It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of our mother, nana, and sister Ellen Mendonca (Hrynkewich).

Ellen was born on October 30, 1942 in Smokey Lake, Alberta, where her childhood years were spent. She moved to BC, started a family and settled in the Chilliwack area where she’s been for the past 36 years. Ellen had a very generous spirit and always wore an infectious smile. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Ellen was a member of the Vedder Golden #280 Ladies Auxiliary to BC Yukon Command with the Royal Canadian Legion, where she enjoyed the company of her good friends. Those who knew Ellen would know of her great optimism and positive outlook on life.

Ellen is survived by her loving children, Darlene Koller and Kelly (Shelby) Mendonca, her three grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Kelsey & Travis Koller, and Tyler Mendonca. Ellen will also be missed by her brothers Frank (Paulette) Hrynkewich, Ernie (Lou) Hrynkewich, her sisters Irene Senwych and Emily (Robert) Taschuk, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, September 5th at St. John’s Anglican Church, 46098 Higginson Road in Chilliwack.

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