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LUCIENNE ANNA GUNNING (GRANGER)
Born: Mar 19, 1956
Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
LUCIENNE ANNA GUNNING
March 19, 1956 - September 14, 2020
Lucienne was my best friend that I fell in love with at first sight. To know her was to love her. She loved travel, be it a ride across town or vacationing with our favourite travel partners, Juliette and Richard, to warm climes or European destinations. She was intensely competitive. Any get-together with Juliette involved a board game, especially Scrabble. I never knew her to spell a word wrong. Lucienne had a passion for family research that she pursued for over 20 years. She was always looking for a new pursuit in life, be it sharing gardening tips with Marie-Claire, collecting and refinishing antiques, hunting for mushrooms or practicing yoga. She related to me thousands of anecdotes over the years about good times spent with all of her siblings.
To say we will miss Lucienne is an understatement. She was funny, level-headed and always prepared. She would spend hours planning, be it to go to the lake or go on a family vacation. All I had to do was load up the car. She and I would talk to each for hours about anything under the sun. One cannot describe this loving person with a few words. Thank you, Lucienne for putting up with me for 45-plus years.
Mom, you are the most selfless person I have ever known. Thank you for everything you have taught me, your kindness, generosity and support throughout my life have meant more than you know. Je t'aime.
Lucienne knew of her possible parting and had these words to pass on
Thank you, Mom (Cécile Grégoire/St. Vincent) and Dad (Hercule) for the gift of life.
Thank you to my siblings and their partners for keeping life interesting in childhood and adulthood: Robert (1957-2001), Émile (Bonita), Alphonse (Sharon), Marie-Claire, Henriette Proulx (Marcel), Juliette Nadeau (Richard), Louis, Monique Vermiere (Gord), Joseph (Joanne), Cécile.
Thank you to my three favourite men: husband, lover and best friend Ross, most loving and caring child Garret and grandson Ashton, my special surprise.
Also my three beautiful Yewish grandchildren: Todd, Brielle and Brynnley. I was present at all three of your births and have loved you since. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
Finally, to Wanda, the best friend of a lifetime - intense and low maintenance.
The family would like to thank the caring team at Saint-Boniface General Hospital who ensured Lucienne's comfort in her final hours.
A private Celebration of Life will take place with interment at the Gull Lake Pioneer Cemetery at a later date.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
Very sorry to see of Lucienne's passing. Condolences to Ross and family. - Posted by: Karen Watson (Neighbour at lake. ) on: Oct 17, 2020
I only got to know Lucian for 16 years. When Marie-Claire and I began our relationship she brought me out to Gull Lake for approval. One of the greatest honours of that approval is that for the last two years Lucian planted her cucumbers in our garden. Lucian was not an easy woman. However, when we were sitting side by side in oncology, Friend, she was both direct and compassionate. When I spoke to her about a letter I was planning to write she thought it was good. A few weeks ago Lucian was sitting in a lawn chair here in Fatima, chatting with Marie-Claire while Ross and Gerratte and I were shooting. I wish I could have been at your side. WGN. - Posted by: WGN (cinda brother in law) on: Oct 03, 2020
I didn't know her but knew the parents and grandparents and some of the family. My deepest sympathy goes to the family especially to Marie Claire when I met her her here in Campbell River and gave her my memories of living in Fatima. - Posted by: Louise Belin (Chevrefils) (Lived in Fatima) on: Sep 29, 2020
Most sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Ross, Garret and Ashton as well as all of Lucienne's siblings and many nieces and nephews. Lucienne is one of a kind. She always wore a smile and was very intentful with everything she did and said. She was my godmother along with my eldest brother Robert. Lucienne was always filled with genuine care and concern for her husband, children, grandchildren and all her siblings as well as her mother, she backed all her words with action by always being there for each and everyone. Lucienne will be lovingly remembered by everyone she encountered throughout her lifetime as she always knew where and when (often why) a connection had happened in the first place. She was a solid, witty and wise person filled with many true stories (backed up with proof), funny tales and taught everyone she met so much about everything and anything... She always had concrete answers and solutions to everyone's questions. I will miss her most dearly and will forever cherish all lessons learned from her. - Posted by: Cecile Granger (Youngest sister) on: Sep 25, 2020
I’ll forever hold fond memories of my aunt Lucienne. I’ve always associated Friday nights with her, from visits to grandmère’s when I was young, to board games at my parents’ with her and Ross. Lucienne was witty and smart. I was always confident to be paired with her and my mom when we played Trivial Pursuit men against women. I also have great memories of camping with her, a trip to Quebec City and when she visited me while I was living in Spain. My heartfelt condolences to my uncle Ross and to my cousins and good friends Garret and Ashton. xoxo Joëlle - Posted by: Joëlle Nadeau (niece) on: Sep 24, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Lucienne's passing. We attended the same schools in elementary and junior high. She was always one the smartest kid in the class. I missed her so much when the family moved to St. Agathe but we did managed to cross paths over the years. I last seen her at my Mom's funeral. It meant a lot to me that she had come and we were able to catch up on each other's lives. She definitely found her soul mate when she met Ross. My condolences to the entire family. I know she loved yous all so very much. - Posted by: FLORIDA HOWE (Life Long Friend) on: Sep 22, 2020
