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Age 94

Date of Death December 9, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted . The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Hohner Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Jim Stilwell officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Dr. Donald Ray Schimnoski, age 94, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center following a very brief illness. He was born on Jan. 9, 1921 in Jeffers, Minnesota, the son of the late August and Mary (Beier) Schimnoski.
Known affectionately as “Dr. Don”, he dedicated the last 58 years serving in family practice in Three Rivers. Dr. Don fulfilled his calling in life to help others through his compassion, humility, and kindness. His dedication to his medical practice was evident in his desire to take care of his patients until his recent illness. He was a beloved man, who not only loved his family, but also the countless patients he served throughout his career. He will always be remembered by his children, friends, patients, and colleagues as a very caring person with a warm smile.
Dr. Don graduated from Northfield High School in Minnesota where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he attended Carleton College enrolling in their pre-med program, and playing star forward on the varsity basketball program and short-stop on the baseball team. After graduating from Carleton, Dr. Don enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and while a student there, served his junior internship at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, and senior internship at Fordham Hospital in New York.
After completing his senior internship, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years serving on two medical ships. After his honorable discharge, he worked several years in a family practice clinic in Flat Rock, MI. With an interest in orthopedics, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School for two years, completing a residency in orthopedic and general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek. Dr. Don and his wife Gloria and family moved to Three Rivers in 1957 where he joined the staff at Three Rivers Medical Clinic and Three Rivers Hospital.
Dr. Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was always there for his family. He loved nature and animals, especially his dogs. Watching deer and wildlife in his yard brought him much enjoyment. He was also an avid sports fan following college and professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey games.
Dr. Don was preceded in death by his wife Gloria in 1985, sister, Verna Schimnoski, brother, Louis Schimnoski, son-in-law, David Dannison and grandchildren, John and Jeanne Dannison.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, five children, Ken (Marian) Schimnoski, Wayne (Janice) Schimnoski, Jan (Mark) Johnson, Brenda Schimnoski, and Vernon Schimnoski; three grandchildren, Mark Schimnoski, Jacqueline Johnson, and Brent Schimnoski, and five great-grandchildren.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund or the Donald R. Schimnoski Scholarship Fund to benefit students from St. Joseph County pursuing careers in the healthcare field. Envelopes are available and donations may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



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Condolence Messages(8)
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Schimnoski family. Dr. Don was such a special man and loved by so many that he will always be remembered in the Three Rivers community with great fondness. Our prayers are with you as we know that this must be such a difficult loss for your family. May the amazing heritage that he left behind be a comfort to you in the midst of your sadness. God bless.

Steve and Rosie (Lusson) Reed gave their condolences on 12/10/2015 at 2:41 PM


Dr. Don was a kind and dedicated physician who personally updated his patients even if it meant making phone calls after closing. I know he will be sorely missed by our family. His patients have been blessed for many years by his care. We can imagine the time taken away from his family by his dedication, but know that our community was better for his presence.

the Strawsers gave their condolences on 12/10/2015 at 5:21 PM


Our Hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Dr. Don saved my son 33 years ago from dying and I am & always will be in his debt.He continued working on my son till he responded,he then came out into the hall of the hospital and gave me a thumbs,that all was alright. I am eternally greatful,GOD BLESS U ALL.

Julia & Kenneth Walden gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 12:59 PM


Dr. Don, certainly an asset to our Community and our area as he maintained a loving, caring and a continuity of medical understanding through these 58 years. God bless you, brother. Dr. Charles

Joelen and Charles Zimont gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 4:03 PM


You were there when I came in to this world. Rest in peace, Sir..

William Rentfrow gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 6:27 PM


I don't even know where to start with my 55 years of having this wonderful man as my doctor and friend. He saw me and my family through some very hard times, always going that extra mile for everyone. I will miss him everyday as I know you will also. We were all blessed to know this wonderful man.

Bonnie Loux gave their condolences on 12/17/2015 at 3:02 PM


This 'wonderful' man will live in my families hearts forever!! There will never be another Dr. Don! I know he will still be taking care of his many patients even from above!

