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Born: Jan 24, 1931

Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2021

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(nee DUMORE)
January 24, 1931 - October 30, 2021

Our family sadly announces the passing of Louise Fabris, on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 90 years of age. A life well lived by a gentle soul, who blessed our lives every day and in every way she found possible.
Louise is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Donna and Gayle and grandchildren, Randy, Matthew and Gary. She also leaves behind great-grandchildren, Darian, Brendon, Caitlyn, Alyssa and Joey, and her sister Doris. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter in 2018, her daughter Marilyn in 1999, parents, Anne and Scott, siblings, Victor, Roy, Kay and Jean.
Louise was born on January 24, 1931 on a farm in Foam Lake, SK. Her parents had a tough time making a go of life during the drought and depression years. With hope of better opportunities, they moved to Winnipeg in the mid 1930s and soon after, settled on an acerage in Teulon, MB, as part of a government relief program for struggling families. After five years, her father unable to start making payment, relocated the family to another homestead in Gunton, MB.
They were poor and times were tough but Louise always said she would never trade her childhood for any other. She often reminisced about where all the wild berries grew and how blue the sky was then. She recalled how her mother gardened, canned and preserved every fruit and vegetable, tirelessly cooked and cleaned, milked the cows and fed the chickens and handsewed and knit all their clothing. They made the best of what they had.
It was during these formative years when blossomed Louise's love of all the wonders of nature, a lifelong passion for recipe books, baking and cooking, gardening, reading, music and a special affection for all God's creatures.
Determined to complete her education, at age 14, Louise boarded with a family in Winnipeg. She graduated from Kelvin High School in 1949. During the summers, she cleaned cabins at Lake Brereton, MB. With the money she earned there and the bit she earned babysitting, she returned home as she could, with those few dollars in hand, to help her family.
Following high school, Louise secured employment with Great West Life. A year later, in 1950, her interest in teaching led her to attend a teacher's short course at Normal School and on to accepting a position in a one room school house in Broad Valley, MB.
During the summer, before relocating to Broad Valley, Louise returned home to Gunton to spend time with family. There was a need for coal oil. Noone wanted to walk to town to gather the oil. She volunteered. During her journey, with the coal oil can swinging in hand, a handsome young man named Peter, stopped in his red truck and asked her where she was going and if she needed a ride. She accepted and during the course of conversation, he offered to drive her to Broad Valley later that summer. They would continue to correspond and so was the beginning of a long, long life together.
Impressed by her capabilities, the school superintendent encouraged Louise to sign on for a second year. She would have liked to take the necessary courses to continue teaching, but it would have meant borrowing money to pay for that and of that, she was not so sure and decided against. After one year of teaching, she commenced employment in Winnipeg with the Income Tax Department in 1951.
In June of 1952, Louise and Peter were married, made their home and raised their family in Winnipeg. They went on to share 65 years of life together. They gave us a home filled with love and provided us with all the opportunities to pursue our goals and interests. Amidst the many good times, they gracefully weathered life's storms, the most heartbreaking, the passing of their dear daughter Marilyn. Together, through all the joys and sorrows of life, they taught us gratitude and acceptance.
Marriage was cause for Louise to leave her job with the Income Tax Department, since married women were not permitted to work for the government in those days. She found employment as a secretary in a law firm. Soon after, Louise and Peter's first daughter, Marilyn, arrived in 1953. Balancing motherhood and full time employment was often challenging, however, in order to help make ends meet, Louise would continue to work in law offices, collection agencies and as an operator at the St. Boniface Hospital over the next many years. By the early 1960s, the arrival of daughters Donna and Gayle completed the family.
In 1970, Louise secured employment as Administrative Secretary to the Dean in the former Faculty of Administrative Studies, University of Manitoba. Over the next 20 plus years, travelling to and fro by bus every day, she worked hard at serving and meeting the demands of her job. She thoroughly enjoyed this work and often spoke about her experiences there and of all of the wonderful colleagues and students she was fortunate to work with and meet. She was fully retired in 1993.
Although she worked full time for many years, Louise's greatest passion in life was her family. She always had time for us. She was there for us through the good and not so good. She gave us all her love and taught us valuable life lessons. She was a gentle soul with the sweetest temperament. There was not anything that she would not do for us. She truly was the most beautiful mother anyone could hope for and we are blessed and grateful to call her our own and be left with many wonderful memories.
Two of Louise's favourite things to do were cooking and gardening. She excelled at both. She made the best saskatoon pies and our favourite raspberry jam filled oatmeal cookies. Inspired by her Ukrainian heritage, she gave us the most delicious cabbage rolls and borscht. She enjoyed browsing her massive cookbook library, trying new recipes and delighting us with everything she made. In the garden, she was in her glory. Digging, planting, watering, weeding, nurturing and harvesting. Her soul inspired amongst the flowers and vegetables, buzzing bees, singing birds, gentle breezes, warm sunshine and clouds flying by. She spoke of these joys often. A country girl at heart, living in the moments of nature's beauty and all its offerings.
Louise believed in helping anyone she could. She derived great joy in doing so and more often than not, she did without herself so others could have. She said we are on earth for a short time, so be kind to others, do your best every day and be grateful for all you have.
With her delightful sense of humour, beautiful smile and optimistic outlook on life, she turned gray days to sunshine.
Life is full of mountains and valleys, Louise often said and reminded us not to worry about the valleys, assuring us as written in one of her favourite poems, that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world.
Everything has a way of working itself out she said. We share the poem, Pippa's Song, by Robert Browning:

The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearl'd;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven,
All's right with the world!

