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PAULINE B. (BRUNEAU) KERFOOT Peacefully with family at her side at Victoria General Hospital after a lengthy illness Pauline, aged 53, has been the beloved wife of Doug and devoted mother of Patricia (Tricia) and Paul. Predeceased by her mother and father, Mary (Morin) and Paul Bruneau of Quebec City; she is lovingly remembered by her sisters, Louise of Montreal, Lucie (Graham Canning, children Stephen and Jennifer) of Toronto, Anne Bruneau (Nick Glen, children Danielle, Andrea and Mary) of Vancouver and Suzanne of Ottawa; her father and mother-in-law Stan and Norma Kerfoot of Ottawa; sisters-in-law Brenda Kerfoot (Steve Chapman, daughter Krista) of Lagos, Nigeria and Lori Kerfoot (Ross Brown) of Ottawa and many other relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Pauline was born in Quebec City where she attended College Jesus-Marie, and later graduated from Laval University (B.A.) and Queens University (Hons. B.A. Teaching Certificate). Her career included teaching high school in Thunder Bay and Kingston, serving as a federal government french language teacher in Ottawa and working for various federal departments in Regina and since 1980, in Winnipeg as a personnel officer. Her career choices reflected her joy and competence in working with people. Pauline had a great love of people and life. Her smile, humour, thoughtfulness and kindness were trademarks and she had a tremendous capacity to maintain and radiate optimism, even in the face of great, and increasing personal challenges as her illness progressed. She enjoyed travel, cooking, gardening, reading, music and the family cats. She was an active community participant, involved with activities such as Heart and Stroke canvassing, community club volunteering and serving a number of years as a parent representative on the Manitoba School for the Deaf Advisory Committee to the Minister of Education. Paulines primary passion, however, was the care and welfare of her family. She was tireless in fulfilling her roles as wife, mother, best friend, sign language interpreter and "No. 1" sports fan as long as she was physically able. On behalf of Pauline, the family thanks Dr. Roy Smith, numerous staff of Victoria General Hospital and home care workers, Nicole, Anna, Kathy and Anne, for their dedication, support and friendship. Paulines funeral service will be held at St. Timothy Parish, 135 John Forsyth, St. Vital, Friday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. Private interment of her ashes will follow at St. Vital Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held in Quebec City in the near future. Donations in lieu of flowers are encouraged to be sent in Paulines name to either the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, 825 Sherbrook, Winnipeg R3A 1M5 or the Victoria General Hospital Foundation, 2340 Pembina Hwy, R3T 9Z9. The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 13, 2000

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I do remember meeting Pauline many times at social gatherings. She was always a friendly person, happy companion to Doug, and very tolerant of our "squash boys" group, sometimes affectionately known as MWB's (Men without brains). It is hard to believe that you have been gone since 2000, Pauline. - Posted by: Norm Cobb (Friend of Pauline and Doug) on: Dec 15, 2022

  • I lost track of Pauline after graduation when I married and moved to Ontario, then divorced and moved quite frequently for a while, but I have often remembered her and wondered how she was. I knew she would do well in whatever she took on, that was a given, but what I remember is a really good friend, always very loyal, supportive and kind, in a way a bit naive (she used to blush really easily) but with great enthusiasm and a great sense of humour!! Yes, she loved to cook even then, as did I, and we shared a lot of pretty good meals! I even have a couple of her recipes from her mum, Bundt Cake and cocktail sausages! We had a lot in common then, which seem to have stuck: reading, loving animals, and gardening. I am sorry I didn't know her longer, but happy that she seems to have had a good life, though much too short. My sympathy to you all. - Posted by: Lynne ( Stockwell) Hortop (Friend at Queens (B.A. English, Art History 1966-69), roommate part of this time.) on: Feb 02, 2014

  • Pauline passed away at 11:22 pm January 9, 2000. She was born September 10, 1946. Coincidentally, Pauline's birth was the same day as her father-in-law's, Stan Kerfoot's, birthday and she died on the birthday of her mother-in-law's, Norma Ketfoot's, birthday. She continues to be sorely missed by family and friends. - Posted by: Doug Kerfoot (husband) on: Aug 15, 2013

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