Obituary of Gail Ardith Schoff
Gail Ardith Schoff
1945 - 2023
Gail Ardith (Rider) Schoff was born in Stettler in 1945. She passed away suddenly on December 21, 2023.
Gail was raised on the farm near Boss Hill by Buffalo Lake, the second youngest of 5 children. Growing up on the farm, she helped with chores, acquiring a love of animals which could be seen throughout her life - from her activity in 4H as a youth to feeding baby calves and filling her bird feeders in later years.
Gail started her school attendance by walking a mile to Skybo School. When it closed, she went to Up-To-Date School, then Donalda, and finished school at Stettler High School. She went on to the University of Alberta for Nursing Aide training.
Her love of traveling started with a working vacation to New Zealand with one of her fellow Nursing Aides after graduation. She continued to camp and travel with her husband, Ted, when they had the opportunity.
Gail married Ted Schoff on March 9, 1968. They built a welcoming home together on their farm east of Bashaw. Many evenings were spent visiting and playing games with friends and family while raising their children. She spent countless hours transporting and supporting her 3 children, Trevor, Norine and April, in extracurricular activities. In more recent years she became a loyal fan at many of her grandchildren’s sporting events, Christmas concerts, etc. Gail enjoyed curling for many years and was also an avid fan of watching it on TV.
Gail became good friends with the other women in the neighborhood. She was an empathetic listener and the confidant of many. She loved and supported her community in many ways.
She was an accomplished sewer and crafter; she could make her kids clothes and construct a Christmas ornament on the same day. Gail was an avid gardener. She put a lot of energy into raising and storing vegetables for the winter. She loved flowers and kept a large yard with several beautiful flower beds.
Gail was a kind, caring person, who loved her family very much. She will be missed by many and leaves a legacy of integrity, strong work ethic and love with her family. She was good at many things but will be remembered most as being a great wife, mother and grandmother.
Gail is survived by her husband Frederick (Ted), children Trevor (Joanne), Norine Ambrose (Glenn Siewert), and April Kurtz (Paul); grandchildren Jessie Vredegoor (Tyler), Ben Ambrose, Tristan, Julia and Jason Schoff, Kami Harris (Mitchell), Kyra Kurtz (Hayden), Kodi Comin (Spencer), Keyli Berry (Morgan), and Connor Siewert. By her siblings Diane Hay, Gary Rider (Sharon) and Dale Rider; as well as 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many dear friends.
Gail is predeceased by parents Percy and Astrid Rider; brother Ron Rider, and sisters-in-law Sophie Rider, Flo Rider and Linda Rider, and brother-in-law Mel Hay.
A Celebration Of Life
Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2:00 P.M.
Bashaw Community Centre, Bashaw, Alberta
Donations in memory of Gail are gratefully accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society, STARS, Bashaw United Church or to a charity of your choice.
Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium
5117 50 Street
Veteran, Consort and areas
5018 Royal Street
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