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JOSEPHINE AMELIA BELLA COURCHENE (nee SMITH) After a lengthy illness "Josie" passed away quietly with family by her side on July 11, 2003. Josephine was born on June 13, 1919 in Fisher River, MB to Phinnia and David Smith. Josie attended the Sagkeeng Residential School in Fort Alexander, MB where she met her husband John C. Courchene. Together John and Josie raised five children. Josie is survived by her daughter Ruth Norton (Bob) and sons, Charles Courchene (Anita), Franklin Courchene (Valerie) and Paul. Josie was blessed with 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Josie was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, John C. Courchene, parents, Phinnia and David Smith; daughter Lorraine; son Fern; son-in-law Marcel E. Fontaine; sister Ruth Hood and brothers, Scotty and Walter Smith. Josie was employed as a Community Health Worker for 14 years in Fort Alexander and travelled extensively throughout the province of Manitoba serving First Nation people in the health profession. She was also employed as a Youth Camp Counsellor with Camp Neechewam and in her later years worked for the George M. Guimond Personal Care Home. Josie served as a School Board Member for three consecutive terms with the Sagkeeng Education Authority. Josie was a beautiful "little lady" whom everyone loved in the community of Sagkeeng. Her extended family is greatly appreciated for the love and kindness they gave and for the way they looked after Josie. She loved her bingo and her telephone calls with her friend Lizzette. The greatest love of Josies life was her family. Her life centred on the solid foundation of family and this was demonstrated through her unending love and support for her children and grandchildren. The family would like to extend their warmest thanks and appreciation to Helen Bruyere, Home Care Worker and to the nurses and doctors (7th floor) of the St. Boniface Hospital for their kind and gentle care of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. You truly are "Angels". Funeral services will be held on the Sagkeeng First Nation on Tuesday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Jacque officiating. Wake services will be held on Sunday, July 13 commencing at 1:00 p.m. and Monday, July 14 at St. Alexander Parish. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15. RUSSELL FUNERAL HOMES LTD. & CREMATORIUM of Beausejour, Manitoba are in care of arrangements. Call 1-866-424-6271 (toll free) or 268-2263.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 14, 2003