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Born: Feb 22, 1930

Date of Passing: Aug 25, 2022

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February 22, 1930 - August 25, 2022

With profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Leonie on August 25, 2022, at the age of 92.
She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her children, Lucille (Mel), Colette (Roland), Leo (Anne) and Denis (Michelle); daughter-in-law Bonnie Emond and 13 grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Mom also leaves behind her brothers, Leon (Emma) and Marcel, sisters, Marceline, Anne-Marie (Dixon) and sister-in-law Gilberte.
Mom suffered through many family losses. She was predeceased by her first husband Noel Emond, children, Rita, Robert and Joseph, and son-in-law Bill Merritt. Leonie also lost her second husband Jean Damphousse.
Leonie had a long and fulfilling life; she and Noel cherished their weekends at the family cottage at Twin Beaches where an open-door policy meant anyone was welcomed. Her active social calendar included archery and bowling and she was proud of the many trophies she won over the years. The family knew better than to call her on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday evenings as those were her sacred bingo nights.
Mom spent most of her working life as a server in venerable establishments that included the Belgian Club, Norwood Hotel's The Jolly Friar and her final years at the Manitoba Legislature Dining Room where she retired at 65. Patrons loved Leonie.
Above all, Mom was a devoted Catholic; she never missed Sunday Mass at Paroisse Precieux-Sang where she sang in the choir for many years.
We are so thankful for the messages of condolences and shared memories expressed by so many people since mom's passing. It is obvious she had an impact on those who knew and loved her.
The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful staff of 4DE at Actionmarguerite in St. Boniface for their loving and attentive care during mom's final weeks, with a special thank you to Dr. Mehta, nurses, Catherine, Maria and Struthy. A heartfelt thank you to Jacqueline Brisson whose compassion and care brightened up mom's days during her time at Despins and Actionmarguerite. Your presence in mom's life will always be remembered.
Maman, tu etais une brillante exemple de courage et de dignité. Après une longue vie, tu quitte ceux qui vous aiment pour rejoindre ceux qui vous attendent à bras ouverts.
Funeral service for Leonie will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 12 at St. Boniface Cathedral, 180 Ave de la Cathedrale.
Those wishing to livestream Leonie's service online may do so by going to the following link:

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at
Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Many losses you have suffered and yet there remains strength in all of you, a resilience and a joie de vivre. This embracing of life was born surely from a mother who so well defined these traits over the years. Beauty and strength were hers; so well shared in her time here and through her simple ways. Even if distant in years and geography Ma Tante Leonie will be fondly remembered by me for her softness of heart and the unconditioned way of accepting others. She succeeded in allowing her heart to be a true reflection of her loving God. She no doubt rests in Him, no longer carrying her own losses but now fully embraced in the many arms and hearts that she herself held. Marie and I offer our deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Gerald (Nephew) on: Sep 12, 2022

  • It is with my deepest condolences that I am leaving this message for the family. I loved Leonie. She was one of the nicest people I ever met, and I'll never forget her compassion, her understanding and her beauty. May you all be comforged in the knowledge that she is in the Hands of God, in a place of Honor by His Side. - Posted by: Monique Damphousse (Sister-in-Law) on: Sep 12, 2022

  • Thank you Auntie for all your unconditional love and support and helping me start off my adulthood far from home. Your love and care meant the whole world to me. As long as I'm living, my Auntie you will be. Rest well. XO. - Posted by: Linda Rupert (Niece) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • My sincere Condolences to all the Family. I have many memories of the visits 2 Winnipeg bake and the return visits to Edmonton Edmonton biante and many family members She will be Reunited with her brother Dennis Her sister Denise And of course her parents and many more close family Members - Posted by: Barbara (Lemoine) 3 (Niece ) on: Sep 04, 2022

  • Auntie Leonie was such a sweet lady who always made me feel special when she would visit Edmonton. Condolences to her children and all those who loved her. - Posted by: Lucille Meikle (Niece) on: Sep 04, 2022

  • My condolences to the family! I have some fond memories of Aunty Leonie. I remember taking the train as a child to Winnipeg and stopping and seeing the Edmonds…they introduced me to Ovaltine lol Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Sarah Somji nee Lemoine (Niece) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Leonie’s passing. She was not only my boss during my years at the Legislative Dining Room but a dear friend and confidante. My sincere condolences to all of the family. May she RIP - Posted by: Mona Champagne (Friend ) on: Sep 03, 2022

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