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Tanis Jill Gehrke-Mofford

May 21, 1966 - Jul 26, 2021

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
2:00 pm
Lou Soppit Community Center, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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Memorial donations may be made in Tanis’s name to any kids sports development programs.

Obituary

Dr Tanis Gehrke-Mofford

May 21, 1966 - July 26, 2021

Tanis lived a full and productive life and will be forever indelibly printed on our hearts in our respective forevers.

Tanis was a chiropractor and teacher/coach. She was a solid example of excellence with total commitment. She expected nothing less from anyone crossing her path. Students were aware of her expectations. ‘Go Big or Go Home’ was her rallying cry for health, power skating, hockey, surfing, skiing and baseball, simply life in general. Her vitality was contagious.

Tanis is the wife of Duane, Mother to Teneal (Kolton), Deegan and Grady. Daughter of Dick and Jan. Sister to Tyson (Mel) and Aunt to Kaden, Kya (Lucas) and Payton (Logan). Granddaughter to Pat Setters. Maternal Uncles Byron (Melinda) Setters their family Casey (Jana) and family. Caitlin (Justin) and family and Wilson Setters and his daughter Gracie. Paternal Uncle George (Brenda) Gehrke, their family Travis (Alan) and Janel. In-laws Gerald and Ann Mofford and their family. Brother Shane (Pascal), their family Lexie (Andrew) and their daughter and Brett have been family friends throughout life. Tanis is also survived by her best friends, professional colleagues and loving caregivers throughout her cancer journey, Leanna St. Onge and her family Ray, Meagan, Quinn, Alexa and Shannon Brown, her family Blake and Blair. There is an extensive family of other cousins and many friends from the hockey and surfing communities.

We thank all who contributed in her attempt to be well. She was lovingly cared for in her own home with the help of Home Care as well as in our Rocky Mountain House Hospital by people who offered support and encouragement. Her journey didn’t turn out as we wished, tenderly, such is life. The sun will come up tomorrow and we will carry on in our pursuit of the dreams inspired and shared with our wife, mom, sister, extended family, and friends.

Memorial donations may be made in Tanis’s name to any kids sports development programs.

A celebration of Tanis’s life will be held at the Lou Soppit Community Center, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626.

Condolences

Dallas Becker:

Dear Jan and Dick and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear about Tanis' passing. There are no words that will ease the pain of grief. May the recognition of Tanis's joy and her generous engagement with others in so many different ways making a positive difference in their lives be something that eases your hearts.
Years ago, I was so moved by meeting Tanis and her family when then came out to help Mavis and Ken with their yard work. Tanis' enthusiasm was so palpable; the entire family obviously enjoyed the work and the opportunity to connect with the people they were helping. Tanis and Duane modeled such wonderful care and concern for others; their children picked up on this and did the same.
May you have all the support you need now and in the coming weeks and months.
Dallas

Muriel Finkbeiner :

So sorry to hear of Tanis passing. My deepest condolences. I thought highly of her. She was an awesome person. Regards to you and family.

Patricia Werstiuk (Patti):

Prayers of strength and love to the Gehrke and Moffard families. Wishing you solace during this time. Tanis god really needed another angel in heaven and there you went. You were such a gift to the world Tanis. Your positivity, energy and the kindness you shared with everyone around you made a difference. Thanks for always sharing the best of yourself with the rest of us. You had a healing energy that you gave everyday to your patients by just a smile, a soft touch, a kind word of encouragement, your ability to listen, your empathy and compassion, and your physical strength you exhibited in your practice. I want to thank you for being there for me and caring for my mind, body and soul. You made a difference to all you connected with Tanis. I will always remember your smiling eyes and your beautiful aura.

Janice Gerdts:

So sorry for your loss. I was in shock when I heard the sad news. I have many fond memories of Tanis and I skating in Sylvan Lake in the summer. On a few figure skating competition registrations our names got mixed up! She was always a bundle of energy. My heart goes out to you. May you be comforted in knowing she is pain free and at peace.

