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Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre

14831 28th Ave, Surrey, BC

OBITUARY

Loretta Hunt Schmidt

January 16, 1956June 12, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share the loss of our beloved Loretta who passed away on Friday June 12, 2020 after a very brief, but courageous fight against an aggressive cancer. She passed away in her home surrounded by family, music and love. Loretta was an extraordinary woman with a vibrant, beautiful, fun-loving soul.

Loretta left this world at far too young an age with still so much that she hoped to do and share with her family. Loretta was blessed in life with a most loving and devoted husband, Michael, whom she met at Lord Byng Secondary 50 years ago. They were days away from celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were a formidable pair, there wasn't anything they left undone in their life together. Their love was simply meant to be. They proudly raised three beautiful daughters, Alana, Erika and Tamara and resided in White Rock, BC.

Loretta attended Queen Mary Elementary School and Lord Byng Secondary- where she was the Class of 1974 Valedictorian. She attended UBC and received her degree in Music, before entering the Education faculty to receive her Masters. Loretta's life was dedicated to music. She was a gifted musician and spent her career teaching music to elementary school children. As a music teacher, she was actively involved in leading her students in performances, concerts and musicals. She always inspired her students to reach their fullest potential. She played her grand piano with passion and precision and completed her ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music in her late teens. She also sang in multiple choirs and played many other instruments. Her gift to others was through her love of music.

Loretta leaves behind her husband Michael and her daughters Alana (Josh), Erika (Tristan) and Tamara( Jordy), and one sister, Gloria Back (Ian). Loretta is predeceased by her parents, Olga Roberts (2012) and Bernard Roberts (1983). She also leaves behind two adoring granddaughters, Ava and Rory, who knew her as ‘Grammy’. Loretta loved more than anything being a Grammy to her two young granddaughters and played a very special role in their lives. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law Jutta (Trevor) and Esther, and brothers-in-law Ron (Linda) and Roland (Gail). In addition to her immediate family, she leaves behind many broken hearts in the Schmidt and Roberts families, and a huge circle of friends from all walks of her life.

As well as Loretta's love of family, friends and music, she loved to travel. Loretta and Mike enjoyed many cruises together, including to Mexico, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Southeast Asia and Alaska. There were also several vacations shared with her daughters for special occasions, motorhome excursions with friends and family, and many trips spent exploring beautiful British Columbia.

Our lives are better because we have been touched by the love of Loretta. She will be remembered as an incredible wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend who was dearly loved and admired by all who knew her. Loretta, we will all miss your sparkling personality, passion for music, and zest for life.

We would like to thank the Palliative Care team at the White Rock Home Health office, Dr. Collins, the many nurses, and supportive care aids. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Loretta Schmidt Memorial Bursary.

A private family gathering will be held for Loretta at this time. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date, to which anyone who knew and loved Loretta will be welcome.

Services

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

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Paul Wheaton

June 25, 2020

Uncle Mike & Cousins,
I offer the most heartfelt condolences to you all. Auntie Loretta was such a wonderful person and this news was an absolutely tragic shock that left me speechless and saddened. I have such wonderful memories of the times i was able to spend with you all...Aunt Loretta was such an amazing, joyful, & caring woman that i will always remember ever so fondly. I am so sorry for your loss it was far too soon.
Love,
Paul Wheaton

Ron & Grace DuBlanko

June 23, 2020

Dear Michael, Alana, Erika, Tamara and family members; It is with extremely sadden hearts in our family to hear the passing away of such an amazing and wonderful lady Loretta. I am (Ron) actually tearing up as I type this bereavement for everyone's loss as my/our hearts goes out to all who knew and loved Loretta. I pray for the Lord to comfort you all and put his arms around you to lift you up in the promise that we can see all our loved ones again - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.. May we all cherish the beautiful memories we have of Loretta to live on with us.
With Profound Love
Ron, Grace, Nicole, Elana & Selene

Linda Dodd

June 21, 2020

So sad to hear of the passing of your beautiful Loretta Mike. We’ll always remember your family as wonderful neighbours and friends.

With love and condolences , Paul, Linda, Katie and Beth Dodd

Lisa Kearns

June 20, 2020

Auntie Loretta has been a part of my life since I was born and it is hard to imagine a world without her big heart, beautiful smile and her graceful presence. She was always interested in what was happening in our lives and listened with her full attention. My family’s fondest memory is Christmas sing-alongs led by our beloved musical director. Loretta, we will sing together again to honour you but you and your voice are irreplaceable and you will be dearly missed. Love Lisa and family.

Dorothy Reid

June 20, 2020

I met Loretta through our shared neighbourhood, and it has been a privilege and a blessing. She had a spirited laugh and a joyful presence, and always showed a genuine interest in others. Loretta’s friendly nature shone and she always gave her time for a chat whenever paths were crossed on the trail, at the corner or at one of our earlier days neighbourhood ‘Moms’ gatherings. She shared stories of her daughters achievements, her adventures and family, and recently of course of her precious grandchildren.

To Loretta’s husband, daughters and loved ones I offer my deepest sympathy for your unimaginable loss.

With Condolences,
Dorothy Reid and Family

Jasbir Sekhon

June 20, 2020

Very sorry to hear of Loretta's passing. It has been a few years since I last met Loretta in the school setting. I remember her as a very positive colleague who had much passion for music and life. She always took the time to share how the girls were doing with much pride and joy. Wishing you comfort. Jasbir Sekhon

Cathy and Dave Maines

June 19, 2020

Loretta was a very kind and friendly person. We were privilege to get to know her through Schmidt family gatherings and she always made a point to chat and catch up with us. She would laugh with all the humour at these occasions from Mike and his family and her eyes sparkled and her smile was contagious. Loretta was a gifted and special lady full of energy and fun. We remember the year when she played the piano at a family occasion we were invited to and we all sang. Our hearts go out to Mike and the family. She will be sorrowfully missed.

With love, Dave and Cathy


Kathy Dahle

June 19, 2020

Dear Loretta
We will miss your beautiful smile, your contagious laugh, your much felt presence, your musical voice. You have left a hole in our lives which will be filled with precious memories.
You are loved❤️

Allan Hansell

June 19, 2020

Although Louise's and my family only met Loretta at a few happy occasions, we all could tell what a beautiful soul she had. Actually, we knew she must have been a wonderful woman and mother, the day we met Erika. Saddened at your loss, love Allan Louise and family.

Donna Smith

June 19, 2020

A beautiful woman, a beautiful person, a beautiful soul. Loretta always made you feel welcome.
Visits usually included an adventure with Ava and Rory of some sort and always music - piano, a sing a long, or just listening – so fun to be a part of. Thank you for sharing your family and thank you for sharing your world. Your energy always brought a smile to my face and your memories will continue to as well. You will be deeply missed. Love to all the family.

FROM THE FAMILY