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MANITOBA - Notre Dame de Lourdes - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 22

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Date: Sunday, 10 July 2016, at 9:37 p.m.

Bella Sabourin (nee Desrochers)

Peacefully, with family at her side, at the Foyer Notre Dame, on Monday, December 18, 2006 Mrs. Bella Sabourin left us to be with the Lord at the age of 80.

Bella will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years Theodore and her 3 children: Donald (Gisele), Sylvio (Lucette), Ginette (Gilles Fouasse); twelve grandchildren: Stephan, Joline, Remi, Jacques Sabourin, Patrick, Joey (Seresa), Monica, Derrick Sabourin, Joel (Lucy), Charline, Brigitte, Martin Fouasse; three great - grandchildren: Zaria, Khaya, Taliyah Sabourin; her twin brother; Martial (Yvette); brothers and sisters- in- law: Florence (Gerard deceased) Talbot, Cecile (Roland deceased) Provost, Rose Aimee Sabourin, Lucie ( Norbert deceased) Clement, Amedee and Therese Sabourin, Denise and Donat Touchette, Corinne (Roland deceased) Sabourin, Lorraine (Bernard deceased) Ricard, Luc and Yvette Sabourin, Marc Sabourin. She was predeceased by her parents Albert and Agnes (Malo) Desrochers; two brothers Gilbert and Dominique and by one sister Isabelle Ritchot.

We consider ourselves priveleged to have had Bella for our wife, mother and grandmother. She was an energetic, hardworking, giving person with a big heart who never expected anything in return.

One of her greatest love was to welcome her family in her home. Mom was a great cook, especially when it came to fresh bread and pies and she would never let us leave the house without a little something. She enjoyed dancing and music, especially Georges Hamel, travelling, sewing, gardening, berry picking, house plants, flowers, quilting, and crafts. Mom was a busy, talented person who wasted no time.

A few years ago Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease which changed her life and ours forever. It broke our hearts to see how debilitating she became both physically and mentally, becoming frustrated that she could no longer do the things she loved. But it did not change her sense of humour and her loving ways. Mom never complained and was very appreciative of all the love and caring shown towards her.

Now Mom is at a better place without suffering. May God care for her as she did for us.

Prayers will be held at Adam's Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 2 p.m. with Father Charles Fillion officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bella's memory to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4GZ or to the Foyer Notre Dame, Box 190 Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba, ROG 1MO

"MAMAN TU SERAS TOUJOURS LA PLUS BELLE ROSE DANS MA VIE"

"SEIGNEUR PERMET QU 'ELLE RÉCOLTE EN BONHEUR ÉTERNEL TOUT LE BIEN QU'ELLE A SEMÉ ICI BAS."

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Cécile Comte (née Lesage)

Peacefully at the Notre Dame Hospital on Saturday, December 16, 2006, Mrs. Cécile Comte of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba passed away at the age of 89 years.

She leaves to mourn 11 children: Jean (Simone), Marie (John McNab), André (Gisèle), Suzanne (Geof Trunkfield), Aubert, Céline, Clémence (Wayne Deschouwer), Alain (Lorraine), Alice (Aimé Gautron), Fernand (Nicole), Léo (Audrey); 28 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn her sisters Clémence Chabbert and Yolande (Tony) Bérard; her brother Donat (Denise) Lesage; brothers-in-law Pierre Delaquis, Louis, Raymond and Albert (Céline) Comte; and sisters-in-law Elise and Agnès Comte, and Solange Gaultier.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul in 1990; son Michel in 1944; daughter-in-law Barbara in 2006; parents Frank Lesage in 1990 and Clémentine (née Labossière) in 1937; brother Eugène; sisters Agnès (Victor) Pantel and Thérèse Delaquis; brothers-in-law Emile Chabbert, Michel, Joseph (Marie), Léon, Auguste (Suzanne) Comte and Jos Gaultier.

Cécile was born November 25, 1917 in Notre Dame de Lourdes. She attended school at the St. Léon Convent at the early age of five. She enrolled at Normal School in Brandon and then taught four years at Ecole Montcalm. She married Paul on October 29, 1940. They lived on the farm, and moved to town in 1990 where she resided until her passing. She loved to garden and volunteer at the Foyer and did so right up to the time of her passing. Her door was always wide open to children and grandchildren. Relatives were very important to her and she enjoyed talking to everyone she met in her daily activities.

