Elsie Helen Cyr, 40, of Northwest Bay First Nation, Ont., went to be with God the Father in Heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998 at the Ponemah Community Center. Interment was held at the family burial grounds in Ponemah, Mn. under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji, Mn.
She was born Oct. 11, 1958 in Red Lake, Mn., the daughter of James and Rose Cloud. She attended Ponemah Elementary School and graduated from Red Lake High School in Red Lake in 1976.
She served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 until the late 70s. She later graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the University of Manitoba where she studied Algonquian linguistics.
She had worked as a teacher at Fond du Lac Community College, Fond du Lac Ojibway Elementary School, Fort Frances HIgh School and Rainy River High School, and had worked for Anishinaabe Counselling Service.
She played softball for the varsity team at the Rainy River Community College, enjoyed doing Indian bead craftwork, sewing, and reading. She also was a traditional dancer, enjoyed music, and loved to travel with her husband, Wilfred.
She loved children and spent a lot of time with her nieces and nephews, and was dearly loved by her family.
Elsie was united in marriage Nov. 7, 1981 to Wilfred Cyr.
She is survived by her husband, Wilfred Cyr; parents, James and Rose Cloud; three brothers, Wesley, James Jr., and Elliott, all of Ponemah; foster brother, Jerry Stillday of Duluth, Mn., one sister, Victoria Fineday of Ponemah; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by here younger sister, Roxanne; and brother, Randy.
Elsie’s memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at 7 p.m. Pastor Herman Yoder will officiate at the Point-O-Pines Church, Clarks Colony, by Rainier Mn. All are invited to partake in this special occasion in honour of Elsie.
Memorials are preferred to be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2N5.
A greatly beloved daughter, sister, and wife will be sadly missed by all her loved ones. Yet her Christian family awaits for her return along with the Blessed Hope soon.