Leo Schmid
Age 74 Years

Leo John Schmid
October 27, 1940 – October 1, 2015

    Mr. Leo John Schmid of Watson, SK, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday, October 1, 2015.  He was 74 years of age.  Leo was born on October 27, 1940, to Frank and Amelia “Molly” (nee Knafelc) Schmid in Hamer’s Nursing Home at Watson.  He attained his elementary education at Rose Bush and Iron Spring rural schools, and his secondary education at Sacred Heart High School.  After graduating, Leo worked in construction, and then as a partner with Schmid Industries and Four Brothers.  Eventually, he went on his own as Schmid Industries, where he built cabinets and church pews until his retirement in 2009.  Over the years, Leo was a member of the Watson Chamber of Commerce, the Sacred Heart Parish Council, and the Knights of Columbus, both with the 3rd. Degree Sacred Heart Council and the 4th. Degree Abbot Severin Gertken Assembly.  In addition, he pursued his interests in woodworking, stained glass, researching local history, hockey, and “going to coffee row”.  Although he did take a couple of trips to visit family, he much preferred staying in Watson, his favorite corner of the world.  “Next time you see a piece of paper fly by, it’s Leo saying Hello.”  Leo is survived by three sisters and five brothers:  Dolores Kastello of Waukesha, WI, Daniel Schmid (Gladys Brown) of Meadow Lake, SK, Gerald (Judy) Schmid and David (Judy) Schmid, all of Watson, Edward (Patricia) Schmid of Harrison Hot Springs, BC, and Edith (Larry) Kwasnicia, Marianne Schmid (Paul Humenny),  and Leonard Schmid, all of Watson; 23 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces-and-nephews; two great-great-nieces-and-nephews; two aunts:  Agnes Gerspacher and Louise Knafelc, both of Watson; and by numerous cousins.  He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Amelia “Molly” (nee Knafelc) Schmid; and by one brother-in-law, Charles Kastello.  The Prayer Service for Leo was held at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Watson, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., led by Milt Kerpan and Willy Gaudet.  The crossbearer was Marianne Schmid, and the scripture reader was Pat Schmid, who also delivered the eulogy. The Funeral Mass was offered at Sacred Heart R.C. Church on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., concelebrated by Fr. Francis Akomeah, Fr. Daniel Muyres, OSB, and Fr. Paul Paproski, OSB.  Others taking part were:  Landis Graf, crossbearer; Landis Graf and Pat Schmid, scripture readers; Pat Schmid, intentions; Maurice and Grace Plemel, giftbearers; Pat Schmid, eulogist; Aeran Schmid and Ria Nobert, memorial table attendants; Reg Gerspacher, Al Gerspacher and Kelly Gerspacher, ushers. Music ministry was provided by director Laurie Sproule and the Sacred Heart Parish Choir. An honor guard was formed by members of the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 3rd Degree and the Abbot Severin Gertken Assembly 4th Degree.    Active pallbearers were Curtis Schmid, Brad Schmid, Ryan Schmid, Michael Schmid, David Gebkenjans, and Myron Knafelc.  Honorary pallbearers were “all those who shared in Leo’s life”.  Interment followed at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation.  Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel, Humboldt, SK.  (306-682-4114; www.schuler-lefebvrefuneralchapel.com)

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Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel Humboldt, Saskatchewan