In Memory of



Obituary for Ursula Matinet

The family of Ursula “Urs” Matinet are heartbroken to announce her unexpected passing on November 02, 2023. Urs was born on July 26, 1969, in Armstrong, Ontario and was the youngest of 6 children. She lived most of her life in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Calgary, Alberta before returning to live on her traditional territory of Whitesand First Nation.

Urs leaves behind her children, siblings, many other family members, chosen family and friends. She is survived by her children Kego and Teresa (Thunder Bay), Mark, Nathan, and Adam (Calgary), their partners and numerous grandchildren. Urs is also survived by her siblings Willie Kwandibens (Kelly Kwandibens), Gordon Matinet, Natalie Matinet (Joey Bouchard), Jackie Matinet (Deppy Belmore) and Chris Matinet (Nicole Spivak). She will live in the hearts of her Aunties, Uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Matinet and Kwandibens families and her partner "Moon". Urs’ large chosen family included friends and extended family who meant the world to her, and who were always there for her including Diane and Colin L, Olivia and George, and Ena Belmore who watched over her. She was known as “sis” and “mom” by so many who were considered to be her family, including her “crew” at Marina Park and in Armstrong.

She was predeceased by her mother, Teresa Kwandibens, father, William (Boxcar) Matinet, nephew Darren George, nieces Crystal Towegishig and Storm Matinet, Aunties Julie Matinet, Gina Kwandibens and Elsie Kwandibens.

To know Urs was to know the true meaning of unconditional love, friendship, compassion, hard work and resilience. She was a care giver, protector, friend, always the “baby sister”. Her nickname from her dad was “oojii” (fly), and she was affectionately called "baby oonch" by her sister Natalie. She lived her truth and walked through life with grace, dignity, courage, and humility. Urs always spoke about others with kindness, gave all that she had to help another, ended each visit and phone call saying, “I love you”, and was as strong as she was gentle. She laughed often, and her laughter was contagious, and is something her family will deeply miss hearing. Urs' playful side always turned the uneventful into a memorable, funny adventure and story. When we were together, Urs would often say “oh ya” or “remember when” and begin to laugh and share a memory or story, and within minutes we would all be laughing with her. When you think of her, please say her name with a smile and share your memories and stories as freely as she shared them with all who knew her. All these memories are now part of her legacy, and gifts she has left for us that will keep her in our hearts forever, never to be forgotten.

Whether you walked this life with Urs only briefly or for a lifetime, you knew the beauty, strength and love of an amazing woman who gave all that she had and asked for nothing in return.

Visitation will be on Friday November 10, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Sargent and Sons Funeral Chapel, located at 21 North Court Street, Thunder Bay. On Saturday November 11, 2023, family and friends will gather at Our Lady Queen of the Snows R.C. Church, Armstrong, Ontario at 1:00 p.m. After the service, her children, family and friends will walk with her on the final part of her spirit journey to Whitesand First Nation for interment, followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice are appreciated. Online condolences may be expressed at