Dr. Don has died at the age of 94


Funeral arrangements for a longtime and highly regarded Three Rivers doctor have been announced by Hohner Funeral Home.

Services for 94-year-old Don Schimnoski, more casually known as Dr. Don, will start with visitation with the family 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday next week. A celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers.

He passed away Wednesday in Kalamazoo following a bout with pneumonia.

Dr. Don spent 58 years in the medical profession in Three Rivers. His longevity contributed to a special bond with many of his patents, their children and even their grandchildren.

Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry called Schimnoski an exemplary citizen who made a lasting impression with his personable ways.

Meanwhile, Hope Bailey, chief clinical officer at Three Rivers Health, worked with Schimnoski for 21 years and said he was a true professional and a model citizen. Bailey said Schimnoski was a compassionate doctor who would sometimes request simply a meal in exchange for services from a family that could not afford medical coverage.

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  1. I will miss this caring Dr. he has been my Dr forever They broke the mold when he was born,This man cared for all.R.I.P. Dr. DON

  2. Words can not say how much I will miss this caring gentle DR.

  3. Dr. Don was a saint and I loved his kindness. When I was coming up as a young nurse he always took his time to encourage me to “know” my patients not only know them medically but as personally as I could without offending. I use his advice today. He was in my unit at 0300
    The he would see his elderly patients in the nursing home. One of the only courageous MD’s that stuck it out in the LTC area. Why? Because he always cared for his patient and and would defend his decision in front of any surveyour any time any day about his patients . He remembered the entire medical history of any of his patients in the middle of the night when you needed him he would get dressed come in and support the nurse and the patient. I know only one MD like this left and its a awful
    Feeling. Nurses are the leads in patient care for most all MD’s Dr Don knew his people what worked what didn’t. Extended ICU stays just because he knew we would give 1:2 care and it made him feel great. God bless you Dr Don thank you for all you have done to help your patients and build up
    Your right hand men ( your nurses) rest in peace. You are a true Saint and will be missed

  4. Dr Don was a fantastic Dr. He helped my Grandmother Ford when she was in the hospital. Thank you and rest in peace, go play. It’s your turn.

  5. Craig and Jessie Witwer

    I knew this day would come but I wished it hadn’t !! This was a great man and a very special person !!! He has done many special thing for our family and will be greatly missed .He has worked hard all his life and now he can rest in peace!!! There will never be anyone like him. He was ONE OF A KIND !!!! RIP DR .DON !!!

  6. Dr.Don was a real saint who touched many lives. I had pleasure of working with him in Three Rivers Health and learnt so much how can a physician touch so many patient lives. Thank you Dr. Don for blessing me. God bless your family. RIP Dr. Don.

    Dr. Harpreet Singh

  7. I worked at Three Rivers Hospital third shift for 5 yrs. You never had to worry about “bothering” him with a question. He was a kind and gentle soul and his patients came first.

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