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SCHMALTZ, Raelene Janice

June 21, 1961– June 21, 2012

Raelene of Beiseker, Alberta passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the age of 51 years.

Raelene was born and raised on the family farm in Beiseker, Alberta. After finishing high school, she went on to pursue a career in nursing. She graduated at the top of her class as a Registered Nurse from the Foothills Hospital. Shortly after graduating, Raelene fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling, and spent several months living and working in Denmark and Australia. While there, she made many life-long friends, which she would often return to visit. Raelene worked for several years as a nurse at the University of Alberta hospital, and most recently, at the Strathmore General Hospital. As a young girl, Raelene was active in 4-H beef, clothing, and horse club. Raelene had a love for horses and riding, and took any opportunity she could to enjoy her horses. In recent years, she was able to share that love with Ralph, and together they enjoyed taking their horses to the mountains. Her life’s greatest moment was the birth of her daughter. She dedicated her life to the care and well being of Taylor, who brought her great joy and happiness. Raelene understood the importance of contributing to her community and touched many people with her kindness. She was always “on call” to those in the community who needed some help from a nurse, and friend. Raelene had a gift, and whether it was a medical emergency, or simply setting up for 4-H, those around her felt grounded by her presence. Raelene could often be found reading, tending to her garden, taking photographs of her family and friends, or helping her Mom.

Raelene is survived by her beloved companion Ralph, her daughter Taylor, parents Clarence and Eilleen Schmaltz of Beiseker, sister Charlene (Stu), brother Cameron, nieces and nephews Murray, Kristine, Jake, Bobby, Sara, Anna, and Tyrell, Taylor’s father Brian Konschuh, Taylor’s grandparents, Jim and Edith Konschuh and dear family friends, Jim and Myrna Richards, and their children.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, (Beiseker, Alberta) on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca.

In living memory of Raelene Schmaltz, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Rodney Stinn :

    I am so saddened upon hearing of Raelene’s passing.
    I remember riding our bikes to Clarence’s farm and riding horses with her and Charlene and my brother Wayne.
    Raelene and I went to school together, graduated together. She was always a help in school as well.
    My condolences to her family and I know Raelene will be missed by many.

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  2. Marilyn Iking :

    Eilleen, Clarence and family – I was so shocked to hear of Raelene’s passing. I remembered all the times we had talked over the years; especially when Taylor was in my grade 1 class. Taylor has a large family to help her through this and I hope she will be OK. I know the grieving process takes awhile. I started to relive the time when Pim passed because it too was due to a car accident. Talking about it has helped me and I think that any time you can talk to somebody, it helps you get through it. My sincere condolences.
    Marilyn Iking

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  3. Rey and Cheryl Mape :

    We got to know Raelene through Ralph and enjoyed riding together in the mountains and camping together at the YaHa Tinda. Our hearts are so sad as we have lost someone we thought of as a friend and will miss her deeply. To her family and to Ralph, are deepest condolences at this time.

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  4. Brenda Hannah (Hagel) :

    I think of your family and pray for peace with the loss of Raelene. I pray too that peace would be a constant companion in the time that you need to grieve.

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  5. Scott & Pamela McKinnon :

    Our sincere condolences to the Schmaltz family on your tragic loss. Our thoughts are with you.

    Scott & Pamela McKinnon,
    Strathmore

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  6. It was my privilege to be Raelene’s dentist. She was a wonderful woman and when my staff and I saw her name on the schedule, it brought a smile to our faces. We were shocked and horrified to hear the awful news.

    Brian, Taylor, Charlene, Stuart, Sarah, and Anna – I am so sorry for your loss,

    My sincere condolences,

    Andy Hoe

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  7. Eileen and family. So very sorry for your tragic loss. you will all be in my thoughts and prayer. God bless and be with you. Pat

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  8. Linda and Norman Gavey :

    Our most sincere and deepest sympathy on the loss of a dear co-worker and friend. Raelene will be deeply missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Linda and Norman Gavey
    Strathmore

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  9. Victor and Pamela Lemky :

    I can only hope that your family will find some peace in knowing that a beautiful person such as Raelene is surely an Angel in Heaven!

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  10. Laura Ashley & Sherri Tabinski :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Raelene will be missed by all that had the opportunity to know her We were lucky to have that opportunity and will cherish every moment spent with her.

