Bethany Hnatuk Issue Date: October 17, 2019
Bethany Hnatuk, 24, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.
Born March 15, 1995 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the youngest of three girls, to Jennifer Selle and Lorrence Hnatuk, she graduated from Bay Port High School in Suamico.
Her goal was always to keep up with whatever the older girls were doing, whether riding a bike, ice skating or running fastest around the house, not only wanting to keep up but to win.
That is how her competitive hockey spirit started and she began playing hockey at age 3 becoming a force to be reckoned with on the ice. She played with the M&M Thunder in Marinette and was coached by her dad, Lorrence. She played on a National U.S. team, AAA for several years and exceeded stereotypes of girl's hockey, priding herself on her elite status.
She loved music, going to live shows, painting, reading and animals, especially her cat. She adored her family and when together she would begin "balladeering", creating songs about everyone in the room, making everyone laugh. She was funny, compassionate and caring.
Understanding pain, she had empathy in a way many can't and was known to give the coat off of her back to someone on the street. She rooted for the underdog and was never afraid to stand up for those needing a protector.
She is survived by her partner Anders Berglund; her biological child, Odin that was lovingly released for adoption after his birth; her mother, Jennifer Selle (Wiebe); step-father, Paul Selle; sisters, Alicia and Natasha Hnatuk; a nephew, Logan Dzurick and step-siblings, Austin (Anna), Casey and Alec Selle; her grandparents, Peter and Angie Wiebe and many aunts; uncles; cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lorrence A. Hnatuk; paternal grandfather, Andrew Hnatuk; paternal grandmother, Alice Hnatuk and maternal grandmother, Marie Down.
Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth Street De Pere on Saturday, Oct. 19 from noon until time of a service at 1 p.m. Stephanie Thompson will preside, followed by refreshments. In lieu of flowers in her memory, pay attention to the world around you, give a hand, a lunch, a listening ear, random acts of love and caring or buy a grocery gift card for those in need.
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