Lucienne Julie Gobin (nee Deleurme)
Peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at the Notre Dame De Lourdes Hospital at the age of 76 years, surrounded by her family with the Deleurme crucifix on her pillow, Lucienne Gobin was received into the House of the Lord.
She leaves to mourn her passing, two daughters, Roseline (Norman) Carter of St. Claude and Simone (Lionel) De Ruyver of Winnipeg; two sons, Normand (Emma) Gobin of Portage La Prairie and Roger Gobin of Winnipeg; one daughter-in law Candace; five grandchildren, Christopher (Allison) Carter, Rachel (Russell) Reyes, David De Ruyver (Charlene), Ryan Gobin and Sarah Gobin; and three great-grandaughters, Ava-Rose Reyes, Eden-Grace Reyes and Mykelti Lynn Carter.
She also leaves to mourn five siblings, Albert (Edith) Deleurme, Helene (Gabriel) Badiou, Germaine (Guy) de Rocquigny, Irene Deleurme (Rene) and Solange (Bernard) Balcaen; one sister-in -law Monique Deleurme and one brother-in law Jean Dequier. Lucienne also leaves to mourn, her husband Placide’s family, sister- in laws, Helene Lucier, Antoinette (Jean) Bonneteau, brother-in- law Eugene (Jeanne) Gobin along with numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Lucienne was predeceased by her husband Placide Gobin in 2010; two sons, Gerald Gobin in 1988, Robert Gobin in 2005; one grandson, Nicolas De Ruyver in 2002, her father Joseph Deleiurme in 2003, her mother Maria Deleurme in 2010 and by one brother Arthur Deleurme in 2009.
Lucienne was born the second child of Joseph and Maria Deleurme on April 5, 1936 at the home of her grand parents, Ambroise and Julie Deleurme. Lucienne arrived into this world with the help of her grandmother who was a mid-wife. Lucienne’s family lived at her grand parents house which was located four miles south of Rathwell for a further two years. In 1938, at the age of two years Lucienne moved with her family to the current farm site located on Hwy 244. Lucienne remained living there with her family until her marriage in 1957.
The small house on the hill was to become a wonderfully happy home to Lucienne, her two brothers and four sisters, and her loving parents. Lucienne attended Notre Dame School with her brothers and sisters. There were no school buses at that time and Lucienne along with her siblings arrived at school with a horse and buggy. After leaving school in her teen age years, Lucienne remained at home to help her family with the farm. Some of Lucienne’s happiest times were helping to milk the cows, feed the chickens, doing yard work and of course the hardest job of clearing rocks off the field. The only job that Lucienne did not like doing around the house was the dishes. Because she was the oldest girl, she would often delegate that job to her sisters . Lucienne also had a mischievous side and had an uncanny ability to find out where all the Christmas presents and Christmas candy were hidden, well before Christmas day arrived. Being the oldest girl in the family, Lucienne was responsible for helping to look after her brothers and sisters. That close bond that she had with her siblings remained with her right up until her death. During her youth, after leaving school, Lucienne worked for a number of neighbors helping to take care of their families and young children. Lucienne was a very kind and compassionate person and lovingly took care of her grandmother Julie who had moved into a house in the Village of in Notre Dame.
In April 1957, Lucienne met her husband-to -be, Placide Gobin at the double wedding of Camille and Gabrielle Bernard in Notre Dame. On August 17, 1957 Lucienne and Placide were married in Notre Dame, Manitoba and made their home in St. Claude at the farm of her father-in -law, Alcide and Ida Gobin. They lived on the Gobin land until 1961. During that time, Lucienne bore two children eleven months apart - Roseline and Gerald. When the young family moved to a farm, four miles north of St. Claude, on the 240 in June 1961, Lucienne was pregnant with her son, Normand. Two years later, another little girl, Simone, arrived, A year later, a third son, Robert, arrived. And three years later, in 1967, Lucienne had her last child, Roger.
The years of raising a young family, on the farm on Highway 240, were filled with hard work - baking her favorite fruit cakes, toutieres and coconut rolled cookies, gardening, canning, taking care of the children and helping her husband with milking of the cows on the growing dairy farm. The family went on many day trips to Bambi Gardens, Norquay Beach and Island Park in Portage. They also enjoyed a family vacation to Montreal by train with six children in tow.
