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Official Obituary of

Connie May Schmidt

December 24, 1951 ~ March 27, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Connie Schmidt Obituary

Connie May Schmidt of Blackfalds, Alberta was born on December 24, 1951  in Vulcan, Alberta. Although Connie had physical concerns over the prior year, she passed away March 27, 2024 after a sudden decline in her health. Her son, Nick was by her side as she was welcomed into heaven. She was only 72 years old. 

Connie always said “everything happens for a reason”, and she believed in that wholeheartedly. Although difficult for us to understand at this time, Connie’s sudden decline actually was more suited to the wishes of her way to die. Connie’s life did not come to an end with her death. Her legacy will be honoured by family and friends living their lives to the fullest. 

Born and raised in Vulcan, Connie was the youngest of four siblings. Connie liked to say, her mom and dad “stopped [having children] when they reached perfection”. 

Family she is with again;

In heaven with God, Connie joins her father and mother, Emil and Lillie (Sim) Schmidt, her sister Fay Ross (Schmidt) (Arden and Annabelle Ross), and her nephew Donald “Donnie” Myers. All of whom she was so proud to always talk about. 

Family and friends saddened to see her go so soon;

Connie is survived by her only child, Nick Schmidt, his common-law wife Jenna Elphick, and their three children, Benjamin (13), Lily (11), and Abigail (7). She is also survived by her sister, Fern Myers (Schmidt) (Stuart Myers - deceased), and her brother, Robert “Bob” Schmidt. Connie will be missed by her surviving niece, Cindi Clare (Rick Timcke) (Fay and Arden Ross’ daughter), and her nephew Doug (Joan) Schmidt. Connie will also be sorely missed by her “niece”, Kerri (Ed) Marshall (daughter of Lloyd and Jane Kobi - noted below). Kerri had lived with Connie for a time during Kerri’s late teen years, and was often joked as being Connie’s “adopted” daughter. Children of Cindi, Doug, and Kerri, and their children will also miss Auntie Connie

Connie had an interesting employment history that ranged from stock yards, telephone operator, accounts/payable, to night security. Most notably, she worked over a decade at Deermart Equipment in Red Deer. Her last job was security. Her favourite part of security was seeing people every day, and hoped to leave them with a smile. She even made close friends with those simple interactions. That’s the kind of person she was. 

Digging in the flower bed, sitting outside, bare foot, drinking Pepsi (with lots of ice), and watching storm clouds was probably Connie’s favourite way to pass the time. She loved the sound of rain on a tin roof, watching a movie or a TV show (probably NCIS). Prior to it being sold, Connie’s favourite place to be was out at “her” cousin’s, Jane (Lloyd - Deceased) Kobi’s farm near Byemoor, AB. Jane will miss Connie, but knows she’s with her cousin in heaven. 

Connie loved to visit people. Going to the Kobi farm, meeting her sister in Fort Benton, Montana, seeing her niece anywhere in BC, or surprising Nick at Sea “Cad-idiot” camp. Connie would be there. Being from small town Alberta, driving to get somewhere was no big deal for Connie. It may be that trips seemed shorter with her driving and her lead foot. 

Connie was always up for a chat, and always had a good story to share. Sometimes it was the same story you had heard before. During her final stay at the hospital, the nurses let it slip that they had caught themselves having “girls nights” in her room, just talking when it was quiet. Towards the end, the stories became less accurate, but they were still entertaining. 

In the best way possible, Connie was known to be a bit much to handle. Connie was strong-willed, had a bit of a stubborn streak, and a great sense of humour. She was nice enough to pass those traits on to her son. 

Connie was a lady of incredible core values. She was honest to a fault, trustworthy, empathetic, and forgiving. Connie was the epitome of a strong single parent as she largely raised Nick without any support from family. Unfortunately due to circumstances not in her control, unnamed family members had outcast her for over 23 years. With her nature and understanding of the Lord’s forgiveness, Connie had reached out many times to try and make amends, but it was not reciprocated. In Connie’s final weeks, she had expressed to remaining family, that the others hadn’t cared if she lived or died. Connie passed with the support of Nick, remaining family, and friends, encouraging that her physical and emotional pain would be over. 

Connie never wavered in her commitment of being an amazing mother. She made it to almost every event to support Nick (and Jenna). So much so that in 2017, Connie was convinced she was going to take an ambulance from Edmonton to Lethbridge to attend Nick’s graduation from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement training. Connie had a severe heart attack a few months prior, and was still in hospital. Luckily she didn’t have to fight any nurses, and was actually discharged a few days before the event. 

Connie and her predeceased Uncle, Jack Schmidt were the family history buffs. It was only two days after her passing, family once again wished they could call on her for her history knowledge. Luckily, it seems Connie may have passed that keen interest on to her grandson, Ben. 

Connie had an active role in the lives of her grandchildren. Abby has become famous for faking sick at school so “Gamma” would come pick her up so they could go for “yunch”. Along with his love of history, Connie was also Ben’s biggest supporter, a believed he could do anything. Lily and Grandma were incredibly close, and Lily would even drop activities with friends to spend time with her. Each kid loved when it was their turn to have a solo sleepover at Grandma’s. They usually turned into a multi-night stays, with movies and Dairy Queen “Eats & Treats”. 

Connie was kind, and cared for any living creature… except snakes. Connie’s pets were very dear to her heart. Her cats, Binx and Mr. Ruffleberry have stayed behind with close friends. However; her most recent dogs, Buster and Abby are on a long walk with her now. 

The family wishes to sincerely thank the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre staff for their endless care and attention to Connie (anytime she visited). In her final weeks Connie made several mentions of how happy she was to be at that hospital, and how amazing the staffs were with her. Her son, Nick can also not express enough thanks for the support he received from staff during the final heartbreaking days and moments of Connie’s amazing life. 

Should you feel so inclined, memorial donations can be sent to her son Nick (conniemay1951memorial@gmail.com). Nick will then forward those donations to the Lacombe Health Trust (formerly Lacombe Hospital Foundation) as a single donation in Connie’s name. In the waiting room of the Lacombe Hospital Emergency Department, there is a Donation Wall “tree”, that Connie always appreciated. We are hoping that we can “earn” Connie a leaf on the tree. 

Connie rarely spoiled herself, but on a trip to BC last year, she bought two dresses. She didn’t know what she would wear them for, but she was very proud. Unfortunately, an occasion never came. On March 29, 2024, Connie’s body was cremated wearing one of those dresses. In typical Connie fashion, there will be not be a super formal ceremony, but a memorial will be held later this spring or summer, after some of her ashes have been scattered by her grandkids. We will notify friends and family with plans, when they become available.

 

 

 

 

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