It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy Jean Bergstrom announces her passing at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont. on Thursday evening, April 6, 2006.
Dorothy was born Thursday, June 28, 1928 in Aylesworth, the third child and second daughter of Charles Milton Fisher and Mary Catherine (O’Neill) Fisher.
On Jan. 8, 1948, Dorothy was united in marriage to Hans Gasta Bergstrom, who predeceased her on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1975.
Dorothy also was predeceased by her parents, Charles Milton Fisher on Nov. 3, 1980 and Mary Catherine Fisher on Sept. 23, 1992; her sister, Gertrude Mary Wood, and brother-in-law, Roy Albert Wood, of Fort Frances, Ont.; two brothers, Edward Charles Fisher of Emo, Ont. and Robert John Fisher and sister-in-law, Lois Mary Sharpe (McKendry) Fisher, of Glenburnie, Ont.; as well as his father-in-law, Gasta Erhard Andreas Bergstrom, and mother-in-law, Klara Maria (Anderson) Bergstrom.
Dorothy is survived by her three daughters, Barabara Jean (William) Holland of Clearwater Lake, Ont., Carolyn Jean (Rick) Stamarski of Fort Frances, Ont., and Eleanor Mary Jean (Desmond) Grant of Fort Frances, Ont.; six grandchildren, Hans Justin Holland, Jason William Holland, Christopher Jess Stamarski, Andrew Malcolm Stamarski, Tara Michelle Grant, and Matthew Robert Neal Grant.
Dorothy also is survived by one brother, Malcolm Russell O’Neill-Fischer of Fort Frances, Ont. and his family; and one sister-in-law, Patricia (Friend) Fisher of Emo, Ont. and her children.
To mourn her passing, Dorothy also leaves her uncle and aunt, Russell and Mary Fisher of Emo, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins here in Canada and in Europe.
Following Dorothy’s marriage, she and Hans lived at Nestor Falls, where Hans’ parents owned Bergstrom’s Camps. When Hans’ parents built Bergstrom’s Hotel, Dorothy and Hans took over the operation of the camp and were active in the small community where they lived both summer and winter.
When Hans’ father died, Dorothy and Hans sold the camp and moved to the hotel onto which they built an addition, which looked out over Pine Lake.
In August, 1964, Dorothy and Hans sold their hotel in Nestor Falls and moved to their lakeside home on Idylwild Drive in Fort Frances, where they lived for several years.
After Dorothy’s husband died, her brother, Mac, came from British Columbia to live, and in 1979, they opened a wicker and gift shop, Dormac Enterprises, on Scott Street.
The house on Idylwild Drive was sold, and Dorothy, Mac, and Dorothy’s youngest daughter, Eleanor, moved to Second Street East, where Dorothy was living at the time of her death.
All of her life, Dorothy was an avid curler and often recalled playing on sheets of natural ice that defied the best intentions of skip and player. She also was a member and willing worker of the Legion Auxiliary, Rainycrest Home for the Aged Auxiliary, and the Kiwaniannes.
In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send in memoriam donations to either the Fort Frances Community Chest or Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. c/o 645 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1N6.
One life: a little gleam of time between two eternities.