Stenback, Gertrude

Published: 
Friday, July 11, 2003

In her 92nd year, Gertrude (Trudy) Stenback passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 9th, 2003. Trudy was born in Tampere, Finland in 1911 and accompanied her mother, Elsa Koskipuro Maki, to Canada in 1922, settling in Sioux Lookout. Later they homesteaded in Flett, Forbes Township, where she attended Finmark Public School. Her secondary education was received at Port Arthur Collegiate Institute.After marrying in 1933, Trudy and Hjalmar (Jan) Wilfred Stenback made their home in Pearson Township where they boarded the new local school teacher, Dorothy Griffis. In these early years both Trudy and Jan were employed by the Great Lakes Paper Company at Camp 1, Black Sturgeon. When Jan was promoted to superintendent of the Woods Warehouse for Great Lakes Paper, the family moved to Vickers Heights and eventually to Fort William. Trudy was predeceased by her father Kalle in Finland, husband Jan in 1967, stepfather Nestor in 1968 and mother Elsa in 1976. Surviving are all her seven children; Peggy (Stan) Dromisky of Thunder Bay, Shirley (Michael) Hill of Winnipeg, Beverley (Ted) Simms of Port Loring, Gail (Joe) McEachern of Thunder Bay, David (Eileen) Stenback of Windsor, Dan (Mimi) Stenback of Thunder Bay and Debra (Ed) Cancelliere of Thunder Bay. Loving babies, she was 'Grams' to 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren with another expected and a great-great-grandchild soon to arrive in September. At the Stenback's summer home in Riverdale, Trudy pursued her love of gardening. Entering her flowers and vegetables in the Horticultural Society's Annual Show at the Lakehead Exhibition made her the proud recipient of over 60 1st place awards. Her love of animals prompted the adoption of older dogs from the Humane Society and many stray cats found a loving home with her. A keen interest in geology enticed Trudy to study and participate in the activities of a local group. The neighbourhood children and her own family were gifted with creations of her tireless hands and knitting needles. During her last years she enjoyed attending the Finnish Church Services at Pioneer Ridge Home for the Aged. A memorial service will be held on a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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