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CHUTE, Debra Cheryl

It is with great sadness we announce the very sudden passing of Deb Chute on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the age of 57. She is survived by her loving husband Ken; son Cole (Courtney) Vasko of Kelowna, daughter Chelsey (Mike) Wilson of Kelowna, stepson Cory Chute of Edmonton, stepdaughter Crystal (Chris) Dodds of Kamloops and stepdaughter Chessa Chute of Vancouver; grandchildren Carter, Josh, Hunter, Charlie, Colby, Riley, Holden, Mazy, Diem and Jace; parents Harvey and Marion Friesen of Kelowna; sisters Joan (Cam) Zaremba of Prince George, BC and Bonnie (Kevin) Olson of Kelowna; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Deb is predeceased by her brother Jeff Friesen and nephew Ronnie.


Deb was full of laughter, full of life, but most of all, full of love. She couldn’t enter a room without leaving an impression and leaving those around her smiling. Her personality was the perfect combination of intelligence and understanding with the right amount of sarcasm and wit. She knew how to love everyone with unconditional acceptance and always had the right thing to say, even if it was sassy. She loved fiercely and will be missed dearly by all.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.

Because of her passion for working with children, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a children’s charity of your choice. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

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Because of her passion for working with children, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a children’s charity of your choice.


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The service for CHUTE, Debra Cheryl is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Sheri Graham says:

    I am so very sorry to all of Deb’s family for her loss. I will miss her every single day, and always remember our talks and all of the things she shared with me during our years working together. She was such a wonderful and amazing person who tried to help everyone she met. She cared about everyone and it showed. What a terrible loss for all who loved and cared for her.
    All my condolences and heartfelt sympathy,
    Sheri Graham

  • Janice Bennett says:

    My deepest condolences to Deb’s many family and friends. I worked with Deb at Interior Health where she was greatly loved and respected. Many, many of us there have thought of little else this week apart from how much we will miss her warm, fun, loving personality, her abiding friendship, and her excellence as a colleague. My thoughts and heart are with you at this terribly sad time.

  • Naomi says:

    I’ve had the privilege of working with Deb for 13 years in our IHA audiology family. She was a beautiful person – inside and out and we will miss her tremendously. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

  • Megan Williams says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Deb. We were best friends from Grade 7 to graduation and ended up working in the same field. I am thankful that we were able to reconnect at an audiology event in Vancouver last year. I will really miss her fabulous spirit and love of life. My sincere condolences. Megan

  • Shannon Brown says:

    My thoughts are with you. I have many happy and fond memories of days spent with Deb. I loved her dearly.

  • Cathy Richards says:

    Deb was a shining, laughing light with a healthy (hearty!) dose of rebel that always made me laugh. There are a lot of people at work I can walk by with just a quick nod, but Deb always had a quick word and laugh or eye roll to share. It’s simply wrong that such a vibrant giving person is gone. My heart goes out to her family, colleagues, and all the clients that will miss her so much.

  • Karen Fountaine says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of Deb’s family and friends! She was one of a kind! Beautiful inside and out! She will be deeply missed by everyone that knew her! RIP my friend!💖

  • Kathy says:

    Your mom and wife was an incredible person. I worked with her in PH and she made work a fun place to be. I will always remember her smile and how awesome she dressed ! She was funny, sassy, kind, and always happy. She talked fondly of all of you and no doubt she loved you SO very much. I am so sorry for this profound loss because she was amazing . She will never be forgotten. With my thoughts and prayers
    Kathy Morgan Litke

  • Michelle DesRochers says:

    Ken ~ my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace in the memories you shared and the lives that Deb touched. My sincere condolences,

  • Betty Gustafson says:

    I am so shocked and sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. My condolences to her family.
    We worked together in the Audiology Program of Public Health/IHA having the same position, she in Kelowna and I in Kamloops. Our many “training sessions” in Vancouver and Regional Meetings always included shopping after our work day and lots of visiting in the evenings. We shared memories from our ArrowHead Camp days as teens to taking our kids to Gardom Lake Camp as mom’s. We shared two very precious loves, our family and our job.
    Deb was such a special person and will be so very much missed.

  • RIchard Larocque says:

    Deb had been my lighthouse while trying to settle in Kelowna… I truly loved every conversation we had on a daily basis for nearly a year… Her perspective of life, her passions – motorcycles, food and so much more…- her unconditional love and respect for everyone, most specifically her children and also the children she was working with and for, made her a very special shinning light for any one who had the privilege of sharing part of her live… Debbie, go ride your bike in heaven !!!

