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Ida Gatien

Ida Sharon Gatien (Lidemark)

Sunday, August 5th, 1923 - Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Ida Gatien (Nee Lidemark)
Immigrated to Canada with her parents at an early age. From etiquette lessons in Denmark to Saskatchewan farming, where she learned to be the best farmer around.
Loving wife of 71 years to Clary Gatien, mother of Brian, (Darlene Devon predeceased, Vickie Kaminski); Sharon (Jim Dinnes); Wayne (Roxie Wellings predeceased, Bev Ferguson); Rene (Laurie Jennings), Dean (Kelli Edmunds); Lynn and Joan (Scott Ingraham)
Grand children David, Michelle, Chris, Johanna, Luc, Courtney, Krista, Donna, Tracy, Geoffrey, Sarah, Rhonda, Ashley, Nicholas, Bradley, Breanne, Eric, Michael, Matthew, Colleen, Hannah, Tonya and Bryce.
And 24 Great grandchildren and still expanding.
Such a diverse person, she was ahead of her time, being the first woman Teamster in her local in the 1940’s. She delivered milk with a horse drawn wagon from a dairy in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay). There is a chapter written about Ida in the book Against the Current by Judith Finlayson.
A pillar of the community with her leadership skills. She was a 4H leader, active member of the Penage Road Women’s Institute, St. Christopher’s Ladies Auxiliary; and various CWL groups where they lived.
Ida was a master seamstress, quilter, gardener and all-around amazing cook. Her staple was traditional Danish recipes which all of her children and grandchildren continually try to perfect to her standards.
Throughout their lives, Ida and Clary lived in the many places where Clary worked, including Pine Falls, Vermillion Bay, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Iroquois Falls, North Bay, and Whitefish. Wherever they lived, Ida created a home and every one was always welcome in her home. Ida was never more alive and magical, then when their home was full of children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We all had a blast!
We can’t thank our mother and grandmother enough for the patience and hard work she dedicated to her family. We hope the bread we bake and the gardens we grow continue to be shared in love.
Ida will be truly missed but not forgotten.

Family Funeral Service in the
R. J. Barnard Chapel
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch Street, Sudbury
Sunday, May 24th, 2020 at 3pm.
Family and friends may view the service by Live Stream:
Cremation with interment in the family plot at the Whitefish Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Gabriel’s Villa would be appreciated. For donations and messages of condolence,
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    Sunday, May 24th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, May 24th, 2020 3:00pm
    R.J. Barnard Chapel
    233 Larch St
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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    Family service with livestream: Click here.
    Fr. Larry Rymes
  • Interment

    Whitefish Catholic Cemetery
    Bay Road
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Terry Carscadden

Posted at 11:55pm
I had the privilege and pleasure of attending to Ida’s health issues for many years and many of her family. Her beautiful smile revealed her wonderful personality.
Condolences to all of the family.
Terry Carscadden

Greg Furgala

Posted at 01:47pm
Our sincere condolences to the entire Gatien Family. I have many fond memories of the Gatien station wagon driving down the Talon Lake cottage road followed by hours of swimming and diving and a large family meal prepared by Ida and Mom.
As Rene said, their friendship certainly goes right back to the beginning!
With warm thoughts and care,
Greg and Kathy Furgala

Mary Ellen Norry Car

Posted at 09:19am
I had the honour of meeting and working with Ida through the 4-H Program and the Women's Institute. Through these organizations she touched many lives and helped a large number of youth build a strong foundation for their future. Her legacy lives on not only in her family but also through the people she touched. A donation has been made to 4-H Ontario in memory of Ida.
May the precious memories that you have of your wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Mary Ellen Norry Car

Richard Gatien

Posted at 08:15pm
On behalf of my sisters, Irene and Mildred we wish to extend to you, Uncle Clary and the family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of Auntie Ida. We met Auntie Ida and her family for the first time at the House of Denmark, just outside of Thunder Bay, and from then on our families visited back and forth over the years. In 2015 we returned to Whitefish for a visit with the family and Auntie Ida at the home in Chelmsford. We told her that on the way we had stopped to see the House of Denmark and she said "Oh, is it still there". We cherished that time with her and the family and she was happy to meet my fiance, Freda. With modern technology, we were able to watch the funeral this afternoon. Auntie Ida will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
May she rest in peace. Richard and Freda

Brenda (Koivu) Liimatainen

Posted at 06:35pm
My condolences Wayne to you and your family. Your Mom has left a lasting legacy of loving and inspirational memories for her children and grandchildren. A life well lived.
May she Rest In Peace

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