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GAIL BARBARA LAPLANTE (published on August 30, 2008)

GAIL BARBARA LAPLANTE Peacefully, surrounded by her family, Gail Barbara LaPlante at the age of 63 years passed away in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in the MICU at HSC after succumbing to complications resulting from a fall. Gail will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered always by her husband Brian; daughter Kelly (Terry Dowling); son Jeffrey (Lisa Begg); her mother and father Dorothy and William Korolyk; sister Joanne; and brother Terry (Marg). Gail was Gramma to four pets - Hab, Miette, Toulous, and Linus who all gave her great joy and comfort. Born on April 20, 1945 in Winnipeg, Gail married Brian on January 30, 1965 and their journey began. She started her career with MTS and through the years returned to work with the company in different term positions. From MTS, she worked several years with Dominion Bridge. Then in 1977, she began a 24-year career at the Grace Hospital. Gail started in Admitting, then moved to Slating, and finally worked as a Health Record Technician in Health Records until she retired in 2001. She thoroughly enjoyed her friendships with the gals in the office and the rapport she had with several physicians. Her illnesses of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, of which she fought bravely all her adult life, made it necessary for her to retire in 2001. On the exterior, she seemed strong, but inside she was always in pain and wondering what would happen next. Gail loved her perennials in her beautiful gardens and the apple trees in their backyard and spent endless hours keeping them in tip-top shape. Her crocheting, knitting, sewing, and needlepoint projects were always remarkable. Gail made several Halloween costumes, sweaters, and afghans that were spectacular. Her most famous creation was probably the Christmas tree sweater with lights that was worn proudly by her daughter. Gail had a natural gift for composing poems and rhymes for various occasions at the drop-of-a-hat. She loved to read, do puzzles, listen to music, watch sports, and go to movies. She always looked forward to our family vacations. In respect of Gail's wishes, cremation and a private Anglican ceremony has taken place. A Gathering for Remembrance will take place on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 in the Army, Navy Air Force Veterans Unit 283, 3584 Portage Avenue, at 3:00 p.m. Special thanks to the ICU team at the Grace Hospital for the care they provided and to the staff at HSC MICU for their care and for making her comfortable in her last days. Thank you also to Drs. Schellenberg, T. McCarthy, Birt, Rennie, Kippen, Renouf, Homik, and Ekins for the all the care you provided over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, the Lupus Society of MB, or the Grace Hospital Foundation in honor of Gail, which would make her happy. Gail, we will love you always. Rest now.

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