Obituary for Sandi Rainville (Schneider)
Sunday, 28 Jan 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sandi Rainville, aged 71, who died peacefully at
Kelowna General Hospital. She is survived by her daughter Trish Rainville and her three grandchildren, Paz, Ani and Edie of Merritt, B.C. and her brother Gordie Schneider of Brantford, Ont. She is predeceased by her parents Benjamin and Bertha Schneider. Born in East St. Paul, Manitoba, she grew up in Flin Flon, Manitoba, where she met her future husband David Rainville. They eventually moved to White Rock, B.C and raised their daughter. After her divorce and early retirement, she moved to Merritt in 2006. Sandi will be fondly remembered for her affable and sunny disposition despite many health issues and ongoing battle with diabetes. She survived cancer, endured years of dialysis, a kidney transplant and multiple surgeries. She overcame many personal tragedies. Her head was always held high and constantly put others needs before her own. She was an educator her whole life, teaching children and adults, always emphasizing the importance of education and staying curious in life. She loved music and choral singing and stayed an active member of the Merritt Community Choir until her passing. She was a very devoted, loving grandmother and mother. Generous, compassionate and warm-hearted to the end. Her strength and resilience left a big impression upon anyone who knew her. She will remain an inspiration to her family and friends forever. She will eternally be our bridge over troubled water. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church on Feb. 10 at 1pm.
Thank you to all those who supported us and came to our aid during this difficult time. We are very appreciative of your love and kindness. Our gratitude goes to all the medical professionals who helped Sandi over the years, especially Dr. Ross, Merritt & RI Hospital and the Kidney Transplant folks in Kamloops who referred to her as 'their favourite'.