It is with sad hearts that the family of Christine Comegan announce her sudden passing on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Christine was born on December 23, 1933 to Albert and Mary Prince. She was one of eight children.
Christine was a Jingle Dress dancer all her life. She often took both Christina and Vanessa to the pow wow circuits in Manitoba and Ontario. She made many friends in those circles and maintained strong ties to them like family. Many of her friends came to love and greatly respect her and they would pick her up and take her to go to their communities for the pow wow. She had strong traditional values and beliefs of the Anishinaabe way of life. Prior to being placed into residential school, she practiced her Anishinaabe ways as a young woman and returned to Anishinaabe way of life after returning from the school. She loved all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Christine was also very fond of all her family, relatives and many friends. She was especially proud of her granddaughter Daphne Comegan and she was looking forward to seeing her granddaughter graduate from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law this coming May 2021. She knew that her younger grandchildren would break the cycle of residential schools.
Christine is predeceased by her parents Albert and Mary Prince (Shebagegit); her son Barry Comegan; her brothers Alfred Prince, Napoleon Prince and Stanley Prince; her sisters Margaret Mosher and Sara Prince; her nephew Harry Prince (Windego); her niece Dorothy Prince; and her beloved granddaughter Christina Zillmer-Comegan whom she raised from the age of ten months old.
Christine is survived by her sons Garry Comegan (Rose Marie Lands), Douglas Comegan, and Brian Comegan; grandchildren Clayton John Simons, Daphne Comegan, Rachel Lands, Bradley Comegan, Joshua Morrison, Julia Carlson, Vanessa Doerksen, Tamara Harry, Barry Major, Kayla Major, and Jackson Mecas; great-grandchildren Angel Houle, Domonique Emily Raven Simons and Shirese Ferland, Caiden Mason, Fallon Lands, Dallas Comegan, Alex Comegan, Adrian Morrison and Chloe Morrison; brothers Walter Prince (Rose Quedent) and children Leslie Prince, Lindsay Prince, Wesley Prince, Barbara Prince, and Deanna Prince; nephews Isaac Prince, Ron Mosher, Albert Handorgan, Raymond, Marvin, John, David and Todd Prince; and nieces Brenda and Marla Prince, Judy, Deborah, Margaret, and Marilyn Jack, Darlene, Lynn and Crystal Prince.
A traditional funeral service was held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Onigaming First Nation Mikinaak School with COVID attendance restrictions observed. Interment followed in Onigaming Cemetery. Pallbearers were Boniface James Mason, Lindsay Prince, Fallon Lands, Jackson Prince, Julian Shebagegit and Mick Copenace. Pole Carriers Leslie Prince, Junior Spruce and Tom Copenace and Medewin Helpers were Hazel Prince, Dorothy Copenace, Patricia Copenace and Ron Kelly.