Obituary for Erma Alberta Bruer (Berggren)
Erma Alberta (Berggren) Bruer passed away peacefully at Mississauga Long Term Care Facility on Saturday Mar 3, 2018 with her faithful husband Armin and close friend Adele by her side. Married 64 years, Erma remained unconditionally proud of all her offspring, including sons Robert and David (Geraldine), daughter Ruth (Linda), god-daughter Elizabeth, grand-children Sarah (Beth), Anne (Brad), Lindsay, Myles (Kayla) and Brandon ... and great-grandchildren, Adalynn and Kai.
Erma was born Oct 10, 1927 in Belmont Nova Scotia to Roland Arthur and Christina Laura (McClair) Berggren. She was predeceased by all of her siblings: one older sister Rolina (Ernal) and three younger brothers, Waldo (Gail), Orland (Doreen) and Pirie (Shirley).
Erma spent her entire childhood in Nova Scotia, receiving all her education at the one-room school house next to her home in Belmont. In her teens, as the eldest of the students, she was put in charge of teaching all the younger grades. Erma saved the earnings from her year of teaching to complete her first term at Ace Business College in Truro Nova Scotia.
Her sister Rolina, having already completed her education at the Truro Normal School, used much of the earnings from her new teaching position to pay for Erma’s last term at the business college. After graduation, Erma for a short time managed the Stanley Hotel in Truro, before following her sister Rolina and brother Waldo to Ontario in 1951.
Erma worked as secretary to the president of the James Stewart Manufacturing Company in Woodstock until February 1954 when she and Armin were married. Shortly thereafter, they moved to East Toronto where they remained almost five years, living in an apartment about the Bank of Commerce on the corner of Pape and Gerrard. In early 1959, they moved to a newly-purchased home in Clarkson.
From this home on Hindhead Road, Erma and Armin found their true calling, offering hospitality for over fifty years to countless individuals and families in need of a bed and food. Some stayed but a night or two, others for years. All left deeply moved by Erma's unquestioning acceptance and love.
Special thanks to the staff at Mississauga Long Term Care Facility who provided the finest of care to our mother Erma since 2015. And to our father's special friend Robert Bauer, who has always been there when our dad Armin needed him most.
Friends may gather to visit with Erma's family 10:30 AM Saturday Mar 10 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 130 Mineola Rd. East in Mississauga. The funeral service, committal and reception will follow at 11:00 AM, also at St. Mark's. Much advance thanks to our parents’ church family who will be giving us and our father so much support on that difficult day.
Among the many who predeceased our mother, we most fondly recall her special friendship with Brian Gibbard. Having both him and mom in mind, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Ontario online at skinnerandmiddlebrook.com Online condolences may also be made at skinnerandmiddlebrook.com.
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