Posted: March 3rd, 2017


GERD SCHMIDT, beloved husband of Elaine, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the age of 82 years.

Along with his wife Elaine, he is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Jennifer (Tim) and Gwendolyn (Mike) and grandchildren, Sierra and Tanner. Gerd will be missed by many including special friends, Dixie and Dominic.

Gerd was born in Berlin, Germany on November 24, 1934. He arrived in Canada in 1955 and settled in Chamberlain, Saskatchewan as a farm worker. He met Elaine in 1966 while working construction in Chaplin, Saskatchewan. They were married in 1968 and later moved to Claresholm, Alberta where they remained residents for 45 years.

Gerd enjoyed going for coffee with his friends, who called him by his nicknames “Yogi,” “George,” or “Grampa.” He always enjoyed a good argument, curling, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and barbecuing with a cold beer.

Gerd’s family would like to thank the Palliative Care Team at St. Michael’s Health Centre for their special care and attention in his final days.

At Gerd’s request, no formal Funeral Service or Visitation will be held. He will be laid to rest at the Archmount Cemetery at a later date.

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8 Condolences for “SCHMIDT, Gerd”

  1. Beau says:

    I just read about Gerd and how he and his wife Elaine helped raise a complete stranger’s baby. I have no idea where people get that kind of love, but I’m glad they exist.

    I would love to have met Gerd. First class gentleman all the way.

  2. Jose Botero says:

    What a great story of humanity at its best you, your wife Elaine, Dixie and Dominic composed. Bravo!

  3. Angie Wilson says:

    What a kind, caring, and considerate Man. I just finished reading about him and his Wife taking care of another immigrants child. So they stay in Canada. 💜💜💜

  4. ML says:

    With all the hate towards Asian immigrants circulating the news, I came upon Gerd and Eliane’s story and brought tears of hope. What a remarkable couple! You both exemplify what is great in our world — selfless and kind humans. Thank you!

  5. Mary says:

    Wow, what a loving and compassionate commitment to the wellbeing of others, especially to those who have no family to rely on for help, during challenging times, facing tough decisions.

    Blessings to Gerd, his family/surrogate family, and friends. We need to hear more about these acts of loving kindness, local heroes!

    Thank you for sharing Gerd and Elaine’s admirable choice to make a huge difference in others lives. It matters, to all, especially the children.

  6. Sara says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story. Gerd and Elaine’s legacy of kindness and empathy will always be remembered.

  7. Marilyn Veloira says:

    I just got to read the story.
    Such an act of humanity and a very touching story.
    Great couple.
    God bless!

  8. Priscilla says:

    Gerd and his wife showed such kindness and love to Dixie and her son. They completely changed their lives by acting in such a compassionate and selfless way. We need more people like them

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