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Sadly, the family announces the passing of Diane Karen Pattison, age 57, of Fort Frances, Ont.

Diane was born on May 1, 1961 in Fort Frances to Conrad and Dolly Lemieux.

She is survived by her husband and best friend, Rod; sons, Gary (wife, Daphne, and son, Noah) and Jason (wife, Kayla, and children, Nicholas, Emma, Brooklyn, and Alexander); her mother, Dolly Lemieux; and sister, Gail Lemieux.

Diane also leaves behind her mother-in-law, Norma Pattison; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patti and Richard Boileau, Wayne and Kathy Pattison, Bev Steele (Gordie), and Randy Pattison; as well as her many nieces, nephews, and aunts.

She was predeceased by her father, Conrad Lemieux; brothers, Gary and David Lemieux; father-in-law, Les Pattison; and brother-in-law, Tom Steele.

Diane and Rod met in high school, where they quickly fell in love. They married and started a family soon after, enjoying 38 happy years together.

Diane was so proud of her two boys, Gary and Jason. It brought her so much joy to see them grow into such wonderful men and start families of their own.

Her grandchildren were especially dear to her and always made her smile. She made certain her homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or other treats were always available to them when they came to visit or for sleepovers.

Diane and Rod enjoyed a number of winter vacations together to southern destinations over the years. The earlier trips with her sons, the later trips with her closest friends, as well as her trips to St. Martin with Rod, were some of the most memorable.

Diane also cherished her yearly Christmas shopping trips to Winnipeg with her girlfriends.

She was actively involved in the local curling community, formerly serving as recording secretary for the Fort Frances Curling Club and playing in the Ladies' Twilight League. She also played many seasons of softball with the “Beer Batters,” a team made up of some of her best friends.

She was employed with the local Shaw Cable office for 23 years, which gave her the opportunity to get to know many of her fellow town residents.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vouz.

The honourary pallbearers were Patti and Richard Boileau, Teryl and Sandy McFarland, and Cindy and Greg Allan.

In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Chemotherapy/Oncology department at Riverside Health Care or the Fort Frances Curling Club.