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McCOSHEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-16 published
Wife, mother, grandmother, community supporter. Born November 28, 1925, in Île du Grand Calumet, Quebec Died October 14, 2007, in Sudbury, Ontario, of a stroke, aged 81.
Doris went through life with the full force of her fiery red hair. She was mischievous and independent; to the consternation of her siblings, she always came out "smelling like a rose."
She was born Doris McCOSHEN to parents Irene and Gerald. The family, including Doris's two brothers and three sisters, moved during the Depression to Sudbury, where Gerald took a job in the mining industry.
Doris decided not to go to high school, instead taking a job at a laundromat. In 1945, she met Wilfred DESJARDINS, a friend of her brothers. They married on Christmas Day, 1947. They were together for almost 57 years, until Wilfred's death in 2004.
Wilfred had quit school at 16 and lied about his age to begin working in the mines for Inco, eventually becoming a shift manager. His and Doris's lives around the mines were based on building a strong family and a close-knit community.
Although money was tight at times, Doris encouraged her children - Beverly, Brian, Lorraine and James - in their education and hobbies. As a committee member at the local playground, she made sure the community's facilities were taken care of and that there were plenty of activities for area children. While team sports were common for boys, Doris bemoaned the lack of activities for girls. So when she found out about a new hockey-like sport called ringette, she was the first to offer it at the playground in the winter of 1963. She became the first coach of the first organized ringette team in Canada.
Doris was always willing to help others. She was a member of her church's Catholic Women's League for more than 25 years and she delivered Meals on Wheels, having learned to drive at 45, when she and Wilfred bought their first car.
As the couple aged, they bought a trailer site at a camp outside the city. Doris's children and grandchildren have fond memories of 25 summers of swimming, playing and cooking over an open fire.
Even after a quadruple bypass and a stroke that left her nearly blind in one eye, Doris - lovingly known as Nan, Nana and Queenie - continued to be an avid spectator at her grandchildren's sports tournaments, dance competitions and theatre performances. She taught all who were interested how to cook sugar pies, butter tarts and pickles.
When her children were cleaning her house after she passed away, they found wishbones hanging over the kitchen sink. There were nine, one for each of her grandchildren. Doris's joking and her independent spirit will be missed, but her joy and best wishes remain.
Amy COULTERMAN is Doris's granddaughter.

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McCOSKEY 2008-04-05 published
WIESE, Eleanor
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Hospital on Thursday, April 3, 2008, Eleanor, in her 82nd year, just Nonee to so many. Dear wife of the late Joseph WIESE. Loving mother of Kate VIRTUE (Jim). Doting grandmother to Casey, Kevin, Jordan and Tessa. Dear sister of Mary EDGAR, Helen McCOSKEY, Rita BAYLEY, Veronica DOYLE and Angela VERHELLE. Predeceased by her brother Peter McCORMICK and sister Mildred STONE. Visitors will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, Richmond and Dufferin Streets, on Monday morning at 9: 30 o'clock. Private interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery. Catholic Women's League prayers Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Make a Wish Foundation would be appreciated.

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