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LINDSAY JOSEPHINE SWERHUN (LUNDALE)

Lindsay passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, ON,

Lindsay was born on August 3, 1988 in Calgary, AB where she spent her early years. While there she had the opportunity to participate in Wheelchair sports and was on the inaugural Dreams Take Flight trip to Disneyland. She moved to Fort Frances as a young girl and completed her education graduating in 2006.

She went on to obtain her social services worker degree in 2010 and worked a few summers with Community Living.

Family was extremely important to Lindsay and she loved spending time with those she loved, whether it be at family get togethers, Facetime/texting or chatting with them on Facebook. She was a true blessing to our family and taught us so much.

Lindsay and her mom had a very special bond, they were each other’s heroes. Together they faced the ups and downs life threw their way, as well as celebrated all the good times. Bob played an important part in Lindsay’s life and they teased each other mercifully, however she always knew he would be right there if she needed him. Her Auntie Leslie was like her second mom and was right there with us through thick and thin and loved her like she was her own daughter. They spent many hours together laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

Lindsay and her sister Mishel shared a bond that was unbreakable. When Lindsay was small, she couldn’t say sister, so she referred to Mishel as “Stister” for the fi rst few years and eventually simply as Sister. Lindsay was never so proud as she was the day, she became an Auntie with the birth of her niece Shaylyn. She took that role very seriously and was an amazing Auntie.

Lindsay had a special relationship with her Grandparents Pauline and Bob Lundale. She enjoyed her visits with them and could be found fighting with Grampa over the remote because she didn’t want to watch the news. She enjoyed playing games with Gramma and William on the deck. Grandpa was so proud when the Mason’s purchased Lindsay her racing chair so she could compete in Wheelchair Racing competitions when she lived in Calgary. After Grampa’s passing, she enjoyed many telephone conversations with Gramma.

Despite many challenges Lindsay LOVED life! She always had a smile on her face and a willingness to comfort and help anyone. Lindsay is described by many as strong, inspirational, resilient, determined, loving, a true warrior, a friend, a hero, an advocate and protector of those she loved, one of a kind with a wonderful and sarcastic sense of humor and she loved a good party.

She loved to spend time with her friends, watching Monday Night Wrestling, going to movies, playing Thursday night TV Bingo and out for dinner with her crew Jeannie, Dan, Ryan, Veryan, Oona. She learned to play pool and really enjoyed the camaraderie of her group of friends.

Lindsay volunteered with several organizations such as Easter Seals, Rainycrest LTC and LaVerendrye Hospital. She was an active member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Riverside. Lindsay was one of the longest serving woman council members of The Fort France Bear Clan Patrol, an organization she was very proud of. Lindsay was a Keeps Jewelry representative and most recently a Younique Makeup Representative.

Left to cherish her memories her parents Laurie Lundale & Bob Irvine, “Stister” Mishel Poiron (Guy) and niece Shaylyn, and her faithful companion Callie.

Bob’s children, Patty (Jonas) Bella, nieces Treyann & Tayva, Jason Supinski Lindsay’s own personal mechanic (Shannon), nephews Aric & Josh, her Grandmothers Pauline Lundale & Marg Irvine. Aunts and Uncles Bryan (Corinne) Lundale, Valerie (Bob) Ritter, Keith (Debbie) Lundale, Leslie (Noel) Perrin, and Becky Irvine (John), Betty Irvine (Chris). Cousins Andrew (Taleen, Maverick, Aria), Jennifer (Alexandria, Zach), Stephanie (Richard, Sam and Ellie), Elizabeth, Krystin (Chris, Gracie, Bobbi), Kyle (Meagan, Max, Eden), Darby & Ross. Godparents Bob and Pat Longmuir.

Many Great-aunts and Uncles and cousins. Father Bernie Swerhun and family.

Lindsay had an extended chosen family here in Fort Frances, which included her chosen sister Jeannie Scherier, The Calder family (Donna, Todd, Jason, Jennifer, Nathan, Shanna, Ryan and Kyle and their families), Ethel Lowey, Dori Barker and family, Dane & Harlene Lowey and family, Travis Chabot, Steve & Lori Maki, Kelly & Ashley Calder, Connie, John Hendrickson (Melissa) and Lindsay’s Front street family.

Lindsay had many, many wonderful caregivers throughout her life with special mention to Dr. John Nelson, Cathy Bock, Dwight Stang, Shelly Douglas, and Lisa Johnson. Thank you for taking such good care of our girl.

She was predeceased by her Grandpa’s Robert Lundale & Sid Irvine, Uncle Gerrie Lundale, Great-Grandparents Marie & Alan Longmuir and Jean & Samuel Lundale. Great Aunts and Uncles, Art & Gladys Forsyth, Alan Longmuir, Bud & Bernice Lundale, Art Dowsett, Bill Bowman, cousin & namesake Linden Dowsett, loving cousin Lynn Boss, Special Friends Donnie Lowey, William Moody, Holly Olson, Betty Forbister.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Lindsay’s Life will be held at a later time.

“YOUR WINGS ALREADY EXIST, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FLY”

Donations can be made in Lindsay’s memory to Riverside Health Care (Non-Profit Housing).

Our hopes are to build a pergola for her Front Street Family to enjoy sitting together outside, so they don’t bake in the sun.

Our wish is that this will be Lindsay’s final gift to them.