  • Greta says:

    The news of Deb’s passing was shocking. She was my colleague in IH for decades. I admired her zest for life, her caring nature and her sassy, purple hair, independence. I can’t believe she’s gone but I know she will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to Deb’s family for the earthly loss of such an inspiring soul.

  • Jill Kurth says:

    Dear Marion,
    I am so very sorry about Deb’s sudden passing and my heart is with you and the family she loved so much. We ran into one another in the stairwell at the Doyle Health Unit, and so typically Deb, she made time to say hello and fondly recall great memories of all of us working together at Ellis. I will always remember her as a bright and shining light. May you all find comfort in knowing how much we loved her, too.

  • Shari Lamb says:

    I’m so to hear of the passing of this wonderful woman. I have only known her these past 3 yrs as my grandson is one of her clients. I found her always welcoming , friendly, with a warm smile. Prayers for her family

  • John,Bev,Ryan&Karen Klassen says:

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Debra’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to her family.Love to all.John, Bev Ryan &Karen

  • Kathy Pattinson says:

    Dear Ken, I cannot even begin to say how sorry and sad I am for the loss of such an amazing woman. She was a light in everyone’s life that had the good fortune of meeting her. She is loved and will be missed by anyone who knew her. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to you and all of Deb’s family. Kath

  • Matt Garbelya says:

    So sorry to hear that your wife Deb passed away. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time.
    Matt and Donna
    And your family

  • April Pearson says:

    I worked with Deb at IHA for many years, just in the last year since our move to the new building on Doyle I had the privilege of sitting right beside her. You really get to know a person when you spend day in and out with them. She was an amazing friend/coworker but what stood out for me was the mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and wife she has been to what I know from her words “amazing family” she cherished each one of you dearly and talked of you daily. She taught me a lot about life, motherhood and style which I will cherish and carry with me everyday of my life. MAN, was she gorgeous, inside and out, a true beauty! I miss you and love you!

  • Pam Benson says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to all of you in your loss of Deb. I hope it helps to know how much she was loved and appreciated by those of us who knew and worked with her in Public Health.. She was always a ray of sunshine in our day and easily made us laugh.. Her smile and warmth exuded so much joy to all she met. I hope that all the love and joy she shared will come back to you now through family and friends to support you through your grief and loss. Hugs

  • Maureen Burant says:

    My deepest condolences and sympathy Mr. & Mrs. Friesen,Ken,Cole,Courtney,Chelsey,Mike,and Families. Words cannot express how saddened I was to hear of your loss. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by so many. Deb will be sorely missed. I pray God’s peace to comfort you,courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. God bless you and your wonderful family!

  • Rachel says:

    Deb was such a joy to work with, She was always happy and gentle, kindly teaching families, assessing their brand new babes. She will be missed dearly, we are so sorry for her families loss, which is so great.

  • The Cole Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family and friends (Proverbs 17:17). For additonal strength, may you find it in God who cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • Dee and Craig Radford says:

    Dear Ken and family..It was with shock and sorrow that we heard about Debs passing.Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.She was such a beautiful,up beat person who will be missed greatly!..Our sincere best wishes,Dee and Craig

  • Karen Stead says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Debs passing – way too young. Some people you lose touch with and can’t recall and others will always remain in your memory because of the qualities they possessed.

  • Susan Nelson-Oxford says:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Deb a few years ago at the HU. She was a truly genuine person, a beautiful soul. My heart goes out to her friends and family as i know she will be greatly nissed. I cannot believe the loss. My sincere condolences.

  • Erin Miller says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Deb’s sudden passing. She and I started our audiology careers at the same time and I always looked forward to seeing her at conferences. She was such a bright, happy, and funny person. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jackie and Les Edwards says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to your family. We were so sorry and shocked to hear of your great loss.
    A lovely, beautiful lady.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Jackie and Les

  • Kate and Randy Brooks says:

    Dear Ken:
    Our hearts are very heavy for you and cannot imagine the pain in yours. We will miss her too…. she was beautiful in every way, as you well know. We are in the neighbour Ken, so please do drop in… go for a ride…. may you have peace in your life someday… it all takes time to heal, and loosing someone so beautiful as Deb, it will take awhile… we know… Hugs and Peace Ken… love from us Brooks

  • Lynda Martyn says:

    Ken, Chelsey, Cole, and family, so sorry for your suffering. I will miss Deb greatly both personally and professionally. For over 20 years, I looked forward to seeing if Deb was in the lunch room to sit with and share our experiences, joys and sorrows. Family, food, biking (both cycling trips and the Harley), trips, and clothes were frequent topics. Deb was a great listener, had great energy, and always took the time to talk and give compliments. My heart goes out to each one of you with this shock.
    Speech-Language Pathologist CHSC

  • Anne Follows says:

    I am in shock to hear this sad news. Deb certainly stood out and will be remembered by everyone she ever met! She was a gem and will be greatly missed. She was always engaged and eager to learn at the screener training sessions, and shared with others as her own knowledge and skill grew over the years. Condolences to the family for this loss.

  • Vi Markoff says:

    My heart is broken for you All. And Marion, because we all worked together,
    I so feel for you. Such a beautiful, kind, friendly lady she was, always with that beautiful smile that one can never forget. Vi

  • Angela Pomeroy says:

    Dear Ken, Chelsea and Cole – I am so sad to hear of Deb’s early departure to Heaven. I was just thinking that it was way too long since connecting with Deb and she’s been in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond memories of our friendship that started at the Health Unit and continued on to expand to include our husbands Ken and Cory. So much laughter and love she gladly shared with everyone around her. She is such a light and beautiful being that as I look up at Heaven I’m sure I’ll see a new star with her name on it. God’s peace to you all and blessings.

  • Kenneth Kovacs says:

    Dear Ken and Family.
    Our thoughts, prayers and energy are with you today and in the days to follow.
    Sincere Condolences from the Kovacs Family

  • Vera Gibault says:

    My condolences to you all .. what a shock . I worked with both Marion and Deb. Marion, your daughter is remembered fondly for her cheerful smile . She always brought a ray of sunshine into the room . Please take care of each other as you mourn her loss.

  • David Burgin says:

    Ken and Family, My heartfelt condolences to you. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead.
    Repsectfully, David Burgin

  • Keith and Stephanie Mann says:

    Dear Ken and family
    There are no words to express the deep sadness of Debs passing. We will always remember her as an amazing woman who was a social butterfly with great enthusiasm, kind and a sense of humour. Our time together sharing stories, competitive games night and camp fire evenings will always be cherished. We will miss Deb dearly…may she ride with the angels in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, may you cherish the great times together and know we are thinking of you.

    Keith, Stephanie, Skylar and Declan

  • Ilse Sellers says:

    It is with sadness and shock that I heard of Debbie’s passing. We knew each other from the Alliance Church Youth group and I recall her great smile and beautiful way. She had time to say hello to me even though she was really friends with my sister Esther. Debbie made things happen and included others in her fun. I can hear her laughter.
    Harvey and Marion, you two have a huge medal in heaven for the strong family values you imparted. Your door was always open.
    Joan and Bonnie, a cord of three cannot easily be broken, sister’s stay united!
    Ken and family, a gift you had and lost too soon! Debbie hardly aged a day,,,what a beautiful lady she was.
    Ilse Sellers (Czerwinski)

  • Ilse Sellers says:

    It is with sadness and shock that I heard of Debbie’s passing. We knew each other from the Alliance Church Youth group and I recall her great smile. She had time to say hello to me even though she was really friends with my sister Esther. Debbie made things happen and included others in her fun. I can hear her laughter.
    Harvey and Marion, you two have a huge medal in heaven for the strong family values you imparted. Your door was always open.
    Joan and Bonnie, a cord of three cannot easily be broken, sister’s stay united!
    Ken and family, a gift you had and lost too soon! Debbie hardly aged a day,,,what a beautiful lady she was!
    Ilse Sellers (Czerwinski)

  • Sheryll says:

    Dear Marion and Family
    It is with great sadness that I heard of Deb’s passing. It seems like just yesterday that we were busy moving to the new building on Ellis and having Debbie come on board. Oh my.., she was such an awesome addition…just like her Mom she could organize, clean and move about without breaking a sweat and was always happy and smiling. We joked often and she always seemed to understand a “situation” and had so much compassion, what a tremendous loss. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you.
    Sheryll Poch

  • Tyra says:

    I just found out about Deb’s passing and we were one of the many families that she helped. For 10 years we shared stories and laughs as she gave my special needs daughter extra attention. Thank you Deb for being such a great example of people who “get it” in the special world. I will think of you when I see a lady on a motorbike smiling and whenever my daughter pulls out her hearing aid. My deepest sadness is extended to her family which she proudly shared with us over the years. Sending big love…

  • Wendy and Bob Dickson says:

    Dear Kenny, Bob and I just found out of Deb’s passing. I will never forget what at up lifiting person she was when she came
    into our coffee shop and she brought you with her one day. I took such a strong liking to her. Words cannot express how bad we feel for you. Take care. Love Bob and Wendy.

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