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Wilda Wedgerfield



Wilda Wedgerfield
June 6, 1939 – May 22, 2024
Wilda Wedgerfield, esteemed nurse, beloved daughter, and cherished aunt, passed away peacefully in Thunder Bay on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at the age of 84. Born in Killarney, Ontario, Wilda's life was marked by her dedication to service, her deep faith, and her love for family and friends.

A proud graduate of Lakehead University’s nursing program, and Bachelor of Business Administration program, Wilda began her illustrious career as a pediatric nurse, touching countless young lives with her compassion and skill. Her journey in healthcare led her to Vegreville, Alberta, where she served successfully as a hospital administrator for many years, demonstrating strong leadership in a field traditionally dominated by men.

Wilda was a trailblazer, a strong and fiercely independent woman who set a remarkable example for young nurses, administrators, and female family members. She was a leader, a pioneer in her field, and was unafraid to embrace new experiences. Wilda maintained special bonds with many, especially her peers from nursing school, who held a unique place in her heart, meeting regularly to connect and commiserate.

Wilda's life was a testament to her unwavering faith and commitment to serving others. She answered a higher calling as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie, dedicating many years to supporting God's work and spreading the Good News.

Upon retirement, Wilda was working in the Northwest Territories and chose to return to Thunder Bay, finding joy in caring for her mother, Edna, until her passing on September 26, 2017. Wilda cherished her role as a great aunt aka a third grandma to Kieran and Abi, filling their days with candle making, baking, and adventurous sleepovers with her and their great-grandmother, fondly known as Gramflakes.

A highlight of Wilda's retirement was planning a memorable bucket list trip to Ireland, fulfilling her and her mother Edna's lifelong dream of visiting the Emerald Isle, even with Edna in her 90s.

Wilda was predeceased by her Father and Mother, Frank and Edna Wedgerfield, and her brother Bill Wedgerfield. She is survived by her brother Harry Wedgerfield and numerous nieces and nephews, Jason Wedgerfield, Andrea Mulligan, Jamie Wedegerfield and Meghan Wedgerfield, as well as many great nieces and nephews.

Wilda’s family would like to thank all her caregivers at The Walford and Southbridge Roseview for their excellent care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony's R.C. Church on Thursday, May 30th at 10:00am presided by Father Luigi Filippini. Reception to follow at Sleeping Giant Brewing Company located at 712 Macdonell St. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church, honouring Wilda's deep faith and lifelong commitment to service.

Wilda Wedgerfield will be deeply missed, but fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her legacy of love, service, and faith will continue to inspire those she leaves behind.

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