It is with great sadness that the family of Karla Ann Marie Desrosiers announces her sudden passing on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007 at the age of 45.
She was born May 3, 1961 in Fort Frances, Ont. to the late Augustine and Isabel (nee Morrisseau) Desrosiers. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Fort Frances High School.
She loved attending pow-Wows and her presence was felt by many on the pow-wow trail. Her passion was making and selling native arts and crafts, and she also was a talented sketch artist.
Her favourite pastimes were playing cribbage and Scrabble, and spending time with her family and good friends. She was very proud of her two daughters and grandchild.
She had a keen sense of humour and sharp wit, and loved to make people laugh. She overcame many difficulties and still managed to share her positive outlook on life.
Her strong will and determination was admired by people who knew her.
She was predeceased by her mother, Isabelle, on April 16, 1991; father, Augustine on March 10, 2005; and brother, Ronald, on July 7, 1972.
Karla is survived by two daughters, Christina (Patrick Jack) and Raquel Chute of Kenora, Ont., and granddaughter, Angel Jack.
Also surviving are her sisters, Marcella Desrosiers of Atikokan, Ont. and Michelle Desrosiers (Charlie Walsh) of Fort Frances, Ont.; brothers, Ken Desrosiers (Kitty) of Fort Frances, Ont., Master Sgt. Pat Desrosiers (Anchalee) of Sacramento, Calif., Clayton Desrosiers (Oona Seguin) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Marvin Mainville of Regina, Sask.
She also is survived by 15 nieces and nephews, Potchawan, Masita, Patrick, Anthony, Kevin, Loretta, Phalina, Cathy, Joe, Jessica, Angela, Caitlin, and Dylan; and eight great-nieces and nephews, James, David, Alora, Darien, Macaylah, Reece, and Larissa.
A traditional wake was held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007 starting at 5 p.m., with the service held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, at the Couchiching multi-purpose facility, with Elder Harry Windego officiating.
Interment at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Couchiching.
Pallbearers were Ken Morrison, Duane Morrison, Leonard Walsh, Mike Morrisseau, Craig Jourdain, Ken Warren, and Darrell Klyne.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Women’s Place (Young Women and Real Power), 530 3rd St. N., Kenora, Ont.
Online condolences may be made at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com