Prayers will be held at Adam's Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 2 p.m. preceded by Recitation of the Rosary at 1:30. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made in her memory to the Fondation Centre de Santé Notre-Dame, Box 190, Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB R0G 1M0.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Marcel Marin

Suddenly at his residence on Saturday, December 16, 2006, Mr. Marcel Marin of Haywood, Manitoba passed away at the age of 65 years.

Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse bien-aimée Odile (née Bazin); six enfants, Gaëtan (Jolene), Louis (Pier Angeli), Sylvain (amie, Cheryl), Alain (Rebecca), Ian (Catherine), Martin (Phyllis). Huit petits-enfants. Il laisse dans le deuil quatre frères, Gilles, Paul-Gaston, Mario, Judes. Trois soeurs Lily, Carmen, Joanne, et de nombreux neveux, nièces, parenté et amis. Il fut précédé par ses parents Herméningilde et Marianne (Tremblay); trois frères Bertrand, Laval, Jacques, une soeur Jeanne-Aimée et beau-frère Rhéal LeBlond.

Marcel was a man of great faith. He was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Odile of 38 years. Together they raised six wonderful sons. He was a member of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was the Postmaster at the Haywood Post office for numerous years. Marcel was a very gifted and talented trades person whose handiwork was enjoyed by many. He will be forever loved by his family and community and will be missed greatly.

We are especially grateful to the nurses and doctors who provided care for Marcel. We would also like to thank Adam's Funeral Home.

Prayers will be held at Adam's Funeral Home on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Haywood Roman Catholic Church on Friday, December 22, 2006 at 2 p.m. preceded by Recitation of the Rosary at 1:30. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations my be made to R.C. Missions, c/o Father Rhéal Forest, Berens River, MB R0B 0A0 or to a charity of your choice.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Georgina Mary Lapointe (née Howson)

Peacefully with her daughter Elaine at her side, Georgina passed away at the St. Claude Pavilion on December 7, 2006 at the age of 84 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard; parents Charles and Antoinette (née Paul); her brothers: Maurice, Edgar and John; two sister in-laws: Bonnie and Theresa Howson; and by one great-granddaughter Ara Kucharsky.

She will be lovingly remembered by her seven children. Daughters: Elaine (Gerald Chatel), Gloria (Martin Kucharsky), Patricia (Edward Wilchek), and Jo-Anne (Geoff Gard); Sons: Maurice (Pauline Dedieu), Ronald (Marion Irving), and Larry Lapointe. One sister Clara (Ken Lapointe); brother Leo Howson (Jane Timony); one sister-in-law Viola Howson; and a very special nephew Louis Ouellette (Norma St. Pierre); 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She also leaves to mourn her memory, many nieces and nephews, friends, relatives, and her very special friend Mary Dubé.

Mom was born on July 20, 1922 at Elm Creek Manitoba. At age 14 she moved to Haywood with her father and siblings. She married Richard Lapointe on November 8, 1939. Richard suffered a heart attack and passed away in 1971, leaving her to raise four children still at home.

She worked most of her life in Haywood as Grocery Manager for Co-op and retired in 1985. Mom was a hard working person who always put her family ahead of herself. She treasured family gatherings and loved reminiscing about the good old days. Her Sunday dinner was a highlight in our lives. The little house she lived in was always filled with joy, love and a shoulder to cry on. In her younger days she enjoyed singing, dancing and playing bingo.

We will always keep her in our hearts and always have her memories and values that she instilled in each of us. She was a lady of courage and determination always teaching us to never give up.

With respect for her wishes, cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Haywood Roman Catholic Church on Monday, December 11, 2006 at 2 p.m. with Recitation of the Rosary at 1:30 with Father Célestin Malengu Mubaya officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

We will be forever grateful to Dr. Viens and the caring, compassionate staff at the St. Claude Pavilion.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mom's memory may be made to the St. Claude Pavilion, St. Claude MB R0G 1Z0

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Eldon Wanklin

Peacefully at his residence at the Green Prairie Lodge, in Rathwell, Manitoba on Monday, November 27, 2006, Mr. Eldon Wanklin passed away at the age of 69 years.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife Patricia (née Bond); four children: Kirk (Sonia) Wanklin of Leamington, Ont, Patricia Wanklin of Windsor, Ont, and Barry Wanklin of Windsor, Ont, and Tracey (Alphonse) Bibault of Rathwell, Manitoba; and six grandchildren: Kelly, Amanda, Adam, Audrey, Lily and Jesse. He also leaves to mourn two brothers: William (Jane) Ladell of Amherstburg, Ont and Robert (Louise) Ladell of Windsor, Ont; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

With respect for his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no formal funeral service. Interment will take place at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

David Ross Scott
May 24, 1967 - November 10, 2006
"Blue-Sky Man"

With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of our dear son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, uncle, and friend David Ross Scott.

