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SCHNELL, Grace (nee Dubetz)

March 25, 1925 – January 6, 2012

Grace Schnell, beloved wife of Henry Schnell of Calgary, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2012 at the age of 86 years.

Grace was born March 25, 1925 in Boian, AB. She was the 11th of fifteen children to George and Sarah Dubetz. Following her marriage to Rev. Henry Schnell they pastored Free Methodist churches in Ellice, Calgary, Oregon, Washington and Saskatchewan eventually retiring to Calgary where they remained active in their church and community. Grace will be especially remembered for her love of teaching Sunday School, hosting the Seniors’ Breakfast, entertaining family and friends in her home, baking pies and cinnamon buns and her love of flowers.

Besides her loving husband of sixty-four years, Grace is survived by her son Keith Schnell of Calgary; two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon and David Harris of Corralitos, CA and Merlette Schnell of Calgary; her grandson Caleb Harris; brother Tom Dubetz of Edmonton and sister-in-law Gloria Dubetz of Chestermere as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at West Springs Free Methodist Church (742 – 85th Street S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Services to follow in the Garden of Serenity at Edenbrook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Grace Schnell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Dave and Angela Huey :

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family with the passing of Grace. A couple of wonderful gifts that God has given us are those of hope and assurance. We will praying for you all as you say your final goodbyes. Love and prayers

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  2. Lauretta Dubitz Vincent :

    Merlette.. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Though I didn’t know your side of the family that well my fondest memories are of your Aunt Mary at the farm, your Uncles John, Tom, Sam and Donald all of whom had wonderful relationships with my Dad, their cousin. It has often been said to me that the Dubitz (Dubetz)women were the kindest and the most gentle of ladies and I would venture to say your mom was one of them.

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  3. Robert and Michelle Basaraba :

    Our deepest sympathy to your family,

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  4. Karen and Dave Cunningham :

    Dave and I will forever carry in our memories and heart the wonderful visit we had with Grace in the summer. We know first hand it is not an easy thing to let such a special Mom and wife and friend transition out of our presense into His but we do have a blessed assurance that she is now free from the pain and pressures of life on this side. She is now experiencing total freedom and joy in the great cloud of witnesses and for that we totally rejoice with you. We are praying for the whole family that God fill up any void and sorrow with the knowledge and experience of His arms around you and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Much love and blessing Karen and Dave Cunningham

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  5. Sharon Dubetz :

    Uncle Henry, Sharon, Keith and Merlette:
    I was sad to hear that Aunt Grace has left her earthly home and her very much beloved family. What a wonderful reunion taking place in Heaven and we all get to go there soon and join in the great celebration! May you sense God’s presence in the days ahead. Love Sharon.

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  6. God has called home three gracious ladies this year. Grace will surely get a wonderfully warm welcome home. We count it a blessing to have known her as she meant so much to my family. Blessings.

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  7. Muriel & Tim Teusink :

    Grace was a dear lady who showed true Christian hospitality. She was a great example and blessing.

    We will be praying for the family during this time of loss.

    Love and prayers.

    Tim & Muriel
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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  8. Tom Dubetz and daughter Candace :

    Dearest Merlette, Keith, Sharon, David, Caleb & Henry. Prayers and love to your family at this difficult time. Grace is now truly home, at peace and in the loving arms of Jesus, surrounded by her believing family who have gone before her. We are praying for God’s blessings and guidance for you all in the days ahead. Much love.

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  9. Tanis and Garry Jean-Louis :

    We know it is hard for you all to see her leave this earth. We rejoice with her now as she is in the presence of God. May God comfort you during this time and fill that void she left in your hearts.

    Tanis and Garry
    Madison, WI

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  10. Olga MacKenzie :

    Henry, Keith, Sharon and Merlette

    I always remember what a gracious hostess Grace was – she was a good friend to me.

    May the peace and comfort that passes all understanding be with you in the days and weeks ahead.

    With fond memories,
    Olga MacKenzie

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  11. A beautiful woman of God. Always welcoming, quick to give a kind word and a hug. The Father now welcomes her home. Thoughts and prayers go out to all her family.

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  12. Jackie and Terry Schikosky :

    We are so sorry Merlette, our thoughts and prayers are that God’s presence, comfort and strength are with you. Knowing you will see her again in heaven is such a comfort but I know that no words can take away the sorrow. Love, hugs and prayers to you and your family!

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  13. Charter Smith :

    I know many a time – many a year ago did this dear and precious one, intercede on my behalf – that I might give my heart and life to Jesus. I thank God for her life and for each of you, her family. The words come to mind “come home it’s supper time – the shadows lengthen fast” – oh yes weary one – the call has come from the portals of glory – oh yes – you have gone home at last.
    Blessed is the name of Jesus – ever faithful to those who love and serve Him as Grace love and served Him.
    O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
    In a deep and abiding love
    Charter

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  14. Uncle Henry, Sharon & Family; Keith, Merlette.
    I offer my condolences on the loss of your Wife, Mother and my Aunt Grace.
    I will always remember her smile! My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    God’s blessing on you.

    Love

    Terry

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  15. Grace Williams :

    Pastor Schnell, Merlette, Keith

    May you know the Lord’s comforting strengthening arms around you as you miss Grace. May you know His sweet presence throughout your days. Praise God Grace is now with Him enjoying her new body.

    God bless and keep you,
    Grace Williams

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  16. Linda Stryker :

    Dear Henry, Keith, Sharon, David, Caleb and Merlette,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you often these days as you remember and honour your dear loved one.

    She used her gift of hospitality well. How wonderfully she exemplified her name at home and in ministry. Her greatest tribute is the obvious influence she had on your lives.

    I’m sure she has been lovingly welcomed by her Lord with “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

    Remembering her and you with love and appreciation,

    Linda

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  17. Have been praying for Grace, Henry, Sharon (Dave and Caleb), Merlette and the family at this time and prior to Grace’s passing.

    I had a wonderful time with Grace in The Rockyview Hospital in November on a visit – just her, me, and God. A time of prayer, touching, talking about God and Jesus and her desire to be home with Him – she wanted to go. She remember me coming to see Keith and our times together years ago. I gave her a kiss and said a good-bye.

    A wonderful memory.

    Psalm 91

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  18. Nick and Olive ,Andyand Kim Tenham :

    Dear Henry, Keith, Merlette, Sharon, David and Caleb
    Grace so gracefully made us feel so welcome in her home and at church. We will always remember her kindness.
    Our prayers are with you all at this time.

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  19. My deepest condolences to Grace’s family and my dear friend Candace Dubetz niece of Grace. May you and your Father find comfort, love and peace at this difficult time. Amen.

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