Lorene Donhauser

Lorene Annie Donhauser (Schleppe)

Tuesday, September 25th, 1934 - Friday, September 22nd, 2023
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Please share your favorite memory of Lorene to be included in a special keepsake book for the family.
Mrs. Lorene (Rene) Donhauser passed away with her family by her side at Red Deer Hospice, Red Deer, Alberta on Friday, September 22, 2023 at the age of 88 years. Lorene is lovingly survived by the love of her life, Pius Donhauser. They were married June 29, 1974 and combined their beautiful family together with eight children, Patricia Turner, Robert Turner, Gale (Ernie) Kirkham (nee Turner), Rhonda Morison (nee Turner), Jeffrey Turner, Rick (Ann) Donhauser, Terry (Rose) Donhauser, and Garth (Gail) Donhauser. She is also lovingly remembered by her eight grandchildren: Marissa, Mark, Randy, Daryl, Colton, Connor, Taylor, Megan and seven great grandchildren. Lorene was born at home on the farm in Acme, Alberta on September 25,1934. She was the youngest of seven children and the beloved daughter of Katherine (Katie) Schleppe (nee Schwartzenberger) and Valentine Schleppe. Lorene is predeceased by her parents Katherine and Valentine and siblings, Joseph, Catherine, Clarence, Clara and Raymond and is survived by her sister Elnora. Lorene welcomed everyone into her home, the coffee pot was always on. She was kind and loving and cared deeply about her family and her friends. She always had time to listen, make you smile, and she loved to laugh. Lorene was a happy, positive, selfless, gentle, humorous, strong, hardworking, wise and courageous woman. As an avid horse person, she rode competitive trail, taught dressage and enjoyed pleasure riding with her girlfriend's Fern and Marg. She trained racehorses on her half mile racetrack outback. Lorene and Pius put a lot of time and effort into doing trail rides for cancer research and fundraising. Lorene had a green thumb; her flowers were stunning and she loved spending time in her beautiful rock garden and enjoyed watching the Purple Martins nesting and returning each year to their many bird houses. This amazing woman created a balance in her hard-working life with her love of nature, animals, and family. She had many hobbies, one of which was painting beautiful acrylic and watercolor pieces. Clogging, square dancing, and playing darts with special friends Faye, Doreen, and Zel was always a great time, as well she also enjoyed crafting and teaching ceramics. We ALL loved her cooking, especially her butter horns, cinnamon buns and butter tarts! Friends are welcome to join our family in a Celebration of Life at Heartland Funeral Services Chapel, 4415 49 Street, Innisfail, Alberta on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Our family is very grateful for the exceptional, heartfelt care and kindness given at the Red Deer Hospice. If you are unable to attend the Celebration of Life, please go to home page and click on the Live Stream button on the top right hand side just prior to 1:00 p.m. The recorded Celebration of Life will be available to watch on Saturday on Lorene’s page under Photo’s and Video’s. If desired, Memorial Donations in Lorene's honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4R 3S6 or at “A leaf has fallen from the Tree Of Life where it has blessed the earth. We all continue to walk in the wonderful memories of Lorene.” Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed at Arrangements in care of: Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., 4415 – 49 Street, Innisfail, Alberta. Phone: 403.227.0006
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    Friday, September 29th, 2023 | 1:00pm
    Friday, September 29th, 2023 1:00pm
    Heartland Funeral Services Chapel, Innisfail
    4415 49th Street
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    Innisfail Cemetery
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    In Loving Memory Of

    Lorene Donhauser

    September 25, 1934 - September 22, 2023

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Rhonda Morison

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Tribute 1 - by Rhonda Morison

Besides her love and marriage to Pius, the most important things to our mom were the following.

#1 - Her Family…
Mom always wanted to keep her “Chicklets” close to the nest. This being said, she never ever hampered our growth or ability to fly. In fact, she was our biggest cheerleader! This encouragement and support filtered on throughout our lives.

#2 - Her Daisy Dog
We always teased mom that she had more pictures of Daisy on the wall than she had of her own children and we’d have a good chuckle. (We even have proof of this on a picture in the slide show.)

