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GRISAK, Donna Anne

March 14, 1959 – March 17, 2013

Donna’s earthly journey has ended and it is with tremendous sadness that we must say goodbye. Donna beloved wife of Garry Myshynuik of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home with family and friends at her side on Sunday March 17, 2013 at the age of 54 years.

Donna was born in Lethbridge, Alberta on March 14, 1959. Following school in Lethbridge, she completed the Medical Laboratory Technologist program at SAIT in 1979 and has been employed in the field since, most recently at the Foothills Hospital.

In 1994, Donna met the love of her life, Garry Myshynuik and they were married on August 26, 2000. Together they lived a full and happy life, enjoying together their passion for gardening, running and travelling.

Their yard is always full of beautiful flowers and is the showpiece of their street. They have enjoyed many trips together to Australia, Europe, the U.S. and destinations within Canada.

Together they completed numerous marathons, including those in Boston, New York, Paris and Rotterdam. Donna was the women’s winner of the 1991 Calgary Marathon and the 1999 inaugural running of the Lethbridge Police Half Marathon.

Besides her loving husband Garry, Donna is survived by her brother Pat (Wanda) of Calgary; niece Melanie of Victoria B.C.; and nephew Carson of Calgary. She is also survived by numerous cousins and special friends.

She was predeceased by her father Peter Grisak in 1986; and by her mother Mildred Grisak in 1989. We will miss Donna immensely and pray that she rests peacefully.

Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery (1210 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge AB) on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Donna Grisak, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Margaret and Patrick Glover :

    Dear Gary,

    Pat and I are so sorry about the loss of our dear friend Donna. We remember Donna as a great friend, accomplished athelete, loving wife and a great person. Donna was a great team mate, always upbeat and fun loving. You and Donna were truly soul mates.
    We are in Palm Springs at this time and will not be back until the end of month. We are sorry that we won’t be able to attend the service. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

    Love Margaret and Pat

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  2. Brenda (mass) Pyne :

    Garry, Pat and Wanda and family, I am thinking of you all, with prayers.
    Brenda (Mass) Pyne

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  3. I am sorry for your loss. Donna was a great woman who was always smiling and laughing. May she rest in peace in the Lords arms forever.

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  4. I had the pleasure of working with Donna. she was a wonderful lady, always willing to help. She will be sadly missed. My condolences to you and your family.

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  5. Donna was one of the most wonderful and inspiring people I have had the fortune to meet, and I count myself lucky for all the years I was able to work with her. She was someone that made me enjoy going to work each day, and someone that I aspired to be more like. I am thankful that she had such strong support in Garry, and that she got to live such a vibrant and full life. She will be deeply missed by anyone that knew her.

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  6. Margaret Smith :

    I am so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. She was an inspiration to me – a gifted runner, and a great colleague in the lab. I am blessed to have known Donna. I looked forward to running into Donna and Gary at various races. I also will cherish the Boston Marathon water bottle she gave me when she finished the Boston marathon. She was special. My thoughts and prayers to Gary and family.

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  7. Damien/Cecile Leroy and Family :

    Sorry for your loss.

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  8. Jane Mansell :

    Donna was a kind and generous lady. I have many fond memories of Donna and the fun times we all had running the relay races.

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  9. Laine Leithead :

    I worked with Donna for a number of years and appreciated her dedication to her chosen field of Lab Medicine and enjoyed her great sense of humour. She will be greatly missed.

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  10. Don Dumais and Brenda Daoust :

    Donna was such a beautiful person -inside and out and especially when she was side by side with Garry, gazing out at the sunsets and stars from our deck. The love they had for each other during those kind of moments, influenced us greatly. The friendship we shared was incredibly special. We send our love to Garry and to Donna’s family, and will join you in saying goodbye to our Donna Thursday.
    Brenda and Don and Rustle

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  11. Alex and Lori Tahmazian :

    We are terribly sorry for your loss. I work with Pat and remember Donna from our city slo-pitch team years ago. Condolences to the whole family.

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  12. Deb Coolidge :

    Pat and Wanda, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Hoping the good memories will help to pull you through this sadness in your lives. Thinking of you and hoping for brighter days ahead.

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  13. Bruce Dunlop :

    Sincere condolences to Pat Grisak and family in the loss of your sister.
    Bruce Dunlop

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  14. Christine Blinn :

    I am very saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. I worked with her for many years. She was so committed and enthusiastic about everything, I know she will be missed by many.

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  15. Leave it to Donna to bring all of us old “Grande Dames” together again. She used to host pot lucks for our team so we could relive the excitement of racing through the mountains. I am so sad that the baby of our group will be missing today but I am sure she will feel our love that will flow through to her spirit.

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  16. Margaret Glasford :

    To Donna’s husband, family, and friends,
    I am a fellow lab tech of Donna’s. I have known her for many years and am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend her service today but my thoughts and deepest condolences are with you.

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  17. Liz Abrahamowicz :

    Donna and I have shared many years in working together, starting at Duffin, Newell and Warkentin, to the BVC to FMC. She was there to share a joke, be a source of information as a coworker and a confidant when needed. She was all these and more. I miss her already. May God’s peace and comfort be with the whole family.

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  18. Tino and Robin DiManno :

    Pat,

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. Our condolences to you and your family.

    Tino and Robin DiManno.

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  19. Doris Mars & Family :

    I went to highschool with Donna. She will be in our prayers. Sorry to hear about her passing. Our condolences to Garry and the family.

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  20. I went to high school with Donna. She will be in our prayers. We send our condolences to Garry and the family.

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  21. Albert and Bertha Huizinga :

    Dear Gary, Our condolences to you and sending warm thoughts. It was our pleasure to meet you at Ray and Renee’s several years ago. My goodness, she was too young! Hugs.

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  22. Ray and Renee Waldie :

    Garry,
    As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Donna. Though we didn’t know her that well, we know how much joy she added to your life. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thoughts. Our sincerest condolences to you and the family.

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