E-mail Condolences from Friends and Family

Created by Tim 5 years ago
I know you are suffering and mourning Donna. I think everyone that
knew her is affected by her passing. I am so glad for the time I got
to spend with her and you.

Someone asked me what was she like. And my first response was
Donna was a mother, she was kind and gentle to stray kids and animals.
She lived for her children and you. She was a shining example of love.

Donna was also brave, a real fighter, plowing ahead through all the
pain her cancer gave her. She told me she was ready to pass, it was
getting difficult to keep fighting.

Dad told me after mom first passed he would see her running through
the living room into one of the other rooms, and she looked like she
did when they got married.

You have so many wonderful memories of a life well lived. My heart
aches for you and for Donna.

I love you,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. We will greatly miss Donna and her cheerfulness. The two of you have been such wonderful neighbors and friends to our family. Deirdre and I will be up for the funeral next Wednesday. We will be up this weekend too.

Ken & Deirdre Herland
Dear Dennis
Nadien and I are so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was such a lovely and loving spirit. We were so pleased that the two of you joined us at our wedding. We will always remember that day with love and Donna will always be an important part of that memory.
We cannot imagine how difficult this is for you and your family. We want you to know you and Donna are in our thoughts.
We are so sorry for your loss.
With love,
Kevin and Nadien
Joe an Dennis----so very sorry to hear surprising sad news. We did not know Donna was struggling with cancer. We will always remember Donna’s friendly personality,
Joe and Gail Jarema
I am so sad for you and the rest of your family. I was just getting to know Donna last winter. I know she's going to be missed by everyone at RISE as well as everyone else who was part of her life. Praying that comfort and peace will attend you...

Karen Cruz.
Dennis I was so saddened by this news of Donna ... I had no knowledge that she was afflicted with cancer as she was always smiling and so friendly.. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time and that she has found peace and no more pain in the arms of God.. Rest in peace Donna Fred & Clara Forbes
Dear Dennis,

Please know that we are thinking of you here in Puerto Vallarta.

I remember when I met both you and Donna several years ago (how many?). We (doctors) all talked about what a truly amazing woman she was – at that time! All she had been through and how great she was about everything. Though this season, you were more the “focus” – she was there alongside you and her regular, happy self with her amazing attitude. I truly believe it was her never give up spirit that allowed her to beat this damned disease for so many years. As you know, I meet many patients – with all kinds of diagnosis and I am being honest when I say, I’ve never met anyone like Donna!

Please extend my condolences to all of your family – and especially to you Dennis.
Warm Regards,
Pam Thompson
Jim and I send our condolences. Donna was truly a wonderful person and we shared a few laughs after cards. My husband also has cancer and like you guys we will continue to go to Puerto Vallarta as long as he is able! Was a pleasure meeting you both.

Sending you hugs from Winnipeg

Di and Jim
Dennis, this message comes to you from Northern On. Canada. On behalf of Judith and myself, please accept our deepest and sincere condolences on the recent passing of Donna. Although she will surely be missed daily by many, there is solace knowing her cancer suffering is now over. Rest in peace Donna. Sincerely, Gerry and Judith
So sorry to hear about your lose today, Dennis. What a wonderful, sweet, gentle, kind woman. We will all miss her.

Chris Amo
Dear Dennis,

We are so very sorry to hear the news. Donna was a wonderful, charming and funny woman...and a TRUE fighter. We have a lot of respect for her...and you. She will be sorely missed. I will pass the word around here.

If there is anything we can do....


Don, Alex and ChelseaGirl

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Phil and Ranee Dzubay
Dear Dennis:

We are very sad to learn that Donna passed away.
Please accept our deepest condolecenses.
We pray to God that he will give you the strength to overcome this terrible lost.

A big hug
Charlie and Paty Hammons
hello dennis

ralph and i are so sorry to hear of donna' s passing; she was always such a bright light through her illness; we shall miss her tender , kind ways.

barb and ralph smialek
Hi Dennis,

Both Barbara and I share your grief. Donna was a wonderful lady and a good friend and we will miss seeing her and playing crib with you and her in PV. She will be greatly missed, not only as the most efficient secretary that IFC has ever had, but for her huge commitment to the kids at RISE.

We both send our love,

Oh Dennis, What a sad time for you and your family. We often spoke of Donna's illness and what a fighter she has been these past years. Please take care of yourself. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
God Bless you all,
Chuck and Jane Boecher
Dear Dennis

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful wife Donna. You and she were so kind to help us with the donations and gift wrapping for Chamela after the hurricane!

