Reine Kivell (nee Wickman) passed away Friday, April 6, 2012.
Reine was born Feb. 11, 1918 in Bjarta, Sweden to Freda Naslund and Helmer Wickman.
Along with her sister, Ingrid, and brother, Uno, the family emigrated to Canada in December, 1925. After their arrival in Halifax, the family boarded the CPR to Wabigoon, where they were reunited with their father.
Their journey ended with a dog sled team that took them to John Taft’s cabin.
Life was hard and work was scarce, so they moved to Kenora, Ont. and then to Port Arthur, Ont., where Reine attended Brent Park School. Next it was on to Fort William, attending the Frances Street and Isabella Street Schools, then to Selkirk High.
In July, 1938, Reine married Harold Ramstad. Gary was born in February, 1940 and Karen in July, 1942. They lived several years at the Empire and Magnet mines, where Harold worked.
After a short stay in Port Arthur, they settled back in Wabigoon, where they raised their children.
Later, Reine married Dennis Kivell and lived in Toronto, Ont. for several years. In retirement, they moved to Emo, Ont. and also enjoyed their winter home in Zephyrhills, Fla.
Reine loved to sew and provided seamstress services for most of her life. If she was younger, she would have had her own “label.” She also was an excellent hostess—you could count on an excellent meal and a glass of wine.
She lived her later years at the Golden Age Manor in Emo, spending quality time with her friends and still entertaining until she moved into Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances.
Reine will be missed by her son, Gary Ramstad (Marina); sisters-in-law, Mary Wickman and Gay von Sprecken (Lloyd); grandchildren, Wendy Steppler (Don), Scot Steppler (Patti), Juliana Ramstad, Harold Ramstad, and Kerry Ramstad (Lisa); great-grandchildren, Megan Ramstad, Morgan Ramstad, and Alek Steppler; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Reine was predeceased by her parents, Freda and Helmer Wickman; husbands, Harold Ramstad and Dennis Kivell; sister, Ingrid Traynor (Jack); brother, Uno Wickman; and daughter, Karen Ramstad.
A memorial service will be held at the Golden Age Manor in Emo, with a private interment service to be held in Thunder Bay (dates to be announced).
If you wish, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice.