Marie Emilia DeGagne, 84, of 425 Nelson St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998 at the Nipawin Union Hospital in Nipawin, Sask.
Emilia was born Jan. 18, 1914 in Richer, Man. to the late Peter and Harriet Leclerc. She was united in marriage to Ulysses in 1934, and they farmed together in Devlin from 1938 until 1970.
Emilia was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the Catholic Women’s League. She also was a member of the Canadian Diabetes Association and she had a love for knitting. She was a real family person, and her family was very important to her.
Emilia was predeceased by her husband, Ulysses, on Feb. 26, 1970. She also was predeceased by five sisters, three brothers, one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren.
She is survived by eight sons, Roger and wife, Doris, of Atikokan, Vinton and wife, Arlene, of Fort Frances, Paul and wife, Jan, of Red Deer, Alta.; Raymond of Fort Frances, Ed and wife, Karen, of Golden, B.C.; Gerard and wife, Betty, of Red Deer, Alta.; Leo and wife, Janis, of Thunder Bay, and Marcel and wife, Valdine, of Emo; and four daughters, Aurice and husband, Armand Manaigre, of Thompson, Man., Louise and husband, Roy Cull, of St. Johns, Nfld., Emily and husband, Bob Bishop, of Espanola, Ont., and Yvonne and husband, Richard Smelts, of Ayesham, Sask.
Also surviving are 36 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Fr. Ed Kosa O.M.I. will officiate, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Friends may visit Monday evening, Sept. 28, 1998 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. Prayers will be held there at 7:30 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Kevin DeGagne, Murray DeGagne, Brian DeGagne, Barry DeGagne, Greg DeGagne, and Tim DeGagne.
Honourary pallbearers will be Cathy Ducharme, Mandy Nichols, Jody DeGagne, Curtis DeGagne, Darren DeGagne, and Claire Perry.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Box 655, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M5.