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Born: Jul 25, 1952

Date of Passing: Dec 07, 2019

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July 25, 1952 – December 7, 2019

On December 7, 2019, Michèle died with family by her side, at the age of 67 years, in the same unit of the Foyer Valade nursing home in which she worked as a Registered Nurse, until struck down by Parkinson's disease at age 47 years.
Michèle will be very much missed and devotedly remembered by her cherished husband and lifelong soulmate Tom; mother Christine; children, Natalie Blerot (Terry), Sheila Vick (Steve), Emily Alderson (Andrew), and Tommy Anderson (Sarah); grandchildren, Eric, Jacques, Geneviève, Elsie, Archie, Charlotte, Sally, Duncan, and Zoë. Also mourning her loss are her siblings; Danielle (James), Guy (Janet), Marcel (Jean), Mona (Dave), Mario (Rhonda), Juliette (Armand), Joël; in-laws, Ron, Cheryl (Terry), Ian (Jan), Cindy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her father Arthur, brother Jacques (Teresa), mother-in-law Ruth, and sister-in-law Ellie.
Born on July 25, 1952 to parents, Arthur and Christine, Michèle was the eldest of nine children. She was raised in St. Lazare, Manitoba, later moving to Winnipeg, where she briefly worked for Immigration Canada (where she met her husband Tom). Michèle was not afraid of challenges, and later in life, while raising three children, she pursued her true calling by studying to be a Registered Nurse. She wrote her final nursing exam the day before the birth of her fourth child. Michèle worked as a well respected and dedicated nurse until being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1999.
Michèle was a caregiver by nature, at home and at work, always putting others' needs ahead of her own, even throughout her struggles with Parkinson's. Her family fondly remembers the Sunday gatherings she hosted and the meals she so effortlessly put together. Michèle settled for nothing less than perfection in all that she took on and
didn't believe in shortcuts. Meals were always home cooked and she kept a spotless home. Undeterred by the challenges brought on by her illness, Michèle continued to do what she loved. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with family (especially grandchildren), cooking, gardening, and most of all crafting/DIY. She loved a good project and could most often be found in her art room working on her latest endeavour. She was a generous lady, most often gifting her artwork (usually watercolour roosters) to others, many of these still hanging in the homes of family and friends. Special thanks to her good friend Kelly, who right to the end, navigated through everything from paint brushes to power tools while caring for Michèle as she worked on her many projects. Michèle took great pride in her appearance and loved filling her wardrobe, home, and the homes of others with thrift store bargains. She loved fashion, and her daily attire was always well thought out. From her red cowboy boots to her many other eccentric accessories and outfits, she wore them all well! Special thanks to sister-in-law Jan Anderson, for accompanying Michèle on many of these thrift store shopping sprees and for her companionship that Michèle so greatly cherished.
Michele always said, "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance." And that she did!
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, eulogy, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Michèle's memorial page at
The family thanks Parkinson's Specialist Dr. D. Hobson, and the wonderful staff at Poseidon and Action Marguerite (formerly Foyer Valade) care homes for their care and compassion.
In accordance with Michèle's wishes, the family will be holding a private celebration of her life at a later date.
The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Society would be greatly appreciated.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 14, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I've had one of these famed rooster paintings since 2012. It's moved with me to school in Waterloo and brightened up my sometimes oppressive and stressful environment and has since hung in my home in Winnipeg. It never ceases to bring me joy. Sending you my love in your sorrow. I know how special she was to you all. - Posted by: Colleen Mulhall (friend of son, Tommy) on: Dec 15, 2019

  • Condolences to Tom and the family. I too, was one of the lucky ones that received the water colour rooster. And it is still hanging in my room. Michelle is very generous and thoughtful and she always had a great taste in fashion. She is a strong woman, having to fight the horrible disease for 20 years. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to Tom and the family. Love you guys - Posted by: Soo Lee (Daughters’ friend) on: Dec 15, 2019

  • I worked with Michèle for several years, I will always remember her walking into the conference room with her contagious smile and ponytail swaying, she could bring calm to any situation that would upset her team, I am blessed to have worked alongside her. - Posted by: Yvonne Piché (she was my charge nurse at Foyer Valade) on: Dec 15, 2019

  • Tom, Natalie, Sheila, Emily and Tommy, we would like to send you our deepest condolences on the loss of Michele. We have so many fond memories of her. We just have to look around our house to know how generous she was with her time and talents. Her paintings hang on our walls. We still also have some of the beautiful greeting cards she loved to paint. They're perfect for that 'just because' greeting that you want to send to someone. I think I'll keep the last rooster one we have. C'est chic! Michele also reupholstered one of our chairs with some fabric I bought in Thailand. It's as lovely as the day she gave our chair back to us. Will still uses a childrens table and chairs that Michele repurposed for him, although his knees now knock the top of it. He'd still rather spread his legs wide then let us give it away! And of course I'll always remember Michele offering me clothes that she found on one of her thrift store shops. Emily would say, "You don't have to take them". Anyway, I just wanted to share how much Michele has impacted our lives. And I'm sure many others can say the same. Take comfort in all the beautiful memories you've shared together. Know that she lives on through all of you and your children. Sending love and prayers your way. Love, Janelle, John and Will. - Posted by: Janelle, John and Will Alderson (Family and friend) on: Dec 15, 2019

  • My condolences to Tom and the rest of the family. May God give each of you strength to move forward, especially at this time of the year! - Posted by: Margaret Ralp (Friend of Emily and Natalie (daughters)) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • Mes condoléances à toute la famille Fouillard et Anderson. Michèle a été une camarade de classe en douzième année au Collège Saint-Boniface. - Posted by: Denise Bruyere (classmate) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to each and everyone of Michelle's family and loved ones. In reading this thorough obituary, what is understood is LIFE. A life well lived to the fullest. Pushing forward . A legacy of how to live, for sure. Now she rests. May she rest in peace. It is always sad to be separated. May you be comforted by each other and in the fact that she no doubt lives on. In each and everyone of you by her legacy of such a life. Do take care. 🙏 - Posted by: Rachelle Guay (Grew up in same small village) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • I remember sleeping over at grandma’s and painting a big rooster statue that she let me keep. She loved to do art and so do I. Grandma was really brave when things were hard. I loved my grandma and will really miss her but people do hard things. Elsie - Posted by: Elsie Vick (Granddaughter ) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • Worked with Michele at Foyer Valade Always a happy person always laughing learned a lot from her Michele was very patient and had lots of empathy RIP Michele sympathies goes out to all of her family at this time - Posted by: Paulette Allan ( nurse in charge at foyer valade ) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • Michelle was an awesome lady who truly inspired me. Every time I saw her she had a gift of some sort for me - always selected with my interests and tastes in mind. We shared a love of art and always talked about doing an art show together. I will miss her dearly. My sincere condolences to Tom and all of her family members. I hope you are comforted, as I am, that she is at peace. - Posted by: Janice Horn (Friend ) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to Tom, the children, grandchildren and all Michele’s family and friends. She was a true matriarch and although we met only twice, I was so warmly welcomed by Michele and did go home with some of her beautiful artwork: “Beaver Creek” adorns our home. Hugs to Tom and the family and much love from Ottawa, Becky. - Posted by: Rebecca Kong (Cousin) on: Dec 14, 2019

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