Siitam, Astrid

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

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A private memorial service will be held for immediate family.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (Cheques Only Please)
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Sharon Woodhouse
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Sylvia and family. I very sad to learn of the passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful neighbour and I always admired her gardens. I was so happy to, just by chance, to say hello to your mother and you Sylvia at the Meaford Retirement Home a couple of years ago. Memories are very precious and keep those close.

    Sharon Woodhouse

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  2. Jason N. Baker
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Sending my heartfelt sympathy & condolences to Sylvia & Family.
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
    Wishing you peace that brings you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    Jason

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  3. Bryan & Patty Lowe
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Our heartfelt condolences to you Sylvia & your family ❤ May your mother rest in eternal peace

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  4. Evelyn Luongo
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    We would like to send our condolences to Astrids family for the loss of a wonderful lady. I have very fond memories her and Helmut over the years. They are together now. Take comfort in that.

    Evelyn and Tino Luongo

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  5. Fran Austin
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Sylvia, family and friends, my sincere sympathy in the passing of Astrid. Don and I had many interactions with Helmut and Astrid. Don often worked with Helmut and we would to go their house to pick up his cheque. Since Astrid did the book work she would give Don a raise once in a while. What a super, super lady!

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  6. Bob and Liz Sewell
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Astrid was a very kind and special lady. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Bob and Liz Sewell and family

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    1. Angela Baker
      Saturday, May 1, 2021

      Sylvia and Peter, our deepest condolences to you both, and to Astrid and Michael. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
      Matthew, Angela, Madison and Ansen Baker

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  7. Joan Mergelas
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Sincere condolences to you Sylvia and all your family . I was saddened to hear of Astrid’s passing . She and Helmut were very dear friends of my parents .
    My thoughts and prayers go out you at this difficult time
    Joan Mergelas (nee Seto)

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  8. Norine Baron
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Hello Sylvia It’s a long time since we were in touch but a couple of summers ago I met your mother at Meaford Hall when I was serving HIgh Tea to visitors from Meaford Long Term Care. While I was having a lovely chat with her, I recognized the name Siitam and asked if she was related to you . Then we had quite a discussion about you and my daughter, Erica and I think we touched on all those conservationist practices that I also hold dear. I know you have wonderful memories. Peace.

    Norine Baron (and Garth)

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  9. Verna Wilcox
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Sincere condolences to Sylvia and family. Your mother was a wonderful neighbour. Her flower garden was spectacular

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  10. Linda and Andy Andersen
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Linda and Andy Andersen.

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  11. Nicole Evans-Beattie
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    Sylvia & Family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you as you mourn the loss of such an important person in your lives. May you find peace, together.

    Nicole Evans
    (former co-worker, SVE)

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  12. Shirley Cook
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    My sincere condolences to Astrid’s family . I always enjoyed the visits we had with her at M.L.T.C. She was an active participant in all activities .Cherish the memories .
    Shirley

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  13. Dennis Brenda
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. When we were in our teens and early 20s we would stop at the Wayside Motel for something to eat.

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  14. Lorene Taylor
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    Dear Sylvia and Family,

    Quentin and I send our sympathies to you all. Astrid has such spunk and she was always good to share a laugh. I used to love dropping in on her when I was on my bike and get a tour of her gardens. I have some Astrid flowers in my gardens. I remember your parents’ kindness to our Estonian exchange student.

    Lorene and Quentin

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  15. Mary Ellen Kent
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    My thoughts are with you. I always enjoyed the chats with your Mom as I walked to and from work, discussing how the garden was growing and of the Astrid Marie and Michael’s adventures and progress. Always if goid wit.

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  16. Joe and Barb Lawson
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    We were saddened to hear of Astrid’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to Sylvia and family. She was a lovely lady.

