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IRENE CLOUTIER (née MASSICOTTE)
Born: Jul 13, 1925
Date of Passing: Aug 31, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
Irène was predeceased by her husband Georges Cloutier in April of 2011, and son Lucien Cloutier, as well as her parents, Aurore Massicotte (née Ouellet) and Alfred Massicotte, and many brothers and sisters.
Irène was the youngest of 12 and was the only surviving sibling until her passing. Irène est née à St-Pierre Jolys le 13 juillet, 1925, mais pour ses premiers 20 ans, elle vécut sur une terre près de Kleefeld, où ses parents avaient une ferme. Elle aidait avec l'ouvrage relié au troupeau de vaches, des poules, des chevaux et aussi des renards dont son papa vendait les fourrures. Irène avait les poignets très forts ayant beaucoup travaillé sur la ferme. Elle mentionnait souvent les bons souvenirs de la ferme où elle demeurait. Elle a été pensionnaire aux couvents de Ste. Anne et Saint-Charles pour son éducation secondaire. Elle quitta la ferme quelques années avant le déménagement de ses parents à St- Pierre Jolys en 1945.
Irène a fait ses études en enseignement à l'Ecole Normale au Manitoba, et ensuite enseigna à Fannystelle. Plus tard, elle suivi un cours commerciale à L'Académie St-Joseph. Par après, elle a travaillé une année à l'Hôpital de St-Boniface et deux années comme secrétaire à MTS.
On November 6, 1948, at age 23, she married Georges Cloutier and in their years together they raised eight children. They were married for 63 years.
After Georges passed away on April 13, 2011, Irène moved to Residence Despins in the Supportive Housing section. She was there for almost two years before moving to Actionmarguerite, Foyer Valade on August 27, 2013.
Mom was a wonderful person who had a lot of faith. She loved her family dearly and she showed us how to love by example. She showed much strength and determination in taking care of all of her children including Lucien, who had Down Syndrome. Lucien was the family's angel. He taught us humility and compassion. Lucien was a bundle of energy and had significant care requirements. By the time Lucien reached seven, Mom was exhausted and a family decision was made to send Lucien to St-Amant. There were few supports available to families at that time and the decision to move Lucien was very hard on Mom and Dad.
We all remember gatherings of family and friends where Mom and Dad would be so welcoming to all. There was always room for one more at the table. Mom was a wonderful cook and we had so many memorable family meals. All the boys in particular remember the feeding frenzy that would occur when Mom would bake homemade bread or cinnamon buns. In all this mayhem she always remained calm and enjoyed the time with her children. Thankfully, the eldest, Mariette, was always a support to Mom in looking after the seven boys that followed.
Irene is survived by children, Mariette (Arnold Ternowski), Gilbert (Lorraine), Claude (Valentina), Réal (Karen Palmer), Léo (Carmen), Robert (Elena) and Georges (Heather Stagg). She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Mom and Dad were always happy when their children and grandchildren would gather for holiday and other special events. Keeping the family together was the most important gift Mom and Dad gave us.
Mom will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends. You have joined Dad at the "Table of Plenty" in the presence of God.
"We will miss you Mom / Mémère."
The family thanks all of the caregivers who looked after Mom over the years. The staff at Residence Despins, the companions at Comfort of Home, and the staff at Actionmarguerite Foyer Valade were so amazing. Even with the progression of her Alzheimer's disease, many of her caregivers remarked how she remained graceful and would always smile at them. Being kind and caring for others was who she was and who she remained throughout her life.
Donations in memory of Irène can be made to Actionmarguerite - Foyer Valade.
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at www.desjardinsfuneralchapel.ca
Desjardins Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 07, 2019
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
My condolences on the passing of your mother. I have fond memories of suppers and playing cards with your mom and dad. My prayers are with all of you. - Posted by: Diane Arnal (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2019
Comme je suis hors province et qu'il me sera impossible de participer aux funérailles de votre maman, demain le 10 septembre, je vous offre mes plus sincères condoléances et l'union de ma prière à la votre en ce départ de votre maman. Un pensée toute spéciale pour Gilbert, Claude, Lorraine et Valentine. Camille Légaré csv - Posted by: Camille Légaré (ami de la famille ) on: Sep 09, 2019
To all the Cloutier family, my sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I remember her from the little house on Waverley and in Fort Richmond. She was always so happy to see us when we came by either to pick up Robert or to have our grad party in the yard. Such a wonderful mom, you were all so lucky to have had her in your lives for so long, you were truly blessed. She will be missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Cindy Wright - Posted by: Cindy Wright (Friend) on: Sep 07, 2019
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