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MADELEINE BERNIER

Born: Feb 06, 1920

Date of Passing: May 11, 2017

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MADELEINE BERNIER Jésus lui dit: "Je suis la résurrection et la vie. Celui qui croit en moi vivra" Jean 11:25 Madeleine Bernier est décédée paisiblement le jeudi, 11 mai 2017, dans sa chambre à l'Actionmarguerite à Saint-Boniface. Madeleine, affectueusement appelée Tante Madeleine, laisse dans le deuil son beau-frère, Paul Adams, sa nièce Marie Adams et ses neveux Paul, Mark, Christopher, David et Michael Adams. Elle est allée retrouver son papa, Marc Alexandre Bernier et sa maman Emma Louise Bernier (née Flanagan), sa sur, Louise Adams (née Bernier), son frère Paul Bernier ainsi que son cousin qui lui était très cher, l'abbé Maurice Deniset-Bernier. Tante Madeleine est née à Saint-Boniface le 6 février, 1920. Elle a fait ses études à l'Académie Saint-Joseph sous la direction des Surs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie. Comme jeune femme, peut-être influencée par sa passion pour les mathématiques, elle a travaillé pour le Ministère du revenu national du Canada dans l'édifice fédéral de la rue Main où elle s'est liée avec des gens qui sont devenus des amis à vie. Après avoir quitté la fonction publique fédérale, elle a travaillé comme journaliste et comme rédactrice adjointe au Winnipeg Free Press. Ensuite, elle a poursuivi sa carrière dans ce domaine pendant quinze ans au Winnipeg Tribune comme journaliste et critique musical. Elle était très fière de sa carrière en journalisme et a été la première femme à siéger au Conseil d'administration du Winnipeg Press Club. Tout au long de sa vie, Tante Madeleine est demeurée une Catholique fervente. Elle a mis en action sa foi et ses convictions en travaillant comme bénévole à Agape Table, en appuyant le mouvement pro-vie et en agissant comme directrice locale pour l'organisme Serena (planification familiale naturelle), et en appuyant les activités des paroisses de Saint Mary's Cathedral et Holy Rosary. À la retraite, elle s'installa au Polish Manor sur l'avenue Selkirk et a beaucoup aimé partager cette nouvelle étape de vie avec de nouveaux amis polonais-canadiens. Tante Madeleine appréciait beaucoup la musique, et les arts, et aimait beaucoup échanger et partager en bonne compagnie. La famille remercie chaleureusement tous les membres de l'équipe 3DE de l'Actionmarguerite pour leur dévouement et leur appui envers Tante Madeleine. Les funérailles seront célébrées le mercredi 17 mai, à 11h00, à l'église Holy Rosary, au 510 avenue River. L'inhumation se fera dans le Cimetière catholique de St. Mary's, au 520 rue Osborne. Au lieu de fleurs, veuillez svp considérer un don à la Fondation Catholique du Manitoba qui appuie plusieurs oeuvres et charités méritantes dans notre province (www.catholicfoundation.mb.ca). +++++ "Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live'" John 11:25 MADELEINE BERNIER Peacefully, on Thursday, May 11, 2017, Madeleine Bernier passed away in her room at Actionmarguerite in St. Boniface. Madeleine, otherwise known as Tante Madeleine, will be missed by her brother-in-law Paul Adams; niece Marie Adams; and nephews, Paul, Mark, Christopher, David and Michael Adams. She was predeceased by her father, Marc Alexandre Bernier and mother Emma Louise Bernier (Flanagan); siblings, Louise Adams (Bernier) and Paul Bernier as well as her beloved cousin, Fr. Maurice Deniset-Bernier. Tante Madeleine was born in St. Boniface on February 6, 1920. She attended school at St. Joseph's Academy which was run by the Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. As a young woman, and perhaps due to her love for algebra, she worked in the Federal Building on Main St. as an assessor for the Canadian Department of National Revenue (Taxation Canada) where she formed a number of meaningful life-long friendships. After leaving the federal civil service she worked as a journalist and assistant editor of the Women's Page for the Winnipeg Free Press and then for fifteen years as a journalist and music critic for the Winnipeg Tribune. She was deeply proud of her career in journalism and becoming the first woman to serve as a board member of the Winnipeg Press Club. Throughout her life Tante Madeleine was a devoted Catholic and ever-faithful servant of the Church. Her faith was accompanied with action, including volunteering at Agape Table, supporting the pro-life movement, serving as the local director for the natural family planning organization SERENA, and supporting parish activities at St. Mary's Cathedral and Holy Rosary Parish. In her later years, she very much enjoyed living at Polish Manor on Selkirk Avenue and sharing lunches with her new found Polish-Canadian friends. She was a woman who loved music, the arts, lively conversations, and the company of good people. The family extends its deep thanks to all the caring staff on 3DE of Actionmarguerite. A Mass to celebrate Tante Madeleine's life will be held Wednesday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 510 River Avenue. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, 520 Osborne St. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Catholic Foundation which supports many good causes and charities in our province (www.catholicfoundation.mb.ca)  Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I associate Madeleine with summers spent at Camp Morton. My grandparents, Stella & Bill English, along with their children and grandchildren, spent many years there from the '40's to the end of the 60's. The Bernier family was one of many Winnipeg families that made Camp Morton such a wonderful place. I used to run into Madeleine occasionally years later, walking downtown in Winnipeg, and we always exchanged a few fond memories of Camp Morton. God bless her. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Katherine Smith Drewniak (family friend) on: May 16, 2017

  • I came to know Madeleine through her Tribune colleague and fellow journalist/music critic Roy Maley. Roy's life was turbulent at times and Madeliene's friendship extended to her finding him an apartment at Devon Court where she herself lived when Roy was unceremoniously displaced from his home of 50 years following the death of a family member. Her ongoing kindness as he settled in at Devon court meant a great deal to my dear friend Roy, and to me. She was a wonderful person whom I came to respect and admire very much. I extend my sincerest condolences to Madeleine's family as they mourn the loss of a kind and thoughtful woman. - Posted by: Gord Richardson () on: May 15, 2017

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