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Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2013

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MARTHA CHARTRAND It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear Mother, Ko-Ko, Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend, Martha Chartrand, on August 10, 2013. Martha leaves to mourn her children, Pauline (Robert) Genaille, David (Glorian) Chartrand, Nancy Chartrand, Frances (Charles Sinclair) Chartrand, Rita (Allan Spence) Chartrand and Walter (Lyn) Chartrand, daughter-in-law, Bernice Chartrand, sisters, Irene Chartrand and Mary Genaille, along with her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, nieces and nephews. Martha was pre-deceased by her parents Joseph Chartrand and Albina Genaille, sisters, Ethel Beauchamp, Pauline Stevens, Marion Chartrand, Sara Genaille, Maggie Ledoux, Florence Chartrand, brothers, Dickie Ducharme and Joe and Victor Genaille and Stanley Chartrand, sons, Elbert and Daniel Chartrand and great-granddaughters, Madison and Sadies Genaille-Chartrand. Martha was born April 5, 1930 and lived her entire life in Duck Bay aside from a few years living in the area of Barrows. A devout Roman Catholic, Martha was in church every Sunday and always impressed upon her children the importance of God. Martha also taught her children the value of education, hard work and to have strong principles. Most importantly, Martha taught her children and grandchildren to always have respect for all others. Martha was always there with guiding and loving words for her grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren adored her and couldn't wait for Christmas celebrations with everyone gathered under one roof and a mountain of gifts to be handed out after Midnight Mass. Raising her family was Martha's greatest joy and achievement, her other loves were cooking, bingo, summer days in Kettle Hills, playing rummy or having tea with her many visitors. Martha's quick wit and humour were contagious and every holiday, Easter, Thanksgiving and her birthday her house was filled with love and laughter and the complete admiration of her family who affectionately called her "the Queen". Her love was a sanctuary to her family and she could always be counted on to give wise counsel for those troubled by life's challenges. No one was ever turned away from Martha's doorstep. Mom left this world in peace surrounded by the love of her family. "To Our Mom" To Love a Mom, and then to part, Is the greatest trial to the human heart. Years of striving, little of play, Loving, giving, the whole of the way. A cherished smile, a heart of gold, To the dearest Mom the world could hold. Happy memories, fond and true, From us who thought the world of you. Beautiful memories are treasured ever, Of happy days when we were together, With aching hearts, we whisper low, God Bless you Mom, we will miss you so. Father in Heaven, hear our prayer, Guard our Mom with tender care, Be a good shepherd, don't leave her alone, Love her, as we loved her, When she was here at home. All who knew her - loved her. A Wake will be held on Friday, August 16, 2013 with prayers at 7:00 p.m. at the Duck Bay School Gymnasium. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Duck Bay St. Thomas Aquinas Church with Father Joe Cabral officiating. Interment will follow at the Duck Bay Cemetery in Duck Bay, Manitoba. Family and friends would like to thank Dr. Van Alstyne, nurses and staff of the Dauphin Regional Health Center and the Prairie Mountain Health Homecare Unit in Swan River for their excellent care and compassion. Some of Martha's favourite times were attending the Annual Assemblies of the Manitoba Metis Federation. In honour of Martha's strength, commitment and dedication to the Metis people, memorial donations can be made to the Manitoba Metis Federation Bereavement Fund, 150 Henry Avenue, Winnipeg MB, R3B 0J7. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services Dauphin, Manitoba (204) 638-4110

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 15, 2013

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • It is a very sad loss to lose your Mom. my heart and deepest sympathy go out to the Chartrand Family,,,ourselves on the same day 10 yrs ago we lost our mom seems like yesterday still. the hurt & loneliness never go away "But Sweet Good Memories " last Forever!! From The Campbell Family our Condolences To you All..Meegwetch <3 Bless u All.. - Posted by: Dinah Campbell (family friend) on: Aug 19, 2013

  • Booshoo; We are praying for Martha's happy reunion and sending condolences to the Chartrand Family at this time; We imagine her in a 'better place'. Peace be with you all> - Posted by: Ron Richard (Friend) on: Aug 17, 2013

  • Condolences to the Chartrand family. Sorry to hear of your loss - Posted by: Ron & Wendy Chief () on: Aug 16, 2013

  • I came from a family of seventeen (17) 8 females, 9 males. My parents and many of my brothers, sisters and only son (Wayne 22)have long passed on. They are all remembered as time slips by LONG LIVE THE DEAD IN CHERISHED MEMORIES! My condolence goes out to you and your family in the great lost of your beloved mother Martha. - Posted by: Thomas Guiboche () on: Aug 16, 2013

  • My heart goes out to the whole family for this great loss! God be with your mother and with you all! - Posted by: Tara Fagnan (Old Friend) on: Aug 16, 2013

  • Condolences to a great Anishinaabe woman! Heartfelt sympathy being sent to President David Chartrand and his family. We did not know your mother...but we empathize with the loss of a mother! May she live on in your hearts and memories. - Posted by: Merv & Barb Esau () on: Aug 16, 2013

  • With heartfelt sadness we offer our condolences to President Chartrand and Glorian as well as to all of the Chartrand family on the loss of your cherished loved one. She was truly a very remarkable woman and she will be missed. Linda & Vinko - Posted by: Linda St. Cyr (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2013

  • We are very sorry for your loss, deepest and sincere condolences to all ♥ - Posted by: Debi and Larry Copple () on: Aug 15, 2013

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