Bernard (Barney) Herman Schoettler
November 4, 1933 – January 1, 2023

On January 1, 2023, Bernard Schoettler passed away at Quill Plains Centennial Lodge in Watson, Saskatchewan. He was 89 years of age. Bernard was the first child born to Herman and Katherine (née Schueller) Schoettler on the family farm at Leroy, SK. He attended Korbel school and spent his early years working for area farmers and did some logging in British Columbia. On July 27, 1965, he married Jeanette Pfneisl and made their home in Watson, SK. Their family grew to include three children, Rodney, Jeffrey, and Bradley. As a father he included his boys in everything he did. He built decks, got in the way of carpentry work (could never cut a straight edge), landscaped many a yard, painted houses, fixed cars, you name it! A family man, every Sunday included a visit to the Schoettler farm and finished with dinner, Walt Disney, and then we rushed home for the Beachcombers. Bernard never shied away from a good time, once he started, he was all in. Known to be a daredevil and a BS’er, he liked to push equipment and his friends to the limit. Back in the day of dirt roads, there were many trips to the farm via a dirt road where we usually ended up stuck and the truck got a talking to, and eventually Bernard worked his way out. He and his brothers always debated vehicles, Bernard was GM, Uncle Clem Dodge, and Uncle Ernie Ford. This always made for some interesting discussions. He fished many northern lakes and included his boys as often as he could. He was a patrol operator for the RM of LeRoy and later foreman for the RM of Lakeside until he retired in 2001. Bernard loved his job, his roads, and the ratepayers were always a priority. Although he never made his living farming, he spent countless hours at the farm helping in any way that he could and after he retired, he helped his long-time friend Arnold Boyko with seeding and harvest. He had a fondness for a good time and knew many near and far. A great supporter of his community, Bernard served on many clubs and organizations such as the Golf Club, Curling Club, Fire department, and the Local Legion to name a few. He was an avid curler, winning many bonspiels as a skip. One year there wasn’t any room left in the house to store all the trophies. In the early days he made the ice, painted the house, helped with the draws, and still found the time to participate in the bonspiels. Golf was his game of choice in the summer as was camping and fishing with his friends and family. He helped develop the Watson golf course and spent many hours preparing it for the men’s open back in the days of sand greens. Later in life his focus was on his grandchildren and their activities, not a game or special event was missed. He and mom somehow managed to attend them all. Bernard will be loved and sadly missed by his wife Jeanette; their children and their families: Rodney (Donna) Schoettler and Cari-Lynn (Rudy Ambrosio), and Adam (Macey) and son Henry of Regina, SK; Jeffrey (Karen) Schoettler and Riley and Rachel of Peace River, AB; and Bradley (Gloria) Schoettler and Maria (Adam) Koopman and son Theo, Ryan (Shelby Jansen), and Brett (Chloe Vaughan) of Lloydminster, AB; sister Betty Burgess; sister-in-law Ramona Schoettler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bernard was predeceased by his parents Herman and Katherine Schoettler; brothers Clem, and Ernie (Grace); sisters Rosella (Ivan) Earl, and Eileen (Jerome) Rath; and brother-in-law John Burgess. The Funeral Mass was held for Bernard on Friday, January 6, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Watson, SK, celebrated by Fr. Francis Akomeah. Others taking part were: Ryan Schoettler, cross bearer; Sacred Heart Parish Choir and community members, music ministry; Gloria Schoettler and Karen Schoettler, scripture readers; Donna Schoettler, intentions; Shelby Jansen and Rachel Schoettler, gift bearers; and Cari-Lynn Schoettler and Maria Koopman, words of remembrance. Active pallbearers were: Rodney Schoettler, Jeffrey Schoettler, Bradley Schoettler, Adam Schoettler, Riley Schoettler, and Brett Schoettler, and “All those who were part of Bernard’s life,” were noted as honorary pallbearers and interment followed at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery. The memorial luncheon was held in the Sacred Heart Church Basement. Memorial donations may be directed to the Quill Plains Health Care Foundation, (PO Box 277, Watson, SK, S0K 4V0).

This Notice Is Courtesy Of
Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel - Humboldt, Saskatchewan