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On Saturday, February 12, 2011, at the age of 101, we said good-bye to our beautiful mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and treasured friend, Asta Isaksen.

Born in 1909 in Silkeborg, Denmark to Peter and (Marie) Sofia Friberg where she lived until the family immigrated to Pass Lake when she was 17. Asta moved to Thunder Bay to work within the Crook's family home and later at McNulty's clothing store. She caught the heart of another Pass Lake pioneer Niels Isaksen and they married in 1937.

Asta and Niels resided in Pass Lake where family, farming, church and community were their passions.

Always a hard working and bright woman, Asta always had lovely flower gardens, hosted many scrabble games, tea parties with friends and children stopping by for fun and her never ending cookies. In 2005 she moved to town and found permanent residence at Pinewood Court Long Term Care.

Asta's pride was her family, son James (Marlene), her granddaughters Carrie ('72-89), Christie (Ryan) Hartley and Cathie (Derek DiBlasio), her great grandchildren Joshua, Kamryn, Kyle Hartley, Anthony and Kiira DiBlasio. She also shared a special bond with many of her nieces and nephews, loving them as her own.

She was very loved and will be greatly missed.

We would like to thank Ellen and Peter for helping immediate family sit by her side in the last week, the amazing care and love of the Pinewood Court staff, to Jim and Richard for coming with music to share in her room and a special thank you to Josh and Kamryn for singing and saying prayers with her in her last hours.

A celebration of Asta's life will be held on March 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. as we await the arrival of out of town family. Due to the recent passing of her sister Olga, the service shall be combined on their behalf.

Donations in Asta's name to Salem Lutheran Church - Pass Lake, or Salem Lutheran Church's Cemetery would be greatly appreciated.

Everest Funeral Chapel, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma in care of arrangements.

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