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LEO GEORGE BRUNET (published on April 27, 2009)

LEO GEORGE BRUNET October 7, 1930 April 19, 2009 IRENE MARY BRUNET November 12, 1939 April 23, 2009 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our parents and grandparents. Leo passed away peacefully at the age of 78, after a brief battle with cancer. Irene passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with COPD at the age of 69. They leave to mourn their loving children, Denis (Coleen) Brunet, Jaclyn, Erica, and Derek; Brenda (Gerry) Verhaeghe, Josh and Kyle; Lori (Peter) Derksen, Amy, Adam, and Alison; Carol (Dan) Fontaine, Austin, Nicolas and Ariana. Leo was predeceased by his father Emile and his brother Gabriel. He is survived by his mother Jeanne Brunet, two brothers, Adrien (Agnes) and Marcel (Henriette), and sister Jeanine (Earl) Brown, and many nieces and nephews. Irene was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Dora Van Kooten. She is survived by brothers Dave (Lorraine), Raymond (Jean), Morris (Marlene), and sister Rita (Peter). She is also survived by her stepmother Madgella Van Kooten, along with step-brothers Roger, Robert, Ron, Gilles, and Tony, step-sister Louise, and many nieces and nephews. Leo was born in St. Jean-Baptiste. He grew up the son of a CNR station agent, and therefore was educated throughout various schools in Manitoba. In the early years, he worked for CNR, and after a brief stay in Winnipeg, went on to work the bulk of his career with his brothers in the construction and autobody business before his retirement. Irene grew up on a farm in South Junction, MB, and, after finishing school, eventually went to work for a restaurant in Letellier where she would meet Leo. They were married in 1960, had moved to Winnipeg for almost five years and relocated back to Letellier, where they would make this their home for the rest of their lives. She was a stay at home mom for a number of years before working at Letellier Hotel for a few years and then 25 years at Gallant's Lucky Dollar Foods as a butcher before her retirement in 2004. Mom and Dad were very active within the St.Pie Catholic Church. Leo was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Irene was a member of the Catholic Women's League. They were also very active with several community functions and were always prepared to assist when needed. They also developed many close and lasting friendships away from Letellier, which would result in trips to Winnipeg, Dauphin, Lac du Bonnet, Buffalo Point, and Abbotsford, BC. Dad had a love of cars and woodworking. When he wasn't working, you could find him tinkering on something in his workshop or glued to the television watching Nascar races. If someone tried to interrupt these precious moments, whether it was to borrow his tools or invite him to go for a drink, you had to be prepared for a smart comment followed by a huge smile! He also had a love for reading, as demonstrated by his many different book collections ranging from National Geographic to Popular Mechanics. In 1997, Dad received a Commendation from the Province for his heroic actions in saving the life of a little girl. Irene had a love of sports, primarily baseball and curling. If she wasn't playing, she was watching, whether it was at the local ball diamonds and rinks or on television. She would always look forward to the annual family baseball tournament where she would watch her families play, including Leo running bases in his shorts and workboots! She also would look forward to her annual girls' weekend where tall tales were told and gambling was a pastime, but secrets never revealed. These were very special and precious moments to her. She was especially happy to have them visit her throughout her various hospital stays in the past year. Mom and Dad also developed many close friendships with friends of their children while we were growing up. They opened their home on several occasions for Bar-B-Q's and sleepovers, and quite often would be found cooking up breakfast the next morning on Dad's outdoor grill. Our family would like to thank all the friends and family who came to visit Mom and Dad during their time of need, and who also supported us during this difficult time, especially the Brunet and Gallant families. Special thanks to Letellier Fire Department and the First Responders team, Morris Hospital staff and Boundary Hospital staff who gave us the opportunity to spend more time with our parents. We love you Mom and Dad and will miss you, but will never forget all you have done. Cremation has taken place, and the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Pie Catholic Church in Letellier, MB. Following the interment, everyone is invited to the local hall for a luncheon and a brief video presentation honouring the lives of Leo and Irene. In lieu of flowers, friends and relatives are encouraged to make memorial donations to the Morris Palliative Care Program, payable to R.R.V.H.D.F. Box 519, Morris, MB R0G 1K0; or the Parish of St. Pie, Box 330, Letellier, MB R0G 1C0. MORRIS FUNERAL HOME Phone 746-2451 Toll Free 1-866-746-2451

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