KATHLEEN GLADYS LATONAS

April 13,1930 – September 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Kathleen (Kaye) Latonas announces her passing on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at the age of 91.

Kaye was born and raised in Edson Alberta. She married Peter there in 1950 and soon moved to Fort Frances as a young bride with two toddlers in tow. They loved the community and made it their home for life. They built an island cottage on Rainy Lake and cherished their time there, particularly when hosting the next generations of island dwellers. Mom was a dedicated care giver and nurse and over her career worked at the La Verendrye Hospital, Rainycrest and the Fort Frances Clinic. She generously shared her time volunteering in church and community activities and continued this work for as long as she was able to do so.

Mom had a passion for sewing and crafts. She was always creating something and loved to outfit herself with fashionable homemade clothes. To our benefit, mom’s other passion was cooking. She loved to try out new recipes on her family and delighted all who visited with a virtual smorgasbord of culinary delights.

Mom and dad were well-known in the community and developed many life-long friends through participation in local activities. They joined Pairs and Squares at a young age and square dancing became a part of their life – including snowbird escapes to southern trailer parks that catered to square dancers. Later, mom took up cards seriously and expanded her already large circle of friends with a dedicated group of card sharks. I think they let her join their group so they could use the sunroom she developed and enjoy her teatime treats.

Kaye was a loving, caring and generous woman with high values and a great sense of humour, making her the consummate mother, grandmother and friend. Dementia may have robbed her of a lifetime of memories, but we will never forget the woman who made our lives special.

Kaye was predeceased by her husband, Peter in 1993; her son Brian in 2021; and her parents Frederick and Gladys Hatfield.

She will be missed by her son Graham (Sylvia); grandchildren Jeffrey (Kristin) and Kate Keller (Albert); and three great-grandchildren, Kaiden and Emmery Latonas and Koda Keller; her daughter-in law-Wilma Haas; and grandchildren Sarah and Carl Latonas.

A private interment at Riverview Cemetery will be held at some future date.