A lifelong resident of South Dundas, Anna Casselman-Nicolier passed away peacefully, following a brief illness, on Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Carefor Hospice Cornwall, with her loving family by her side. She was 69 years old.
Anna was born in Matilda Township, on March 12, 1942, to Dwight and Grace Strader (nee McIntosh). She was the third youngest of nine children.
Anna’s enormous brown eyes and infectious smile made her stand out, yet it was her inner beauty that radiated with such a glow, that she left a mark on everyone she encountered.
She was a truly remarkable lady and well respected. She took great pride in her ongoing community involvement with the Morrisburg Legion Branch #48, Ladies Auxiliary, Upper Canada Playhouse, Eastern Ontario Health Unit Flu Clinics, The Iroquois Good Companions, and the Morrisburg United Church.
Anna had an enormous heart filled with passion, compassion and empathy. She was always the first person to want to help anyone in time of need, and to comfort those who were going through a difficult time.
Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, a cherished sister, favourite aunt and a dear friend to many. She had an unrelenting sense of perseverance and a strong ability to forge ahead, regardless of what life dealt her.
As a single mother raising two young children in the early sixties, she faced many adversities which she overcame with great dignity and pride. She was a working mom well ahead of the times. Her devotion to the health and well-being of her children was truly extraordinary.
Anna drew great delight from spending quality time with her grandchildren as well. Her love, devotion, and spirit will live on in each of them, and her influence will be eternal.
The dignity and grace by which Anna sailed through life, left a wake of beauty across the many hearts she touched. She spent her entire life dedicated to her family, friends and community.
Anna will be fondly remembered by many who rode on her school bus, had the pleasure of shopping at the Becker’s Store she managed for 25 years, dined at Minnie’s Coffee Shop, or enjoyed her passion for the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
She would want us to celebrate her life and her legacy; as the amazing person that she was and always will be.
Anna is survived by her husband René Nicolier, her daughters Angie (James) Lavigne of Long Sault and Leslie (Tom) Irwin of Cornwall and her siblings Ken Strader of Morrisburg, Edna Disheau (Arthur Jackson) of Toronto, Lorna (Ernie) Lascelle of Inkerman, and Willie (Audrey) Strader of Cardinal.
Anna will be forever loved and cherished by her grandchildren Colin and Sarah Mackler. She was dear stepmother of Corinne (Tim) Heisel of Prescott, Nathalie (Gary) Hart of Prescott and step-grandmother of Kyle and Jennifer.
She was predeceased by her parents Dwight and Grace Strader (nee McIntosh), her sisters Margaret Barkley and Jean Jensen, brothers Glen and John Strader, and her late husband Gordon Casselman. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends attended the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday, February 19, 2012, to pay their last respects to Anna. Funeral service was held at the funeral home, on Monday, February 20, 2012, with Reverend Dan Hayward officiating. Eulogies were given by her daughters Angie Lavigne and Leslie Irwin; as well as her grandchildren Sarah and Colin Mackler. Pallbearers were Sarah and Colin Mackler, Jennifer Hutt and Kyle Heisel.
A beautiful luncheon was provided by the Morrisburg Ladies Auxiliary, at the Morrisburg Legion Branch #48, following the service.