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Gina Christine Shoemaker

Gina Christine Shoemaker

December 10, 2023

Gina Christine Shoemaker

SHOEMAKER, Gina Christine - Forever resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father, Gina Christine Shoemaker (née Rowley) of Mount Forest (formerly of Wellesley) passed away in the early hours of Sunday, December 10, 2023 at her home with her husband and children in her 58th year.


Forever in the heart of her husband Ben Shoemaker and their daughter Holly (Nick) of Cambridge, son Andrew (Rose) of Meaford, son Isaac (Alyssa), and granddaughter Lily all of Kitchener.


Cherished always by Gina's mom Ann Rowley of Mount Forest, brother Andy (Lisa) of Mount Forest and their daughter Hunter (Jon) and son Connor.


Lovingly remembered by Gina's mother-in-law Eleanor Shoemaker of Walkerton, brother-in-law Len of Walkerton, and sisters-in-law Tammy (Doug) of Harriston and Tracy (Sylvester) of Walkerton. Gina was predeceased by her father Jim Rowley, father-in-law Dennis, and brother-in-law Ken.


Gina is also fondly remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside burial will occur in the spring at Douglas Hill Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Father’s Heart Healing Ministries are appreciated as an expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.


Gina was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother who was the light of her family. A kind and caring friend with a gentle and whimsical spirit, she was always ready to offer a listening ear and words of encouragement. Gina was a gifted writer, creating countless stories for her children. She kept many journals and often exchanged letters with her friends. A lifelong lover of animals, Gina took great joy in her beloved dogs Winnie, Sybil, and Bill and will be fondly greeted by Diamond. Gina loved the lake, ice cream, decadent wines and cheeses, and scenic walks. A woman of strong faith, Gina is surely at peace in the loving hands of the Lord; her devoted spirit will never be extinguished from our hearts.


“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”


Our sincere condolences to Ben and family at this difficult time. Gina had such a contagious smile and warm personality that made feel welcome in Nithburg and at Creekside. Our prayers are with the family in the days ahead. 🙏🏻

— Jeff & Merlene Austen, December 24, 2023

We are so incredibly sad to hear that Gina has passed away. She was such a wonderful neighbour and friend. We have missed having all of you in Nithburg and can’t believe that she is gone. Our heart filled sympathy to your family.

— Susan MacDonald and Family, December 24, 2023

Dear Ann and family, We are so sorry to learn of the illness and passing of Gina. We hope that the memories of Gina will bring comfort to you all in the days ahead. Jackson W. I., Paisley

— Jackson W.I., December 21, 2023

Ben, Holly, A.J. and Isaac
We were so sad to hear the news about your wife and mom! Please know that we have been praying for you guys. Know that Gina is in the loving arms of her Lord and savior! Singing with the angels. Remember that there are a lot of people who will be lifting you guys up in prayer and thinking of you over the next while. A light snuffed out way too soon!

— Bev and Brian Jantzi, December 21, 2023

Ann, Andy & Lisa, and Gina’s entire family.
We were very saddened to hear of Gina’s illness and passing.
Please accept our sincerest sympathy.
Barb and Paul Sinclair

— Barb (Patterson) And Paul Sinclair, December 20, 2023

— Ben Shoemaker, December 18, 2023

Dear Ben and Family, Eleanor and Anne ,Andy,
So sorry to hear of Gina's passing.
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family and friends.
May all of your wonderful memories of great times together help you through the days ahead.
Sherry(nee Brindley) and Roger Caldwell
Tiff and Brent Henhoeffer

— Sherry and Roger Caldwell, December 16, 2023

We are so sorry to hear of Gina’s passing, we have great memories of when the kids were going to school together , and the good times we had. Thinking of you Ben, Ann, Andy and families.🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️❤️

— Ron and Vickie Abbs, December 16, 2023

Andy, Lisa & family…so sorry to hear of the passing of your sister Gina…our deepest condolences. Thinking of you @ this difficult time.

— Brian & Marilynne Adams, December 16, 2023

Our deepest sympathies to you Ben and your children. We can’t even imagine your struggles at this time. Please know you are in our heart and prayers. May Gina rest in peace . Love uncle Bob. Cousin Kim and Sean. Cousin Steve and his son Ty

— Bob Arnold and Family, December 16, 2023

We are saddened by Gina passing, but are happy to know that her spirit will live on through her family and the memories we all have of the times she touched our lives.

— Jim Abbs, December 15, 2023

Dear Ben, Holly & Nick, A.J. & Rose, Isaac & Alyssa, and Lily; Andy & Lisa and Hunter, Jon, and Connor, and Ann, and all your extended Shoemaker, Rowley, and Greg family.
My heart breaks for you all as you grieve the loss of your beloved Gina.
Too young. Too much to do yet.
She loved her children, she loved being a Grandma, and she loved life.
Gina and I grew up together and were BFFs for over 2 decades. Our children had so many happy times together.
Reconnecting some years later, we would meet for lunch sharing our lives, our hearts, and much laughter!
Gina was loved. Beautiful inside and out.
The Diana to my Anne.
The Piglet to my Winnie-the-Pooh.
The Sunrise to my Sunset.
As we did for over 4 decades, I will continue to whisper "Happy New Year, Gina!" on every New Year's Eve.
And I will continue to hold her memory in my heart.
Sending you all our deepest sympathy and love.
All My Love
~ Mary

— MaryMargaret Driedger, December 15, 2023

Thinking of you and your family at this time. Many fond memories of our time at MMF. I always enjoyed her warm smile, and positive attitude.

— paul gascho, December 15, 2023

Ben, and family.. my deep sympathy to you all during this huge loss in your life.
Gina was a quiet,powerful spirit and , be encouraged, she touched many lives.
Although our paths have not crossed recently, your mom will be forever remembered by me for her courage & care
Prayers, Kevin

— Kevin Gascho, December 15, 2023

I have so many childhood memories with Aunt Gina and the kids , and am so sorry to hear you all had to say goodbye to her FAR to soon. She had the most beautiful laugh and calm , gentle spirit. Sending love from all the Gascho kids - Katrina, Bethany, Tessa and Zack.

— Katrina Oakey, December 15, 2023

To Ben and your family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and friend.
I know there are simply not enough words to express your loss and what you are all going through, but want to convey my deepest sympathy.
Sending healing thoughts and prayers as you grieve during this difficult time and into the future.

— Lisa Wheeldon, December 15, 2023

To Gina's loved ones,
I'm so very sorry for your loss. Gina and I were great friends at Paisley Central. I have many wonderful memories of Gina from way back then. I wish you comfort and peace as you face the difficult days ahead. Please accept my sincere condolences.

— Janice Needham, December 15, 2023

Dear Ben and family
So sorry to hear of your loss. We didn't know Gina personally but have heard many good things from Tracy and others over the years and of her valiant fight against this dreaded disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sharon and Bob

— Sharon Gray, December 15, 2023

My heartfelt condolences to all of Gina's family. She has been taken far too soon.

— Beth Gregg, December 15, 2023

Sending hugs to all the family. I hadn’t spent time with Gina for years until recently being added to her pray partners. In Paisley days i have great memories of our children playing together while we chatted about life,faith and family. Gina was an inspiration and breath of fresh air. She shared her faith openly and with passion. Thinking of you all.

— Susan Kerr, December 15, 2023

I met Gina about 6 years ago living a Silent Valley , she was a beautiful , energetic lady.
She loved spending time with her mom and often going antique shopping or looking for bargains.
She became a walking friend and she will be missed by all her family and friends.
Rest in peace pretty lady and watch over from above.

— Sandy Woodcock, December 15, 2023

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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