Marguerite Hrynuk left us peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter, Carolyn, on March 4, 2009 at Fairhaven nursing home in Peterborough, Ont. at the age of 90.
She was a past member of St. Mary’s CWL (funeral committee), the Royal Purple, where she served as honoured royal lady, and a volunteer at Rainycrest, La Verendrye Hospital, and the Sister Kennedy Centre.
Marguerite, beloved wife of the late Bill Hrynuk, is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Craig and her husband, Jim, of Peterborough, Ont.
She was the cherished grandmother of Robbie (Jackie) Craig and their children, Andrew, Becky, and Mackenzie, of Peterborough, Ont., Karen (Gord) Chizmeshya and their daughter, Sydney, of Newmarket, Ont., and Sue (Hans) vanYzendoorn and their children, Ali, and Anton, of Lindsay, Ont.
She also was the sister-in-law of Florence Backus of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and sister-in-law of Lillian Saurer and George Hrynuk of Fort Frances, Ont., and Jim Hrynuk of Atikokan, Ont.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Raymond, Gordon, Lionel, and Leo Backus.
Marguerite was born Jan. 20, 1919 in Fort William, Ont. After moving to the Fort Frances area as a young mother, she spent many years as a section foreman’s wife living at Rocky Inlet, moving to 940 Crowe Ave. in 1962.
After becoming a young widow at age 59, her church, lodge, friends, and neighbours all became an important part of her life.
At age 75, Marguerite decided to move to Peterborough to be close to her only daughter and three grandchildren. The decision to leave her close friends, home, and furniture and drive her small car and cherished possessions to a new city was, indeed, a heroic endeavour.
During her 15 years in Peterborough, she attended many family events, including weddings, baptisms, and graduations, and drove her car around Peterborough with ease.
One week after her 90th birthday party, she fell and fractured her hip. Four weeks later, she went to sleep forever.
A celebration of Marguerite’s life was held at Kaye’s Memorial Chapel on March 7, 2009, with Fr. Leo Coughlin officiating.
Marguerite’s remains will be brought home to Fort Frances for a mass in her memory on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, with burial on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 at Holy Cross Cemetery beside her loving husband, Bill, with commital by Fr. Francis Pudicherry.