Schroeter, Gerhard Wilhelm – Died peacefully at Markham-Stouffville Hospital on Friday July 28, 2017 in his 89th year after a short and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was born Sept 26th, 1928 in Schleswig, Germany and immigrated to Markham in 1953. Beloved husband of Vera (Becker) for almost 67 years. He is survived by his sister Alma (Germany) and predeceased by his brother Erich (England). He will be sadly missed by his children Alma Watts (Dennis) Gerlind Milich (Dane), Trudy Burkholder (Dave), Harold Schroeter (Kim) and Jane van Haaren (Pieter). Much loved and missed by grandchildren: Heather, Jessica, Erik, Melodie, Nina, Patrick, Rachel, Ivana, Nadia, Courtney, Brendan, and Vanessa as well as great-grandchildren - Gabrielle, Jacob, Jamie, River, Nathan, Elden, Isaac, McKenzie, Emmett, Theo, Harvey, Adelyn, Bryson, Naomi and Ian. Predeceased by grandchildren Viki, Sondra, Nicole and Daniel. The family is grateful to the Palliative Care staff at Markham-Stouffville Hospital for their support and care of Gerhard during his final days. Cremation has occurred. All are welcome to visitation at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home 166 Main Street North (Markham Rd.) Markham Friday Aug 4th 7-9 pm. Memorial Service will be held at Rouge Valley Mennonite Church 7452 Reesor Rd. Markham Saturday August 5th @ 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Interment of cremains to follow the service at adjacent Cedar Grove Cemetery with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Mennonite Central Committee, Boy Scouts of Canada, Parkview Home or a charity of your choice.