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Adele Fichuk, 83, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, with her family by her side, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.

Born Nov. 23, 1927 to Melanie and Giovanni Lovisa, she attended Fort Frances High School and worked at Bernardi’s Grocer until she married William Fichuk on June 4, 1946.

Adele is survived by her daughters, Marlene Metherel (David Fleming) of White Rock, B.C., Linda Wiedenhoeft (Rick) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Donna Anderson (Hugh) of Nanaimo, B.C.; son, Bob Fichuk (Val Larson) of Fort Frances, Ont.; and daughter-in-law, Linda Fichuk of Fort Frances, Ont.

Also surviving are her sister, Anita McIntosh of International Falls, Mn.; sisters-in-law, Chris Lowe, Helen Fichuk, Stephie Rankila, and Mary Kenaszchuk; brother-in-law, Morris Krawchuk; grandchildren, Scott, Cindy, Greg, Chris, Sara, Caitlin, Jason, Dexter, and Maisie; great-grandchildren, Callahan, Christian, Melania, and Grace; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, William; parents, Melanie and Giovanni; brother, Don; sister, Teresa; son, Loring; daughters, Debbie and Mary; grandson, Gavin; and great-grandson, Nicholas.

Adele’s generosity and selflessness was endless. It is said that the three things we crave most in life are happiness, freedom, and peace of mind. Adele believed these were always attained by giving them to someone else.

She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, birth, death, or graduation. She loved cooking, gardening, and knitting, and always made sure that visitors left her house with something.

Her grandchildren loved the attention she devoted to them when they visited.

Funeral services will be held at Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Fr. Francis Pudicherry will officiate, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.

 Friends and relatives are invited for lunch at St. Mary’s following the interment.

The pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Greg Wiedenhoeft, Chris Wiedenhoeft, Jason Fichuk, Sara Johnson, Dexter Fichuk, and Maisie Fichuk.

Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what she’d want—smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.

–David Harkins