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Born: Nov 03, 1942

Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2021

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November 3, 1942 – September 11, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Mary Antoinette (Annette) Bruyere, of Sagkeeng First Nation on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
Annette leaves to mourn her children, Susie (Garry), Claude (Denise), Fran (Roland), Janice (Norbert) and Robert (Melody); 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; her sister Rita, sisters-in-law, Lorraine, Terry (Bert), Sylvia, Viola and Joan, and brothers-in-law, Bruce (Darlene) and Chris (Delores), numerous nephews, nieces, family member and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Dora and Joe Guimond; her husband of 40 years, Ron Bruyere; sons, Henry, Richard and Lawrence; grandson Lil Rich; great-grandson Arjay; sister Elaine; father-in-law and mother-in-law William C and Angele Bruyere.
Annette was born to Dora and Joe Guimond at the Pine Falls Indian Hospital on November 3, 1942. Annette attended Fort Alexander Residential School and later graduated from Red River College with her Finance certificate. In her early years, Annette started working with her Granny Elize cleaning homes in Pine Falls. She realized that she didn't want to clean houses for the rest of her life, so she pursued her education and graduated from Red River in June of 1971; a few weeks before her baby boy Rob was born. Annette worked within her community; she worked at the sewing factory, as a bookkeeper for the Band and eventually retired from the Education Finance Department where she worked for 30 plus years.
Annette was a pillar in her community, she was a volunteer, sat on various boards, she was an advocate for the education pension plan, and a strong supporter of education overall. Annette was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her love for her family was felt by all, and we will cherish our special memories with her. Annette was an avid sports fan, always supporting her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other youth in the community, whether it was carpooling with other mothers to take their kids to games, or driving her grandchildren to their games as well. If there was a game being played, Mom/Kokem was always there with her beautiful warm smile. She was everyone's hockey, baseball and lacrosse Kokem.
Wake to be held at St. Alexander Roman Catholic Church, Ft. Alexander, MB beginning Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. With respect to her wishes, cremation will follow and interment will take place at a later date.
Meegwetch to the staff at the George M. Guimond Care Centre for their care during her stay.

Condolences may be sent to the family
c/o Spirit Road Funeral Services Inc.,
PO Box 200, Fort Alexander, MB, R0E 0P0, 204-340-6490 or friends may leave a message of sympathy at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sincerest condolences to all feeling the loss of this wonderful soul. I will always remember her kindness. Every time I saw her, she was always smiling and had a special warmth. 💕 - Posted by: Cora (Cousin ) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • My deepest condolences and sympathies to all Annette’s family. Such a beautiful big legacy left for generations to come. I will always remember her as the biggest supporter of sports, and her beautiful warm smile. Truly was a wonderful lady ♥️ May she now Rest lovingly and peacefully with her life partner and husband. Miigwetch for all your years of service to our community of Sagkeeng - Posted by: Jennifer Courchene (Cousin) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • Sending my heartfelt Condolences to my dear Nieces and Nephews on the loss of their beautiful Mother Annette. A hardworking woman always filled with compassion to all who knew her. She had such a loving personality with an infectious smile. We will forever love and miss you dear Sis but I'm being a tad selfish by saying you're finally together with the love of your life and others gone before whom you mourned for. No more loneliness. Rejoice with all the angels. Love Sister in law Joan - Posted by: Joan Bruyere (Sister in Law) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • I just want to send my condolences to the family, sorry I can't be there but she is in my prayers. - Posted by: Sarah Alexander (Neice) on: Sep 16, 2021

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