George J. Schmidt Sr.
Service Date: November 8th, 2019 2:00 p.m. Friday
Service Location: Tofield United Church
July 10, 1921 – Nov. 2, 2019
George was born in South Russia on July 10, 1921 and emigrated to Canada with his parents and five siblings in 1926. His family first lived near Cereal, AB then they moved to Tofield area in 1935. George completed grade 8 in a country school. In his teens, George worked for the Trents and Murrays and during the war years at the Kallal Ranch and Tofield Coal Mine. George and Margaret Schroeder met at an early age and married in 1944 in the Tofield Mennonite Church where they worshiped for many years. In later years George and Margaret traveled widely while in good health.
George will be lovingly remembered by his five children, fourteen grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren: son George (Edith) – Karen (Kendel Kelly, Ava, Hazel, and Chase), Karla (Chancey Boddez, Braxton and Annika), Kristopher (Yasmin Chishti), Kimberly (Matthew Knudsen - Jacob, Ruby, and Katie); daughter Rita (David Penner - Philip (Robin – Naolin and Nadala), Luke (Shannon)); daughter Donna (Leigh Noton – Emily, Eddie (Melaina) and David (Chris); son Bill (Cathy – Andrew, Curtis (Brie) – Wade and Macoy, Becky (Evan Haugen – Cohen and Lydia)); son Vern (Julianne – Alex and Ben (Mary)); plus other family and friends.
George was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Margaret; sisters Neta, Mary, Lena, Erica, and Katie; brothers John and David. He is survived by his sister Martha from Brooks.
George embraced farming life and was proud of his successes. He was immensely proud of his family and especially of the continuing family farming operations. George’s legacy of great pride were his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Tofield United Church with Rev. Adam Hall officiating. Interment will follow at the Tofield Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, or to the Tofield United Church.