SCHRODER, Johan (John)
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September 5, 1921 - April 18, 2012
On April 18, 2012 Johan Schroder of St. Albert, AB; passed away.
Johan will always be loved, remembered and missed by his daughters Rosa (Allan) Taylor; Mary (Ken) Osinchuk; and his grandchildren Anita (Reg) Taylor-Pixton; Allan (Denise) Taylor and great-granddaughters Emily and Sarah and by his friends. Johan was predeceased by his wife Gerda on November 12, 2006.
In 1953, Johan, a strong, independent, adventuresome young man from the Netherlands, immigrated to Canada with his wife and young daughters.
The early years were difficult, but with hard work, determination and an impeccable work ethic he started his own house building company in 1961. He designed and custom built many homes over the years.
In his early retirement years Johan and Gerda traveled extensively throughout Alberta, British Columbia and the United States. However, Johan continued to enjoy the challenges of designing and building. This led him to construct a few more homes before settling in St. Albert.
In his later retirement years Johan pursued several hobbies which included; raising tropical fish; marquetry; enjoying nature and reading books about nature. The intricate art of marquetry became his passion. Nature was a common theme in much of his artwork. For many years he was a member of the Edmonton Arts and Crafts Society. He won numerous trophy ribbons and was featured in several articles for his creative pieces of inlaid woodwork. He continued this hobby into his eighties.
We will always remember Johan as a lifelong learner and a creative problem solver, who enjoyed new challenges. We treasure our memories of him.
Our heartfelt thanks go to family friends Edwin and John and to the caring staff of River Ridge Seniors Community. Special thanks to the dedicated staff of the Norwood Palliative Care Unit.
At Johan's request there will be no funeral. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Apr. 22, 2012