Shirley Griffith gave their condolences on 12/24/2015 at 11:11 AM


My heart goes out to each of you. I know personally how important his family was to him. What a wonderful man and role-model for each of us. The world was a better place and will never be the same without him. ❤️

Waneta Truckey gave their condolences on 1/7/2016 at 10:04 PM

Age 94

Date of Death December 9, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

In accordance with family wishes cremation will be conducted . The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Hohner Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 215 N. Main St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Jim Stilwell officiating.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Dr. Donald Ray Schimnoski, age 94, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 2015 at the Borgess Medical Center following a very brief illness. He was born on Jan. 9, 1921 in Jeffers, Minnesota, the son of the late August and Mary (Beier) Schimnoski.
Known affectionately as “Dr. Don”, he dedicated the last 58 years serving in family practice in Three Rivers. Dr. Don fulfilled his calling in life to help others through his compassion, humility, and kindness. His dedication to his medical practice was evident in his desire to take care of his patients until his recent illness. He was a beloved man, who not only loved his family, but also the countless patients he served throughout his career. He will always be remembered by his children, friends, patients, and colleagues as a very caring person with a warm smile.
Dr. Don graduated from Northfield High School in Minnesota where he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he attended Carleton College enrolling in their pre-med program, and playing star forward on the varsity basketball program and short-stop on the baseball team. After graduating from Carleton, Dr. Don enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School, and while a student there, served his junior internship at Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, and senior internship at Fordham Hospital in New York.
After completing his senior internship, Don enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years serving on two medical ships. After his honorable discharge, he worked several years in a family practice clinic in Flat Rock, MI. With an interest in orthopedics, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School for two years, completing a residency in orthopedic and general surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek. Dr. Don and his wife Gloria and family moved to Three Rivers in 1957 where he joined the staff at Three Rivers Medical Clinic and Three Rivers Hospital.
Dr. Don was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was always there for his family. He loved nature and animals, especially his dogs. Watching deer and wildlife in his yard brought him much enjoyment. He was also an avid sports fan following college and professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey games.
Dr. Don was preceded in death by his wife Gloria in 1985, sister, Verna Schimnoski, brother, Louis Schimnoski, son-in-law, David Dannison and grandchildren, John and Jeanne Dannison.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, five children, Ken (Marian) Schimnoski, Wayne (Janice) Schimnoski, Jan (Mark) Johnson, Brenda Schimnoski, and Vernon Schimnoski; three grandchildren, Mark Schimnoski, Jacqueline Johnson, and Brent Schimnoski, and five great-grandchildren.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Memorials may be donated to the St. Joseph County Animal Rescue Fund or the Donald R. Schimnoski Scholarship Fund to benefit students from St. Joseph County pursuing careers in the healthcare field. Envelopes are available and donations may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

View Memorial Video:


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Condolence Messages(8)
Our deepest sympathy to all of the Schimnoski family. Dr. Don was such a special man and loved by so many that he will always be remembered in the Three Rivers community with great fondness. Our prayers are with you as we know that this must be such a difficult loss for your family. May the amazing heritage that he left behind be a comfort to you in the midst of your sadness. God bless.

Steve and Rosie (Lusson) Reed gave their condolences on 12/10/2015 at 2:41 PM


Dr. Don was a kind and dedicated physician who personally updated his patients even if it meant making phone calls after closing. I know he will be sorely missed by our family. His patients have been blessed for many years by his care. We can imagine the time taken away from his family by his dedication, but know that our community was better for his presence.

the Strawsers gave their condolences on 12/10/2015 at 5:21 PM


Our Hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. Dr. Don saved my son 33 years ago from dying and I am & always will be in his debt.He continued working on my son till he responded,he then came out into the hall of the hospital and gave me a thumbs,that all was alright. I am eternally greatful,GOD BLESS U ALL.

Julia & Kenneth Walden gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 12:59 PM


Dr. Don, certainly an asset to our Community and our area as he maintained a loving, caring and a continuity of medical understanding through these 58 years. God bless you, brother. Dr. Charles

Joelen and Charles Zimont gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 4:03 PM


You were there when I came in to this world. Rest in peace, Sir..

William Rentfrow gave their condolences on 12/12/2015 at 6:27 PM


I don't even know where to start with my 55 years of having this wonderful man as my doctor and friend. He saw me and my family through some very hard times, always going that extra mile for everyone. I will miss him everyday as I know you will also. We were all blessed to know this wonderful man.

Bonnie Loux gave their condolences on 12/17/2015 at 3:02 PM


This 'wonderful' man will live in my families hearts forever!! There will never be another Dr. Don! I know he will still be taking care of his many patients even from above!

Shirley Griffith gave their condolences on 12/24/2015 at 11:11 AM


My heart goes out to each of you. I know personally how important his family was to him. What a wonderful man and role-model for each of us. The world was a better place and will never be the same without him. ❤️

Waneta Truckey gave their condolences on 1/7/2016 at 10:04 PM