Keibel, Donna: Son, light of her life

Donna Joyce Keibel passed away at her home in Calgary on Oct. 7 following a short but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 74 years.

Donna was born in Hanna on May 16, 1941 to Ben and Martha (Stulberg) Keibel of Endiang, Ab. She grew up on the family farm in the Endiang district with older sisters Margaret and Shirley.

Donna received her education at the Endiang school and at an early age developed a love of music and learned to play the guitar and accordion.

Following her schooling, Donna took nursing aide training and worked a variety of jobs throughout her life.

Donna will be remembered as a fun-loving person with a kind heart who often helped those less fortunate than herself.

The light of her life was her son Richard Allen “Rick” Keibel who was born on Oct. 1, 1963. She maintained a very close bond with her only child throughout her life.

Donna never forgot her rural roots and enjoyed animals and growing plants and for a time raised purebred cats. She also always enjoyed buying “real” cow’s cream, farm-fresh eggs and farm-grown garden produce whenever she could.

Although Donna lived the majority of her adult life in Calgary she also lived in various places in Alberta including Stettler and for the last year of her life Vilna, Ab. where the small community and rural life reminded her of the town she grew up in.

When her health failed she returned to Calgary for the final weeks of her life.

Donna was predeceased by her father Ben in 1965, her sister Margaret (Anderson) Cook in 1985 and her mother Martha in 1990.

She leaves to mourn her passing her son Rick Keibel, her sister Shirley (Ray) Hieb, nephews Jack Anderson, Kevin Hieb and Brad Hieb and nieces Brandi Anderson and Kim Hieb, aunts Carol Stulberg and Martha Stulberg, as well as many cousins, great-nieces and nephews and friends.

At Donna’s request there was no funeral service.

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