I have been thinking quite a bit lately about Grandma and our Métis history. I wanted to reach out to you and pick your brain as to the steps I need to take to obtain my Métis Card. You were always so knowledgeable when it came to our family’s history and I knew you would be the perfect person to talk to! I’m so sad that I never got the chance to see you before you left us all. Being a part of such a large family, it was difficult to remain close. My most recent memory of you was at my brothers wedding, when you and your sister Juliette hugged me while tears fell down my cheeks. In that moment, you helped me understand so many things. I see your smile in my mind as I have so many times before and it brings me to Grandma. You reminded me so much of her. I feel deeply saddened for your immediate family and know that they will miss you forever. My heartfelt condolences go out to each and every one of them, to your brothers and sisters and all of the friends you made in your lifetime. You are very loved and will remain with them always... Rest easy ma’tante Luch! Xox Melissa - Posted by: Melissa Johnson (Niece ) on: Sep 21, 2020
I will miss my sister Lucienne a great deal. My life will be so different without her! I began admiring her when I was a teenager. She was the trailblazer in the family; the first to experience the different milestones in life, and happy to provide advice to the younger siblings. We became closer when we were adults, sharing ideas on apartments and houses, parenting and much more. Soon we began travelling together, starting with a trip to Minneapolis, and continuing over the years many times to destinations near and far. Our camping trips to Birds Hill are treasured. Lucienne was always my partner when we pulled out the board games. Sometimes we had so much to talk about and laugh about that we didn't get to the games at all. Friday evenings will not be the same. Lucienne shared hundreds of family stories with me as she worked on her genealogy project. I am honored to have scans of all the photos that she so lovingly prepared. Lucienne was not only my sister; she was my best friend. To Ross, Garret and Ashton: my sincere condolences for this deep loss. - Posted by: Juliette Nadeau (sister) on: Sep 21, 2020
My condolences to Lucienne’s family🙏🏽 She was a breath of Love compassion and kindness💜 I we will miss her presence in our class! Thank You Lucienne for you loving energy and Light You are missed🕉 - Posted by: Robyn (Friend yoga teacher) on: Sep 21, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lucienne (aka Luch). Many memories of sitting around the kitchen table talking or dancing in the living room. Good times! RIP Lucienne. You are reunited with your parents and brother. Another angel has grown their wings... - Posted by: Darlene Nolette Sorin (Friend of MC’s) on: Sep 21, 2020
Lucienne, I will miss you so much! I never got to see you and say goodbye but I was able to call you a few days before you passed. We told each other our I Love You's just in case... I am happy I was able to talk to you, even if it was just for a few minutes. Then, I got a goodbye text from her. I immediately phoned her to tell her I'm so sorry you're going through this, how much I appreciated everything you did for me in my life and told you I Love You so much. In my heart, I have to believe she heard me. I am so heartbroken. Lucienne, I thank you also for all the family photos you sent me over the years, learning more about the Fatima history. I will treasure this forever. I especially loved when I came out to visit for a wedding a couple years ago. She went out of her way to show me around Winnipeg, the Stead farm, St. George where I went to school and driving around the area. Our visits meant alot to me and her. I appreciated all she did for me throughout my life. She always helped me even though we lived far away. You are reunited with our Mom, who meant so much to you! I know you are at peace now; no more suffering. Rest In Peace sis. Marci pour toute que tu à faite dans ma vie. Je t'aime ❤ - Posted by: Henriette Pixie Proulx (Sister) on: Sep 20, 2020
I met Lucienne in yoga class at the Garden City community centre. She was a great inspiration to me as well as others in the class. She was fantastic at yoga she had great balance and grace and could do a wonderful tree pose. She was always calm and always smiling, we all miss her. Rest In Peace my friend - Posted by: Connie mulholland (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020
My deepest condolences Ross, Garrett and Ashton. Lucienne was a very special lady and I was privileged to have known her. - Posted by: Wendy Olson (Acquaintance) on: Sep 19, 2020
Lucienne..I will miss you..I will remember our nature walks, talking about family and Fatima history, sharing a fire and beerss, going to Métis events and visiting relatives, hot tubbing and tubing..I'm glad I was there near the end..I said things I had always wanted to say..hope you felt it..I'm happy you appreciated all the positive energy I sent the last few weeks..marci ben pour toute! ∞ - Posted by: Marie-Claire Granger (sister) on: Sep 19, 2020
Matante Lucienne, I'm so sad that I couldn't say goodbye so this is it. I wish you peace up there with Grandma, I know how much she meant to you and now you can be reunited. You were always such a caring and loving aunty and I will miss you. I know the family isn't as tight as some are but everytime we got together it was a great time and created lasting memories. I also thank you immensely for passing on all the family photos and files of our family history to me, I will always have those as a keepsake in your memory. Love you Matante Luch, - Christopher - Posted by: Chris Granger (Nephew) on: Sep 19, 2020
I met Lucienne one time and she mentioned seeing me on AncestryDNA. She asked me who some of my relatives were. I was just learning about my family tree and only remembered a few names. She got back to me, told me how we were connected and also that I am a cousin of Louis Riel. She was exactly right! I never got to tell her that our chance meeting has led me to discover my Métis ancestors. She will be so missed. - Posted by: Brent Epp (acquaintance) on: Sep 19, 2020
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