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Date of Passing: Jan 16, 2023

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On January 16, 2023, at home, Marcel was reunited with his beloved wife Zulma in heaven.
Marcel is survived by his children, Theresa (Rheal) Collette, Catherine (David) Lyder and Michael (Janice) Cherlet, his grandchildren, Rachael (Eric) O'Callaghan, Liana (Michael) Pekrul, Liam and Genevieve Lyder, and Ben, Laura, Rosa and Ella Cherlet, his great-grandchildren, Aria and Mia O'Callaghan and Uli Pekrul, his younger brothers, Bob (Jeanette) Cherlet and Ray (Joyce) Cherlet, sisters-in-law, Anna Maes-Sarrasin, Yvonne Delichte and Janice Temmerman, his brother-in-law Raymond (Fenella) Temmerman, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his wife of 60 years, who passed away on January 1, 2020, Marcel was predeceased by Angele (DeVloo), the mother who gave birth to him, and Marie (Ledoyen), the mother who raised him, his father Frank, his parents-in-law, Hector and Maria Temmerman, and his brothers-in-law, Maurice Maes, Frank Temmerman, Lawrence Delichte, and Phil Sarrasin.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 113 7 Avenue, Gimli, MB, concelebrated by Father Stan Gacek and Father Art Seaman. Interment at Swan Lake Cemetery, located on his childhood family homestead, will occur at a later date.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to his many friends who supported him after Zulma's death, and to the folks at Robin's Donuts, Tim Horton's, The Oldie Café, Chicken Chef, the Lakeview Hotel dining room and the Country Boy and Beach Boy restaurants who put up with his corny humour and for ordering the same thing over and over again. We know he really appreciated it.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Evergreen Basic Needs in Gimli (

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2023

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Marcel’s passing. We loved to see him in town, always had great talks with a lot of laughs. He was such a kind and gentle soul who was truly a friend to everyone he met. He will be so missed. We will have a coffee with you Marcel, every time we go to Robin’s❤️ - Posted by: Pam, Bryan, Carter, Jaxon & Parker Johnson (Friends ) on: Jan 29, 2023

  • Sending huge hugs to the family. Marcel: a thoughtful, kind man with a nice sense of humour and evident love for his family. Such a loss to our community. May your many treasured memories of and with him bring peace of heart and joy. - Posted by: Cheryl Bailey (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2023

  • Marcel is my Uncle through marriage, I have known him for around 30 years. He was a great man who loved his family. We had many family gatherings to get to know each other through the years. We golfed in the annual Heart and Stroke golf tournament for a few years together and got to witness another side of Marcel. I was glad to spend time with him as he was always in a positive spirit. His dry humor was always welcome. He will be missed by my entire family. "gus am bi sinn a 'coinneachadh a-rithist" Until we meet again. - Posted by: Ronald Kerr (Nephew In law ) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • Marcel, my one and only best father-in-law. I knew Marcel for about 45 years and we had many many great conversations but never did we ever have an argument or raise our voices at each other. That’s quite amazing but not surprising with a such a gentle, respectful, humble man such as Marcel. I too deserve some credit since I had to put up with all those corny and occasionally funny jokes that Marcel liked to recycle frequently. As you all know, Marcel was man that had a knack for turning negative situations into positives and sometimes even comedic. Once such instance is when we accidentally found out that he was allergic to shell fish. We were invited for dinner at Marcel and Zulma one night. It was a gourmet meal and we even ventured outside of our comfort zone and made a beautiful appetizer called Coquille Saint Jacques. Shortly after dinner I heard a thump at the basement stairs. I raced to the bottom step and Marcel was just laying there. I lifted his head and looked into his eyes that were sunken into his skull. For a moment, I thought that he had passed but he was still breathing. Long story short, we took him to the hospital and everything turned out well but now we knew that he was allergic to shell fish. So somehow Marcel, once again turned this true story into one of his corny jokes. He tells the story that he woke up after passing out due the allergy and claims that I had one hand in his pocket, (not holding up his head), and the other one had his cash in it. I assure you that his recollection is a not factual…. he only had a 5 pennies and a nickel in his clam shell leather coin holder and lint in the other pockets. I love you Marcel and I will miss every bit of you. - Posted by: Rheal Collette (Son-in-law) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • I am so sorry to hear of Marcel's passing. He was a good friend and co worker. One of my fondest memories was when he and I went of a work related field trip to do audits. Crossing Lake Winnipeg in an open boat turned out to be an expierence of a life time and one I will not forget. - Posted by: Claude Rivard (friend and co worker) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • * I am so sad to hear about Marcel’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathies to the whole family. I will always remember Marcel fondly and have wonderful memories of times spent at the Lawnbowling club with him and Zulma. A friend to all, no one was a bigger supporter of the sport, and I received many valuable lessons from him. He leaves behind a wonderful family and I know you will all be a great source of comfort and support to one another. Bob Johnson, Gimli Lawnbowling Club. - Posted by: Bob Johnson (Friend) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • So sad to hear of Marcel’s passing, yet comforted knowing he and Zulma are reunited and forever together. I first met Marcel at the the Gimli post office when I would pick up the mail for work and got to know him better over the years. Lately we would chat at Monday night stick curling or if he stopped at my desk at work. I loved his corny sense of humour and stories. Such a kind fellow and always interested in current events. Rest easy Marcel - you will be missed. - Posted by: Joan Bartmanovich (Friend from the curling rink) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • Our deepest sympathies to you and your families. We first met the Cherlet’s at church and from that very first time to the very last, both were such a kind, helpful, and friendly couple. Marcel’s friendly smile, nod and quick chat will be definitely missed. RIP 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Gloria & Jim Yaremkiewich (Friends) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • Our deepest sympathies to you and your families. We first met the Cherlet’s at church and from that very first time to the very last, both were such a kind, helpful, and friendly couple. Marcel’s friendly smile, nod and quick chat will be definitely missed. RIP 🙏🙏 - Posted by: Gloria & Jim Yaremkiewich (Friends) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • My condolences to Marcel's family. We, Marcel, Zulma, Ron and I had been friends for many years, having first met at Christ the King Church in Winnipeg, and I'm the only one left. He will be missed by his many friends in Gimli. - Posted by: Eva M Haddad (Friend) on: Jan 21, 2023

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