Deanne Soke

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, after a brief illness, Deanne Soke, loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 85. Gloria Deanne Park was born August 10, 1937, in Rainy River, ON. She moved to Winnipeg to attend college, where she met, and then married, John Arthur Soke on June 15, 1957. Together they raised four daughters: Jodie, Kathy, Sandra, and Donna in Selkirk, MB.

An affectionate matriarch, Deanne’s perpetual tenderness for her family made her home a busy and constant destination for her children, grandchildren, their partners, and great-grandchildren. Deanne will be remembered for her many creative passions including quilting, knitting, and sewing, but especially for her kindness, generosity, selflessness, and deep friendships. Deanne enjoyed the many years she and John spent in Selkirk including time with cherished neighbours and friends at the Selkirk Volunteer Firefighters Association, Selkirk Eastern Star, and the quilting group at the Seniors Centre.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Gordon Howard Senior Centre ( The family thanks the palliative care staff at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre.

Deanne was preceded in death by her father and mother, Clinton and Doris Park. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years John Soke, her sister Carolee (Park) Hogue, brother-in-law Rene Hogue, brother Ken Park, her sisters-in-law Sylvia Ewacka and Elva Soke. Her family cherishes her love, memories, and funny stories: Jodie, Merv, Tammy, Corey, Chayse, JC, Bryce, Emily, Brody, Oliver, Dayna, Alex, Arizona, Matilda, Kathy, Kym, Stacey, Sandra, Allyssa, Cole, Latitia, Aaron, Kaiya, Jonny, Willow, Donna, Ben, Seth, Milo, and her many adored nephews and nieces.

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