I had no idea that Donna was ill, but I know that she's in a better, pain-free place now.

Best wishes to you and your family

Kathleen Phelps
Dear Dennis

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful wife Donna. You and she were so kind to help us with the donations and gift wrapping for Chamela after the hurricane!

I had no idea that Donna was ill, but I know that she's in a better, pain-free place now.

Best wishes to you and your family

Kathleen Phelps
Dear Denis and family
Sheila and i would like to pass on our sicerest sympathies for your loss. We will miss Donna very much. Her smile and a happy demeanor is something we all wished we could emulate.
Be well dear friend.
Yours faithfully Silver
Dennis and family,

I am not going to call for a couple of days as I know how disruptive calls can be when you are trying to get things organized.

Since yesterday, I have been wearing my 'F_ _ _ CANCER" t-shirt. Donna would giggle and approve.

Letting you know that Marc Wilson, Vicky (from Rochester), Patty, and Judith and Jennifer have asked to extend their sympathies. Russ asked for your address.

Keeping you close in my heart--all of you--

Much love,
just now saw your email. Our deepest sympathy to you and your children. I know what a light she was to your life and it must be very difficult time for you. We will continue to hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Please let me know about any plans for a service.


Very sorry to hear about Donna. A lovely person who will be missed by us Friday bridge afternoons in PV.
Our thoughts are with you
Take care
Gary and Gayle Chorney
Seagrave Ontario
Dear Dennis,

So sad to hear about Donna's passing! What a sweet, unassuming, gentle presence she had. I respected her attitude that life was simply to go on as usual despite cancer's presence. I admired that she didn't want comfort or dwelling on her illness, she just carried on helping out where she could, which was in so many places at the club. I will miss her in many ways…and especially at bridge.

I wish you lots of sweet memories, the comfort of family, and whatever else brings you peaceful moments.

Hugs and blessings,
Mary (Alberts)
I'm sorry to hear about Donna. I did call Sharon and I will let some of the other classmates know. She has been fighting the cancer for a long time. You are in our prayers. Marge
I am so sorry Dennis. Words are useless now. I will pray that you are given the comfort and strength to see you through your struggle.
May God bless you and comfort you.

My love to you and your family. We're are sending you all many hugs and warm thoughts. Donna was an amazing woman, incredibly kind and graceful. Jeff and I feel blessed to have known her.
Much love to you all.
Amy and Jeff Burke
Our sincere condolences to you and your entire family. We feel so bad for all of you and hugs to all of you.

If there is anything that Ken and I can do to help you out, please let us know. We are here for you.

Guillermina asked me to send condolences from her and her family to you and your family. She feels very bad about the loss of Donna and sends you hugs.

Also, some friends from Las Palmas sends you their condolences. Russ McIvor, Silvia Cosseyleon, Laurie Brecht and Celeste Clark.

With love and hugs,

Sandy & Ken

Dennis, I am so sorry to hear about Donna. I did not know that the cancer had spread. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.


Joyce and Ron

Much love to you all.
Dear Dennis,

I am deeply sorry to hear of your great loss. I did not have the good fortune to know Donna for a long period of time, but in the short time we served together I was struck by her graciousness, kindness, and the great care in which she carried out her duties for the IFC. We will all miss her and we grieve your loss with you.


Dan Grippo
I cannot believe we lost our dearest Donna. My heart is broken. Donna was the best friend in the world. Donna was the best Mother that I knew who just loved her children more than anything in the world, the best friend to Dennis - which she loved dearly, the best of everything.
Roxy and I worked with Donna at UP. We have been friends ever since. She was the greatest friend one could ever ask for.
I am going to miss her so very much, very much. Words cannot express not having her in our lives.
I cannot imagine how you and the family are feeling with this huge loss. My prayer go out to you and your family. There are no words that can express this loss. My God heal your pain, your loss and comfort all of you during this time and going forward may he ease our pain and help you thru this.
I will so miss Donna, a true lovely women, best of friends a beautiful soul.
Please, if possible let me know the funeral plans, I would like to plan to attend if possible.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss, may God take great care of this wonderful women, and she deserve the best.
I am so sorry to read about Aunt Donna. Your emails yesterday took me by surprise as I was unaware she was so ill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Jack and I are so heart broken to loose our very special lake family member. Our sweet Mama D. we have so many great memories with her. Especially watching Vikings games on the porch.
She will always remain in our hearts.
Love you
Jack and Deb and little Willow
Dennis and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Donna! She will be missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know when the funeral will be.
Bless you all!
Roxy Lut
God bless all of you.
Cathy McD


Thank you for taking the time to let me know. I am so, so sorry that you and your family have lost Donna, the most beautiful woman I have ever met.

