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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Valerie Fay Fleming (Lafrenais).
She is survived by her loving husband Anthony (Tony) Fleming, her two daughters, Rhonda (Michael) and Lisa (Peter); her four grandchildren, Alyse (Gage), Ian, Anthony and Matthew.
Valerie had seven siblings and she adored every one of them. Some she has survived, some she mourned until her last day. Terrence, Dorothy (Vlady), Hermie (Victor), Judy (David), Rudy (Joan) Andre (Gemma), and Maria (Larry). She also leaves behind many in-laws on Tony's side, many cousins, nephews, nieces, Godchildren and close friends.
Valerie was born in Pakistan on October 31, 1941 where she lived some of her fondest years. There she met her husband Tony, they married in 1959 and started a family before deciding to move to Canada in 1967. This was the beginning of a love story that inspired so many and will for generations to come. They laid their roots in Winnipeg, Manitoba followed by the rest of her family. She had many jobs throughout her life but her most cherished was caring for her family, especially her loving husband. Together they started a company called Accurate Scale Service in 1973 which is still open to this day.
She had hands that could make something out of anything. This was true for all she did, especially her well known cooking. Nobody left her home without a full stomach and a smile. Her favourite thing to do was entertain for her friends and family. This included timeless music, dancing, great food and drinks. Her gatherings will go down in history as they are the greatest memories for so many. She has often been referred to as the glue of our very large family, like a giant hug that kept our family together even when we occasionally tried to drift apart. She welcomed strangers and those she loved alike into her home with wide open arms. She had a spirit of fire, a heart of gold, and eyes like the ocean that seemed to know all and see everything.
Valerie had an unwavering faith in God and had a special connection with Mother Mary. Her four grandkids were her world! And they loved their Nana! She loved seeing wildlife, all things nature, cooking, socializing and travelling. She despised scary movies and a recipe not followed as given. She was selfless, strong, witty and often stubborn. Because of her we know a hot cup of 'karak' tea really is the medicine for all things. She spent much of her life enjoying road trips, camping and vacations with her loving husband, children and loved ones. We find comfort in knowing she was ready for this final journey. She is in God's arms now. She always told all of us that she would be with us always, and we believe her. She loved and was loved by so many. This loss has been felt by many from all around the globe. To keep her memory alive she would want you to remember her fondly with a smile. Remember the selfless love she had for her cherished family and friends in which she was so proud. For her amazing cooking, and her kindness near and far.
Valerie will be cremated at Chapel Lawn, laid to rest with many loved ones she mourned until her last days. A small funeral will be held with close family as restrictions do not allow more than ten.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • To my awesome auntie. It truly was an honour having you as my aunt. You were kind, generous and just a lovely lady. Our deepest condolences to Uncle Tony, Rhonda, Lisa, and all the grandchildren. God Bless xxxx Les, Cheryle and fly xxx - Posted by: Les (Nephew ) on: May 30, 2021

  • Absolutely lovely women. I wish I had time to visit more but also there’s a pandemic so I couldn’t go over. My condolences 💐❤️ - Posted by: Maddy Scott (Foster granddaughter ) on: May 23, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss Mogoo. Deepest condolences to all my cousins in Canada. I can vividly remember being at Valerie and Tony’s wedding and thinking she was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. Rest In Peace my lovely cousin. - Posted by: Dana Hawkes (Gantzer) (Cousin) on: May 23, 2021

  • Dear Tony, Rhonda and Lisa, Our deepest sympathies. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Emma and Charlie - Posted by: Emma and Charles Pereira (Family) on: May 22, 2021

  • To Uncle Tony, Rhonda Lisa & everyone else in the family, Aunty Val was a very big part of my life and will be truly missed by both myself and Garry “Zip” as Aunty called him. Aunty Val was an inspiration to all who knew her and she showed me how to be a strong woman and still have a gentle heart, RIP Aunty Val ❤️ - Posted by: Sharon & Garry Turner (God-daughter ) on: May 22, 2021

  • Very sad to hear of Val's passing. She was a lovely lady who will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of her wonderful family. - Posted by: Bruce Barton (Friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • I will never forget how welcome Valerie and her family made me feel when I arrived in Winnipeg in 1976. I had been in Canada less than a year and I was homesick. Valerie’s cooking and the welcoming nature of the entire LaFrenais family was the cure for my homesickness. Everything said in this beautiful obituary is so true. While we fell out of touch once I got married and eventually moved to Calgary, I always remembered Valerie, her immediate and extended families and will always be grateful to them. Tony, Rhonda & Lisa may you find peace in knowing how loved your Mom was. Valerie, Rest In Peace, Grace & Joy. Your journey through this lifetime touched many and we will all hold you in our hearts forever. - Posted by: Allan Marston (Friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • Lisa and Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing. I have such fond memories of your mom growing up. She was so kind and funny. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sending hugs xo - Posted by: Angie Hainsworth (Friend of Lisa) on: May 22, 2021

  • Remembering back, I first saw her around 1956.I was totally fascinated with this beautiful charming person I met.. we grew to know each other with time and she was the piller of strength to her family and stood ground with her loving husband Tony Fleming in what ever he did guiding the family forward. She will always be missed by one and all...may she rest in eternal peace. - Posted by: Tahira Khan- Tampa (Sister in law) on: May 22, 2021

  • We are so sorry for the profound loss of your mother, wife and grandmother. Anthony shared so many stories. Evan was always made to feel special. She was just that kind of lady .. generous and kind. May the warmth of her love and memories heal your sorrow and light your spirits always. Virtual hugs. - Posted by: Gale, Evan, Marisha Sykora (Family Friends ) on: May 22, 2021

  • My heart aches for the loss of this incredible woman. She has weaved her magically seeds of love throughout the family, to carry on throughout the rest of their lives. Remember her strengths to carry you through good times and challenging times. The tears roll down my cheeks as write this as I truly feel the loss of the family. She is in a glorious place and will continue to feel everyone’s love and warmth. My only regret is I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Val better, due to the current pandemic. God bless the family. - Posted by: Jacqueline Dyck (Friend ) on: May 22, 2021

  • We are so sorry for you loss Lisa and to your family. What a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She has her Angel wings on and watching over your family from above. She will always be in your heart and in your beautiful memories. Love you and sending you lots of hugs. - Posted by: Diane and Jim McDougall (Friends) on: May 22, 2021

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