Maria was born on May 1st, 1934 in Ahaus, Germany, the second oldest of eight children born to Bernhard and Anna Gerick.
During the 1940’s Maria met a man named Hermann who had been discharged from the army to assist large families suffering from the deprivations of the war. They kept in touch even after Hermann immigrated to Canada in 1951. She finally accepted his offer of marriage and joined him in Vancouver. They were married in Sept. 1955. Soon after moving to Powell River, their first son Herman was born, followed by Hans and Mary-Anne.
Better employment opportunities allowed them to move to Chilliwack which they made their permanent home in 1965. Two years later they had their fourth child Annamarie. Shortly afterwards Maria began her career as a seamstress, first from her home and then worked for Hamel’s Drapery until her retirement in 2003. Among her many other accomplishments she was a proud founding member of the Chilliwack German Club and the Evergreen Choir in 1982.
In 2001 after an amazing battle, she defeated a type of cancer which took away her ability to speak. She refused to allow this disability to keep her from being heard and soon relearned to talk using an electrolarynx. Overcoming these challenges proved what a brave and spirited woman she was.
She passed away suddenly and peacefully on April 30th, 2011.
She is survived by Hermann, her loving husband of 55 years and by her sons Herman (Wendy), Hans (Diana), her daughters Mary-Anne (Mike) and Annamarie (Ted), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Christine, her brothers Ludger (Caroline), Klaus (Maya), Erwin (Marianne) and Bernhard (Gisela), and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by relatives Josef Büter, Herman Gerick, and Monica Gerick.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the IC Unit at Vancouver General Hospital. The family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses involved in her care over the years and all her friends, especially Marianne Soth, Betty Genderman, Irene Hadley and Luise Kaiser.