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Lillian Paesel (nee Wright) passed away peacefully just short of her 97th birthday on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with her son by her side.

Born in Sault Ste Marie, Ont., she moved to Dinorwic, Ont. with her parents, William and Kathleen Wright, at a young age.

She had eight siblings and is survived only by her youngest sister, Edna Gouin, of Prince George, B.C.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gus, of 33 years in 1974; and her great-granddaughters, Chantel Rehkeim and Heather Tardif.

Lil and Gus farmed in Dinorwic until he became ill and they moved to Dryden, Ont. in 1973.

Left with many memories are her four children, Dorothy (Lloyd) Wright of Dryden, Ont., Heddy Jacobson of Winnipeg, Man., Fred (Penny) Paesel of Barwick, Ont., and Lilly (Efie) Lowing of Belair, Man.; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

After Dad’s passing, Mom filled her days with helping others: babysitting grandchildren and great-grandchildren, knitting socks for them, and knitting baby sweaters for layettes for unwed mothers. She supported the Lutheran Church Mission Group in many ways, helped with Meals on Wheels, and serving lunches at the seniors’ drop-in centre.

She received recognition from the Town of Dryden for her volunteer contributions.

To say she was a hard worker would be an understatement.

Mom also loved to travel. She was fortunate to go to Israel with Fred and Penny, she went to Australia twice to visit her granddaughter, Laurretta, and she travelled across Canada coast to coast by bus, visiting family and just sightseeing.

When Mom’s memory started to fail her, she moved into Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances and her motto became: “That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. in Our Saviour Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Wood officiating.

Interment followed in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dinorwic.

The pallbearers were her grandsons, Keith Hunkin, Les Wright, Jim Hannet, Ray Lowing, Toni Traini, and Michael Tardif.

Visitation took place Monday, April 5, 2010 from 7-8 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Homes.

If friends desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Our Saviour Lutheran Church Mission or Building Fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, Ont., P8N 2Z1.

Condolences may be e-mailed to subject: Paesel.