Astrid passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 25th, 2021, two days shy of her 95th birthday.
Astrid was born on April 27th 1926 in Palupera, Estonia. She was predeceased by her dear husband Helmut Siitam, her parents Peeter and Marie Kutsar, and siblings Elmar Kutsar, Alma Raudsepp, Leida Kallas, and Johannes Kutsar.
Astrid will be deeply missed by her daughter Sylvia Siitam Ciarallo, her son-in-law Peter, and her much beloved grandchildren, Astrid-Maria and Michael. She is survived by many adoring nieces and nephews in Estonia. She was devoted to her family and had an extra soft spot for her grandchildren with whom she was very close.
Astrid was known for her warm hospitality, razor-sharp wit, and sense of humour. She always made people feel welcome and comfortable through her impeccable social skills. An avid entertainer, she loved to treat others to her delicious meals and baked goods. Astrid had a much-admired green thumb and could often be found in her beautiful gardens. She would eagerly share her trade secrets, or some bulbs.
Before coming to Canada, Astrid lived through World War II and communist occupation, and was the sole member of her family to escape communism. Even though she had been through much adversity, she never stopped being positive and full of life. Astrid was a business-minded entrepreneur who loved people, animals, and the environment. She was a keen conservationist and instilled this in her family through practices of composting, zero-waste cooking, and organic gardening long before they were mainstream.
Thank you to Dr. Alexandra Collins for her decades-long exceptional care of our beloved Astrid and Helmut. The family is forever grateful for Dr Collins’ compassion, kindness, and professionalism. Thank you to the staff at Meaford Long Term Care who provided extraordinary care. The team has created such a warm and friendly environment. Astrid enjoyed her time there and was particularly fond of the many and varied social activities from bowling to painting. A special mention of sincere gratitude to Nurse Brenda Thivierge.
A private memorial service will be held for immediate family.
As an expression of remembrance, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or to the Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (Cheques Only Please), earmarked for their social activities in Astrid’s honour, would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca