In Memory of

Darlene

Dale

Schade

Obituary for Darlene Dale Schade

In the late hours of December 19, 2023, Darlene went home to be with her Heavenly Father. She knew acute adversity for most of her seventy-five years on this earth, but the process connected her to our suffering Saviour in ways most will never know. It taught her tremendous patience and the secret of contentment as Paul described in Philippians 4:12. Wheelchair bound for many years and debilitated further with a rare skin condition in her latter months, God’s good purposes in her still prevailed.
Darlene is predeceased by her parents, Henry and Ottillie Schade, sister, Vionna Hladky, and brother, Garnet Schade. She is survived by her two youngest siblings, Brian (Debbie) Schade and Glenda (Mark) Berg, nephews Mark (Deanna), Nathan (Kerri), Ryan, Stuart, and Carter Schade, and Joel Hladky; nieces Anja (Nathan Grynol) Hladky and Julia Schade; great-nephews Jonas, Eli, and Adam Schade and great-niece Emma Schade.
Darlene was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but spent her early years on the family farm in Greenwald, MB. As the first of the Schade siblings she set an example of serving and helping that her parents were very proud of. She always found ways to encourage and support her brothers and sisters and sought to make each one feel special and loved in ways that were unique to each of them.
At first, Darlene dreamed of being a nurse, but the sciences just didn’t hold her attention. Rather she took the skills she acquired as a big sister/helper and turned those towards a teaching career. She would teach in various schools from Lowe Farm, Manitoba, to Maple Leaf School in Winnipeg to Robert Andrews School in Birds Hill. Although she began her career as an elementary teacher, she soon moved into an area of her first love as a Teacher-Librarian. Well-read and articulate, she enjoyed inspiring a love of books, particularly at the Junior High level. The fun-loving and pretty “Miss Schade” was a favourite among many of them.
Darlene was adventurous and loved to travel. She interrupted her teaching career to pursue a year at Capenwray Bible School in Sweden and on Thetis Island in British Columbia. Her desire was to deepen her faith as she grew in her knowledge of God’s Word. She always loved to be involved at church and lead youth groups over the years. Darlene was outgoing and enjoyed being among people. Her presence among her church family always inspired and her generosity never wavered. The love and care shown her by the Body of Christ at Crosspoint Community Church, Winnipeg is something her family will always cherish.
Darlene’s life took a drastic turn in her late twenties when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The disease slowly and surely took away aspects of life she had previously counted on and enjoyed, but she bravely continued to teach and turned to other means by which to serve. At forty-two years of age, the effects of her diagnosis forced her to give up the job she loved. For a short time afterward, she volunteered in elementary schools and tutored foreign students in English, at Catherine Booth College where she won an award for Volunteer of the Year.
For as long as she could, Darlene lived independently with the help of her family (of which her parents were foremost) and compassionate workers in our healthcare system. She was a favourite among them, for her quick laugh and easy-going nature. Without her dedicated and loving caregivers, Darlene’s quality of life would not have been the same. In her latter years, Penny Delaurier and Pen Bautista helped to support her with love and commitment that were truly unmatchable, and that her family will never forget. They are also eternally grateful for the care of her doctors of many years; Dr. Christine Duprat, Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie and Dr. Eleni Giannoulli.
A private celebration of Darlene’s life took place on Saturday, December 23rd, at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg. Interment at Glen Eden Cemetery, 4477 Main Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if donations would be made to the Family Support Centre of Winnipeg, 650 Broadway Ave. West, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2C 0X3, of which Darlene was a faithful supporter.