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Donna PIPA

February 22, 1957 - April 27, 2017


PIPA, Donna Alice
February 22, 1957 – Myrnam Alberta – April 27, 2017 – Calgary Alberta

Donna passed away on April 27 at the age of 60 years. She leaves behind her husband of over 36 years, Robert John Pipa; children, Garrett (Courtney), Brendan (Stephanie), Jonathon and Matthew; brothers, Dennis (Linda), John (Mary) and Leonard (Lori); her parents-in-law, John and Anne Pipa; sisters-in-law, Linda (Terry) Bey and Judi (Vincent) Bosco; as well as many nieces and nephews. Donna is predeceased by her parents, Emil and Olga Fundytus and her siblings Diane Wilkins and Brian Fundytus.

Donna was born in Myrnam, Alberta on February 22, 1957. Growing up on the family farm, she developed the work ethic that she would carry through a very successful career and pass on to her four boys. In 1975, Donna left for Edmonton to study Pharmacy at the University of Alberta where she met her future husband Robert (John). After a residency in Toronto, she moved to Cochrane, Alberta to start her career and family.

Donna worked for many of her professional years in Calgary at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and served as President for the 1997 – 1998 term of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. After leaving the Children’s Hospital, Donna was instrumental in the development of the electronic health record system that is in use today in Alberta. She continued this work with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada as Project Manager for multiple projects to develop a National Pharmacy Student Education program about using digital technology and information in health. Her colleagues remember her commitment to improving student’s ability to function in the new age of digital health, and she was valued for her knowledge and experience relating to the use of electronic health records.

While in Cochrane, Donna and John raised a loving family and instilled in their children the same work ethic and kind spirit they carried with them. She provided consistent support for her children through activities such as team sports, martial arts, band practices and many others. While she attended high school and university she grew to love basketball. Donna passed on her passion for sport to her children, and could always be found in the stands watching their games. She worked hard to ensure her children had every opportunity to succeed and will be greatly missed.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Myrnam, Alberta on Thursday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation c/o 5626 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677.


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Adrian and Susan Shewchuk
Relation: Very close family friend.

We have the fondest memories of Donna, whose quick wit and infectious laughter brought smiles to all around her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

With Love from Zitch and Sue

From: Ginette Bernier
Relation: Through my work

It is with a lot of sadness that I learned of the passing away of Donna, and I sincerely wish to send you my sincere condolences. I have known Donna for many years, and despite the fact that I have not seen her for over 10 years, being in Montreal, I will cherish all of the very wonderful time I shared with her; she was a remarkable, brilliant and caring lady!!! My prayers are with you all… sincerely, Ginette

From: James Kalynchuk and Family
Relation: Cousin

Dear John and Family. Please accept our deepest condolences at this difficult time of grief! Although we cannot attend the service for Donna, please know that we will be thinking of her and your family and saying prayers for all of you. May Donna rest in peace!

From: Jola Surmanowicz
Relation: Friend

I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray that the soul of Donna be at Peace.

From: Barry and Katie McCulloch
Relation: Friends of the Pipa Family

We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Donna. We did not have the opportunity to get to know her as well as we know her sons. We regret that we will not have the opportunity to get to know her better and we know that she will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and love go out to the entire Family at this time.

Barry & Katie McCulloch

From: Lori Anne Kirkcaldy
Relation: Cousin

So sorry to hear about the loss of Donna. I have great memories of spending time with both Donna and Diane in my childhood

From: The Saruk Family

Our deepest sympathies to the Fundytus family . So sorry for your loss.

From: Jane Sheward

My sincere condolences to Donna’s family. I was involved in CSHP and through that met Donna and was always impressed with her quiet dignity and friendliness. She will be missed.

From: Joseph J Rohrer
Relation: Pharmacy activities

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was a dedicated pharmacist who will be missed by all who knew her. Sincere sympathy to her family.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 4, 2017
Beginning at 10:00am

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Myrnam

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation c/o 5626 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1.

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