#3 - Her Horses, especially RIFA.
When we hosted their big Arabian horse sale in the arena and RIFA went up for auction, the tears flowed heavy at having to let her go. When all was said and done, the dust settled, the horse trailers loaded and the buyers off… there stood RIFA. We bought RIFA back from the buyer, as a surprise for mom, and RIFA lived out her final years with mom by her side. We trust mom is riding in the wind with RIFA and her other favourite horse named “Bit of Congo.”

Side story… Did you know that mom was still riding Bit of Congo on the half mile race track well into her 50’s. An amazing woman for sure!

#4 - Her Flower Gardens
When it came to gardening and designing flowerbeds, mom was a master! Her love of her gardens was evident when we’d grab a coffee and meander through to see what was blooming now. It was a special time to share, and it brought her so much joy showing something she loved so much. Mom, Pat, and Gale, were gifted with a green thumb I, unfortunately was gifted with a black thumb. When I bought my place in Arizona, I asked mom to fly out and help me not only design my flower garden, but plant flowers that I wouldn’t kill. It turned out spectacular and we had a blast.

#5 - Her Love of Nature and Animals
I am guessing that many of us here in this room today have been inspired and affected in one way or another by mom’s love of nature and kindness to animals. She used to say “I don’t need to sit in a church to be close to God, I see more of God’s miracles in one day in the barn than most people see in a lifetime.” Mom wasn’t a religious person, per se, but her connection with nature and spirit was deep and strong.

Mom’s love of animals reminds me of a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi.

“The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mom’s treatment of animals was admirable, to say the least. No animal under mom’s wing ever went hungry or felt unloved (kinda like us kids). From horses, to cats, to dogs, (and even strays) to one of the most unique pets she had as a young girl. You’ll never ever in 1 million years guess what she befriended on the family farm… Apparently, as a young girl, she trapped a wild badger. Yep, you heard me right, a badger. She said she put it in a cage (God only knows how) and talked to it every day… then started to pet it with a stick over and over… and finally opened the door and had the badger in her arms. Once again, connected and amazing!

#6 - The People She Met…
I am guessing that there isn’t one of you here today that hasn’t been touched by, inspired by, cherished by, or loved by this beautiful woman, in one way or another. There are so many stories we could share about the journey along this path, called life, that we so graciously were able to experience with mom, but I’ll end on this one.

We would not be the people we are today, would not have been able to get through all of life’s ups and downs without this woman standing by our side.

She is strength, she is kindness, she is honour, she is an integrity, she is truth, she is courage, she is inspiration, and most of all, she is love.

Our daily phone calls and frequent visits will have to be done through the ethers now mom, but I know you’ll be listening.

On a final note, a message to you our mom, we love you to the moon and back and hold dearly in our souls the gifted “Forever Hugs.” Thank you mom, for being you!
Love Rhonda

Tribute 2 - by Pat Turner

Mom left me with so many gifts to share. She taught me life lessons that have enriched my life in so many different ways. 

Mom taught me to be kind and generous, to work hard and help others, she taught me to respect my elders to give back items borrowed in better condition than when they were received. She taught me to share a smile and a hug whenever it was needed, to go out in nature and work in the garden when I was worried or stressed. She taught me to laugh from my soul and to be grateful for the kindness of others. She taught me to get back on the horse and ride if I fell down on my journey through life; to never give up.  Mom taught me to listen with compassion to those who are struggling. She taught me that beauty is only skin deep and that everyone has value. Mom taught me that no one is perfect and that we all make a mistake once in a while. Mom taught me that the little things matter; they may be big things to someone else. Mom taught me the importance of family and good friends in my life.

A mother's love is the heartbeat of the family. 

Always in my heart, Mom. I will love you forever… Pat

Tribute 3 - by Jeff Turner

Tough Love
When I was in my teens the subject came up about someone getting in trouble and ending up in jail. I asked mom what she would you do if I ever ended up in jail and she flat out said... “if you ever end up in jail don’t waste your dime calling me to come bail you out. If you do the crime you do the time.” 
That was about as “tough love”as my mom ever got...and it worked. To this day I’ve never had to spend that free dime to phone anyone!

