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Katherine Jane Larmand (nee Craig) – April 7, 1943 – March 19, 2016

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Katherine Jane Larmand (nee Craig) –  April 7, 1943 - March 19, 2016
Katherine Jane Larmand (nee Craig) – April 7, 1943 – March 19, 2016

In loving memory of Katherine Jane Larmand (nee Craig), age 72, who passed away peacefully in her home on March 19, 2016 from abdominal cancer.

Jane was born April 7, 1943 in Ottawa to parents Hugh and Mary (nee Greene) Craig. As a girl, Jane’s family moved to Vancouver, Grand Prairie, Kirkland Lake, and Winnipeg before returning to Port Arthur, which remained her home until she married Dennis in 1965. Jane and Dennis lived in Vermilion Bay, Dryden, Minaki, Pembroke and returned to Dryden in 1973.

Prior to marriage, Jane worked as a counsellor and water front supervisor at Camp Marygrove on Georgian Bay and as a hydro-therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Port Arthur. After marriage, Jane taught swimming, trained instructors, managed a community pool in Pembroke, worked at Davis Wood Place, Schmidt’s Florists and volunteered with water safety programmes. She served as a board member and president of Dryden Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society. Her training and volunteer experience made her a key responder during the 1988 Dryden air crash. The national Canadian Red Cross Society recognized her volunteer contributions and awarded her its Service Award Medal. She faithfully served more than 40 years as a member of the Catholic Women’s League.

No achievement gave Jane more joy than returning to St. Joseph’s School as a teacher in 1995. Prior to then, Jane worked many years as a temporary supply teacher and education assistant before pursuing a lifelong ambition to become a classroom teacher. After taking distance education courses to earn her undergraduate degree, Jane attended the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Her faith-centered devotion to the students, parents and staff of St. Joseph’s School was the most important facet of her work life.

Survived by her precious husband Dennis and children Andrew (Teryl), Jacqui Hill (Randy), Katie Ede (Kevin) and Paul (Rejeanne), grandchildren Dena, Jordan, Jeffrey, Carly, Bethany, Jacob, Joel, Chaise, Emily, Kennan, Alexander, Cameron, Shaydin, Myah, great-grandchildren Jaida and Axel, siblings Elspeth (Michael) Southon, Larry (Susan) Craig and Susan Craig, cousins Tommy Petrie and Cathy Burnett-Greene and many treasured nieces and nephews. Of her countless dear friends all were very special to her, particularly Bernice Campeau, Wendy Kennedy, Gail Hall and Liz Schmidt.

The family is immensely thankful and appreciative for the care and support provided by Andrea Emisch, Denise Savinac, Sue Wood, Wendy Lizzi, Doris Skillen, Dona Hoover, Robbie Brannon, and the excellent care of staff at Dryden Regional Heath Centre and Drs. Rabbat and Viherjoki. Most incredible through her illness has been the outpouring of love and prayers from the students and staff of St. Joseph’s School and the entire Dryden community.

A Memoial Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Alan Campeau officiating.  Visitation was held Tuesday, March 22nd in the Moffat Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m with prayers to be recited at 4:00 p.m. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to Canadian Red Cross or DRHC Foundation through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at www.stevensfuneralhomes.ca

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