BRASSEUR, Sister Ida 1922 2011 Sister Ida Brasseur died on September 14, 2011 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Ann in Lachine, Quebec. Funeral services were held there with Sisters and her family. Born in Fournier, Ontario, the fourth of eight children, her family instilled in her a strong faith and deep love shown in action. Even in her early years she assumed responsibilities for her siblings, helping where she could. She entered the Sisters of St. Ann in 1941 and though she wanted to teach, her cooking talents were needed. Many were the people who benefitted from that sacrifice in her years as a valiant missionary and her entire 70 years of religious life. Arriving in Alaska in 1946, Sister Ida served as cook in Holy Cross, Juneau and Copper Valley. Her regular day was preparing meals for 150 people aged 3 to 30. "The Sister in white worked wonders ". Her supplies were what could be grown, hunted or fished to supplement the yearly supplies shipped in on the Yukon River. After 25 years she came "out to the lower 48 " and took nursing courses. However, once again, the needs of her beloved Alaska called to her. In 1973 she went to Anchorage, where for 14 years she did rural ministry, traveling by small aircraft from place to place in south-central Alaska . She established a ministry of caring along with her ever present ministry of hospitality. In 1987 Sister Ida had a sabbatical, then embarked on another period of service at the Fairfield Health Centre in Victoria, training palliative care volunteers, co-ordinating pastoral service and even serving as pastor when needed. She spent her spare time in service to the Sisters and guests of Mount St. Angela where she resided. Her last years in the West were at Mount St. Angela and St. Ann's Residence; in October 2009 she returned to the Motherhouse in Lachine, where she had begun this remarkable, dedicated life in 1941. She spent her last years helping where she could, emailing her Eskimo and Indian former Alaskan students and friends, and telling stories of her Alaskan adventures. Rest in peace, SMIDA, as she is lovingly known to many. 639151
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Oct. 9, 2011