David was born in Swan Lake, but moved to Winnipeg, where he spent his life working at various jobs.

David loved to draw, he loved to spend time with his nieces, he also spent a good deal of time with his grandmother, who held a special place in his heart.

David loved to meet new friends and was well known for his sense of humor, he was always telling jokes to make people laugh.

David leaves to mourn his passing, his mother Dorothy Scott of Red Lake, MN, his step-mother Yvonne Esquash, brothers, Raymond Scott (Sylvia), Kenneth Esquash Jr.(Tina), sisters, Chantelle Mesojednik (Sean), Christine Esquash, grandmother Mabel Esquash, aunts, Clara Esquash (Mike), Grace Esquash (Simon) all from Winnipeg, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

David was predeceased by his grandfather Charlie Esquash, his father Kenneth Esquash Sr., his uncle Thomas Esquash, his aunt Shirley Esquash, and his cousin Colleen Esquash.

Traditional wake to be held at the Swan Lake First Nation, on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at 4 p.m. with funeral services held on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 2:00 pm, at the Swan Lake First Nation.

David will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Until we walk and laugh with you again, David, may you be at rest.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Irene Girard (née Verley)

Peacefully with her family by her side, Irene Girard (nee Verley) passed away on the morning of November 10, 2006, at the age of 63 years.

She leaves behind her husband Andre Girard, sons, Paul and Gerald, daughter in law Lindsay Girard (Barrand) and granddaughter Ava Polishuk. In addition, she is mourned by; her siblings, Anita Verley, Annette Verley (Paul Thorsteinson), Della Letain (Pete Letain), Lucille Verley (Kevin Swordy), Sylvia Taggart (Aldwyn Taggart), Roland Verley (Lea Verley) and Reg Verley (Wendy Verley); her brothers and sister in-laws including; Claudette Foster (nee Girard) (John Foster), Murielle McMillan (nee Girard) (Mark McMillan), Suzanne White (nee Girard) (Russell White) and Raymond Girard (Bev Girard) as well as countless nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents RoseAnna and Alphonse Verley and her brothers Cyrille and Gerald Verley.

Irene was raised in Laurier Manitoba and taught briefly in St. Lazare and Holland, before teaching in Elie. After marrying Andy and having her two boys, Irene returned to teach in St. Eustache for sixteen of her twenty-five years. While teaching in St. Eustache she also completed her Bachelor of Arts through the St. Boniface College. After retirement, Irene also did project work for " Bureau de l'education francaise".

Irene thoroughly enjoyed her family, friends, students and her flower beds. She will be fondly remembered for her caring and compassionate ways.

Prayers will be held at the St. Eustache Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 7:00 pm. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 2:00 pm. With respect to Irene's wishes, cremation will follow. Interment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Cancer Foundation.

Adam's Funeral Service of Elie, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 1-888-400-2326.

Dr. Barbara Lynn Comte (M.D.) (nee Perkins)

Tragically, on Monday, October 30, 2006, Barbara Comte, of Notre Dame de Lourdes, passed away at the age of 50 years. She leaves behind to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her loving husband of 20 years, Aubert, and their four children: Paul, Ariane, Julie, and Lise.

Also left to mourn her passing is her father Maurice Lee Perkins and her two brothers, Glenn (Jody) and Robert (Lisa) of Winnipeg. She is dearly missed by her mother-in-law; Cecile (nee Lesage), five brothers-in-law; Jean (Simone), Andre (Gisele), Alain (Lorraine), Fernand (Nicole), Leo (Audrey) from Notre Dame de Lourdes; five sisters-in-law; Marie (John), Celine, Clemence (Wayne), Alice (Aime) from Winnipeg and Suzanne (Geoff) from Vancouver; twenty-eight nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews. Barbara was predeceased by her mother Elizabeth (nee Ellis) in 1992 and her father-in-law Paul Comte in 1990.

