Kathleen Ehrlich

Kathleen Jean Ehrlich (Hodgert)

Wednesday, November 13th, 1957 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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Ehrlich, Kathleen Jean

The family of Kathleen Jean Ehrlich sadly announce her death on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, at the age of 62 in hospital, at peace and surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her mother, Maureen Hodgert; brothers, Bryan (Jennifer) Hodgert and Kenneth “KJ” Hodgert, and many family and friends.

She was born on November 13, 1957 in Calgary, AB. In Kate’s early years she spent a lot of time with her Grandmother listening to stories of far away destinations and adventures. She grew into a strong-willed teenager with a love for music and art. As a young adult she spent time travelling in Europe and South America.

Once becoming a parent, she refocused her love of travel into becoming a travel agent, working for airlines and eventually opening a scuba dive focused travel agency in the prairies of Alberta.

Along with her love of travel, Kate also had a passion for art; creating her own and an admiration for the masters and contemporaries alike, Frida Kahlo being one of her favourites. She reinvented her art through many mediums over the years, some more prolific than others.

Kate was a passionate soul, which touched all aspects of her life. What she loved, she loved fiercely; that included food, music, clothes. All that knew her, knew her love of good food where she was regularly trying new recipes and ingredients, although her Greek meals will remain legendary. Her love of music was eclectic and spanned many genres and decades. She loved to dance and shout out an “Oooohweee” if the groove struck her just right. Her fashion ranged from classic flannel to Stevie Nicks inspired attire… and the scarves, always a scarf for any occasion.

In the last couple years, she began volunteering for the Calgary Zoo, which she loved. She had all sorts of insider knowledge of many of the animals, including the penguins, baby moose and lemurs. She felt like she was “outdoorsy” in her Merrells. Those that knew Kate knew that the outdoors was not always her strong suit; especially when it came to hiking.

Kate definitely left an impression on many and she will be missed. Her 4 children and 7 grandchildren will hold her memory in their hearts. Her Sowe dog has been patiently waiting for her on the other side, ready to guide her home.

In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Kate’s life by donating in her memory to the Calgary Zoo Foundation or the Calgary Public Library Foundation.

Kate’s Facebook page will be memorialized in September, until then all are welcome to post memories, photos and final words to her.

A Celebration of Kathleen’s Life will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2020. Details to follow. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Kate, please visit
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Catherine White

Posted at 10:12am
Kate will remain in my heart forever. Her passion, creativity and love for beauty was so inspiring. Sent with love and light.

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Gerry Symington

Posted at 11:17pm
Kate was remarkable travel agent for the diving community. She rescued me while I was In Costa Rica, I phoned her in a panic because I forgot about Semana Santa, a religious holiday in which you can find any accommodations Call Me back in a couple of hours the problem was solved. Kate had got us a booking into a dive resort for a week on the pacific side of Costa Rica One of the best times and memories of how Kate would go out of the way to help some in need and slightly forgetful.
Sorry for the family's loss as it was way too early
She will always remain in my heart as a super person, Thank you, Kate, for the memories
Gerry Symington

Michelle Tuftin

Posted at 03:34pm
Kate was such a beautiful soul. To know her was to love her. She welcomed everyone to her space with an open heart and mind. My deepest condolences to all of her family and friends. And extra love and prayers for ALL her family whom I love dearly. May your journey be swift and your rest peaceful sweet Kate -till we meet again ♥️

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