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Born: Oct 11, 1926

Date of Passing: Jul 05, 2022

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October 11, 1926 - July 5, 2022

With family by her side, Angèle Fransoo passed away peacefully at Foyer Valade Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
Angèle was predeceased by her loving husband Gerard Fransoo; parents, Oscar and Martha (née Van de Kerkhove), stepfather Louis DePessemier; brothers, Frank and René; sister Rachael, and grandson Paul.
She is survived by her siblings, Caesar, Regina, and Laurence. She was adored by her family of six children: Ron (Agnes), Bev (Bill), Ken (Jo-Anne), Karen (Robert), Briant (Linda), and Randy (Alison); grandchildren, Rodney (Fran), Cathy (Peter), Kathryn (Allen), Roxanne (Lavern), Michelle (Tim), Phil (Francine), Nicole (Rowan), Melanie (Andrew), Jenny (Ian), Eric, Stephanie (Andrès), Patricia (Damir), Jeff (Rachel), Patrick (Sydney), Pauline (Mathew), Chris (Bernice), Julien, Benjamin, Mario, William, Corinne; great-grandchildren, Megan, Andrew, Derek, Hasana, Kane, Odin, Shanti, Levi, Lillianna, Macy, Olive, Jaxon, Henri, Logan, Eva, Nina, Jack, Harrison, and Mateo.
Angèle was born in Somerset, Manitoba and raised on the family farm with her four brothers and two sisters. She spoke often about milking the cows before going to school in the morning. As a teen she drove a truck to deliver milk, a job usually reserved for men.
She met Jerry Fransoo at The Belgian Club just after the Second World War. Her friends paid her $1.00 to go up to a handsome soldier and say "Hello Spitz!" In those days a girl wasn't supposed to initiate a conversation with a boy, but she wanted the money! She often says that it was the best money she'd ever earned. They were married in 1953 and had six children, celebrating 54 years of marriage before Jerry passed away in 2007.
Angèle and Jerry had a large but tight circle of friends and they got together often to play cards, bowl, and dance. She taught many of her grandchildren how to play the card game Bien. She could polka anywhere, anytime, with or without music. She also knew almost everyone. You could strike up a conversation with a stranger at a bus stop and inevitably they would know Angèle. She was universally loved.
In the early 1960s, Angèle and Jerry 'splurged' and bought a cottage at Twin Lakes Beach. It became a hub for their family and friends. Her fudge was so legendary that many (not just her grandchildren) called her Grandma Fudge.
She was the heart and soul of The Belgian Club, especially during Folklorama, as one of the only patrons who still spoke Flemish.
Angèle died peacefully on Tuesday, July 5 with family by her side. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 11 at Holy Family Church, 778 Archibald St, Winnipeg, with viewing one hour prior. Reception and lunch at The Belgian Club following the service.
The family appreciates the sympathy and support from friends, and is grateful to the staff at Cathedrale Manor and Foyer Valade who provided such thoughtful and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Belgian Club, 407 Provencher Blvd, R2H 0G9.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 09, 2022

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences to the family with the passing of Angele. It is with great regret that we did not attend the service nor the get-together at the Belgian club. We were not aware of her passing until later. As you know we would not have missed neither at all. She was truly a dear friend, as was Gerry. Playing bien, dancing at the club and promoting her Belgian heritage was a given. Angele was a real Ambassador for the Belgian community. She will dearly be missed but we will keep found memories of her whether it be the get-togethers at the club or at the cottage with the kids. Jean-Marie and Louisette De Clercq - Posted by: Jean-Marie and Louisette De Clercq (friends) on: Jul 14, 2022

  • Ron, Bev, Ken, Karen, Briant, Randy and spouses: It is very difficult to find words to convey to you all how I feel at this time. How does anyone say goodbye after knowing your mother since I was 16 yrs. old. What wonderful lifelong friends your mom and Aunty Rachel were. My life was enhanced by knowing those two beautiful ladies. Know that God gave you all the very best Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. I thank God for putting a blessed, wonderful person in my life. My deepest, sincerest sympathies to you all. With Love and Prayers, Isobel Mourant - Posted by: Isobel Mourant (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2022

  • Both your parents were such loving, beautiful people. God bless you all and prayers for comfort from our God. Hi Ron and Bev and little young ones when we grew up!! - Posted by: Ellen Erhart (Torbiak (acquaintance ) on: Jul 11, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Angele she was an inspiration to everyone. Angele and Jerry gave of themselves so generously to our Belgian community and will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Neil and Roseanne Pryce (Friends) on: Jul 11, 2022

  • The Staff at Lee Denture Clinic would like to offer our condolences. Bill and Tom - Posted by: Bill Lee (Denturist) on: Jul 11, 2022

  • Our Deepest Sympathy to the entire Fransoo Family. I have known your parents since I was born as my parents were Marcel and Irene De Sutter. I remember many times as a kid going over to your house, cottage and later on visiting your parents in Arizona. Even after I lost my mom I would talk with your mom at least once a year, always a pleasure reminiscing of past times. Your parents were a wonderful and respected couple. Now they are back together probably with the old group chatting and having a drink. Our sincerest sympathies to everyone! I am so sorry that I cannot attend the funeral but we are in Texas right now babysitting the grandkids. Gayle Vokey…nee De Sutter Wayne Vokey - Posted by: Gayle bokey (Friend of the family) on: Jul 10, 2022

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family through this difficult time. Angie was the queen of fudge. She would always have fudge for the Twin Lakes Beach kids. Angels are going to love you Angele. - Posted by: Lucie & Jean Laurin (Friends ) on: Jul 10, 2022

  • Beverly, I am very sorry for the loss of your mother, she was a wonderful person. I used to give her a ride to meetings and I remember just how grateful she always was, even though it was on my way. She was always so appreciative. Hold your memories close - Posted by: Rosemary Gaffray (Friend) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • A kid's memories of a lady who knew how to laugh, my sympathies to your family. - Posted by: Ilene Thevenot (D'Hoore Family cousins) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • What a wonderful testament and recollection of Mrs. Fransoo…I always had a hard time calling her Angele given my relationship with the family. You wrote such light hearted, meaningful and loving memories. I shared with my wife before reading how Mrs. Fransoo’s fudge was a highlight memory to me…and then she became Grandma Fudge! Mrs. Fransoo was a wonderful ‘block mother’ for our family as most of my siblings were of ages around her children. Bryant and I were fast friends and I truly have many, many good thoughts around all the kids, mom and dad. We pray blessings to all of the family and a respect for a life well lived. May she rest deeply in peace with our Father, at Home. Much love, Lawrie. - Posted by: Lawrie Vande Vyvere (Friend of the family) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • She was like a second Mum to me as I was growing up. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: DAVID VANDE VYVERE (Neighbor ) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • Jerry knew Angele for a long time. She was a lot of fun. - Posted by: Jerry & Evelyn Van Deynze (friend) on: Jul 09, 2022

  • We are so sorry for your loss Briant and Linda. Sending our condolences to you and all the family. Heaven has received an amazing woman! - Posted by: Richard and Sandy Whittom (Friend) on: Jul 09, 2022

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