It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one, Violet Orise Schram, surrounded with loving family, on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 4 p.m. at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances. Ont. after a very long, courageous battle with leukemia and other medical conditions.
She was born Sept. 22, 1925 at home on the farm in Nelles Township, Ont., north of Pinewood, to Florrie (Stone) and Antoine Lauzon.
As a young woman, while working at the “peat moss” in North Branch, she met her sweetheart, Sydney. They were married Oct. 9, 1944 in Rainy River, Ont.
They made the old Lock Bowman farm their family home north of Stratton, in Pattullo Township, where they raised their family of 11 children.
Life on the farm was not always easy or fun, but our Momma raised us kids the best way she knew how on good old-fashioned love and home cooking. She always had fresh homemade bread, and tons of homemade preserves, jams, and jellies ready for us.
She worked hard as a mom and a homemaker; she kept a garden in the summer for fresh vegetables and enough potatoes for the whole winter. She could go out to the barn yard, chop the head off a chicken, and end up with the best chicken and dumplings you could ever imagine.
As her kids moved out of the house to raise families of their own, many grandchildren arrived to take their place in Violet’s heart and she lovingly was known as Gramma Farmer.
Like the gentle flower from which her name comes, our Mother was lovely and sweet, tender and soft, yet strong and resilient enough to raise us kids right and come out full of pride and grace on the other side of it.
As Mother grew older, she decided to move into Green Manor in Fort Frances to have it a little easier for the last years of her life.
Violet is survived by her children, Sharon Halley, Valerie (Carl) Bolen, Norma (Harvey) Ossachuk, Dennis (Lavina), Donnie (Lou), Leslie, Faye (Albert) Gouliquer, Philip (Sharon), and Betty (Morley) Bolen; son-in-law, Tim Nordin and Wendy Cyr; and sisters, Edna Brown, Shirley Armstrong, and Judy Rissanen.
She also will be remembered by her sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews; and also 27 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren for a grand total of 69.
She was predeceased by her husband Sydney; infant daughter; Andra; daughter, Diane Nordin; granddaughter, Susan Halley; son-in-law, George Halley; her parents, Florrie (Stone) and Antoine Lauzon; brothers, Ben (Violet), Gordon (Minnie), William (Lily), and Jim Morrison and Charlie (Bessie); twin brothers, Philip and Albert Lauzon; sisters, Florrie Rahn, Ruby (Amy) Gaudry, and Clara (Axel) Lundstrom; infant sister, Helen; and brothers-in-laws, Henry Brown, Harold Rissanen, and Sylvester Armstrong.
Visitation was held Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
A funeral service was held on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Stratton Millenium Hall in Stratton, Ont., with Rev. Dennis Schram officiating.
Interment took place in Pattullo Cemetery, north of Stratton.
The pallbearers were Chase Halley, Brent Schram, Jason Schram, Sheldon Bolen, Michael Cyr, and Dale Ossachuk.
The honourary pallbearers were all of Violet’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all who knew and loved her.
An honour guard was provided by Sherri Zroback, Alicia Nordin, Trevor Gouliquer, Travis Schram, Carla Gerrie, and Amanda Cyr.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or for the Pattulo Cemetery upkeep.
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