March 4, 2021
It is with sorrowful hearts that we acknowledge the departure of Donna Mae Schroeder from our lives. Donna passed away peacefully at 12:30pm on March 4 at the Comox Hospital surrounded by love’s embrace.
Donna was a Holberg native where she was raised with younger sisters, Barb and Monika. The environment and people of the North Island strengthened her to become the loyal friend and tenacious woman she later became. Donna was a colorful character, both in spirit and in fashion.
Donna worked as a travel agent which fulfilled her restless nature with new destinations. She loved adventure and she was fearless. Perhaps her fearlessness, mixed with her patience, was what so easily won over children’s hearts. She was a baby whisperer, a toddler’s best friend, a teenager’s finishing school matron and at times, even a teasing tormentor.
Her nephew’s, niece’s and granddaughters held a special place in her heart and her passion for children and for those less fortunate led her to volunteer for many years at Santa’s Workshop and Therapeutic Riding.
Donna loved. Her greatest love was her lifelong partner, Jamie Capling. Their communion with nature led them to create their very own Eden in their backyard, making an environment where all the forest creatures were welcome. Donna’s love of crafts can be found adorning all the places she frequented. Her love of books allowed her to live and adventure inside her creative mind.
Donna loved a good discussion/argument and was always up for a great debate. Donna loved food and wine, but more so, she loved sharing it with others. Her love of camping and wild spaces made for many an epic adventure. Most of all, Donna loved her people. Her generous heart, selfless acts and great conversation embraced so many.
“Spend your time and energy enjoying life with others and the world around you.”
Donna’s family and friends wish to thank the palliative team, the doctors and nurses at Comox Valley Hospital, and the amazing staff at The Views Hospice.
A celebration of Donna’s life will be planned at a later date. Donna would appreciate contributions being made to one her volunteer organizations: Santa’s Workshop, Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding or Habitat for Humanity.
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