Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Rest in peace: Deacon George Lukach
by Eric Meisfjord, Editor, Inland Register
(From the May 16, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Deacon George Lukach, who served for many years at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Suncrest, died April 30.
The funeral Mass was celebrated in the Tum Tum Community Center on May 6.
He was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn., June 10, 1978, where he ministered, mostly in rural parishes, before moving with his wife, Garnette, to the Spokane Diocese in 1998, when he began to minister at the Suncrest parish.
There, “he was very active in assisting the pastor in running the parish,” said Deacon John Sicilia, the Spokane Diocese’s Director of Deacons. “He was one of the kindest, gentlest men I’ve known, He always ended his conversations with ‘thank you.’ When you talked to him, his sparkling blue eyes stayed focused on you. All those who came in contact with him admired his gentle sincere humility. A true faithful servant.”
Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, called Deacon Lukach “a humble, friendly, generous, and dedicated servant in the Church. He loved his role as a deacon, and was always a person who demonstrated a gentle approach to life. That perspective endeared him to all whom he served.
“In these later years, as my life became more involved and it was difficult to take care of my bees, George offered to take care of them for me. So when we met, we always had a lot to talk about in the bee world! His marriage with Garnette and his service as a deacon in our Church are gifts of inspirational memory. May God grant him eternal rest and peace.”
Deacon Lukach was known as a man of many talents, including beekeeping – an avocation he shared with Bishop Skylstad – piano tuning, and building and playing violins.
At Our Lady of the Lake Parish, he taught adult education classes, and prepared couples for marriage and for the baptism of their children.
Besides his ministry at Our Lady of the Lake, he was a volunteer support unit for the Stevens County Fire District 1 for five years.
He married his wife, Garnette, on June 2, 1956. She preceded him in death in 2007. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Paul Steven and John Paul, and a sister, Martha Hanson.
He is survived by his children Russell (Kris), Yolanda Pfaff (Ted), Alan, John, Laura, Reine McIntosh (Brian), George Jr. III, Carissma, Joanna, and David (Lynette); 24 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
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