It is with heavy hearts and the deepest of sorrow for the family to announce the sudden passing of a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Alfreda Kearney (nee Morrisseau), after a lengthy illness at the age of 65.
Alfreda went peacefully to Our Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 with her granddaughter, Michael Lynn, and daughter, Tammy Lynn, at her side.
Alfreda was predeceased by her son, Michael David Kearney; mother, Evora Crowe; father, Harry Morrisseau; mother-in-law, Mary Kearney; father-in-law, Ezra Kearney; grandfather, Alfred Morrisseau, Kookoomiis Maggie Morrisseau; grandmother, Veronica Allan; grandfather, Alfred Allan; infant sister, Carol Lynn Crowe; niece, Billy-Jean Bonnie McKee; and stepfather, David “Dado” Crowe.
Alfreda is survived by her husband, Michael “Mickey” Kearney; son, Craig Kearney (Elaine Walsh); daughter, Tammy Lynn DuCharme (Greg); and granddaugher Michael Lynn DuCharme (Tim Harper). Michael Lynn was the most precious gift she had in life.
Also surviving are her sisters, Jenny Bodnar (Glenn), Karen McTavish (Bob), Bonnie Simmons (Lawrence), and Colleen Taylor (Ed); brothers, Davey Crowe (Elaine) and Allan Morrisseau (Mary); stepmother, Louise Morrisseau; brothers, Richard, Harry (Joy), Doug, Patrick, Sheldon, and William Morrisseau; sisters, Carol, Elaine, and Loucille Morrisseau, Laura Spence (Elmer), and Amanda Monkman (Kelley); and special grandson, Tyler Sullivan, who referred her as his “kokomo.”
Also surviving are numerous neices, nephews, and cousins; very special cousins, Lorraine (Glenn) Eklund and Millie Hahkala (Brent); very special aunts, Melvina Morrisseau and Annie Olson (Milo), who were like sisters to Alfreda; special friends, Marcine James and Hazel Kreger, who loved to go shopping with Alfreda; sisters-in-law, Terri MacKay (Jack) and Kathy Kearney (David); brothers-in-law, Frank Kearney (Nancy) and Pat Kearney; and very special niece, Diane Oliver (George).
Alfreda loved to knit and crochet in her spare time, even entering her afghans and canning goods in the Emo Fair. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and canning and would share her goods with all who stopped by to visit or to play cards. Playing Smear was her favourite card game, which she was very good at.
She loved to do her canning, making homemade jellies and jams which she would send her granddaughter, Michael Lynn, home with each time Michael Lynn went to stay with her Grandma. On weekends, Michael Lynn and Grandma would go shopping or garage saling, never missing out on a great sale.
Alfreda also was a great story-teller, talking about her family and some of the funniest stories she had on all her children, but she especially loved sharing fond stories of her little bo-peep, Michael Lynn.
Alfreda’s home was always open and welcomed everyone to all who knew her. Hospitality was her gift to all who loved her and to everyone.
Family and friends will be received Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., where a celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11 a.m., with F. Dan Debano officiating.
The pallbearers will be Kristy McTavish, Aylsia McTavish, Jenna Gurley, and Luke Simmons.
Interment will take place in Thunder Bay, Ont. at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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Your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, is of great worth in God’s sight (Scripture-1 Peter 3:4).