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SCHAPPERT, Joan “Helen” Lorene

October 19, 1934 – April 22, 2018

Joan “Helen” Lorene Schappert (nee Milne) passed away on April 22, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta at 83 years of age. She was born in Canwood, Saskatchewan on October 19, 1934, the third youngest of ten surviving children. Her parents, George Thomson Milne and Amy Beatrice Milne (nee Pamplin) had immigrated to Canada from Scotland and England respectively, were married in Virden, Manitoba and settled in Canwood, Saskatchewan in 1915.

After completing high school in Canwood, Helen moved to Saskatoon and worked in various office jobs while completing some commercial courses. She lived in Calgary and then Victoria, B.C. before returning to Saskatoon to take a job left open by her older sister’s departure from the Bible College.

While working at the Bible College, she met Henry Jesse Valentine Schappert. After turning him down for several dates, she finally agreed to go to the Saskatoon Fair with him in the summer of 1962 after which things moved quickly; Henry and Helen were engaged by October and married on December 8, 1962. She supported him through the completion of his undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Saskatchewan and they had two children; Michele in 1964 and Kurt in 1967. They moved to Regina in 1973 and Helen began working full-time as a bookkeeper at the Extendicare Nursing homes. Henry and Helen also bought and farmed land in southeast Saskatchewan near Henry’s original homestead. Helen managed a demanding job, two demanding adolescents and a 6-hour round trip to and from the farm every weekend. After Henry retired in 1997, they moved to Airdrie to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Helen was deeply loved by Henry, who predeceased her on October 16, 2008. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Hollins (Schappert) and her son, Henry “Kurt” Schappert and his partner, Kathy Yourth, and her grandchildren, Kacie and Jessica Hollins, Jakob Yourth and Zoe Schappert, as well as by her sisters, Teresa Leach, Betty Leach, and Hilda Milne.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive) on May 2, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. with the Reception to follow at the home of Kurt Schappert and Kathy Yourth (1833 Baywater Gardens Crescent, Airdrie). Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Helen Schappert, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Don and Marg Stiller

    Michelle, Kacie and Jessica,
    Kurt, Kathy and Jakob and Zoe.
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother/ grandmother.
    We have fond memories of our interactions with her (and your father/grandfather). We remember your mother/grandmother as a pleasant, hard-working, patient and Godly woman who was very proud of you.
    Unfortunately, we are not able to be with you to celebrate a life lived well.
    May God give you comfort and strength now and in the days ahead.
    With heartfelt condolences,
    Don and Marg Stiller

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  2. Alene Carlton

    Michelle Kurt and Families;
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your mother and grandmother she will be forever missed by you all.
    She was such a loving and thoughtful person and she loved you all with all her heart and soul. She was a blessing to all who knew her.
    Although we are not in attendance you are in our thoughts and hearts at this sad time.
    Alene &Allan Carlton,Betty & Euclide Rudyick,Roy Milne

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