OBITUARY

Darlene Jean Zerr

November 19, 1955April 29, 2021

Darlene Jean Zerr November 19, 1955 – April 29, 2021

After a very courageous battle with ALS, Darlene is playing music in the sky and singing her heart out! Predeceased by her Dad Roy in 2005, her Mom Jean in 2018 and her brother Vern in 2019. Survived by her brother Merv and sisters Elaine and Shelly (Dave). She will be especially missed by her nieces Christie (Caleb) and Natalee (Amy), nephew James, great niece Caitlin (Mitchell) and great nephew Aiden. She will be missed by so many colleagues and friends, especially those at SD23. Darlene taught for 36 years and will be missed by all of her precious students. She will be dearly missed by many friends, first and foremost, Julia Lambrecht and Cathy Udala. Darlene’s contagious laugh will be missed by everyone. Thank you to the care aides, nurses and doctors at KGH, Short Stay and Spring Valley Care Home. A special thank you to Dr. Thomson and her staff. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date, once it is safe to gather in larger groups. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.valleyviewfuneralhome.com for the Zerr family.

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Natalie Bellows

May 8, 2021

Mrs. Zerr was my grade two teacher. She will always be remembered for her musical influence, sense of humor and her glow of positive energy . I remember how she would give the best hugs when I was ever sad. She had a way of making the impossible seem easier and encouraged my creative abilities and almost gave me a sense of comfortability in who I was. I was a bit of a "social butterfly" - which is definitely an understatement. Instead of the usual discipline and negative judgement, Mrs. Zerr helped to redirect these distracting tendencies. She never judged me or got mad. Instead, she taught me how to redirect my energy and my creative imagination towards art and music. I am 33 years old now and grade 2 was, wow, 26 years ago and I can still remember being a student in her class as if it were yesterday. Mrs. Zerr was a person of influence, a self-less mentor and an incredible spirit. My heart goes out to her loved ones. As she encouraged me, I can only hope to encourage them - replace the sadness of her loss, with laughter and joy for all of the memories you were able to be with her.

MP Tracy Gray

May 6, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

Diane ( jordan) Kneller

May 5, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting you thru school..you were such a kind and wonderful person . My little Elvis at the time adored you..
Our hearts are so saddened . May you sing and play music with the angels now
Diane and Jordan 😇

Maureen Wetzel

May 4, 2021

Darlene and I were close friends while we attended Cloverdale Catholic (elementary) School. Our mother's became good friends and ran the Lucky-7 booth at the yearly school bazar. We went off to different junior high schools, but became reacquainted while attending NSSS; Around this same time I started dating Darlene's brother, Vern (rip 2019.) Darlene was very talented, determined and successful with everything she set her sites on. *a memory - her favourite teen-years show was M*A*S*H! Sending my condolences to everyone mourning the loss of Darlene, especially her youngest sister Shelley. 💜

Carrie Burton (Dudley)

May 4, 2021

Darlene and I attended school in North Surrey together. Her family owned the Zerr garage on the corner of 156 and 96th Ave. This was always a stop off, during our walk from Johnson Heights Jr. to my home. She was such a positive influence on me, with her infectious laugh, positive spirit and good friendship have left an indelible mark on me. She was always there to help others, and when Masami (Japanese exchange student) came to Canada our family took her on a BC camping trip. Darlene was one of the gang, and she added so much vitality and fun to the trip. I lost touch with her over the years, but it is not surprising that she went into education and I know many have benefited from her wonderful spirit. My deepest condolences to the family and many friends who were blessed with Darlene's enduring spirit. Sincerely, Carrie Burton (Dudley) and the Dudley Family

Celina Carlson

May 2, 2021

Ms Zerr taught me when I was in grade 2 many years ago. Then as an adult I was privileged to work with her at Short Stay as a physio rehab assistant. She remembered me right away and she never lost her humour and positive outlook on life. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family.

Terry Jefferies

April 30, 2021

Ms. Zerr had only taught me for one year, 30 long years ago. But the great memories I have of her will last for my lifetime. She was an exceptional human being and a caring teacher. The world lost a good one yesterday and I'm thankful that she is not in any more pain.

Shelly Zerr

April 30, 2021

I will miss you for the rest of my days . Thank you for being the best big sister anyone could have. I wish that I could be 1/10 of the woman you are. Rest in paradise sweet Darlene, you were one of a kind .

Sandra Mendes

April 29, 2021

To all of Darlene's family, her sister Shelly, and her nieces and nephews: I am so saddened to hear of your great loss. Darlene and I were friends for many years. We started teaching together at Rose Valley Elementary. We shared birthdays ( I was one day older than her). Darlene was a gifted teacher, inspiring her students to be their best. She had an amazing sense of humour and could laugh at life. She was brutally honest and told it like it was. No game playing for her. She was genuine. She had amazing talents, from her art and drawings to her music and her way with people. She saw the humour in life and could laugh and make others laugh. I loved her dearly. She will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences. Sandra Mendes

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