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LOUISE ELAINE CHARETTE (FEHR) Louise Charette passed away at Health Sciences Centre on July 18, 2012, at age 53 after a long struggle with leukemia. In honour of Louise's life, a bursary fund has been established in her name. Donations can be sent to: Red River College, C306-2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9 or www.rrc.ca\donate. If you are healthy and under 50, consider donating stem cells through OneMatch.ca. A celebration of Louise's life will be held Saturday, August 11, 2:00 p.m., at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg. A longer obituary was published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 21, 2012. LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220.
Publish Date: Aug 10, 2012
LOUISE ELAINE CHARETTE (FEHR) As a motherless child acquainted with poverty, Louise dreamed of growing up to be a sophisticated, independent woman. She longed for a strong life partner, a tasteful home and meaningful work, and she was determined that her family's next generation would grow up bathed in love and enriched by the arts. Louise pulled off the whole thing by deadline. She evolved into an award-winning CBC journalist, a spectacular aunt, a lover of classical music, a dedicated volunteer, a proud gardener, a baker of delectable desserts, an avid traveler, a classy dresser, and a cherished friend. Sadly, Louise left us way too early at age 53. She won two rounds against leukemia over seven years before the final bout knocked her down on July 18, 2012. The compassion and world-class care she received at the Health Sciences Centre's GD6 unit were awe-inspiring and we thank all the medical staff involved. The second-eldest of six sisters of Mennonite and Metis heritage, Louise was born January 5, 1959. At age seven, she tragically lost her mother, Beatrice Charette. Louise took on the role of caring for the younger children and learned early the value of hard work. As an adult, she worked at a variety of jobs, then returned to school to study journalism and make a name for herself at the CBC. Louise's upbringing was reflected in her radio documentaries, which were infused with her sensitivity to the vulnerable, disdain for corruption, and suspicion of ideology. A 2003 gold medal from the New York Festivals for the Original Citizens series about Winnipeg's growing Aboriginal population is one of many awards that line the walls of her study. Louise stayed in Winnipeg to be close to her younger sisters Tracy Fehr, Audrey Fehr, Kimberly Van Raalte and Patricia Recksiedler, and especially to lavish attention on every one of their passel of kids and grandkids: Leah, Julia, Nathan, Jenna, Amanda, Ashley, Andrew, Jason, Cheyenne, Selena, Paige, Timothy, Julianne, Jeremy, Anthony, Jocelyn and Tobias. She often flew to London to see her elder sister Sandra Clark and Kisori, Bala and Holden. Louise lost her father Anthony Fehr in 2004, but she remained close to Aunt Bertha Janzen, who helped raise her, and to cousin Karen Janzen. Louise possessed boundless energy and a lively temperament. She loved to host holiday family meals in her beautifully decorated home, she stocked her basement with toys for the children, she scrapped with her sisters, and she always reconciled in the end. Friends will remember her frank conversations and devastating wit when she held a glass of wine in her hand. Late in life, one Louise's deepest wishes was fulfilled when she met Warren - a man who kept up with her intellectual curiosity, relished her feistiness, and was steadfast when the seas got rough. They spent 900 wonderful days together. Her friends Nelle, Helen, Jo, Nancy, Neil, and Grant are moved Louise relied on us for comfort and laughs until the end. In honour of Louise's life, a bursary fund has been established in her name. Donations can be sent to: Red River College, C306-2055 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9 or www.rrc.ca\donate. If you are healthy and under 50, consider donating stem cells through OneMatch.ca. A celebration of Louise's life will be held Saturday, August 11, 2:00 p.m., at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 603 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg. LeClaire Brothers in care of arrangements, 775-2220.
Publish Date: Jul 21, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 10, 2012
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