Donna Musyj

A photo of Donna Musyj


St. Mary's Church
Friday August 18, 2017
11:00 a.m.



Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday August 17, 2017
3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Parish Prayers will take place at 7:00 p.m.

Donna Marie Musyj (Rivait)

With great sadness we announce the passing of our Donna. Her journey with Breast Cancer ended in the early hours of August 14th, 2017. It was at that moment she was able to open her arms and be reunited with her babies Derek (1991) and Dylan (1992).

To put the needs of others and to leave all judgement behind is unconditional love. She shared this love with children Zakry & Alisha, Isaiah & Brooklyn and Rebekkah, her grandson Zayden and her best friend Randy. She was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her next two grandchildren in the near future.

Raised in Ruscom by her parents Theresa and the late Armand Rivait, she will be missed by her siblings Ron, Deb & Jim Nadalin and their children Kelly, Matt and Kaitlyn, Rick and his children Sam, Jessica and Gabe, Kevin & Rose and his children Lisa, Mariah and Emily. Also left to mourn are many aunts, uncles, cousins, amazing friends and on Randy’s side Brad, Brenda (Shawn) Bilokraly and their family whom she loved dearly.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday where visitation will take place from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Parish Prayers will take place at 7:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass for Donna will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Blenheim on Friday August 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Friends are asked to go directly to the church as there will not be public visitation at the Funeral Home prior to the Mass. A private family interment will take place in St. Joachim.

Donna lived her life with unpretentious charm, intellectual curiosity, and a playful sense of humour. It was her contention that all things good could be achieved if you wore pyjamas. To that end, it was her expressed wish that you wear your pyjamas to her visitation at the Funeral Home and casual attire to the Mass at the Church. That alone would have made her happy.

Friends wishing to remember Donna with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Music Program at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Blenheim.


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Randy and family My deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Randy and Family, We are sorry that we are unable to give you our condolences face to face but we want you to know that we are thinking of you all. Donna was a conscientious and keen student and it was a pleasure to watch her in action throughout her career and indeed, her life. Her smile and laughter were so infectious. She sure will be missed! How very sorry we are for you as well as Donna's family and her vast network of friends.

Thoughts and prayers to all . I knew Donna from SRC. I never worked with her but she was always so friendly. I would run into her at the grocery store or uptown and she would always have something happy and positive to talk about!! Rest in peace Donna.

Randy and family.. Our hearts are filled with such sadness.. With much love and deepest sympathies .. May all of you find comfort and peace through Donna's memory and legacy of life.. She was a remarkable lady who inspired many with her strength and determination.. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time... Bob, Linda and family

Randy, Isaiah and Rebecca, sorry for your loss. Donna fought the good fight, she finished the race.

Dear Rebekka; My sympathy to you and your family. I remember you telling me (when you worked with me at Food Basics)that your mother was enduring a difficult time with her illness. May she now be at peace. Please know I am thinking of you. .....Sincerely, Helen

Dear Randy and Family, It's been 20 yrs since I've seen or talked to you Randy, and as always, it has taken a funeral (not a wedding), to be in touch. I can't know the level of your grief right now, but I want to say how very, very sorry I am and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your children. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Donna was a brave and strong will women, and will be greatly missed. But her humour will be seen and heard in her children. Randy, you and your children are in our thoughts and prayers.

I am so sorry for your loss Isaiah

So sorry for the loss to this whole family....Donna was the most beautiful soul my family has ever had the pleasure of knowing. The care and love she gave to our daughter Paisley will never be forgotten instead will be celebrated with every loving memory of this awesome lady. Our hearts are with each of you at this time....and Paisley says " Cheers to PJ's"

Randy- so sorry for the loss of your best friend Donna. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May awesome memories get you through this difficult time. May you rest in peace Donna.

Randy, So sorry for your loss of Donna. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time. Rest in peace Donna.

Hugs to you Randy and your family. sending our deepest sympathy at this sad time. May you find comfort in knowing that love & memories are everlasting and Donna is safe in the hands of God.

There are an endless supply of words that could describe Donna, Loving, courageous, spunky...just to list a few. She will be forever in the hearts of many people. Rest in paradise Donna! We love you!!

Randy and family, the fight and courage that Donna held for her journey was commendable. You can't say that she didn't face every challenge along the way head on and never deterred her in the least, no matter what the next challenge was. Donna will always be in our hearts, and we are glad to have had the opportunity to have known her. Our sincerest condolences are with you at this time.

so very sorry for your loss. she fought a long battle. our prayers are with your family

Randy & family; I'm so sorry to hear this sad news about Donna. My sincere condolences. Karen Vynckier-Walker

Randy and family.... sending thoughts and prayers.... memories and each other will get you thru this.... Donna was strong and a fighter and she would want you to live on and do the same..... God truly got a angel and she will always be looking out after you....always by your side....

Deepest condolences to the family. Donna was a beautiful and kind lady!

Randi, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Donna was a wonderful, caring, fun loving woman. I am lucky to have known and work with her.

Randy and family my deepest condolences go out to you all, Donna was truly a inspiration to everyone that knew and loved her take comfort knowing she is pain free and with her angels.

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. We were a part of Donna's life whilst at SRC. Her memory and love will live on through er children and grand children. " To see death as the end is to see the horizon as the end of the ocean" D. Searle

I believe that when someone teaches you so many things about life, they are true earth angels. I was blessed with such a friend. As time went by she became more like a sister who wanted to support me and be there without judgement during my path of life. Donna Musyj gave more of herself than any individual I have ever met. She taught those around her to persist no matter what and to find happiness in every day life instead of focussing on the negative. She taught me to believe in myself despite the challenges and to trust that "It's all good" - as she would say. The greatest gift she ever gave me was the gift of love for Elizebeth. She loved her infinitely and even in the final days, the bond with this toddler and her "adopted" Meme brought solace and comfort to Donna. It was quite magical that Elizebeth had the power to brighten the darkest of moments for Donna. I am so thankful for having been blessed with everything bestowed upon both of us by this wonderful woman who has now graduated to being a heavenly angel who will continue to watch over us all. You will be sorrowfully missed but certainly never forgotten my dear friend.