It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Lois passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. with her girls at her side.
She leaves behind her three cherished daughters, Patricia (Allan Andrusco) of Winnipeg, Man., Carol Dunne of Kakabeka Falls, Ont., and Jill (Harvey Flamand) of Fort Frances, Ont.; dearly-loved grandchildren, David Andrusco (Susan) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Jana (Rob DelGrosso) of Winnipeg, Man., Stephen Andrusco (Sandra) of Winnipeg, Man., Matthew (Danielle), Shannon, and Kathleen Dunne of Kakabeka Falls, Ont., Ryan (Tanis) and Joshua Flamand of Fort Frances, Ont.; and great-grandchildren, Meagan and Zachary Andrusco, Vanessa, Deanna, and Paul DelGrosso, Paige, Cameron, and Grace Elizabeth Dunne, Nicholas, Matthew, Jacob, and Sophia Andrusco, and Tucker and Logan Flamand.
Grandmother Lois always was their greatest fan, and relished having bragging rights at every opportunity regarding their many accomplishments.
Lois also is survived by her aunts, Jean Hoffman and Mabel Cyr of Fort Frances, Ont. and step-granddaughter, J.J. Witherspoon of Toronto, Ont.; and cousins in Thunder Bay, Peterborough, Australia, Minnesota, and the Yukon, of whom she kept in constant touch.
Lois was predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years, William Makarenko; parents, Gordon and Inez Breckon; siblings, Doreen E. Geary and Shirley M. Brown; son-in-law, Kevin Dunne; brothers-in-law, Alvin Brown and Earl Geary; and beloved uncle, Mervyn (Bud) Cyr.
In 1990, Lois was united in marriage to James Witherspoon, who predeceased her in 2001. Together they spent their winters in Arizona and California and summer months at Lois’ cottage, “Bill’s Paradise,” enjoying family and friends.
Lois will be remembered for her abiding love of family, hospitality, and extended devotion in her paternal genealogy and volunteering in various organizations.
She received her education at Robert Moore School and Fort Frances High School, she was a faithful member of Knox United Church, and served as president with the U.C.W. for 14 years. Upon her retirement, she was presented with a life membership.
She also was a past president of the Legion Ladies Auxilary, who also presented her with a life membership.
Lois had a close loving bond with her late father, Gordon Breckon, who faithfully supported and encouraged her in all the sports and activities she participated in.
In her early years, she was well-known for her skating abilities and was contracted by the Border Skating Club as their instructor. For three years she taught the many children and arranged the annual ice shows.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
A visitation was held Sunday, April 29, 2012 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
At Lois’ request, cremation has been arranged, with interment in the family plot at Fort Frances Cemetery with her late husband, William Makarenko.
In memoriam donations graciously received to the Knox United Church Accessibility Fund or the Children’s Wish Foundation c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.