SHIMEK, Donna Alice Jean. Sept 11, 1944 – March 12, 2013. It is with great sadness to announce that on Tuesday, March 12th at 2:55 in the afternoon, Donna Alice Jean Shimek passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. At the time of her passing, Donna was surrounded by family with her husband Casey holding her hand. Donna passed away with bravery, dignity, humor and grace. Donna was born at Indian Head Hospital in Saskatchewan on September 11, 1944. The youngest of 7 siblings, Donna was the “baby girl” and had six older brothers, Larry (deceased), Gordon, Ron, Bill (deceased), Raymond and Wayne. In 1950 the family moved to Maple Ridge from Glenavon Saskatchewan. Donna graduated from Maple Ridge Secondary and was looking forward to the upcoming 50th reunion. After graduation Donna worked at Fuller Watson for many years, eventually going to bartending school and becoming co-owner of Billy Miner Pub. After retirement Donna went back to work part time at Home Hardware and volunteered at the Ridge Meadows Hospital. Donna is survived by her husband Casey, her daughters Tracy, Leah (Bob) and Christie (Daryl), her sons Tony and Clint (Kelly) and her grandchildren Devon, Jacob, Brooke, Christian, Ethan, Evan and Mya whom she loved very much.

The family would like to publicly thank the staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital, particularly the Emerg, ICU and Oncology departments, along with Dr. Winston Tsui and Dr. Simon Yu for their support, expertise and loving care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, March 23rd at Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall, 12460 Harris Road. Make no mistake about it, this will be a CELEBRATION so please join us and tell your friends. We miss you so much already. Your guidance and examples have made us all better people. We love you. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a Cancer Society of your choice.

‘Ciao Bella’

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