MUSCHIOL – Gertrud Maria Muschiol

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    Muschiol – Gertrud Maria Muschiol of Tilley, beloved wife of the late Harry Muschiol, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 at the age of 88 years. Gertrud was born on February 5th, 1930 in Augustfehn, Germany to Johann and Gretchen Schulte. She was the only daughter growing up with five brothers. Her early years were spent riding bikes, playing soccer and skating on the canals in their little town. WWII changed their lives drastically with food rationing, almost nightly trips to the bomb shelters and the loss of one of Gertrud’s brothers. However; her parents were very resourceful and always managed to find food for their family during hard times. This skill that Gertrud learned from them became valuable during her early years in Canada. After the war, Gertrud convinced her parents to grant her permission to go to Great Britain where work was available. In Scotland, she worked for a family as a nanny. She met Harry who was working on a neighbouring farm and they soon discovered they had each found the one with whom they wanted to grow old. They were married in 1950 and their first two children, Monica and George were born there. In October of 1956 they returned to Germany briefly before boarding the ship “Arosa Sun” on May 1st, 1957 to pursue a new life in Canada. As Gertrud was carrying a baby due in less than two months, the trip was a difficult one with most of it spent being seasick. They landed in Montreal and travelled by train to Lethbridge and then to their new home in Cranford where they would work in the sugar beet fields, renting farmland for the next seven years. Ralph and Carolyn were born during their time in Cranford. They bought and moved to the farm in Tilley in February 1964 where Gertrud and Harry lived a wonderful life raising their family. Gertrud was predeceased by her loving husband Harry (November 2018), her parents Johann and Gretchen; brothers Franz, Josef, Heinrich, Rudolf and Guenther and a sister also named Gertrud who died prior to Gertrud’s birth. She will forever be remembered with love by her four children, Monica (Bill) Elder, George (Szandra) Muschiol, Ralph Muschiol, and Carolyn (Ken) Bain; grandchildren Jonathan (Faye) Muschiol, Marie (Cam) Weitz, Jordan Bain and Darin Bain; great-grandchild Lincoln Weitz; sisters-in-law Maria Schulte, Martha Schulte, Liesbeth Schulte; brother-in-law Joachim (Hildegard) Muschiol; nieces and nephews in Germany as well as special family members from Mexico and Japan. Gertrud and Harry loved to travel. They spent time in various countries in Continental Europe and the British Isles as well as Mexico and Guatemala. Gertrud was an integral part of the Tilley community. She held many roles in the St. Jude’s Altar Society. She enjoyed being a member of the Tilley Seniors Society and Tilley Country Club, and greatly valued the friendships she found there. Attending Bethany Lutheran Church gave her spiritual fulfillment. Life on the farm gave Gertrud great satisfaction, from milking the cow to collecting eggs, weeding the garden, and pickling and canning. Gertrud was an avid vegetable gardener and loved to plant and care for flowers. Above all, Gertrud was known for her hospitality, kindness, and caring to everyone she met, whether it be friends or complete strangers. She enjoyed socializing with friends and neighbours and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Family was always Grandma’s priority. She especially treasured family occasions and some of her favorite times were those spent with her grandchildren and great grandson. Gertrud could always be found baking bread or sweets. If you dropped in she invariably had a bag of goodies or delicious buns for you to take home. She will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives she touched. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 12th at 2:00 PM from Bethany Lutheran Church. Rev. Les Skonnord officiating. In memory of Gertrud, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to a charity of choice Funeral arrangements entrusted to:

    SMITH FUNERAL HOME LTD. AND CREMATORIUM

    BROOKS, ALBERTA

     

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