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Eleanor Sylvia DeGagne passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born Sept. 28, 1933 in Selkirk, Man. to Peter and Mary Macedon.

When she was two, the family moved to Rainy River District, settling in on the farm in Devlin, where they stayed for eight years until the passing of her father.

Her mother remarried in August of 1949 to Wilmot Godin and the family moved to Fort Frances.

As a young lady, Eleanor worked as a housekeeper at local tourist camps and at La Verendrye Hospital as a nurse’s assistant.

On Nov. 26, 1952, she was united in marriage to Laurence J. DeGagne. They settled in Atikokan, Ont. and started their family.

In June of 1958, they returned to the Rainy River area, first in Stratton, Ont. and then in 1960 they returned to Crozier to take over Laurence’s parents’ business, the Country Store.

Eleanor clerked there for 32 years with Laurence. In 1992, they sold the business, moving to Fort Frances.

Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Laurence, on Oct. 27, 1994; father, Peter Macedon on Nov. 21, 1947; mother, Mary Godin on Dec. 10, 1998; and sister, Patricia Macedon in infancy.

She leaves behind her children, Caroline and husband, Wayne Cullingham, and June DeGagne, all of Kenora, Ont., and Lawrence DeGagne and wife, Terri, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; grandchildren, Tanis, April, Jessica, and Janelle; and great-grandchildren, Brady, Cloe, Levi, Julia, and Danica.

Also surviving are her brothers, Henry Macedon and David Godin; sisters, Christine and husband, Rodney Roderick, and Carol Pigeon; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances, with Fr. Biji Mathew officiating.

The family gratefully requests that in memoriam donations be made to the La Verendrye General Hospital Palliative Care Room, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C1.

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