Memorials and Services

Memorial Service in Memory of
Ralph Gerhardt
June 6th, 1967-September 11th, 2001

St. Paul's Basilica October 15, 2001
Prelude Organist
Processional Hymn, Amazing Grace
Opening Prayer Father Massman
First Reading, Isaiah 40:1-8, 29-31 Christine Czulewicz
Safely Home Kieran Stacy
Second Reading, Gates of Repentance Darcy Hall
Gospel, John 11:21-27 Father Massman
Hans J. Gerhardt
Take Me Home Robert Pilon
Prayer of St. Francis
Prayer of Commendation Father Massman
Concluding Prayer Father Massman
Recessional Hymn, How Great Thou Art
On behalf of my wife Helga, our son Stephan, Christine and myself, I must thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of good wishes, hope, offers of assistance, letters, cards and the e-mails and calls. We appreciate the support and love of our family here and abroad. We, as the family, will make every effort to have Ralph remembered as the wonderful son and brother, nephew, cousin and friend he was. We will never forget him and are so appreciative of his last call and his last visit in Canada over the Labor Day Weekend.

Ralph leaving us at such a young age, which one can never accept, we take solace in your friendship with Ralph. He had such a short life, but it was filled with joy and many of the good things life offers us, yet he never took it for granted.

Sincerely
Family Gerhardt

"Ralph lived life for life's sake. Not to work, or plan for tomorrow but to enjoy today. Ralph enjoyed the challenges, thrills and obstacles that life offered. His family and friends were always first on his list of priorities. Ralph, you will be remembered by us all."
-Ralph's Big Brother
Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy,

Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi


Ralph with his godson, Nicholas Lehoczky
September 5, 2001
Summer 2001"He Lived to Live"
Stephan Gerhardt
 


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