Yvonne Marie Gaultier
Yvonne passed away in her sleep during the early morning hours of February 13, 2023. She was 90 years old.
Left to mourn her passing are her children: Raymond, Monique Duval (Doug), Céline Weber, Michel (Cheri), Éliette Allec (Roger), Marielle Gaultier Dow (Edward), Guy (Kitty), Denis (Lourdes), Anne Christianson (Tod), Suzanne (Daniel Muruvé), Philippe (Dominique), Amélie (Morris Hykaway) as well as 33 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister Eva Henderson, brothers René (Alice) and Marcel Gosseye.
Maman was predeceased by her parents Marie and Amédé Gosseye, her husband of 45 years Eugène (1994), infant son Michel (1951), daughter Gisèle Martel (2012), sister Rhéa Poirier (2017), and son-in-law Abby Weber (2019).
The eldest of five children Maman was born in St. Lupicin, Manitoba. She attended elementary school in St Lupicin and Altamont, and secondary school at the Ursuline Convent in Bruxelles where her lifelong love of learning was ignited. Maman was a strait “A” student, a fact she never shared until her report cards were found among her mementos. She was recruited at the tender age of 16 to teach under permit at École Bernier in St. Ambroise. She often spoke fondly of her students, some of whom were similar in age and size to her.
Maman met the love of her life Eugène at a turkey shoot. He was handsome and charming as well as an excellent marksman. He captured her heart, and they were married in 1949. Together they carved a homestead out of the bush and established their farm near Notre Dame de Lourdes. He was the dreamer and visionary while she was pragmatic and filled with ambition. Theirs was a deep and abiding love which sustained them throughout life’s many ups and downs.
The mother of 14 spirited children, Maman somehow maintained a household that ran like clockwork. Education was paramount and she spent countless hours surrounded by her children at the kitchen table supervising homework and ensuring assignments were properly completed. Yvonne stressed that talent was secondary to hard work and determination and that failure was life’s best teacher. It was important to try and when you failed you brushed yourself off and tried again.
Maman loved gardening and growing anything and everything. She took what the ground gave her and created minor culinary miracles. Her bread and buns were legendary.
Maman’s later years were spent travelling the world including Peru, Costa Rica, Europe and Alaska. Her most cherished trips however were those she spent with her children and grandchildren. In her final years she left her beloved farm and relocated to the Westhaven in Winnipeg due to mobility issues and to be closer to family. She enjoyed the many friendships she made and always appreciated the support and care she received. Maman despised being a burden to others and was hesitant to ask for help but she never failed to say “thank you” when she received it. That is just who she was.
The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff at the Westhaven Assisted Living and at Brightwater Arbour Unit. Most of all we wish to thank the many Health Care Aides and Nurses from the Home Care Program who provided exemplary care.
Maman was a remarkable woman who lived a remarkable life. She will be sorely missed.
“Honour her for all her hands have done." Proverbs 31:31
Funeral Services will be held at the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Memorial Service will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by Mass at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to Cancer Care Manitoba.
Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 204-248-2201. To view the service details and leave condolences, please visit www.afh.ca
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