Making a home for her children and husband is what made Lucienne the happiest and she was sad to leave that life when they moved into the Village of St. Claude in 1971 and later that year to St. Boniface. Lucienne was not happy there because she felt she belonged in St. Claude and Notre Dame de Lourdes where her extended family still lived. The Gobin family eagerly moved back to a farrn two miles west and four miles north of St. Claude in 1972. They renovated the old existing farm house and began a small mixed farm.
Unfortunately , a few years later, the old farm house burnt down. Never one to allow misfortune to overcome her, Lucienne and family built a new house on the property and Lucienne went back to the task of raising a family. Lucienne was also dedicated to looking after her youngest son Roger who required special care because of epilepsy. She continued to provide that special loving care to Roger at home with her until she was not able to do so because of the challenges she faced with her Parkinsons Disease.
As they grew up, Lucienne’s older children started leaving home and this began a period of adjustment for her and a new opportunity in her life arose. In 1981, Lucienne completed a nurses aid home-care certificate and was employed providing care to the elderly in St. Claude. She also learned to drive at this time - an accomplishment that she was very proud of.
Lucienne was thrilled when grand-children started to arrive . Lucienne was in her glory again to hear the sounds of young children playing and laughing in her house and believing they could do no wrong.. With new babies in the family, her grand-mother’s love proved itself to be just as strong as the love she had shown her own children.
The years passed, and with the pride that only a grandmother has, she affectionately watched her six grand-children grow up. When her children and grandchildren were around her, Luciennes eyes lit up and even in later years when she had difficulty communicating, her eyes said it all.
Tragedy struck , in 1988, when her son, Gerald died accidentally; and again in 2006 when Robert died in a motor vehicle accident. When her grandson Nicolas passed away suddenly in 2002, Lucienne was heart broken. These were difficult times for Lucienne to cope with, but her strength of spirit and her faith in God carried her through these most difficult and sad times. In 1990, at the young age of 54, Lucienne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She accepted the news with her usual positive attitude towards life and considered herself lucky that it was only Parkinsons and nothing worse. Lucienne was the bravest , most courageous person that anyone could have the pleasure of knowing.
Over the years Parkinson’s Disease took a slow and terrible toll on her body, she bravely accepted that she could no longer live independently. She moved into the St. Claude Pavillion on July 27, 2001. Throughout her 12 years there and despite her declining health she remained the same optimistic, fun-loving , caring person that she had always been. Her relationship with the staff of the Pavillion often manifested itself in camaraderie and she formed special bonds with many of them.
With the arrival, of her great- grand children, that same look of love and pride was seen in her eyes. She said that the shaking that comes with Parkinsons Disease was now a great advantage to her as it was easier to rock her great granddaughter to sleep while holding her in her arms.
We will always remember her for her humor, her work ethic, her love of family, her pride in the Deleurme name, her unselfishness, her courage and the many French “dictons” that she had.
Thank-you mom and grandma for everything you have done for us and for being such a very special part of our lives.
Funeral services will be held in the St. Claude Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, February 14, 2013. Prayers, eulogy and video tribute at 1;15 p.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. with Father Leon Mubikayi and Msgr. Roger Bazin officiating. Pallbearers will be Lucienne’s grandchildren, Christipher Carter, David De Ruyver, Ryan Gobin, Rachel Reyes and Sarah Gobin; son -in laws; Norman Carter and Lionel De Ruyver, godson Denis Deleurme, and sister and goddaughter, Solange Balcaen
The family would like to thank the doctors , nurses and staff of the St. Claude Pavillion for the wonderful care she has received over the past twelve years. A special thank you to Irene Bellec who was a long time friend and companion to Lucienne. The family would also like to than Dr. Mohamud and the nursing staff at the Notre Dame Hospital for the care and kindness that they provided to Lucienne and her family during the last two weeks of her life. The family is also appreciative of the support of Lucienne’s brother and sisters Albert & Edith Deleurme, Helen Badiou, Guy & Germnaine De Roquiny, Irene Deleurme, Solange & Bernard Balcaen, Monique Deleurme and her nieces, Rachel, Yvette and Mireille for keeping a bedside vigil after Lucienne was transferred to the Notre Dame Hospital on January 21, 2013
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lucienne may be made to the Parkinsons Socviety of Manitoba, 204-825 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes in care of arrangements. Phone 204-248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326 www.afh.ca