Donna Demchenko

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Longtime Alaskan resident, Mrs. Donna Demchenko, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2011, at Heritage Place, in Soldotna, with members of her family at her bedside. She was 82.

Mrs. Demchenko was born May 17, 1928, in Helena, Mont. She was raised in Montana and also lived in Washington state and Wisconsin before moving permanently to Seward in March of 1971, where she married Michael Demchenko. After spending a few years "Outside" for health issues and to be closer to other family, she returned to Alaska, moving to Soldotna.

Mrs. Demchenko was especially patient and kind, caring for those less fortunate, delivering baked goods at Christmas to friends and shut-ins. She was a great seamstress and her extra large handmade doll house was the talk of Seward. She donated it to Providence in Anchorage.

Mrs. Demchenko owned and ran the Elegant Lady Boutique gift shop for many years.

Her family said: "Mom was a strong and courageous woman in facing health issues and pain every day, sharing her sense of humor with a wink in her twinkling blue eyes for all her caregivers, friends, and family. She would thank you for your love and friendship and the joy you brought to her. She is now with the angels."

She was preceded in death by her parents, Don and Ruth Moser, of Helena; birth mother, Mildred Brenden, of Bozeman, Mont., and Mesa, Ariz.; husband, Michael Demchenko, of Seward; grandson, Jeremy Moon Lew, of Ruxton Island, British Columbia; and sister, Marge Franks, of Mesa, Ariz.

Mrs. Demchenko leaves a beautiful legacy behind with five children, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren, with another "on the way." She is survived by her daughters, Karen Dorcas, of Soldotna; Nadine Wong/Pallot and her husband, Owen, of Sunshine Coast, British Columbia; Debbie Carrubba and her husband, Rocco, of Bothell, Wash.; and Diane Peterson, of Springhill, Tenn.; son, Gar Wong, of Springhill, Tenn.; grandchildren, Trasa Diem and her husband, John, of Dickinson, N.D.; Alicia Knotts, of Anchorage; Jason Dorcas and his wife, Lynette, of Anchorage; Daedra Doyle and her husband, Kevin of, Soldotna; Cara Carrubba, of Seattle, Wash.; Sara Marshall and her husband Matt, of Misawa, Japan (13th EFS); Sara Lentz and her husband Jason, of Katy, Texas; Steven Peterson, of Hamilton, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Devin Willard, of Anchorage; Dareena and Milena Doyle, of Soldotna; Noah, Phoebe, Sunshine and Albert Diem, all of Dickinson, N.D.; sister, Verna Green, of Helena; brother, Jack Yeager and his wife, Pat, of Mesa.

Her heart has always been for children and she contributed over the years to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In her honor contributions to St. Jude are welcomed, and be sent to: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or "on-line" at

A Memorial Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in Soldotna. An additional Remembrance Service was held Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Heritage Place, in Soldotna.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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