving children: Marsha (Ron) Nicolson, Janet (Garry) Krause, Donna (Ron) Backstrom, Erroll (Lorraine) Sherwick, Gisele (Dean) Classen; (Shirley Sherwick, preceded by Marvin Sherwick).
Grandchildren: Troy (Carmel) Nicolson, Heidi Hildebrand (Matt Brown), Connelly (Crystal) Sherwick, Trevor (Grace) Sherwick, Greg (Tanya) Sherwick, Bradley (Danielle) Sherwick, Kristine (Tristan) Gullickson, Cindy (Jody) Calder, Sterling Krause, Tanya (Paul) Figg, Michelle (Cal) Hurford, Travis Backstrom, Justin Sherwick, Jamie (Glenn) Sherwick, Jacinta (Rob) Webster, Duane Classen, Trina Classen (Brett Sagen), Andrew Classen, and numerous great grandchildren.
Germaine was preceded by her husband, Duane Sherwick, in 1969, her son, Marvin Sherwick, in 1995, her grandson, Jason Sherwick, in 2004, her companion, Henry Koch, in 2009, and her great-grandson, Isaiah Backstrom, in 2010. She joins her departed siblings, their spouses, and countless nieces and nephews in eternal rest.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Christ the Redeemer Building Fund, a tribute to Germaine's enduring faith and commitment to her community.
Germaine's life was a testament to the values of love, resilience, and the joy of connection. Her memory will forever be etched in our hearts, a guiding light for all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Christ The Redeemer Roman Catholic Church
1850 Springs Drive, Swift Current SK S9H 4E1