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.Print This Obituary & Condolences