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JEANNE VERHAEGHE

Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2013

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JEANNE VERHAEGHE Peacefully, with family and friends by her side, Jeanne Verhaeghe passed away at St. Boniface Hospital, on February 5, 2013 at the age of 93. Jeanne was predeceased by spouses Alphonse Charles Ducharme (September 1967) and Art Verhaeghe (August 1983), her parents Frederic and Stephanie Restiaux, brothers Eugene, John and Arthur, brothers-in-law Laverne (Tiny) Bales and John Abrahamson, and sisters-in-law Esther (Harry) Restiaux, Josephine (John) Restiaux and Marie-Jeanne (Arthur) Restiaux. Left to cherish her memory is her four children, Lloyd (Marianne) Ducharme, Carole Tremblay, Allan Ducharme, and Perry (Denise) Ducharme, brother Harry Restiaux, sisters Germaine Bales and Terry Abrahamson, 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren as well as great-great-grandchildren, four stepchildren Bertha (Klaas), Lengyl Yvonne (Charlie) Ricard, Ralph (Diane) and George (Lorraine) Verhaeghe, and her cherished friend Clara Hyde. Mom was born in St. Lupecin, Manitoba on October 2, 1919 to Frederic and Stephanie Restiaux. The family moved to St. Boniface where she went to school at St. Joseph's Academy. Later, working for Mayor Vanbellegam of St. Boniface as a housekeeper and nanny for the princely sum of ten dollars a month, which was a constant reminder to us that she could live very comfortably on. This wage allowed her to buy a bicycle and her first sewing machine. While few have seen Jeanne on a bicycle most have seen her at her sewing machine over the last 70 years. Jeanne Restiaux and Alphonse Ducharme were married on December 17, 1941. Married for 25 plus years. Widowed for six years, Jeanne married Art Verhaeghe in May 1973. Mom was a long time member of the Belgian Club and a lifetime member of the St. Sebastianette Archery Club. She enjoyed her weekly outings including Monday bowling, Wednesday lunch and bingo at Pendergrast Senior Group but her favourite was playing cards with Clara on Saturday. Everyone always says how sweet Mom was - It must have been her sunny smile and her willingness to always look after her "favourite". Some of the more memorable sayings such as "Just do it", "I'm not the cook. I'm a glamour girl" and "Leave the dishes for Clara" reflected her warm, funny, diva side. Services were held Friday, February 8, 2013 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home with Father Ron Leger of Holy Family Parish officiating. Pallbearers were: Al C. Ducharme, Steven Tremblay, Ryan Hart, Wayne Juer, Rick Edwards and Don Newbury. Honorary Pallbearer: Tana Tremblay Thank you to the compassionate doctors and nurses at St. Boniface Hospital Emergency and Intensive Care Unit. A special thank you to granddaughter, Tana Tremblay, for her loving care of Mom in her last years. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
Publish Date: Feb 9, 2013

JEANNE VERHAEGHE It is with sadness, that we announce the passing of Jeanne Verhaeghe on February 5, 2013 at St. Boniface Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Interment to follow in Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. Longer notice to follow. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca. Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
Publish Date: Feb 7, 2013

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2013

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My dear sweet grandmother, I do miss you so very much!...and I know I'm not the only one!!...you touched so many lives in so many different ways...while it's been two years since you have left us...your spirit is very much ingrained in me....I'm in a better place of being thanx to you...I've been having a lot of feelings of missing you...especially today!...what I wouldn't give to have just five more minutes holding your hand, caressing your cheek and making sure you knew how much I love you....I pray that you always felt that in the years we had together....before you were called home...you felt the love....I would like you to know that I have made some major life decisions since you're gone and any difficulty I find myself in or experiencing I can simply close my eyes...and pray about it often hearing your words back..."Just Do It!"....so I do...,did...😊 I can't tell you that it's been an easy walk...but it's been one I know I don't have to rely on myself....taking myself out of the equation...and listening to others...asking for help and moving forward each day....Gram, I miss tucking you in at night and saying our prayers oh and I miss when I would sit on the floor in front of you and you would play with my hair while I read to you....haven't cut my hair yet!!....I miss our drives around town...old neighbourhoods and houses and the park to see the trees....you were quite fascinated with trees....and I will never forget our nights of "midnight shopping".....😉...I tell that story and no matter what others may say...it's ours to share forever!!!....Sometimes I'll read my journals and realize....just how committed I was to you....even in the moments of silence...sitting in the same room....we didn't always have to be so vocal...for even in silence love is heard!!!....my belief that I will see you again....when I am called Home too!...in the meantime Gram....our family was forever altered when you were called....and today we go forward with faith and hope that God won't give us more than we can handle or bear...life is going to happen...what matters is how we go forward and accept life for just what it is...right now our family is in need ....good thoughts, prayers and positive love vibes....can and will be graciously appreciated....so please Gram keep an eye on us all...and maybe all together we could find our willingness and ways to go forward under God's love and care to see us through!...belief, and faith are absolutely needed with your prayers and well wishes for you Grandma and for our family members who are suffering in their own situation....I pray for those in crisis...May God lead them to a place of Serenity...I love and miss you very much Grandma!!!...😍 - Posted by: Tana I Tremblay (Granddaughter and Godchild) on: Feb 05, 2015

