JEAN LAMBERT

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved mother, Jean Lambert, on Monday, July 2, 2007.
    Jean was born with her twin, Jane, on May 5, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Emile and Mary Fournier. They were the first set of identical twins born at La Verendrye Hospital.
    Jean is survived by her partner of 26 years, Larry Tkachyk; daughter, Tana and son-in-law, Mel Langtry, and their daughters, Taylor and Jillian; and daughter, Rochelle and son-in-law, Duff Mosbeck, and their sons, Ryan and Tyler.
    Also surviving are four sisters, Elaine (Rosaire) Mercier of Nestor Falls, Ont., Gale (Hugh) Niblock of Midland, Ont.; twin, Jane Johnstone of Fort Frances, Ont.; and Donna (John) Handberg of Fort Frances, Ont.; two brothers, Paul (Joyce) Fournier of Jackson, Mich. and Larry (Patrice) Fournier of Blaine, Mn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
    Jean was predeceased by her parents, Emile and Mary Fournier; one sister, Joan Dietrich; brother-in-law, Larry Falk; and nephew, Bradley Johnstone.
    Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Chaplain John Chornabay officiating.
    Visitation will take place prior to the service. A private family interment will happen at a later date.
    The honourary pallbearers will be her two son-in-laws, Mel Langtry and Duff Mosbeck, and her four grandchildren, Taylor and Jillian Langtry, and Ryan and Tyler Mosbeck.
    Jean spent her childhood at Clearwater Lake making wonderful memories with her brothers and sisters. After high school, she went to barber college in Winnipeg, Man.
    She was the first female barber in Fort Frances and was very proud to work beside her father, Emile, who also was a barber. Jean also enjoyed a 17-year career working at the Canadian Tire store.
    Jean adored her companion, Larry, and they enjoyed trips on the motorcycle and spending time together.
    Jean also was very close to her brothers and sisters, and had a very special bond with her twin, Jane. Jean and Jane were soulmates for life and always will be.
    Jean was very proud of her two daughters, Tana Rae and Rochelle, and their accomplishments. Her biggest joy in life, though, was her grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan, Jillian, and Tyler.
    Jean and Larry spent countless hours at the arena proudly watching Ryan, Jillian, and Tyler playing hockey. They also loved to watch Taylor dance so gracefully at all her recitals.
    Jean was an avid gardener and spent many hours working in her yard every summer to make it beautiful. She loved her flowers, deer, birds, and even the occasional bear that made their homes in her backyard.
    Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to CMHA-Older Adults Program, 414 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1H2.
    Jean loved people and will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, caring nature, and witty sense of humour. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
    We will cherish all of our wonderful memories in our hearts forever. Good-bye . . . to a very special lady.  
Spring Garden
So when I looked at those flowers,
I was looking at God
For they bloomed in His sun
And grew in His sod
And each lovely flower
Was a “voice from above”
That whispered a message
Of Kindness and Love
For I feel in my heart,
And I know you do, too,
That God speaks to us all
Through the kind things we do
And when I looked at those flowers
I couldn’t help but feel
That they brought heaven nearer
And Made God so real
—Helen Steiner Rice

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