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Gertie Wood, 72, of Fort Frances, Ont. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.

She was born May 14, 1925 in Emo, Ont. to the late Milton and Mary Fischer. Gertie was united in marriage to Roy Wood on April 12, 1944.

In Gertie’s younger years, she was a member of the Fort Frances Town Band and was an avid softball player. In later years, her interests included curling, quilting, sewing, travel and family. Gertie’s love of cooking led her to employment with George Armstrong Co. on the construction of Dryden Highway and Barney Lamb’s Baker Lake Lodge, NWT. Her final years of employment were spent as a cook and guard at the Fort Frances District Jail.

Gertie was a life-time member and a past-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Ladies’ Auxiliary. She also was a member of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary and Knox United Church.

She was predeceased by Roy Wood; brothers Edward and Robert Fisher; and brothers-in-law Hans Bergstrom and Ben Wood.

Gertie is survived by two sons, John Wood and wife Donna, and Terry Wood and wife Mary, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; two granddaughters, Jody Wood of Fort Frances, Ont. and Anita Wood of Vancouver, B.C.; three grandsons, Jamie, Jonathan and Joshua Wood; four great-grandchildren; three step-grandsons; three step great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy Bergstrom and brother Malcolm O’Neil Fischer of Fort Frances, Ont.; sisters-in-law Mary Fisher of Kingston, Ont. and Jean Jackson of Ranier, Minn.; one uncle, two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, 1997 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ont. Rev. Patrick Playfair officiated with interment to take place in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ont.

Honourary pallbearers were the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Ladies’ Auxiliary Colour Party.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the La Verendrye General Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary or to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 Ladies’ Auxiliary.