    Laura Ashley & Sherri Tabinski

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  11. Our sincere condolences to all the family on the tragic loss of Raelene. We remember her fondly from 4H Horse Club and we were all shocked to hear of the accident. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
    sincerely
    JoAnn Jones
    Cathy Chalack
    Cheryl Morison

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  12. Barb & Regg Poffenroth :

    Our sincere sympathy,for your loss. May your cherished memories give you peace and strength for the future.

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  13. Mardy & Janet Skibsted :

    Ralph….

    We have been thinking of you these past few days, and wanted you to know how sorry we were to hear of Raelene’s passing. We know you will miss her, and our thoughts are with you. Our deepest sympathy to you and to the Schmaltz family.

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  14. Jan Schreiber :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could take the hurt away. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Al, Anna, Kim Dunz :

    To the Schmultz Family Our deepest sympathy
    to all of you. Raelene will be truly missed.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  16. Connie Lintick and family :

    Dear Clarence and Eilleen, We were saddened to hear of the loss of your daughter. May the precious memeries of Raelene and the joy of that remembrance comfort you and help you and your family get through each day. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy are with you in your time of sorrow.

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  17. Gerry Barlow :

    Eileen and Clarence: – Our most sincere smpathies re the passing of your daughter. Having lost our daughter five years ago, we know what a tragedy it is to have a child predease. Our thoughts and prayrs are with you at this time. Sincerely,
    Charles and Gerry Barlow

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  18. Gerry Barlow :

    Eileen and Clarence: – Our heartfelt sypmathies go out to you at this time.
    We know how difficult it can be for you as we lost our daughter 5 yrs. ago. Life ins’t supposed to take this turn!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Charles & Gerry Barlow

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  19. Hanne, Ulla & Laurits, Denmark :

    Words cannot describe the sorrow we felt when we learned about this tragedy. Raelene was a genuine good person – she was always there for others – she was like a sister to me, since we met 27 years ago on our way to Australia.
    Our deepest sympathy to Taylor, Clarence & Eileen and all of her family and friends.
    Raelene will be greatly missed and we treasure all the fond memories of her in our hearts.

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  20. Glen & Janice Culp :

    Eileen, Clarence and Raelene’s family,
    Our sincere sympathy to you all at this sad time. May the support of your family, friends and community help you through this mourning period.
    Kind regards,
    Glen & Janice Culp

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  21. Catherine Cipriano (nee Stern) :

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Raelene’s passing and that her life was abruptly taken away from all of those who loved her.
    All I can hope is that you remember how brilliant her life was. Please try to continue your life without her with cherished memories.
    My heart truly goes out to you.

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  22. Kathy O'Leary :

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Raelene’s passing. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, and to all those who knew and loved her. I knew her as a dedicated and accomplished nurse. She will be missed greatly.

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  23. Shaunette Englisbee :

    Taylor,
    Words can’t mend a broken heart but we hope that the cherished memories you have of your Mom help you through. You and your family are in our thoughts. We love you Taylor.

    Shaunette, Darwin, Aaron and Brent.

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  24. Teri Toovey and Ian Sherrington :

    Cam, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family at this sad time. Ian and I both hope that you will be able to take some comfort in your friends and family, in knowing people care, and in the life that Raelene lived. Take good care and God bless.

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  25. Jesse Werbicki :

    All my thoughts going out to the family. Taylor many years I watched you grow up into a beautiful strong woman and your life is so full of family and friends that love you very much that in this time for you is the most important thing to have, hold on and surround your self with all these people through your time of healing, I think about you everyday and how your doing and want you to know if there is anything you need or want to talk about please do not hessitate at all to call or text me, I my self went through the same feeling with my father at your age and it is nice to know there is someone to talk to if needed. love ya, always and forever in my thoughts.

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  26. Matt and Jo McCaughan - New Zealand :

    We are thinking of you all, and especially Ralph, Taylor, Clarence and Eilleen I travelled and worked with Raelene in Europe many years ago, and still have lots of good memories of that time. It was very sad to get the news of her passing.

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  27. Rimmer Cousins :

    Our hearts are broken to have to say goodbye to such a beautiful soul! We miss you soo much. You were an inspiration to all who knew you! A genuine loving and caring person. Your respect and love for nature and animals will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers to all your family! We will never forget your smile!

    Your Cousins Danny & Family, Garry, Randy & Family

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