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Sharon Schaefer

Sharon Kathleen Schaefer

Friday, March 23rd, 1951 - Friday, April 17th, 2020
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Sharon Kathleen Schaefer (nee Davey), born March 23, 1951 in Victoria, BC, passed away at age 69 on April 17, 2020 at her home in Ituna, SK, due to complications from Huntington’s Disease.

Sharon was born in Victoria, BC, and lived there until age 11 when her family moved to Calgary, AB, where she finished secondary school and graduated as Valedictorian. She attended the Universities of Calgary and Alberta, obtaining degrees in Home Economics and Education. Her first teaching job took her to La Crete, AB, where she met her future husband and made many lifelong friends. Sharon and Rick married on July 16, 1974, and taught briefly in Prelate, SK, before finding farmland and teaching positions in Ituna, SK. They raised their family and built a passive solar home, fulfilling Sharon’s lifelong dreams of farming with animals and living close to nature. Over the years, Sharon was a dedicated member of St. Stanislaus Church, Deer Park Villa group homes, Shamrock Kennel & Obedience Club, and the community development board, and she was passionately involved in dog breeding, sheep farming, and teaching. She loved being a shepherd! Throughout her life, she was an advocate for human, indigenous, and environmental rights, and converted to full organic farming practices in the mid 1980s. She was immensely supportive of her children’s activities and interests throughout their lives. The family travelled frequently within Canada, with many special memories from trips across the country and to Vancouver Island and Calgary to visit family and friends.

Sharon is survived by her husband Rick, her children Chelsea (Nathan), Kayll (Shannon), and Joelle (Adam), two grandchildren Emmett and Sloan, and her brother John (Mary) and sister Corinne. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Mollie and Arthur Davey. Many family and friends, including in-laws and nieces and nephews, are mourning her loss.

Sharon wanted us to acknowledge that she lived on Treaty 4 Territory and the traditional home of the Metis.

There will be a private service held immediately and a celebration of her life at a later date when circumstances allow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Huntington Society of Canada: https://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/.
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    Location
    Ituna R.C. Cemetery
    Address
    5th Ave. SE
    ITUNA, SK S0A 2N0
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owen tomas reid

Posted at 09:09pm
sorry for your loss great lady
LT

Lynne Tourond

Posted at 01:26am
Sharon was my friend in Grade 12 and then we went on to be roommates in University in Edmonton. I remember Sharon as always smiling! She was a kind, caring person and my memories of her are happy ones - like smuggling a very cute puppy into residence and trying to keep it quiet - a gift for her parents I believe. I also used to laugh to think of Sharon as a Home Ec teacher trying to teach sewing to her students - it was my understanding that she taught herself the lessons the night before she had to teach them (shhsh - that's probably supposed to be a secret! :) This was a young woman who, in residence, held her housecoat together with safety pins rather than sew on new buttons!) She was a Foods and Nutrition major but a Home Ec grad had to be ready for anything! Even though over the years, we sadly lost contact with each other, I was happy to have Sharon as a friend, and I am grateful that she was in my life. My best wishes to Rick and their children and grandchildren. May your happy memories of a lovely lady help you through this difficult time. Lynne Tourond
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Rick and Irene Temple

Posted at 10:08pm
Dear Rick and family,
We received the sad news about Sharon today from Eunice and Graham. We truly enjoyed our occasional visits with you folks over the years. Please accept our condolences.

Irene and Rick Temple, White City, SK
JL

Jim & Pat Laturnas

Posted at 07:32pm
Condolences to Rick and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Rhonda McCammon

Posted at 08:07pm
Dearest Rick, Chelsea & Nathan, Kayll, Shannon and Emmett, and Joelle,Adam and Sloan,

There is so much to say and I don't want to write a book. I have so many fond memories and so much love for Sharon. Her smile and personality was one that I will never forget. Her love for all of you and our family was one of a kind. We more than neighbors and friends- we are a family. I loved watching her with my boys and our visits when i would come home for a visit. When my parents said you would be over that night, I was so excited and happy because I got to share in the laughs and exchange stories of teaching with my two favorite teachers. No words could ever tell you how I am saddened with Sharon's passing. I want you to know that you are my family and I love each and every one of you....and will continue to love Sharon although she has now left us for that great paradise we all will go to one day. My thoughts, love and prayers are with all of you.

Love,
Rhonda, Dean, Zander and Jensen McCammon
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