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Green Funeral Home

600 Reid Ave, Fort Frances, ON

OBITUARY

Christine (Lovisa) Lowe

March 5, 1935September 14, 2019
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loving Mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Chris was a loving, kind, passionate person with a great sense of humour.

Crestina Asunta Dittaro, (Lovisa) Lowe passed away on September 14. 2019 surrounded by family.

Chris was born to Orsolina (Lina) and Giovanni Dittaro on March 5, 1935. A beautiful daughter after 4 sons, she brought much joy and laughter to her family. She was educated in Fort Frances and worked for Dr. Solomon and Dr. Boyle following graduation from High School. Later in life, she worked for Herman and Evelyn Metke at the Clinic Dispensary. Her last years of work were at St Mary’s Parish as the Secretary.

Chris met and married Don Lovisa on November 27,1954, who predeceased her on November 2, 1973. Together they had five children. She then met and married Alan Lowe on Oct 10,1981 and spent 33 years together. Al predeceased her on May 2, 2014. She often would say how fortunate she was to have had such wonderful husbands who loved and cared for us.

She was predeceased by her parents , Lina and Giovanni, brothers, Enrico (Henry), Enzo, Angelo and Fred .

Chris served on many boards and committees through the years and gave generously of her time volunteering. She was a charter member of NU PHI MU Sorority, actively canvassed for the March of Dimes and the Cancer Society. She served on the St. Mary’s Church, Flinders Place and Rainy River Housing Authority Boards. She was a charter member of the Fort Frances Search and Rescue Group, a member of Multi-use Committee that saw the completion of the new High School, Confederation College and Townsend Theatre. Chris collected the pledges and donations for Ice For Kids, a role that she was very proud of.

She would tell you that her greatest inspiration in life was in 1973, and was a result of the community response to the search for late husband Don Lovisa. The many acts of kindness from family, friends, the community would never be forgotten.

She volunteered at the schools for both her children and grandchildren, worked at the Rainycrest Tuck shop and helped at the FFHS Chem Free Grad parties for her grandchildren. She could be seen serving ice-cream at the Strawberry Social and was a co-ordinator for St. Mary’s Funeral Luncheon Committee. She joked with Father Alan before she passed as to who was going to plan her luncheon! She kept her sense of humour right until the end.

Chris loved to sing and was a member of St. Mary’s Church choir for the last 40 years and the Choraliers for 20. She was always proud to be in the annual Cantada celebration. Singing with the groups brought her great joy and she cherished the close friendships that were made. We were so proud of her.

Chris had the personality and joy of life to relate to all ages, young or old. Although the last year was difficult healthwise for Chris she still kept participating and always worried about everyone else and not herself

She is survived by children Karen (David) Egan, Don (Cheryl) Lovisa, Diane Lovisa, David (Carla) Lovisa and Barb (Claude) Jodoin. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister in law, Doris Dittaro (Fred) of Prince George, B.C.

Chris loved the game of hockey and spent over 60 years as a fan and supporter to her boys, her grandchildren and lately, her great grandchildren. She often reminisced about the 52 Canadians Allen Cup championship. She attended almost every sporting event, festival, school concert and graduation that her family was involved in.

Chris loved to sing and dance and often reminisced about her younger years and the dances she attended, along with all the boys who were the great dancers, including “Lovisa”.

Learning to play bridge turned into a passion for her and her friends. They laughed, loved and spent many special times together.

Nothing made Chris happier than being surrounded by her family and friends and sharing an often noisy, chaotic but always wonderful gathering. Many a meal was shared and enjoyed.

Her final words were about family, love and taking care of each other.

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, ON with Father Alan Albao officiating.

The pallbearers will be Chris’ Grandchildren.

The honourary pallbearers will be The Bridge Club.

An honour guard will be provided by the Catholic Women’s League.

In memoriam donations can be made to purchasing a new piano for St. Mary’s Church.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Mary's Church- Piano Fund

Services

  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Memories

Christine (Lovisa) Lowe

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Peter Dittaro

September 22, 2019

I will always think of Aunt Chris as a welcoming, kind and fun loving person I always felt welcome when ever we visited

Raymond Kolynchuk

September 21, 2019

Chris was a wonderful and always cheerful person. Very glad to have had the opportunity to be a neighbour and enjoy many positive memories. Wishing the family peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Sharron Steinbach

September 19, 2019

Dave, we’d like to send our deepest sympathies to you and your families. We have not met your Mom, But, by knowing you she must have been an amazing women. Sincere condolences. Sharron & Eric

Rene Ragetli

September 18, 2019

Dear Dave,
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May her memory be a blessing.

Doris Dittaro

September 18, 2019

Dear Karen and Don & families
So sorry to hear your mother has past away
Reading her obituary I could not get over how much she has been involved in. Not only will she be missed by the family but also involved with the whole community.
So sorry we've hadn't been in touch with each other much lately but she has always been on my mind.
My sympathies go out to you and yours .

Doris Dittaro

Valerie Larson

September 18, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Auntie Chris. I always enjoyed her good sense of humor. She did some wonderful eulogies for family members over the years and was such a strong ,brave woman with a great personality. She was loved by so many.

Forch and Laurie Mauro

September 18, 2019

Our condolences to the families. Chris was such a joy everytime we crossed paths. Always caring and so full of life that brought smiles to all. Our thoughts and prayers.

Audrey Anderson

September 18, 2019

Chris’ family.

I’m so sorry for your loss of your mom and grandma. Chris was such a wonderful lady. We spent a lot of time together with various organizations for several years. I remember when Al (the Reeve) first mentioned that he asked her out and before you know it he was part of your big family. I always enjoyed having a catch up with Chris once a year or so when I visit. She sure did love people, especially her kids. Chris certainly will be missed.
With sympathy,
Audrey Anderson
Sacramento

Andrew Moulton

September 17, 2019

Sorry for your/our loss . Your Mother was a wonderful and kind person and will be missed by all.

Shannon Grant

September 17, 2019

It has been many years since I last saw my great aunt Chris. The memories I have, I will cherish. I remember her laugh clear in my head. It's a great loss to our family and friends to lose such an amazing woman. My thoughts are with all when we bow our heads to remember such a fine human being. Much love to my family.

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