SCHALM, Verda Helen (née Scheeler)

On November 20, 2020, our dear mother and grandmother left this life to move on to her new one. She was 95 and had lived life well. She will be greatly missed by her three children Corinne, Errol (Lori) and Melody (Doug); grandchildren Tanner, Austin, Maxine, Harper and Oliver; and many nieces and nephews who have fond memories of family time spent together. Verda was predeceased in 1974 by her husband Bernard, the love of her life, and her dear sisters and their husbands Leona (Norman) and Arlene (Edward).

Verda was born in her grandmother’s farmhouse in the area of Millet, Alberta and lived the life of a farm family, feeding pigs and chickens, milking cows, and walking to her one room school house, West Liberty School. Verda was passionate about music, and taught piano after obtaining her ARCT diploma.  She taught hundreds of students through the years, many of whom she inspired to love music and the piano the way she did. While teaching music and serving as librarian at the Christian Training Institute (now Taylor Seminary) in Edmonton, she met Bernard, a young German immigrant, whom she married in 1956. They spent three very happy years in Chicago while he completed his doctoral degree. Upon graduation he accepted an academic position back in Edmonton, where they lived the remainder of their lives. They were founding members of Greenfield Baptist (now Community) Church and never missed a Sunday, volunteering in almost every capacity available.

Verda loved her flowers and trees and all of nature’s beauty, crossword puzzles, spending time with family and friends, classical music, and accompanying choirs and singers on the piano. She was a person full of grace, warmth, humour and love for her family and heavenly father. She endured difficult times losing her husband and raising three young children alone, and then living with complex health conditions in her later years, which she faced with dignity and a quiet strength. Despite her circumstances, she always showed kindness to others and made everyone around her smile. Her legacy made this world a kinder and better place.  Her family would like to express great appreciation for the compassion shown to our Mom by the staff at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, and Lifestyle Options Riverbend. There will be no public service at this time. We miss you already Mom, but are glad you are accompanying the heavenly choirs, with no more pain or sadness in your life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital or a charity of choice.

 

Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Rachel and Art de Leon

We send our condolences to Corinne, Melody and Errol and extended family on the passing of Verda. We so loved Verda’s smile, her deep personal faith and her wonderful musical talents. We will miss Verda very much.
Rachel, Art and family

Dorothy Batke

Paul and I send our sincere condolences to the family. I was one of the many students who was privileged to take piano from Verda and I remember a quiet authority about her that contributed to my practicing. She was an inspiration!

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