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PHYLLIS LAVINIA TETREAULT (published on March 06, 2010)

PHYLLIS LAVINIA TETREAULT 1922 - 2010 Our Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Best Friend passed away very peacefully on March 4, 2010, surrounded by the love of her family. Mom left us to join the many she loved that had passed on before her - her first husband Reg, her husband, Leo, her sons, Mark and Jim, her step-sons Roland and Rene, her parents, her brother Jim Cunliffe, sisters Winnie and Dolly, and many other friends and family. Mom is survived by her son John (Linda) Tetreault; daughters - Joan (Paul) Gilligan, Connie (Rob) Balyk, Laurie (Frank) Paizen, Leona (Tim) Geller, Kathy (Fletcher) Smith, Dianne (Don) Feener and step-daughter Jeanette (Murray) Elsom; daughters-in-law Carol Newman and Irene Tetreault; and sister-in-law Doreen Cunliffe. Also left to love and remember her are 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Our Mom was a great lady, combining unbelievable strength with a gentleness that made each and every one of her family feel special and loved. She even had room left over for the many, many pets she allowed us to bring into the family, loving and caring for them as well. She loved family get-togethers and was very proud of the fact that she always had enough kids on Mother's Day for a great baseball game. She was a wonderful conversationalist that could talk about anything - if she didn't have the answer, she was a great believer in looking it up. She also loved bingo with her kids and nothing gave her greater pleasure than holding babies. Born and raised in Manitoba, Phyllis married Reginald Newman and her first son, Jim, was born. She suffered the loss of her first husband when he died in combat in the Second World War. She married Leo Tetreault and they raised their family in Winnipeg. Following Leo's death in 1971, Phyllis dusted off her nursing credentials and worked at the Health Sciences Centre H4 Ward until her retirement in 1980. During that time, she gave the best of care and comfort to those in her care. Over all, this great lady was an inspiration to all that knew her and gave each of us in the family the love and wisdom that have shaped our lives. It is with deep sadness that we suffer in the earthly loss of her, but stronger for the love she gave us. Family was everything to Mom and we carry on with her philosophy of taking care of one another. For the last 12 years of her life, she suffered the cruel pain of Alzheimer's Disease and now her spirit is at peace, and for that we are grateful. Connie and Rob's family and John and Linda's family each gave Mom a caring and comfortable home when she suffered the most at the peak of her illness. Every family needs some heroes and they are ours. Linda is also the angel that lovingly held Mom in her arms as she slipped away to heaven. Our gratitude goes out to the kindness of friends that have been a comfort to us during this time. Many thanks to Father Martin of Holy Cross Parish for his compassion and help. A celebration of Phyllis's life will be held on Monday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. in Holy Cross Catholic Church, 252 Dubuc Street in Winnipeg. Reception to follow. Private interment will be scheduled at a later date. If friends so desire, donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba are gratefully accepted in Mom's name. Keep an eye on us, Mom. We'll always need you and you'll always be our Beauti-Phil. God bless you, and God bless your cotton socks. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086


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