Maxine Gabana

February 3rd, 2021

It is with sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Maxine Gabana.  Maxine always lived in Trail, she married Joe Gabana and raised their 5 children. 

Maxine was predeceased by Joe, her parents and brothers George and David.  She leaves behind her Brother Allan (Georgia) and Sister-in-law Karin.  Her Children, Grandchildren And the Great Grandsons she cherished;  Gail (Hugh) Miller Andrea (Neil); Nick & Joe; Gary (Jill) Gabana Danielle (Steve), Zac and Alex;  Kelsey (Julian) & Colton; Wendy (John)Hackett; Kevin Gabana; Joy (Paul) DeMelo.  She is also survived numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. We will continue her legacy of being a loving family, united as one.

Mom loved her arts and crafts, she was always busy with some new project, Joe called her Divinci.  Up until a couple months ago she was still spending time drawing and participating in the art group.  Mom loved her shopping and casino trips, summers at the lake were always special, she loved nothing better than having the cabin full with family and friends.  Mom was always known as the life of the party, she had a great sense of humour.

Mom lived at Mountain Side for over 4 years and loved that she got to spend lots of time with the old Austad Lane group from her childhood. 

Our heartfelt thanks go out to the amazing staff at Poplar Ridge, during this crazy time they treated Mom like family, it brought some peace to us to see them come in and say goodbye to her with tears in their eyes.  Mom always told us there is no need worry I am well looked after here.

Family service will be held at a later date. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Maxine’s name may be made to Poplar Ridge Pavilion through Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC V1R 4M1, or

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We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Our thoughts are with you all.

Sending my condolences to the Gabana families in the loss of Maxine. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

We were saddened to hear of Maxine's passing. I will always remember talking to her at Sisters of Colombo events-sharing some laughs, good conversations, and her way of making me feel special,that keeping in touch with others were important to her. We know that your memories of her will stay with you and that there will always be a large void in your hearts without her presence. John, GayLaJuan Lattanzio and family

Our deepest condolences to all the family for Max's passing. Our cherished memories of her would be her welcoming, 'happy to see you' attitude and her genuine interest in what was happening in our lives. We see these lovely qualities in her children, she left a beautiful legacy behind in her loving family. We'll miss her smiling, affectionate spirit.

Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Maxine’s family. Living across the alley from Gabana’s allllll those years ago, seems like yesterday. Knowing the life-long friendship between Maxime and Lola warms our hearts. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Love the Hanlon kids (Christine, Billy, Theresa, Robbie and families).

To the Gabana Family....So sorry to hear of Maxine's passing. She was such a wonderful lady and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gabana family, my deepest condolences to all on your loss, Maxine will be missed and always be remembered, especially for her kindness and fun loving personality. She and Joe were always so welcoming when we stopped in to visit Ray and Anna at Christina Lake. Hold on to the precious memories you have created over the years. Blessings and hugs to you all.

To the Gabana Family - we are so very sorry to hear of Maxine’s passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with all of you at this difficult time.

Our condolences to all the Gabana families. Surround yourselves with family, sharing great memories of your mom. Lorri and Dave

To the Gabana family, so very sorry to hear about your Mom. May all your special memories help you through the hard days. With our sympathy.

Joy & family, sending you our sincere condolences & thoughts & prayers on the loss of your Mother... Tom & Brenda

To each and every one of you we send you our deepest condolences. May all those special memories you made help you get through this difficult time. Chris and Allan Piva and family

We're so sorry for your loss Gord & Lynn

To Maxine’s family - we were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.

Gail and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My deepest condolences to you and all who knew and loved her. Such a beautiful women. May God wrap his arms around you all with comfort as you go through this journey of loss.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of Maxine's family. Maxine and I go back such a long way. It is very hard to lose a friend that you have known since childhood. I lived across from her in my school years and then moved across from her when we were married. It seems like I've known her forever. She was a great friend and Bill and I will miss her and her sense of humor. She was a kind and lovely friend to have. Lola and Bill

Gabana family - so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Our sincerest sympathies to you all and your families.

So sad to hear Maxine passed. She will be remembered as always welcoming our family with open arms. I will always remember visiting at Christina Lake and her making us feel at home by saying “You know where the fridge is”. I’ll miss you Maxine have fun with Mom. ♥️Condolences to my cousins love you!

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