“Gizhi baaka migook”
Rose Marie Ottertail, 71, of Rainycrest Long-Term Care, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., formerly of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., passed away at her residence on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.
Rose Marie was born Aug. 9, 1936 in Lac La Croix First Nation to the late Roy and Amelia Burnside. Raised at Lac La Croix, she later married John Ottertail and raised their family at home.
She also worked as a community health representative for many years for Lac La Croix First Nation.
Rose Marie always lived the traditional way of life. She enjoyed the outdoors, and attending and dancing in her jingle dress at Pow-Wows. She also worked and helped as a cultural interpreter for Quetico Centre.
As well, Rose Marie taught the Ojibway sacred women’s teachings, including traditional dancing for many women.
She was predeceased by her husband, John Ottertail; one daughter, Linda Ottertail; one brother, Larry Burnside; and a brother and sister in infancy.
Rose Marie is survived by her children, Kalvin Ottertail and wife, Margaret, of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont., Daryl Ottertail and wife, Marsha, of Thunder Bay, Ont., Richard Ottertail of Fort Frances, Ont., and Brenda and husband, Dan Geyshick, and Carol Geyshick, all of Lac La Croix First Nation, Ont.; grandchildren, Erick (Miranda), Alan (Charlotte), and Alana (Chris) Ottertail, Daniel, Janine, Jennifer, and Randy Geyshick Jr., Linda (Justin) King, and Tracy (Brad), Tyrell, Dylan, and Chastity Ottertail; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Brown, Shantay, Kiera, and Shane Ottertail, Kiena Shugrue, Kyson and Kylie King, Kevin and Karissa Atatise, and Dan and Tami Morrison.
Also surviving are one nephew, Flint Burnside; one niece, Cammie Ottertail; and several cousins.
A traditional burial ritual will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 in the morning at the family home in Lac La Croix First Nation. Elder Gilbert Smith will officiate, with burial in Lac La Croix First Nation Cemetery.
A wake will be held Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, 2007 at the family home in Lac La Croix First Nation.
The pallbearers and honourary pallbearers will be Rose Marie’s family and friends.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be left at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com