Vera Farago passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, one day after celebrating her 88th birthday.
Vera was born in Guernsey, Sask. in 1916. After attending school, she worked on her father’s wheat farm near Young, Sask.
During these early years, Vera spent much of her spare time helping the elementary school children with their extra-curricular activities. As well, she always taught Sunday School at the local church.
In 1941, she married Louis Farago, a young teacher in the area, who she had known since she was 15 years old.
Vera and Lou lived in the Saskatchewan towns of Strasbourg and Battleford before they moved east to Rainy River, Ont. in 1949 and eventually to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1959.
They had three children, Connie (Jack) Rafferty of North Carolina, Donna (predeceased in 1947), and David (Mary) of Wawa, Ont.
Vera was predeceased by two sisters, Erna and Esther, as well as two brothers, Arthur and Harold. She is survived by her brother, Berthold, who lives in Vancouver, B.C.
Vera, a loving, faithful wife to Lou for 63 years, was a caring, dedicated, and generous mother. She delighted in her four grandchildren, Robin Danis of Thunder Bay, Ont., Mark Whiteside of Calgary, Alta., Jackie Rafferty of South Carolina, and Emma Farago of Wawa, Ont.; as well as her great-grandchildren, Rayanna and Cameron Danis of Thunder Bay, Ont.
She was a devout Christian who never lost her faith throughout her life. She was always active in her church in each community in which she lived. She was a member of the Knox United Church in Fort Frances for more than 40 years.
She also was a dedicated volunteer worker for many organizations in the communities in which she lived.
Vera wrote poetry and savoured the time she spent reading the works of great writers. A child of the soil, Vera loved flowers and always looked forward to planting time in the spring.
This gentle giving lady will be deeply missed by her husband, family, and all who knew her.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Marietta Marshall officiating.