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Laurene Annie Schug

May 28, 1920 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 103) 103 Years Old

Laurene Schug Obituary

LAURENE SCHUG of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, passed away peacefully at Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care, Blairmore, Alberta on December 3, 2023 at the amazing age of 103½ years.

Laurene was born on May 28, 1920 to parents Alfred and Caroline Schug at Rosenheim (Provost), Alberta. She was one of 7 children raised on the family farm outside of Provost, where she acquired many of her strong, hard-working, frugal, generous, caring and fun-loving qualities.

After graduating from high school in Provost, she ventured to Richmond, BC to work in a fish hatchery  with her cousin. There she met her future husband, Maurice Truitt, who she married in July 1941. In 1942 Maurice was doing Air Force training in Tofino BC, so they moved to Port Alberni, where their first daughter Carol, was born. Times were tough during the war years so they moved to New Westminster where Maurice’s parents lived and where second daughter, Marvis was born in 1946. Work took them to living in Kelowna (Rutland), where third daughter, Janice was born in 1947. Times continued to be extremely challenging with Laurene suffering malnutrition in order to feed her children. In 1950 they made the move to Copper Mountain, BC, with work available there. In 1951 fourth daughter, Annette was born in nearby Princeton, BC. With the copper mine closing, in 1955 they made the long move to the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta where Maurice had been born and raised throughout his early years. It was there that they settled in Hillcrest Mines, where they raised their children. Although Laurene and Maurice divorced in 1970, they both spent their remaining years living in the Crowsnest Pass.

Laurene provided a great and loving upbringing for her 4 daughters. Their friends were always welcomed in the home for visits and fun times of music, dancing, games, or sleepovers. She was an excellent seamstress, and did lots of mending for her family and many people around the Pass. She loved her family and animals, especially her cats.

She enjoyed travel with her daughters to Whitehorse, Montreal, Vancouver, Alaskan cruise, Cuba and Europe. Hobbies included gardening, baking, canning, playing cards, and making greeting cards. She was a devout Catholic, involved with the Catholic Women’s league, as well as with the CNP SPCA, and Bellevue Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Laurene is survived by her children: Janice (Richard) Hancock of Vancouver BC, Annette (Dave) Truitt-Avoledo of Whitehorse YT; her sister-in-law Louise Schug; her grandchildren: Darcy (Marlene) Truant, Lavonna (Badger) Hogan, Christopher (Daniela) Hancock, Deanne (Aaron) Jonckheere, Travis Harris, Mark (Ashley) Harris, Cody Harris, Pamela Harris; her step granddaughter: Teagan Avoledo; her great grandchildren: Kayla, Ashley, Samantha, Cayleigh, Carlo, Kyler, Hayley, Cheyenne, Keauna, Daniel; her step great-grandchildren: Leroi, Miki; her great-great grandchildren: Athena, Auden; and many nieces, nephews and special friends. She will be dearly missed by all.

Laurene was predeceased by her parents, Alfred & Caroline Schug, brothers Adrian, Alvin, Norman and Dennis Schug, sisters Cecilia Paulgaard and Lillian Smythe, daughters Marvis Truitt and Carol Truant, grandchildren Randall Truant, Jarren Truant, and great grandson Jeremiah Hogan.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Crowsnest Pass around her May 28th birth date. There will also be a memorial for her in Provost around June 1st, 2024 when her final resting place will be beside her parents in the Rosenheim Cemetery.

We would like to thank the staff at Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care for all the care provided to Laurene over the past four years.  Also, a special thanks to Darcy and Marlene for all their devoted time spent with their Grandmother when other family members could not be there.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass SPCA (PO Box 725 Blairmore, AB T0K 0EO), or the Rosenheim Historical Society (PO Box 976 Provost, AB T0B 3S0).  Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

 

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