Mission Impossible
My mom was always there for me when I needed to talk, needed a shoulder to cry on or when I got hurt.
I recall when we lived in Beiseker I was playing with lawn darts in backyard and instead of aiming for the rings on the ground I thought it would be fun to throw them straight up in the air and try to move out of the way before they hit the ground (yeah I know... smart like Post) it was fun...until it wasn’t.
I lost one of the darts in the glare of the sun and couldn’t see it, unfortunately for me it had no trouble finding the corner of my eye. 
Of course mom came to the rescue and drove me all the way to the hospital in Calgary to get treatment and an eyepatch.
On another occasion I ended up breaking my wrist falling off a ladder and again Mom was there to take me to the emergency room to get my very first cast. Less than a week later I would have another (smart like Post moment) when I thought that I could still go for a skate session on my half pipe, despite having a cast on my left arm.
I tried to bail on a trick, planted my foot wrong and broke my ankle in three places. 
Not only did mom take me to the emergency room, she snuck back in “mission impossible style” after visiting hours to make sure my ankle was iced and I was o.k.

The Greatest Gift
Mom always took the time to make our birthdays extra special. She would even take meal requests.
Mine was usually lasagna with either cherry cheesecake or lemon meringue pie for dessert.
On my 16th birthday when I got home from school mom said she had a surprise for me and asked me to follow her upstairs. When we reached the top of the stairs she asked me to close my eyes, she then opened the door to my room and led me inside. She said OK open your eyes and look up. 
When I did she said “Surprise...Happy Birthday.”
I was amazed at what I saw! 
While I was at school mom had painstakingly patterned out and hammered countless little nails into the ceiling of my room and then proceeded to create the most beautiful “String Art Design” I had ever seen. To top it off Mom replaced my light bulb with a black light that made the string look like lasers. The amount of time, planning and effort it must have taken Mom to stand on a chair, measure out and pound each one of those nails in, just for me, is something I will never forget.
It was one of the best birthday presents I have ever received.

A Thank You and Tribute From Pius Donhauser - read by daughter Rhonda

As most of you know Rene and I have a blended family of eight amazing kids. (I added the amazing part)

One time, as a joke, I said to my dad “I am going to have more kids than you do,” he had 14 at the time… I’ll tell you how I have made those words come true.

Over the past 45 years Rene and I have met some exceptional people and welcomed them into our lives in a special way. Over the years we have come to take those “extra special ones” and coin them our “adopted children.”

The first “adopted daughter” was Rhonda’s best school friend, Caroline Petty. She always teased she was born into the wrong family as we had her love and passion, the horses, the arena etc.

Second to the clan, was our first “adopted son” Tom Graham. Such a special guy, always a friend and always a part of the family.

Third, was another “adopted son,” Norm Neale. Daisy dog loved him too and would wander to his place next door and bring him back for coffee. Soon after his wife followed him to Alberta, our second “adopted daughter” Cheryl arrived. These two were the best neighbours one could ever ask for!

Fifth to the adoptee list was Dave Whitely. A stellar guy that would give the shirt off his back for us, finished our basement, and makes the best smoked meat ever!

Next, another “adopted daughter,” Sandra Griffin. Sandra is a good friend of Rhonda and worked along side her to set up for weekly garage sales when our “40 years of stuff” on the acreage was sold. This earned her the adopted daughter badge.

A good friend and mechanic, Terry Wagers then met the criteria and he too earned the “adopted son status”. Making the number seven.

The final adoptee, Rose, came into our lives through our son Terry and is loved just like our own.

So if we do the tally, Rene’s five, my three, and our additional eight adopted kids, I can confidently say “hey dad we beat ya!”

Together Rene and I created a big family that we are very proud of. During these hard times we have all become closer and grew together through Renes passing. I love all of you very much and thank you for being there for us both.

A card gifted but left unread. This message is for you Rene…

“I don’t take any moment we spend together for granted. When you are not around, I feel it…Things are a little less exciting, less fun. But on the plus side, it makes me appreciate all we have even more. So just know, whenever we’re apart - I AM THINKING OF YOU- and already counting down the minutes until we can see each other again.
I love you, Pius.

Rhonda Morison

Posted at 03:16pm
EULOGY - Written by her daughter, Rhonda Morison on behalf of the family.

Welcome to all of you here today... we come together on this day to pay tribute to a special woman that has touched our lives in one way or another, just by being the beautiful, kind, loving, caring soul that she was.

