1951 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Schmidt(2018)

It is with great sadness that the family of Deborah “Debby” Jane Schmidt, announce her passing in Medicine Hat on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the age of 67 years. Debby’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband of 43 years, Wayne Schmidt; beloved son, Michael (Natasha) Schmidt (Chase, Ryland, Holden); daughter, Melanie (Patrick) Schmunk (Dayton, Skyler); brother, Stuart (Sharon) LeBlanc; sister, Yvonne Toms (Derm Hynes); brother-in-law, Terry (Dorothy) Schmidt; sister-in-law, Elaine Schmidt; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as well as eight nieces and her many friends, especially her ‘bestie’ of 30 years, Marilyn (Len) Heckbert. Debby was predeceased by her parents, Leonard and Violet LeBlanc and her father and mother-in-law, Frank and Doris Weimer. Debby was born in Medicine Hat to the late Leonard and Violet LeBlanc on February 22, 1951. Life as they knew it would never be the same. With this special gift, they raised a kind, loving and caring daughter who became an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and loyal friend. Her spirit and influence will remain in the lives of all who knew her. Debby quietly departed this life while surrounded by the people she loved so dearly and was comforted by knowing she would reunite with her Mom and Dad in heaven. Special thanks to the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice for the exceptional care provided to Debby. A come and go celebration of Debby’s life will be held in the Helen Beny Gibson Lounge (First Floor in City Hall) on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Debby may be made to the Medicine Hat SPCA, 55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 8E8 or to the Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre, 1002 South Railway Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2W2.


  1. Ron Meier:
    Jun 12, 2018 at 07:57 PM

    So sorry to hear of Debby passing away. She was always such a friendly and wonderful person.

  2. Barb & Ray Bockman:
    Jun 12, 2018 at 10:21 PM

    To Debbys family - hang onto and treasure all the good memories to help you thru this sad time. Debby was a warm wonderful gal with a great smile and a very caring heart. Our thoughts are with you!

  3. Vicki Thome:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 09:43 AM

    2705-McCaig Cres.S.E.
    Really saddened to hear of Debbie's passing. Such a beautiful lady. I never saw her without a smile on her face.

  4. Beverly Morisseau:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 09:50 AM

    Good morning Wayne and family. So sorry to hear of the loss of one so special to you. My heart and thoughts go out to you at this time. May you find strength in your loving memories. Hugs to everyone. Bev Morisseau

  5. Larry & Pam Godin:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    A life well-lived!! Debby was a wonderful friend and a great human-being. As Larry once said - "This world would be a better place if there were more Debby's in it." And we will miss her.

  6. Norm Boucher:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Message to Wayne and the Schmidt family! Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Debby! She was a gift to you and the family but also a great Ambassador for the City of Medicine Hat. Her devotion to service to others was unmatched. Her smile will be missed but so is the love for life and people around her. I thank her, you and your family for having shared this wonderful woman with all of us who worked at the City. God bless her and your family!
    Sanja and Norm Boucher

  7. Doris Gillis (Morisseau):
    Jun 13, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    So sorry to hear of your loss Wayne and family. You are all in my thoughts and prayer. My deepest sympathies 💕💕

  8. Roxy Schimpf:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 03:05 PM

    Dear Wayne and family, I was so saddened to hear of Debby's passing. She was a wonderful person with that beautiful smile and bubbling personality. Just hang on to all the wonderful memories and cherish them forever. May God comfort you all at this sad time. Love Roxy.

  9. Julie Schuh:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 03:32 PM

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this very very sad time Melanie, Pat and family. My heart is broken for your devastating loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of terrible sorrow. God Bless. Love Julie Schuh❤️😢🙏

  10. Lorne Krause:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 05:03 PM

    Wayne and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Hardly seems over 40 yrs ago seeing you both at Tiger hockey games.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  11. Neil schaufele:
    Jun 13, 2018 at 10:55 PM

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time

  12. Diana Campbell-Marchand:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 04:16 AM

    My sincere condolences to you Wayne and family! Special hugs and thoughts to Dayton and Skyler!
    I was very saddened to read of Debby’s passing. She has left an indelible memory in the hearts and minds of all of us who knew her and were touched by her effervescent smile, caring words and ways and her sparkling eyes. We were all blessed by her presence among us! I shall definitely miss bumping into her and having our conversations! Heaven has definitely inherited a wonderful angel who I’m sure will be watching over you all. Blessings of Peace to you and the family!

  13. Mike Bannow:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 09:22 AM

    Mike and Natasha and family. Our deepest sympathies on the passing of your Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike and Dian

  14. Shirley-Ann Zacher & Peggy Dauncey & families:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 01:31 PM

    Our sincere condolence for your heartbreaking loss. Know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time and including you in our prayers.

  15. Allen W. Helm:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 02:12 PM

    Sorry to hear of the lose of your family's loved one, Debby. Always smiling and talking about you Wayne, her children, then her grandchildren. She will be missed. Sorry couldn't make it for come and go, but I will always be A friend if you need something
    R.I.P. now Deborah... will miss you lots xox

  16. Jack Stephanson:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 05:27 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of Debby's passing, little can I say...other than "I am thinking about you Wayne, the Kids and all the family". I hope our God blesses all with the strength and hope to carry on.

    Very Best Regards


  17. Don and Rae Knutson:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 06:36 PM

    Wayne and family. I remember when I first met Debbie back in the 60’s and then again when we worked together at the City. Always enjoyed her bubbly personality and especially her smile. She will always be remembered in our hearts

  18. Colleen Freundl:
    Jun 14, 2018 at 07:44 PM

    276 Connaught Dr. S.W. To Wayne and Debbie's Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Debbie was a beautiful person inside and out! She was truly a special person to everyone she met! She will be sadly missed by many! I see her as a beautiful angel in heaven.

  19. Marilyn Heckbert:
    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the family. Saying goodbye to my dearest and sweetest and of course "bestie", was so difficult. Debby taught me about unconditional love, about the rewards of kindness, about never judging (cause you just don't know about someone elses trials and tribulations) and of course the true meaning of friendship. She was a warrier until the end and I am so proud to call her my friend. Keep her memories close. We now have a special angel watching over us.

  20. Emma Nelson-Yanke/Ray Yanke:
    Jun 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    It was a pleasure knowing Debbie, never seen her without that beautiful smile. She served the City well in her employment.
    We want to offer our condolences to her family on her passing. She will be missed by many. Our special thoughts go to her brother Stuart & his family as well.
    Emma Nelson-Yanke/Ray Yanke

  21. maureen boswell latondresse:
    Jun 16, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Wayne, our deepest condolences to you and all of your family. Deb will sadly be missed. Such a loss to all the lives that Deb touched throughout her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  22. Kevin & Nancy Yackel:
    Jun 24, 2018 at 06:47 PM

    Wayne & Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Debby was a special person - always smiling and kind to everyone. My special memory of Debby is seeing her sitting on the bench (in front of your house) petting the bunny. She looked so content. That's how I will remember her. Hugs to all of you.

  23. Brian Boschee:
    Jul 25, 2018 at 12:51 AM

    Wayne, its been so many years since we were best friends riding our Hondas , I have so many fond memories of you and Debbie. My sister Bonnie just informed me of Debbie's passing, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I will try and contact you by phone.