was born on November 11th, 1919 in Sady, Lodzkie, Poland and was called Home to be with her Lord on February 6th, 2015 at the age of 95 years.
Karolina was one of seven children born to August and Karolina (nee Brokop) Schmidt. She received what education she got in Sady, starting school at age 6 and ending at age 14. Times, although difficult, were happy in Poland until the outbreak of WWII when life changed drastically. In 1945, following the war, Russia freed Poland from Germany. Those families which were of Dutch and German descent, who had immigrated to Poland, had their land taken away and they lost everything they had spent their life working so hard for. Karolina, her mother, sisters and nieces successfully left Poland and were able to get into East Germany by the fall of 1946. In the early months of 1947 the family immigrated to Kiel, West Germany. After one year, Karolina left there in 1948 and came to Canada where she joined her sister, Wanda Witzke in Oyama, B.C., who had arrived here in 1928. Once in Oyama, Karolina met Edward Neitsch and on December 30th, 1948 they were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vernon and settled into married life. By 1954 they had purchased a 12 acre orchard on Kalamalka Lake which was comprised of apple, peach, pear and cherry trees. In addition to that, Karolina had a big garden as well as chickens to tend to. She not only helped run the orchard but then also spent twenty years working at a packinghouse, where she was employed as a packer. Karolina was a very industrious lady and often times took on odd jobs which added to the family income. In 1980, Karolina and Edward retired, sold their orchard and moved into Vernon where they both remained until their deaths.
Karolina will be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; three brothers, Henry Schmidt, Edward Schmidt and Karolina’s twin, Otto Schmidt; and three sisters, Frieda Wiese, Berta Ratz and Wanda Witzke.
A private Graveside Service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery will precede the Service Of Remembrance which will take place in the Chapel of St. John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Craig Tufts officiating.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Karolina to the St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 5151 Alain Road, Vernon, B.C. V1B 3K6 or the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5