Dennis Joseph Spanko passed away on March 10, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Gravelbourg, SK. Over the last years Dennis struggled with numerous health issues, but always maintained his smile and sense of humour.
Dennis was born June 13, 1945 at this same hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Mazenod, SK. Besides farming he spent a lot of time with his favourite hobbies: constructing small versions of Mazenod businesses, refurbishing old trucks and machinery, and welding art pieces.
On December 19, 1981 he married Patricia "Pat" Mulhern. Together they lived on the farm bordering the south side of Mazenod. They were always active in Mazenod activities; helping organize the reunions over the years, maintaining the Sacred Heart Cemetery, and visiting with friends and neighbours.
Dennis and I have been truly blessed to have Scott Heatcoat, Cheri Rotheisler and baby Joey as part of our family, especially during Dennis’ end of life journey. They are dear friends who have given us great comfort and joy.
Dennis was predeceased by his parents Tony (1969) and Annie (2003)(née Kesslar ) Spanko; father-in-law, Mike (1977) and mother-in-law, Mary (2005) (née Clutchey) Mulhern.
He is survived by his wife Pat Spanko and his precious companion little dog Cheeko; sister, Shirley Ann (Larry Way dec’d 2017); brother, Roy Anthony (Teena Roberts); sister, Marilyn Bertha (Monty Needham, Bob Reesor (dec’d 2009), Ed Krieser); many nieces and nephews.
Dennis lived a full and fulfilling life in 77 years but still left us way too soon. He will be laid to rest at the Scared Heart Cemetery in Mazenod at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Sask TeleMiracle, Camp Lemieux or St. Joseph Hospital Foundation would be welcomed.
A heartfelt thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital, Assiniboia Palliative Care and St. Joseph Hospital for the exceptional care and support.