Marie Schmidt

Obituary of Marie Schmidt

August 28, 1925 – Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan

August 2, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta


Marie was born in Yellow Creek, SK to father Julian and mother Annie Borsa. She was second oldest in the family of 14 children. She grew up on the farm, helping with chores and caring for her siblings who came after her. It was during this time when she developed her love of singing, practicing the latest songs with her sisters as they went to bring the cows in. This was a fond memory for Marie and her brothers and sisters. At 16 Marie left home, during WWII when there was a call for rural teachers. She went to Saskatoon & attended what was known then as Normal School. Can you imagine training to become a schoolteacher at the tender age of 16? Marie's teaching journey began in a one room schoolhouse in northern Sask. Her classes included students from grades one to twelve.

It was at one of these postings Marie fell in love at first sight, with a dashing young soldier named Ken Schmidt. They married in 1948 and began a family in Snowden, Sask. They lived there for many years farming and managing the local Co-op store, while raising their 4 children. In 1972 Ken and Marie chose to move to Nipawin. Marie worked for many years at the Rexall drug store, a job she loved.

In her spare time, Marie continued to foster her love of singing by joining the church choir at St. Eugene's church, and for a time the Harmonaires singing group. She kept fit with long daily walks where everyone got to know her and many kept watch for her. Marie also loved dancing. She was an avid member of the senior’s line dancing group and enjoyed the Friday night dances.

After Ken's passing in 2000, she moved to Calgary to be closer to her family. Marie loved her condo there, and the relationships she built with her children and grandchildren. The close proximity of her sisters allowed her to visit with them, much to her delight.


Marie's family was grateful to have her in their lives full time for the last 15 or so years. She was the matriarch at every family event, and often the first one up, encouraging everyone to dance. Marie was the original “Influencer”, from inspiring children (who adored her) in one room schoolhouses, to her family and family friends, who also considered her “Mom”. She conducted herself with style, grace, and compassion for people and animals. This became the hallmark of her persona, and the traits she will most be remembered for. That and her world-famous doodles on cards, letters, and lunch bags.

She hoped that people would remember her as well-groomed. A compliment that she considered her favourite. Indeed, we do Momma Marie, indeed we do.

Rest in peace, our beloved Marie.


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In living memory of Marie Schmidt, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.


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