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Born: Sep 24, 1946

Date of Passing: Oct 07, 2021

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With great sadness we announce the passing of Dorothy Derkach at the age of 75 on October 7, 2021.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 54 years, Brian, sons, Jeff (Aliisa) and Michael (Kimberlee), grandchildren, Asta (Stephen), Kaarina (Mike), Annikki (Devin), Cole, Reid, and Kate. She was also blessed with her great-grandkids, Maisie and Walker. She was predeceased by her parents, Nick and Mary Makaeff.
Dorothy was born in Kamsack, SK on September 24, 1946. She grew up on the family farm in Pelly, SK and moved to Winnipeg at an early age, where she attended Sisler High School. She met the love of her life, Brian, and they married in 1967.
She was an amazing mom to Jeff and Michael growing up, attending every hockey game they played with her cowbell. She made all her grandchildren feel special.
She was always there for her family whether it be to help clean and organize, cook their favourites, have long talks, or to play a competitive game of crazy 8's. She had a knack for decorating and crafting. Her grandkids loved making crafts with her.
When Brian retired from CN in 2007 they bought a motor home and travelled the USA together, primarily going to Arizona for half of the year. Arizona was definitely Dorothy's second love. She lived for the winters where she could enjoy the hot weather, visit with family and friends, go shopping for deals, and try to win "big" at bingo.
Dorothy struggled with rheumatoid arthritis for many years, but was a very tough, stubborn lady and never let anything slow her down. Her family is at peace knowing that she is no longer in pain.
A private interment will take place at Glen Eden with immediate family as per Dorothy's wishes.
Her family would like to thank friends and family for the support and well-wishes during this difficult time. In addition, they would like to thank Dr. Zahiri, Stonewall Hospital, and the Health Sciences Centre surgical ICU for their care.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I was so saddened to hear of Dorothy's passing. Our condolences to Brian, Mike, Jeff and families. There was always a smile on her face. She was a friend to so many. Through hockey and baseball I always looked forward to seeing her cheering on our teams. - Posted by: Doug and Karen Iwanoczko (Friend) on: Oct 20, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to you Brian and your family for the loss of you wife/mom/grandma and great-grandma! Family and friends help to ease the pain! - Posted by: Monique Roland Gauthier (Friend from the hockey years Brian played for the Habs) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • Dear Brian,Jeff and Michael and families,,it is with heartfelt sympathy I want to offer my sincerest dear friend will be so missed ...Donya and I shared so many good talks and laughs.Not only was she my best friend ,she was my confidant in our early days.AND She was the best damn holopchi maker I ever knew! I know you guys will miss her terribly,but thank God she is no longer in pain...think of all the wonderful memories you have,sincerley, Conger, Joanne and Dave - Posted by: Joanne conger (My dear friend ) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • Jeffery & family A mother is like a flower- she graces the world with her softness she brightens the day with her presence... and when she's gone, her beauty stays with us forever. Celebrating the life of someone so special. Your mom will be deeply missed. Brian-She Will Always Be Remembered As you share the stories and the memories of how she lived her life and how very much she meant, may you find comfort... And, throughout this difficult time, may you also know the deep sympathy and concern that is felt for you and all your family. Bill & Valli. - Posted by: William Barker (Friend and old co-workers) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. May all the beautiful souvenirs help you through these touch times.. - Posted by: Lorraine Tetrault(Jean-Guy) (friend of hockey years...) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • We have known Brian & Dorothy for a long time and sorry to hear of her passing. God bless. - Posted by: Ralph & Shirley Sinclair (Friend ) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • Jeff, Aliisa, Asta, Kaarina, Nikki and families, our heartfelt sympathies are with you at this difficult time. Dorothy was an amazing lady whom I hold dear to my heart. I am glad she is no longer in pain. Please pass condolences to Brian and Michael and his family as well. RIP Dorothy. Love to all, - Posted by: Sheona and Dwayne Miller (Family friends) on: Oct 09, 2021

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