A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Obituary of Herman Dietrich Schwenk
Herman Dietrich Schwenk was born in Innisfail, Alberta on March 7, 1931. He was the first child of Eugene and Doris Schwenk followed by three sisters Evelyn, Sonja and Alberta. Herman grew up just outside of Sundre, Alberta before the family moved to the Talbot area in 1947.
Herman graduated from the Olds School of Agriculture in 1951 with a diploma in Practical Agriculture. At the age of 21 Herman moved back to Talbot where he began farming on a half section of rented land.
Herman met the love of his life, Marcella Seredynski, in 1957 and married at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Calgary on August 9, 1958. Together they raised 7 children, Anne, Stephen, Helen, Peter, Philip, Edward and Michael.
His farm is now being operated by the third generation. Herman began growing grain and had a small cattle herd. The farm now includes feedlot production. Herman enjoyed operating equipment and was still running a swather and combine in his 80’s.
Herman began writing an opinion column in the local East Central Alberta Review newspaper in 2003. He was involved with more than 20 various boards, task forces and advisory committees for over 70 years where he often served as president, vice president or director. He was president of Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations, Coronation Federated Co-op and the Paintearth Gas Co-op. He was also a delegate to the Alberta Wheat Pool, Alberta Cattle Commission, the Alberta Energy and Utility board, the Clean Air Strategic Alliance and served on the Catholic Church parish councils to name just a few.
On March 13, 2021, after 90 years, Herman Dietrich Schwenk completed his earthly journey. Herman was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Doris. Herman is survived by his wife Marcella of 62 years; children: Anne (Andrew) Goodwin, Helen (Stephen) Dewolfe,Stephen (Lori) Schwenk, Peter (Connie) Schwenk, Philip (Deena) Schwenk,Edward Schwenk and Michael (Gail) Schwenk; fourteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; sisters: Evelyn Stoltz, Sonja Smith and Alberta (Bob) Vigen; as well as several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. He touched so many during his life and will be greatly missed.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on
Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM
in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish and interment following
in the Coronation Cemetery.
Mass will also be live webcast and accessed by visiting www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
and clicking on Herman’s obituary.
Donations in memory of Herman are gratefully accepted to
the Paintearth Lodge, Box 209, Castor, AB T0C0X0 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium
5117 50 Street
Veteran, Consort and areas
5018 Royal Street
Coronation, AB | T0C 1C0}