ELIZABETH JEANNE “BETH” GALER
Surrounded by loved ones, Beth Galer lost her courageous battle with cancer at the Lakeridge Health Centre in Port Perry, on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the age of 64. Beth was a loving mother to Janine Lethbridge, loved sister of Judith (Mark Woolnough) and Jill Calvert, and dear daughter of the late William and Jeanne Galer. She will be profoundly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Beth was a dedicated teacher for many years and liked to make others laugh and feel welcome. She loved animals, music, enjoyed the outdoors and cottaging on Paint Lake for many years. Rested at the Wagg Funeral Home in Port Perry. Interment at St. James Cemetery, Toronto with her parents. A gathering to celebrate her life will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the Old Flame Brewery (135 Perry Street, Port Perry). Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog. Special thank you to all the health care professionals and especially the VHA nurses for their compassionate care. Condolences may be shared at www.waggfuneralhome.com. Beth is at peace now and her kindness and the memory of her will always be present in the ones she loved.
Beth Galer Lethbridge’s Eulogy
as given by her daughter, Janine.
Janine attended TSS 1983-88
-I give thanks for everyone attending, mom would be touched and I’m sure she is looking down right now at all of you and smiling;
-I especially wanted to acknowledge all the help and support I have received from family and friends, even acquaintances over these past 9 months. Thanks for showing up, so to speak;
-Mom didn’t want a sombre funeral but rather a joyful celebration and send off;
-She didn’t want people to be sad. She was worried about her family and wanted them to take comfort in knowing she was at peace and wanted to be remembered the way she was when she was healthy;
-The only solace I can take from her illness is that she was given the chance to say good bye to the people she loved and cared about. Some relationships even deepened and became stronger. There were no loose ends, and no regrets when she passed. Only that she wished she could have had more time on this physical earth to experience more and spend time with family and friends.
-there’s no denying this has been a difficult journey but I am grateful that I took this journey with mom. I don’t think there is a more Intimate experience one can share with another person, bedsides birth of course. We began life together, made some wonderful memories and completed it together;
– Mom is in a wonderful place now. She knew heaven existed and I know she is enjoying every minute being reunited with her loved ones;
-Her physical presence is gone but her spirit, energy, and love will always be around. Till we meet again Mom.