Lydia Leatherdale passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
She was born on March 24, 1922 in Romania to John and Hermine Fritz.
She came to Canada at the age of two with her parents, her brother, Cornel, and sister, Troude, and settled in Saskatchewan. She went to school in Regina, where her father had a shoe repair shop.
She was united in marriage to Richard Leatherdale on Sept. 18, 1943. Together they operated hardware and sporting goods store in Fort Frances named Del Hardware.
The family built two homes in Fort Frances and one at Bears Pass, where they resided after retirement.
Lydia was a very talented woman. She played the violin, and was a marvelous cook, self-taught painter, doll-maker, Ukrainian egg writer, and stained glass artist. Her words were, everyone has some talent but you have to work at it.
She enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener. All animals were considered part of her family. Her greatest joy, however, was cooking for her family. As well, her passion for dancing and story-telling always made her the life of the party.
She was a member of the curling and golf clubs.
She resided at Rainycrest for the last years of her life and enjoyed the company and companionship of her best buddy, George Howard.
Lydia’s faith was important to her; she was raised a Lutheran and the family attended Knox United Church for many years.
Lydia was predeceased by her parents; husband, Richard on July 25, 1993; and brothers, Cornel and Arthur.
She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Janet Eldret, Roslyn (David) Broman, Bonny (David) Montgomery, Elizabeth (Norman) Guenette, and Lydia (John) Harris; companion George Howard; grandchildren, Ken Hawrylak, Andrea (Mark) Wilkins, Chrissy (Paul) Visser, Erin (Daniel) Fajc, Mary (Paul) Dyrland, Monique Guenette, Bobbi-Jo Guenette, Jeffrey (Cary-Lynn) Harris, and Karen Harris (Dave); and great-grandchildren, Jacelyn, Rya Dawn, Kowan, Brody, Monty, Caitlan, Donny, Mira, Alexander, Jared, Lena, and Mya.
She also will be mourned by her sister, Troude (Les) Amonsen and brother, John (Irene) Fritz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances. Pastor Brian Keffer officiated, with interment in the Fort Frances Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends visited one hour prior to the service.
The pallbearers were Jeffrey Harris, Ken Hawrylak, Jared Morelli, Daniel Fajc, Paul Visser, and Mark Wilkins.
The honourary pallbearers will be Lydia’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family gratefully requests that in memoriam donations be made to Rainycrest Long-Term Care to establish a community garden for the residents.
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