Bev Bewernick :

Dearest Dick and Jan. My deepest condolences to you both. I am very saddened to hear of your loss. I pray for God‘s peace to bring you comfort, and courage to face the days ahead. May the fond memories bring you peace, support and strength. Thinking about you. Love you lots. Bev

Carolyn O'Reilly nee Spoor:

My heart is broken for all of you. Sending my deepest condolences.

Jane Donald:

Dick & Jan. So very sorry to hear of Tannis's passing. My condolences to you & to her family & friends.

Stewart & Jean Stephanson:

Our deepest sympathy to Dick and Jan, and all her Mofford family.
Rocky Mountain House has lost a wonderful citizen. She will be dearly missed by so many.

Lorrie Skage:

We were blessed to have known her, three generations of our family are heart broken and will miss her bright light.

Freddie, Jodie , Makenna and Dawson Jones:

Tanis was an inspiration to anyone that met up with her and she knew how to inspire and pump anyone up to make them feel like they can conquer anything. She was the core of our Junior Generals hockey family and taught us all about healthy eating, physical fitness and how to be a true hacky sack professional. Smiles were always guaranteed when you met up with Tanis.
We will all miss her so much and she has left her print in our hearts forever. Our condolences to the Gehrke and Mofford family.

Scott Barber:

Tanis was an amazing person and I consider it a privilege to have known her. One of a kind. On behalf of the entire Kelowna Rocket family and specifically myself ......she will be missed.

Lana Palmer nee Spoor:

I was so shocked to hear about this. My heart is so heavy for all of her family and friends. She was such a lovely woman, so vibrant and loving. Too young for her life to be over. I'm sure she will live on in a lot of hearts of people she touched in her life.

Therese Morris:

I was so sorry to hear of Tanis' passing. She was the brightest light and had an infectious smile. She is the only doctor we ever looked forward to seeing and not because we knew she would help our bodies but because she uplifted our spirits. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences during your difficult time.

Jody and Darren Schmidek:

So very sad to hear about Tanis’s passing. Our deepest condolences to Duane, kids and the Gehrke and Mofford families.

Gill and Bernie Ernewein :

Dick and Jan - We were so sad to read of the loss of your beautiful daughter, Tanis, "so lovely to think about; so hard to be without"...thoughts are with you and family. With sympathy...G&B

Lori MacKay:

I have not crossed paths with Tanis since high school, but what I remember most about her is that she always had a smile on her face. She was the kindest bundle of energy, and was truly a beautiful person inside and out. The world is a better place for her having been here, and is poorer for her loss. She will be missed. My condolences to all.

Tiffany Amiot (Tyress' fiance) and family:

So sorry for you loss. Just wanted to send our love and prayers to your family. Know that you are in our thoughts
Take care

Ron & Diane McLeod:

Our deepest condolences to the families of Tanis.
We were so sorry to hear of her passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Arlene Skrocki :

I am so sad to hear about Tanis’ passing. I
was lucky enough to have met Tanis and
Dr.Richard Gehrke at a difficult time. My
condolences to all her family at this time.
Tanis will be deeply missed by the whole
Community, but not forgotten.

Otti gohrbandt:

My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

Tammy Cote:

Our community is a better place for Tanis’ contributions. Thank you for sharing her inspiring spirit and kind heart.
Most sincere condolences Dick & Jan, Tenille & Coltan and Mofford/Gehrke families. May the memories you hold dearest keep you and motivate you to all the things Tanis would have wanted for you.

Paul Washkevich:

My thoughts and prayer is with you Duane. Tanis seemed like such a nice person.

Darrell & Tammy Brosinsky :

Sending our deepest condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are so sad for your loss. Take Care, Darrell & Tammy

Joan & Bob Neville:

Our sincere condolences to the Gehrke & Mofford families. Our hearts break for your families, a angel that lost her fight way too soon. Tanis was such a beautiful person, always smiling & finding ways to help kids In the community . There are not enough words to describe what a special person she was. May all your special memories help you through this difficult time.

