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It is with great sadness that the family of Betty Pearl Sivonen, 82, of Fort Frances, Ont., announces her unexpected passing on Friday, April 30, 2010 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

She was surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born Dec. 24, 1927 in Fort Frances to the late Henry and Gloriann Derendorf. She had worked as a taxi driver from 1946-86, and enjoyed her many years driving cab.

She was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary and also a 35-year member of Br. #29. She was an active member, and also served as Sargeant-at-Arms for 10 years.

Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Gary (Susan) of Rosenort, Man., Nancy (Brian) Allan of Devlin, Ont., Judy (Doug) deBernardeaux of Fort Frances, Ont., Mary Ann (Troy) Mann of International Falls, Mn., Terry (Allison) of Victoria, B.C., and Tina (Jamie) Roth of Fort Frances, Ont.

Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, Nick (Bobbi), Robin and Justin, Lisa (Al), Jeff (Steph), Barb (Dale), Tracy (Todd), Jeff and Dougie, Ashlee, Cody, Stephanie, Lane, Charli, Jordan and Anika, and Tasha and Sara; and 10 great-grandchildren, Avery, Parker, Paxton, Alex, Justin, Katelynn, Bret, Reece, Karsyn, and Kalin.

She also is survived by her sisters, Vi Derendorf of Fort Frances, Ont. and Irene Eisenzoph of International Falls, Mn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, Henry and Gloriann Derendorf; grandson, Eric Sivonen; brother, Ronald Derendorf; and sister, Beatrice Mathews.

A celebration of Betty’s life will be held Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Fort Frances.

Fr. Francis Pudicherry will officiate, followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary will provide their Honour Guard and Tribute.

The honourary pallbearers will be all of Betty’s grandchildren.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary or the Fort Frances Hemodialysis Unit c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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