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It is with great sadness that the family of Delores Cross, 84, of 337 McIrvine Rd., Fort Frances, Ont., announces her passing on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Delores was born Dec. 31, 1927 in Churchbridge, Sask. to the late Joseph and Elizabeth Speidel.

Delores grew up in Saskatchewan, but as a teenager moved to Fort Frances to help support her family. In Fort Frances, she took secretarial training and was offered a position at the local bank.

On Dec. 15, 1951, she was united in marriage to Herbert “Bert” Cross and together they raised their three children.

Delores did clerical work for various places, including the Ministry of Natural Resources, McLeans Wholesale, and the bank. She also taught Sunday School for 25 years, serving God in her vocations at home, church, work, and the community.

Delores was a very dedicated member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary, of which she served in various positions over the years. She also was a member of the Women’s Institute and La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, and assisted people in the community by helping with Meals On Wheels.

Delores was a wonderful person, and will be missed dearly by her family, co-workers, and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert “Bert” Cross, and one sister, Lorraine Campbell.

Delores leaves behind to mourn her three children, Wayne (Diana) Cross of Murillo, Ont., Janice (Jeff) Alexander of Trail, B.C., and David Cross of Fort Frances, Ont.; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Isaac, and Tabitha.

Also surviving are two sisters, Emma (Ray) Yanke of Medicine Hat, Alta. and Eleanor (Roy) Haas of Saskatoon, Sask.; two brothers, Ivan (Joan) Speidel and Vernon Speidel, all of Winnipeg, Man.; four sisters-in-law, Doris Anderson of Southern Ontario, Florence (Edward) Lampi of Devlin, Ont., Jeanette Cross of Rainy River, Ont., and Lorena Jaman of Atikokan, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Lutheran Hour in Fort Frances, with Rev. Jacob Quast officiating.

Interment will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.

The honourary pallbearers will be members of her church and members of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 Ladies Auxiliary.

Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Church of the Lutheran Hour or to the charity of your choice c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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