MAERTZ, Stanley Gordon

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After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Stan passed away on July 10, 2018 in Stony Plain, Alberta.  He was born on March 10, 1925 to Fredrick Maerz and Lydia Pipke in Three Hills, Alberta.  He was predeceased by his wife Dagne, an infant daughter Jacqueline, his parents, his brothers Eldon, Glen and Russell, and his sister Lavina.  Stan leaves to mourn his daughter Deborah (Stanley) Schellenberger, son Randy (Christina Trunn) Maertz, son Kim (Carol) Maertz, granddaughter Jenna Maertz, grandsons Matthew (Elizabeth) Schellenberger and Jeffrey (Alexandra) Maertz, great-grandsons Sawyer and Cohen Schellenberger, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Stan was blessed with many wonderful friends, including the Greenfields (Carol’s family), Joan Stroh, Martin and Mary Anne Bauman, Sheila Bentley, Tracey Leavell and family, and all of his many friends at Grove Manor in Spruce Grove.

Stan grew up on a small farm near Three Hills and told many fascinating stories about his childhood.  He always loved school and when he was 17, he decided to pursue a career in teaching.  He started out in a one-room country school in central Alberta.  He loved teaching, and in addition to being an excellent educator, he was noted for having the best Christmas concerts and the strongest sports teams wherever he taught!  His dedication to education helped him to move on to become a principal in various schools, as well as Superintendent of Schools in Edson, Alberta.  From there, he became the Executive Director of the Alberta School Trustees Association in Edmonton and remained in that position until his retirement at age 55.  Never one to be idle, he took on contract work filling in as a superintendent of schools around Alberta and in Yellowknife for the next ten years.  Eventually, he and Dagne decided to devote their time to being grandparents and moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta.  Stan spent many happy hours in retirement fishing, boating, hunting, designing and creating birdhouses and weather vanes, reading, doing crossword puzzles, enjoying time at the family cabin, playing cards or crib, and having coffee “with the boys”.  He was always a very social man with a great sense of humor.  He was an excellent listener and a skilled conversationalist, and enjoyed getting to know people.

Stan’s love and devotion to his family and friends is what he will be best remembered for and he will be so greatly missed.  His family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Grove Manor and Dr. Allan Bailey for the compassionate care they provided to Stan.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.  At Stan’s request, there will be no service.

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Kerry Bentley

I met Stan through my mother and his good friend Sheila Bentley, who benefited from his kindness, care, affection and sense of humour during their time together at Grove Manor. I found him to be a gentle man, a gentleman, a good listener and a talented raconteur. He will be missed by anyone who knew him.

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