Mary Teresa Norlund, 81, of Emo, Ont., passed away Friday, March 17, 2000 at the Emo Hospital in Emo. She was born Sept. 30, 1918 in Stratton, Ont. to the late Patrick and Loretta Armstrong.
Teresa enjoyed playing for dances with the Armstrong Orchestra. It was at one of these dances that she met Elmer Norlund. Teresa and Elmer were married June 20, 1940 and made their home in Emo.
She was a founding member and first president of St. Patrick’s Catholic Women’s League, one of the founders of the Emo and District Pro-Life movement, and worked on many service programs for the community.
She also enjoyed baking for many large family gatherings. In her later years, she enjoyed playing with the Norlund Funtimers.
She was proud of her Irish Heritage. She welcomed everyone with a smile and saw the good in every person. She never complained throughout her many illnesses.
Teresa was predeceased by two daughters, Joan in 1957 and Maureen in 1993.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer, and children, Harold (Susan) Norlund of McKenzie, B.C., Joanne (John) Carroll of Thunder Bay, and Mary (Syd) Curtis of Emo.
Also surviving are her son-in-law, Graeme Williams of Perth, Ont.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her special brother, Dennis (Evelyn) Armstrong of Stratton; two sisters, Evelyn Whalen of Stratton and Eileen McGee of Fort Frances; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, 2000 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Emo. Father James Panikulam officiated, with interment in Emo Cemetery.
Friends visited with the family on Sunday, March 19, 2000 from 3-4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, with parish prayers offered at 3:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were Richard Schulzki, Len Jordens, Neil Grant, Graeme Williams, John Carroll, and Syd Curtis.
Honourary pallbearers were Teresa’s fellow members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Women’s League.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Hospital Renovation Fund or St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church Memorial Fund in Emo.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the Rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
And…may you be half an hour in heaven
Before the devil knows you’re dead!