Heather Jane Schindel

August 6, 1983December 19, 2018
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Heather Jane Schindel

Heather Jane Schindel, born August 6th 1983, age 35, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. She was born to Shirley and Dennis Schindel of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Heather grew up in Charleswood and graduated in 2001 from Oak Park High School. After high school she attended the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Asper School of Business. Shortly after, Heather returned to university to pursue a degree in education. She earned her Bachelor of Education jointly from the University of Winnipeg and Red River College. Heather spent her entire teaching career at Portage Collegiate Institute where she taught French and Business classes and made lasting relationships with many colleagues and students.

Heather always lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; hanging out with friends, spending time with her family or cuddling up on the couch with her two cats: Shadow and Oscar. She enjoyed travelling and exploring new places, she was never afraid to try something new. Heather had a sharp sense of humour and made friends easily. She was kind, loving and always put the feelings and needs of others before her own.

Heather is survived by her parents Shirley and Dennis Schindel, her brother Jeff Schindel (Kaitlynn), her loving grandmother Mathilda Schindel, her Aunt Val Wagar (William), her uncles: Ken Schindel (Echo), Lynnwood Wagar and her godparents Bonnie and Alex Ross. She will also be forever remembered by her extended family and beloved friends.

A celebration of life will take place at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at Thomson in the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Heather to the Winnipeg Humane Society or Craig Street Cats.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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Jennifer Mills

January 2, 2019

Just wanted to write and let you know that although I never got the opportunity to be in Ms.Schindels class ( semester 2 , she was going to be my teacher), I got the chance to meet her. On a regular basis, I was the first of my friend group to make it to our lunch meeting place where I would sit and wait. Each day she would come out of her room on the way for lunch with other staff members, she would stop and talk to me making sure that I was ok and such. It was wonderful to have someone make sure I was ok. She was such a kind and caring teacher.
I will miss our hallway talks at lunch time.

Brendan Doan

January 2, 2019

Ms. Schindel was an amazing teacher, she was the one that kept students interested in french and got them to learn as well. Ms. Schindel inspired me to learn more and travel which opened me up to experience so much. Rest in Peace Ms. Schindel

Anna Jongbloed

January 2, 2019

My sister passed away... we always called each other 'sister' since we met in 2001. Which was during an international exchange through the Rotary. I showed Heather as much as I could of The Netherlands and she showed me Canada (Winnipeg). She definitely changed my life. Always open en curious about other people, very smart and sharp with words. We had so much fun that we decided to go on a roadtrip - one year later. Travelling from Winnipeg to Vancouver and back, I still remember it as it were yesterday. I always had you at the back of my mind and although the distance, we kept in touch. Miss you terribly. My thought are with the family, such incredible loss.

Love, Anneke (Anna) - The Netherlands

Kristi Perrin

January 1, 2019

I had the immense privilege to be taught by Heather for my entire high school career and don’t have the words to explain what a tragic loss this is. Heather saw a potential in me and coached me into taking opportunities to strengthen not only my French but my character through the Explore program, the school Quebec and France trips, and embarking on a year-long exchange program to Belgium. I owe a lot of my love for travel and my fluency in French to her, both of which have served me extremely well in University (also Asper) and my professional life. Heather exemplified what it means to be present in the moment, to be an opportunist, and had the perfect sense of humour to compliment it. She will be lovingly remembered by more people than you could imagine. All of my thoughts and sincere prayers go out to her family and friends who are grieving this tragic loss.

Tasha Werbiski

December 31, 2018

Ms. Schindel was my former teacher for quite a few of my classes. She was always very welcoming and was always ready to lend a listening ear when needed. I personally used to rant to her about my day and school. She’d say,” well that’s school for ya” Or she’d make a joke. She was always laughing and smiling. I enjoyed being in her classes as she made the learning fun and she made our lessons into a more interactive learning experience. She will be forever missed by her students❤️

Angela Mills

December 31, 2018

Although I only knew Heather for a short time, I experienced her warmth and love during this time. She was welcoming to someone new coming onto staff, willing to share her knowledge & a wonderful woman all around. Her love for teaching and her students was evident in all that she did and her sense of humor was absolutely on point.
I enjoyed talking to her whether it was about student progress, her fundraising endeavors for students to travel or our own lives. She will be greatly missed.

Yolanda Yobb

December 29, 2018

A teacher affects eternity; [she] can never tell where [her] influence stops. -Henry Brooks Adams.

My son can home on Christmas break still wearing his ribbon from “purple” day, in honour of a favourite teacher. I was told purple was a favourite colour of Ms. Schindel’s.... We remember the way a good teacher inspires us. We remember the time they spent helping us get a difficult lesson just right. Thank you, Ms. Schindel for the fond memories of time spent in your classroom.

Sheyla Duncan

December 28, 2018

So lucky to have been taught and coached by such an amazing woman. Rest easy.

Beverly Bueckert

December 26, 2018

The trip to Scotland with Heather was amazing it will always be one of my fondest memories of her. Heather displayed a great spirit of adventure. She was a wonderful person. My sincerest condolences to her family .

Suzy Martins

December 26, 2018

I met Heather at Red River College when we both began our Education degrees. We quickly realized that we shared many life experiences - we both graduated from Commerce at the U of M, we both atudied a semester in France and now we were both pursuing a career in Education. Heather had an incredible sense of humour and a lightheartedness which made her an absolute pleasure to be around. We had every single class together over our 2 year degree. I will always remember her and all the laughs we shared.