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Date of Birth: May 19, 1965

Date of Death: May 28, 2021

Dawn M. Schmieg, age 56, of Peoria, AZ and formerly of Carver, MN, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021 with her family at her side at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, AZ. Dawn was born on May 19, 1965 in Shakopee, MN, the first child of Doug Kalkes and Mary (Bednarczyk) Danner. She grew up in Chaska, MN and was a 1983 graduate of Chaska High School. Dawn would have four children, and wanted to make sure she could be home with them as they grew. For many years, she would run her own home daycare, which included her own children, others in the family, and the children of friends. In later years, she took various other jobs, including multiple positions for the Jordan schools. In 2018, after years of putting up with the Minnesota winters, she made the move to Arizona to escape the cold. Growing up, she would often go fishing and hunting with her dad. Her enjoyment of fishing would continue throughout her life, whether that be on a boat or the ice, but her hunting was mostly limited to morel mushrooms. She was always thrilled to vacation and travel, especially camping all over Minnesota and relaxing on the Florida beaches. Dawn was an avid baker, with a specialty in cakes. Skilled in decoration, she created elaborate yearly birthday cakes for the family and even a few wedding cakes too! Dawn always dreamed of owning a Harley which she later made happen to fit with her love of rock ‘n’ roll. More than anything else though, Dawn loved her children and grandchildren - the joy of her life was to see them grow. She will be missed and held in memory by her family. She will be thought of anytime one of her crocheted pieces is used (which includes baby blankets for the grandchildren), and anytime someone mentions Little House on the Prairie. Dawn is preceded in death by her father, Doug Kalkes. Dawn is survived by her boyfriend Chris Grasso of Peoria; children, Tony (Nicole) Schmieg of Norwood Young America, Katie (Shane) Schultz of Carver, Tim Schmieg and fiancée Abbie Boerner of Chaska, Jesse (Mollie) Schmieg of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Shane Schmieg, Lucas Schmieg, Brody Schmieg, Kendra Schmieg, Emerson Schultz, Silas Schultz, Finnegan Schultz, Peyton Schmieg; mother, Mary (Bednarczyk) Danner; siblings, Wendy (Rodger) Read, Jennifer (Mike) Shelton, Ronnie (Mindy) Kalkes; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends.

Service Information

A private celebration of Dawn’s life will be held with close family.