Passed away peacefully at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, London with her family by her side on Monday, August 14, 2023 at the age of 91. Beloved wife for 51 years of the late Gerald Whidden. Proud mother of Linda, Bruce (Lesley), and Harvey. Loving grandmother to Heather; Adam, Christopher, David; Dylan, and Erin and great-grandmother to Ava, and Ashton. Dear sister of Reneè, Carmen and sister-in-law of Leo, Amy, Edna, and Ernest. Predeceased by her parents Ovila and Yvonne (Morin) Fredette, siblings, Jacqueline, Fernand, Jeannine, and Diane, sister-in-law Velma, and her parents-in-law Robie and Annie Whidden.
Born June 12th, 1932 in Quebec City Gisele moved at an early age with her family to Sherbrooke, Quebec. After she married Gerald Whidden, she moved to Sudbury, Ontario. Gisele loved to knit, sew, do crafts, and pick wild blueberries that she turned into jam and pies. Her freezer was always well stocked with ice cream and home baked goodies. She was an active member of her church, making banners, helping with the church bazaar and a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Gisele was also an active member throughout her community, which include organizing fundraisers for playgrounds, helping neighbours, and lunch room monitoring at local schools.
Gisele will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her front door was always open, and neighbors would drop in for early morning coffee to share a laugh or help her pin or rip out her many sewing projects. Special thank you to the Nurses and PSWs at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, London, Marian Villa Third Floor, for the loving care and support they provided to Gisele.
In keeping with Gisele’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Saint-Philippe de Windsor Cemetery, Windsor, QC. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation & Celebrations, Arva (519-963-4003).
In lieu of flowers donations to your local Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.