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Born: Feb 23, 1938

Date of Passing: Feb 26, 2022

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(née DURAND)

February 23, 1938 - February 26, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Rita at her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
She is lovingly remembered by her children, Marielle (Art Swain), Ronald and Andre; daughter-in-law Shelley; grandchildren, Kayla, Ryler (Katrina), Michelle, Rachelle, and Aaron; brothers, Noël (Cécile) Durand, Luc (Wilma) Durand; sister-in-law Hilda, brother-in-law Damien; and numerous, nieces, nephews, friends, and care givers.
Rita was predeceased by her husband Etienne; son Normand; grandsons, Logan and Jeremy; sisters-in-law, Muriel, Yvette, and Irène; brothers-in-law, Bertrand Lebeau, George Côté, and Noël Pilloud.
Rita was born on the farm in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba and grew up in town. After graduating from high school in 1956 she taught at St. Louis School for a year. She married Etienne Rondeau of St. Leon, MB on July 2, 1957. Together they operated a mixed farm and raised their four children. Rita was a talented seamstress; she also loved to knit and crochet. She tended to a huge garden; canned, pickled, preserved, and froze an abundance of fruit and vegetables. She was an excellent cook, known for her awesome home-made bread and pies. The cold storage and freezers were stocked year-round. When the kids were grown, she worked for Homecare as a personal care aid. Following her stroke in 2003, Rita and Etienne moved to St. Boniface.
The family would like to thank everyone for the care, respect and support given to Rita over the years and thereby making it possible for her to live at home. To the Boundary Trails Rehab and Community Homecare staff thanks for making Rita's return to living at home happen; to the WHRA Homecare personal care aids, nurses and housekeeping staff, thank you for the thoughtful quality of care, to the case, resource and scheduling coordinators, thanks for supporting her home care plan; to the Community Therapy Services occupational, physio, and speech therapy staff your professional input maximized Rita's independence and quality of life and was truly appreciated; to Dr. Ball, Sabina and Susan at the St. Boniface Clinic, words are not enough to express our gratitude for the exemplary care and guidance provided to both Rita and Etienne; and to all the staff at Leclerc Pharmacy a huge thank you for the awesome service you provided. A very special thank you to Pat Brooks for the unwavering care, support and friendship given to Rita.
As per Rita's wishes cremation has occurred, with a funeral service to follow at a later date in St. Leon, MB.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Rita's memory to the MB Heart & Stroke Foundation, MB Possible, or to a charity of your choice. Be gracious to others and kind to yourself.

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

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 05, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I had the joy of meeting Rita years ago. Such a beautiful lady. I will miss her laugh and her smile. Val Settee - Posted by: Val Settee (friend) on: May 07, 2022

  • Ma sœur Christiane se joint à nous pour vous présentez nos sincères condoléances. A chacune de nos visites au canada, nous avons eu le bonheur de rencontrer Rita. Nous gardons d'elle le souvenir d'une personne bienveillante, courageuse et aimante envers les siens. Nos pensées vous accompagnent en ces moments difficiles. Bernadette et Albert - Posted by: Bernadette et Albert Lichtfus-Schumacher (famille belge) on: Mar 11, 2022

  • To the children and grandchildren of Rita and to her brother and families, we offer sincere condolences. Over the years, Rita had connected with my mother Victorine and was very kind to mom. May Rita rest in peace and may you all find comfort in sweet memories. Vic and Lucille Mollot - Posted by: Lucille Mollot (a cousin) on: Mar 07, 2022

  • Rita was always a kind and gracious person. I would of loved to try one of her famous pies. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Eugene Fillion (Friend from l'Accueil Colombien) on: Mar 06, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to all the family on the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. - Posted by: Robert and Irma Grenier (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2022

  • Growing in Notre Dame I got to Know Rita & her especially her siblings Noel & Cecile. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Jerry & Evelyn Van Deynze (Friend of the family) on: Mar 05, 2022

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