Thelma Elizabeth Schaller

29 July, 19354 April, 2021

We are saddened to announce the passing of Thelma (Dowling) Schaller, peacefully at Harbourstone in Sydney. She was born July 29th, 1935 to the late Albert and Rosella Dowling of Louisbourg.

Thelma married George Schaller on November 6th, 1957, and raised six loving children in Sydney Forks. With her husband, Thelma enjoyed volunteering her time with the Knights of Columbus and Meals on Wheels. She would later become a member of Legion Branch 12 and continued her volunteer commitment with the Comfort Fund and Poppy Campaign.

Thelma was cherished by her loving children, Colette Schaller- Beaton (Ken), George Schaller, Albert Schaller (Debbie), Gordie Schaller (Nancy), and Elizabeth Schaller-MacDonald; son-in-law Eugene Gillis, blessed with her grandchildren Kendra and Jeffery Beaton, Courtney Gilbert and Ryan Schaller, Kyle and Joel Schaller, Bradley and Tessa Gillis, and Holly, Gordon, and Ethan Schaller; four beautiful great-grandchildren Abby, Emily, Rory Gilbert, and Cian Schaller; brothers Albert Dowling (Vonnie) and Gordon Dowling (Vonda), along with many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband George; devoted daughter Ellen Gillis; her adored sisters Vera Threewit (Charles) and Vivian Herritt, and many brother and sister-in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. On behalf of the Schaller family, we wish to thank the staff of Harbourstone for their dedication and compassion. A funeral service will take place at a later date. Memories and condolences can be left for the family by visiting


  • Colette Schaller- Beaton (Ken), Daughter
  • George Schaller, Son
  • Albert Schaller (Debbie), Son
  • Gordie Schaller (Nancy), Son
  • Elizabeth Schaller-MacDonald, Daughter
  • Eugene Gillis, Son-in-law
  • Jeffery Beaton, Grandchild
  • Kendra Beaton, Grandchild
  • Courtney Gilbert, Grandchild
  • Ryan Schaller, Grandchild
  • Joel Schaller, Grandchild
  • Kyle Schaller, Grandchild
  • Tessa Gillis, Grandchild
  • Bradley Gillis, Grandchild
  • Ethan Schaller, Grandchild
  • Holly Schaller, Grandchild
  • Gordon Schaller, Grandchild
  • Abby Gilbert, Great Grandchild
  • Emily Gilbert, Great Grandchild
  • Rory Gilbert, Great Grandchild
  • Cian Schaller, Great Grandchild
  • Albert Dowling (Vonnie), Brother
  • Gordon Dowling (Vonda), Brother
  • Albert & Rosella Dowling, Parents (deceased)
  • George, Husband (deceased)
  • Ellen Gillis, Daughter (deceased)
  • Vera Threewit (Charles), Sister (deceased)
  • Vivian Herritt, Sister (deceased)
  • Thelma is also survived bymany nieces and nephews.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Thelma Elizabeth Schaller

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Colette Schaller-Beaton

9 April 2021

Mom and Bid.

Colette Schaller-Beaton

9 April 2021

When mom was in her early 70’s she decided she wanted to learn how to use a computer . She bought herself a laptop and she learned how to check emails and read the paper and then ..,,, I made her a Facebook account She loved having old friends reach out and she loved seeing pictures of family and friends. This picture was a fun night we had playing with her computer. I love you Mom and I am so proud of you

Raymond and Rosemarie Schaller

8 April 2021

Raymond and I are wishing you all strength at this very sad time Thelma was a sweet kind caring loving Mom and Aunt.....Thelma was always welcoming to all that she met and you could just tell by her beautiful smile and that little twinkle in her beautiful eyes that she so enjoyed having company and you never left her house without a cup of tea and some food it could be a sandwich or a full course meal whatever time you happened to drop by. She has the sweetest laugh and the nicest voice I so enjoyed talking with Thelma. You know our time and our lives can take a person on a different path and visits and just being around our families and extended families changes.....but kind loving memories of a person like Thelma always stay in our hearts. Good bye for now Aunt Thelma you will never be forgotten and we will see you again in our next life.

Elliott Siteman

8 April 2021

I am saddened to read of Thelma's death. Having known her since I was 7 (so a long time) I knew her to be a generous, loving person. She always let me pick a few lilacs from the bush in front of the old house so that I could take them home to my mother. I grieve with the family as they begin to live their lives without Thelma's physical presence. May the hope of the Easter Gospel be yours now and always. Blessings, Elliott+

Lloyd MacNeil

8 April 2021

To George and family, please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom.

Kevin Cooke

8 April 2021

Sorry for your loss she was a very friendy lady she will be missed by all RIP

Staff of Regional Chiropractic

8 April 2021

George and Family: Sending sincere condolences to you in the passing of your beloved Mother. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Victor Power

7 April 2021

Al and Family,
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.

Jim & Pauline Siteman

7 April 2021

We have fond memories of Thelma especially in the early days when we first moved to Schaller Drive.
She was very kind and caring.
Sincere condolences to all her family.
Jim & Pauline

Ann & Bill Dares

7 April 2021

Sorry to hear about Thelma Passing. You are in Our Thought and Prayers at this most Sad & Diffiicult Time.
Ann & Bill Dares

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