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Anita (Giesbrecht) Schellenberg
December 22, 1949 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Anita Schellenberg, a cherished resident of Lacombe, Alberta, gracefully departed this world on January 18th, 2024 surrounded by the warmth of her home and the love of her family. Her health journey, marked by a heart attack in October and a subsequent terminal cancer diagnosis, was a testament to her unwavering courage, boundless grace, and infectious laughter. Anita faced the last few months of her life with a spirit that embraced every moment, sharing profound love through her words, deeds, and a continuous expression of gratitude. Her profound connection with her loved ones was evident in her constant hugs and an unwavering obsession with her babies, young and old, reminding those around her of the enduring love of God.
Anita entered this world on December 22, 1949, in Obregon, Mexico. The Giesbrecht family, driven by a pioneering spirit, embarked on a journey that led them to settle in the LaCrete area of Alberta when she was just a young girl. Rooted in tradition, the Giesbrechts became an integral part of the farming community, establishing enduring connections. In the course of her life's journey, Anita crossed paths with Bernard, and their union set the stage for a remarkable adventure in raising a family. Together, they traversed diverse communities, leaving their mark in places such as LaCrete, Manning, Boucher, Santa Cruz (Bolivia), High Level, and finally, Lacombe. Through their shared experiences, Anita and Bernard crafted a tapestry of memories that resonated across the landscapes of their varied homes.
Anita's love extended beyond her family, finding expression in various ways. Whether passionately cheering from the grandstand at sporting events for her children and grandchildren, revelling in outdoor activities such as camping, walking, gardening, or engaging in a spirited backyard game of volleyball, Anita lived life with an intensity that mirrored her competitive spirit. Her infectious enthusiasm made her a force to be reckoned with in any game of cards (You did not want to sit on her left), particularly in her favourite pastime, Aggravation, which was always ready for a round.
Anita was driven by profound passions that resonated deeply within her. Her commitment to serving both her family and society, particularly those who were underprivileged and marginalised, was unwavering. Anita dedicated her time, culinary expertise, childcare talents, and boundless devotion to numerous groups, organisations, families, and individuals. However, it was in the roles of grandma and great-grandma that her radiance truly shone, leaving an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness the warmth and love she shared within these familial bonds.
Anita is survived by her devoted husband, Bernard Schellenberg, and their loving children: Kathy (James) and their sons Adrian, Jordan and Jonathan (Amanda) with their son Oliver; Peter (Shauna) and their daughters Emery and Rylie; David (Erin) and their sons Jackson and Jase; Henry (Samantha) and their children Elijah, Isaiah, and Nevaeh; Jacob (Melanie) and their sons Skylar (Katherine) and Liam (Amy) with their children Charlotte, Gavin, and Odin, and their daughter Cady.
Anita's legacy of love, laughter, and indomitable spirit will forever resonate in the hearts of those she touched. May she rest in eternal peace, her memory a source of comfort and inspiration to all who were privileged to know her
Those wishing to pay their respects are invited to Wilson's Funeral Chapel on Friday, January 26, 2024 between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Life for Anita will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., at Wilson's Funeral Chapel, Lacombe, with a time of fellowship following the Service. A Private Family Interment will be held.