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Date of Passing: Sep 21, 2014

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MARGARET MATILDA JANSSENS Margaret Matilda Janssens passed away at Moira Place Senior's Home in Tweed, ON September 21, 2014 after a long fruitful life at the age of 97. She was born in a homesteaders shack near Crane Valley, SK on August 22, 1917. Mother took great pleasure in telling stories of how their family prospered in the 1920s and survived the depression in Saskatchewan in the 1930s. The stories always portrayed much happiness through sometimes difficult situations. She married Louis Janssens on November 23, 1942. They rented farms by Goodlands and Medora until they finally purchased their own place Northwest of Boissevain in 1956. They raised four children Irma, Sheila, Lorne and Lloyd. Mother worked hard on the farm milking cows, shipping cream, tending a large garden and helping out with the general farming operation. We all look back on the days that we spent on the farm as a very happy fulfilling time in our lives. Mother worked at West View Lodge for a short time after her and Dad retired from farming and moved into Boissevain in 1976. In retirement they enjoyed many trips to the West coast and Ontario to visit with their daughters Irma and Sheila's families. After Dad passed away On October 31, 1996 Mother moved into the Centennial Apartments in Deloraine where she lived until moving to Tweed, ON in June of 2005 to be close to Sheila. She is predeceased by her husband Louis and a grandson Jimmie Cave. Survived by her children Irma (Jim) Cave, Sheila (George) Scott, Lorne (Robyn) Janssens and Lloyd (Ann) Janssens, grandchildren Terri (Gaetano) DiNicolo, Julianna Janssens, Jessica Janssens, Robert Janssens, Chris (Bev) Janssens and Jennifer Janssens, great-grandchildren Anthony DiNicolo, Mathew Dinicolo, Christina DiNicolo and Dean Janssens. Smith Funeral Home 204-747-2088
Publish Date: Oct 4, 2014

MARGARET MATILDA JANSSENS Margaret Matilda Janssens beloved wife of the late Louis Janssens died September 21, 2014 at Moira Place Senior's Home, Tweed, Ontario at the age of 97 years. Funeral Mass will be held Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Antoninus Catholic Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Interment will follow in the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Margaret may be made to St. Antoninus Catholic Church, Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0. Messages of condolence may be made online at Smith's Funeral Home 204-747-2088
Publish Date: Sep 27, 2014

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 04, 2014

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Grandma Janssens I love you with all my heart Grandma. I miss you dearly and could not have hoped for a more wonderful time when we were with you in Tweed this summer. My father, Lloyd Janssens, was raised with an amazing, kind and quiet nature that I could only dream to embody. I know this is a quality of character he retained from you and I hope to encapsulate it one day. The impact you had on the Janssens family was expansive and will continue to grow throughout the years. My Grandfather would be proud. I am certain he is delighted to be with you in the kingdom of Heaven. You have always been so loving and caring...and sometimes concerned about the affairs of others. During the last visit, you told stories of the old farm and all the hard work you did over the years. The happiness that lit up your eyes when you saw photos of your great-grandchildren, my nephew and others, is a beacon of light in our hearts. I felt your joy when I was with you. I felt if you were closer to my age, you would have been a good friend to me. The celebration of your 97th birthday will always be this incredible moment in my life, where I was able to see a Matriarch of a family, proud of what she had done, enjoy the company of those who have only her to thank for our existence. Those memories will stay with me forever. I need you to know you have not been forgotten. Your memory lives on in me and the Janssens family as a legacy that will never see an end. Grandma, you are loved as the driving force and matriarch of our family. Grandma, you are loved for your own sake. I will never forget my last moments with you. There are so many memories I will share with my children in years to come. I am filled to the brim with the excitement of telling my future children of their great-grandmother, and I will ensure the stories carry on. Especially the stories about Smitty and his experiences... I will always remain a Janssens. Love Jenny. - Posted by: Jennifer Janssens (Grandmother) on: Dec 11, 2014

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