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Date of Passing: Jun 25, 2021

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1932 - 2021

It is with sadness that we, the Filles de la Croix, announce the passing of Sister Lucille Courcelles (Soeur Angèle Thérèse) at the age of 88 with 61 years of Religious Life. She died peacefully on June 25, 2021.
Sister Lucille was predeceased by her parents, Marie-Anna Sabourin and Lévis Courcelles, as well as her brother Camille and his wife Aurore Fontaine and her brother-in-law Marcel Bilodeau. Together, with the members of her Congregation, Sister Lucille leaves to mourn, her sisters, Emma Vermette (Maurice) and Louisa, as well as nieces and nephews and many close friends.
Sister Lucille grew up in Sainte Agathe, where she received her primary and secondary education. She then graduated from Normal School in 1954 and taught for three years before joining the Congregation of the Filles de la Croix in 1957 where she pronounced her final vows on August 15, 1964. A gifted and devoted teacher, she will be remembered in many schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where she taught for 33 years. Upon retirement she came to Manitoba to help the sisters before returning to Saskatchewan where she served in Mankota, and later on in Carlyle.
Sister Lucille was a vibrant and dynamic woman, creative, generous, with a sweet tooth. She loved to garden, and then to can and freeze the vegetables. She would make jam and pies with the berries she picked, which she would then share with those around her. She enjoyed visiting friends, and also welcoming them in her home for a meal. Sister Lucille was also well known to the residents of the Moose Mountain Lodge where she visited frequently, singing to them, praying with them and often playing a quick game of cards. Wherever a function came up that needed volunteers, there was Sister Lucille helping in any way she could. She also had many friends on the White Bear Reserve where she would visit frequently before the pandemic. But, the activity near and dear to her heart was the Kenosee Boys and Girls Camp where she taught catechism and helped in any place that needed a pair of hands. Once the camp season was over, she was already thinking of new and interesting activities for the coming year.
A woman of faith, spiritual, fun loving, Sister Lucille had a great love for her family, her congregation and her friends. She enjoyed being with people and her relationships were life giving.
Special thanks to her friends in Carlyle, who looked after her so well during these last months, with a special mention to Val and Jack Baker, and to all the caregivers at the Moose Mountain Lodge.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date. Interment has taken place in the St. Adolphe Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kenosee Boys and Girls Camp, Box 1291, Carlyle, SK S0C 0R0.

475 Provencher Blvd.
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 03, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sister Lucille served in the parish St. Ignace in Willow Bunch for many years. She was very supportive and helped with the music liturgy. We would meet weekly to prepare the music for the Sunday Mass. Also she was an amazing friend to the elderly. Always smiling, she was a generous person. Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences to her family and her Sister nuns. - Posted by: Doris Y. O’REILLY (Friend ) on: Jul 05, 2021

  • We didn’t know Sister Lucille real well, met her a few times through Jack and Val. She was a beautiful soul. Heard many wonderful things about Sister how devoted she was to many things. RIP dear Sister Lucille. - Posted by: Mike &/Colleen Greenbank (N/P) on: Jul 05, 2021

  • Our condolences to the family of sister Lucille. She will be missed at our parish she was very devoted to teaching the children. And us adults telling us we needed to renew our spirit. She always walked so quickly through our town. She loved her gardening and her baking. She will hold a special place in my heart. Diana - Posted by: Diana Winter (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2021

  • I was very sad to hear of Sister Lucille passing away. I have many fond memories of time together at Kenosee Boys and girls camp and playing cards when the work was done. She will be missed. - Posted by: Freda Lautner (friend ) on: Jul 04, 2021

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