Marty Vanderaa, 36, of Emo, Ont., passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Marty was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Aug. 6, 1961 and lived in Emo all his life. Marty went to school in Emo and graduated from high school in Fort Frances. He was employed since 1981 with the Ministry of Transportation in Kenora, Dryden and Emo area as a Construction Technician and later as a general foreman. On May 21, 1988, Marty was united in marriage to Vicki Besyk and together they settled in Emo, Ont. and raised their daughter, Melissa, who was born on April 13, 1990.
Marty enjoyed farming with his dad, raising Charolais cattle, hunting and fishing with his brothers-in-law in Dryden, going to family gatherings and especially spending time with Melissa. Most of all Marty loved his family and will be sadly missed by them all.
He is predeceased by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Vicki Vanderaa, and daughter, Melissa, of Emo, Ont.; mother and father, Ann and John Vanderaa, of Emo, Ont.; brothers, Anthony Vanderaa and wife, Anita, of Fort Frances, Ont., Tim Vanderaa, Rick Vanderaa and wife Angie, and sister Jackie Vanderaa, all of Emo, Ont.; mother and father-in-law, Faye and Bert Besyk, sister-in-law, Linda, and husband, Fred Sombrutski, and brother-in-law Brian Besyk and wife, Beth, all of Dryden, Ont.; nieces and nephews Rocky, Alyssa, Holly and Adam; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 at 2 p.m. at Emo Christian Reformed Church in Emo, Ont. Father James Panikulam officiated with interment in Emo Cemetery in Emo, Ont.
Friends visited on Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Emo, Ont. from 7-9 p.m., with parish prayers offered at 7:30 p.m.
The honourary pallbearers were Gary Jolicouer, Wayne Yeryk, Don Kinnear, Colleen Jolicouer, Sylvia Yeryk and Anne Marie Rick.
The pallbearers were his cousins, George Floresco, Mario Floresco, Mark Tibold, Glenn Tibold, Jamie Tibold and Len Van Uden.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Melissa Vanderaa Trust Fund, c/o C.I.B.C. Emo Branch, Front St., Box 270, Emo, Ont., P0W 1L0.
Because of you, our own small world
Will never be the same.
All our hearts are filled with love
When people speak your name.
But though your face may not be seen
Among us here today.
Your heart is felt in our hearts
You changed along the way.
Close together or far apart, you're forever in our hearts.
Love, Vicki & Melissa.