Lucy Pitawanakwat

Died: Fri., Mar. 9, 2018

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Lucy Pitawanakwat (nee Animikwaam) "The Water Woman"
April 23, 1930 - March 9, 2018

A resident of Wiikwemkoong. Died peacefully  at the age of 87. Predeceased by her husband Valentine (1994). Daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Animikwaam (nee Manitowabi). Sister of Dorothy, Helen and Elizabeth all predeceased. Beloved mother of Cecilia, Shirley, Dennis, Douglas, Gerard, Yvonne, Rita and Michael. Predeceased by son Hubert and daughter Marilyn. Survived by 41 Grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Predeceased by one grandchild Steve. Survived by the Trudeau and Jackson families, godchildren, nieces and nephews. Lucy grew up in the farming community on Rabbit Island during the depression. Self survival was crucial in that era. Upon her marriage to Valentine after World War II, they raised their children on a farm she grew up on. Food had to be had so she was always gardening, raising farm animals, bartering and helping families with hairstyling. She  learned music from her father and played the fiddle, guitar, piano and some crazy tunes on the comb. She was very versatile and also knitted sweaters for retail stores. An entrepreneur of many personnal care products. She made birch bark quill crafts, moccasins and quilts. In her later years she performed at the Debajehmujig Theatre. She was one of the first workers Wikwemikong Nursing Home and later worked for the Wikwemikong Board of Education as a custodian. Her favourite activities were reading the bible and doing word puzzles. Family and friends will gather at St. Ignatius Church in Buzwah for visitation on Sunday, March 11th from 1 PM. Funeral services will be at the Holy Cross Mission Church on Tuesday, March 13th at 11 AM.  Burial will be at Upper Cemetery. Donations to the St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre would be greatly appreciated.  Island Funeral Home can only accept cheques for all charitable donations.

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Doug McCarthy, S.J.
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
Dear Cecilia,
I was so sorry to hear of your mother's death. What a strong and positive presence she was in the community. I am sure she will be missed. I will offer a Mass for her and keep you and your family in my prayers. Yours, Doug

Sandy Wabegijig
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018
My sincerest condolences to Cecilia and family on the loss of your dear mother. May all the beautiful memories you have of her comfort you in your sorrow. She was a beautiful woman inside and out, rest in peace Mrs. Pitwanakwat. Sandy

Rita Manitowabi
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
I will Miss you mum, have a good journey.

Catherine Trudeau
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Will truly miss this wonderful Auntie and am so thankful that I have such great memories to cherish and there were many!!!!! Chimar

   Posted Fri March 16, 2018
Please accept my condolences. I did not know Lucy long as I met her at St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre. I spent dinners with her because she was at the same table as my mom. She was the sweetest woman who I was able to help out with her meal and drinks. I was crestfallen when I found out she had passed. She had something about her that made you love her on the spot.

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