Cheryl Robak:

Duane and Kids, Dick and Jan I just heard the heartbreaking news. I wish I was able to be there , but Sending hugs and love to you. Tanis took me under her wing when we first moved to Rocky and our hockey days are forever imprinted in my heart. Tanis was unforgettable, fierce, loyal and above all kind and loving.

Lina, Terry and Kaiden Wedderburn:

Our deepest condolences to the family. Tanis was like a ray of sunshine. She had a way of making everyone around her feel special. She truly was an angel on this earth!

Charlene McMann & family :

Duane, Tin, Deegs and Grady.
Dick and Jan.
Our Tanis is physically gone from her earthly body but she will be FOREVER with us. I will NEVER forget her. She made myself and entire family feel so special. Very grateful we had her in our lives.
Now we all have a heavenly angel to watch over us all.
Love and hugs to you all Xo xo

Tammy and Heiko Gierke :

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. We are thinking of you and your family members at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you.

Tammy and Heiko Gierke

neila knapp:

My deepest sympathy goes out to Tanis's Family. She was such an amazing, vibrant lady. Her deep love of her Family and all of her patients will be forever missed.

Laureen Fisher:

Dick & Jan, Gerald and Anne, Duane and families: Our hearts are broken that Tanis, a beautiful shining star, has joined the angels on high. She will be missed by everyone who ever met and loved her for her enthusiasm for life and her family. May happy memories keep her alive in each of your hearts. She is your guardian angel still looking out for you as she did in life.

Donn & Dawn Mason:

Our thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time. May you find strength as you carry on in this journey called life knowing that she is cheering you on from the other side and walking beside you every step of the way.

Gayle, Rick and Jennifer Buckel:

Tanis has left a HUGE void in the lives of so many people and in the community of Rocky Mountain House. We are thankful to have known her as she left an impression on our lives that will always be remembered lovingly. She smiled always, and even when there were tears she smiled through them. She gave all of herself in each and everything she did and to each and every person that passed through her life. We are heartbroken and would like to pass on our deepest condolences to her family and close friends. She will live forever in our hearts.

Bonnie and Bill Riddle:

Tanis was gold with silver sparkling light, sunshine and love. Our condolences to all.

Sue-Ann Luckfassel and family :

Tanis lit up any room she walked into! Her megawatt smile and twinkley eyes. Truely lovely inside and out. I was fortunate to know her in a more carefree time of beginner golf, Pirates baseball, the Celica, and just hanging out. She was fierce beyond her years even then. Condolences to all her family and friends.

Marie & Chad Juuti:

Our deepest condolences are sent to the family and friends of Tanis. She will be remembered as a wonderful, warm person with an unending love for life. May you all find strength during this most painful time. We will be thinking of you all.

Angela, Mikayla, Brooke and Reagan St onge:

We are so sorry for your families loss. Tanis was truly a wonderful, strong and kind person. I will never forget how her face would light up when she spoke of family, she was so proud of you all and loved you so much. We will always remember her and her beautiful smile and soul.
With love the St onge family

Vince and Janet Kittelson:

Thinking of the Gehrke and Mofford families at this time. Our deepest condolences.

Lee and Charlene Hainsworth:

God has gained an Angel and our hearts ache for both the Gehrke and Mofford families. Let the fond memories shared between you provide comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead. We have been thinking about you while sending prayers and hugs your way.

Aaron Clements:

So sorry to hear of Tanis's passing. I only knew her a short time, but she was a special lady.

Sheila Mizera:

My sincerest condolences — Tanis is a bright light in our community, always caring and giving. She will be dearly missed.

Bliff, Charlene and Payton:

Tanis was such an inspiration to our family and truly lived life to the fullest making everyone she met feel valued. We will miss her so very much and we are thinking of her family during this difficult time.

Dean Cowling:

Duane, I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Tanis. I do not know exactly what to say, but want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Dean and family.

Chiarastella Feder:

Our deepest condolences to the Family. I am deeply saddened by this heartbreaking news. Tanis was a beautiful soul that brightened the life of all that had the chance to meet her. She brought sunshine in each room and in every interaction. Thank you Tanis for your always encouraging support and for the joy you brought to the world. Our deepest condolences.

