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Born: Feb 19, 1937

Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2020

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February 19, 1937 - April 27, 2020

In the early morning of April 27, 2020, after a brief time with cancer, Lilly Polnau (nee Schmidt) passed into the arms of her Lord and Saviour.
She was a teacher by profession and continued to provide life lessons until the end. "Step" is not used in our family; she was our mom, and grandmother.
A private interment has taken place. A Celebration of Life will happen at a later time.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Ever since the early 1980s, when she welcomed me into their home for several consecutive summers, aunt Lilly was like a caring mother to me. One of my favourite memories was how she meticulously displayed a 4 course Picknick on a deserted island where we stopped for lunch while uncle Art, aunt Lilly and myself were fishing at Jessika Lake. She will be missed by my wife Dorothy, daughter Devyn and myself. Berni Plett. - Posted by: Berni Plett (Nephew) on: May 07, 2020

  • We always appreciated Lilly's effort to come to Coaldale and Calgary every year to visit us. She did all she could to keep family connections going. We saw Lilly last at her brother's funeral in Calgary in December, 2019 and once again she always graced us with her wit, stories, and wisdom. She can now see her brother Len Schmidt and the rest of the Schmidt clan in glory. Mom and I will miss her a lot. Helen and Ken Matis - Coaldale Alberta, May 06, 2020 - Posted by: Ken Matis , son of Helen Matis (nee Schmidt) ( Lilly's father, Peter Schmidt and my grandfather Rudolf Schmidt were brothers) on: May 06, 2020

  • Lilly was a huge influence to many teenage girls back in the '70s in Vancouver. She not only taught Sunday School faithfully for years, but she opened up her home to us and gave us fun social opportunities. She taught us to sing and to serve in the church. She was an important mentor to me personally at a pivotal point in my life. I have always given her credit for the spiritual influence she had on me. - Posted by: Elfie Wiens (Friend) on: May 02, 2020

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