In Memory of



Obituary for Mina Baxter

It is with sorrow that the family of Mina Baxter announces her passing on December 8, 2022 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre at the age of 89.

Mina was a lifelong maker of traditional native crafts. Her materials included the moose and deer hides and fur that she herself would prepare from her son’s hunting trips, as well as tree bark and mosses from the earth that she gathered. She used these materials to sew, bead, mend, and create mitts, mukuluks, slippers, jackets, and vests. She also enjoyed her time doing seasonal seed collection for the MNR and Forestry, which she did for the last 50 years (up until spring of this year). She was an avid bingo player throughout her life and lately had been doing Saturday TV bingo. She cheered on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday nights and Hockey Night in Canada. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

Mina is lovingly remembered by her family: children Zelda Ritch nee Wesley (and Zelda’s late father Emmanuel Wesley), Martin Bergman, Douglas Bergman, Dennis Bergman (wife Deborah) (and their late father Joseph Bergman); grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and friends.

She was predeceased by her son Marvin Bergman in April 2012, as well as her parents George and Josephine Baxter. As she was the last surviving sibling, she is also predeceased by her brothers John (Antoinette nee Achneepineskum), David (Nelly nee Ritch), Gilbert (Barbara nee Ritch), Findley, Elijah (Florence nee Ritch), and Uriah and sisters Emily (John Ferris), Charlotte (Christopher Ritch), and Pearl (Eric Bergman).

The family will host a reception from 11-1pm on Monday, December 12, at Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, with a funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. The service will be livestreamed via Sargent & Son Facebook page. Mina will be laid to rest after the funeral at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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