January 27, 2022

Donna Marie (Braden) Kanelakos


Seekonk – Donna Marie (Braden) Kanelakos, 85, passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on Friday, April 9, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter John Kanelakos. The couple had been married for sixty years.

Donna was born and raised on a farm in Traverse City, Michigan, where she developed her love of animals. She had resided in Pawtucket before moving to Seekonk over fifty years ago.

Donna will be remembered by her family and dear friends as a funny, social and brave women who feared nothing.  She was a talented seamstress and knitter who especially enjoyed knitting afghan blankets and sewing baby blankets. It brought her great joy spending time with her grandchildren. Together they spent countless hours playing dominos, singing songs, especially Christmas carols, and traveling to many destinations throughout the east coast and west coast.

Donna enjoyed cheering on New England sport teams, baking, and watching classic movies.  She was a loving and devoted, wife, mother and yia-yia (grandmother), who will be forever remembered by all the lives she touched. 

Donna leaves her son, Stephen J. Kanelakos and his wife, Myra, of Reidsville, North Carolina; her daughter, Veneta A. Kanelakos and her husband, Lalit K. Shahani, of Menlo Park, CA; her granddaughter, Lyndsey Shahani; her grandson, Kai Shahani; her sister-in-law, Marie McKenney of West Warwick and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She also leaves many close friends and dear neighbors.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral which will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. from WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by Services at 11:00 a.m. in the Mihailides Center at the Church of the Annunciation, 175 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston. Interment will follow at North Burial Ground, Providence. VISITATION will be held on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Covid protocol and masks required at all Services) If desired, memorial gifts to the Church of the Annunciation would be appreciated. www.TRIPPFUNERALHOME.com. 

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