SCHIEMAN, Gwen Eva (née Chappell)Posted: December 14th, 2020
April 29, 1931 – Oxbow, Saskatchewan
December 5, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gwen who died peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Calgary, at the age of 89.
Beloved wife of the late Bill Schieman, she will be dearly missed by her daughters, Carol Anderson (Jeffrey), Arlene Buchan (Jamie), and son Doug. Gwen was much loved by her grandchildren, Bill (Shaina), Ryan, Rachel (Taylor), Tyler, Ashley (Alex), and Taylor; and her great-grandson Ezra.
Gwen was born and raised in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, with her four siblings, Don (Donna), Lenna (Don), Mac (Jeanette), and Blair (Betty). Here she began her career in the bank. Gwen was active in the community and with her love of sports. She played baseball, curled and was a dedicated Roughrider fan. Gwen enjoyed playing saxophone in a dance band and was involved musically in the church. She was married in 1954, and moved to Edmonton to support Bill’s University endeavours.
In 1962 the family moved to Regina where Gwen discovered her three favourite lifelong activities – curling, golf and playing bridge. She ran a busy household, and volunteered in the schools, church and community. Gwen also loved spending family time with the Schieman and Chappell clans whenever possible.
Gwen moved to Medicine Hat in 1967. She was involved with her children in many activities, especially sports and music, which inspired their lifelong passions. Gwen was an extraordinarily dedicated volunteer. She served as a CGIT leader, was active in UCW, Meals on Wheels, VON, the Kiwanis Swim Club and wherever else her skills were needed.
Gwen’s journey continued with a move to Calgary in 2005 where she was able to participate in her grandchildren’s football games, hockey games, wrestling tournaments, figure skating, gymnastics, soccer, dance and music lessons. She was either sewing costumes or cheering with gusto in the stands! Having a “sweet tooth” Gwen was always baking and sharing with others. She maintained her passion for curling, golf and bridge into her 80s. Gwen loved to travel with friends and family, creating many cherished memories.
The family will hold a private interment service at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Gwen’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Carewest Sarcee for their compassion. A special thank you to Dr. Wong who went above and beyond all expectations to help facilitate our goodbyes.
In living memory of Gwen Schieman, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.
I fondly remember Gwen in my singing lesson days, under the tutelage of Carol. Gwen and Bill would often come to recitals, just to be supportive. She was a warm, comfortable and humorous lovely woman to be around. I am sure her unique personality kind heart will be dearly missed. So sorry, Carol and family–we grieve your loss.
I am so sorry to hear about your mom, Doug. It sounds like she had a full and wonderful life and you and your sisters are blessed to have your mom with you for so many years. I’m thinking of you Doug and your sisters. Be well
My heart holds so many memories of Gwen. For as long as I can remember, Gwen was the peanut butter to my Mom’s jelly. The two of them painted the town red on many trips to Vegas. She will be missed by so many, including my Mom. Sending love and hugs to you all.
Was so sorry to read of your lovely moms passing.I remember her so very well, Always positive and cheerful. Gwen and your dad were very good pals of mom and dad, so sad to hear another of their circle left to be with those beloved to them before.Your mom saved my day once, as she was an excellent cook,and rescued me from a failure with recipe!Big deal,as was for a very large gathering. Hoping you are all well , and please know your mom was loved.sincerely Lorie
Gwen was a true friend to many as well she was Fun and Kind to our mother Betty Stephanson!! They were neighbors and Bridge partners. You will all dearly miss her but I doubt that she will be sleeping long because Jesus will resurrect her and no resident will ever say that they are sick again. In the meantime I pray for you all to be comforted 🙏🏽💙💙🙏🏽