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Born: Jan 29, 1932

Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2019

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(née PRIVE)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Laurette Dufresne, on April 8, 2019, after a lengthy illness with Parkinson's disease.
Mom was predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Jeanne Privé; her husband Charles Dufresne; her three brothers, Léo, Lucien and Wilfred Jr. Privé; and her daughter-in-law Sharon Dufresne.
Mom will be lovingly remembered by her seven children, Marcel (Shirley), Elaine (Dana), Harry (Teresa), Gisèle (Willie), Ron (Cheryl), Wayne (Tracy) and Jamie; as well as 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She will also be dearly missed by her sister Laurianne, who took such good care of her, as well as her brothers, Roméo, Normand and Clément.
Mom was born on January 29, 1932 in Ponteix, Saskatchewan and later moved to Manitoba with her family. She married Charles Dufresne in 1953 and lived in Benard, where they raised their seven children.
Mom was a vibrant and independent woman with a strong work ethic who was a role model to her family. She managed her home with exceptional precision; always cooking, baking, gardening and canning, as well as sewing much of her children's clothing. Mom also took on several part-time jobs over the years including driving a school bus, running a catering business, doing custom sewing and starting a cleaning business in later years. She was also generous with her free time and volunteered on many school, church and community committees. Mom also loved to entertain family and friends, and hosted countless dinners and parties over the years. Amazingly, she still found time for fun with friends and sure did enjoy a good curling bonspiel.
Mom also had the gift of generosity and would share her skills and resources with family and friends. She loved to buy gifts for her children and grandchildren, and always wanted to help us out in any way she could. She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren, and loved to celebrate all of their achievements.
When Mom moved to West Park Manor, she continued to try and do the things she was passionate about like caring for the plants, weeding the gardens, tending to other residents and of course, always cleaning. Her gift of giving continued while in care, and she always insisted on having something on hand to give to the staff or her grandchildren, when they visited.
The family extends a special thank-you to the compassionate staff of West Park Manor for all of their love and care over the years.
A funeral service will be held at the Elie Blessed Sacrament Church on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow.
Honourary pallbearers are her grandsons, Vince Dufresne, Steve Dufresne, Chad Elliott, Tyler Elliott, Thomas Janssen, Matthew Dufresne and Alex Dufresne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Laurette had a kind soul and treated us California kids with such kindness, all 6 of us. My mom, Marge, and her were such great friends as well as sisters-in-law. Laurette always had the welcome mat out willing to entertain at any time. Such fond memories of our times visiting the house - sweet dreams for Laurette. You are in His hands now enjoying eternal life with no pain and no sorrow. - Posted by: Anne Marie Dufresne (Niece ) on: Apr 24, 2019

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Dufresne and Prive family,sending everyone my love. - Posted by: madeleine prive (sister in law) on: Apr 23, 2019

  • My condolences to everyone with the passing of my Aunt Laurette. I have not seen her in many years but I do remember some fun gatherings with the Prives as a young girl. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Carole and Bob Slade - Posted by: Carole Slade ( Prive) (Léo Prive was my Dad) on: Apr 21, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Auntie Lauriette’s passing. I know her illness was lengthy. Know that all of you are in my thoughts. Losing a parent is hard. Cherish all the good memories that you have had and what a beautiful strong woman that she was Anita - Posted by: Anita Croteau (Prive) (Niece) on: Apr 20, 2019

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