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JOYCE VICTORIA MOREAU (ETTERMAN)
Born: Oct 10, 1933
Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JOYCE VICTORIA MOREAU
October 10, 1933 - September 12, 2020
It is with profound sadness that the Moreau family announces the sudden passing of our beloved matriarch Joyce, on Saturday, September 12, while at the family cottage at Victoria Beach, at the age of 86 years.
Joyce was predeceased by her mother Kay, her father Robert, brother Albert, sister Lillian, son Joseph, and husband Con. She leaves to cherish her memory her sister Grace, her children, Paul, Christopher (Carla) and Michael (Darlene), her grandchildren, Dane (Hilary), Cole (McKennah), Fallon, Adara and Pierce, her great-grandchildren, Norah and Indiana, and a third great-grandchild to be born sometime next April, along with many nephews, nieces and dear friends.
Mom was born on October 10, 1933, and came into the world in a most elegant way. Born at home, the doctor was called while he was in the middle of a society party, and delivered Mom while dressed in a formal black tuxedo. That grand entrance was to set the stage for the development of a socially graceful woman whose style, presence, gentility, and kindness would define her life.
Spending her formative years during the 1930s and 1940s growing up on Burrows Avenue in the North End, she thrived in the eclectic ethnicity of the community and the richness of those blended cultures.
A conscientious student with a love of music and sports, she graduated from St. John's High School going on to work for Eaton's downtown in the store's accounting department as a junior clerk, and later at the Industrial Acceptance Finance Corporation.
In those days, young men and women seeking a weekend escape from the city would often take the train up to Grand Beach, where one night on the moonlit boardwalk, with music drifting down from the dance hall, she met the love of her life, Con.
Mom and Dad married in 1960 and started their family. Tragedy struck early though with the infant death of their first-born son, Joseph in 1961. Hospital delivery wards in those days were not enlightened and kept children separated from their parents. Mom sadly recalled how she was not allowed to see Joseph after delivery, never even having had the chance of holding her newborn son, or seeing him until after he had passed.
With courage and faith though, they tried again, and Mom had three more boys. She made a wonderful home, always arranging for special touches, gifts, meals, notes and surprises on birthdays and holidays. She enveloped us in warmth and support in between, nurturing our life education and encouraging our dreams, and cheering loudly at our sports games.
Dad was a committed businessman with dreams of his own, and once her sons were older, Mom decided she wanted to get back into the workforce herself and spent the next 17 years working for the CIBC. She was a wonderful, loving and supportive wife.
This was also beautifully evident in how Mom selflessly cared for Dad during the three and a half years he struggled against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Dad had lingered, as had her own mother prior whom she had lovingly tended to as well, following a severe stroke. Through these experiences, and others, Mom resolved that such a fate was not to be hers. She embarked on her retirement and remained a widow for the next 23 years.
After Dad's death, her sons took steps to fully integrate her life into theirs and she participated completely in all aspects of their growing families. Mom's full life also included a close circle of contemporaries including her church clubs and fellow choir members at St. Anthony of Padua. She lived alone and was highly self-sufficient and enjoyed her many routines with friends - both in and out of her apartment block.
She loved rye and 7-Up, shrimp cocktail, a good steak and baked potato, and cherry cheesecake. She also loved comfy slippers, her heated-up bean bag, hot tea and cookies, shopping anywhere, and trips across the border to look for deals. She came to digital technology later in life, but mastered her iPad and spent many hours on it.
Mom and Dad bought land at Victoria Beach in 1970 but held off building until the 1980s. Renting at first, Victoria Beach was a paradise for the family and when the year-round Chateau Moreau - as it affectionately came to be called in later years - was finally built, the family continued to make new memories by the shore.
Mom loved the beach, swimming, jumping through the waves, luxuriating in the warm summer sun after a refreshing dip in the lake, staying on the sand late into the day, riding her bike to the bakery, ice cream at The Moonlight Inn, and sharing it all with family and her sons' many lake friends.
However, time was hard on her and she came to face many physical ailments. She fought valiantly and her daily courage against the chronic pain was astounding. And while at 86 years of age she was still a tough customer, fiercely independent, and still drove her own car, we could tell that she was steadily slipping, slowing down, and getting tired.
On Saturday, September 12 Mom came "home" to the lake - her favourite place in the world to be - to make the final trip home to heaven. She passed quickly, fulfilling her desire not to linger, and now belongs to the ages. While our hearts are shattered, we know she is free from pain and reunited with Dad, and our brother Joseph, whom she can now finally hold close in the fullness of eternity.
A special thank-you to Dr. Robert Kroeker, Mom's cardiologist who did so much over the years to extend her days with us, and to the many other doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who looked after Mom both in and out of the hospital, especially at The Grace. The family also extends its sincere thanks to all those who have sent their condolences and words of support.
In keeping with Mom's wishes, and COVID restrictions, a small private family Celebration of Life will be held, and cremation will take place.
In lieu of flowers, and in honour of her grandson Pierce, the family asks that donations be made to Autism Manitoba at www.autismmanitoba.com
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Joyce's memorial page, which can be found at IntegrityFuneralPlanning.com
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Chris, Paul and Michael, my condolances on the passing of your mom. I will always remember how her presence lit up the room and when she was surrounded by her family, she was in her happy place. God bless. - Posted by: Alan Lavoie (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2020
Dearest Michael, Christopher and Paul. My family and I send our heartfelt thoughts and condolences on the passing of your Mom. Respectfully, The Nimchonok family - Posted by: Sam Nimchonok (Friend ) on: Sep 22, 2020
Dear Paul, Christopher & Michael, What a beautiful tribute to your beloved mother! Indeed she was a valiant woman. Her joy is now complete. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy & loving prayers. - Posted by: Alice Konefall (Family friend) on: Sep 20, 2020
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