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Born: Jun 11, 1952

Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2019

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(formerly QUESNEL) (nee SLIMMEN)
June 11, 1952 - September 5, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a loving and amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Bonnie passed away peacefully at Women's Hospital (Health Sciences Centre) on the afternoon of Thursday, September 5 from cancer. It was a brief, but fiercely fought battle that ended too soon.
She is survived by her dear sister May Wachal (Tom), her loving husband André Bellemare, her daughters, Tammy Quesnel, Jody Kulyk and son-in-law Andrew Kulyk, son Corey Quesnel and Christine and Glen Anderson; grandchildren, Jacob Rubidge, Lacey and Cooper Kulyk, Tanner Quesnel, Brody and Sarah Anderson, Ivy, Jarred and Phoenix; many nieces and nephews, including Sandy and Tom Wachal.
Bonnie was predeceased by her high school sweetheart, Chris Quesnel, her mom Lillian Slimmen, father Peter Slimmen, and sister Audrey Slimmen.
Bonnie was born June 11, 1952 in Winnipeg. She grew up on Winterton Avenue and stayed in the East Kildonan area her entire life, living on Neil Avenue for most of her adulthood, where many neighbours turned into lifelong friends. Bonnie was a stay at home mom to her three children until she began her career as an Educational Assistant at Salisbury Morse Place School (SMP). She worked there for 25 years and connected with staff and students in a profound and meaningful way, until she retired four years ago. Bonnie fully enjoyed her retirement spending lots of time with her grandkids, having coffee with friends and many fun nights playing cards. She enjoyed 37 summers at the cottage in Lester Beach. For the last year she spent a lot of time helping to care for her dear sister May; their bond was like no other, a relationship to aspire to. During her time at SMP, she was introduced to her husband André, by her now stepdaughter, Christine; it was a match made in heaven.
The friendships and bonds that Bonnie made lasted a lifetime, and came from many facets of her life including volunteering at Prince Edward School, her neighbours, co-workers, many seasons of bowling. She had a smile and hug for everyone she met, a heart of gold, and became 'Mom' for anyone who needed it. She touched the hearts of everyone that she met, young and old, and will be forever missed having left far too soon.
We have to thank the medical staff at CancerCare and all of the staff at Women's Hospital on the fifth floor; they gave unbelievable care, patience and love to our mom and wife - we will be forever grateful. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Cancer Care Manitoba in Bonnie's honour.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Bonnie on September 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel of Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler Ave.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to Andre, Bonnie's sister, children, grandchildren and many friends (one being my Aunt Sally) xoxo I met Bonnie years ago when she was a neighbour to my Aunt Sally & Uncle Don. I remember her with the great smile and long blonde hair! I grew to know her as part of our family:):) She always welcomed me and my family with a big hello and a hug! She was always laughing!! 34 years ago (come September 21) Bonnie & Chris were so kind to babysit our daughter for the night on our wedding night! We will truly miss "Aunt" Bonnie!! Xo Love Sherry & Carl Guttormson xxoo - Posted by: Sherry Guttormson (Friend) on: Sep 15, 2019

  • I went through high school and most of my twenties with Bonnie. We went in different directions, and I did not see her again. She was then, and always, the nicest person I ever had the privilege of knowing. My condolences to her family and friends. May she always be remembered. - Posted by: Lee Maxwell Mohr (old friend) on: Sep 11, 2019

  • My condolences, Andre. Thinking of you and your family. - Posted by: Cindy Lange (Friend from Ricki's) on: Sep 11, 2019

  • Bonnie was a dear sweet friend of my sister,Andrea, for many years. Any time I was in her company she was always so bubbly and smiling. She was a true friend to my sister and their close friends. She will be missed. My condolences to her husband, children and grandchildren. - Posted by: Cindy Parker-Rentz (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2019

  • Bonnie was a very dear friend to me. I loved her very much and will miss her. My condolences to Andre and the family. Leila - Posted by: Leila Paulus (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2019

