November 22, 1965 – April 19, 2022
It is with profound sadness and loss that her mother, Julie Dewinetz Traff and her other mother, Judy Gliddon Kolbuc share with you the passing of Deeann Maria Kolbuc on April 19, 2022.
Deeann will be remembered for showing courage, strength and unrelenting hope as she battled mental and physical challenges for most of her life. Her admirable strength and courage never wavered in the face of unending suffering.
Deeann was thoughtful, generous and smart, with an amazing sense of humour. These beautiful traits were often not obvious, Deeann’s mental and physical health created an impenetrable force that blocked her light. This often prevented the love of family and friends from reaching her, but they never stopped loving her.
Deeann worked alongside her father, Ben Kolbuc at Norden Autohaus for many years and retired with her father when he sold the business.
Deeann loved music, animals, cooking, family, friends and most importantly, her beloved dogs. Her canine companions were her passion, joy and salvation.
Deeann is survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews from both the Dewinetz and Kolbuc families in British Columbia and Alberta.
Deeann’s battle was long, and she fought hard. She taught our family how to talk about mental health and advocate for the choices that were difficult. We respect Dee’s decision and admire the strength she showed us even in her death.
Advocacy is an effective road to understanding acceptance, and in lessening the stigma of mental health, addictions, and suicide. Our healthcare systems need help and new innovative treatments to address this issue and to be able to treat this monumental problem with more success.
A private family gathering will be held respecting Dee’s wishes and honouring her struggle and her decision.
Anyone wanting to honour Deeann’s life, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation to support the Access 24/7 Addiction and Mental Health Centre, https://support.royalalex.org/site/Donation2?idb=152160103&df_id=1480&mfc_pref=T&1480.donation=form1, Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS), https://www.scarscare.ca/donate/ or any Mental Health Addiction Centre of your choice.
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