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Born: Nov 27, 1945

Date of Passing: Feb 24, 2021

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(nee DUFOUR)
November 27, 1945 - February 24, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Celine Lysak on February 24, 2021. Mom battled a rare neuroendocrine small cell cancer that took her life within three short months. This never stopped Mom from sharing her love and wonderful sense of humour with all who loved her. Mom passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her immediate family who cared for her throughout her illness.
Mom was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband of 36 years, Eugene "Gino" Lysak in 2003, her mother Anna Morier, her godfather Leo Laramee, and brother-in-law Daniel Lysak. She leaves to mourn her two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Sean Savage and Monique and Tim Connell, along with her cherished three grandchildren, Kayla, Trevor and Sloan. Also mourning her passing are her siblings, Jeannine Wimmer, Patricia Neitz, Rachelle Kapustiak (Jerry), Roger Dufour (Tracy) and Paul Dufour (Ola), sister-in-law Audrey Lysak, along with many loved nieces and nephews.
Mom was born at St. Boniface Hospital in 1945 and grew up in the St. Boniface neighbourhood for most of her life including after marriage. Her fondest childhood memories were the few years she spent living on the farm with her Laramee grandparents and her favourite Uncle Leo in St. Eustache while recovering from Rheumatic Fever from ages 9 to 11. She married Dad in 1967 and lovingly would describe their marriage as "colourful". They raised our family in the Norwood Flats where Mom was an active member of her community serving their church St. Thomas Moore/Holy Cross Parish, playing softball, assisting Dad convening baseball for the Norwood Community Centre, along with cheerleading and keeping score at all our ball games.
Mom also had a lengthy career at Safeway and later with Nestle Canada for 14 years as a Sales Merchandiser. Post retirement, she took up cleaning homes a few days a week until 2005. Mom was a very proud lady with a strong work ethic. She managed her career and home in a very organized fashion. She never left the house without matching clothing, jewelry, shoes, lipstick, and her hair always done. She kept this routine even in her final weeks making sure she was always presentable for the visit from her nurses or video chats with family and friends.
Mom and Dad always welcomed everyone into their home or cottage and enjoyed hosting many celebrations / gatherings creating memorable times together with family and friends over the years. They loved music (Dad played fiddle) and dancing. Mom was the peacekeeper, the family caregiver, always open and honest. She cared deeply for her family and always provided words of caution to drive safe, be careful of weather conditions, always call when you get home or to the lake (even after we were married with our families) and to take certain vitamins to fend off ailments. She was considerate, never judgemental, and always saw the good in others. She loved unconditionally and could be counted on for her sincere advice delivered with a comical sense of humour.
Mom's most blessed and cherished role was that of a grandmother. She was incredibly proud of her three grandchildren whom she adored and spoiled. She loved spending time with them and actively participated in all their school and sporting events, cheering them on in the stands, caregiving, making them lunches, being their chauffeur and live-in-chaperone at times or enjoying time spent at the lake together. She always made their favourite spaghetti and meatballs along with homemade chocolate or lemon meringue pies. We always wondered how many guests were coming for dinner because Mom's table was plentiful.
Mom's last big celebration was her 75th birthday on November 27. She suddenly fell ill in the days following. Mom initially spent 27 agonizing days over Christmas and New Years in hospital unable to see her family except over facetime. Mom's love for her family and will to live, after an aggressive treatment, gave her all she needed to make it home early January to be with her family. Mom was proud and courageous. It was truly an honour to walk this journey with her and care for her as she has cared for us over the years. At our time of sorrow, we are so grateful and blessed to have shared this quality and memorable time with Mom. God has you in His arms, we have you in our hearts and Dad now has you by his side again. Until we meet again, we love you and God bless.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to our family friend Father Kevin Bettens for his spiritual gift and guidance during this difficult time. Thank you to our family and friends who have sent their prayers, thoughtful words of support, special meals, treats, beautiful flowers and gifts. Special thanks to the Woods family for providing Mom's comfort bed and supplies, along with Alissa and Rudy for their visits to the balcony decorating the fence below for Mom. She was loved by many and will be truly missed.

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day
be at my side, to light and guard, to rule
and guide. Amen

Due to Covid restrictions, interment will be held for immediate family only and a Celebration of Life at a later date for family and friends when permitted.
As per Mom's wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Siloam Mission or Main Street Project Inc.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • We are very sad to hear of Celine's passing. She was a wonderful person to be associated with. We enjoyed many sociable visits with Celine And Gino over many years. We offer our most sincere condolences to Angela, Monique and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Pat & Paul De Craene (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • What a beautifully written obituary - she truly was special with her never judging, great sense of humour, Have nice memories of time spent with Celine especially evenings when 4 of us got together..Gino, John. - Posted by: bernice smith (friends) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I had the pleasure to reconnect with Celine a few years back while visiting her Mother in Winnipeg with my sister May Laramee who is Celine's Aunt. Celine & I were in school together in St. Eustache while she stayed with her 'Grandparents'. She always had a twinkle in her eyes and we shared a good friendship and fondly remember those years. Very sad to hear of her illness and her passing. RIP dear friend. - Posted by: Anita (St. Germain) Simpson (School friend from St. Eustache) on: Mar 06, 2021

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