Renee Gartshore, 76, of 420 Keating Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances on Sunday, Oct. 4, 1998.
She was born Sept. 19, 1922 in Wantage, Berkshire, England to the late Percy and Florence Evans. Renee moved to Canada in 1925 and received her education in Fort Frances. She became an elementary school teacher after attending North Bay Normal School, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
On Dec. 18, 1943, Renee was united in marriage to Jim Gartshore, who predeceased her on Dec. 31, 1969.
Renee retired from teaching in 1983, and travelled extensively throughout the world. She was very active in the Presbyterian Church as a lay leader, elder, and clerk of session, and involved in several women’s groups. She also was an active member in the Superannuated Teachers’ Foundation of Ontario.
Her hobbies included writing sermons and stories, and reading about wildlife, countries, and biographies, recently acquiring an interest in reading about Russia. One of her favourite pastimes was the Saturday morning breakfast group she attended. She delighted in sharing in the accomplishments and activities of her grandchildren, and the arrival of her first great-grandchild in 1997 filled her with great pleasure.
In her last few years, she found joy in the company of her brothers and sisters, and sharing time ministering to the residents at Rainycrest.
She was predeceased by two nephews, Joseph Biddeson and Michael McCutcheon.
Renee is survived by her four children, Sheryl and husband, Roy Rawn, of Kenora, Ont., Jeanne and husband, Robert Kyryluk, of Bemidji, Mn., Jim Gartshore and wife, Maureen, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Patrick Gartshore and wife, Margaret, of Dryden, Ont.; nine grandchildren, Tricia and Barry Rawn, Wendy and husband, Brian Klobe, Jason Kyryluk, Jennifer, Stephanie, and Amy Gartshore, and Amy and Andrew Gartshore; and one great-grandson, Michael John Klobe.
She also is survived by her four sisters, Connie and husband, Michael Pierce, and Mary and husband, Bruce Biddeson, all of Fort Frances, Ont., Violet Fawcett of Calgary, Alta., and Joan and husband, Rick McCutcheon, of Papua, New Guinea; two brothers, John Evans of Fort Frances, Ont., and Ted Evans and wife, Doreen, of London, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Fort Frances. Rev. Mary Whitson will officiate, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends may visit Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers will be Dan Biddeson, John Pierce, Jim Maxey, Walter Rogoza, Gord Mackintosh, Jason Kyryluk, and Doug Judson.
In memoriam donations may be made to either the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 324 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C2, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2N5.