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GASTON CORNEILLIE (published on April 09, 2009)

GASTON CORNEILLIE After an extended illness, Gaston Emile Corneillie, aged 84 years, was called peacefully to his Heavenly Father with his family at his side on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Gaston leaves his wife Laura (nee Goetz) of 61 years and his three children, sons, Wilbert (June), Murray (Janet) and daughter Judy (Sandy); his five grandchildren, Andrew (Elaine), Kimberley (Brian), Kevin, Shaun (Shaylene) and Jolynn (Chad) and six great-grandchildren, Jonus, Maya, Avery, Ethan, Cailyn, and Claire; his brothers, Alphonse, Robert (Lily) and Rene (Marge) and two sisters Elizabeth and Katherine, plus many nieces, nephews and cousins and extended family. Gaston was born in Jolliett, N.D. and grew up on the family farm in Ile des Chenes. Marrying the love of his life Laura, together they farmed in Dufresne and started their family. Then moved to Pansy, MB. In 1956 Gaston moved his family to St. Vital where they lived until he and Laura built their home in Monominto. He retired from Winnipeg Transit in 1984 to enjoy his life long passion of making things grow. He was a farmer at heart, and from his little green house he nurtured his plants with love and affection as he did with all of his family. His garden was abloom with flowers and vegetables of all sorts but his corn was a local favourite enjoyed by many. With Laura at his side, they did this together for 18 years. They travelled extensively throughout Canada and the USA, and overseas to Belgium to connect with family and friends, renewing acquaintances on an ongoing basis. Gaston preferred to drive, enjoying God's handy work as they went. During the last 10 years of their travel together they enjoyed their 32 foot motor home, driving it anywhere the road would lead. Gaston was happiest perched in the driver's seat with his hands on the wheel. Dad always had a glove box full of hard candy for the grandkids to enjoy when they were with Grandpa heading out to the back forty or wherever they went. He always made certain they had sand for their sandboxes. Gaston was active in the Belgian Club and Belgian Legion, where he enjoyed playing cards, cribbage and Bien up until his illness. We wish to thank all the caring staff at the Ste. Anne Hospital who gave him care during his illness. A celebration of Gaston's life will be held this Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Ostenfeld Lutheran Church, 54057 PR 302, Ostenfeld, MB. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family request in lieu of flowers, donations in Gaston's Memory to The Ostenfeld Lutheran Church or Ste. Anne Hospital Foundation, Ste. Anne, MB or a charity of their choice. He will be forever in our hearts. SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

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