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Born: May 27, 1951

Date of Passing: Sep 09, 2021

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May 27, 1951 - September 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that I, Liddy, her friend, roommate, buddy and pal for 48 years, have the painful task of announcing that Estelle has passed away. She persevered against the weakness and pain from post-polio syndrome and then had to fight the monster (cancer) until it got her.
She was predeceased by her father Oscar (Pete), mother Marcelle, and brothers, Michel and Marc, leaving behind sister Lise (Toni Harding), sister Jacqueline (Renald Morin), brother Maurice (Marilyn) Boissonneault, and many nieces and nephews.
As a teenager Estelle was very proud to have received her Girl Guide gold cord in 1967, and the motto 'be prepared' defined how she lived her life.
Estelle graduated as a medical technologist in 1971 and worked 24 and a half years in a private lab, as a cytotechnologist and phlebotomist.
In the 1970s she was quite competitive in wheelchair sports in track, basketball and was particularly successful in swimming -winning several medals across Canada.
Estelle volunteered with the Blessed John XXIII Church Christmas hamper program where for two months every year for 11 years, she coordinated volunteers, packing and distribution of over 30 hampers yearly. Her co-volunteers called her 'Sergeant Major'.
She worked hard for and enjoyed her time with the Post-Polio Network where she served as secretary for 19 years. She also served five years on the board of the Society of Manitobans with Disabilities Clearinghouse. Just recently she was on the board of the St. James Horticultural Society as co-chair of the membership committee for about three years.
In 1990 when she came to work on the stained glass window at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church she promptly organized everything and was referred by her co-workers as #1.
She was a great camper and prided herself in her one match only campfires.
We enjoyed travelling together, camping in every province across Canada, including Newfoundland, Yellowknife, N.W.T. and took the train to Churchill. We were particularly happy to have attended three Olympics, 1984 in Los Angeles, 1992 in Barcelona, and 1996 in Atlanta. She was a great fan of sports and baseball in particular. We had seasons tickets with the Goldeyes for 19 years and had great fun at the Goldeyes with her 'summer' friends.
Hoping the memory of Estelle be a happy one, wishing to leave an afterglow of smiles of happy times and sunny days.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to ArtsJunktion mb Inc., 312 B William Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1P9, or to any charity close to your heart.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Rev. Msgr. Maurice Comeault, P.H. on Wednesday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd.
We would like to thank the staff at the 8th floor, Palliative Care, at St. Boniface Hospital for all their care and support.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 14, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Liddy,just found out the sad news. Really sorry to hear of Estelle's passing. Judith And I often reminisce about seeing you and Estelle at the Goldeyes. We also remember the two days you both spent with us in Sidney B.C. Thinking of you, David and Judith - Posted by: David Turner (Friend,fellow polio survivor) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss, Gisele. Estelle was a very kind and friendly lady. She always extended a helping hand whenever she could. Our deepest condolences and our prayers are with you. Rose & Oleh - Posted by: OLEH & ROSE GULAY (Acquaintances) on: Sep 18, 2021

  • Gisele, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dearest friend, Estelle. By the beautiful tribute you wrote about her, I know you’ll have some wonderful memories to comfort you in your sorrow. I offer you and Estelle’s family my deepest condolences. May she rest In Peace and Love. - Posted by: Elaine Bernardin (Cousin) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • So sorry for the loss of Estelle! We are going to miss our blueberry pancakes brunches with her so much. Rick and I were talking about our mini golf tournaments with you guys and laughed while remembering the time Estelle broke the aluminum bat in the batting cages - she was stronger then she looked. And the road trips to watch the Goldeyes were classic. So many great memories of time spent together. So many beautiful pictures of all of us together. Again, we are very sorry about Estelle. She will be missed by everyone. - Posted by: Christine & Rick Kurkowski (friends) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Estelle’s passing. Sincere condolences to Gisele, and Estelle’s family. - Posted by: Louise (Savoie) Beaudry (Cousin) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Liddy - I am so sorry for your loss. Estelle and I competed together for Manitoba. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Estelle's family. - Posted by: Diane (Pidskalny) Hrychuk (former Manitoba wheelchair sports team mate) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Dear Liddy, sending my heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your friend Estelle. It was a pleasure to know Estelle. I lost a sister to polio in 1947 and Estelle and I spoke of it and she took me along to the 50th anniversary of the polio epidemic at the Canad Inn when she was serving as secretary of the post polio network. It meant so much to me. I also worked on the Christmas hampers with her at St. John XXIII parish. Her work was amazing. Blessing to you as you heal. Barb - Posted by: Barb Macdonell (Friend ) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Giselle, We are both thinking of you. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Suzanne Turner & Marthe Desilets (Cousin & Matante) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • So very sorry Liddy on the loss of your dear friend Estelle. Enjoyed your visits together whenever you came around. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. - Posted by: Jocelyne Godin (Acquaintance) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • On behalf of the Board of Directors of the St James Horticultural Society I would like to offer my condolences to Giselle. We all appreciated the work that the two of you did for St. James Gardens. She will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Brenda Lucas (Co director with St James Horticultural Society) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Sending my sympathies to Gisele and the Boissonneault family. I have such fond memories of time spent with Estelle dating back to school days, getting our gold cords in Guides together and visits. She will be missed. - Posted by: Ann McMullan Lacroix (friend) on: Sep 15, 2021

  • Sincères condoléances à la famille Boissonneault et à Liddy (Gisèle). J'ai connu Estelle depuis longtemps. Great memories from school days in St-Norbert. I am in Haiti now. Je pense souvent à Révélation 21:4 qui dit que Dieu effacera les larmes de nos yeux et la mort n'existera plus, ni deuil, ni souffrance. Une belle espérance! - Posted by: Jack Nobiss (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2021

  • Dear Liddy and family, My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I remember the many times we spent together going to movies, Friday nights trying out new recipes (and wines of course) and our road trip to the LA Olympics trading the many Manitoba pins we had collected. There are so many good memories of my dear friend I cannot list them all. She will be missed. Love you your friend Mac, Walter and Luke - Posted by: Madelaine Kotowich (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2021

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We will always have fond memories of the family Boxing Day Celebrations growing-up. May God's presence be with you at this most difficult time. We have made a donation to ArtsJunction in her honor. - Posted by: Ed and Jenn Senez (Cousin) on: Sep 14, 2021

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