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Green Funeral Home

600 Reid Ave, Fort Frances, ON

OBITUARY

Delores Eyolfson

January 3, 1934January 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Delores Eyolfson announces her sudden passing on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at the LaVerendrye General Hospital. Delores was born on January 3, 1934 at Couchiching First Nation to Arthur Sr. and Matilda (Morrisseau) Lee, and was raised at Bear’s Pass. She completed her elementary education by correspondence and attended high school in Minneapolis and Fort Frances. As a young woman she worked for several tourist camps, and as a secretary and home care worker, before joining the LaVerendrye Hospital RNA Program. Upon graduating in 1960, Delores purchased a Viking speedboat from Eaton’s in order to get home to Bear’s Pass on her days off in the summer as there was no road at the time. Not long after another Viking entered her life, Orville Eyolfson, and they were married on August 14, 1965. Delores worked in nursing at LaVerendrye Hospital for several years before joining the staff at Rainycrest, where she retired from in 1994. In 1989, Delores and Orville moved from Fort Frances to Bear’s Pass. Delores loved to be at the lake, spending time with Orville, fishing and hunting, and entertaining family and friends at her home. Her walleye dinners and wild rice casseroles were enjoyed by many. She also enjoyed crocheting, quilting, curling, participating in fundraising activities for the Halkirk fire hall, and was a member of the Royal Purple. Delores enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends, spending time in the southern U.S. in winter months in her retirement, and greatly enjoyed a trip to Iceland with her husband and son in 2003. She leaves behind her husband Orville; son Brian (Sean Anderson) of Toronto; sisters-in-law Joanne Lee of International Falls, Rita Lee of Winnipeg and Donna Hope of Beausejour, MB; brothers-in-law Gerald Eyolfson of Pine Falls, MB, John (Henriette) Eyolfson of Thunder Bay and Dennis (Elizabeth) Eyolfson of Minneapolis, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Delores was predeceased by her parents Arthur and Matilida; in-laws Harold and Marion Eyolfson; siblings Dorothy Storey, Hazel Struve, Reuben Lee, Art Lee, Lucille Prymak, Ronnie Lee, Everett (Poncho) Lee, Marilyn Strand and Florence Ogden; sister-in-law Connie Eyolfson and brother-in-law Bob Hope; and nephew, Brent Ogden. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in the spring or summer of 2020. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Alzheimers Society in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3M8. Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

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Kim Kilgour

January 15, 2020

I knew Delores as "Brian's mom" throughout most of the 80's and have many fond memories made while enjoying her generous hospitality.

What stood out the most was the love she had for her boy... A mother's devotion is a hard thing to lose.

I wil be praying for Brian and Orville as they grieve this loss. May the memories and the love of friends and family be a great comfort to them in the days to come.

Love, Kim

Ena Chadha

January 14, 2020

I only met Mrs. Eyolfson a few times, but on each occasion I was left with the feeling that I had been in the presence of a vibrant and strong spirit and a vivacious soul. I love Brian like a brother and will always be grateful for her (and Orville) raising such an incredible man full of integrity and compassion. Thank you for touching our lives with such love and energy. Ena

Julie Byzewski

January 14, 2020

My fondest memories of my Autie Dee all seem to be "up the lake" at Granpa Lee's: trying ( when Gradma Lee and the rest of the world had resigned in despair) to teach me to knit( it didn't work but it was an heroic attempt); looking through old school texts, especially the readers together, that spun fascinating tales: I liked the one about "The Happy Prince" and my kid sister Alma delighted in the brilliant scheme of pair of resourceful pioneer lasses who used their hoopskirts to capture partrdges for dinner. Auntie Dee's memorable comment, "Why were they wearing those steel cages on the prairie?"
Our redoubtable aunt also winked at literature he knew our mom, her big sister Dorothy, would disapprove-- something called "True
Confessions", which was about as easy as an "Archie" comic.
But the Day of Days was when her--and Uncle Orville's, I believe--sleek new boat, as "mod" as a technicolour ad, arrived. It was gorgeous and it was fiberglass, a "Space Age" material, cousin Doug later informed me.
The boat rides were just great fun.
In time, Auntie Dee became And Delores..and finally simply Delores...to me. I cared for Brian when she worked and we discussed the affairs of he world over coffee. When my own mother had to work, we went to mass together. We became friends and that is what I cherish most.
Goodbye, Delores, my dear Aunt and wonderful friend.
With All My Love and Alma's, too.
Julie Byzewski.

Constance Hansenberger

January 14, 2020

Brian and Family

Sending my deepest condolences to you and the family. Mom's are difficult to lose. We only lose the physical of our mom, so it is ok to be sad, to cry. The beautiful thing is that her spirit will live on. She will come to your dreams, she will fill your heart with purest love. You will know when she visits you.
Blessed you all were to have such a strong Nishnawbe Kwe.
Respectfuly
Connie Hansenberger

Connie Hansenberger

January 14, 2020

Brian and Family

The hardest thing is life is letting go of the physical body. It is ok for us to be sad and to cry during this time as we will never to physically see her again. The beautiful thing about what happens is she shows up in your dreams and fills your heart and spirit with pure love. It truly is a feeling of pureness. Mom's will always send reminders that she is and always will be around.
My deepest condolences to you and the family
Respectfully
Connie Hansenberger

Janet Smith

January 14, 2020

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and through us, they live on. No one can fill the void created by the loss of your Mother. May fond memories bring you comfort during this hard time. We are deeply saddened by your loss, may our prayers guide her to the Creator. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. At this difficult time in your life, we pray that The Creator will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. Please accept our heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now. Janet and Barry Smith - Sault Ste. Marie

Bobbi-Jo Virtue

January 14, 2020

My condolences to the beautiful family.

Brian, it sounds like your Mom had a full life and that she loved life and lived it exactly how she wanted to. She was confident, courageous, and determined and it’s no surprise that her legacy lives on in you.

A life well lived.

She would be proud of you and all that you have become.

I wish you and your loved ones peace and beautiful experiences my friend.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY