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Born: Jun 18, 1942

Date of Passing: Oct 27, 2022

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(née SALTEL)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, memère, Florence, at the age of 80 years old, at the Saint Boniface General Hospital, Manitoba on October 27, 2022, after a short and courageous battle against cancer.
Florence was born June 18, 1942 in Ste-Geneviève, lived on the farm until she married René Bourgouin and then moved into their house in Saint Boniface. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 5, 2022.
Florence leaves to mourn her husband René Bourgouin; her children, Eveline (Norbert) Touchette, Jacqueline (Marc) Jubinville, Jacques Bourgouin, Rosanne (Gérald) Bouvier, Rachel Bourgouin (Daryle Hicks); her grandchildren, Alain, Stéphanie (Eric) Magne, Josée Touchette, Mathieu and Karine Jubinville, Danika, Colin, and Brianne Bouvier, and her great- grandchildren.
She also leaves her parents: Henri Saltel + and Albertine Gauthier +; her sisters and brothers: Marie (Marcien +) Bourgouin, Juliette (Andrew) Brandt, Florent + (Georgette) Saltel, Rene + (Dorothy) Saltel, Albert (Debbie) Saltel, Ephrem (Carol) Saltel, Angie (Roland) Geiger, Georgette (John) Vagi, Norman + (Florence) Saltel, Michel Saltel, Germaine (Peter) Foubert and Léo (Yvonne) Saltel; also 33 nieces and nephews and 54 great- nieces and great-nephews.
+ = deceased
She also leaves the members of the Bourgouin family.
Florence loved to cook. Everyone will remember the meals for family gatherings at Easter and special occasions.
Once the children finished their schooling, she completed her high school courses and graduated with her GED. Before getting married, she worked at the Saint Boniface General Hospital, in a daycare, at Metro Drugs in Windsor Park, at the Caisse Populaire in Saint Boniface, and as an educational assistant for the DSFM.
Florence loved to volunteer and help her community, whether it be with the Festival du Voyageur, with the Knights of Columbus, Le Relais des Pionniers, with le Pavilion Canadien Français during Folklorama, with the Ladies Catholic League with Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish or with the Saint Boniface Diocese, and with the Club Eclipse as a member and as president. She helped with cooking and knitting classes with the youth and seniors. She loved to act in plays with "Le Théâtre des ainé.e.s", a group in Saint Boniface. René and Florence square danced with « Paws-N-Taws ». Her other hobbies included planting and taking care of flowers and gardens, playing a round of Canasta or Toc with her grandchildren, knitting with friends and grandchildren, and preparing meals. Tuesdays and Thursdays were reserved for curling.
Florence loved camping, travelling whether it be with family or groups exploring Canada, the United States and Europe. She also enjoyed spending time at the cottage in Gull Lake.
The family would like to thank the staff of the 5th (Family Medicine) and 8th floors (Palliative Care) of the Saint Boniface General Hospital for their care and compassion.
A service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, power point presentation and eulogy at 10:00 a.m., funeral at 10:30 a.m. at the Saints Martyrs Parish, 289 Dussault Avenue. Will also be on - Sts Martyrs Canadiens Winnipeg.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 01, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Nous offrons nos sincères condoléances à René et toute la famille. Florence était une bonne et remarquable femme que nous avons eu le grand plaisir à connaître pendant plusieurs années dans notre petit coin du Parc Windsor.Elle sera dans nos pensées et prières ainsi que toute sa belle famille. - Posted by: Conrad,Monique LaFleur et famille (Friend and Neighbor) on: Nov 17, 2022

  • Sincere condoleance a les deux famillle. Agnes Desrosiers/St.Mars et Claire Desrosiers de Ste-Genevieve. - Posted by: Agnes St Mars (Neighbour/friend) on: Nov 14, 2022

  • Condolences to Rene and the family. I always remember boarding at your house. Had fond memories of boarding with your brothers of the family. - Posted by: Robert Desrosiers (Friend) on: Nov 05, 2022

  • Mes condoléances à Albert, Joelle et toute la famille de Florence. J'ai rencontré Florence au Club Éclipse: une boule de feu charmante et engagée. Une perte pour nous tous, une étoile filante au ciel. Louise Hébert-Saindon - Posted by: Louise Hebert-Saindon (friend of family member) on: Nov 03, 2022

  • Cher René et chère famille, Nous avons bien connu Florence lors des activités du Club Éclipse. Florence a beaucoup de grandes qualités. En plus d'être aimable, dévouée et travaillante, elle possède beaucoup d'entregent et de compassion pour les gens qu'elle côtoyait. Puisse les bons souvenirs que vous gardez de votre chère Florence, vous consoler dans votre peine. Amitiés de Paul et Claudette - Posted by: Claudette Baril (friend) on: Nov 02, 2022

  • Acceptes nos sinceres sympathies Rene ainsi que ta belle et bonne famille..Florence continuera a veiller sous ton toit et te donneras la force et aussi l'assurance que tu ne sera pas seul....qu'elle se repose sans souffrance et en paix...assure toi que vous aller etre dans nos penser et priere vendredi.. - Posted by: Gilles et Huguette Remillard (amities) on: Nov 02, 2022

  • My heartfelt sympathy to Rene and family. I remember Florence as a generous, happy, energetic, resourceful, caring person, and talented in so many ways. Being the second oldest of a large family gave her an abundance of resilience. I have a lot of fond memories of our childhood with all the many family gatherings. Thinking of you all in a very special way, Claire - Posted by: Claire Surgenor (Gauthier) (First cousin) on: Nov 02, 2022

  • Toutes nos condoléances aux familles Saltel et Bourgouin. - Posted by: Jeanne and Aimé Gougeon (cousin) on: Nov 01, 2022

  • I square danced with her and her husband. - Posted by: Marie Fiola (Second cousin) on: Nov 01, 2022

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi René et à toute ta famille. Je suis confiante que tu est bien entouré par ta famille et tes amis. Bon courage en ces temps difficiles. Alice - Posted by: Alice Arnal (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2022

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