It is with sadness that the family of Emily Ethel Munro, 90, of 425 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., announces her passing on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Emily was born June 21, 1921 in Brandon, Man. to the late Harper and Amy Simmons.
Emily was united in marriage to Evald Gustafson in 1940 and raised three children. Evald passed away in 1972.
Emily later married James Munro in 1977, who predeceased her in 1999.
In her earlier years, Emily loved curling, and throughout her life gave many hours of her time as a volunteer in the community. She was a member of the Rebekahs and of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.
She also enjoyed gardening at home, fishing with family in the summer, and playing cards with her friends at the Sister Kennedy Centre.
Emily was well-known for her kind and generous heart, and she will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
She also was predeceased by her stepfather, Dave Dueck; stepdaughter, Janice Ross; brothers, Ernie and Fred Simmons; brothers-in-law, Jack Young and Stan Walczak; and sister-in-law, Ingrid Simmons.
Emily is survived by her two daughters, Faye (Paul) Hay of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Sheryl (Edward) Kresse of Regina, Sask., and son, Larry (Noreen) Gustafson of Fort Frances, Ont.; stepchildren, Fred (June) Munro of Atikokan, Ont., Jack (Geraldine) Munro of Thunder Bay, Ont., Keith (Betty) Munro of Dance Township, Ont., Don (Joyce) Munro of Blackhawk, Ont., James (Mary) Munro of Thunder Bay, Ont., and John Ross of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by three sisters, Joyce (John) Makahanik of Thunder Bay, Ont., Grace Young of Aurora, Ill., and Margaret Walczak of B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Emily’s life was held Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances. The Royal Canadian Legion Colour Guard provided their tribute at the service.
Cremation will take place at Rainy River Cremation Services in International Falls, Mn.
Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
The honourary pallbearers will be members of Emily’s family.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest or to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com