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ELIZABETH BERNADINE CARRETTE (published on August 08, 2009)

ELIZABETH BERNADINE CARRETTE (nee OVERWATER) It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Elizabeth (Betty) on August 3, 2009. She is lovingly remembered and survived by her children Neil (Paulette), Jim (Jodi), Alice Kerr, Liz (Troy) Osterlund, daughter-in-law Sharon Carrette, 20 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren, siblings Marie Schreyer, Jackie Buchanan, John (Alice) Overwater, sister-in-law Irene Overwater as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husband Julien, children Bernadine, Donald, Mary, Joseph, Gerard, sons-in-law Fritz Hanssen, Ron Creek and daughter-in-law Leigh-Ann. Also predeceased by her parents Jacobus, Japje Overwater, brothers Jacob, Ernest and Neil, sisters Alida, Anne, Beatrice and Bernadine as well as brothers-in-law Albert Janssens, Edward Schreyer, Lucien Van Wallegham, Keith Buchanan and sister-in-law Florence Overwater. Betty was born on February 19, 1919. Her parents were market gardeners and she grew up working with her siblings in Charleswood. She spoke fondly of those times and had a passion for gardening. She was proud of her days as a bike racer in her late teens and also worked for Eaton's Mail Order briefly. She met Julien at a barn dance in 1942 and they were married later that year before Julien was called into military service. She traveled with him to base camps in North Bay and Chilliwack but returned to the Winnipeg area when Julien went into active service. Their first daughter was born while Julien was overseas. After the war, they settled on a farm in the Prairie Grove area. They raised nine children and farmed until the late 1970's when they semi-retired and rented out the land. They managed to travel and enjoy a slower pace for a few years before Julien passed away in 1986. Betty remained on the farm until the late 1990's and then moved into the city. In late 2005, she moved to Fenwick, Ontario where she spent her last years in the loving care of Liz, Troy and her granddaughters. In spite of medical setbacks, she was able to return to Winnipeg several times. Betty was an avid reader and had many skills including needlework, sewing, cooking and gardening. She loved to pass on any experience which might help others. Few things brightened her day as much as a visit from family or friends, and the twinkle in her eye would last long after they had left. Meals appeared out of nowhere and often she would send along care packages from her kitchen or garden. Betty loved and lived her life to the fullest and will be greatly missed. Please join us in a celebration of Betty's life at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 10 at St. Alphonsus Church, 341 Munroe Ave., East Kildonan. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086

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