Name: Bertha Christina CHRISTIANSON
Given Name: Bertha Christina
Death: 21 Dec 1996 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Burial: 24 Dec 1996 Elm View Cemetery, Sheguiandah Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Change Date: 5 Oct 2015 at 21:03
BERTHA CHRISTINA "BERT" (CHRISTIANSON) FERGUSON
FERGUSON (Christianson), Bertha Christina "Bert" - at Manitoulin Health Centre on Saturday, December 21, 1996. Bertha Christina "Bert" Ferguson (nee Christianson) of Sheguiandah in her 81st year. Beloved wife of Jim Ferguson; loving mother of Jim and wife Linda of Sheguiandah, and Georgina and husband Terry Hari of Thunder Bay. Fondly remembered by grandchildren Jim Jr. and Kirsten David. Dear sister of Julie Francis of Keewatin, Ontario. Predeceased by Julius Christianson, Sigurd Bjarneson, Magdalene Deverell and Daphne Husband. Until recently Bertha and husband Jim spent many summers at Ferguson Outfitting store in McGregor Bay. Services were held in Sheguiandah United Church on Tuesday, December 24, 1996 with Reverend Bruce Toombs officiating. Cremation with interment in Elmview Cemetery. Donations to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated.
Bertha Ferguson was prominent local businesswoman
Sheguiandah-Bertha (Bert) Ferguson of Sheguiandah passed away on December 21, 1996, peacefully at her home in Sheguiandah. Bert was in her 82nd year and although the Island was not her original home, it truly was her chosen home for more than 50 years in the same house, the old Anglican manse in Sheguiandah.
Bert was of Icelandic/ Norwegian heritage and grew up in Keewatin, Ontario, where she completed her matriculation with highest honours. Teaching was to become her first career and Northern Ontario became one of her first teaching locations. It was in Kirkland Lake that she was to meet "a young Islander" who would be responsible for shaping her future destiny, to be a "Manitouliner".
World War II delayed the move to her new home and their future seemed precarious, but they managed to overcome this obstacle. Bert gave up her teaching career, joined Jim at his posting in Newfoundland and it was there they married in 1943, a marriage was to last for over 53 years.
With the end of the war, they moved to Manitoulin and purchased the general store in Sheguiandah with Jim's brothers, Jack and Russ. Bert became the sole proprietor as the menfolk worked at outside jobs. She was to remain a retailer for many years and became a working mother long before working moms were the norm. She was very adept at balancing both family and a career.
Community participation was also very important and Bert was active in building the Sheguiandah Arena, the United Church Women's Group, the local figure skating club and the curling club. She also had a keen interest in drama and became one of the founding members of the local Sheguiandah Drama Club. She enjoyed many hours with this group and they received many awards for their productions.
The year 1954 saw a family move to McGregor Bay where she and husband Jim established Ferguson's General store, Tourist Outfitters and Post Office. A strong sense of business, a pleasant personality and a reputation for honesty enabled Bert, along with her husband to run an extremely successful business operation which they were to operate for many years until retirement in 1980.
Retirement brought many changes and opportunities, but mainly an opportunity to become a full-time Grandma. Her grandchildren were truly a source of joy and she spent many happy hours with them.
Travel was always a delight for Bert and though she and Jim journeyed to many places, Florida was to be their chosen winter home for many years.
Bert will be missed by many, not only her family but her friends and acquaintances. She was a confidant to many, always ready to listen and help, and true solace for those in need over the years.
Bert is survived by her husband Jim, her children Georgina (husband Terry), son Jim (wife Linda), grandchildren Kirsten and Jim Jr., sister Julie, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Julius and Sarah Christianson, brothers Julius and Sigurd, and sisters Mulla and Daphne.
James Walter FERGUSON b: 1919
13 Jul 1943
in Newfoundland, Canada
The family of / Jim and Bert Ferguson / invite you to join us / in celebrating their / 50th Wedding Anniversary / (July 13, 1943 - July 13, 1993) / at their residence / in Sheguiandah / on Sunday, July 18, 1993 / between / 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm / Best Wishes Only //
Manitoulin Expositor, Wednesday, September 8, 1993
50th wedding anniversary celebrated
SHEGUIANDAH - Jim and Bertha Ferguson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their residence in Sheguiandah on July 18 at a reception hosted by their family, son Jim, wife Linda, daughter Georgie, husband Terry and their two grandchildren Jimmy and Kirsten.
Jim and Bertha were married on July 13, 1943 in Newfoundland. Friends and relatives from Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Kenora, Guelph, Thunder Bay, McGregor Bay, as well as the Island, joined in the celebration of this memorable occasion.
The Fergusons owned and operated Ferguson's in McGregor Bay for many years prior to their retirement in 1980. They now enjoy winters in Florida and return to the Island for the summer season.
- Change Date:
1 Jul 2009
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