Donna Mae Ruckman
August 13, 1943 – September 23, 2020
With heavy hearts, the family of Donna Mae Ruckman announce her passing on the evening of September 23, 2020 at the age of 77 in Vernon, BC.
Predeceased by her parents, Joseph Gilmour Miller(June 7, 1958) and Lucy Mae Miller(August 23, 2007). Survived by her loving partner Elmer Scheidt, her son Dwaine (Teresa) Ruckman, her daughter Shelley (Leah) Ruckman, grand children Allie Ruckman, Megan Ruckman, Ashley Obrecht. Sisters Joanne Miller, Beverly Stahl and Vicki McKinnon, as well as, nieces and nephews, Bradley, Tyler, Shantel, Michael, Keith, Shauna, Courtney, best friend Margaret Jessiman and many blended family members.
Donna was born in Vancouver, BC and moved to Alberta in 1951. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator until she married and started a family, eventually moving the family to Vernon, BC in 1970. Later in life, she enjoyed a career in retail at Eaton’s and the Hudson Bay Company. She very much enjoyed the outdoors, spending weekends out at Fintry on Okanagan Lake camping and dirt biking with her kids. Baseball and golf were the sports she loved most, always making time to enjoy the beaches and the lakes around Vernon (Cosens Bay on Kalamalka Lake being her favorite) to bathe in the sun. The love of music was ever present in Donna. You would often find her playing the piano or accordian and she always enjoyed a night out dancing. She took pride and joy in being a grandmother to all her grandchildren.
Donna’s happiest years were those she shared with Elmer Scheidt, her loving partner for 35 years. They enjoyed many golf trips together with friends. A most memorable time was the Alaskan cruise she and Elmer took together. If we all loved the way Elmer Scheidt loves Donna, the world would be a better place, as his devotion to her is unwaivering.
The family would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Dr. Deetlef and all of the caregivers at Polson Extended. Their guidance throughout meant a lot to the family.
We encourage everyone who knew and loved Donna that wish to leave condolences to share a fond memory, a funny moment or a good time. It will be these memories that we will cherish and make this difficult time a little easier.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, no service will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna's memory may be made to The Alzheimer Society of Canada.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Donna Mae Ruckman
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October 1, 2020
October 1, 2020
I will miss you Sis... you are @ peace one day l will rest there with you. The memories come rushing back into my mind of you, Elmer, Shelley, Leah, Ashley, Dwaine, Teresa, Allie & Megan.
The summer camping @ Fintry with your family & mine.
The late night skinny dipping @ Okanagan Lake, dancing the evening away, campfires with friends we meet from Vancouver & Kelowna... Shelley & Dwaine racing around with their friends on dirt bikes.
You & Elmer always made us welcome in your home with Chief Elmer @ the grill. The laughs were many until l couldn’t breath. The tears l’ve cried when l had to say goodbye to my big Sis Donna...
But it’s only goodbye until we’re together again. So Rest In Peace Donna with the Angels by your side...
Love you Always
September 29, 2020
I have fond memories of my sister which I cherish especially of the times when our families were young and we would go to Vernon to visit Donna and her children Dwaine and Shelley as our children would have fun playing together. Donna always made us feel right at home. Such good times and lots of photos of us all to remember. My sister had a genuine gift from God as she was a talented piano player who played by ear which came so natural to her. I loved listening to her play as she played such beautiful music which seemed effortless for her. When our mom Lucy passed away in 2007 and the family all came together for the funeral it was like a family reunion which meant so much to all be together. She was kind hearted and brought all her sisters a small gift that was so thoughtful. These kind of gestures of simple times in our past meant the most to me. Donna's influence is plain to see in her two children Dwaine and Shelley as they are such responsible, down to earth, caring, family oriented parents to their children. I will miss her and hope to meet her again in eternity. God's peace be yours forever, sister.
Oceans of Love and Lots of Hugs, Bev