I am glad that you had the love of your family with you both at this horrendous time.

My heart just cries for all of you. I am glad her passing was peaceful.

My sympathy for you is boundless.

Much love,
Jessie (Rick,too)

I'm very sorry.
She was a very sweet lady. Always positive and she gave us her best kindness.
Send you my condolences. I'll pray for her.

We are so sorry to hear that Donna is losing her battle with cancer.

She has been such an heroic fighter through the years of facing this cancer.

You both have been a great example of courage and determination in the face of this disease. We have admired your quiet ways of going fully about your life being part of life not accepting being its victim.

We will miss Donna's smile and generosity; you have our support in these sad moments. Sincerely, Angus and Mandy

Dear Dennis,

We are so saddened by this news. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
May her beautiful spirit continue to shine through you.
Please let the Dzubay cousins know about the arrangements.
Hugs to all of you,
We are so sorry for your loss. She fought the good fight as gracious as anyone we have known. May God be your comfort tonight!
Jessica and Larry
Oh, Dennis. My very deepest thoughts are with you and your family. What a wonderful, wonderful woman she was. And will always remain so in our life. We love you both, always.

Dennis, we are very sad to hear of your terrible loss. Donna did so well over the winter. Hard to believe it turned on her so quickly. So glad your family were there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janie & Dennis

Janie Albright Blank
I am so sad about Donna's passing. My prayers and love go out to you and your family.

Please let me know about the arrangements and services.

Greg & Pat
Hi Denny,
We were shocked because we were not aware of Donna having cancer. You and your family have our sincere condolences. Please keep informed of where and when the funeral will be. May God be with you and your family in this trying time.
Jack and Barb
I feel so sad. I loved Donna so much. She will be missed by all of those whose hearts she touched.

Take care and may God bless.
Peter and Kare
Oh, Dear Dennis, may the Lord have mercy on your beloved Donna and your entire family
as you walk together through this difficult time. Christ is there weeping with you and holding you all in
His loving arms. Praying for all of you.
Cousin Karen

It is with regret and sorrow to hear that Donna is in a very serious condition. Our thoughts and prayer are with her. With God's help we hope she pulls through. She is a very sweet and loving person and we really feel for her.

Denis you need to be strong because Donna needs you even more now. I know that you are a very loving couple and it must be very difficult for you. you need to hang in right now.


Evelyn and Michael Montagano

Thank you Dennis for sharing your pain. You are all in our prayers and in our hearts
Love to all.

Karen Swanson
Dear Dennis,
We are so terribly sorry to hear about Donna.
May the Lord comfort and give peace to Donna, you, and your entire family.
You are all definitely in our prayers.
John and Judy
Hi Dennis,

Thank you for letting us know what you are facing. If only I could help lift the inevitable sorrow from you and yours.

You and Donna are beloved. I have known and witnessed the finest of people and you two are tops.

Thank you for showing us how strong and gentle the power of love can be. Love never fails.

Please hug your family for me.

Cousin Karen
This is a sad day for all that know Donna. It has been such a great 4 years of spending our Mexico experiences with her in our lives. She will sorely be missed, but forever she shall stay in our hearts. Dennis, take care of yourself!!!
Gary and Peggy Wilmoth

Dennis, We were so saddened to learn of Donna's passing. We knew Donna was having health issues that the two of you were dealing & struggling with while in PV...but her passing really came as a shock. We only know you guys thru bridge & other casual fund raising social events & of course our "get togethers" waiting to pay our taxes at the government office...but we always enjoyed you both & of course your wonderful senses of humour! We will always remember Donna as the beautiful, gentle, fun loving woman, with a twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face & always ready to "lend a hand "or share a laugh with those around her...& of course those..."dangling earrings!"
She will be sorely missed by so many people....& especially by you dear Dennis her "soul mate" & by the many children in PV whose needs the two of you look after so dedicatedly & lovingly. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time..we all will miss this wonderful lady.
Thinking of you both with love.
Frankie & Jim Kruger


Thank you for letting me know about Donna's death. What a blessing she was. I was honored to serve you both as your pastor for a time. I'll be thinking of you on June 15. In some ways, I'm glad I do not have to be there to lead you that day. Although, we do not grieve as those who have no hope, we still grieve.

The Lord be with you, Dennis!

Rev. Jon Rusnak, Pastor