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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
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Katherine Cresswell

Katherine Cresswell (McKerral)

Wednesday, March 28th, 1934 - Sunday, March 24th, 2019
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CRESSWELL, Katherine Rita McKerral Boyd
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness.
Nothing is so gentle as real strength.” (Frances de Sales)

Katherine was born in Coniston on March 28th, 1934, daughter of Mary and Allan McKerral (predeceased). After graduating from Coniston Continuation School, she married a young and talented baseball player, Keith Boyd, from Yarmouth Nova Scotia, and became a homemaker and wonderful mother to their six children. She was left a widow at 36 years old when Keith died suddenly at age 40. She was a tower of strength, faith, and courage through those years.

The family home was the drop-in centre for her children and their many friends and cousins. There was always an extra place ready at the dinner table and Katherine was known as “Kool Kat” by all the teenage friends of the family. She was an avid sports fan - a very proud hockey mom and grandma! In 1989 with her children grown, she married Bob Cresswell (Big Bob) and was welcomed with open arms into the boisterous and fun-loving Cresswell clan. Together they travelled, spent time at the Birch Ridge Hunt Club on beautiful Manitoulin Island and danced every chance they had. She enjoyed all of his pampering and all of their special times together. Bob predeceased her in 2005.

She was a lifelong resident of Coniston and because she was the postmaster of our community for many years, she was known, respected, and loved by the entire town, and will be remembered for her kindness and graciousness to all. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and a devoted member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 60 years.

She is survived by four children - Sandra of Coniston, Linda of Sudbury, Randy of Marietta, Georgia, and Karen of Saskatoon, and seven much-loved grandchildren - Keith, Kyle (Bailey Clarke), Michelle (Michael Mathys), Gregory, Brendan, Taylor, and Connor. She is predeceased by two cherished sons, Jim “JB” (Nancy) of St. Albert, Alberta, and Ron “Bubba” of Toronto.

Katherine was loved by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who treasured her gentle spirit, her zest for living, and her laugh that bubbled over with joy and fun! Her special friends Audrey Veno, Shirley Barbe, Marie Olivier, Kathleen Donnelly, Annette Marcon, and Clara Boyd will miss their dear lifelong companion but will treasure many memories of times spent together.

She leaves a legacy of faith, strength, and devotion to family, to her church and to her community. Hers was the very definition of a life well-lived.

She is predeceased by two sisters, three brothers, and their partners - Alma McGauley (Bill) of B.C., Aileen Olivier (Eugene) of Coniston, George (Lucille, Francoise) of Quebec, Patrick (Jean) of Alberta, and Robert (Maxine) of B.C.. She is survived by her sister Mary Olivier of Ottawa.

Katherine will be dearly missed by her sisters-in-law Clara, Mary, Liz, Madeline, and Bruni Boyd, Florence Audette, Lucy Gibeault, and Wanda, Nancy, Colette, Helen, and Connie Cresswell, as well as brothers-in-law Harold and David Boyd and Les Cresswell. She was predeceased by brothers-in-law Victor, Burton, Ron, Jackie, and Paul Boyd, and sisters-in-law Shirley Saulnier (Willard) and Marian Boyd, as well as brothers-in-law Wallace, Jack, Don, and Ken Cresswell and sisters-in-law Doris Cruikshank (Ross), Betty Grenon (Chuck), and Diane Leclair (Reg).

Our family would like to thank the staff on the 2nd floor of Extendicare Falconbridge for their many kindnesses to Katherine over the last four years, as well as the Emergency and 6th floor staff at HSN whose compassion and care helped on the final part of her life’s journey.

Donations would be appreciated to St. Paul the Apostle Memorial Fund.

Resting at the
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch Street, Sudbury
(Friends may call 2-5; 7-9pm Friday with parish prayers 7pm Friday).
Funeral Mass in
St. Paul the Apostle Church
25 Edward Street, Coniston
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 11am.
Cremation with interment in the family plot at St. John’s Cemetery, Garson.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, March 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Paul the Apostle Church
    1 Edward Ave.
    Coniston, ON P0M 1M0
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    Fr. Celestine Agwu
  • Interment

    St. John Cemetery
    Garson Coniston Rd.
    Garson, Ontario P3L 1R2
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Katherine Simister

Posted at 09:23am
Dear Sandra, Linda, Randy, Karen and respective families, I am sending my deepest condolences to all of you and it saddens me to hear of Katherine's passing. She was a warm and beautiful lady and she was always smiling when I went to the post office (loved her laugh). She was a dedicated member of the CWL and of the St. Paul's Parish. Coniston has lost another of it's beautiful people and the town will not be the same without her. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

Katherine Simister

Michelle McKerral

Posted at 09:37pm
Dear Sandra, Linda, Randy, Karen, and families,
I am saddened to hear of Aunt Katherine’s passing. I have very fond memories of her: warm and welcoming, and her unforgettable laugh!
I wish I could attend the funeral, but I will be away presenting at a conference. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that are thoughts are with you in this sad time.
Michelle (McKerral) and family

Lauretta Zanette

Posted at 08:16pm
Sandra, Linda and family, so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady, always with a warm smile and kind words. She certainly led an exemplary life and she will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. I am sorry I am unable to attend the funeral as I am out of the country but my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Sincerely, Lauretta(Cecchin) Zanette

Joanne Aubin

Posted at 04:52pm
Our sincere condolences to her family, especially Sandra and Linda. We didn't know her long but her sweet and gentle nature spoke volumes about her character. Rest in peace, Katherine. You will be missed.
Joy Boyd & Joanne Aubin

Donna Greenough

Posted at 06:28am
Am saddened to hear of Katherine’s passing. I will forever remember her fondly for her kindness and infectious laughter. Condolences to family and friends. Donna Greenough.

Ida Zinn Posted at 01:39pm

We are so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ida and Mark Ziinn

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