Elsie (Schabert) Schaffrick

March 18, 1944 - March 22, 2023
March 27, 2023 16 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers
Elsie (Schabert) Schaffrick passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2023 after an illness of a few hours was the final challenge ending many years of congestive heart failure.
Born on March 18, 1944 to Fred & Emma Schabert of rural Westlock, Alberta, Elsie was quickly given much responsibility & authority as the firstborn of 5.  This leadership served her well during a lengthy teaching career.  Covering a variety of grades, she focused on English language arts and also pursued her Master's of Education degree as a mature student.  She enjoyed meeting former star pupils who expressed appreciation for the attention to detail she had facilitated.
Later in life, Elsie discovered the absorbing hobby of quilling, making close friends at the West End Sr's Quirky Quillers.  (Exacting twirls & curlicues of small strips of paper intricately placed to create unique works of art.)  The group also travelled by cruise and to a large conference.  Throughout her life, Elsie was an eager late night reader and an avid gardener, coaxing lush greenery and beautiful flowers to grow both indoors and out.
Elsie accepted Jesus as her Lord very late in life, and appears to have eagerly taken His hand to enter the eternal occasion of another favourite activity: visiting and feasting at family celebrations.
She is lovingly remembered by many, including her husband of 58 years Willbert, children William and Lisa (Brennan), sister-in-law Edith, siblings Hilda (Emil), Alex (Linda), Herb (Heidi), and Linda (Colin).  Ervin, other cousins and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families were also all treasured by Elsie.
Charities suggested for your consideration are the Heart Fund & your local Mental Health Supports.
A service sharing our memories of Elsie will be held Monday, April 3 at 12 noon at Edmonton's Trinity Lutheran Church.  (10014 - 81 Avenue)
We would love to see you in person to clasp your hand or share a hug.
Please give consideration of limited closest onsite parking to those with limited mobility.
If simpler for you, those wishing to view the service via live-stream can do so by accessing the following link: https://www.youtube.com/live/bwIb0ck6eHc?feature=share
  1. Praying peace and comfort for all of you. The obituary was beautifully written.

  2. Dear Uncle Will, Bill and Lisa,

    We are so sorry about Auntie Elsie’s passing. We enjoyed her company and the way she brought people together, especially through the many gatherings that she held at her home. We will always remember her colorful personality and her great ability to be connected with everyone in the family.

    Conversations about her love of owls, crafting, cooking, gardening, and school, along with the music concerts will be remembered. Also, many wonderful memories outdoors and around the fire will be cherished.

    We know that this is a difficult time and our thoughts are with you.

    Hilda & Emil, and
    Lori, Delicia, Vince, Raya, Alana, Joseph & Mitchell

  3. I am brokenhearted to have to say goodbye to Elsie. She was such a giving and talented individual. She will be SO missed.
    Will, Bill and Lisa I send my love.

    May the stars carry your sadness away,
    May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
    May hope forever wipe away your tears,
    And, may silence make your strong.

  4. Dear Will, Bill and Lisa,

    I am so saddened to hear of Elsie’s passing. Having only met the whole
    family only once with my Aunt Lydia 15 years ago . . I have such a vivid
    memory of everyone. Elsie was so kind and happy to meet us as we were
    meeting all of you. I am happy I have that memory. My prayers are with the
    whole family.
    Much love,
    Cousin Judi Chambers (Schaffrick)

  5. Elsie will be missed, even though she wasn’t well she took the time to call and leave a message on my phone Mar. 20, wishing me a Happy Birthday, our birthdays were close. We spent a lot of time together at the Senior Center Quilling where she also taught Quilling techniques to beginners in our group. She did quill some of the most beautiful art.

    I had the priest say a mass in my church for Elsie. May she rest in peace.

  6. Elsie was one of the original and very talented quillers. She organized many of our annual projects and was always welcoming and willing to help newcomers. It was great to see her at our annual Christmas Celebration in December. I will miss her quiet and thoughtful presence our Friday afternoon gatherings. Rest In Peace, dear friend!

  7. We are saddened by Elsie’s passing. Elsie was always kind and supportive of my late wife Erna. (Shabert) and myself thru the years and for that I will be forever thankful.
    Ron, Christopher and Walker Eagleston

  8. My condolances Will. It was a great meeting when you and Elsie got together. I know you will miss her. Your family and friends are here for you

    George & Nancy Pon

  9. Hi, Will and family
    I have just stumbled upon the notice of Elsie’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Our meetings over these last years have been scattered but I always was happy to see you both. Take care and may your memories sustain you.

  10. Meeting Elsie a short while ago was a true honor. She had such a dynamic and warm personality. Her care for others and especially for students and education was heartfelt. She had such a green thumb and the most beautiful Christmas cactus ever! I am so incredibly sorry for your tremendous loss Will. Condolences to you and your children.

  11. Our condolences to Will and family from his cousins in Oliver, B.C.

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Elsie’s passing and wish to extend our condolences to Willibert and the entire family.

    Elsie’s parents, her dad being mom’s cousin, sponsored our immigration to Canada in 1949. We lived on their yard for most of our first year. Elsie and her sister, Hilda, were my first playmates in Canada.

    Our the years we were at family functions together and have fond memories of Elsie.

    Condolences from Lottie and Gerhard Wichmann, Gary and Harold Pansegrau, Irene and Brian Roth.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Our heartfelt, deepest condolences Will and family. Elsie was a treasure and had a wonderful way of making one feel warm and welcome in her presence. The service was lovely and so befitting of Elsie. God Bless you all.

  14. So sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing. It was a privilege to have known her through her time with Will as a Master Composter volunteer with the City of Edmonton’s Waste Management program. Many condolences to the family.

  15. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you, Will, and your entire family in the passing of Elsie. I remember her with such fondness, always with a smile and a kind word.

    Growing up as cousins from my Mom’s side of the family, we spent many happy times visiting with each other’s families. In adult life, we became related from my Dad’s side of my family as well, and enjoyed many memorable times at family functions. Elsie will always hold a special spot in my heart.

    May it be of some comfort to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    David and Marlene Hitesman

  16. Our deepest condolences in the loss of Elsie. We were away for her funeral and I have watched her service on live-streaming. The eulogies were heartfelt and showed Elsie’s love of her family, extended family, and her community activities. I will always remember our conversations when the opportunity presented that we were at the same function. Elsie showed her kind and caring nature and it was always so nice to visit and exchange stories and a few laughs. Elsie will be missed by so many. So very sad that she is not here with us.

    Don and Rita Walker

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