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Condolences to the Family of Dawnette Elizabeth Schmidt


Dawnette Elizabeth

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dawnette Elizabeth Schmidt, she died surrounded by family on April 28th, 2022 in Calgary AB, at the age of 61 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawnette is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ron Schmidt; her children Tyler and Thomas (Suzy); grandchildren Luke and Nathan; mother Doris Berezowski, sisters Dalinda Stark (Tony), Doreen Nasr and Drenda Clyne (Wesley); sisters-in-law Susan Mullen (Bob) and Anna Garez (Chris); brothers-in-law David Schmidt (Susan), Bruce Schmidt (Suzanne), Wane Schmidt, Ray Schmidt and 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Dunbar Clyne, brother Darold Clyne and mother and father in-law Frank and Helen Schmidt. Dawnette was born in 1960 in Drumheller AB, where she spent the first years of her life growing up on a farm in Verdant Valley where she developed her passion for animals and nature. She attended Verdant Valley School from grades one to three, the family then moved into Drumheller where she graduated from Drumheller Composite High School in 1978. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1982 with a BA in Education majoring in Home Economics. She started her career with the Rocky View school division teaching at WG Murdoch School, she then spent 25 years with the Calgary Catholic School board in both teaching and administrative roles. She taught at St. Gregory, Ascension Of Our Lord, and Cardinal Newman and then became the Consultant for CTS. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Shepherd leadership award which was a testament to her commitment to education.
She retired in 2016 but couldn’t resist her calling to educate, she continued to sub right up until 2021. Dawnette met her beloved husband Ron in high school, and they were married May 17, 1980. Mount Saint Helens erupted the next day cancelling the Washington leg of their honeymoon. Her sons were born shortly thereafter, and family became the centre of her life. She loved cooking and baking with her children and grandchildren, the annual Christmas Eve dinner was treasured by the entire family. Her summers were spent enjoying lake life on the Shuswap. She was a marathon runner, bike rider, dog lover, golfer, and enjoyed camping and RVing throughout Alberta and BC. She rarely missed a Canada Day Parade in Drumheller, this became an annual tradition that now includes her grandchildren. Dawnette inspired all of us with the unwavering optimism and joy that she brought into our lives. Along with raising her two sons she touched the lives of hundreds of students and always made them feel special. More recently she was focused on her grandchildren which brought her so much joy and happiness. The legacy of Dawnette will live on through the many family, friends, colleagues and students that she had an impact on. A Celebration of Dawnette’s life will be held at Fosters Garden Chapel Home 3220 4 ST NW Calgary, AB (Across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Friday, May 6th, 2022 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Calgary Humane Society in her memory at

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Telephone: 403-297-0888
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Condolences to the family of Michelle Jean Simpson


Michelle Jean

April 24, 1979 - April 25, 2022

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Michelle Jean Simpson.
Michelle was born April 24, 1979 to parents Scott and departed Mom, Patricia, a sister to Diana, Kim, Susan and Megan as well as departed sister Leanne.
Michelle enjoyed being outside with her animals, gardening, baking and loved seeing everyone around her happy. Not a day went by where she put herself first. She thrived off the happiness of everyone around her.
It was her goal in life to make sure everyone around her felt loved and cared for no matter who it was and she made a positive impact on hundreds of people. She was an amazing woman and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her. She was a wife to Jack Closs, and a mom to 3 daughters, Kristin, Cortney and Jayda.
She was an amazing daughter, wife, mother, sister, and auntie to all. She loved nothing more than being with her family and enjoyed every second of it. Michelle passed away April 25, 2022 in the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 43.
At Michelle’s request, there will be no funeral. Anyone wishing to do so, can make a donation to the Cancer Society.

Condolences to the family of Merilyn Anne Dziatkewich


Merilyn Anne

October 16, 1949 - April 19, 2022

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our dear Mother and Grandmother.
Merilyn was born on October 16, 1949 to Milford William and Thea Piffer. She was the oldest of three children.
She grew up in Morrin and attended grade school there. She went on to attend high school and live in the dorm there.
She met the love of her life, Donny Dziatkewich, in 1967 and they were married in 1968.
They were blessed with two children, Jerry on April 27, 1970 and Tina on December 10, 1972.
As a family, they did many things together including Special Olympics for Tina.
After Tina grew up, she married Don James and gave Grandma two grandsons, Brian on July 31, 1995 and Dylan on October 23, 1998.
Merilyn was predeceased by Milford William Piffer, Thea Piffer and Tina James.
She is survived by son Jerry Dziatkewich of Cereal, AB; grandsons Brian James of Drumheller and Dylan James of Edmonton; brothers Harold Piffer and Wayne Piffer, both of Edmonton.
A celebration of Merilyn’s life was held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 627 - 6th Street East, Drumheller. Pastor Carlos Calderon officiating.