It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Howard Schiltz on May 17, 2020.
Born in Humboldt, SK on November 7, 1931, Howard was raised on the family farm near Annaheim, SK. He attended the one room Hat Creek rural school for the first 10 years of education and finished his final two years of high school at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, SK. After graduation, Howard spent a few years in power line and building construction, followed by a year as Assistant Secretary Treasurer with the Humboldt School Division. In 1956, he accepted the job of Secretary Treasurer of the Rosetown School Division where he remained until his retirement 37 years later in 1993.
Howard married Lucille Ehalt on October 4, 1955. They made their home in Rosetown and raised four children: Monty, Laura, Murray and Linda. They have eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Throughout his career with the Rosetown School Division, Howard also served as Secretary Treasurer of St. Joseph’s Catholic School District and the West Central Regional Park Board. He was also active with the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials, holding positions of Director, Provincial Secretary Treasurer and President at various times throughout his career. He also held the position of Director of the Rosetown & District Credit Union Board for nine years
Howard’s faith was a very important part of his life and he served his church community in many capacities. He has held almost every office on the St. Theresa’s Church Pastoral Council, as well as a three-year term on the Pastoral Council of the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese. He was a charter member of the Father Provost Council of the Knights of Columbus, holding many positions including Grand Knight for one term. Howard also became a Lay Minister at St. Theresa’s Parish, taking great pride in serving his church community wherever and whenever possible.
Howard had many interests and hobbies, including keeping a daily journal, singing, playing cards, crossword puzzles, bowling, curling, golf and softball. Howard loved sports of any kind, but was especially dedicated to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He and Lucille were members of the local dance club for many years and they travelled extensively throughout their married life. Together, they built a cabin at Jackfish Lake where they spent their summers with family and friends.
After retirement, Howard stayed active within the community. He served on Town Council, worked for the local funeral home and delivered meals for Meals on Wheels. Howard had a great passion for anything historical and was instrumental in researching and publishing, along with many dedicated volunteers, a detailed history of Rosetown’s past 100 years, including individual family histories.
Howard was a kind, caring and compassionate man, dedicated to family, friends, church and community. He will be remembered for his sense of humour, his smile, his quick wit and his love of whistling.
Howard is survived by his wife of 64 ½ years Lucille and children Monty (Debbie) Schiltz and their children Erin Schiltz and Kiley (Joe) Hallahan (daughters Julia and Emily); Laura (Clark) Williams and their children Curtis Williams and Dana Williams; Murray (Carol) Schiltz and their children Teagan Schiltz (Kyle Brydon) and Taylor Schiltz (Andrew Hordos) (son Jaxson Schiltz); Linda Fraess and children Haley Fraess and Skyler Fraess (Allison Doetzel); sisters-in-law Ileana Richardson, Marilynn Berschiminsky, Anita Ehalt, Anita Schiltz, Clara Ehalt; brother-in-law Don Ehalt as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Howard was predeceased by his parents Roman and Freda (Schreiner) Schiltz, sister Ruth Ehalt, brother Harvey Schiltz, father-in-law Frank Ehalt, mother-in-law Anna Becker, step-father-in-law Mike Becker, brothers-in-law Willard Ehalt, Francis Ehalt, Erwin Ehalt, Emil Fleischhacker, Tony Hueser, Ken Richardson and Leonard Berschiminsky and sisters-in-law Ang Fleischhacker, Bernice Hueser, and Irene Ehalt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alex Ositis Foundation, P.O. Box 1251, Rosetown, SK, S0L 2V0, the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation, 162 Oxford Street West, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 2N6 or St. Peter's College P.O. Box 40, Muenster, SK, S0K 2Y0.
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