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Born: Feb 04, 1966

Date of Passing: May 03, 2021

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February 4, 1966 - May 3, 2021

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Louise at Portage District General Hospital on Monday, May 3, at the age of 55 years, with Mom and Dad by her side.
Louise is survived by parents, Yvonne and Armand, brother Raymond, special nephew Joshua Lafreniere and niece Maybel Murray; uncles, aunts and cousins of the Lafreniere and Tessier families.
She was predeceased by her grandparents who she enjoyed very much.
In her beginning school years Louise was diagnosed with being mentally challenged. She attended a number of Special Ed Classes at various schools and enjoyed her teachers and friends. She was active in the Special Olympics in her teen years and was awarded a number of medals in track events. In winter she liked to cross-country ski. In summer, she was able to ride her two wheel bicycle on her own and enjoyed regular family activities. She looked forward to summer family holidays, for many years in McIntosh, Ontario, and loved to swim and fish.
Eventually she was placed in a work program and was taught to take the transit bus alone to the workshop and back home during weekdays. At 23 years old she had her first setback and ended up at Victoria Hospital and then Manitoba Development Centre (MDC) in Portage La Prairie. She loved her new home, friends and personnel. She enjoyed many programs, including workshop, crafts, outings, and Sunday church services.
She regularly was picked up every second weekend on Fridays by her mother and enjoyed home visits and especially playing Kinsmen Bingo with her father and family Sunday dinners, before being driven back on Mondays.
Eventually, Louise suffered a second setback. This incident took away many of her abilities and she managed to survive until now with dedicated and professional care of MDC staff, in particular at her Cedar Cottage Home, then Westview Facility.
Family wish to thank Dr. Thor Choptiany for directing her care since the setback, devoted MDC personnel, in particular retired Cedar Cottage Coordinator Jocelyn Maroniuk Vezey and Westview Coordinator Bruce Cote.
The family also appreciate the support of friends and family who understood Louise's own decisions to remain at MDC, where she enjoyed the programs, activities and workshop prior to its closing.
In addition, Louise had great affection for MDC staff, most notably in Louise's mind, caregiver Frank Marikiewicz (who jokingly to Louise was "Frank the tank, with a cane"), and Florence, who she was told retired and moved to Norway and took the time to visit Louise on one of her return trips.
Special thanks to Kim Darichuk who provided computer virtual visits weekly during the Pandemic.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Louise's memory can be made to Special Olympics Manitoba, 304-145 Pacific Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2Z6 or website

E.J. Coutu & Co Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Our thoughts are with you in fond memories of Louise - Posted by: Bill& Maureen Forrest (Friends) on: Sep 22, 2021

  • Hello Yvonne, Armand and Raymond, Just to let you know that we are thinking about you and of course our fond memories of your dear Louise. A special life to shine on..... - Posted by: Bill & Maureen Forrest (Friend / Special Olympics Coach) on: May 17, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to you Armand, Yvonne and Ray. We have fond memories of Louise. Her coming with you to have dinner at our house. She had such a beautiful smile and had a good sense of humour. I also recall volunteering at Special Olympics and enjoyed watching Louise participate. She had such a good time and tried so hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in knowing Louise will continue to live on in our hearts and memories. - Posted by: Tony and Dawn Mohammed (Friends) on: May 13, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Joanne Riedle (Extended Family) on: May 12, 2021

  • Louise has always been a very special person in my life. She has taught me patience, compassion and caring. She was always a joy to spend time with, singing her favorite songs and laughing out loud whenever we would visit. I remember taking her and her group out for cross country skiing when she was much younger. She was very good at it and enjoyed socializing with everyone. I will miss her a lot. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Love you always and forever Louise. - Posted by: Gisele Tessier (Aunt) on: May 11, 2021

  • Dear Yvonne and Armand, sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter. Everytime I ever had a chance to interact with her she was always so charming and real. A big loss to both of you and the Lafreniere clan. Thinking of you. Love cousin Roger - Posted by: roger LaFreniere (Friend / family) on: May 09, 2021

  • We remember Louise having so much fun in McIntosh. We offer our sincere condolences to Yvonne, Armand and Raymond. - Posted by: Gérald and Andrée Paquin (friends) on: May 09, 2021

  • Deepest sympathy Yvonne and Armand on the passing of your daughter. May you find comfort in knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Also that Louise is without pain and at peace. - Posted by: Betty Forfylow (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • To your family & to those who were always there for Louise. We are so sorry for your loss. I know Louise is now walking & free of all her disabilities now, in the arms of the loved ones who have all gone before her & in God's loving arms. Yvonne, We know you fought for Louise all of her life. You were her voice & the best Mother to her that you could be. She must have loved you & Armand so much for always making her life as Pleasant & happy as can be. We pray for you now for your loss & ask God to give you the so much deserved peace & happiness now. God Bless you both... Your Cousin Helen & Frank - Posted by: Helen Torchia (Cousin) on: May 08, 2021

  • Dear Yvonne, Armand and Ray; we extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Louise. We know how much Louise meant to you, and was loved by you. She held a special place in our hearts as well. May the wonderful memories Louise provided you in years past, give you comfort and strength, now and the days to come. Much love, Cheryl and Dave. - Posted by: Cheryl and David O’Reilly (Friends) on: May 08, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of your daughter's passing Yvonne and Armand. Our daughters are so precious to us. - Posted by: Rita Lanoix Savoie (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • Love to you my sister Yvonne and brother-in-law Armand. Sincere sympathy to you both and Raymond, Louise will be remembered. May she Rest In Peace. Germaine - Posted by: Germaine Cook (Aunt) on: May 08, 2021

  • I got to know Louise through Special Olympics as my son was also in S.O. Through the years I always thought very highly of her & her parents. Sending my condolences & Prayers through this difficult time. Lea - Posted by: Lea Menard (Friend of the family ) on: May 08, 2021

  • Yvonne and family, I was shocked and saddened to see Louise's passing. My thoughts are with you all. Your memories will be treasured. - Posted by: Lynn Good (Special Olympics ) on: May 08, 2021

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