Jessie Ann Ryckman (Nee Shawangonabe Abel)


Ryckman-DeathIn loving memory of Jessie Ann Ryckman (nee Shawangonabe Abel) who passed away on February 22, 2014. Loving wife of Robert Ryckman of Nobel. Cherished mother of Sandra Hall (Stephen) of Barrie, Teena Hughes (Bruce) of Mississauga, Michael Paulin of Toronto and Gary Paulin (Joanne) of Bowmanville. Beloved sister of Evelyn Bisschops of Sudbury, Simon Abel of Sudbury, Donald Abel of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Ursula Abel of Sudbury and predeceased by Stella Robillard, Agnes Warner, Nancy Bain, Nellie Lacombe, Paul Abel, Marjorie Abel, Sylvester Abel, and Eugene Abel. Treasured daughter of the late Angus Abel (Shawangonabe) and Margaret Abel (nee Debassige). Jessie will be sadly missed by her 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and most importantly a grandmother to her treasured grandchildren. A homemaker most of her life, Jessie was in turn called upon to be nurse, chauffeur, cook, plumber, carpenter and when her children were young, she was a judicious arbiter of many a dispute between them. With a flair for flower arranging, Jessie was a favourite at weddings and ceremonies of every sort. She loved the summer view from her porch, spying as the grandchildren played. As one of the few remaining speakers of the Anishnaabe language in the region and as a guardian of her people’s ancient mores and traditions; Jessie belonged to a considerably larger family. We mourn the loss of a wonderful woman, a living library and a tender soul. Donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association would be greatly appreciated. Resting at the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home, 233 Larch Street, Sudbury. Friends may call from 2 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Funeral Service in the R. J. Barnard Chapel at 10 am on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Interment in the family plot at West Bay Cemetery in the spring.