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Carl Schmidt

Obituary of Carl Schmidt

<h1>Carl "Cully" Schmidt</h1> 1911 – 2006 A lifelong resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, Cully passed away, Thursday, September 21, 2006 at the age of 95 years. Sixty-seven of those he shared with the late Margaret Elizabeth Lockhart, with whom he wed on October 17, 1936; and forty-six years were spent in the editorial department of the Kitchener Record in three of the four plants of the newspaper, retiring in March 1976 as editor-in-chief. Cully was the last surviving member of the family of the late Lydia Catherine Burghardt and Charles Henry Schmidt. He was predeceased by his sister Dora Marie, in infancy, and two brothers, Oscar Alex, and George Frederick. Margaret passed away on February 24, 2004. Surviving are daughter Margaret Jane, wife of Eugene Zielonka of Kitchener; son John Alexander and his wife Vicki of Stony Plain, Alberta; two granddaughters, Nancy-Anne and her husband Ted Vetzal of Oshawa, and Tanya Jane and her husband Adrian Binksma of Toronto; one grandson, Jeremy Carl Zielonka of Brampton; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Alexandra and Abigail Patricia Vetzal of Oshawa. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews; five children of late Betty Peppler and George Schmidt, and four children of the late Wilda Lederman and C.T. (Tom) Lockhart. In younger years Cully was active in a variety of sports, serving dual roles of player and team representative in the Ontario Hockey Association and the Ontario Rugby Football League. A life member of the K-W Granite Club, Cully served as president of the Athletic Association of Kitchener and Waterloo, controlling body of the Granite Club, and the curling section. His curling was highlighted by playing on a Granite rink representing Ontario in the 21st annual Briar in Vancouver in 1950, finishing third after losing a tie-breaker for second with six wins and three losses. Cully also served as President of the Kitchener Musical Society, operating body of the Kitchener Concert Band, which has been entertaining the public since 1876. Cully was also a founding member of the Western Ontario Newspaper Awards in 1952. In 2004 the competition was enlarged to cover all of Ontario and re-named the Ontario Newspaper Awards. Friends are invited to share their memories of Carl with his family at the Erb &amp; Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 from 10 – 11 a.m. The Memorial Service will follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. George Schmidt officiating. Reception to follow in the Funeral Home Fireside Reception Room. The interment of both Carl and Margaret will occur in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. Condolences for the family and donations to the Out Of The Cold Program may be arranged through the funeral home, 519.745.8445 or In living memory of Cully, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning program by the funeral home.
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