Annemarie Gertrude Schulmeister
August 15, 1932 – June 19, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, and friend, Annemarie Schulmeister (nee Forster). Annemarie passed away with grace and dignity on Friday, June 19, 2020 with her three children by her side at the age of 87 years.
Annemarie was born on August 15, 1932 in Kapfenberg, Austria. While her childhood was marred by living through World War II, she had a loving family, she enjoyed school, and participated in many different sports, especially skiing, which was her passion. Truly ahead of her time, she went on to obtain a business degree, after which she secured an accounting job in a produce factory. It was there that she met her future husband Karl. They decided that post-war Europe was not the place that would give their family opportunity, and so Karl left for Canada with his parents, she joining him a year later, in 1954. They were married in Calgary on June 18, 1954, and had many happy years together, raising their family, loving their grandkids, traveling, and enjoying life together until Karl’s passing in 2004.
Annemarie was an amazing woman, a loving mother and grandmother. She did her best at everything. She was incredibly smart and knew so much about so many things. She was the person that we all went to for advice, as well as comfort, whenever we needed it. Her son-in-law and daughters-in-law will agree that she was the best mother-in-law. Never judging, never interfering, never an unkind word, always there to help. She cherished each of her grandchildren and was so thrilled when her great-granddaughter arrived 2 years ago. She loved every minute that baby sat on her lap and played with her jewelry.
Annemarie was a strong woman. She exercised every day for as long as we can remember, and always took care of the body she was given. It was this strength that got her through five different episodes of cancer, as well as a ruptured brain aneurysm, and the stroke that followed that in 2014. She was an inspiration of healthy living for all of us.
Annemarie moved into Evanston Grand Village, a senior’s supportive living facility, in 2014 following her stroke. There she became a favorite resident, always kind and undemanding to the staff, and making some great friends, especially Pat, Elfriede, and Erna. We know they will miss her.
She is survived by her children, Bernie (Heather) Schulmeister, Lori (Robert) Montanini, and Derek (Susan) Schulmeister, as well as nine grandchildren, Lisa (Patrick) Briscoe, Kristen (Ramin) Sobbi, Mark (Juliann) Montanini, Melanie, Joyce, Anthony, and Terri-Ann (Patrick) Schulmeister, along with their mother Brenda, and Danielle and Matthew Schulmeister, as well as one precious great-granddaughter, Emma Briscoe. Annemarie was preceded in death by her husband Karl, and her parents, Edgar and Karoline Forster, as well as several siblings.
She was an amazing mother, the best, and a devoted and kind grandmother. She would do anything for any of us. We were so lucky to have her as our mother, and our children were blessed to have her as their grandmother. Words cannot describe how much we loved and respected her, and how much we will all miss her, but we are happy that she is now at peace.
The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care she received in her later years at Evanston Grand Village, and at Agape Hospice in her final days.
A Private Service will be held due to current COVID-19 restrictions
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Annemarie Gertrude Schulmeister
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Monica Huybregts (Spiegl)
June 25, 2020
Dear Bernie, Lori, Derek & families,
Oh, the wonderful memories I have of your mom, grandmother and great-grandmother! My parents entrusted her and her husband as my godparents. I could not have had a more loving couple to influence my childhood, teen & young adult life. A large part of my special memories are about her & how much of an inspiration she was to me. I always knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps working in the accounting field. I remember how special she made me feel on my birthdays, at Easter & Christmas as she presented me with the most thoughtful gifts a little girl could receive. My first Barbie (I saved it for my little girl), frilly babydoll pyjamas (when I really needed a new sweater) & over the years all those Nancy Drew books (which I am sure amounted to the full series available at the time). Also special was when we came to visit at the Capitol Hill house, she let me sleep in their big bed when it got too late for us little ones. I was mesmerized by the smell of her perfume & the beautiful crystal decanters on her dresser. Playing at this house as kids was a sight to behold! Not a word was said about us spreading each & every toy, book, game and stuffy all over the bedroom, down the hallway & partly into the kitchen! We only had to clean up when it was time for us to sleep while our parents played those never-ending Canasta card games. I think I can recall every cold trip home in the wee hours of the morning. It was always a pleasure to be invited over for Sunday dinner. The food & baking she prepared & how she presented it on fine china & linens was so elegant. Both my mother and myself have many of her baking recipes. I do remember once when she must not have felt like cooking for the big crowd... we were introduced to, wait for this... Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken!!! It became our family picnic fare on many joint trips to the Zoo, Bowness Park and Banff after Sunday Mass. We too will this wonderful lady. -Monica & Fred-
June 24, 2020
Dear Bernie, Lori and Derek and all of your families, my family extends are deepest sympathies for the loss of your Mother. Whether it was are times together in Capital Hill or later in Edgemont we were all the better for knowing her. The smell in the kitchen, her infectious smile and laugh made us feel welcome. May God comfort you at this time
Evelyn, Colleen and Chad Schober.
June 23, 2020
We met Annemarie on only a couple of occasions, but she made a strong and lasting impact on us. She was a wonderfully thoughtful and wise listener and conversationalist. She was kindhearted and considerate of others. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Ed and I are grateful to have met Annemarie. We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy on her passing to the entire Schulmeister family.
With our love,
Margaret and Ed
June 23, 2020
Love you so much Grandma. I will miss you and will cherish all memories I had with you.
June 22, 2020
We'll miss you Mom!
Bernie & Heather