In Memory of



Obituary for Gertrud PHILIPSZ

Gertrud Maria Hopfner Philipsz - It is with great sadness that we share the news that Gertrud Maria Hopfner Philipsz passed away peacefully in her home at age 87 on Friday, July 14, 2023. The world has lost a brave, smart, feisty, and incredibly kind woman.

Gertrud is predeceased by her beloved husband Edmund Derek Philipsz and survived by her children Christian (Joanne Leblanc) Philipsz, Sabina (Roman Von Lukawiecki) Philipsz and Stephen (Tracey Lee) Philipsz, her adored grandchildren Jordan Philipsz, Vaughn Philipsz, and Sydney Philipsz, and her brother Josef Hopfner.

Gertrud’s openness, resilience, delight in making friends, and quick humour are just a few of the things that made her special. The good people that her children and grandchildren have become are a testimony to her enduring love, unwavering support and encouragement, and her big, beautiful heart. She adored her pets, cared deeply about all creatures great and small, and cherished all the small, beautiful moments that make life so wonderful.

The past few months were difficult for her, but she fiercely maintained her independence, remained alert and inquisitive, and continued to share her wisdom and many memories with those she loved.

We hope you will celebrate her beautiful spirit and remember her fondly.

If desired, memorial donations to Oxford County Animal Rescue may be made in Gertrud’s honour.

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