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DONALD KLUCHNIK Surrounded by love Donald passed away peacefully on June 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years Lynella, children Ian and Aynsley, Aunts Janice Lutz and Margaret Moroz and Uncle Andrew Lutz. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Fort Rouge, Donald graduated from Churchill Collegiate and went on to earn Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Manitoba. Donald taught briefly at Edmund Partridge School before moving to West Kildonan Collegiate where he taught Biology and Chemistry for the remainder of his 37 year teaching career. In addition to teaching he also took pride in his involvement in extracurricular activities such as rugby, curling and managing the hockey team. Donald eagerly anticipated each school year often returning in August to organize his labs and prepare for the upcoming school year. He was genuinely proud of the accomplishments of his former students and followed their careers many years after graduation. Two days after his retirement from teaching Donald began his second career working as part of the Maintenance Team at Falcon Lake Golf Course. He worked there for nine years and no matter what job he was doing, whether it was emptying garbage cans or eventually cutting the greens and aprons he took pride in his work. He often said it was the best job he ever had. Working at the golf course also allowed him to spend time at the place he loved the most, the family cottage. Donald could usually be found outside tending to the lawn or his many flowers that he loved so much. Donald was above all else a family man. He was always actively involved in Ian and Aynsley's activities whether it was hockey or ringette, school sports, or their educational and professional choices and achievements. He always supported his family's decisions and goals. Through this support and years of community involvement Donald touched many lives and made many lifelong friends along the way. Throughout his life Donald was an amazing role model, teaching by example and always putting the needs of others before his own. Over the last two years he has truly shown everyone what courage, determination and true bravery are. He was a proud father and a loving husband and will be missed dearly by all who knew him. A celebration of Donald's life will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Breezy Bend Golf Club, 7620 Roblin Blvd. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to West Hawk United Church Building Fund Box 89 Whiteshell P.O., West Hawk Lake, MB, R0E 2H0 or South East Whiteshell Fire Dept. Box 88 Whiteshell P.O., West Hawk, Lake MB, R0E 2H0 The family extends sincere and heartfelt thanks to Dr. P. Czaykowski, Denise Klassen and 3rd floor nurses of Cancer Care. We would like to give a special mention to the Emergency Room Department of Lake of the Woods District Hospital, paramedics of North Eastman Region and the compassionate care given by the staff of 3N Grace Hospital. To our friends and family who have supported us over the last two years - We treasure you. MIZ PAH For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 30, 2012
Guest Book(17 entries)
- My condolences to Lynella, Ian and Anysley. I just wanted to extend my prayers and thoughts to your family. As the youngest cousin on the Lutz side, I will always remember the good times at the Husavik cabins with Donald, Billy, Aunty Irene, Uncle Sam and the rest of the Lutz clan. Love, Sergei.
- Posted by: Sergei Lutz (Cousin ) on: Jul 4, 2012
- Mr. Kluchnik was one of my favorite teachers in high school. He was certainly a positive role model for me. Thanks to him for starting me curling all those years ago (WKCC class of 85). Sympathies to the family
- Posted by: Dean Nero (Student) on: Jul 4, 2012
- Deepest condolences to Ian and all the family.
- Posted by: Paul (Co-worker of Ian) on: Jul 4, 2012
- Lynella, our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May God comfort and strengthen all of you at this time. God Bless.
- Posted by: Eddy & Kathy Edwards living in Barbados (Friends of Lynella) on: Jul 3, 2012
- Ian, my sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you.
- Posted by: Robyn Koffman (Friend and Coworker of Ian ) on: Jul 3, 2012
- Ian; HUGS and my deepest sympathy...
- Posted by: Jackie (Friend/Co-Worker) on: Jul 3, 2012
- Anysley, sorry to hear about your dad, we always enjoyed seeing him at the Golf Course. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
- Posted by: Bill & Sherry Shedden (Friends) on: Jul 3, 2012
- My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know you had a close relationship with your father that will be deeply missed. Hold on to all the memories.
- Posted by: Terry Lyle (co-worker with Aynsley) on: Jul 2, 2012
- Well, nothing like coming home from school and talking about your day with your parents (Nick and Maria), only to find out they knew you from long ago and you bought me a baby gift when I was born! You were an awesome teacher- fondly thought of when looking back to our high school days. Condolences to your family. The Klyzub Family
- Posted by: Maria Klyzub-Andryo (Former Student) on: Jul 2, 2012
- Lynella, it will get easier....
- Posted by: Caroline L. Cherkas (Married to the late Wally Cherkas....the Kluchnik neighbors on Gerard Street\) on: Jul 1, 2012
- Don was a part of the Grade 10 team that I taught with. He was a true professional. His care and concern for students was impressive. He was always a gentleman. After retirement he substitute taught for me. Again, he was organized and efficient. He was an amazing teacher, and an amazing person.
- Posted by: Joanne O;Leary (teacher and friend) on: Jul 1, 2012
- Our condolences to the Kluchnik family from Darlene, Melissa and Penny.
- Posted by: Darlene Caci (Accquaitance) on: Jul 1, 2012
- I'm sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family. I learned a lot from him and he never gave up on me, even at times when I felt things were difficult he encouraged and believed. His smile will never be forgotten. Mr Kluchnik was a great teacher!
- Posted by: Tanyss Staska (Student) on: Jul 1, 2012
- I worked with Don for many years at West Kildonan Collegiate. I especially remember the time we spent together on our grade 10 teaching team. Don was a true gentleman and his patience and caring made him a great teacher. Even after he retired he continued to substitute for me. The students and I marveled at his organizational skills and attention to detail. His field was science, but that didn't stop him from embracing my subject area of social studies and giving it his all. That was the kind of man he was.
- Posted by: Tom Schmidt (teaching colleague) on: Jun 30, 2012
- Lynellaand family. What a full and wonderful life to celebrate. Our sympathies to you and Yours. Penny & John LeNeveu
- Posted by: Penny LeNeveu nee Lewis (Friend of Lynella's from WGH) on: Jun 30, 2012
- Mr Kluchnik, you were an amazing teacher....I remember wondering if you were going to get your lab coat bronzed when you retired. My condolances to your family. You were a great man.
- Posted by: Cindy Brazer (student) on: Jun 30, 2012
- Our Family spent 3 years in Winnipeg and we feel truly lucky and blessed to have had The Kluchnik Family as neighbours - lots of wonderful memories, good food, amazing recipes, Easter bread - we could go on and on.......Don was such a wonderful and caring man - and so positive. Neighbours and then lifetime friends......priceless. Nancy will miss the good chats she had with Don.....Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lynella, Ian and Aynsley,
Love Doug, Nancy, Cheryl, Dennis & Brian
- Posted by: Doug and Nancy Soetaert (Family Friends) on: Jun 30, 2012
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