Gregory John Schroeder was born in Craik, Sask. on April 29, 1934, the only son of Greg and Josephine Schroeder.
In 1942 the family moved to Talbot, Alta. to the farm of Andrew Music (Greg’s great-uncle).
Greg moved twice more with his parents but remained in the area settling on the farmstead that he eventually raised his own family on.
Greg attended Talbot, Clinton, and Brownfield schools completing his Grade 10 before deciding to go into farming with his father.
He also spent the winter of 1956-57 in Edmonton working at the post office and then at the municipal airport as a frame mechanic on World War II Harvard training planes.
On Nov. 10, 1962 he married Mary Billingsley and they started their family in 1964 in a mobile home on the same farm site as Greg’s parents.
In 1965 Greg’s parents moved to Coronation and Greg and Mary moved into the farmhouse. By 1969 they were busy with six children, with two more joining the family in the 1970s.
Greg was always actively involved in the community. As a young man he was a participant in 4-H, local baseball and curling teams.
As he grew older, he was a local and provincial leader involved with the UFA, gas co-op, Talbot community, Catholic Church, hospital board, 4-H, and coaching his children’s baseball teams as well as driving them to numerous other activities and chaperoning school and 4-H trips.
The doors of his home and strong arms were open to the many friends of his children, often being called ‘dad’ by them: he knew that caring for his children meant caring for their friends.
In 1995 he was awarded the East-Central 4-H Award of Distinction and in 1997 the Schroeder family were the County of Paintearth representatives for the Alberta Farm Family Award.
In 1997 Greg and Mary retired from farming and moved to Stettler.
Greg became involved in the community through the local food bank, meals on wheels, volunteering at the seniors lodges, and being part of the Knights of Columbus. Even once they had moved to Heart Haven Lodge, he could be seen driving his lawn mower across town to take care of the Catholic Church lawn.
Greg was predeceased by his mother and father; sister, Dolores; brother-in-law, Ford; niece, Sandra; granddaughters, April and Cassandra; great-grandson, Ash; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Greg is survived by his wife, Mary; sisters, Bernadette and Kathleen (Leo); children, Mary-Jo (Russ), Melanie, Gregory (Adele), Denise (Chris), Loretta (Darryl), Teresa (Don), Gary (Brenda), and Brenda (Vance); 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family connections were important to Greg. He kept in touch with and enjoyed travelling to see his extended family across western Canada and the U.S. and Europe.
A funeral mass was held for Greg on Fri. Feb. 19 at the Christ King Catholic Church in Stettler.
Internment will take place early spring at the Coronation Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Greg are gratefully accepted to a charity of your own choice.
Card of Thanks
The Schroeder family would like to thank the nurses and care teams at the Stettler Hospital, Home Care, Points West Living and Heart Haven who have supported all of us in the past months.
We also want to extend our appreciation to all our friends and community members for sharing their love, well wishes and memories.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-742-3422 .