  • Dear Family and Friends, Our most sincere condolences to you all on the passing of Bonnie. We grew up with Bonnie in East Kildonan, attended Polson School (Grade 1) and Munroe Junior High together. Martha and I (sisters) lived on Washington Avenue, a few houses down from Katherine McKellar (Fuhr). Have wonderful memories of us going back and forth from Bonnie's, playing , a sleepover and just being kids bumming around. Simple and carefree days. As the years went on we tended to go our own ways. Lives were being built and the last visit we had with Bonnie was lunch in Matloch, the Whytewold ( a little over a year ago). Nothing much changed, right back to where we were when we were younger and of course Bonnie was her bubbly self. We shared our lives and it was as if no time had passed. Bonnie seemed to pack a lot of living into her time on earth, she left her mark and her legacy does continue. Safe Travels Bonnie. Erna Stiles Martha Bartlette - Posted by: Erna Stiles (Loewen) and Martha Bartlette (Loewen) (Child hood Friends) on: Sep 09, 2019

  • Thank you Bonnie for the years that you spent with my "Shanny". Your caring and questions went on, even when Shannon was no longer your student. Every time we would see each other, you would always ask how she is doing and if I had pictures. Shanny is doing fine, and the next time we meet, I'll show you pictures. - Posted by: Debbie (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2019

  • André, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bonnie. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet her too often but when I had the opportunity I can say for sure she was one sweet person. I know she will be missed by all that knew her. Condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: David Labram (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2019

  • Bonnie Quesnel as I knew her at Salisbury Morse Place School. We worked together for years and shared special needs students as well. Bonnie was a kind , gentle , caring co worker who loved working with all students at SMP. She loved talking about her grandchildren, kids , and family. We enjoyed many Christmas dinners , swimming classes , delivering flyers, travelling to children’s festival , and so many school activities with Bonnie. She always had a smile and enjoyed her times in the staff room. We will always cherish her times at SMP. - Posted by: Glenn nanka (Co worker at SMP) on: Sep 08, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. It was like having an aunt live across the street, she was a great lady with a smile and wave for us everytime we saw her. The neighborhood won't be the same. She will be missed. - Posted by: Bill Johnson (Neighbor/friend) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • Bonnie's daughter Tammy was my first friend when I started grade 2 at Prince Edward. She is my dearest friend to this day. Neil Ave. was my second home growing up like so many other neighborhood kids. Our mothers would become dear friends over the years. Bonnie was an angel on earth and now she's angel on the other side. I can hear her infectious laugh when I close my eyes. All my love to the entire family. xoxo - Posted by: Ashley Ross (Family friend) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • I am extremely heartbroken to hear of my dear Bonnie’s passing. She was a one of a kind and I am forever grateful to have had her as a part of my life, I will cherish our close friendship and calling her my ‘second mom’. I had the privilege of working with Bonnie at SMP and was fortunate to have had her in my classroom. Every child simply adored her, not to mention the staff! I will miss our long talks, her smile, infectious laugh and her never ending encouragement and support. Especially was so looking forward to her visit with Andre here in Kelowna. It was so hard not to be there, as her short journey of her illness began just before I moved. I will miss her dearly. My sincerest condolences to the family, especially her grandkids who she was so proud of! Take comfort in the memories. I truly believe she was an angel among us, who was called back far too soon. - Posted by: Lisa Gross (Friend) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Bonnie's sudden passing. I worked with her at SMP for many years and always appreciated her warm smile, caring and patience, especially for the children with whom she worked. She will be missed! Heartfelt condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Marianne Sobie (colleague and friend from SMP) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • I’m so so sorry for the loss of Bonnie. She was an incredible women. I met Bonnie and André when I was a child when we moved next door to them on Neil. Ever since that day Bonnie has looked out for me and was always there for my sister and I. Words can’t describe what she meant to me. I will miss you so much and our talks. When I think of you I’ll just look up into the sky. I love you. May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with your family. Chelsea - Posted by: Chelsea (Next door neighbour/best women ever) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • Truly sorry to hear of Bonnie's passing. I met Bonnie through my sister Andrea and each time I saw Bonnie she gave me a big hug. My thoughts are with her family and dear friends. Remember the happy times. Sincerely, Jolene - Posted by: Jolene Parker (Friendship) on: Sep 07, 2019

  • Im so sorry to hear of the passing of Bonnie (Mom). I have many memories of sitting at her kitchen table having a chat over the years. My thoughts are with the Quesnel Family. Brent Wilde - Posted by: Brent Wilde (Friend) on: Sep 07, 2019

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