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LOUIS SAQUET (published on March 20, 2010)

LOUIS SAQUET 1915 - 2010 Louis died at the Ste. Rose Hospital on March 9, 2010 with family at his side. He leaves his wife of 66 years Alice, his children Jean Louis, Marie (Juan Henrriquez), Jacques (Claudette), Paulette, Madeleine (Karl) Lang, René (Mariette), Suzanne (Guy) Gamache, his grand- children: Michelle, Jean-Claude, Josée, Joël Saquet, Marc and Katrina Lang, Nicole and Patrick Gamache and close family friend Lucien. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Auguste Saquet and Célina Roger, his brothers and sisters and their spouses: Léon (Marie), Aimée (Sidney) McDonald, Sr. Jeanne Saquet sgm, Sr. Marie Saquet fdlc, Lucie (Joseph) Lebras, André (Agnès). Born on the farm east of Laurier on January 22, 1915 he lived as most farm children a simple life of chores and attending school at Ecole Champlain nearby. At the age of 14 he shared the farm work with his father. Louis Saquet was a man of the future who always looked ahead to improve his destiny. From a young age, while working on the farm along the Turtle River east of Laurier he espoused his father's desire to adopt new technology. Taking the new threshing machine with a crew of harvesters to area farms was a confidence booster for a young man barely 20 years old. In the early winter months he would spread gravel with a truck on the old No.5 and the road north of Ste. Rose. The old methods of travel were also relevant as he made many trips with the horses to the mountain for heating fuel and for logs to build barns and sheds. Working the land and growing crops were his greatest ambitions. In September 1939 however, his life would take a sharp turn as he answered the call from France to defend his father's homeland. Thus he met Alice Valdeyron whom he married in 1943. After an absence of almost seven years he returns home with a wife and son ready to take on new challenges. He bought his first bulldozer in 1947 as agriculture was being mechanised and farmers needed more acres cleared. Farming was in his blood and he bought land as his finances would allow him and he cleared a few acres each year to expand the productive land. Thanks to the help of his friend Jim Lesawich he was able to see some revenue from the farm. Eventually demand for land clearing abated and road construction took over as a means of creating employment for members of his community and earning a livelihood. By the early 1960s Louis' farm gained more importance and the land clearing/road construction diminished. After his eldest son joined him in 1964, the farm prospects grew rapidly. New methods of agriculture as well as trying out new crops were always sought after. Newer equipment made the work easier and allowed for expansion. Even though Louis had not completed his grade 8, he valued education and saw to it that each of his children was able to attend university. He never stopped learning by reading books about everything. He kept informed with magazines and the daily newspaper. His community was important to him. He was part of the amalgamation of the school districts into a division in the early 1960s and served as school trustee for 25 years. His involvement with the local Caisse Populaire and the Laurier village council also lasted many years. Probably his most ambitious community work was the task he took on to supervise the dismantling and saving the building materials from the old Laurier School. The Nouveaux Horizons Centre was essentially built of these recycled materials. Louis was an untiring worker who would toil for hours in his garden to provide vegetables for the entire extended family. He planted apple trees and became proficient in grafting them through his readings. He transplanted trees wherever they were needed. He probably thought that, in his younger days, he had taken too many down and he had to make amends by reforesting. His passing was like his life, with little fanfare but leaving an indelible mark on his family and his community. Prayers were offered on Saturday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. with the funeral mass following at 2:00 p.m.from Notre Dame des Victoires Roman Catholic Church, Laurier, Manitoba. Fr. Vincent de Paul Tchaoule celebrated the mass. Interment followed in the Laurier Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gordon Boerchers, Ronald Delaurier, Francis Gamache, Joseph Letain, Fred Lesawich, and Francis Peloquin. Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in memory of Louis to the Palliative Care Program at Ste. Rose General Hospital c/o the Prevost Foundation, Box 60, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB, R0L 1S0. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel, in care of arrangements, (204) 447-2444,

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