(nee PUSKA)

June 11, 1930 – March 3, 2013

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother who died peacefully in her sleep after a debilitating few years with Parkinson’s disease.

Doreen was predeceased by her husband William Tennant Brown in 2007, her parents Ted and Irene Puska, brother Ray Puska and son-in-law Rocky Rakoczy.

She is survived by her son Dennis (Linda) Brown; daughters Leslie Rakoczy, Janet VanPelt, Gayla (Rob) Hunter; grandchildren Dan (Sunshine) DeFrane, Jana (Tony) Brunet, Jason (Jennifer) Price, Stacey Price, Tanya (Matt) Brown, Christa Brown, Megan Hunter; 8 great-grandchildren Jessica McKee, William Brunet, Ashley DeFrane, Celeste DeFrane, Emma Price, Tristan Smith, Joshua Price and Alison Price; sister-in-law Joyce Puska, daughter-in-law Lynn Brown, son-in-law Ron VanPelt, brothers-in-law Joe Brown and Alex Brown; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Doreen was the original owner of the Hobby Hut and after retiring went RV-ing for a few summers. She loved camping but only if in a motorhome! Doreen was an artist, loved painting and doing portraits and was a member of the Chemainus Sketch Club. Her volunteering work over the years included Kinettes, Sharon Chapter #4 Order Of The Eastern Star, and lastly, a member of the Eagles.

Doreen loved to travel, which included cruises, Mexico, Hawaii, Scotland and England, lots of trips to Reno, Las Vegas and Disneyland. Doreen loved hockey and was a Canucks fan to the end.

Doreen will be sorely missed by her family and many dear friends including the “Coffee Bunch”.

A service was held at The Bethel Tabernacle Church, 1149 – 4th Avenue, Ladysmith on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. – Officiant Pastor Ed MacKay, followed by a reception at the Eagles Hall, Ladysmith.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doreen’s memory to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered at

Telford’s of Ladysmith


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