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Beth Lynette Nickel (Schaufele)

October 22, 1979 - February 2, 2021


Beth Lynette Schaufele Nickel was born Oct.  22, 1979 in Bow Island, Alberta. She was the eldest child of Ron and Leila Schaufele and has one sister and four brothers.  
At an early age she demonstrated an aptitude for music and was soon enrolled in violin lessons in Medicine Hat. Other early activities included piano, gymnastics, and highland dancing. She also involved herself in Church clubs and youth groups.  
Medicine Hat was the destination for endless trips for lessons, chamber music groups and orchestras. She also volunteered her music at numerous church and community events accompanied by her sister and cousins.  
At the age of 4 she started kindergarten, her only year in public school. Beth was homeschooled from grades 1 through 12 and exhibited a steady discipline toward her studies with guidance from her mother, completing high school at age 17.  
During her education at home, she was able to develop her music interests, studying with her long-time instructor, Bill van der Sloot in Medicine Hat. It is often said mastering a skill might take 10,000 hours of practice. Having started so young, she may well have reached that by the age 17.   
Medicine Hat was the place where she also participated in music festivals and distinguished herself as both a soloist and chamber musician. One of her adjudicators, Gerald Stanick from the University of British Columbia School of Music, observed her musical development over the years and when she completed her grade 12, invited her to audition for UBC School of Music. She was accepted and Mr. Stanick became her viola instructor for her undergrad years.  
So, at the age of 17 she left the comforts and confines of Bow Island, moved to Vancouver, and completed her bachelor’s degree in music all by the age of 21. She then proceeded to enrol in a masters program under David Harding at UBC and completed her degree in one year with numerous performances and recitals.  
UBC was also the place where she met a tall basketball player. Studying to become a teacher, Joel was enrolled in the School of Fine Arts. After 3 years playing for the Thunderbirds, he changed his focus from sports to developing his musical side and joined the UBC Choir. One day, unsure where to go for his choir audition, he met Beth coming down the stairs and she directed him to the appropriate venue.  
That brief encounter sparked an interest and he started to pursue this attractive music student. Joel and Beth soon started dating and were married August 5, 2002 in Bow Island.    
Joel had started his teaching career in Abbotsford in 2001, so he and Beth settled there after their marriage and she soon launched her professional music career. She often worked closely with Calvin Dyck in Abbotsford and soon became an established viola player locally, as well as in Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland.  
Two and one half years after their wedding, Elijah Reuben was born on Jan. 14, 2005. His sister, Katie Elizabeth Ronelle arrived June 29, 2007, followed by Ethan Joel on July 22, 2011.  
Once her children were in school, she became a volunteer on the Parent Advisory Committee at South Poplar Elementary School and was, at the time of her death, the PAC president.  
Along with family responsibilities, Beth continued to focus on her music career and community involvements. She started teaching students in her home including all 3 of her children who took violin lessons with some outside instruction and expert home encouragement.  
Beth headed the Abbotsford Music Festival for many years and was an active member of the Abbotsford Music Association. Along with being a sought-after adjudicator and instructor, she taught at summer music camps in Abbotsford, Orcas Island, Banff Summer Strings and Courtney.  
She also became an instructor at Bakerview Music Academy in Abbotsford, a school providing free music instruction to community children who come after school for choral and violin lessons.   
Beth will be remembered for her exceptional viola playing. Her reputation in her family was that she was so adept at her sight reading and playing that she didn’t need to practice her pieces between rehearsals and performances—a rare gift and the source of many family jokes.  
She will also be remembered for her many performances with her music colleagues over the years. Her many private students also fondly remember her gentle encouragement and expert teaching.
Her time at the Bakerview Music Academy has left a lasting legacy as has her involvement in the elementary school PAC.  
She is mourned by her loving husband, Joel who adored her. Despite the challenges of her short illness, he had hoped that they would grow old together and share the many milestones ahead for their family.  
Beth is also mourned by her loving children who learned so much from her and owe their discipline and many skills to her patient, attentive parenting.  
Her siblings will long remember her as their loving, responsible, and multi-talented eldest sibling—a gentle force of nature, but one whom you did not cross.  
Her parents will always remember her as the child who changed and enriched their lives forever.  
Joel’s family and the whole Nickel clan welcomed Beth into their family and will always cherish her enthusiasm and involvement.
Her extended family mourn her loss and will forever hold her in their hearts as one who departed from this earth far too soon.
Beth Nickel will be remembered for her humble spirit as she performed selflessly in so many areas of leadership and music, always with a smile and a kind word, and showing interest in other people’s lives. She always exhibited the utmost respect for those around her.  
As she faced the challenges of her illness, she consciously chose the theme of Joy in her perspectives.  
She had a very strong faith and as she faced the severity of her illness, spoke of it in a matter-of-fact fashion and faced surgery and possible chemo and radiation therapy with an optimistic but realistic spirit. She presented herself to God for His guidance in her life.
In approaching her final admittance to hospital on Jan 30, she said goodbye to each of her children, hoping to soon return but with an attitude of trust in God’s will, often reminding them that “What will be, will be.”  
She slipped into a coma on Jan 31, 2021 and went to meet her Lord on Feb 2, 2021, her husband and mother each holding her hands and releasing her into eternity.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Diana & Paul Sherwood
Relation: Ron's Aunt

Joel, Elijah, Katie & Ethan
Ron, Leila & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Cherish all the beautiful memories.
Beth holds a special place in our heart.
With Caring Sympathy,
Diana, Paul, Brad, Carrie-Lynn Sherwood & Family

From: Fred Schaufele and Shannon Okada
Relation: Aunt and Uncle

With sadness and fond memories, Beth remains with us. Our condolences to Joel, Elijah, Katie, Ethan and all touched by Beth.

From: Esther Cheong Ngan Leng
Relation: A singaporean pseudo aunty Ngan Leng

This message is taken from Psalms 91:1-2. Beth is in the presence of the Almighty! This almighty God will give us strength, grace and wisdom to move on. Till we meet again, Beth.

91 住在至高者隐密处的,必住在全能者的荫下。
2 我要论到耶和华说:“他是我的避难所,是我的山寨,是我的神,是我所倚靠的。”

From: Wenda Lyons
Relation: Second cousin

Our deepest condolences to Joel, Elijah, Katie, Ethan, Ron, Leila, and the entire Shaufele and Nickel families. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come. God Bless each of you and I pray he gives you the strength and comfort at this difficult time! With Much Love Wenda & Dale Lyons

From: Deborah Deans
Relation: Family acquaintance

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May the fond memories and love you shared strengthen you at this difficult time and for years to come.

From: Dina & Tim Pollock
Relation: Worked together with the Abbotsford Music Festival

My heart and prayers to the family – Beth will be missed

From: Bert and Elke Mannes
Relation: Through close family

For Joel, Elijah, Katie and Ethan: our deepest condolences. We pray the presence of God and His promises and the love and support of family and friends will be help carry through this time of loss of wife and mother. Thinking of you and praying.

From: John Kadz
Relation: through music instruction and adjudication

I am so sorry to hear this news which came from Bill Van der Sloot today. My condolences to all the members of this remarkable family.

From: William van der Sloot
Relation: I was her violin teacher in Medicine Hat

To all of Beth’s extended family,
The tributes and music today were incredibly touching. They so beautifully spoke to the way that Beth has touched all of our lives and truly brought more light to the world. Mostly, I want to thank the Schaufele family and the Nickel family family for sharing so openly a culture of hope and love – a culture which was made richer through the life of Beth. Know that we all share your sadness and your hope. The van der Sloot family

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February 10, 2021
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