Maury and Patti Grant:

So sorry to hear about your loss Duane. I will never forget how every time Tanis would look at you she would smile. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maury and Patti

Adele & Mike MacKenzie:

Our condolences to the family. Tanis was such a genuine and sweet lady - it was a privilege and honour to know her. Sending much love and strength to the family - you have an angel watching over you.

Wilf and Diane Foord:

Dear Dick, Jan and Family

We extend our deepest sympathies on learning of the passing of your beautiful daughter.
The legacy that Tanis leaves in all walks of her life will provide inspiration and comfort to all that new her during this difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jan and extended family.
Peace and Sunshine never meant more than now.
Wilf and Diane Foord

Carol Skocdopole :

Condolences to all of Tanis’s family. May memories of the good times you had with Tanis, help to ease the sorrow.

Ben & Marilyn Smith :

We are so very saddened to hear of the loss of your dear Tanis. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Duane and Family at this very difficult time. Sincerely Sent. Ben & Marilyn

Bob West:

Tanis will be sadly missed by all that met her . I personally received very compassionate support while dealing with my health issue and always left the office feeling much better! So long to a great great person I will never forget!

Valyene Ralston ( Husband Bill Ralston Deceased):

Pat Setters, sorry to read about the passing of your Granddaughter.
My condolences to you and your family.

Jack & Carolyn Leslie:

To the Gehrke & Mofford Families
Our condolences in Tanis' passing. We saw her grow up, raise a family and become successful in her chosen vocation. We will never know how many lives she touched and she will be greatly missed. We have been blessed to have known her.

Dora Anderson:

Jan, so sorry for the loss of your daughter. From a friend in our Figure Skating Judging time in Ponoka.

Tim and Michelle Johnson:

Our sincere sympathies for your loss. Tanis was such a beautiful person, inside and out. Always cheerful and encouraging. Such a ray of sunshine. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Daniela Roitberg:

Our condolences to the family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
May the memories and love you shared bring comfort now and in the days ahead.

Daniela, staff and family,
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Iona Langford:

Dear Gehrke and Mofford families:
I am so sorry for you loss. I will so miss her beautif7l hugs before and after treatments.
She was such a pure and kind person .
We will sure miss this beautiful angel .
Take care.

Mandy Wilton:

I am heartbroken to hear of Tanis passing. She was a beautiful person who cared for everyone her strong support and help truly got me threw my back and hip problems. Her smile made me wanna smile even if I wasn’t. She will always be on are hurts. I wish the family love and support in this horrible time.

Kari Bayley:

I am just so sad to hear that Tanis has left us. She was so full of life and lived life so well and so fully. What an amazing human being. Always kind, authentic and caring. My heart goes out to all of you family and close friends. It is affecting me so deeply—what pain and loss you all are experiencing. I send my love and prayers. Have been carrying you all in prayers these last few days. Tanis, you will be missed. I’m sure you will find good things to do on the other side.

Karen Lesser:

I’m thankful I was able to meet Tanis . Will always remember her smile. She was my chiropractor for 20 years . Deepest condolences to her husband, children , parents . All who knew her , will miss her .

Lee and Michelle Fisher:

The world has lost a shining light. Tanis was a driving force with so much energy. Always moving, smiling and so much fun. She will be missed by many and never forgotten.

Jennifer Moborg:

You could feel her energy just by watching her skate around on the ice while coaching kids. She made every single person feel special, even if she only met you a few times. What an amazing person, I am so saddened that she is gone. She will always be remembered, I will strive to be more like her. Thinking of all her family. Xo

Gwen & Bruce Klint:

Our hearts are sad and sending our deepest condolences.

Candace Zwaagstra :

I am so sorry for your loss. Tanis was a beautiful soul through and through and her presence and commitment to the community and to health will continuing being felt for years to come. Her energy and courage will continue to inspire us all. Lots of love.

