Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Blanche Donachuk on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre surrounded by loved ones. Blanche was born March 28, 1928, to Polly and Ludwig Petaski in Lockport, Manitoba.
Blanche’s memory will be cherished by her sons Darwin (Margaret) and Sam (Irene); grandchildren Kristie (Aldo), Aaron (Laura), Andrew (Jen) and Samantha (Dylan); and great grandchildren Abby, Aidon, Rosa, Georgia, Clara and Cecile.
Blessed with a long and happy life, the thought that she would be reunited with her husband, Sam, brought her great comfort in her final days. Predeceased by her sisters and brothers Joe, Mike, Anne, Rose, Helen and Mary, she is survived by her brother Casimer and her sisters Angela and Pauline. Blanche loved her many nieces and nephews, who returned their love and support until Blanche’s passing.
Being raised on the family farm, the 8th of 10 children, Blanche acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to become the strong foundation of her own farm and family. Blanche felt blessed with the gifts of her husband, family, neighbours and community.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 5819 Henderson Highway with Father Joshua Gundrum officiating. Viewing will be held prior to Mass.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Donachuk, Andrew Donachuk, Dennis Petaski, Joe Petaski, Dennis Banash and Ron Bochen.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses of the Selkirk Regional Health Centre for their kind care during Blanche’s stay.
As Blanche was a longstanding member of the Catholic Women’s League, in lieu of flowers donations to Corpus Christi Church would be appreciated.
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.