Rene would be very pleased and honoured to see all of you here today to share in this celebration as it was her family and friends that were the most important in her life.

So where does one start to make tribute to this amazing woman, known as Lorene (Rene) Donhauser?

I realized that to capture the essence and spirit of this amazing soul one would only have to ask a simple question “in what way did this woman touch your heart?” The list is long, the memories many, but there is a common theme that provides a snapshot of who she was, her life, and the legacy she has left behind. And that legacy is this…

“Lorene was nothing short of pure love, an old soul, full of wisdom and inspiring to many. She touched the hearts of everyone who was gifted to meet her and she will never be forgotten.”

Some of the additional heartfelt messages from family and friends paint an even clearer picture of her character.

“Rene was a unique individual, great at so many things and just a genuine, compassionate person, she will be missed dearly.”

“Rene was a trooper, admired her strong positive attitude, always enjoying life, making the best of it, even when it was hard.”

“Your mom was so proud of you kids, always sharing stories of you with a beautiful big smile and a twinkle in her eye.”

“Rene was an unbelievable person, she will always be in our hearts, especially mine.”

“Rene was tireless and determined, she had courage, integrity, dignity. She was kind, caring, welcoming and lived life from the perspective of joy.”

“Rene never made judgement, just accepted people where they were at.”

“Best grandma a guy could ask for! I love her so much and will always remember the frogs, the farm and all the good times.”

“Rene was a bright spot in everyones life, our loss of her here is devastating, but to all our loved ones gone ahead, she is a blessing. Her smile, her laughter, her caring will be deeply missed.”

I am going to guess that these words resonate deeply with each and everyone of you who had the pleasure and the honour of sharing time with her and creating your own memories.

Rene was the youngest of seven children, and grew up on a farm raising rabbits and horses. She worked hard as a young girl but took time to enjoy the pleasures of nature, riding horses, tromping through cow pies, and laying on her back watching the clouds.

Once this young lady grew up and left the farm she met and married Ken Turner and they had five children. Mom raised us as a single mother until Pius, the love of her life, came along. I was too young to remember most of what she was faced with raising five children those first scarce years but I can say this… we never felt unloved, uncared for or neglected by her. She was an amazing, strong, courageous mother who always put her kids first.

In addition to caring for a large blended family, working in the horse barn and all the effort it takes to have show horses, mom also assisted with the plumbing business. After the business and horses were sold, the kids left home and she fully retired with Pi, a new chapter in her life began. Mom loved to beautify her flower garden, did a bit more acrylic and water-colour painting and enjoyed sitting with Pi as they watched the Purple Martin birds. She loved to cheer on the BlueJays baseball team with Pi, play Thursday darts with her special friends and enjoy coffee and conversation with her beloved family and friends. Mom lived a full life, touched many hearts and made lasting memories. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

On a final note, I would like to say thank you to the RedDeer Hospice Society for making moms last few weeks comfortable, loving, and peaceful at what mom and I coined the “luxury hotel”.

With honour and admiration we say farewell to this amazing woman and look forward to when we meet her again.

Jan Bell

Posted at 09:59am
As a young teen aged girl, I came to live with my beloved Auntie Rene and family.
Auntie had no idea why I came to live with her, but that didn’t matter. I was welcomed with open arms and love.
Over the course of living with Auntie and family, I learned a valuable lesson. Take nothing for granted, work hard, help others and, well, you know, let’s go to the barn! Stalls to clean.
Auntie Rene’s love of horses and animals(birds) gardening was a special connection between us. More animals than gardening. Horse especial!
Being in the barn with the horses and Auntie Rene, the stories told made us both giggle.
Auntie Rene was a very special person. Her welcoming big heart will live on in my heart.
You will be missed dearly, but my memories of you will forever be in my heart.
Aka Little Janet

Anne Rick Donhauser

Posted at 05:36pm
Pat, Rob, Gale, Rhonda, and Jeff
We are really sorry to hear of the loss of your mom.
We send our love and prayers of support and strength to you all.
Just know a mother's love is always with her children.
Her goodness, her caring, and her wisdom live on through you and will always be with you, hope that love surrounds you and brings you peace and comfort.
She will be remembered and missed.
Our heartfelt sympathies to you all and to your families.
Much love Anne and Rick Donhauser

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