Barbara was born on March 19, 1956, in Lachine, Quebec. As a young child, she moved to Winnipeg with her family. After high school, she remained in Winnipeg to obtain her Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba. Excelling in university, she continued on to achieve her medical degree as a General Practitioner. After working in Ottawa, Barbara settled in the town of Notre Dame de Lourdes as a family physician in 1985. She easily assimilated into country life in this French village and it became her permanent home. This is where she met her future husband, Aubert. They married in 1986 and soon after started their family. Early on, Barbara recognized she wanted to devote her life to helping all children. While juggling the demands of her career and family, and never being one to slow down, she went on to study for her fellowship in Child Psychiatry (FRCPC). She practiced child psychiatry in towns and cities throughout South Central Manitoba and ironically was on her way to work on that tragic Monday when she was taken away from us.

Interspersed with her years of education and career, Barbara took time out to travel extensively to many countries including Pakistan, France, India, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Japan. She instilled her love for travel in her children by taking each child, in turn, all across North America on her business trips and family holidays. Most recently, her summer road trip to Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, the Dakotas, and Montana will be one to treasure.

Mom had too many accolades to include them all here but notably she was a key active member of the community. She saw the need and it was her vision to create a Children's Center (Centre d'Enfants 1 2 3) in Notre Dame. She was instrumental in leading this unique project and in building the local preschool and daycare for children.

Mom's hobbies included; designing jewelry, upholstering furniture, cross country skiing, crocheting, reading, watching movies, and camping with her kids. In her "down time" last summer, she cycled (170 kms) across the Interlake region with her kids to raise money for MS.

Mom was the heartbeat of the family and will be greatly missed by her family and community.

Funeral Services will be held in the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church on Friday, November 3, 2006 at 2 p.m. with Father Gabriel Levesque officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if friend's so desire, donations may be made in Barbara's memory to the Notre Dame Wellness Centre, 51 Rodgers Street, Notre Dame de Lourdes, MB, R0G 1M0.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

"Hey Baby, Ooh-Ahh"

Juliette Byrialsen (nee Moreau)

Peacefully at the St. Claude Hospital on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, Mrs. Juliette Byrialsen of St. Claude, Manitoba passed away at the age of 97 years.

She was predeceased by her first husband Leonce Demas in 1950 and by her second husband Ted Byrialsen in 1981. She will be sadly missed by five children: Rose-Marie (Gordon, deceased) Currie, Marceline (Gilles) Arbez, Jean LeRoux, Marcel (Beverly) Demas, Leonce Leslie (Evelyne) Demas; special niece Anne-Marie (Gerard) Petit; one son-in-law Charles LeRoux; one daughter-in-law Carol Demas; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the St. Claude Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 11 a.m. with Father Célestin Malengu Mubaya and Mgr Roger Bazin officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the C.N.I.B. or to the St. Claude Health District Foundation.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

Yvonne Dubois

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Yvonne Dubois on October 19th at the Portage Hospital with family at her side. Mom faced her illness with courage and dignity and fought it to the very end.

Mom was born at St. Claude on March 25, 1932 to Henri Chevrier and Rosalie Monchalin. She grew up and went to school in the Bell District and lived in the area all her life. She met the love of her life, Lawrence and they raised their family in a home filled with love and laughter. Mom was devoted to her family making many sacrifices for them over the years. She took great pride in them and in their accomplishments. She loved family gatherings and her "Grandma Buns" and "Grandma Jam" were special favourites. The house or dinner table was never too full. Mom enjoyed baseball, curling and old-time dancing and was an award-winning quilter.

Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1996 and our brother, Len in 1998. She will be sadly missed by her children: Barb (Dave) and grandchildren: Shawn (Natasha), Kim (Rick), Ginette (Eric), Marie (Karl), Denise (Dion), Susan, Bonnie and Aaron; Doug (Judy) and grandchildren: Jeff (Mandy), Kevin (Nathalie) and Travis (Carrie); Len's widow, Yvette and grandchildren: Jason (Janet), Trevor and Melanie; 14 great-grandchildren; foster children: Tom (Marielle) Bergeron & Michael, John & Leon Bergeron and Darrel Ouellette; her siblings: Anita, Remi, Pat and Roger, numerous nieces and nephews and her special four-legged friend and companion, Sandy.

Prayers at Adam's Funeral Home, Notre Dame de Lourdes at 7 pm. Sunday, October 22. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the St. Claude Roman Catholic Church on Monday, October 23, 2006 at 3 pm with Fr. Celestin Malengu Mubaya officiating. Interment to follow at St. Claude Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Society or to the Portage District General Hospital Foundation.

The family is very grateful for the wonderful care provided to Mom by her home care workers, Dr. Price and hospital staff.

Adam's Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326.

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