As you are biting into your next piece of Kuchen, or gooey cinnamon buns, you may be reminded of Phyllis Schorr. On November 15, 2014 Phyllis Marie Schorr (Franz) started her eternal life where she is joined by her perfect “blue skirt waltz” dance partner David Schorr. Her spirit is carried on by her: twelve children, twenty three grandchildren, one great grandchild, five siblings and extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life.
A pioneer in recycling and composting; years ahead of her time. She was not only skilled in baking but also in child rearing. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids; who loving refer to her as Grandma, Nana and Little Grandma. Whether it was hitching a ride on the grey hound, jet setting to White Horse or even traveling by boat; she was always there. Proudly attending concerts, dance recitals, performances, and hockey games or being a last minute baby sitter. Her maternal talent extended beyond her own children to her grandchildren, family, friends and even strangers. Her words of wisdom or advice usually started with “well we didn’t worry about that back in my day.” During her 74 years she has taught us many life lessons. Here are a few we would like to share:
1. The need for clarification: for example when your husband says he has always wanted a large family it is best to get the exact number…..12?
2. The importance of delegation: There was no reason the older children could not care for the younger ones;
3. Take time to enjoy the things you love, whether that it is going to a movie, a concert, ballet “thunder from down under,” plays or clapping and singing to Fiddler on the Roof;
4. The importance of a good glass of wine or coconut rum;
5. There is always more than one use for a yogurt container;
6. You are never too old to try new things or go to Vegas;
7. Have your cake and eat it too … even if it is for breakfast;
8. Never be without a Kleenex and never worry about leaving them behind;
9. You are never too old to start a new career (even if it is a paper route which she start in her 60’s, had more than 1 route and did up to the week she passed);
10. There is nothing wrong with a little vanity. As mom always said “you got our beauty from me and your brains from dad”;
11. Always celebrate special occasions: After 12 kids, endless homemade birthday cakes, Easter cakes and family dinners - you would think she would be all baked out…but she wasn’t; and
12. Always remember things are cheaper by the dozen!
Left to honor her memory are her twelve children: Patsy Stehr (Eugine Stehr) Robert Schorr (Kaye Cano), Bruce Schorr, Donna Lee Lawson (Andrew Lawson), Rhonda Fur (John Fur), Tony Schorr, Stacey Schorr,(Claude Paquin) Stephanie Schorr (Lee Malanchuk), Becky Schorr (Glen Henderson), Mandy Lehr (Scott Lehr), Cassandra McKillop
(Michael McKillop), Michealene Hillis (Kevin Hillis) twenty three grandchildren: Nathan Stehr, Thomas Stehr, Jonathan Stehr, Hunter Cano, Chealsey Cano , Samantha Romeril , Spencer McNamara, Payton Lawson, Harrison Lawson, Jeroen Lawson, Alyssa Fur, Robyn-Lynn Fur, Emila Schorr, Barrett Furchner, Kaleigh Henderson, Rowan Henderson, Meranda Lehr, Niklas Lehr, Markus Lehr, Cody Hillis, Gage Hillis, Colt Hillis, Allie Hillis; one great grandchild: Ty Romeril; five siblings: Morley Franz, Alec Franz, Josephine Good, Deloris Los, Bonita Franz and Beverley Viduk.
A celebration of life will be held in Elkwater as it is a place that was special to her and her family. Having spent many fond memories there over the years. It will be held at the Elkwater Hall 318 4 Ave. Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 pm. A public viewing will be held at PATTISON FUNERAL HOME Thursday November 20, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, Palliative Care (cheques payable to MH&D Health Foundation) 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, T1A 4H6 or online at www.InYourCommunity.ca or to the Canadian Cancer Society #102 Crestwood Square One, 1865 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z8. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Phyllis Schorr.
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