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Paula (Rolheiser) Schiebelbein

July 1, 1925 ~ December 1, 2020 (age 95)


Paula (Rohlheiser) Schiebelbein Paula, departed from her loving family on December 1, 2020 at the Kindersley Manor at the age of 95 years old. She was born on the farm in the St Donatus district on July 1, 1925 to Mary (Stang) and Frank Rolheiser. She married Jacob (Jack) Schiebelbein on July 1, 1947. They lived with Jacob's parents for a few months, and later rented a farm near Elk school. In the spring of 1951, they rented and later bought the McCleod farm at Major where they resided for 38 years and raised their six children. In 1989, they retired to Kindersley. Mom devoted herself to her family and home life. She loved cooking everyone’s favorite meals and many times her children left with an ice cream pail full of homemade noodles and Grandma’s cookies. She loved sewing and doing many crafts which included; decorating cakes (wedding and special occasion), crocheting etc. Each member of the family received a quilt, or two, or three to wrap around themselves and feel the comfort of Mom, grandma and great grandma. Mom celebrated 50 years as a CWL member and took her turn at leading. Her faith was strong and she was thankful everyday for how God worked in her life. She was a good and faithful servant. Even though the physical Mom is gone she still is all around us. She’s in all of her children and her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and she will continue on and on. It gives comfort to know that when Marian looks in the mirror, she sees that her hair grows exactly the same as Mom’s did. Mom is in Joan’s offbeat humour, in Bernadette’s take-charge attitude, in Gerri’s gentle manner, in Maynard’s shyness and in Vern’s ability to talk to anyone. The grandchildren and great grandchildren are like Grandma Polly when they can tell you a story in vivid detail. Polly sure could talk and no-one could remember other people and their family connections as well as she could. She was a walking! Even though Mom wasn’t “Mom” in the last few years when dementia took over, she was still her sweet self with her sweet smile. People and family were her life, but what would’ve she been like if she would have had the opportunities that we have today? She wanted to be a hairdresser and go away to school but was forbidden by her dad. That is why she always wanted more for her girls. She had a grade 7 education but spoke two languages. She was very liberal in her thinking and was ahead of her time. She was an artist and an amazing cook. She could organize and execute large scale events like weddings and anniversary celebrations, seemingly singlehanded. She was a community activist and leader in the church. She was a fashionista, an amazing seamstress, an avid gardener and a provincial level bowler. She loved sitting by her window in Kindersley watching the world go by. That probably made up for the loneliness and solitude on the farm. Mom, you will always be our “Sunshine, our Only Sunshine”. Paula leaves to mourn her husband Jacob of 73 years. She was mother to Vern (Barb) Schiebelbein of Medicine Hat AB, Bernadette (Barry) Stubbington of Edmonton AB, Gerri Olfert (the late Bert) of Luseland SK, Marian (Randy) Chotowetz of Midland ON, Joan (Wayne) Sieben of Lacombe AB, Maynard (Debbie) Schiebelbein of Oyen AB. Grandchildren; Jesse, Stacey, Alicia, Candace, Karli, Blake, Brett, Christie, Aaron, Lisa, Julia, Stephanie, Amy, Rebecca, Sarah, Nicholas , Samantha, Dylan, Renee, Michele, Stephanie and 27 Great Grandchildren and numerous Nieces/Nephews, In-laws; Betty Rolheiser (Peter), Jovita Schiebelbein (Alex), Con Schiebelbein, Gabrielle Schiebelbein (John), Betty & Walter Schroh, Rudy Sheen, Julianna (Don) Harlock, Connie (Bert) Sheen. She was predeceased by her Infant son; Joseph, her parents; Frank & Mary Rolheiser; brothers; Peter, Infant brother George, Son- in-law; Bert Olfert, In-laws; Caroline & Constantine Schiebelbein, Mary & Simon Bosch, Alex Schiebelbein, Helen & Joe Rolheiser, John Schiebelbein, Peter & Mary Schiebelbein, George Schiebelbein, Florence Sheen (Rudy), Joe & Shirley Sheen, Raymond Sheen, Bert Sheen, Art Klotz (Julianna), Alvina Schiebelbein. A private service will be held on December 4,2020 at 2 pm, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kindersley following COVID guidelines.

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