With heavy hearts, we sadly announce that, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Silvia Elaine Gunderson (nee Hayward) passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Silvia was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Jan. 16, 1943 and grew up in Minaki, Ont., where she gained a love of the outdoors knowing how to hunt and fish by the time she was eight years old.
In 1966, Silvia married her best friend, Glen, and together they had four children: Heather (Butch Wensley), Kirsten, Karl (Lynda), and Von (Cara).
She was a proud grandmother to Jeromy, Patrick, Madeline, Kienna, Boyd, Isabella, Gabe, Harper, and Odin.
She also is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Morley Gunderson and Melanie Brady, and Gayleen and Bill Szlauko; as well as nieces and nephews, Bob, Sandy, Coreen, Brady, Jesse, Rory, and Brendan.
She was predeceased by parents, Jim and Martha Hayward.
Trained as a nurse, Silvia worked at La Verendrye Hospital. After nursing, she was a caregiver to many children in her home and she always will have a special place in their hearts.
We will always remember Silvia's extraordinary dedication to the community. She was a very active member of the Legion, serving as president of the Ladies' Auxiliary Br. #29 for many years and was the current District Commander for the Northwest Region.
Silvia also was a sorority sister of Beta Sigma Phi for more than 50 years. As well, she was a truly committed member of the Zion Lutheran Church and her work throughout the district was very meaningful to her personally and the community.
In 2012, she was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Silvia had a love of curling both as a player and spectator, especially when it involved travelling to a Brier. Renowned for her baking, in general, she will be remembered by many for the hundreds of wedding, birthday, and school cakes she decorated.
Silvia loved being on the lake fishing, boating, and canoeing. She taught her children how to be strong and fearless in the outdoors and when taking on all of life's challenges. She was the rock.
We all are better for having been blessed with her devotion to family, shared wisdom, and appreciative of the generosity with her time. The pleasure of being with her when she was having fun at conventions, playing cards, or hanging out at the cabin created memories we will carry over our lifetime.
Silvia always was ready with a cup of coffee, and time to hear and share a story or two.
Until we meet again, we are filled with gratitude to a dear wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Friends are invited to a celebration of Silvia's life on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances.
The honourary pallbearers will be Tony and Luci Andreacchi, Scott and Tara Hamilton, Rob and Barb Morgan, Anna and Dan Pierroz, and Barb Turgeon.
In memoriam donations can be made to the Legion Ladies' Auxiliary Br. #29, P.O. Box 819, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3N1, or the Zion Lutheran Church, 1105 Scott St., Fort Frances, ON, P9A 1J7.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com