Schmidka, Gertrude 'Trudy'

Gertrude passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Hospice Georgian Triangle ‘Campbell House’ in Collingwood at the age of 94.

She was born in Austria on July 16, 1926. Gertrude will be sadly missed by her husband of 69 years, Walter Schmidka.  She was the much loved mother of Walter Svajda and his wife Linda, and grandmother of Michael Svajda, his wife Tanya and great grandmother of Jessie Svajda and Jasmine Tessier, Jasmine’s husband Josh and great great grandmother of their daughter Josie.

She will be remembered for her love, kindness and support shown to her family and her love of animals. Gertrude became a World Champion Bowler and travelled all over the world.  She and her husband Walter moved to Canada in 1959.  She worked for 20 years as a mortgage officer for the T.D. Bank in Toronto.  Gertrude and Walter moved to Thornbury in 1980 and she lived there happily until her passing.

There will be no funeral service but a celebration of life may be held at a later date. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Hospice Georgian Triangle ‘Campbell House’ would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


There will be no funeral service but a celebration of life may be held at a later date.

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Louise Stewart Potts
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Walter, Walter and Linda and family so very sorry for your loss. What a great lady.

  2. Lynne Whitton
    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    My condolences to all the family
    Gertrude was always such a joy for me. I loved her smile and our visits together. She was indeed an inspiration to anyone to just keep living and loving life regardless of age and challenges. She will be so missed
    Lynne Whitton

  3. David and Kathy Sled
    Sunday, October 4, 2020

    We are so sorry for your loss. Trudy will be missed especially at the 55+ Friendship Club. We will remember how much she enjoyed playing BINGO and the bus trips we have enjoyed with the club! She was one lucky lady winning 50/50 draws, too! We are sure many club members will miss seeing her in her usual spot near the front of the meeting room every week! Take care, Walter and Walter and Linda and Families.
    David and Kathy Sled


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