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BERTHA BOUCHARD (LAROCQUE)
Born: Nov 24, 1937
Date of Passing: Jul 10, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
November 24, 1937 - July 10, 2021
Bertha was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband Leo, in 1980, her parents, numerous siblings, nieces and nephews and in-laws.
Leaving to cherish her memory are her children, Carole (Gene), Greg (Annette), Jackie (Dale), Nicole (Carey) and Brad (Tina). As well as her grandchildren, Ryan, Brandon, Colin, Danielle, Jocelyn, Brooke and great-grandson Daxon. She will be dearly remembered by her sisters, Clara Hyde and Virginia Thibodeau, as well as sister-in-law Grace Bouchard and brother-in-law Gabby Bouchard, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was born in Letellier, Manitoba moving to Winnipeg at the age of 16. This was where she began working and gaining skills in the service industry. Some of the places she worked were Eatons, The Bay, Dairy Queen, Airliner Hotel and Airport Hotel.
She met Leo, and it was true love. They rented homes in the North End and the West End, until they bought the house on Ingersoll Street, establishing lifelong friendships with the neighbours. Together they were the most gracious hosts, opening their doors to many, always having a drink to offer and some great snacks. They spent much time at Charlie Krupp Ball Park. Running the concessions was one of Mom's favourite things, as she peddled her famous hot dogs to many a fastball player or fan. There are still people to this day who still ask for a Bertha dog.
Family meant everything to Mom. She was the glue that kept us together, and always lit up when we were near, especially her grandchildren. She always looked forward to family gatherings, especially when she could bring her famous potato salad. So many of our fondest memories will be at the many socials, weddings, backyard barbecues and Christmases with Mom willing to get up on the dance floor, or participate in the games, or just sharing in each other's company. She also enjoyed her evenings out at bingo, the casino or playing the VLTs. Even the occasional game of poker at the house having her ask her kids to "lend her a buck" to keep her in the game.
When Dad passed away, Mom took on a full time position with the Manitoba Government as a receptionist. She rarely missed a day of work, while still running the household, putting dinner on the table and cleaning on Saturday mornings, while listening to ABBA, Simon and Garfunkel or the Bee Gees to name a few. She taught us all what it means to have a strong work ethic. Upon retirement she took residence on Clayton Drive where she had many acquaintances over the years. She also took on a cleaning job at an office with the Federal Government. This kept Mom happy as she made some new friends and as she said, "gave her something to do." For Mom, working wasn't just about doing the job she had to do, but creating relationships. She met lots of people whose lives she impacted in the most positive way.
In the early fall Mom was diagnosed with lung cancer. She battled hard, but unfortunately it became too difficult for her to keep up the fight. Mom left us, and is now at peace, reconnected with Dad, enjoying a drink and watching a ball game.
The family would like to thank the palliative nurses and home care workers that visited Mom at her apartment, and Auntie Virg for all the extra care she provided. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the doctors, nurses, health care aides and other staff at Riverview Palliative Care 3E for the kindness, compassion and care they provided to Mom in her final days.
At Bertha's request, there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Riverview Palliative Care Unit 3E.
Rest easy Mom, you are loved today,
you are loved tomorrow,
you are loved always.
KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Our condolences Reid, Bette and family - Posted by: Birss family (Freind) on: Jul 25, 2021
To the Bouchard family, We are saddened to hear about Bertha’s passing. Please accept our condolences from the Slevin family. May she Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Debbie Slevin (Friend) on: Jul 23, 2021
I am saddened to hear about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I want to offer my sincere condolences. I hope the good memories you have of her will comfort you in the days ahead. I have fond memories of visiting the family home on Ingersoll. - Posted by: André Larocque (nephew) on: Jul 22, 2021
So sorry to learn of Bertha's passing. We got to be good friends with Bertha and Leo during the time we lived in Winnipeg during the 1950's. Playing fastball along with Leo for Kiewals and the friendship we enjoyed with Bertha and Leo were the highlights of our time in Winnipeg then. To all the family please accept our sincere condolences. Bob & Joan Taylor, Vancouver, BC - Posted by: Bob & Joan Taylor (Good friends) on: Jul 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss Carole. What a great write up about your Mom. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Dina Kingma (Friend/former coworker) on: Jul 17, 2021
Hello Greg, Annette and family. Your mother sounded so wonderful. I am so very sorry for your loss. She will leave a huge sense of loss for all of you. I am sending comforting hugs for you and your family. God bless. - Posted by: Barbra Shepit (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2021
Please accept my sorrow for your loss Nicky. Soon we can all give hugs and feel temporary relief from our pain. Take care of yourself and your family! - Posted by: Dianne T Garnett (Nicole's former co-worker) on: Jul 17, 2021
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