Gottlob Schmidt “Schmitty”
1924 – 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Gottlob; fondly referred to as “Schmitty”, on Dec. 3, 2018, at the age of 94. Gottlob was born in Marienfeld, Bessarabia, Germany, on Sept. 23, 1924, to parents Gottlob Sr. and Pauline Schmidt.
In 1927, Schmitty, his parents and four siblings: Alexander, Albert, Gotthold (George), and Hugo immigrated to Canada on the voyage of “Empress of France”.
When arriving in Canada, they first settled North of Hanna.
Two sisters: Freda and Ida and a brother named Adam were born here.
In 1933, tragedy struck the family when Schmitty’s mother passed away, leaving Schmitty’s father struggling to raise eight children on his own.
As Schmitty said, “We all learned to take care of ourselves.”
In 1934, the family relocated a short distance to the current location where Schmitty resided until 2014.
Schmitty and his older brother Alex took over the farm and in 1942, Gottlob’s dad married Mrs. Dux and soon another sister, Bertha arrived.
Alex and Schmitty decided to purchase the farm from their father in 1945 when his father and younger family moved to Holden.
In 1958, Gottlob bought out Alex and became the sole owner of the farm.
He raised Hereford cattle until he retired from cattle business in the late 1990’s.
This is when Schmitty turned his attention to another passion; gardening and raising pheasants and peacocks.
He won many horticulture awards for his colourful flowers and weed free gardens. Schmitty hatched out many breeds of birds, often raising birds, auctioning them off and donating the proceeds.
Over the years Schmitty has been involved with the Solon and Meadowland Community Clubs, the Hanna Curling Club and the BPO Elks #451.
A popular event that Schmitty hosted for his friends and family was the annual corn roast.
Schmitty was known for his gentle nature and generous spirit.
His deep love of the land and love of wildlife led him to his decision that he should donate six quarters of land to the Alberta Provincial Government to be used as a park.
This park would be a wildlife preserve left for future generations to enjoy.
Gottlob is survived by his siblings: Hugo, Ida, Freda, Adam and Bertha.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Alexander, Albert, and Gotthold (George).
A funeral service was held on Tues. Dec. 11, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Interment took place at the Hanna Cemetery following the service.
Donations will be gratefully accepted to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Box 746, Hanna, AB, T0J 1P0, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., Hanna, AB, 403-854-5956, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
To send or view condolences to the family, please visit www.hannafuneral.ca.
Rest in Peace Gottlob, you lived a good 94 years.