Obituary: Sherry Gettis

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing after a very brief illness of Sherry Gettis, in Edmonton, Alberta. She is survived by her husband, Gerry Flatekval and three children, her mother, three sisters, two brothers, five grandsons, and a long list of friends, including many in the pipeline industry. Sherry was a pipeliner, starting her career at Banister Pipelines while still in her teens. She was involved in the start-up and was the first staff employee to join OJ Pipelines, and then later was part of the team at Spie Construction. Sherry took a break from pipelining to follow her dream to become a chef. In order to add the necessary hours in a short time, she worked at a mining camp in Canada’s Arctic at Echo Bay Mines, one of the first gold mines developed in permafrost. She also worked for the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
  In 2004 she returned to the industry at the pipeline division of Finning Canada. In 2005 Sherry joined with Mel Ternan and the small group from Fabick, Ring Power, and Mustang, forming the nucleus of the new Caterpillar dealership, PipeLine Machinery (PLM). Sherry held the position of Global Marketing and Communications Manager, and retired from PLM in 2012. 
  She had a passion for, and an understanding of the challenges in this pipeline construction business. She had an impact on all of us while creating and being a part of many stories and memories, and pushed hard to move the business, and the industry, forward.