Zerma passed away peacefully on August 18, 2013 with her family by her side. She was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on July 25, 1918.
Zerma is survived by her son Robert (Rosy), daughter Marie, grandchildren, Lindsay and Jarrod, great-grandchildren, Nevada, Oakley, Lincoln, her sister Nita and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas, her parents Enrico and Teresa Bellagente, her sister Clara and her brothers Victor, Carlo and Albo.
Zerma was employed at Trail Memorial Library for 25 years, retiring at age 65. She was a champion of women’s rights and in 1999 attended a conference in Alberta to celebrate the achievements of Canadian women. She loved her city and was an enthusiastic volunteer and eager supporter of Trail. She was a member of the Neighbourhood Improvement Program, Friends of the Library and was a Board Member of McBride Manor.
Physical health was very important to Zerma. She was a loyal member of the Memorial Centre Gym and later the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre. She finally retired her membership at the age of 92.
The family would like to thank the Assisted Living staff and management at Rosewood Village for their excellent care and kindness extended to our mother. The family wish to acknowledge all the residents in Assisted Living who made her time at Rosewood so special, re-kindling old and starting new friendships. We are also grateful to the care-givers of the 2nd and 3rd floors at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, and especially Dr. Aiken and Dr. Fisher.
At Zerma’s request, there will not be a funeral service. Jordan Wren of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Zerma’s name may be made to the Friends of the Library, c/o Trail & District Public Library, 1051 Victoria St., Trail, BC, V1R 3T3.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca