We Remember


Sheila’s spirit returned to her Creator on August 30th, 2018 in Kelowna B.C.  Her vibrant life continues on through her young daughter Saje.  She was well loved in this life by her father Tim (Martha) Desmond, her brother Mike and sisters Maureen (Dominique) and Paula (David) Ziebart, and their children Gabrielle, Nathan, Samuel, Justin, Rachel, Anya and Elyse.  Sheila is also survived by Saje’s dad, David Kunz, his wife Katharina and his parents Carolyn and Bob Kunz.  Sheila is now reunited with her mother Angela (Poelzer) Desmond who passed into the fullness of God’s presence in 2008.

We would like to thank Damiani, Christine, Jackie, Gisele and Carolyn for all the love and support they were able to offer Sheila in her home…you are family to us!  Heartfelt thanks are also extended to the loving community care nurses, amazing cancer care nurses on 4B and the caring staff at Hospice House.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sheila on Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave. in Kelowna, B.C. officiated by her uncle Msgr. Jerry Desmond.  A prayer vigil and optional viewing will be held on Friday September 21st at 7 pm in the church.

Sheila’s positive life energy touched so many people during her time growing up in Kamloops, living in Quebec, travelling abroad, working as a counsellor in Vancouver and raising Saje in Kelowna.  She lived life with great joy, was spirit-filled, and a true seeker of what it means to be human.  We are forever grateful to have loved and been loved by her.

In lieu of flowers, should you desire, donations may be made to the “Saje Desmond Education Fund” accessible at www.gofundme.com/saje-desmond-education-fund or to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association www.hospicecoha.org

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Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am

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In lieu of flowers, should you desire, donations may be made to the "Saje Desmond Education Fund" accessible at www.gofundme.com/saje-desmond-education-fund or to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association www.hospicecoha.org


Service Information

Service Details

The service for DESMOND, Sheila is scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Immaculate Conception Church

839 Sutherland Ave. Kelowna, BC


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  • Lisa Howard and Brad Hagen says:

    Our deepest condolences are with you as you remember Sheila. Her life was a beautiful gift to us all and her passing is the bridge to new life with God. Someone so special will never be forgotten and Sheila’s outstanding qualities always, ever present in her daughter Saje. With love and prayers,
    Lisa and Brad

  • Lauraine Wakely says:

    My deepest and loving sympathy to the whole beautiful family. I always admired Sheila for her remarkable smile, kindness, musical gifts, energy, beauty, thoughtfulness and a joy to be with. A gift to our world. May God bless you all. Love Lauraine

  • Michelle Kunz says:

    A brilliant lady, a strong soul, a fabulous mother, a precious friend, a graceful councillor, a good sport, a woman a true substance…she will be missed more than words can express.
    Through circumstances that I see as a blessing to us all, Sheila became family and my friend. I admired her strength, her heart, her conviction to be the best mom ever!
    I will miss everything about this woman and I will remember everything she shared will me.
    Safe journey Sheila✌🏻

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