Deborah ZIMMEL
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ZIMMEL, Deborah Marie
1958 - 2015
Beloved wife, mother and friend Deborah Marie Zimmel passed away suddenly September 26, 2015 at the young age of 57. Deborah's loving heart will be remembered by her husband David, her lovely daughters Genna and Lyndsay, her extended family, especially her brother-in-law Terry Zimmel and many dear friends. She was born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia on July 31, 1958, the second oldest of nine children, to Malcolm and Marie McNeil. Upon graduation she moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba then Edmonton, Alberta working in advertising. There she met her husband David and on February 23, 1985 they were married. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year. On April 20, 1988 they were blessed with the birth of their first daughter Genna Barbara and almost three years later, on April 11, 1991 their second daughter Lyndsay Marie was born. To Deborah, her daughters became her life. She loved them so much. She loved being a mom. David and Deborah raised their daughters in Edmonton and in 2006 moved to Springbank, Calgary. Deborah cherished her husband, daughters and the many communities she was so much a part of. She touched so many lives in profound ways. Her smile, thoughtfulness and unique ability to care so intimately for others touched her family and friends every day. She truly was a "very special gift from God" that will be deeply missed. A personal thank you from the family to her true friends: Cindy, Shannon, Kathy, Terri, Carol, Melody, Karina, and many others who supported Deborah endlessly throughout her illness the past two years. A Celebration of Deborah's Life will be held at Eden Brook Funeral Home (17th Avenue and Lower Springbank Road S.W.) on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Donations if desired can be sent in memory of Deborah directly to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation (PO Box 204, Norwood, NJ, 07648, Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2015.
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February 15, 2018
Dear Dave, Genna and Lyndsay, I only just found out about Debbie's passing today. This news truly breaks my heart. She was one of the classiest, funniest, most loving lady I have had the privilege to meet. Thinking about her always made me smile. She was such a beautiful person. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you.
Sylvie Desjardins
April 1, 2017
You are as beautiful as the first time I met you. I think we were both 16? I remember thinking I'd give anything to be as pretty as you! What a beautiful soul u were, Deb. Wish ur girls could have had you longer.
February 27, 2017
Thank you all for your loving words over the years. My family sincerely appreciates "family from Spruce Grove" for keeping this Guest Book permanently open and available.
In association with the Calgary Foundation, our family has started a fund to raise awareness, education and provide further support to those suffering from Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Our inaugural fundraiser will be held at Studio Bell, the home of the National Music Centre in Calgary on May 27th, 2017. All proceeds raised will be granted to the Wings of Hope Foundation. Further details, ways to donate and tickets can be found at

