In Memory of



Obituary for Dee Sanders

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Nadia “Dee” Sanders announces the passing of their dearest love, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. Dee was born April 28th, 1973, in Toronto, ON to her parents Bill and Dianne (Rean)(deceased) Katcher. She had two siblings, Penny (deceased) and Jamie (Rosie), two children, Savannah (Tanner) and Nathan (Jamey), and grandson (William). Aunts, uncles, and cousins scattered all over Canada make up the rest of the family she loved with all her heart.

After a long-standing health battle, Dee, age 49, succumbed to her illnesses November 6th at 11:25pm in Thunder Bay Regional Science Center, surrounded by her loved ones. Dee’s fiancé (Andrew) stood by her side through the whole journey, not just supporting her, but her family and friends as well. He was her entire world and, we all know she would not have made it as far as she had without him by her side.

Dee will forever be remembered for the love that she had for her family, her love of music, and for her the colour purple for which she was known for. To Dee, family was everything to her, especially her two kids Savannah, and Nathan. Dee was the type of person who would accept anyone into her family and love them like they were her own. Jamey (Nathan) was one of those people. To Dee, she was her daughter-no questions asked. Her love of music was passed down to her children who even started his own band. The boys in that band became like sons to Dee. With all of that said, anyone who knew Dee knew that she had a heart that could not be matched. Her love went past humans and extended to the numerous dogs she had adopted over the years. She loved each dog as she did her children and often referred to them as her “fur- babies”.

Timbers Community Church in Dryden, ON helped Dee back on her path towards God and welcomed her with open arms. From the music to people, she felt completely accepted and loved there. Dee built loving relationships with new people there, and those relationships helped to build a brighter future for her. Of course, she always had to have her ice cream after church on Sundays. Dee clung to her faith during her most challenging days, particularly Psalm 23, which her loving fiancé read to her during her passing.

On behalf of Dee Sanders, we would like to thank the staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 3C ICU for everything that you did. There are no words for the appreciation that we feel for everything that you did for Dee and for us. We know Dee would also like to thank her Timbers family for all the love and support that you have shown throughout Dee throughout her time with you.

We want to thank the staff at St. Joe’s Hospital for the continuous care given to Dee during her long, hard journey.

Dee’s funeral will be held on Friday, November 11th at 2pm at Sargent and Sons Funeral Chapel- 21 Court St North. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.