Donna Irene Durand

March 10, 1946October 5, 2020

Forever Loved, Never Forgotten...

Durand, Donna Irene (nee: Lytwinuk) March 10, 1946 – October 5, 2020

It is with great sadness our family announcing the sudden passing of Donna Durand at home on October 5th 2020 in her 74th year.

Left to mourn her loss are her beloved children, Chris (Kyla), Anthony and Sheila; her twin sister, Helen Lytwenuk; her grandchild, Brittany Cameron (Brett Snifeld) whom she was extremely proud of; her great grandchild, Alexander Snifeld and her sister-in-law, Claudette Durand

She leaves this world to join her loving husband of 55 years, Donald Durand; her parents, William and Nellie Lytwinuk; her sister, Ann Foreman (Alan), William Lywinuk Jr. (Ellen), Jean Anthony (Bob), Mary Gendron, and many more loved ones.

Donna and her twin sister Helen were the first set of twins born in Minaki Ontario. Delivered by their father on a cold winter morning. As a teenager, Donna worked at the Minaki Lodge as a chambermaid, later in life she then became a telephone operator for Bell Canada.

Married at the age of nineteen to the love of her life Donald Durand. Widowed at a young age of 40, she converted from a homemaker to a single working Mom of three. She took on her new life challenges of getting her driver's license, career and uprooting from the Minaki Hwy. to Kenora. Donna worked at Pinecrest Home of the Aged until she retired.

Donna enjoyed knitting immensely, which a lucky few received her projects. She loved playing bingo with her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening and spending time outside. She also enjoyed her computer games, and relaxing reading a good book.

The biggest joy of her life was spending time with her great grandson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lass for her kindness and empathy. Brett Snifeld for his life attempt of lifesaving efforts. The loving support of family, friends and colleagues.

With deep regret and sadness, the family is very sorry to say that due to Covid 19 the Celebration of her life will be postponed until a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice

Online condolences may be made online at

Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre entrusted with arrangements


  • With deep regret and sadness, the family is very sorry to say that due to Covid 19 the Celebration of her life will be postponed until a later date.


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Allyson Magierowicz

October 20, 2020

My sincere condolences to Donna’s family. I was very sad to hear of her sudden passing. I first came to know Donna when I moved back to Kenora to become the D.O.N. At Pinecrest in 1992. She was a caring PSW and always delivered the best of care to her residents. I will always remember her for her cheerful smile and warm personality.

Norie Chuckree (Anderson)

October 18, 2020

A very sweet lady, I remember when your family lived on the Minaki Hwy and our moms would have coffee and we would visit. Sending my condolences Chris, Anthony, Sheila and the rest of the family.

Al & Lin Foreman

October 17, 2020

Our hearts are saddened by Donna's passing. Our memories will go on forever! Her laughter and giving nature will be missed. Love to Chris,Sheila and Anthony.

Kathy Hulagrocki

October 17, 2020

I knew and worked with Donna for a long time. She will be missed by all. I offer my condolences to the family for their lose.
Kathy Hulagrocki

Theo Kunz

October 16, 2020

Thanks Donna. When I was a young hca you trained me on duty and caring.

Kim Cariou

October 16, 2020

I am so sad to hear of Donna’s passing I thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Donna for many years at Pinecrest Home for the Aged. Donna was a very kind caring person And always willing to help anyone in need. I will miss playing games with her on Facebook . RIP Doona Say hi to your good friend Jackie♥️

Audrey Rempel

October 16, 2020

As a former neighbor we have so many great memories, deck parties, working together on the house and gardening which Donna loved! We’ll always remember her big smile and positive attitude. Donna’s size was small but her presence was big and couldn’t be missed.
Our sincere condolences, Shiela.

Karen Ressing

October 15, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. What a lovely lady ! It was a pleasure to work with Donna was a pleasure to know her. Rest in peace.
Sincerely, Karen Ressing

Kathy Gilbertson

October 15, 2020

Very sad to hear of Donna's passing, she was one great lady. Condolences to Chris, Sheila, Anthony and family.

Jodi Karperien

October 15, 2020

Bundy and family, so sorry for your loss, my condolences to you. My favorite memory; I loved taking Donna off-road in my truck with the guys and making a million Perogies.🌹


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