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Caroline Chookomolin (center).
Caroline Chookomolin (Linklater), born on June 28th of 1918, passed away in Peawanuck peacefully in her sleep on July 25th of 2015, was a beloved wife of late John Alfred Chookomoolin (August 2nd of 1911 – January 8th of 1998) who truly lived a rewarded and blessed life on earth alongside husband John. Daughter of George Linklater and Mary Gull, Caroline was undoubtedly established in honor and obedience. In her younger days, Caroline spent much of her life before her marriage to John living in Attawapiskat with her parents where her father worked as a Hudson Bay Company store manager. After the passing of her father, Caroline attended St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany for approximately seven years. Though the date of her marriage to John is not known, Caroline would live dedicatedly and committed as wife and mother to her husband and children in their traditional homeland of Hawley Lake and seldom left only to sometimes leave to visit her mother Mary. A woman of strength, Caroline was a mother to children Pauline Hunter, Albert Chookomolin, Judy Wabano, Margaret Mack, Louis Chookomolin, and Ritchie Chookomolin. Her deceased children are Gregory Chookomolin, Abraham (Amoocheesh) Chookomolin, Ignace Chookomolin, Catharine Chookomolin, John Chookomolin, Agnes Chookomolin, two twins, and two more children whose names are not known. Caroline’s siblings are Robert Linklater, Joey Linklater, Samuel Linklater, George Linklater, Sydney Linklater, Jim Linklater, Thomas Linklater, Henry Linklater, Louie Linklater, Agnes Wynne, Louise Kioke, and Marie (Dolly) Linklater. Caroline’s life alongside husband John was fulfilled with hard work, blessing, and happiness. She lived to see her 55 grandchildren, 115 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great-grandchildren. “When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:2
Written by: Joette Lefebvre
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