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DONNA FAY SCHMALL (STEPPLER)

Born: May 04, 1935

Date of Passing: Jan 14, 2021

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DONNA FAY SCHMALL
(STEPPLER)

Donna Fay Schmall (nee Steppler) passed away at the Neepawa Hospital on Thursday, January 14, 2021, after a lengthy struggle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Donna leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 61+ years, Jim Schmall, along with her four children, Don Schmall (Susan), Val Hutsal (Greg), Jan Yerex (Bob) and Coreen Lee, and her nine grandchildren, Jillian Miller (Erik), Adrienne, Emma, Carmen, Alexa, Hannah, Chloe, Carson, Lindsay, and her great-grandchildren, Rhett and Jackson Miller. She is survived by her sisters, Wilma Gill and Myrna Lalonde (Leo), and many nieces and nephews. She's predeceased by her parents, Charlie and Jean Steppler, sister Marjorie and brother-in-law Don Matheson and their children, Barb Vinnell and James Matheson, brother-in-law Homer Gill and nephew Rodney Gill, in-laws, Fred and Janet Schmall, Edith and Steve Dobchuk, and Isabel and Jeanette Schmall.
Donna was born in Neepawa, MB on May 4, 1935, the third daughter of Charlie's four angels. She attended school in Neepawa and worked at Robertson's Grocery Store after school and on Saturdays. She also babysat and worked at Fenwicks Department Store doing the books before beginning her career with the Bank of Montreal. Donna met Jim, the love of her life, at a Saturday night dance at the Arcade in Neepawa and they were later married on April 25, 1959. She loved the outdoors and spent many summer weekends camping with family and friends at regional ball tournaments, but her favourite summer destination was Clear Lake which later turned into a year-round retreat when they built their cabin. Donna was very interested in sports her entire life and was a fierce competitor and fan/cheerleader. Two of her favourite teams were the Toronto Blue Jays and the Winnipeg Jets. She was a 5-pin championship bowler and represented Manitoba twice in the Western Canadian finals in Vancouver and Winnipeg. Curling was her winter passion on and off the ice. She was a Grand Aggregate winner of the Neepawa Ladies Bonspiel on two occasions and enjoyed the many rural bonspiels and friendships that she developed. Donna loved a game of cards and enjoyed Elks Kinsman bingos and trips to Las Vegas. She always had a new game to teach her grandchildren and she loved to win! Donna was a devoted stay-at-home mother who spent countless hours following her children and grandchildren to their various activities and sporting events throughout Canada and the USA. She was a skilled seamstress and loved making clothes and costumes for her children. This love for clothes later turned into a part-time job at Marrs' Ladies Fashions which she enjoyed very much. Donna was very interested in community activities; was an active member of the Neepawa United Church, United Church Women, Neepawa Lily Festival and Fine Arts Festival. She was a past Honoured Royal Lady of the Neepawa Royal Purple/Elks with 55 years of service and was presently on the Neepawa Elks Manor Board of Directors.
Donna was a very kind and generous person and always found time to entertain family and friends and loved to meet friends for coffee or Saturday morning brunches. Her family will always cherish her baking skills but especially her secret pie recipes which were only shared with immediate family. Donna, Mom, Grandma: Thank you for all that you have done for us! You were the strength and encouragement that held our family together and were always there for us. May you rest in peace with our everlasting love until we meet again.
If friends so wish, donations in Donna's memory may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association or the Beautiful Plains Community Foundation.
A private family service has been held and a celebration of Donna's life will take place at a later date.
The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals and friends that supported Donna through her long illness.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021

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