1920 ~ MATILDA SCHLAHT ~ 2021

Posted: May 14th, 2021

Matilda Lenora “Tillie” Schlaht of Medicine Hat, beloved wife of the late Jacob Schlaht, passed away on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at the age of 101 years. Tillie leaves to cherish her memory her children, Diane (Raymond) Van Bavel, Delphene Good (Gerry Schoonbaert) and Alan (Laurel) Schlaht; grandchildren, Troy (Dawn) Van Bavel, David Van Bavel, Joseph (Patti) Van Bavel, Donna Lee (Dale) Robertson, Jo Lynn Sheeshka, Dawn (Curtis Atkins) Good, Krys (Josh) Trahan and Jenna Schlaht; Helen Van Bavel; eleven great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, David and Molly Sturm; husband, Jacob Schlaht; brother, Victor Sturm; sister, Vi Castleman; and grandson, Carter Schlaht. Tillie was born on January 14th, 1920 in Estuary, SK; the youngest of three children. She started her schooling at Sandy Point and then moved across the river to complete her education at the Social Plains School. As a young girl Tillie enjoyed the great outdoors and liked to play baseball and loved her cats. Tillie met Jacob “Jack” Schlaht at a skating party held on the South Saskatchewan river. They married in Calgary where Jack was stationed with the army in WWII and Tillie worked as a waitress at the canteen. Jack was later stationed to Vancouver where Tillie took a job as a waitress. Following the war, Tillie and Jack took over her parent’s farm. Tillie was a true example of a hardworking ranch/farm wife. She was familiar with both the challenges and opportunities that the ranch life presented. She raised a family, kept the household, and actively assisted in the running of the farm. Tillie often prepared and delivered meals out in the field. Some could say she was a pioneer of the very first “tailgate parties”. In 1979, Tillie and Jacob retired in Medicine Hat. Tillie remained active and loved to square dance. She was a member of Emil Schlenker’s group and she even had the opportunity to dance in the ocean in Bermuda. Tillie’s love for family and adventure took her to visit relatives in Australia and the United States. On her 100th birthday, Tillie was overjoyed to receive a congratulatory birthday greeting from the Queen. Tillie was a friend to all and a role model to those who knew her. Her everlasting legacy is her family, and she will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Bratvold for his ongoing care and compassion as well as the Dr. Hirsch, staff and residents at Riverview Care Centre who were a second family to her. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5, on Sunday, May 16th, 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 2:00 pm with Reverend Dr. Shane Andrus officiating. Interment will follow at SAAMIS PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY. Family and friends are welcome to participate via livestream by logging on to www.saamis.com and joining the live webcast on Tillie’s memorial page at the above date and time. A virtual guest book is available on the livestream page for those participating remotely. Memorial gifts in Tillie’s memory may be made to the Riverview Resident Council, 603 Prospect Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4C2. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Tillie Schlaht. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

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