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JEAN DORIS GATIEN (published on February 17, 2010)

JEAN DORIS GATIEN (nee FISHER) January 18, 1934 - February 14, 2010 With heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of Jean at the Grace Hospice on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the age of 76 years. After a long battle with cancer she peacefully passed away with her husband of 47 years by her side as well as their son Glen and wife Tracy. Remaining to forever cherish Jean's memory are her husband, Richard; son, Glen (Tracy); grandsons, Zachary and Brett; sister Velma; nieces; nephews; grand nieces and nephews. As well as the extended Gatien family, Jean will be sorely missed by the many friends she made over the past 33 years in Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Marie Fisher; brothers Armand, James, Edward Jr., Lawrence, Ronald, Francis and sister, Marjorie. Born in the town of Lebret, SK., Jean joined the R.C.A.F., in 1957 and took her formal training as a Fighter Control Operator at CFB Clinton and was posted to CFB Mont Apica and CFB Lac St. Denis, Quebec. She changed careers, became a dental assistant and was posted to CFB St. Margaret's, NB and then CFB Rockcliffe in Ottawa, where she met and married her husband in 1962. Jean took her release in 1964, as her husband who was with 408 Squadron, saw the retirement of the Lancaster aircraft and all personnel were transferred to Rivers, MB. In 1966, Jean and her husband were transferred to CFB Baden-Soellingen, 4 Wing, in Germany. On January 24, 1967, Jean gave birth to their only son, Glen, in Zwiebruken, Germany. In 1970, they were transferred to Moose Jaw, SK. Once again, Jean tried her hand as a dental assistant and was a very active member with children's day care centre. In 1977, the family was transferred to Winnipeg. Jean continued working as a dental assistant, and also worked at the Oak View Nursing Home for a few years as an aide. Jean was especially proud of the fact that she was a very active (47 year member) with The Catholic Women's League and always involved in Our Lady of the Airways Chapel (later renamed St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Chapel) helping to make numerous banners and assist at various other functions. For several years, Jean was the organist at the Chapel and could always be counted on to play at weddings and funerals. Jean had a passion for knitting and knitted over 21 double and queen size afghan bedspreads for family and friends. Christmas was a time for her to bake numerous fruit cakes, tarts and cookies. She was most happy cooking the turkey with all the trimmings for family and friends to enjoy. Even after being told last January that she might not see another year, Jean's strong faith helped her to maintain a positive attitude towards life, even helping to console and pray with other cancer patients and their families. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Boulevard at Grant Avenue, with Rev. Msgr. Maurice Comeault, P.H., presiding. Entombment will take place, in the spring, in The Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, 3990 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB. Our family would like to extend deep appreciation to all the staff at the Grace Hospice and student nurses who looked after Jean with such loving care and compassion. As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jean's memory may be made to the Grace Hospice, 260 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba., R3T 3R5

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