SCHMIDT, Ervin Ralph

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ervin Ralph Schmidt at the age of 97 years.

Ervin Ralph Schmidt, a kind and gentle man with a firm handshake and memorable chuckle, was born on September 9, 1924 in Rolly View. He passed away a few days after his 97th birthday. He was the son of Edward and Martha Schmidt and grew up in the Michigan Centre and Strawberry areas.

Ervin and Ella Maria Schmidt, were married on July 2, 1952 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Morrowdale.  The couple lived on the farm in Strawberry, adjacent to his parent’s property.  After a few months they moved to, and later purchased the farm in Morrowdale from Ella’s parents. They raised their family and farmed there for over 50 years until the couple moved to Thorsby in 2007. Later, they resided at Lifestyle Options in Leduc and recently moved to MacTaggart Place in Edmonton.

As a boy he was found swimming and fishing in Strawberry Creek. He enjoyed visits to the mountains, playing cards with friends and family, and summer picnics. Management of his farming operation was always done with responsibility and integrity.

He had a love for music and could play the trumpet, baritone, guitar, banjo and harmonica by ear. He was the tenor in the church choir for many years. Before he was married, he played in band with his siblings and in a marching band.

Ervin is survived by his wife, Ella, married 69 years, daughters, Dorothy (Randy) Ritz of Edmonton, Noreen (Don) Seib of Airdrie, Rita (Brian) Raffety of Norfolk, Nebraska, and son, Lorne (Hiede) Schmidt of Macau: 9 grandchildren, Elias (Heather) Ritz, Talia Ritz, Duran Ritz (Mackenzie); Victoria Seib, Collin Seib; Marie (Warren) Kucera, Joel (Amanda) Raffety, Garett (Jen) Schmidt and Christina Schmidt: 4 great grandchildren; Rylan and Kaiden Kucera, Maeleigh and Lincoln Raffety: sisters-in-law, Theresa Schmidt, Emma Provence, Irma Schmidt, and Lucille Schmidt, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by daughter, Christine, two brothers, Adolph and Leo Schmidt and two sisters, Frieda Connolly and Rose Gellert.

In lieu of flowers donations to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (, St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thorsby (780-789-3873) or a charity of your choice are appreciated.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 21st at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Thorsby, Alberta.  Due to COVID restrictions, attendance will be by invitation only.  This will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. on St. Matthew Thorsby – YouTube and recorded.

Following, there will be an outdoor graveside service held at the Morrowdale Cemetery at 2:30 pm.   The graveside service will be recorded and can be viewed on the St. Matthew YouTube website.  Anyone who was not able to attend the indoor service may join.  Please bring a picnic chair.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Box 330, Thorsby, AB T0C 2P0; or the Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0W5; or a charity of choice.

Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688

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Morrowdale Cemetery

Twp. Rd. 482 & Rge. Rd. 15
Thorsby, AB

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Laila Hinn

Nicolas and I extend our deepest condolences for you and the whole family . We pray for peace and patience through this hard time. Blessings

Angela & Kevin Magnes

Our Condolences to your families & friends as you lose someone you love. May God be your comfort & surround you with love ❤️ & prayers

Juanita and Ron Heidt

Our deepest condolences to the Schmidt family on the loss of your dear dad and grandpa. I remember Ervin as such a kind and gentle man. May you always treasure the wonderful memories of a life well lived.

Kim and Ken McCallister

Lorne and Hiede,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father/father-in-law. Visit your good memories often and let them sustain you.

Kim and Ken❤️

Dianne Hoehn

Ella & Family,

Our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time. May God keep his arms wrapped around you in the coming days & Our prayers & thoughts are with you all!

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