In accordance with Louise's wishes, cremation has taken place. A church service and interment is planned for early summer 2022 at the Victoria Church and Cemetery, Balmoral, MB. An announcement will be made closer to the chosen time and date.
Louise held a special affection for animals, especially those in need and throughout life, she and Peter adopted many a furry friend and generously contributed to various animal shelters and organizations. The family would be honoured by any donations made in Louise's memory to an animal rescue shelter of choice.
There are not enough words to express just how deeply our dear mother will be missed. We take comfort in knowing she is at peace and has gone home to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Rest peacefully Mom. God bless you and be with you until we meet again. Your loving daughters, Donna and Gayle.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Louise was a wonderful sister. We spent many hours talking about our childhood growing up in Teulon and Gunton. My prayers go out to Gayle, Donna and family. - Posted by: Doris (Sister) on: Nov 22, 2021

  • A beautiful tribute to an exceptional lady. I feel privileged to have had Louise as a true friend and amazing neighbour for over 39 years. Whether in Balmoral or Winnipeg Louise was quick to offer a hand teaching me the difference between weeds and natural prairie flowers or devoting her time to help me clean chickens when it was time to slaughter. Heaven has a beautiful new star shining brightly down on us. Peter and Louise are now back together where they belong. Sincerest sympathy to the family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Ardelle Ross (friend & neighbour) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Donna / Gayle, My deepest condolences to you and family on the recent passing of your mother. Louise was a wonderful, caring lady with a kind heart. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Tom Carrick - Posted by: Tom Carrick (Ex Son-in-Law) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have our deepest sympathy. Wish you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Gerald & Margaret Monaster (Neighbour) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Louise was surely one of the kindest, gentlest, most generous and most beautiful human beings God ever placed on this earth. I feel so fortunate and privileged to have known this wonderful, gracious, humble lady. She was truly a blessing in my life, and I will always be blessed by the memory of her loving heart and gentle spirit. My heart goes out to the family, and especially to you, dear Gayle; with selfless, tireless devotion you gave your mom the most extraordinary care imaginable, in the peace and comfort of home, surrounded by love and the little animals so dear to you both. God bless her sweet soul! Now she is reunited with Marilyn and Peter in Heaven.💗 - Posted by: Reena kreindler (Friend) on: Nov 18, 2021

  • A loving and lovely woman, who was a delight to know and who shared her love for life with many. Fond memories of time spent in the 60s. Sad to read of her passing, but a life well lived and in God's hands now. Hugs to the family and sincere condolences. - Posted by: GLEN (Friend and babysitter, way back,,,) on: Nov 18, 2021

  • My parents were Mary and Earl Buchanan. Years ago when my brother, Glen and I were young (perhaps around 10 and 12), we used to either have Louise visit us or we would catch bus and go to visit Louise and her girls, then it was only Marilyn and Donna. We loved Louise so much and wanted her with us always. As we grew older and worked after school and got busier we lost contact with her. We often spoke of the good times we had together. I was also sorry to learn that Marilyn had passed. Rest in Peace Louise and Marilyn. Love, Barbra Shepit (Buchanan) - Posted by: Barbra Buchanan Shepit (Cousin) on: Nov 18, 2021

  • Donna and Gayle, We are sorry to hear of your Mother's passing and it is with great sorrow we ask to share your loss and to extend our heartfelt sympathy. Bill and Lucille Kynar - Posted by: Bill and Lucille Kynar (Friends) on: Nov 17, 2021

  • A lovely tribute... I remember her as a very kind, soft-spoken woman. Please accept my condolences to your family. - Posted by: Tim Dumore (Nephew) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • I also am happy to have spent some time visiting with her when Dawn & I stopped over. She was a sweet & very pleasant lady. You gave her a final phase that most elderly people can only hope for. You have been a dutiful & loving daughter, Gayle. - Posted by: elaine (friend) on: Nov 14, 2021

  • I am very sorry to hear about Auntie Louise's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Colleen G. Dumore (niece) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I worked with Louise in the Faculty of Administrative Studies and think of her often as I still use a china dish I got from her. I use it for my extra keys - it was part of our Christmas gift exchange. Such a kind person ❤️. R.I.P. Louise. Gayle, Donna and family - my condolences. - Posted by: Cathy Watt (Co-Worker, University of Manitoba) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • My most sincere sympathy to Gayle and Donna. How I remember seeing your Mom walking up the street after her long bus ride home from work. Many times she looked so tired but always had a smile and a wave for us. As I visited with my in-laws across the street, we so often would share greetings as she spent time in her garden bed. I think of her with her easy smile and soft and gentle manner. She will be missed. - Posted by: Barbara Larkin (Aquaintenance) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • So sorry to read of your Mom's passing, Gayle. This really hurts my heart. I take comfort in knowing that she is reunited in Heaven with Marilyn and your Dad. HUGs to you and your sister. - Posted by: Denise Williams (Family friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

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