With broken hearts, we announce the passing of our dear Serena Jane at age 21 in Thunder Bay Regional Hospital of Acute Melanoma Leukemia. After a brave and courageous battle for 2 years Serena’s fight ended at 5:30 AM on May 2, 2022. Serena came into the world on 25th of February 2001, she was the oldest of 9 siblings. Serena is survived by her father Alex Mazinakouskang (Michelle), and 3 brothers Jackson, Kolton and baby Alex, her 5 sisters, Kyley, Leah, Elizabeth, Victoria and Kailey, her stepmom Crystal Belhumeur of Edmonton, her grandmother, Mary Mazinakouskang of Longlac and uncle Dwight Mazinakouskang. Also survived by her special aunty Melissa Kentner (Stan), cousins Isiah, Markus, and Roy Kentner-Maxwell, Honorary uncle John ”Sonny” Maxwell, Cheryl Kentner (Chris) and her daughters Annabelle and Jasmine Kentner and Connie (Chris) Kentner, aunties Terri Boucher, Amanda Boucher, Ann Boucher, Patience Reid and Uncle Jason Boucher (Lisa) and many cousins in the Boucher clan. As well as, great aunties, Lisa and Lana Kooshet, cousins Ashley Thorburn & Xaia, Jared and Phyrie Hook, great uncle Brian Desmoulin and daughter Brynna. Special to Serena, her great aunty Debbie (Brian) Kakegamik and Shonie who gave her tremendous support during her illness. Serena was especially close to her grand-dad Stan Vlotaros, who was always supportive during her times of need.
Serena was predeceased by, first and foremost, her blessed mother Barbara Kentner, who tragically passed July 4, 2017. The death of her mother Barbara, the murder trial and Serena’s illness showed strength and resilience way beyond her young teenage years. Serena was also predeceased by her grandfather Mazinakouskang of Longlac, grandfather Roy Boucher and grandmother Mildred “Maude” Kentner, great grandfather John Kooshet, great grandmother Mary Rose Chief, uncle Vincent Shabaquay.
Serena was a straight “A” student, very creative and talented however, she was not able to complete her educational aspirations due to her illness. She had tremendous support from her teacher Cindy Palermo, who organized an art auction to assist Serena in her convalescence period. The family would also like to thank her cousin Deanne Hupfield, who organized the Go Fund Me initiative and to all those who contributed, this support helped her during chemotherapy and radiation sessions and her bone marrow transplant.
Serena had a few very close friends that were there for her during her illness, Kaitlin Yesno, Kaitlin Gibbon, Montana Kapashesit and Alyssa Meekis.
Many of her cousins, especially the Pitchenese Clan supported her during her grief and illness. Serena was loved by her community of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation. Miigwetch to Chief and Council for all their support during this difficult time.