Cairine Bertha Inga Budner
1930 - 2018
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It is with saddened hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Cairine Bertha Inga Budner (Beck) on January 14, 2018. Our wife & mother, a resident of Pioneer Ridge Nursing Home, just short of her 88th birthday. Mom was a life long resident of Thunder Bay. She was born in her grandmother's home in Fort William, January 29, 1930. She grew up in Port Arthur but did spent a few of her childhood years in Beardmore during the mining boom, where her parents briefly relocated their growing Electrical Business ( Beck Electric ). Cairine (who would often tell you she was named after Canada's first Female Senator Cairine Wilson) attended Cornwall Public School & Port Arthur Collegiate. Her summers were regularly spent with her brother & cousins at the family homestead in Kaministiqua. She was deeply involved in the Finnish community growing up. She loved participating in sports & cultural events, particularly gymnastics and theatrical productions as part of the Nahjus Athletic Club at the Big Finn Hall. The Finn Hall played a prominent role through out Cairine's life. It is where she met Ed at a Saturday night dance and it was there where they were married in August of 1950. Cairine was an active member of the A.C.E. Bowling Club during the 50's & 60's holding various positions in the executive during those years. Mom's love of Gymnastics continued into her adult years. She organized grass roots programs in gymnastics fundamentals at community centres and school gymnasiums, where she shared her talents, skills and passion for the sport. With these programs flourishing and interest in gymnastics continuing to grow in the community, she moved forward - with support from the Ontario Gymnastic Federation and members of the educational community like Ted Murphy & John Clark - to form the Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association. Cairine served as the Head Coach of the club for many years. TBGA continued to grow attracting coaches to Thunder Bay from across the country. After years of active coaching Cairine transitioned to Head Judge, allowing her to continue to be involved with gymnastics for many more years. We are proud to know that the Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association continues to provide outstanding programs for the youth of this community to this day. During the time Cairine was attaining and developing her competitive gymnastics coaching and judging qualifications, she was offered a position as a substitute teacher with the Lakehead Board of Education. Mrs. Budner enjoyed term contracts and many supply teaching positions as a Girls' Physical Education Teacher at Hillcrest & various other high schools from 1962 to 1969. From the 70's through the early 2000's, mom took her characteristic energy & enthusiasm to the Finnish Canadian Historical Society. Cairine served in many roles & positions within the organization over that time, arranging and attending meetings, doing research, conducting interviews and transcribing recordings. She meticulously organized and collated the information she collected for her contributions to the publishing of 4 books on the Finnish Settlements, Culture, Business and Sport in the Thunder Bay area. In her retirement years, Cairine (often accompanied by Ed) traveled extensively, including trips to Finland, Germany and other parts of Europe - as well as Hawaii and a Caribbean Cruise. Mom & Dad also bought a motor home and tripped all over North America. A great many of those trips were enhanced by the addition of her daughter Trudy and family. Mom always enjoyed meeting people & seeing new places. She was always ready to spark up a conversation with someone new, or suggest a detour to check out a new destination in their travels. Aiti, as Cairine was lovingly called by her grandchildren, held a special place in her heart for each one of them. Her home was always a welcoming place we could drop by for a surprise visit. We knew that Aiti was always ready to stop what she was doing and welcome us with a broad smile, many hugs and an endless supply of amazing snacks and meals. The best part of sleepovers for the grandchildren was the morning time snuggles with Aiti while Grampa made Finn Pancakes. Mom loved to be busy and active. If not cooking, cleaning or looking after dad, she could be found outside happily tending her flowers and plants. She took great pride in her gardens and just loved to be out "puttering in the yard". Alzheimer's affected mom in her later years, and we were fortunate to be able to help her and dad move into Glacier Ridge Retirement Residence and later moved mom herself into Pioneer Ridge Nursing Home. It was extremely heartwarming for us to see how wonderfully happy mom was at both places. She spent her days sharing her many stories, enjoying visiting with her lady friends and participating in the daily fitness classes. She particularly enjoyed the music and entertainment provided by both of these amazing organizations. Mom actually told us she was living at a posh seaside resort during many of our conversations. Mom's contagious enthusiasm, never ending energy and positive outlook on life (no matter what or who she had to endure) was the greatest example in our lives. She always looked for the good in people and situations, and made the very best of it all. She was our role model, our mentor & our mother. Cairine is survived by her Husband of 67 years Ed Budner, 3 Children: David (Janie - Andrew, Brady, Dustin & Katie); Randy (Lorraine Campbell - Andréa, Allison & Jeff); and Trudy (Michael Palanica - Stacy, Ashly & Michel). Cousins: Beverley Bushby (Norman); Doug Adams (Barbara); Dorothy Wilen. and 7 great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her mother: Bertha Beck, her father: Hans Beck, her brother: Richard Beck, her aunt: Rachael Adams, cousins: Hale Beck and Ronald Wilen. Cremation has taken place. Interment and a family celebration of Cairine Budner's life will be held at a later date. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Glacier Ridge Retirement Residence and Pioneer Ridge Retirement Home for the loving care they showed to mom. If friends so desire - in lieu of flowers, donations to the Cairine Budner Scholarship Trust Fund at the Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. Kindly contact TBGA for details.


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Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Jan. 20, 2018.
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January 23, 2018
Mrs. Budner was an amazing lady. She was my first introductory instructor in gymnastics at the old Gron Morgan Highschool in about 1968. She nurtured that and I will always be thankful for her encouragement and guidance. Sincere condolences to the Budner family.
Teri Groulx
January 22, 2018
So sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful lady. As a neighbour growing up next door Cairine always had a kind word to say and always would smile when we said hello. She will be sadly missed...
Brian and Mary Roy
January 22, 2018
Randy and Lorraine, so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. I can see such a strong resemblance of you in your Mom!
Bev and Fred Swazey
January 22, 2018
Ed and Family: Please accept our sincere condolences. Over the many years we have had great memories of Cairine through our Nahjus gymnastic adventures! We shall cherish these memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Arline and Family
Arline Wilson
January 20, 2018
My condolences on the loss of your mom Dave and Janie and Andrew. Hugs and prayers to you.
Sandra Kuzyk
January 20, 2018
Randy and family, our condolences for the loss of your loved one.
Mimmo and Linda Gallo
Mimmo Gallo
January 20, 2018
We will remember her as a beautiful, kind, happy, talented and amazing woman. She touched the lives of many and will live on in her family .
Barb & Bob McFarlane
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