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It is with deep sadness that Bob Ewald and family announce the peaceful passing of their beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Oct. 3, 2019.

Elsie was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Spohn, Ont. The majority of her life she lived in Rainy River and was proud of our small town.

Elsie's family was of the utmost importance to her. She drove many miles from coast to coast, to ensure both the family connections remained strong, for both the Kregers and the Ewalds.

She was always ready to organize, host and attend family reunions.

As the youngest of 14 children, she will receive heavenly greetings with open arms by all 13 of her siblings: Albert (Agnes/Annie), John (Gladys), Ella (Henry), Tillie (Adolf), Olga (Fred), Benjamin, Dan (Mae), Edith (Lester), Pearl (Jack), Annabelle (Bill), Evie (Mylie), Audie, Bobby (Maureen), and many other loved ones.

She will be greatly missed by those she has left behind: her loving husband of 68 years, Bob; her children, Logan, Linda (Luther), Connie, Carolynn (Leo), Kirby (Donna), and Stacy (Dan); grandchildren, Mike (Jess), Gary, Eddie (Brenda), Chris (Veronica), Olivia, Aveeve (Sam), Caitlynn (Adam), Yuri, Mitchell, Brianna, Shanna (Steve), Jaycey, Alyce, Bryce, Kenzie, and Sarina.

She'll also be missed by her great-grandchildren, Cedric, Sydney, Hannah, Elysis, Hailee, Rowan, Ethan, Julian, Aidan, Hollie, Abigail, Ella, Dominic, Owen, Thomas, Lucas, Eliza, Jacob, and Leila.

The smiles of these children brought her much joy as they blossomed into the future generations carrying her love for life and generous caring spirit.

Her plan was to live forever to be able to watch all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.

Elsie was known for always being up for playing cards and, as many of you know, she was not afraid of slamming without the JACK!

Bob and Elsie spent many hours together around various card tables, including Legion smear tournaments.

She also played smear and cribbage with the Seniors group. She enjoyed this time with friends and loved seeing her name in print as the weekly winner.

She passed this passion on by teaching the grandchildren to play cribbage and Uno.

She loved spending hours planting, tending and manicuring her flower gardens, which were well known throughout the area as the loveliest place for wedding and graduation pictures. Her garden corn was nearly a legend.

Another love was quilting, she became so passionate about this hobby that her quilts are now found coast to coast.

They have become family gifts and donations to Ronald McDonald House, Children's Cancer Care, and far off missions.

Elsie was always willing to help out her Knox United Church family and the women's institute, and support her community in whatever ways she was able—as a palliative care worker, working for Elections Canada, delivering “Meals on Wheels,” as a Sunday school teacher, and sewing up figure skating costumes.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at 5 p.m. at the Mission Covenant Church in Rainy River, Ont.

If desired, donations can be made directly to Riverside Health Care Facilities-Rainy River. Box 236, Rainy River, ON, P0W 1L0.

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