  • My dear, sweet Grandmother, oh how I miss you. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since you left us. Tonight, I am overwhelmed with thoughts and memories of you and I. Sharing my life with you, taking care of you, gave me some of the most treasured memories I will ever have. I carry them with me always. Sometimes, I can almost feel how warm your hands were when I would hold them while we said our prayers. Or how soft your cheeks were when I kissed you goodnight. I miss playing cards with you, sewing with you or just sitting quiet and watching tv and just sharing some good conversation. I am grateful for all the life lessons learned during our time together. Today I am a better person because of you. You taught me patience, compassion and strength. And as I journey down my own path, you are forever in my heart. Without you Gram, I would not have the promise of prayer...you taught me that...and for that I am eternally grateful, thank you. Hope and faith tell me that I see you again...Until then know I love you very much and miss you deeply, your granddaughter, Tana XXXOOO - Posted by: Tana Tremblay (Grandaughter and Godchild) on: Feb 03, 2014

  • Dear Grandma, I thought of you today! I miss helping you put your stockings on! We use to laugh so hard. I remember sitting at the corner of the sewing machine watching you very closely. Wish I learned more, cuz I'm still not that good at it! I missed you so I thought I'd pop by and let you know! I love you grandma! Will be seeing you again one day! Save me a good spot up there! Then you can really teach me how it's done! xoxoxo - Posted by: Danielle Ducharme-Wesche (Grande-daughter ) on: Mar 12, 2013

  • It is with great sorrow that I write this now, having just been informed of Jeanne's passing. Having known her since I was a boy, she had always been "Mrs Ducharme", to me, even to this day, despite the fact she would always laugh and correct me, that she hadn't been "Mrs Ducharme" for years. Just thinking about her brings a smile to my face, as she had a way about her, a wonderful zest for life, a joie de vivre that made one's day brighter for having spent time in her company. She used to tell me that my father Albert used to shamelessly flirt with her anytime their paths crossed at the Belgian Club or the archery club. I'm certain that he was not the only one of her many, many friends that could not resist her unique charm. Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of a woman who was so special, to so many people. - Posted by: Dave Mestdagh and Heather Frazer (Family Friend) on: Feb 15, 2013

  • Harry sends his love to you all. He will miss his visits with his sister, working in her yard, playing cards and keeping everyone in line. As kids we remember fondly our visits with Auntie Jeanne. She did a lot of mending, alterations and sewing for us when she would visit us in Burnaby, BC. She would shop at every sale we had and buy everything! She always said that it didn't matter if it fit or not she would make it fit! Great lady with a wonderful smile. We will miss her! - Posted by: Harry and kids: Rick, Stacy, Roxy, Shelley, Wendi and Ken (brother and his children) on: Feb 15, 2013

  • Jeanne was a great lady & a good friend! She made me a couple of dress ties years ago which I still use to this day! She shall be missed! Thoughts & prayers to the Verhaeghe family! - Posted by: Reg & Joan Bergmann (Friends & fellow archers) on: Feb 12, 2013

  • My lovely glamour girl. I will have you in my heart and in my thoughts until we meet again. I thank you for all you taught me. I appreciate the time we spent together sewing and singing with you birds! I will miss you greatly! I love you grandma. Xoxo - Posted by: Danielle Ducharme-Wesche (Grand daughter ) on: Feb 11, 2013

  • Tante Jeanne...My beautiful ( Fairy ) Godmother, Precious gift...I wanted to come to her 100th Birthday party. Not to be...but I am Grateful to have had her in my life for such a long time, and am a much better person from the lessons she taught me. I can now whip up a dress on my sewing machine...speak French better than before...Thanks to all the laughter and corrections made. Of course Clara was a wonderful Teacher as well and we often laughed till we cried. Singing!! Singing!! we often sang the OLD songs together, she never forgot the words, nor did her Alto Soprano Superlative voice age...probably why her canary sings so well. She took me in when I had no home, fed me when I had no food, and gave me some values to live by. I am a better person for all she gave to me, and the world is just a wee bit sadder now that she is gone....People who dwell in your Heart are never really gone. I do remember her accompanying me to buy my first Sewing Machine...as we tried it out she said, " Oh! it just sings!!" So now when my old machine is singing..I will think of my lovely Auntie Jeanne and miss her, and be happy to have had the pleasure of having her in my life. Godchild.....Cecile - Posted by: Cecile Restiaux (Godchild) on: Feb 09, 2013

  • We will always remember Jeanne's lovely smile and pleasure when she met us. A lovely lady who will be missed by all who knew her. Prayers and our deepest sympathies to family and friends. - Posted by: John and Charlotte Kuban (Long-ago friends from St. Boniface) on: Feb 07, 2013

  • Grandma and I used to sit and play cards for hours, she was an excellent card player... She would always win! I remember listening to the stories she would tell me about her youth as a seamstress, and many other life events. She loved to dance, and sing! Grandma, I will miss you deeply, you've touched my life in more ways than I can count. I will be forever grateful for the time we had together. Until we meet again, pussy cat, I love you. Xoxo Jessie - Posted by: Jess Litman (Granddaughter ) on: Feb 07, 2013

  • I am so sorry to hear that Jeanne passed away. Please accept my deepest condolences. I will miss her stories and of course her singing...I never refused to listen to her tape again and again. - Posted by: Susan Owen (family friend) on: Feb 07, 2013

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