Bertha Schoorlemmer, a long-time resident of Rycroft, AB, passed away in St. Albert, AB, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the age of 92 years.
She was born in Raalte, Holland, and spent her early years in that area. She married Herman in the spring of 1957, and together with Herman’s brother Henry and his wife Gerda, they emigrated to Canada. For several years they worked on a dairy farm in central Alberta. In 1963, they moved to the Rycroft area to establish their own dairy farm.
Bertha is characterized by her kindness, her strong work ethic, her faith, and love of her family. Children never failed to brighten her day. Many people were the recipients of her thoughtfulness and friendship.
Bertha was actively involved in the church community and was a volunteer with the Catholic Women’s League in Rycroft for many years.
After Herman died in 2003, Bertha continued to live on the farm that she loved, until the age of 91. In August 2021, she moved into the St. Albert Retirement Residence, where she passed away peacefully.
She will be sadly missed by her children: Harriet (John) Paul of Calgary, AB, Mary (David) Kaliel of Fawcett, AB, Paul (Erin) Schoorlemmer of Rycroft, AB, Harry Schoorlemmer of Calgary, AB, and Cecile Schoorlemmer of St. Albert, AB; grandchildren: Michael (Hillary) Paul, Amy (Luke) Taylor, David (Nicole) Paul, Kayla Paul, Joey (Mikaelah) Paul, Brayden (Josee) Paul, Josh and Amanda Paul, Andrew, Brett, Gregory, and Sean Kaliel, Mara, Luc, and Jon Schoorlemmer; Kale and Jaron Schoorlemmer; great-grandchildren: Dominic, Catherine, and Sophia Paul, Myah, Ava, and Lucy Taylor, Gabriel and Graham Paul, Miryam and Stella Paul, and Oliver Paul: siblings: sisters Riek and Trees and brother Ben in Holland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews in both Canada and Holland.
She was predeceased by her husband Herman; father Hermannes and mother Hendrika; grandson Marc Kaliel; brothers: Herman, Jan, Antoon; as well as sisters Anne, Tonnie, Marie, and Dinie.
A Prayer Service was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 7:00pm, at St Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Rycroft (4528 50 St.).
A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 11:00am at St Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Rycroft. Interment followed at Old Mission Cemetery.
Memorial Donations may be made to St. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church (4528 50 St, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0), or to Catholic Missions in Canada (201-1155 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M4T 1W2).