Shirley June (Ruetz) Gray

7 December, 19337 June, 2021

She loved life, her family and Jesus. Now our mom rests in the arms of her Saviour. Through our tears and with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful mom on June 7, 2021 at the age of 87.

Mom is survived by daughters Sheila Ruetz MacDairmid, Dawn Learning Azevedo [Joe] and son Dan Ruetz [Tina]. Much loved grandchildren that will miss their Nana are Michael Learning, Steph Azevedo, Kalan Ruetz-Mills, Dennis, Michelle and Terence Ruetz, Karly and Abby Ruetz as well as 10 great grandchildren. Predeceased by husbands Ralph Ruetz [1987] and Gord Gray [2001] and beloved son John Ruetz [1995] Mom was very dedicated to Jesus, faithfully reading her Bible and doing daily devotionals. It was Moms faith that saw her through not only everyday life but this past year with her illness. Mom was very strong and feisty yet loving, compassionate and always positive. It was with this compassion that mom had a million man hours of volunteer work mainly with seniors. Mom had many hobbies which included writing poetry and short stories, fishing, Bible study, rumoli, baking and knitting. Mom accomplished so much in her life but her legacy will be her faith, her kindness and love she showed to everyone she met and of course her singing.

Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of our Moms life will be held at a later date [at Calvary Church]. Donations, if desired, may be made to Hospice Niagara in St Catharines. Arrangements entrusted to Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, St. Catharines.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Shirley June (Ruetz) Gray

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MikeMichael Learning

10 June 2021

One of my favourite memories with my nana is when my wife mom and step dad and I got to take nana to her first nfl game to see the bills and the colts. It poured rain but that never stopped us cheering drinking beer and having a blast. To see the smile on Nanas face was priceless. I know that she is in heaven now but I’m going to miss her so much.until we meet again nana banana fly with the angels I love you and miss you

Marianna I k Davidson

10 June 2021

Shirley was an incredible woman,her strength and faith in God was truly inspiring ,I have been doing her hair for over 20 years ,I will miss her singing in the shop and her zest for life ,RIP ❤️

Stephanie Thomas

8 June 2021

I will miss seeing her at the Fairview Mall food court. Every morning she would come in and see her friends and they would have coffee and talk. Than in the afternoon she would come in with another group of friends and have tea. She was always smiling and laughing whenever I would see her at the mall. And I would tell her to stay out of trouble, she would just look at me and say me, what kind of trouble can I get into ... lol
She will be missed by everyone who knew her, she has a very special place in my heart and I am sure by everyone she knew.
So sorry for you loss .

pat schaubel

8 June 2021

Loved our mother-daughter rummoli games at your house - and the slipper socks your Mom used to make for everyone. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family Dawn.

Amy Booth

8 June 2021

Our deepest condolences to you Dawn and the rest of your family. We loved your Mom and we know how much she loved and adored you and her family. I will miss spotting her at the Fairview Mall while she was having coffee with her friends and I will miss her hugs. You are in our thoughts and prayers. “Cotton Candy” will missed. Love the Booths.