Glenda Janet Oster was born in Kenora, Ont. on March 4, 1957, one of seven children born to John and Elaine Halley.
She received her education up to Grade 10 in Kenora, after which she worked in housekeeping for a fly-in camp.
After moving to Devlin, Ont. area, she married Murray Oster on Jan. 30, 1976.
There were lots of boys in the family and she, being a hardy outdoorsperson and physically strong, not only worked with her husband in the bush, logging and picking pine cones or berries, but also became an excellent marksman, got her black belt in judo, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Needless to say, she was not a dainty person but could be described as a “feisty” individual.
She enjoyed camping up to a point—if anything wasn't working out, home was a place to go.
Glenda was very content with life—didn't ask for expensive things but was very content with what she had. They didn't have power or running water until the late '80s but that didn't bother Glenda.
She enjoyed playing cards and Bingo, coffee times, and lots of walks. The extended family lived close by and there were lots of visiting and lots of walking between homes. Although she had a bad knee, she put up with it; in the winter there was snowmachining.
She was devoted to her husband and in their 40-plus years of marriage, the only time apart was when she was in the hospital.
She was an open-minded, friendly person and when they were able to attend church, she took it very seriously and up until the time she passed away, her faith remained intact.
They continued to live primarily in Devlin and Fort Frances, Ont. area until a move to Ignace, Ont. and later to Dryden, Ont.
Glenda was predeceased by her parents; brother, Tom; father- and mother-in-law; brother-in-law, Ron; and nephew, Brent.
She is survived by her husband, Murray; sons, John and Brian (Ryan); four sisters, Loretta, Sandie, Carol, and Lily; brother, Bryan; sisters-in-law, Melinda and Laurie (Kevin); brothers-in-law, Glen (Paz), Rob (Brenda), Doug, and Bruce (Sandra); five grandchildren, Brandon, Cole, Dakota, Conner, and Canasia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 8, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Homes in Dryden, with Velma Henderson officiating.
Cremation followed and interment of ashes will take place at a later date.
Visitation was held from noon until the time of service on Monday.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Dryden Regional Health Center CT Scan Fund online or through the Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412, Dryden, Ont., P8N 2Z1.
Online condolences may be offered at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca