Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, MN
Saturday, May 11, 2013
AT THE CHURCH
Saturday, May 11, 2013
one hour prior to Mass
Deacon George R. Lukach, Jr. (79 yrs. old) went home to the Lord April 30, 2013. George was preceded in death by his wife Garnette Elizabeth; parents George and Viola Lukach; sons Paul Steven and John Paul; grandson David-John and great grandson Travis Crane; and sister, Martha Hanson. He is survived by his children Russell (Kris) of Buffalo, Yolanda Pfaff (Ted) of Deer Park, WA., Alan of Deer Park, WA., John of Holmes Beach, FL., Laura of Valley, WA., Reine McIntosh (Brian) of Elmore, IA., George Jr. IV of Tallahasse, FL., Joseph (Tara)of Silver Creek, Carissma of Buffalo, Joanna of Minneapolis, and David (Lynette) of Montrose, daughter-in-law Teresa (wife of deceased son Paul) of Annandale; his sisters Anne Davis and Paula Kesler; 24 grand-children; and 18 great-grandchildren. George had 35 years serving as a deacon in Catholic Churches located in Minnesota and Washington. His love for music involved building and playing the violin. Along with tuning pianos, he raised bees for many years. After serving for 20 years in the MN Diocese, George and Garnette moved from Buffalo, MN to Deer Park, WA in 1997. By the grace of God George and Garnette got involved with Our Lady of the Lake Church, then a Mission Church in Tum Tum, Washington. That same year, Deacon George was instrumental in preparing the community to become a parish in the Diocese of Spokane. Deacon George provided religious training for adults seeking council and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. He was a quiet faith filled leader who prepared couples for marriage and their children for baptism. By the Grace of God and the guidance of Deacon George, Our Lady of the Lake parishioners pray to discern the voice of the Spirit and acknowledge the face of Christ in all they meet. He was also a loved affiliate in the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. George loved life, laughter, traveling, family and the outdoors. Deacon George had served as a volunteer in the support unit for Stevens County Fire District 1 for five years. George will be missed by so many friends and the many groups he belonged to. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Francis Xavier Church in Buffalo, MN. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment will follow at St Mark’s Cemetery immediately following the Mass. A Luncheon will follow the burial at St Francis Church basement.
Arrangements for George Lukach are by The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com