Thank you again. Warm thoughts <3
Genna Zimmel
January 9, 2017
Dear Dave, Genna & Lindsay; I only just became aware if Debbie's passing and it breaks my heart. Such a truly loving and genuine person. Please know my love and thoughts are with you all. Far too soon... ❤
Cathy Williamson
September 22, 2016
Deb, it's been almost a year and I miss you just as much.
Going to the next MNP meeting will not be the same. One of my best memories of you was watching you come down the escalator in Chicago. You were laughing and you looked so beautiful. I remember thinking, all is well. I was wrong.
Miss you forever.
December 20, 2015
I was so sad to hear about Debbie's passing. I have such fond memories of her in New York and Washington in 2002...she really made that trip for me. She was a good friend and I'm sorry she wasn't able to meet my husband and new son. My deepest sympathies to her husband and girls.
Amanda Whitley (nee' Mann)
October 16, 2015
Dave, I just heard this...and words cannot express how sad I am for you and your family's loss. My very sincerest condolences.
Bryan Pinney
October 11, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to Debbie's family
John & Ban Doyle
October 10, 2015
Dear David, Genna and Lyndsay I am so very sorry to hear about Debbie. This very shocking and saddening to me as I am sure it is to you all. My heart goes out to you all, Debbie was just such a wonderful person, she will really be missed but we have a wonderful hope of seeing our loved ones again. Love Debbie Lakusta (Kussasky)
October 6, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear about Debbie's passing. I will always remember Aunt Debbie for her fierce love of her girls and her husband Dave. She was a truly beautiful lady inside and out, and I've always had the hugest respect for her...always will. My heart goes out to you all.
Jill McNeil-Dean
October 4, 2015
David, Genna and Lyndsay... we are so sorry for your loss. God bless.
Anne Spelliscy Lorne Brooks
October 4, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Dave and family. Debbie was a lovely woman, inside and out and will be deeply missed.
Becky and Andrew Wreggitt
October 4, 2015
Debbie, you will forever be missed. I cherish the moments I had with you. Always look forward to having a morning coffee and talking about life. I haven't met anyone like you. You're truly a beautiful spirit from the inside out. Dave, Genna and lyndsay my sincere condolences to all of you. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time.
Chantelle Wise
October 2, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss Dave, Genna and Lindsay. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Aaron & Tianna grenier
October 2, 2015
There are no words to say how deeply sorry I am to hear of your loss. I knew Deborah when she worked at Valerianne. She was always very kind and generous with assistance. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Sandra Hughes
October 2, 2015
Words can't express this loss. I feel for your hurt. Debbie was the best! She brought out the best in others. Take comfort in your girls. My thoughts are with your family.
I'm so sorry!
Tom Billington
October 2, 2015
Dave, Genna and Lyndsay, sorry for your loss. It seems like yesterday that we were sitting around the pool at Krohman's chatting and laughing about some of the extraordinary grammar that Deb picked up from Cape Breton. Ever since then we have integrated some of those sayings into our daily vocabulary. In Fort Saskatchewan you were great neighbors hopefully we can realize that promise again.
Regards, Tim, Wendy, Allister and Leighton Price.
Tim Price
October 2, 2015
Our very deepest sympathy to you Dave and your girls, our thoughts are with you.
Debbie was indeed a special lady.
Grant & Victoria Ritchie
October 1, 2015
My very sincere condolences for your loss Dave, Genna and Lyndsay. Debbie was a beautiful person inside and out! My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
~ Andee Pullin
Andee Pullin
October 1, 2015
Dave, Genna, Lyndsay, we are so extremely sorry for your loss. Debbie's constant smile, her infectious laugh and the undeniable love she had for her family will be part of the memories that we will cherish and know that you have endless memories of your own to always sustain and strengthen you.
Justin & Michelle Bobier and Family
October 1, 2015
We are extremely saddened to hear of Debbie's passing. Debbie shone a light of love into our home when our twins were born - one with a serious heart defect. During his early weeks, and surgeries, Debbie brought a gift of lovely comfort in Pj's for the boys. We didn't know Debbie very well, and that gesture of love for a family deep in worry, almost strangers to Debbie, remains one of the most meaningful gestures during our difficult time. We hope that sharing this story back shines a small amount of light back into your hearts. May you find comfort over time in the special person in Debbie, and the impact she made on so many, ourselves included. sending love and sincere sympathy - the Kuntze's
Hal and Jill Kuntze
October 1, 2015
Dave, Genna, Lyndsay, Terry sending my prayers to each of you in this difficult time. So sorry for your loss. Deb was such a beautiful lady and I know she will be missed by many. I was blessed that our lives crossed.
Julie Dalla Costa
October 1, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss and the loss that everyone who knew Debbie feels. She was a beautiful person who exuded love and joy and made the world a better place by her presence. I feel lucky to have known her. My heart goes out to everyone who will miss her.
Chantal & Kevin Plowman
October 1, 2015
October 01, 2015

My sincere sympathy David, Genna, Lyndsay.
I'm so sorry to hear of your great loss.
Debbie will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She will always have a place in my heart.
I look forward to the time when we can see her well again.

Mary Sikorski, Calgary
October 1, 2015
My Sincere Sympathy David, Genna and Lyndsay.
I'm so sorry to hear of your great loss. Debbie will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
I met Debbie 1980's at Spa Lady, I loved her beautiful smile, brown eyes & blonde hair. She will always have a place in my heart.
I look to the time when we can see her well again.
My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Mary Sikorski (Calgary)
October 1, 2015
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Joanne, Chase, Jesse and Jana Morgensen
October 1, 2015
Our deepest and sincere sympathies to you David, lovely daughters, and Terry. We are so soory you have to endure the pain and sorrow in the loss of Deborah. May the memories and love of Deb and the support of family and friends comfort you all at this difficult time. Sending much love to you.
Margie (Thomas) & Stan Hartfelder
October 1, 2015
Dave I am very for your loss I give you my deepest sympathy and wish you and your family all the best during this difficult time, I'm sure will be missed
Bryan Kordyban
October 1, 2015
Sincere sympathy to David, your girls and Terry. Blessings to you all.
Elizabeth from St. Michael's. Friend of TZ
October 1, 2015
Very sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed our visits when the family was here in Edmonton and hope the many good memories the family has of Debbie will sustain you.
Ron & Germaine Currie
October 1, 2015
David, we are so for your loss. Debbie was an amazing lady, always smiling and ready to share her proud stories of your family. You and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave & Donna Drover
September 30, 2015
You were a joy on daily basis, and I treasure the time we had working together. You will remain a big part of my heart always, my colleague, My friend.
Glenda Wiens
September 30, 2015
There are so many things I will never forget about her. But mostly I will not forget her laugh. I will miss her always and have a new appreciation for all my memories growing up with your family. We are praying for you at this difficult time.
Briana Blair
September 30, 2015
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Debbie was such a loving caring person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Trent & Bonnie Stevens (Edmonton)
September 30, 2015 was lovely to work with you, Deb.
swoop swoop
bless your cotton sox
September 30, 2015
Words cannot describe the bright light that Debbie brought into so many lives. All our thoughts and prayers are with you right now as Debbie will have a place in many of our hearts forever.
Verjee Family
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