It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur Schmidt of Thorsby, who went to be with his Lord on December 4, 2020 at the age of 95 years.
Art was a devoted family man and his memory will be forever cherished by Irma, his loving wife of 63 years, three sons and one daughter and their families: Edgar (Deb), Jeff, Kirsten (Josh) Hahn and Allison; Tim (Connie), Katrine (Derek) Waters and Alexandra; Garth (Deb), Kendra and Yvonne; Louise (Tom) Clarke, Hannah, Heather and Erin; and great-grandsons Benjamin and Jacob Hahn and Trenton Waters. Art also leaves to mourn two sisters, Ella (Ervin) Schmidt and Emma Provence, and sister-in-law Lucille Schmidt. He was predeceased by parents Rudolf and Erna Schmidt and siblings Linda Krueger and Sieghard Schmidt.
Art was born September 30, 1925 in Volhynia, Russia. His family emigrated to Canada while he was just a young child and eventually settled in the Morrowdale area where Art lived and farmed for most of his life. He also learned the trade of plastering and stone masonry with his father and uncle, applying his skills in Edmonton, throughout central Alberta, and beyond. Within his community, church, and among those who knew him, Art was greatly respected for his humility, integrity, and steadfast faith.
The family extends sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who tended to him for the past three months following hip surgery. Special thanks to staff of Unit 3G3 at University of Alberta Hospital and Ward 2.2 at Leduc Community Hospital where we witnessed their continuous compassion, caring, and professionalism.
A graveside service and interment will be held at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery near the family farm for immediate family members only. The service will take place 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. For those who wish to witness the ceremony, you are invited to join a live stream via the following link: https://youtu.be/0B-e0mIdVxg or visit Serenity.ca. A recording will also remain available for a limited time following the service.
A larger celebration of Art’s life will be planned for a time when family and friends can safely gather to honour this gentle man and his life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Arthur Schmidt to St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thorsby (5115 48 Ave, Thorsby, AB T0C 2P0), OR the Leduc Community Hospital (4210 – 48 Street, Leduc, AB T9E 5Z3), OR to your charity of choice.