Josephine Rita SHIGWADJA

Female 1927 - 2003  (76 years)


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  • Name Josephine Rita SHIGWADJA 
    Born 1927  Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 May 2003  Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 27 May 2003  Whispering Pines Cemetery, M'chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I64014  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 22 May 2020 

    Father Frank OLIVER,   b. Abt 1899,   d. 21 Nov 1988, Little Current, Howland Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Mother Mary SHIGWADJA,   b. Abt 1905,   d. Bef Oct 2011  (Age ~ 106 years) 
    Family ID F21408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jerome Anthony DEBASSIGE,   b. 1918,   d. 8 Aug 1990, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1960  Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Gail Mary Lou DEBASSIGE,   b. 24 Sep 1956, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1967, West Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F20664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Obituary, Manitoulin Expositor, June 11, 2003
      JOSEPHINE RITA (SHIGWADJA) DEBASSIGE
      Josephine Debassige, a resident of Wikwemikong died at the Wikwemikong Nursing Home on Friday May 23, 2003 at the age of 76 years.
      Josephine was born at Wikwemikong, daughter of the late Mary Shigwadja. She retired after 22 years of working at the Band Office as a custodian and was a member of the West Bay Gospel Fellowship Church in M'Chigeeng. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, gardening and going to yard sales. Her family will miss her great sense of humour and the many cherished memories.
      Beloved wife of the late Jerome A. Debassige (1990). Loving and loved mother of Donna Debassige, Toronto, Sharon Debassige (partner Ron), M'Chigeeng, Gail Debassige (predeceased 1967), Brenda Debassige (partner Rocco), Guelph, Peter Debassige (partner Lydia) M'Chigeeng and Denise Debassige (partner Taylor), M'Chigeeng. Proud grandmother of Karen, Melanie, Mark, Marko, Nancy, Teague, Kristin, Carly, Olivia and Peter Jr. Dear great-grandmother of Luis, Kayla and Dean. Dearly loved sister of Rose Roy, Alice Jocko, Elizabeth Jocko and the Kaboni Family of Wikwemikong. Predeceased by brother Franklin and sister Mary Louise. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
      Friends called Josephine's home in M'Chigeeng on Saturday May 24, 2003. The funeral service was held from the Mindemoya Missionary Church on Tuesday May 27, 2003 with Pastor Richard Williams officiating. Interment Whispering Pines Cemetery in M'Chigeeng. Culgin Funeral Home.

      Memoriam, Manitoulin Expositor, May 19, 2004
      DEBASSIGE, Josephine R.--In loving memory of Josephine R. Debassige (nee Shigwadja) who passed away on May 23, 2003.
      How many times did you struggle in life,
      To take care of your children in spite of the strife.
      You sacrificed yourself to provide for us all,
      Never complaining - you stood very tall.
      We daydreamed of riches so we could build you a home,
      And a heavenly garden of your very own,
      With roses and arbors and a waterfall too.
      Oh, how we did wish we could have done this for you.
      You now have a mansion on streets paved with gold,
      No pain and sorrow...feeling young and not old.
      We couldn't have asked for a more loving mother,
      Who gave so unselfishly...like no other.
      We will miss you so very much through the years,
      And at holiday time we will shed many tears.
      We know where you are mom, you're up there with Jesus,
      Who never forsakes us and never will leave us.
      He will comfort us now as we miss your soft touch,
      For He knows how much we loved you...oh so very much.
      Be happy there mom, and don't worry about us.
      We will help each other - without making a fuss.
      We will be okay mom...we will see you again soon,
      Up there in heaven...only He knows when.
      Love you forever, Denise.

      Memoriam, Manitoulin Expositor, May 26, 2004
      DEBASSIGE, Josephine--In loving memory of my dear mother and friend Josephine Debassige whom God called home on May 23, 2003.
      Those we love don't go away,
      They walk beside us everyday.
      Unseen, unheard, but always near,
      Still loved, still missed and very dear.
      Just as you were you wil allways be,
      That wonderful loving mother that God gave me.
      Someday mom,and only God knows when
      We'll be together again .
      In our Father's home above
      Where we'll thank him for His mrecy
      And praise him for his love!
      Sadly missed and loving you forever, Brenda and Roc, OXO.