July 31, 1939 – September 22, 2022
On Thursday September 22, 2022 in Kamloops Donna passed away peacefully at Trinity on her terms with proud family members at her side. Donna had reconciled with her cancer diagnosis in August while still living in Summerland where she and Dad had retired 35 years ago.
Donna was predeceased by her loving husband, John as well as her parents John & Hilda Wicklund, brother Pete Wicklund and sister Lea Kelly.
She will be very much missed by Annette Glover (Bill), Mark (Patti), Don (Shirley) and Coranne Dohler (Len) along with 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren who all came to visit her just prior to her passing. She will also be missed by her extended family including sister-in-laws Margo Pederson, Barbara Wicklund and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was born in Salmon Arm and lived in Solsqua on farmland with her Finnish immigrant parents. She then met Johnnie through her brother and began their 63-year life’s journey together in Chase. In 1967 they moved to Smithers due to Dad’s work and raised their children and eventually baby-sat their fun & loving grandkids.
Donna raised 4 busy children in amongst working at the Smithers Super Valu Snack Bar where she was very well-known and appreciated. Sports were the focus at our home, even over the news, as visiting relatives and friends found out.
When Mom and Dad moved to the Okanagan they chose the most serene location with a full-size golf course – Summerland. Their choice turned out to be perfect for them as many friends and golf partners were found and enjoyed for many years. Mom and Dad were a working team at the Summerland Course for many years. Mom also made time to volunteer with the Smithers Hospital Auxiliary and the Summerland Thrift Store.
Many thanks go out to the Penticton Hospital staff, Kamloops Palliative Care Team and Trinity staff – all very caring individuals and Mom told them so repeatedly.
Mom – we are all so proud of you and respect all your decisions along the way. We are happy that you and Dad will now be together forever. Love you always.
As Mom would have wished – please donate to the charity of your choice to ensure their future successes whatever they may be.
Summer 2023 a private family interment will conclude Mom and Dad’s wishes of being together in their chosen location at the Solsqua Cemetery.
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