SCHMIDT, Annie Mary (nee Gutenberg)
January 20, 1927 - Broadacres, SK
April 26, 2021 - Kindersley, SK
Now about the dash between those dates….
After a life filled with many blessings, Mary, as she was known, went to her eternal rest with peace and dignity on April 26, 2021 at the age of 94 years.
Mary’s life journey began in Broadacres, SK on the family homestead on January 20, 1927. She was the fifth of ten children to Mortiz and Juliana Gutenberg. She lived by the values of hard work, frugalness, while treasuring family and friendships.
Mary is survived by her eleven children; David (Maxine), Gordon (Bea), James (Lynn), Bernadette, Louis, Ronald, Patsy, Colleen (John), Gerald, Greg (Irene) and Terry (Bernadette). Mary was blessed with 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren including brothers Frank & Tony Gutenberg. Mary was predeceased by Alex, her husband of 58 years in April 2009, daughter-in- law Nancy Schmidt, son-in-law Ian Stothert, grand daughter-in-law Kristin Schmidt, parents Moritz & Julian. Also including siblings, Helen, Barbara, Peter, Andy, Joseph, Veronica and Katie.
Mary’s early adulthood included working a short time at Kerrobert Hospital and in Kelowna, B.C. before marrying Alex on October 25, 1950. They made their home on the farm ¼ mile north of Coleville for 33 years. In 1983 they retired from farming and moved to Kindersley.
Mary was the “complete” homemaker and was known for her welcoming hospitality and loved to feed everyone. She had a passion for cooking hearty meals and her baking skills were exceptional. The door was always open at the farm, in town and at the cabin to friends, family, children’s friends and pretty well anyone who stopped by. No one ever left hungry!
Mary took an active part in several farm duties including cooking big hearty harvest meals, milking the cows, berry picking and raising chickens & turkeys. Mary had no need for luxury but found joy in tending the bounties of her vegetable and flower gardens. She loved sharing the fruits of her labor with family & friends included delicious homemade jams and preserves. Mary was well known for her artistic talent which was her outlet to create and give away one-of-kind crafts. Every family member was given a handmade warm quilt that was made lovingly by her. Mary’s other skills included creating Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs with her crocheting & knitting designs that have been handed down generations. She was a voracious reader and always had a knitting, sewing or needlework project on the go and always enjoyed watching hockey on TV. Mary was no shrinking violet and always respectively spoke her mind.
Alex & Mary had a love of travelling, and were blessed to visit numerous destinations such as; New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, all across Canada as well as parts of the US. They especially enjoyed twenty-five years at the family cabin at Lac Des Isles, SK. They ultimately found themselves the happiest enjoying the simple things in life; fishing, playing cards & playing the game of bones with their growing family and friends. They spent their golden years in the spring, summer, fall at the lake and in the winter in Victoria, B.C.
Mary made lifelong friendships through the church and was a longstanding member of the CWL for 50 plus years. She donated her baking and crafts to many functions over the years and had quite a passion for collecting angel paraphernalia.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Caleb Village for providing wonderful care for two years. Mom’s final years were difficult but it was made easier by the support and love that she received from the staff at Heritage Manor. The family also wishes to express their gratitude for the Manor’s exceptional care and companionship as well to extend a sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, caregivers and staff including a particular shout out to our cousin and nurse Bonnie Dunn for genuine kindness and assistance in the last couple years. Our sincere thanks are also extended to Kim Sawatsky for making sure that our Mom knew she was never alone and took pleasure in arranging video calls.
Faith and family were of utmost importance to Mary and she will forever live on in our memories.
God Bless you Mom/Grandma/GG.
If friends or families so desire, in lieu of flowers, wishing to make donations in memory of Mary, may do so to Saint Joseph Catholic Church or the charity of donor’s choice.
To send flowers to Annie's family, please visit our floral store.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Box 40, Kindersley SK S0L 1S0