It is with heavy hearts and sadness the family announces the passing of our dear Judy, 69, of Nestor Falls, Ont., on Monday, April 26, 2010 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
She was born March 7, 1941 in Fort Frances.
Family was very important to Judy and she cherished times spent with them, countless hours of fun times with grandchildren in Nestor Falls, Winnipeg, and Peterborough.
Judy lived her whole life in Nestor Falls.
On Nov. 28, 1959, Judy married Stan, the love of her life. Throughout their 50 years of marriage, they set an example of what a good solid marriage is like. On a daily basis, they faithfully represented what Christ expects us to be.
Over the years, she and Stan operated successful tourist-related businesses. She was a talented lady and to all was a leader in the community. She put her heart and soul into whatever she did, singing and playing the piano at church, U.C.W. functions, and planning fundraisers.
She enjoyed cooking, baking bread, sewing, and entertaining family and friends. Anyone who knew her loved her dearly, she always welcomed you with her beautiful smile.
Her hospitality was first-class and you could be assured of a gourmet meal at her table, or an afternoon visit with tea and dainties.
Other passions were tending her flowers, fishing, dancing, and travelling—she made friends wherever she went.
She was a beautiful lady and will be sorely missed by the many lives she touched. However, her memories will live on through all of us.
She was predeceased by her father, Telford Widgren; and her grandson, Tyler Cottam.
Judy is survived by her husband, Stan Cottam of Nestor Falls, Ont..; three children, Harvey Cottam and wife, Joan, of Nestor Falls, Ont., Keith Cottam and wife, Tracey, of Peterborough, Ont.., and Colleen and husband, Ian Birt, of Winnipeg, Man.; and seven grandchildren, Darrin, Kaitlyn, Scott, Matthew, Claire, and Ryan Cottam and Sara Birt.
She also is survived by her mother, Evelyn Widgren of Emo, Ont.; two brothers, Wayne Widgren and wife, Diann, and Roger Widgren, all of Nestor Falls, Ont.; three sisters, Karla Widgren of Toronto, Ont., Elaine and husband, Tom Bercher, of Brainerd, Mn., and Cheryl and husband, Paul Bodnar, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation will take place at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.
A memorial service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Nestor Falls United Church in Nestor Falls, with Rev. Carl Emke officiating.
Interment will take place in the Norman Cottam Memorial Garden Cemetery in Nestor Falls at a later date.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Nestor Falls United Church, P.O. Box 189, Nestor Falls, Ont., P0X 1K0 or the Canadian Blood Services National Fundraising Office, 1800 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa, Ont., K1G 4J5, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com