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Dawn Marie (Simkin) Guenthner

Born: Fri., Jun. 11, 1954
Died: Sat., Feb. 4, 2012

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Feb. 10, 2012

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Dawn Marie Simkin was born to Gavin and Cecelia on June 11, 1954 in Consort, AB. She was welcomed by two older brothers, Robert and John, and later became the big sister to Audrey. She passed away peacefully in Edmonton at the Cross Cancer Hospital on February 4th, 2012 with Ken by her side.
Dawn grew up on the family ranch. She attended school in Consort where she exceeded in academics and sports. Her son Jeff was born at this time and was raised as a much-loved member of the Simkin family.
Following high school, Dawn attended Red Deer College and the University of Alberta. While studying for an education degree, she was a competitive and feisty basketball player, first for Red Deer College and then for an Edmonton city team that went to Nationals. Sports continued to be a passion for Dawn, especially with the Halkirk Jays fastball team who were provincial champions.
A natural teacher, Dawn was well respected in Gadsby, Provost and Consort. Dawn loved music and integrated piano playing into many of her classes. Her love of sports influenced her teaching and she coached and developed many students in athletic endeavours. Dawn obtained a license to drive the bus to ensure that over the years youth had the opportunity to travel for sports.
On February 4th, 1984, Dawn married the love of her life, Ken Guenthner. Together they had a happy partnership. They loved their country life in the Sounding Lake area, a place Dawn often referred to as “God’s country.”  They were blessed with three children, Tanya, Laurie and Scott. The family worked and played together to build their ranch. She appreciated the land, liked to work, was strong willed and an astute business woman.
Dawn loved her community and was proud to call Consort home. Dawn and Ken have been involved in many community events and projects. She has given her time and talent to 4-H, coaching, the Consort School, the Monitor Community Club, homecomings and the Gooseberry Lake Rodeo. Dawn was one of those “go to” people who could organize and implement anything she set her mind to.
Dawn and Ken’s life was enriched with the arrival of Jeff and Daphne’s children, Georgia and Gavin. They were the source of endless joy sharing their ranch life which both children love.
Dawn is survived by her loving husband Ken; son Jeff (Daphne) Simkin, daughters Tanya and Laurie, son Scott; precious grandchildren Georgia and Gavin Simkin; her mother Cecelia Simkin; brothers Robert (Trudie) and John (Sue); sister Audrey (Gord) Wilkes; father and mother-in-law David and Leta Guenthner; brothers-in-law Gary Guenthner; and Ron (Roxanne) Guenthner; a large extended family and many dear friends. Dawn was predeceased by her father Gavin Simkin in 2001.

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

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Sandra Matier
   Posted Wed February 15, 2012
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of my favorite teachers, Dawn Simkin. She taught me in Gadsby School in junior high and we all just loved her. She was such a positive upbeat person. I remember her having a ton of energy and she was the best physed teacher anyone could have. She will be greatly missed, she was and still will be one of my favorite people, she made you feel that you were important that all the students were important. I send my sympathy to her family. She is gone but not forgotten, never will be.

Lyndon and Dallas Flad
   Posted Sun February 19, 2012
Ken and Family:
Sorry we were away and could not attend the Funeral Service, We do want you to know that we are thinking of you and the family; as you have to go through the loss of someone so special...When dad passed away Dawn sent us the short prayer below, it gave us another way to look at our loss, and gain a very large appreciation for you and Dawn.
Take Care
Lyndon and Dallas Flad

Alone, yet never quite alone, I face an empty chair.
But sometimes in the silence, I imagine you are there.

The good companion of the past….no longer here with me.
And yet in some mysterious way, you keep me company.

Ghost or Angel? Does it matter? Words are meaningless;
I only know that in my times of greatest loneliness, I
feel that you are somewhere near, though nothing’s seen or said.

The bitter moment passes and my heart is comforted.
I receive the strength I need, I am rescued from despair;
Maybe, that’s the way God works. The answer to a prayer.

Though my loss is grievous and the future unknown.
I face with hope the years ahead, alone, yet not alone.

Paula (Lang) Stenlund
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Dawn was one of my teachers in Gadsby and she had a huge impact in my life. I always considered her one of the people who helped me become the person that I am today. She always had the time to hear your problems and we all know what big problems we had in junior high!! Dawn was a great teacher, coach and person. Through the years after junior high I would see her every once in awhile and she always loved to stop and visit and see how everything was going on in my life.

I know what a kind hearted, beautiful person she was and just wanted you to know how special she was to me and she will always have a special place in my heart.

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