Doris “Dode” Rusnak

Doris “Dode” Rusnak
October 17, 1941 – May 05, 2018
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Doris Joan Rusnak of Pitt Meadows, BC. Left to mourn their loss and treasure their memories are her loving husband and soul mate of 20 incredible years, Ed; her cherished daughter Jodi Diachuk and Ron Gravel of Edmonton; and her beloved son Bradley and Jaci Diachuk and precious granddaughters Brooklyn and Kennedy of Langley; her dear sister June Bakala and her children Craig and Maggie Bakala, Dr. Cameron and Shauna Bakala and their children Mackenzie and Ava of Kelowna. She also is survived by her sister-in-law Josie Cholak of Stony Plain; her brother-in-law Douglas and Gina Diachuk of Kamloops; as well as numerous members of the Diachuk, McIntosh and Rusnak families, and a host of friends. Doris was predeceased by her first husband and teenage first love Eugene “Gene” Diachuk in 1995, her father Armand in 1964, her mother Edna (nee McIntosh) in 2007, her sister Gloria in 2005, and her brother Gary in 1950. Affectionately known as Dode, she grew up in Vegreville, Alberta, where she forged life-long friendships. She attended McTavish Business College in Edmonton and worked as a legal and executive secretary before she and Gene moved to Hinton, Fort St. John and Burnaby in the 1960s. They eventually settled in Maple Ridge and then Pitt Meadows to raise their children and embark on various entrepreneurial endeavours. Dode’s home and heart were always open to Jodi and Brad’s friends who have remained within her circle to this day. The untimely death of Gene, while they were vacationing in Mexico, left Doris and her children in deep mourning. To her amazement, fate intervened when she reconnected with Ed, also from Vegreville, after more than 40 years. The love and laughter they have shared for the past 21 years was a joy to behold, clearly evident to everyone fortunate to be in their presence. Golf became their dominant leisure activity and resulted in strong bonds with other enthusiasts… as did their involvement in Pitt Meadows United Church. Until health challenges restricted their travel, they took extended holidays in Mexico and the California Desert. Despite numerous setbacks, Dode’s disposition remained sunny and optimistic. She did her best to maintain a sense of normalcy—dining with her girlfriends, frequenting nearby casinos, and getting in a few, final rounds of golf this spring. She was very proud of Jodi and Brad, and delighted in time spent with Brooklyn and Kennedy. She was—and is—Ed’s Angel. Dode loved well and is well-loved by all who knew her. Her friend and pastor, Rev. Sue Rodgers of Pitt Meadows United Church will officiate at A Celebration of Life to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26 at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel, 11765 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC. Reception and fellowship to follow. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society and/or Pitt Meadows United Church.


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  1. Sylvia Tompkins

    I already miss you Doris; your warm greeting when arriving at the Pitt Meadows United Church. I will also remember how brave you have been through the tough medical procedures you have been through. You always had a smile and never complained but accepted that tomorrow will be a better day. I miss your beautiful smile and you now have a place in my heart. God Bless and peace be with you, Ed and your families.

    Love from Sylvia

  2. Lynette Rudichuk - Sparrow

    It is with great sadness to hear of the loss of this beautiful person having left earth too soon. We love you Doris and family and send our prayers to your family

  3. Gary and Marlene Parker

    Our hearts go out to Ed and family at the loss of a very special lady and friend. We did not know Doris for very long but felt we knew her forever, she was that kind of person. She will be missed as a part of our life.

  4. Dode was such a lovely lady, very sad to hear of her passing. Condolences to Ed and the rest of her family

  5. Susan Veinotte-Munger

    Jodi and Brad, My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Shirley Preuss

    Dear family of “Dode”. So shocked to hear of her passing. What a wonderful lady! She and Ed were so kind to my Dad, Wally Slade (who passed away November 9, 2015) when he and I were travelling in their area several years ago. We were friends of Edna and Gloria here in Vegreville. Have thought of her often and had hoped to re-connect with her.May she rest in peace. My sincerest sympathy to all of you. May God bless each and every one of you.

  7. Dear Ed;
    My sincerest heart felt sympathy on Doris’s passing. I am sorry that I have to be out of town on Saturday and not able to attend her celebration.
    My thoughts are with you.

  8. Jerry & Judy Williams

    May your memories of Doris bring you comfort now and through the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  9. Sincere condolences Ed. Very sorry for you loss.

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