Margaret Beattie Calder, 86, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 1998 at her residence.
Margaret was born Sept. 4, 1912 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late George and Mary Jane Sinclair. She was raised in Rainy River and on June 4, 1930, was united in marriage to Peter “Lute” Calder and together they settled in Fort Frances.
She was a member of St. John’s Anglican Church and enjoyed singing and praising her Lord. She also enjoyed many happy years with Lute. Together they made their home in Alexandria Bay on Rainy Lake, where Lute was a commercial fisherman. Margaret was a camp cook for many years, having worked in some local tourist resorts.
She also cooked for generations of families within the surrounding community of Alexandria Bay, and provided a unique service for them as she would travel with Lute by boat back and forth daily to make their family vacations enjoyable and memorable.
The friends that she made throughout these years were still very dear to her, and it would bring a smile to her face when she heard from them or when they dropped by to see her.
She loved to be around her family and in her home. Nora, Lou, and Minnie made this possible by their patient effort to make her comfortable at her home until her passing.
She was predeceased by her husband, Peter “Lute” Calder (Nov. 19, 1994); granddaughter, Luanne Lee; great-grandson, Frederick Peter Crowe; great-granddaughter, Whitney Ann Marvel Crowe; four sisters, Annie Fadden, Mabel Calder, Jemima Whitefield, and Mary Lyons; three brothers, Joe, Bill, and Duncan Sinclair; and two sons-in-law, Harold Klyne and Wallace Crowe.
Margaret is survived by her three daughters, Nora Klyne, Minnie Crowe, and Lou Gill of Fort Frances, Ont.; two sons, Mike Calder and wife, Delia, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Peter Calder Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Warroad, Mn.; 17 grandchildren, Earl Klyne and Dorothy, Harry Klyne, Carol and husband, Keith Bruyere, Ray Crowe and wife, Wendy, Donna and husband, Wayne Lee, Fred Crowe, Betty Anne and husband, Nick Mainville, Tom Crowe and wife, Ruth, Robert Crowe and Tammy, Darrell Crowe, Lute and Henri Calder, Michael Gill and wife, Ann, Murray Gill and wife, Denise, Christopher Calder and wife, Nancy, Benjamin Calder and wife, Kim, and Jennifer and Mike Lee; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Agnes George of Fort Frances, Ont., and Peggy Sinclair of Sioux Narrows, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1998 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Garth Clifford officiating.
Honourary pallbearers were Laura Bedard, Mary Lou Boileau, Sherry Wood, Sarah Gervais, Jan Ward, and Cindy Falloon.
In memoriam donations may be made to St. John’s Anglican Church Memorial Fund, 360 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1E1, or to A.L.S.-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 45236, Stn. Brm B., Toronto, Ont., M7Y 7V1.