LABUKE; Lena (nee Proskie)

1925 – 2015

Lena LaBuke passed away peacefully with her family attending at Holyrood Manor, Maple Ridge, BC on October 31, 2015. Lena was born November 10, 1925 to Michael and Apollona (nee Cycaj) Proskie on their farm in the Merridale, District of Manitoba. On May 18, 1946, Lena was united with John LaBuke in Merridale, at the Holy Ghost Church with Rev. Kopeskewski presiding. After the honeymoon, they resided at Johns farm in Togo, SK, and then moved to Vancouver, BC. Lena worked most of her life. Lena & John owned and operated a restaurant on Robson Street, Vancouver; also employed at Forst Furniture Store (hardware department), Eatons (women’s apparel department). Upon retirement, Lena and John moved to Maple Ridge where Lena continued to work as a volunteer at the hospital auxiliary thrift store. Mum was always a pillar of strength and commitment:

Blessed her for we will miss the home cook meals

Blessed her for we will miss the planning for special family events

Blessed her for we will miss the comment “act normal”

Blessed her for we will miss the commitment to keep the family organized

Blessed her for we will miss a mother

Lena leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, son Bart, Surrey BC, daughters Patricia & Maryanne of Maple Ridge, BC, grandchildren, Barbara Wall, Liam Wall, John Erickson and Leanne (Mike Kepfer), great grandchild, Serenity, sister-in-law Anne Proskie of Roblin MB. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Lena was predeceased in death by her parents, brothers: Joe (Julia), Nick (Doris), Harry, Peter, sisters: Mary (Bud), Anne (Paul), son Michael, and son-in-law, Don Erickson. The family wishes to thank the Staff at Holyrood Manor, Maple Ridge BC for their outstanding care and compassion. Funeral services will be held at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC on Friday, November 6th at 10:30 am with Fr. Mario Marin Celebrant and interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby, BC. Condolences may be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca

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