Greta Sacek

Greta Sacek

Tuesday, June 26th, 1962 Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for Greta Myra Sacek

Greta Myra Sacek (Gustafson)

Greta Myra Sacek (Gustafson), age 58, passed away peacefully on November 3rd surrounded by her beloved family after a valiant battle with brain cancer. She fought this disease with resilience, strength, and courage and will always be our hero.

Besides her husband, John, Greta is survived by two children whom she adored: her daughter, Chelsea (Howard Ip) and son Aaron (Kinsey Tanzola), and her fur friend Tai. Her children were her pride and joy and she cherished them as gifts from God. She is also survived by her four heartbroken sisters, Alison Uliana, Cheryl Berst, Sandra Olsen, and Geraldine Cullingham, as well as their families.

Above all else, nurturing her family was Greta’s life force. She championed their presence and accomplishments, and by her own example of unconditional love, hard work, tenacity and strength, leaves a lasting legacy.
One of Greta’s greatest life accomplishments was completing the Nursing Program (Confederation College) in 1982. She was proud to be a Registered Nurse and an unsung angel providing exemplary bedside care from the moment she began her career at McKellar Hospital and later Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. She cared for many patients over her 38 year career in many areas including medical care (4 South), cardiac care (2C), ambulatory care, and then in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. She was well respected and valued by patients, families, coworkers, and physicians for her outstanding care. Her compassion for patients and their families was admirable.

She was an amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother, and aunt, a good listener, kind, and a trustworthy and loyal friend, especially to her baby sister and best friend Alison. She loved to walk, garden, golf, watch her family participate in ice racing, watch her daughter through many years of figure skating, watch her son at his hockey and football games, and travel. In the past year, after her diagnosis and sudden pause to an outstanding nursing career, she cherished her wish list of memories with a special family trip to the Maritimes and a sister trip with Alison to British Columbia.

Greta was predeceased by her parents, Marya and Gerald Gustafson. She provided exceptional care to both of her parents during their elder years and always ensured that they were cared for with kindness and empathy. She was the daughter who followed up the healthcare workers’ tasks to ensure that things were done just “right” according to her own caregiver standards.

Greta was a proud member of the Ontario Nurses Association where she took on leadership roles including union steward and also a member of the Catholic Women’s League. Her strong faith was always encouraging to others.

Special thanks to those who have been on this journey with us from Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre: Dr Haq, Dr Marchuk, Neuro Recovery nurses, the Diagnostic Imaging staff, and the Cancer Center staff.
St Elizabeth nurses for their care and compassion, PSWs from Paramed, and the “Nurse Next Door”, special thanks to Linda Roussel from the LHIN for her support

Cremation has taken place, Visitation will be held for family and friends on Monday, November 9, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Sargent and Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. A private church service for family only, will be held, with private interment to follow. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation (Northern Cardiac Fund or Northern Cancer Fund). Online condolences may be made at

May God be with you our precious angel. Be not afraid, we are with you, our sweet sunshine girl.

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    Monday, November 9th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Monday, November 9th, 2020
    5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Cindy and Jarret Melanson and ONA local 73 sent flowers to the family of Greta Myra Sacek.
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Comment | Posted at 07:12am via Premium Tree

To Greta’s family: So as in the life of a nurse I had to work evenings yesterday and could not go to the visitation. I heard conversations yesterday in passing by heath care workers. “ ya you would know Greta she worked on 2c. Its posted in the coffee room. So sad. I worked with her at McKellar “The work family in the building were sharing their stories and sympathy to each other. Flags at half mast.
I was upset I had to work ,but at five oclock ,Carol and I chatted about some of our Greta memories with fondness. Bringing smiles snd tears.
She will be missed and remembered.
My sympathy, Donna Wheal
Comment | Posted at 09:54am via Condolence

Donna & Ray doral

Our thoughts and prayers are with you John and your family. So glad we had the pleasure of her company.
Comment | Posted at 09:44pm via Condolence

Abbie Kok

Aaron and family, I am so sorry for your loss. A donation has been made to the northern Cancer Fund in honour of your mom. Thinking of you during this very hard time.
Comment | Posted at 06:54pm via Condolence

Lisa Lee

So sorry to see this obituary. My dad Ivon Adduono and Lisa send our love and hugs to all your family at this time. May all your memories be held close to your heart and mind. Love Lisa, and Ivon
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