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MARIE (MARY) ROSE ALICE WILDE (published on June 12, 2010)



MARIE (MARY) ROSE ALICE WILDE (nee FAUCHERE) May 10, 1918 June 5, 2010 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, sister and aunt on June 5, 2010 at Kin Place Personal Care Home, Oak Bank, Manitoba at the age of 92. She was predeceased by her parents Jean and Rose Fauchere (Espenelle), her husband Dan, and her son, Dwight. She is survived by her daughter Alison (Ron) Sellen, son Guy (Catherine), and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Olivia. She is also survived by her three sisters, Irene (Tauranga, NZ), Ida (Scottsville, VA) Martha (Scarborough, ON) and one brother, Albert (Forest Hill, ON), numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Marie was born at home in Notre Dame de Lourdes, spending the first days of her life being kept warm in a shoebox near the stove. She was raised and went to school in Notre Dame and Winnipeg. She did not graduate from school as she was needed to assist in caring for her siblings. During the Great Depression the family moved from one rooming house to the next, with her mother and father acting as caretakers. They would fix up these homes, only to have the owners sell them after the repairs were done, forcing the family to move. One of their neighbours during this time was the LaFleche family and Marie would often care for their children, Gisele (MacKenzie), George, Jocko and Janine. She also worked as a housekeeper for the Colburns, which included looking after their twin girls, Madeline and Marlene, who have remained as friends to this day. In 1938 Marie was convinced by her cousin Maurice to go to a dance in St. Claude, on a blind date. It was there she met her future husband, Dan. They married in 1946 after Dan returned from overseas duty in Europe with the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment (the Kangaroos) during the Second World War. She and Dan lived their entire married lives in Oak Bank on what is now Oakwood Road. Finally, in 1951, Marie and Dan celebrated the start of family with the birth of their first son, Dwight. This was followed by the birth of their daughter Alison in 1956 and another son, Guy in 1957. The family was stuck with tragedy with Dan passing from Hodgkin's disease in May of 1962. Faced with a future of raising a young family of three, with the help of her mother Rose, Marie went to work for Eaton's in the Mail Order. She worked there until Eaton's announced the closing of the mail order operations in 1976. Longtime family friend, Frank Arnold stepped forward and offered her a job at Arnold Brothers Transport commencing immediately after the closing of the mail order. She worked there happily until her retirement in 1983. Besides her family, Marie's two passions were gardening and travelling. Her love of gardening was partially a necessity as a bountiful garden crop in the fall helped make ends meet. Fall time at home meant many hours canning and freezing vegetables. Her love for travelling was first ignited when she took the family, by train, to visit her brother Albert's, and her sister Martha's families in southwest Ontario in the summer of 1962. Working and providing for the family put travelling plans on hiatus. When she did begin to travel again after the kids were old enough to look after themselves, travel she did. She made a total of eleven trips to New Zealand, to visit her sister Irene and her family. Marie's failing eyesight and series of minor strokes necessitated the move to Kin Place Personal Care Home in August 2005. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers of Kin Place for all of their care and kindness since she became a resident there. Cremation and interment with a private family service was held on Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery. The family requests that a donation be made to either the Heart Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, or to a charity of one's choice. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery 1 Green Acres Lane, Springfield (204) 222-3241 Hwy #1 East inside the Perimeter at Winnipeg Condolences may be sent to: www.greenacresfuneralhome.com


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