Arnold Ernest Schroeder, age 89, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Alberta.
Arnold was born on July 10, 1930, in Milden, Saskatchewan, to Elmer & Helene (nee Mourre) Schroeder. He was the eldest of four children. He attended Hester School until he took over the family farm with Helene at the time of his father’s passing in 1942. He continued to farm and ranch after Helene retired to Saskatoon.
At that time, he met June Hopkins and they were married in Saskatoon on October 9, 1965. They built their lives together in the Elrose/Coteau View community and enjoyed many long-lasting friendships. They welcomed two children, Marion, in 1971, and Elmer, in 1973.
The E - Ranch became a hub of extended family gatherings particularly with the Couture nieces & nephews, involving roundups, singsongs and pit barbeques. Arnold & June retired to an acreage near Stewart Valley in 1999, and later moved to Swift Current in 2013. In December 2019, Arnold moved to Calgary, Alberta, to be closer to his children and their families.
Music was an integral part of Arnold’s life. Many hours were spent with The Happy Wanderers, playing music for old time dances and seniors’ homes. Even after retiring to the acreage at Stewart Valley, and later to Swift Current, Arnold continued to provide musical entertainment with new friends.
Arnold has always been a devout Roman Catholic, volunteering much time and effort to St. Anthony’s in Forgan & Christ the Redeemer in Swift Current.
Arnold was predeceased by his wife, June, in November 2018; his parents, Elmer & Helene Schroeder; and by his sister & brother-in-law Gay & Gerry Couture.
Arnold is survived by his daughter, Marion (Robert) Church; his son, Elmer (Sharon) Schroeder; his grandchildren, Aidan, Claire, Gabrielle, Kieran, Dominic, and Callum Schroeder, and Brennan and Kellan Church; his sister, Lillian (Tom) Schroeder-McTighe; his brother, Fr. Maurice Schroeder OMI; and by the Couture family.
Funeral Prayers for Arnold Schroeder were held Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm from Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Swift Current with Rev. Msgr. Reymundo Asis presiding. The readers were Marion Church and Elmer Schroeder. Prayers were given by Val Coulter.
The Funeral Mass for Arnold Schroeder was held Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 11:00 am from Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Swift Current with Fr. Maurice Schroeder OMI and Rev. Msgr. Reymundo Asis serving as Celebrants. Mass was served by the Knights of Columbus, with Robert Church and Sharon Schroeder serving as readers. Prayers were given by Val Coulter. Mary Couture and the Couture family served as choir leader, with Albert Couture as Psalmist. Ave Maria was given by Marion Church and Elmer Schroeder. Gifts were brought by Arnold’s grandchildren. The ushers in the church were Terry Coulter, Bert Legault, Merv Caven, and Dave Keating.
Following a luncheon at the church hall, the Interment Service took place from the Elrose Cemetery, Elrose, SK with Gerry Couture, James Couture, Ed Couture, Albert Couture, Louise Smyth, and Carmen Marcoux serving as Pallbearers.
In memory of Arnold Schroeder, donations made to the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church Building Fund would be appreciated by the family.
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Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Parrish
600 Circle Drive, Swift Current SK S9H 4E1