It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Deidre Strain on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 surrounded by her family.
Deidre was born on July 12, 1936 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Ernie and Margaret (Locking) Lichtenstein.
She was united in marriage to Gordon (Bud) Strain on March 5, 1954. Together, they happily raised their four children in the north end.
Deidre and Bud enjoyed many years of camping at Lake of the Woods Provincial Park, as well as horsemanship with the Whispering Pines Saddle Club and Borderland Quarter Horse Association, where they made many lifelong friends.
After raising her children and providing child care for numerous families, Deidre went to work for the Red Cross as a homemaker, where she continued to provide compassionate care for many. She also was an Avon rep for many years.
In her spare time, Deidre loved to fish with her family and usually was the luckiest, catching the biggest and the most. She was her grandchildren's biggest fan, cheering them on at hockey, basketball, soccer, and dance recitals with great pride.
She will be greatly missed by her children, David (Terril) Strain, Cindy (John) Krukoski, Michael (Kim) Strain, and Lori (Lance) Brown; grandchildren, Jeremy, Josh, Mary, and Sarah Strain, Jamie (Diana) Krukoski, Lauren (Steve) Hanson, Holly (James) Kaemingh, Miranda (Rob) Paterson, and Carlee (Mason) Gallinger; and great-grandchildren, Lilly, Amellia, Sawyer, Avis, Ryder, and Sylas.
She also is survived by her sister, Doris Kawulia; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Dalseg, Hazel Strain, and Helen Lichtenstein; brother-in-law, Morgan Hildebrand; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon (Bud); parents, Ernie and Margaret Lichtenstein; mother- and father in-law, Geneva and Albert Eide; sister, Valerie McClelland; brother, Bill Lichtenstein; sister-in-law, Irma Hildebrand; brothers-in-law, Butch Kawulia, Jack McClelland, Jack Dalseg, Walter Strain, and Bill Strain; nephews, John Novak and Dennis Dalseg; and nieces, Willa Novak and Cathy Hamel.
Cremation has taken place and a graveside service, followed by a celebration of life, will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimers Society by cheque c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.