A Private Family Service will take place at a later date.
For those wishing, donations to Telemiracle, Ronald McDonald House, Sandra Schmirler Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
The family of Geneva Lorraine Schuler are saddened to announce her peaceful passing in Swift Current Saskatchewan, May 6, 2021 at the age of 94.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Linda of Swift Current SK and grandson Trevor (Stacey Broomfield and great-grandson Spencer) of Edmonton, AB; son Davin (Sherry) of Medicine Hat, Alberta; granddaughter Erin Kaupp (Galen, great grandchildren Emmitt, Eberley and Elliotte) of Strathmore, AB; grandson Ryan (Christine and great grandsons Graham and Eric) of Fort St John, BC, in addition to numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Vera Akister (Darrow 1964) and Edgar Akister (1965), husband Emanual (1986), brother Clarence Akister (1998), and sister Clara Strom (2018) as well as many descendants of the Darrow and Akister families, all pioneers of the White Bear area.
Geneva Lorraine Schuler was born Sept 4, 1926 in the White Bear district. She was the “middle” child of Vera and Edgar Akister, raised on their farm northeast of White Bear. Geneva valued education, achieving her Grade 12 diploma. She endured challenging conditions to attend school, including crossing the coulee on the railway trestle or riding horseback, rain, shine, or blizzard. The family moved to the settlement of White Bear in 1939. She related stories as a young woman, being employed at the CIBC in Lacadena, going to work by steam train over 11 trestles, and later as a telephone operator in White Bear. To her last day Geneva could remember various customers telephone “rings” (numbers).
Geneva married Emanual Schuler, a WWII veteran on November 1, 1947. They began operating the White Bear Post Office in 1959 and continued to do so until 1974. She was also instrumental in the family insurance business. Each year she volunteered for the community sports day, the United Church fowl supper and the “rink” concession, all of which receive generous portions of her time, potato salad, lemon and apple pies. She participated in curling and softball in her younger days. Geneva and Emanual relocated to Kindersley SK in 1974. Geneva enjoyed working as a relief clerk in the Kindersley district Saskatchewan Crop Insurance offices. Geneva was widowed in 1986.
Geneva moved to Swift Current in 1987, to assist Linda with childcare. She was an avid seamstress with a keen interest in family genealogy and history of the settlement of the White Bear area. She co-authored the history book, White Bear Memory. Geneva also volunteered at “Doc’s Town” in Swift Current and loaned items for display. She enjoyed televised curling, Blue Jays baseball, the Calgary Stampede and Rider football.
Geneva cherished her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her greatest delight was watching short videos of the great grandchildren on her iPad. She would analyse their escapades and antics endlessly never tiring of the repeated videos. Until her final days, she had a remarkable interest in world events, weather and road conditions in the communities in which her family lived and the evolving conditions related to the pandemic. She discussed with knowledge and ease, her recollections of the management of the polio epidemic and the incarnation of the flu shots. Her appreciation of news and history reflected her firm belief in Churchill’s paraphrased adage that “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As in Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way,” she continued to live fiercely independently until her passing.
At Geneva’s request no formal service will be held. A private memorial will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Geneva’s favourite charities, the Tele-Miracle, Ronald McDonald House or the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
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