Peacefully, with family at her side, Marianne Delphine Gagné ended her life’s journey on Saturday evening, June 23, 2007 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Born in Fort Frances on July 5, 1913, Marianne lived her entire life here. She attended St. Mary’s School and Fort Frances High School.
She also was a lifelong dedicated parishioner of St. Mary’s Parish in Fort Frances, and a charter member of the local Catholic Women’s League.
Marianne was a pioneer career woman, modelling independence and self-sufficiency in a world where those attributes were not highly valued. Her family was her touchstone, and she maintained strong family ties to the end of her life.
The focal point of Marianne’s professional career was her position at the Ministry of Natural Resources, where she spent 36 years very productively employed. Her memories of those times, and especially of her co-workers and friends there, brought her enjoyment to the end of her days.
Marianne’s love of travel took her to many exotic locations. She spent several summers in Barbados with her sisters, and visited them in Montreal and California frequently.
Her sense of adventure and her love of family took her to many other places, as well, including Hawaii, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and France.
Marianne was truly a lifelong learner who read prolifically, both for enjoyment and relaxation. As well, over the years, she became an avid fan of baseball, enjoying nothing more than to spend an afternoon or evening cheering her team on to victory.
Until the demise of the Montreal Expos, she was their biggest fan. Then the Toronto Blue Jays inherited her support.
Her love of Rainy Lake was a focal point of Marianne’s life, and some of her happiest life memories centered around family gatherings at the cabin she built on a little beach on Northwest Bay. Her love of that land and cabin lives on in her nieces and nephews.
Marianne is survived by many loving nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law, Sam Burton of Burnaby, B.C.
She was predeceased by her parents Cyrius and Lumina Gagné; brothers, Phil, Daniel, Romuald, Bernard, and Leon; and sisters, Deneige Warren, Agnes Gagné, Jeannette Pearson, and Cecile Burton.
In all things she did, Marianne placed her faith and trust in God.
Prayer and reflection were part of her daily routine, and she modelled her faith in her actions. Her feisty manner, her caring and kindness, and her zest for life were her gifts to all she knew.
A prayer service will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Francis Pudicherry officiating.
Cremation has taken place, with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The honourary pallbearers will be Marianne’s close friends.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Building Fund or the Fort Frances Public Library, c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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