Mrs. Donna Breikss passed away at St. Joseph Hospital on April 27, 2018. Donna was surrounded by her loving family after a courageous and long battle with cancer. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on May 18, 2018 at 11:30 A.M. at Saint Patrick Catholic Church. A reception will immediately follow in the Church Hall.

May 18, 2018 was scheduled for a 12 P.M. school dismissal for the last Professional Development of the year. We will now dismiss at 11:00 A.M. so we can all attend the funeral of Mrs. Donna Breikss at 11:30 A.M. Out of respect for everyone who wants to attend the funeral, we will not be offering extended care services.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Please plan on picking up your children up at 11:00 A.M. We hope many of you will be able to walk your children up the hill to the Church for Donna’s service.

Mrs. Breikss welcomed generations of children into her Pre-K classroom at Saint Patrick Catholic School. For 29 years she would lean forward and greet each child, always at their eye level. Donna was loved by all. May she rest in peace.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers to please consider making a donation to the Donna Marie Breikss Memorial Scholarship Fund benefiting students at Saint Patrick Catholic School.

Contributions can be made payable to:

Saint Patrick Catholic School
1112 North G Street
Tacoma, WA 98403


This video tribute to is a compilation of photos from Saint Patrick Catholic School families, both past and present. The video also includes the rock garden project that was done in March and April to honor her. It was played at the reception in the Church Hall after the Mass of Christian Burial which starts at 11:30 AM at Saint Patrick Catholic Church on May 18, 2018.

The video begins with Mrs. Breikss at her classroom door greeting one of her students. It is so bittersweet to hear her voice but such a beautiful reminder of her welcoming ways.

The music used was from the “Sing God’s Glory” CD that was recorded with our Kindergarten students and Kelli Hogarty in 2006.

“To teach is to touch a life forever”