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  17. Isabelle and Bill Ridd
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    Dear Sylvia, Peter, Astrid-Maria and Michael

    Astrid was a wonderful neighbour and good friend, we had many a chats sitting on our porch or at their garage and enjoyed those lovely little crescent shaped cookies she would bake and want to share. She was also a friend to my Mom and they loved sitting beside one another at Bingo at the Meaford Long Term Care. We will miss her. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Isabelle and Bill

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  18. Connie Ciarallo
    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Dear Sylvia, Peter, Astrid-Maria & Michael it’s a very sad day and the world will not be the same without the vibrant & bright-eyed Astrid Siitam! Astrid loved her family so much and always warmly welcomed us on our travels to Meaford, We send our sincerest condolences and know that she is now so content to be together beside her beloved husband Helmut. Our thoughts & prayers to you all during this most difficult time.
    Connie, Mario, Cassandra, Francesco & Olivia xoxo

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  19. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Dear Sylvia, Peter, Astrid-Maria & Michael
    I am thinking of all of you at this very sad time in the loss of your dear Mom, Mother -in -Law and Grandma. I was lucky to be able to get to know Astrid quite well when she worked as a Co-op Parent ( or Grandparent ! ) when Astrid- Maria was in my Nursery School class. Astrid enjoyed her days in the Nursery School and had an excellent no nonsense approach to helping the children. I remember when she brought in all the supplies and showed us all how to dye Easter eggs with onion skins and rice….so beautiful. Astrid always had words of wisdom to share and was always able to see the lighter side of things with her sense of humour and practical nature.
    You will miss her every day but take comfort in knowing that she touched many lives and will always be remembered.
    Take care of each other .
    Jennifer

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  20. Allan Wilcox
    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Sylvia and Family,
    Janice and I would like to express our condolences on the passing of your mom. Treasure the memories of a life well lived.
    Al & Janice Wilcox

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  21. Janice Wayne Wilson and family
    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Sylvia and family…..We are very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a beautiful, loving lady. May your memories comfort you at this time. Sincerely Janice Shakell Wilson & family.

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  22. Shirley Ann Fulford
    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    I’m sorry to hear of Astrid’s passing. A great lady! I loved that I got to spend the time listening to her wonderful stories. Enjoyed seeing her amazing smile. It would brighten up the room. My thoughts and prayers are with Astrid’s family. Astrid was proud of all them. ❤️

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  23. Janet Glasspool
    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Dear Sylvia and family: I am very sorry to hear of your sad loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person, and I know that her daughter carries on the legacy. I hope that great memories bring you peace.

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  24. Kathryn Sled
    Friday, April 30, 2021

    I am very sorry for the loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother. She and your Father were very cherished members of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Kathy Sled

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  25. C. Gay Blacha
    Saturday, May 1, 2021

    Sylvia, Peter, Astrid-Maria & Michael So Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, grandmother . She was such an interesting individual and a joy to talk to and know . She was always so engaged and on top of topics and in the know . I loved my conversations with her concerning the grandchildren and mine.! May her
    spirit and integrity live on in your family for other generations . Be at peace and know that she is happy and with you all !

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  26. Julia Fisher
    Saturday, May 1, 2021

    My deepest condolences, Ma was well know for her years at the restaurant. My Dad worked with Helmut in the mines in Sudbury and both Astrid and Helmut were know for being a hard working family that looked out for many, in war times and in the hard times of strikes up north. God bless and be thankful for all you can share with others for their service.

    Julia Fisher

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  27. Brenda Ratcliffe
    Saturday, May 1, 2021

    Sylvia and family. Thinking of you all. It is so hard to say goodbye to such an important pillar of your family. Your Mom was was a special and vibrant lady. Cherish you many memories.

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  28. Cherie
    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    Silvia and family thoughts and prayers
    So sorry for your loss
    Cherie, Ron Murray

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  29. Isabell Fiddis
    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing big hugs to you Sylvia thinking of you at this time if you need anything please let me know

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  30. cyndy tyndall
    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    Dearest Sylvia, Peter, Astrid Maria, and Michael- As you know Sylvia your mom has always had a special place in my heart for all she did for myself and my two children, when we needed it the most. I loved her sense of humour and wit! Her kindness, her almond shortbread cookies, her gardens, and her giving me a job at the nursing home, her fresh flowers in her room… —- I wish I could have spent so much more time with her….
    Sending you all our deepest condolences.
    Thinking of you all
    Cyndy, Peter and Allie

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  31. Colleen Dennison
    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Sylvia and Peter,
    She was a wonderful woman, so full of life…she will be missed by all who knew her!
    My deepest sympathies.

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  32. Shirley Keaveney
    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Dear Sylvia, Peter and family,
    My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom, a beautiful lady with such a genuine smile. I first remember Astrid and Helmut at the Weyside where I`d go every Saturday night as a child for french fries in a paper cone. May all these wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

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