Freda Elizabeth Ethel (McAllister) Silliker, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at the age of 78.
Born in Newcastle, she was the daughter of the late Freeman and Mary (Walsh) McAllister. She was a sibling of 15 sisters and brothers, and grew up in Bridgetown, NB.
Freda worked for Harry Fransblow during school years, and was married in 1961. Due to work shortage, they moved to Fredericton in 1965. Freda worked on UNB Campus, then onto University Foods. Upon returning to Newcastle in the 70’s, and with her four children, she went painting, housecleaning, babysitting, etc.
With her children grown and out on their own, Freda volunteered for 15 years with Big Brothers & Big Sisters; Bowl for Kids, Festival of Trees, The Cottage, and the Senior Citizen’s Club in Sunny Corner. She was also a member of the Roman Catholic Church and the Islandview Senior Citizens Club.
Freda leaves behind her daughter Corinne "Sam" Nolan of Miramichi; two sons Greg Nolan of Hanover, ON, and John Nolan of Kitchener, ON; daughter-in-law Corrina Smith; eight sisters Anna Guitard (Late Gus) of South Esk, Janice Dutcher (Eddie) of South Esk, Susan Sherrard (Late Byron) of Whitney, Cathy Somers (Terry) of South Esk, Helen Gibbs (Brian) of Miramichi, Betty Henderson (Randy) of Miramichi, Loretta McAllister of Miramichi, and Theresa McAllister of Miramichi; two brothers Art (Carol) of C.I. Road and Paul of Miramichi; Brothers-in-law Pat Nolan of Miramichi and Jack Silliker (Eleanor) of Hampton; sister-in-law Patricia Porter (Paul) of Rowena; three grandchildren Jared Nolan, Julie Nolan, and Jordan Nolan; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Blaine Silliker; son Richard Nolan; Father of her four children Ernest Nolan; sisters Mary Lawlor (Late Ned), Diane Kazamer (Late Mike), and Fern Hare (Late Sandy); brother Hubert McAllister (Late Marie); and brother-in-law Gary Silliker.
The Family received relatives and friends at Northumberland Funeral Home in Miramichi on Tuesday March 21, 2023 from 2PM-4PM & 6PM-9PM. The funeral service was held at St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church. Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 2PM, Celebrant was: Father Dan Melanson, Music: St Thomas Church Choir, Processional Hymn: Here I Am Lord. Followed by greeting & opening prayer. The eulogy was given by Sheree Allison, the 1st reading was given by Cathy Somers (St Paul to the Romans), followed by Responsorial Psalm 23. 2nd Reading was given by Anna Guitard (Second Letter of Paul to Timothy). Gospel Acclamation & Homily. Followed by General Intersession given by Loretta McAllister. Offertory Hymn: Peace is Flowing like a River, Eucharistic Prayer II followed by Our Father & Sign of Peace Communion Hymn: Be Not Afraid. Final Commendation, Sign of Farewell: Songs of the Angels followed by Recessional: Lord Help Me Jesus.
Interment will take place in the church cemetery at a later date.
As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters Club, or to Saint Thomas Roman Catholic Church.
You may click on the link below to view Freda's tribute video:
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Northumberland Funeral Home & Crematorium, 102 Pleasant St, telephone (506) 622-7741. Where your loved one never leaves our care.