It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Werner Schulz at the age of 88 years on October 10, 2021 in Edmonton, Alberta. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Elli of almost 60 years of marriage and his children Gary and Heidi (Glen) as well as his sister Waltraud Leupolt, brother-in-laws Eric Kahlke, Rein Kahlke (Kassie), sister-in-laws Ilse McKellar (Stuart), Geraldine Schulz and many nieces, nephews, friends and their families in Canada, Germany, USA and New Zealand. He was predeceased by his brother Herbert Schulz (Geraldine), sisters Vera Krawzik (Hans), Renate Pfeiffer (John) and parents Erich and Anna Schulz.
Werner was born in Germany in 1933 and was the eldest of five children. In his childhood he grew up during a time of unrest and war but always maintained an attitude of knowing that “tomorrow will be a better day” as he would always say. In his teenage years he lived in Berlin and maintained a strong relationship with his siblings and throughout his life as his parents had passed away during the war. In 1947 he was confirmed in the Lutheran church at the age of 13 years and kept a strong faith in God throughout his life. While in Berlin he worked hard, enjoyed American music, as well as learned a trade in ornamental metal design. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Edmonton where he enrolled in evening classes to learn English while working during the day. One of his first jobs was repairing the CN Rail Line from Edmonton to Jasper where he earned 90 cents an hour. He completed welding classes in Edmonton and worked for CW Carry Ltd before joining the Boilermakers Union Lodge 146 in 1957 and was a member for 64 years. Lodge 146 sent him on many boiler and refinery job sites around Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC including Wabamun, Sundance, Ft McMurray, Weyburn-Midale, Diefenbaker Lake Dam, Castlegar Pulp Mill to name a few. He also worked for Edmonton Exchanger and spent most of his working career in Redwater, AB at the fertilizer plant until 1996 when he retired. Werner was a sharp dresser and enjoyed nice cars. He purchased his first vehicle in 1957, a red and white Ford Meteor Rideau which was a flashy car at the time. In 1954 he came to know the Schech family of Edmonton who treated him like a son and he lived with them for eight years until he met and married Elli in 1962 at Central Baptist Church in Edmonton. A couple years later he became a Canadian Citizen in 1964. Werner and his family enjoyed being involved with Central Baptist Church where he was a Boys Brigade leader, men’s choir member and later an usher at Sunday services. He and Elli also came to know many friends through church and the German community in Edmonton where they would often be hosting gatherings in their home or picnics at Elk Island park and Miquelon Lake or gather in a friend’s backyard. Werner was a helpful neighbor and would often lend a hand or complete repair work for elderly folks in the Forest Heights community. He was a wonderful husband and father and took his role seriously and with class as he provided for his family and he also learned to enjoy some social time with people around him. He enjoyed trips to Germany especially driving on the Autobahn, the beaches of Hawaii and many summer road trips to the USA, SK and BC to visit family in particular Toronto, Philadelphia, Regina, Radium Hot Springs, Vernon and Kelowna. Werner loved to hear a good joke or tell one or two himself to have a good laugh. In the past several years Werner enjoyed his morning coffee, driving Elli to places, relaxing at Sylvan, Wabamun and Okanagan lakes, working in his yard with Gary and spending time at Heidi and Glen’s acreage. During the past year Werner was at Miller Crossing Long-term Care Home after a serious fall in January 2021. He was compassionately cared for by the staff and had many visitors in-person, by video or virtual calls. Werner was loved and lived by one of his many quotes “always look forward to tomorrow”.
A private graveside service was held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Central Baptist Church (Connors Hill, Edmonton) or to a charity of your choice.
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Werner you were a very special son and older brother in the Schech household as I was growing up and later as my parents got older and needed help, you were always there for them. I have very fond memories of your warm hospitality whenever I visited Edmonton and of course it was great that you and Elli were able to visit us in New Zealand. I so admired you for your strength of character and determination. The story of how you alone as a young boy brought your younger siblings to safety during the war is a classic example of this. Both Rod and I will miss you greatly. Rest in peace
I will miss you Uncle Werner. Both you and my father were excellent examples of what hard work and dedication to your family really means.