A devoted follower of Jesus from a very young age
Lyle Marvin Schaitel was born on November 21, 1941 in Herbert, Saskatchewan as the eldest of four siblings and lived there on the family farm until the age of five.
He later moved to the family farm in Morse, Saskatchewan and lived there until 1949 when the family moved to a farm at Fleet, Alberta.
He attended school in Coronation and graduated in 1959 as the valedictorian of his class. Lyle was a devoted follower of Jesus from a very young age and always had a heart to serve God with his life. In view of this, he attended Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta obtaining a three year bible diploma.
Afterwards he attended the University of Alberta (U of A) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. His first job after university was in the radioisotope lab at the U of A hospital.
Lyle met Sharon Hunsperger and was married to her in 1966. They then decided to become missionaries in Africa from 1968-1972. They moved back to Coronation where John joined the family in 1973 and Karisa in 1974. Lyle and Sharon then moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta in 1978 where Lyle worked for Syncrude Canada. Brent joined the family in 1982. Lyle worked for Syncrude until 1996 when he retired at the age of 55.
Once Brent had graduated from high school in the year 2000, Lyle and Sharon retired to Spruce Grove and were there until Sharon passed away in 2002. Shortly after that Lyle decided to move to Sri Lanka to work as a missionary for New Life Literature. He lived and worked there until he became abruptly ill in 2007 and had to be medically escorted back to Canada.
Upon recovery from his illness he moved back to his home area of Coronation and shortly afterwards was married to Arla McComish in September of 2007. Their marriage greatly expanded both their families.
Lyle was an avid curler, fisherman, hunter and golfer. He also loved to eat great home cooked food made by all those that loved to cook for him. He and Arla have been living in Coronation since and have enjoyed a very happy life together.
Lyle Schaitel peacefully passed away after a short battle with cancer at the age of 73 on January 5, 2015 at Coronation, Alberta.
He is survived by his wife Arla Schaitel, his children John (Terri) Schaitel, Karisa (Jeff) Thompson, Brent (Brooke) Schaitel; Clayton (Tammy) McComish, Karswell McComish and Dan McComish.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Taylor Luedee, Connor McComish, Denver McComish, Emma Schaitel, Ashton Schaitel, Isla Schaitel, Cohen Schaitel, Esther Schaitel, Levi Schaitel, Lola Thompson and Olive Thompson.
Also his siblings, Nadene (Lavern) Wideman, Gloria (Gordon) Weeks, Marshall (Chris) Schaitel, Viola (Franklin) Carson, Sharon (Dennis) Kennett, Allan (Cindy) Hunsperger and Glenda Hunsperger; Aunt Verna Schaitel, Uncle Clarence Schaitel and Uncle Ike Doerksen.
He is predeceased by his wife Sharon Schaitel; his parents Marvin and Gladys Schaitel; his mother and father-in-law, Lynn and Joan Hunsperger; his brother-in-law Larry Hunsperger.
A celebration of life was held at the Evangelical Free Church, Coronation, AB, on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1 p.m.. with the Pastor Clayton Grice officiating.
Brent Schaitel played for the hymn “How Great Thou Art” and a special song “Forever”. A video presentation was played during the service. Longtime friend Paul Wiens shared many memories of Lyle.
The urn bearer was John Schaitel. The interment will take place at Didsbury Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Lyle, memorial contributions may be made to the Coronation Hospital Foundation, Specify: Home Away From Home Room or to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Coronation Funeral Home P.O. Box 358, Coronation, Alberta, TOC 1CO.
Heather Caseley has been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.578.2928 Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca.
Card of Thanks
The families of Lyle Schaitel would like to express our thanks to all who attended the funeral and to those who helped in any way in preparation of it.
We are thankful for visits in our home throughout the year of Lyle’s illness, for snow removal and other jobs around our home, and as of late, visits in hospital and home.
Thank you for all the food brought to the house and especially all the prayers on Lyle‘s behalf and support for myself and our families in many ways. God is so good to have blest us with a very caring church and community.
Thank you so much- you are appreciated.
Siblings, Nadene Lavern
Marshall and Chris