Loyal and Davena Ma:

Heartbreaking loss of such an amazing soul. Losing Tanis will be felt most acutely by her loving family and friends, but also by the whole community. May the legacy of her indomitable spirit, live on in all who knew her.

Dick & Brenda Edwards:

Sending our condolences to the family.
Tanis touched and helped so many people.
She shared her joy for life in everything she did.

Sherrill Shmyr:

It brings such sadness to hear of Tanis’ passing. Tanis was such an incredible mentor and role model to so many of us who skated together. I fondly remember many baseball and golf games played in which she was always organizing and leading. My sincere condolences to the Gerhke Mofford families, may you find Tanis’ strength, courageous and kindness to deal with your loss.

Greg, Sandy and Jacob Taylor:

To the Mofford and Gehrke Families we are wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time. Tanis was a special lady to all who knew her and very saddened to hear of her passing. We are thinking if you, in this difficult time.

Cas Valstar:

Deepest condolences to Tanis’s family and friends. She was such a great person. She will be sadly missed by all that were fortunate to have known her.

Tara and Jerry Barrett:

To the Gehrke and Mofford families - we are saddened by the passing of your beloved daughter, sister, mother and wife. She truly was a wonderful person, always an encouraging word for whoever needed it. Such a positive attitude that was very contagious, a pleasure to have known her. Memories will last forever.

Shelli Orava Groat:

My deepest condolences to you all. Such sad news to hear about such a vibrant lady. May her light always shine upon you with all your wonderful memories. Sending lots of love and many hugs through this time of sorrow.

John and Bonnie Hetherington:

Dear Dick and Jan, Tyson, Duane and all the family. Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Tanis. She was a special friend and an exceptional lady. Bonnie and I will miss her wonderful smile, her amazing hugs and expert chiropractic care. We are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. Her memory will live on with us for ever.

Betsy Neuman:

Tanis was an absolute joy to spend time with. She visited our ice arena here in Klamath Falls many times for hockey clinics and worked with our adult figure skaters. She was a true coach at heart, a positive influence on our skaters, always had a can-do attitude, and really was just plain fun to be around. Condolences to her family.

Kim McNeill:

I remember Tanis from my days growing up in Rocky Mountain House. She was a bright light then - always happy, full of energy and joy. It seems that is the way she continued to live life. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and wish to send my deepest condolences to her family and friends. May Tanis rest peacefully.

Alana Montgomery :

I am deeply saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. I seen Tanis and her father lots when lived in Rocky at the clinic. My heart aches for each and everyone of you.

Heidi Klassen :

My heart goes out to your families in the passing of Tanis. What an amazing lady, who fought so hard through her journey. We had many texts and calls to each other with much laughing and crying. We crossed paths due to our illnesses and realized we shared the same family members. Even in her toughest moments she was always sharing positive and kind words of encouragement. Our condolences to all her family. We know you will miss her deeply.
Heidi Klassen

Wes and Judie Davis and families :

We are deeply saddened to hear of Tanis’ passing. She was a lovely girl with a beautiful soul. Our hearts go out to you all.
Sincerely the Davis’

Steve Phillips:

I offer my sincere condolences to the Gehrke and Mofford families. I am saddened to hear of Tanis' passing.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Tanis when she served on the Board of Directors for the Pine Hills Golf Club in the early 90's. Tanis was incredibly positive and a truly happy person to be around. I will never forget her words to me when I moved on from the Golf Club, she told me she admired my courage for leaving what we all know as our comfort zone. I have never forgotten those words and they have been part of my outlook and being ever since. Her energy and smile will be missed, but her memory never forgotten.

Steve Phillips,
Qualicum Beach, BC

Todd and Pat Quinlan:

Such a heartbreaking loss. Our deepest condolences.

Brent Allen:

Sorry for your loss

Carol Isbister :

Tanis’ bright and shining light will forever live on in all of you.
I believe that she was welcomed into the great beyond by her friend (my brother)Darren with love, a huge smile and open arms ! I’m sure they had a wonderful reunion and many laughs. They will remain forever young and be waiting for all of us.
Much love to all of her family and friends !

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