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GRENON, Sister Ida Marie

June 15, 1920 – September 10, 2012

Sister Ida Marie Grenon, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis for 72 years, died at the Father Lacombe Care Centre, on Monday, September 10, 2012 at the age of 92 years.

Sister Ida was born in Dumas, Saskatchewan, completing her education as a boarder with the Sisters at St. Oliver’s School, Radville, and Notre Dame College, Wilcox, SK, while spending her summers with her family of three brothers and one sister in Manitoba.

In 1937, Ida begin her life as a Sister of Charity of St. Louis in Levis, Quebec, returning to Moose Jaw and Teacher’s College 1940. Ida loved her teaching ministry which began in Radville and continued at St. Louis College Boys’ School in Moose Jaw until 1962. During these years she continued with her own education, completing B.A. and M. Ed degrees while visiting young women interested in religious life.

From 1962 to 1969, Ida was appointed as “vocation director” for the province. She travelled many miles to personally contact young women who expressed an interest in “joining” the Louies. These visits always included the families. With her outgoing personality and her faith in God’s love, many young women were attracted to the life of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis.

Sister Ida served in community leadership in Western Canada, U.S. and Rome (1970 – 82, 1990-94) travelling to many countries as she visited the Sisters throughout the world.

Returning to W. Canada in 1988, Ida began her ministry of pastoral care in Edmonton, Regina and Moose Jaw until 2003. In Moose Jaw she offered her services as translator for our bi-lingual congregation and in 2008, Ida retired to Calgary.

In the challenges that Ida encountered, she has said “Faith in God’s ever-abiding presence in me, around me; the conviction that all things are meant to fashion me into Christ’s likeness… Faith gives meaning to all things… and God will see me through.”

Sister Ida will be lovingly remembered by the Sisters of Charity of St. Louise; her sister Irma (Carriere); brother Oliver; and her many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Ida was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ida; her step-father Henry Grenon; and her brothers, Alfred and Albert.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. John’s Convent (409 10A Street N.W.) on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W.) on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to SOFIA House, Box 37125, Regina, SK, S4S 7K4. We are very grateful to the Father Lacombe Care Centre staff, for the wonderful & loving care given to Ida and for the support offered to us and to her family .

In living memory of Sister Ida Grenon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Sister Ida Marie….my Auntie Lil…sister to my father Oliver and support to my mom Sophia and our family. Her committment to her “faith”, was an overaching principle in her life; Auntie Lil has given me inspiration in the face of adversity and confusion in my search for love and caring which eluded myself and my brothers as we grew up.

    She taught me that without faith grounded in love for one another, we may be missguided by religious doctrine.

    An Angel in disguise, Auntie Lil was full of fun. A gambler, rambler and sometimes a smoker too!

    A special lady who changed the world.

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  2. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Sister Ida.I Have fond memories of St. Louis College and Sister Ida.If you can hear me Sister,( and I know you can as you invariably heard me talking in class),thanks for everything you did for all the guys at the College.

    Garth Schuett
    St Louis College
    Class of ’62

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  3. My brother-in-law Ron Helfrick first met Sister Ida as a student at St Louis College. They remained in contact for the rest of Ron’s life, through letter writing and in person whenever they could, as each relocated about the prairie provinces. Sister Ida was of tremendous influence on Ron’s life and, once he and my sister Fran were married, on Fran’s life as well. I had the pleasure of meeting Sister Ida at their home in Moose Jaw and was very taken with this wonderful lady, little in stature but huge in character and wisdom. When my sister succumbed to cancer in 2001, Sister Ida was a great source of support for Ron. We lost Ron in 2010 but she visited and comforted Ron in his final years at Providence Place, when he was stricken with Parkinsons Disease, until she moved to Calgary. Through Ron and Fran, I came to know and respect this lovely person. I remember her well and I know she is now at peace, likely laughing and catching up with Ron and Fran. Dianne Brown, Calgary

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  4. Marlene and Richard :

    She was a very special lady. I got to know her at providence place in moose jaw.
    I cleaned her apartment and help her move from here to Regina ,a sad day
    We visited her in Regina
    I missed her very much when she left Regina
    Now I have another special angel in heaven .
    My thoughts and prayers are to her family

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  5. Sister Joseph Grenon :

    I never knew Sister Ida Marie but I am certain we are related in some way. My Uncle Henry Grenon was one my father’s 14 brothers and sisters. All were born in Canada except my Dad, Joseph Grenon, who was the youngest; he was born in Central Falls, RI. We lived in North Attleboro, MA and South Attleboro all our lives. I had two first cousins, Alfred and Albert who lived in So. Attleboro and Albert was very close to my family, my mother’s favorite. If someone reads this i would love to hear from you.
    Thank you and God bless you.
    Sister Joseph Grenon, Baltimore, MD. lspbaltimore@littlesistersofthepoor.org
    Little Sisters of the Poor

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  6. Sister Ida Marie was one of my teachers and a mentor from my early childhood. I lost track of her in the late 1970 and always thought she was in residence in Chicago, Ill. She always had a good heart and time to listen to your story. May God hold her close and protect her for ever.

    Love and miss you.
    Tom

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  7. Shirley Britton :

    Sister Ida Marie was a Godly person. She did not judge anyone. In fact, after confessing to her that my younger sister was pregnant at 16 years of age, she said, “if not for the grace of God, there go I”. As a Vocational Director, she came to our home to show my parents, pictures of the Order since i was interested in becoming a nun. She had a dynamite personality and loved to help. I miss her sincerely but i believe that we will all meet again.

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