It is with great sadness that the family of Nora May Paulenko announces her passing on January 9, 2022, at La Verendrye General Hospital at the age of 84.
Nora and her beloved twin sister, Joan, were born at home in Stratton, Ontario, to Leo and Margret Oster on June 22, 1937. Nora was the second eldest, by a few minutes, of 11 children. She provided care, nurturing and love to all of her siblings throughout her entire life. She was extremely proud of her siblings and family get-togethers were one of her greatest joys.
Nora and Joan both followed in their mother’s footsteps and entered the first class of the School for Certified Nursing Assistants program at La Verendrye General Hospital and graduated in 1956. Nora met her husband, George, prior to entering her nursing program and were married on June 28, 1958. Together they raised three daughters; Heather, Jacqueline and Catherine.
Nora was a talented and creative artist and seamstress. She loved to make beautifully handcrafted gifts and cards that her family and friends were the lucky recipients of. She was also an avid reader, and was always looking for the next great book. Nora was a long-time member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Women’s League and choir. She was an active volunteer at both the church and hospital’s auxiliary.
Nora started her career at La Verendrye Hospital, then moved to the Fort Frances Clinic before she shifted careers and went to work for the Canadian Hearing Society for the balance of her working career. During her retirement, her passion for travel was finally realized and she visited more than twenty countries, often traveling with family and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents Leo and Margaret Oster; husband George; siblings Joan, Leo and Jim; brothers-in-law Ken and Matt; and sisters-in-law Rhonda, Mary, Vera, Florence, Sylvia, and Lena.
Nora is survived by her children Heather (John) Caldwell, Jacqueline (Mike) Cawston and Catherine VanDenBosh. Her pride and joy were her four grandchildren Josh (Dilshad) Cawston, Brendan (Brynn) Cawston, Olivia (Luke) Kozar and Christopher (Leah) Caldwell. She is also survived by her siblings Madeline, Dorothy, Eileen, Kathy, John, Brian, and Lawrence; and sisters-in-law Diane, Pearl, Carol, Shirely and Emily; and brother-in-law Billy; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services and a celebration of Nora’s life will be held at Saint Mary’s Church at a later date.
Donations can be made to Saint Mary’s Church, 209 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 2B9 or Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 2B7.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.
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