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RODGER, Nell Carolyn (nee Barbet) - July 8, 1920 - December 18, 2018 It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our incredible mom. Nell had a long, healthy life in Sault Ste. Marie, where she was fortunate to share 59 years with our dad, Dave, and had many lifelong friends. Nell held the gift of life in high regard and she put her “all” into everything she did. She loved music, singing and dancing. She water-skied until her 85th year, and she checked off a dream to skate the Rideau Canal in Ottawa from her bucket list at 87. She filled her home with guests for whom she loved to cook and was known to bake a pie, or two. Mom’s large family - headed by her father, the late Edouard Barbet, and her mother, the late Emily - included her sisters, the late Olive Kimball (late Walter), the late Marie Ketola (late Chuck), the late Jacquie Huckson (late Jimmy), Josie Osmar, (late Ozzie), June Ciaschini (Don), and her brother, the late Ted Barbet (late Gertrude). Nell and Dave were proud parents to nine children: Sheila Rodger Faucher (Doug Campbell), John (Mary McGregor), the late Janet Rodger-Anderson (Art), Nelda (Sergio Sgaramella), Ed (Laura Myers), the late Thom, Patti Rodger Kirkpatrick (Mike), Carolyn (Steve Wragg) and Andrea (Al Thomson). The Catholic Church was central to mom's life and in the early 1950's she acted as the first president of the Catholic Women’s League at Our Lady of Good Council Church. She remained active within her church to the end of her life. She also volunteered for the Canadian Cancer society, the March of Dimes and at the hospital in the oncology department. She was an accomplished seamstress – making many of her own and her children’s clothes – and she perfected the art of knitting, donating baby sweaters to the Sault Area Hospital’s gift shop for fund raising. Mom also loved to paint in oil and shared her creative gifts with her children, grandchildren and others who expressed interest. Mom adored the Soo, its surroundings, and especially lived to get out to the camp as soon as winter's departure allowed. Her creativity and zest for life lives on in her fantastic 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sault Area Hospital Cancer Care Fund would be greatly appreciated. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Nell's life at the Machine Shop (83 Huron St), on Friday, December 28, 2018 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Memorial Mass to be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (114 MacDonald Ave) on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to NORTHWOOD FUNERAL HOME CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE (942 Great Northern Rd., 705-945-7758). HREF="http://www.northwoodfuneral.com">www.northwoodfuneral.com (photo credit to Terry Manzo)
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