With love and heavy hearts, the children of Georgette (Georgi) Gill, nee Tetu, announce her passing, after her lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. with her children at her side.
Mom was born to the late Laurie Tetu and Clara Niskala (nee Lee) in Emo, Ont. on July 16, 1940. She spent most of her youth in the Blackhawk/Stratton area.
She leaves to morn her loving partner of more than 20 years, Arnie Nielsen; her children, Kim (Bruce) Whalen, Lorne Gill, Cheryle (Ralph) Wolff, Brenda (Fred) Gill, Maureen (Don) Hayward, and Dale Gill; and the father of her children, Doug Gill.
She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Chris, Ryan (Rachel), and Shawn Whalen, Trevor (Maryse), Eric, Katrina, Kristina, and Billy Wolff, Tanner and Anthony Gill-Roison, Brian (Kristin), Megan, and Carter Hayward, and Shannon Dorward; and great-grandson, Taylor Hayward.
Also morning her loss is her extended family, Terry (Sheila), Daryl (Diane), and Brent (Leanne) Nielsen and their children, Tara (Jordan), Christa, Lisa, Julie, Nigal, Jared, Angela, and Kurtis; and great-grandson, Elliot.
Mom also is survived by her sisters, Lorraine (Ken) McDonald and Shirley (Lloyd) Henrotte; brother, Ed (Lois) Tetu; sister-in-law, Sue Tetu; and numerous neices, nephews, and cousins.
Mom was predeceased by her parents, Laurie Tetu and Clara Niskala; step-father, Martin Niskala; brother, Jerry Tetu; and nephew, Shawn McDonald.
Mom was the monarchy of our family, known for her open house to family and friends, her cooking, which she passed on to all of her children, her loving heart, and many gifts and strenghts.
She had various careers throughout her life, but her greatest joy of all was raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren.
Whether it was cooking their favourite dish or on the floor playing hockey with them, her grandchildren will cherish many memories of her.
She loved curling, whether it was when she curled in her younger years or watching it, sewing, knitting, doing crafts, and making sure that each new grandchild had a special crotched outfit to come home from the hospital in.
She was a past member of the Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary and a current member of the Women of the Moose Lodge in International Falls, Mn.
As per Mom’s request, a celebration of her life will be held upstairs at the Fort Frances Legion on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 from 4-6 pm.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Riverside Health Care Chemo Room or to the Palliative Care Room.
I saw goodbye in your eyes and I know that I can’t change it.
May the Lord embrace you when you are ready, and in our hearts together we are forever.
I’ll always love you. I’ll always be strong because in me, I have you!