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Obituary for Doris Ellen Schmelzer (Closs)

Mrs. Doris Ellen Schmelzer (nee Closs), beloved wife of Mr. Len Schmelzer of Red Deer, passed away with her family by her side, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at the age of 88 years. Mom had an immense love for animals and babies. Her heart was as big as all outdoors and forever young. Doris will be forever remembered and cherished in the hearts of her loving family and dear friends. Doris leaves to mourn her loving husband of sixty-nine years, Len and her children, Sharon (Dennies) Vierboom, Valerie Wiltse, Brian (Mary), Bill (Kelly), Patricia Ough and her daughter-in-law, Lisa; as well as her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She will also be sadly missed by her brother, Carman (Doris) Closs of Medicine Hat, her very special sister-in-law, Roseanna Closs of Sylvan Lake, her half sister, Beatrice Chipchura, and her half brothers, Ernie and Ron Closs. Doris was predeceased by a son, Randy, a son-in-law, Morrie, a daughter-in-law, Cheryil, a great grandson, Peter, a great great grandson, Ryland, her parents, Norman and Edna Closs, her stepmother, Eileen, a sister, Vena, her brothers, Doug, Richard and Jim, and a special sister-in-law, Reta Schmelzer. As per mom’s wishes, there will be no formal Funeral Service; however, we are going to honor our mom and invite you all to join us for a Public Viewing and come and go Time of Memories and Remembrance to Celebrate Doris at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Saturday, May 9, 2020 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend in person, we invite you to please join the family virtually, by clicking on her name on our website at and clicking on the Live Streaming Link, or on Facebook and go to Parkland Funeral Home to participate and share your memories of fond remembrance and love with Doris’s Family. If desired, Memorial Donations in Doris’s honor may be made directly to the Central Alberta Humane Society at or to a Charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.