Aileen Nordin was born Nov. 10, 1925 in Empress, Alta., the daughter of William Drader and Mabel Swanson, the third of their sixth children.
She grew up and attended school in Lacombe, Alta.
In 1943, she enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where she met Emmanuel (Mannie) Nordin. They were married Aug. 22, 1946 in Winnipeg, Man. and settled in Rainy River, Ont.
Aileen was active in the Knox United Church, a 4-H leader, and a longtime member of the Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Eastern Star, Miriam
Rebekah Lodge, and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54.
She worked as the secretary at McCrosson-Tovell School in Bergland, Ont. and as a receptionist at the Rainy River Clinic after their children were grown.
She was predeseased by her brother, Robert, and sisters, Dorothy Sawyer and Emily Batsch.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph, and sister, Marilyn; her husband of 61 years, Emmanuel Nels Nordin; her children, Rick, David, Pat, and Lori; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Aileen and Mannie lived for 50 years at 205 Second St. in Rainy River. She had resided in Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont. since 2001.
She passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 a few days after suffering a stroke.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Rainy River, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
Interment will follow at Bergland Cemetery at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to Knox United Church or the Alzheimer Society c/o P.O. Box 837, Kenora, Ont., P9N 4B5.
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