The Milne/Smeed Connection

Family Stories Past and Present

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Cheryl Ingrid Petterson Levesque

Ingrid Petterson was born in Oakville, Ontario on 2 June 1945. She was the daughter of Gustaf Josef Petterson and Frances Elizabeth Milne.

It is with great sadness that her husband, Maurice, and her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren announce the passing of Ingie, peacefully on August 13, 2018 at Campbell House in Collingwood, Ontario.

Ingrid’s brave fight with ALS showed her spirit and courage to the end. “Loss is never easy, although we cry because we miss her, the smiles thinking of the memories outweigh those tears.”

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Recplex, 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

Memorial donations may be made to the Campbell House in Collingwood.



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Frances Milne Petterson

Frances Elizabeth Milne was born on 27 May 1908 in Tenby Bay, St. Joseph’s Island, Ontario. She was the daughter of Robert Milne and Ida Hewitt Milne.

Frances married Gustaf Josef (Joe) Petterson on 5 July 1928 in Fort William, Ontario. Frances and Joe had three sons and three daughters. After living in northern Ontario for some years, the family moved to Oakville, Ontario.

Joe died in 1974 and some years later, Frances married Earl Atkinson who also predeceased her.

Frances died on 17 June 2003 at the age of ninety-five.

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A Double Wedding

A double wedding took place on 5 July 1928 in Fort William, Ontario. Frances Elizabeth Milne, daughter of Robert James Milne and Ida Hewitt Milne married Gustav Josef Petterson, the son of Karl Frederick Petterson and Anna Charlotte Gustafson Petterson.

At the same ceremony, Joe’s brother, Thurston Petterson married Irene Collander. The witnesses were Jack Milne and Tauno Collander, the brothers of the brides.

A newspaper account at the time described a quiet but pretty wedding. The brides wore white satin with hose and shoes to match. They carried bouquets of sweetheart roses and lily of the valley. A wedding dinner was held at the Avenue Hotel in Fort William followed by dancing at the Palais.

Frances and Joe