The family of Aileen Emelia Brown was by her side as she peacefully passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospice after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
She was born April 2, 1930 in Finland, Ont. to Ville and Annie Juhala (Pietila).
She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, David Brown and second husband, Wally Conners; an infant son at birth, Andrew; sister, Esterii; brother, Huugo; granddaughter, Amanda Jerry; and brother-in-law, Percy Gallinger.
Mom is survived by her sister, Siiri Gallinger, and sisters-in-law, Jean Werner and Lilia Williamson; her children, Wyoma (William) Fauconnier, her daughter-of-the-heart, Carmen (Phil) Williamson, Fred (Carole) Brown, Ted (Lorna) Brown, Sid Brown, Vicki (Angel) Laguillona, and Julie (Jeff) McTavish.
Also surviving are her grandchildren, Theresa (Rob) Panizza, Dana (Mike) Davis, Tara (Wayne) Gilbert, Mia Williamson, Tamara (Mike) Szanto, Kevin (Barb) Jerry, Jennifer Zappitelli, Thrisha (Tim) Chabot, David Brown, Tammy Brown, Andrew Brown, Angela Brown, Teresa Laguillona, Freddy Laguillona, Anikka McTavish, and Jordan McTavish; and her great-grandchildren, Matthew, Katie, Madelyn, Courtney, Reid, Ryker, Marlee, Mattie, Daffni, Aili, Chloe Lyn, Charlee, Sebastian, Sydney, and Ariella.
She also is survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Canada and Finland, Europe.
Mom grew up in Finland, Ont., where she enjoyed the outdoors and nature. She lived her life to the fullest; she saw life the way she wanted and lived it accordingly.
She loved her family and was very proud of all their accomplishments. She also was a wonderful cook with a sweet tooth, an entrepreneur, and loved to garden.
Mom was a gifted woman who created many different kinds of crafts. She was a “hip lady” who enjoyed Facebook to communicate with family and friends.
There will be no funeral service as per her wishes.
Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of her life will be held Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 1-4 p.m. at the Vickers Heights Community Centre, 1695 Broadway Ave., Thunder Bay.
Interment will follow on June 23, 2012 in Finland, Ont.
For friends and family from the Fort Frances area, a come-and-go tea in Mom’s honour will be announced at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations would be appreciated to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hospice Unit, 35 Algoma St. N., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 5G7 or Northern Cancer Fund, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, 980 Oliver Rd., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 6V4.
Mom fought cancer with true Finn SISU.