Saturday September 20, 2014

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

  • What type of housing development would you like to see replace the East View Lodge building?
  • Assisted living
  • 52%
  • Personal care home
  • 6%
  • Low-income housing/apartments
  • 42%
  • Other
  • 0%
  • Total Votes: 31





Ovide Pelletier

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Ovide Pelletier

Ovide Pelletier passed away with his brother at his side on Monday, January 7, 2013 at the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba at the age of 89 years. Ovide was born August 12, 1923 on the family farm, west of Laurier, to Marcel and Maria Pelletier (nee: Hebrard). He attended Woodbend School and worked alongside Grandpa on the farm. In the early years, Uncle also worked in Riding Mountain National Park cutting wood and logs. In 1947, he moved with his parents and younger brother to Melita where they established a farm. With a lot of hard work their farm flourished. During these years many neighbours and lifelong friends were made. While in Melita, Ovide served as the Municipal “Pound Keeper”. The “School Board” was another job he took on, however he left that position after two years because, “he didn’t like fighting with all those women.” Also his true calling came when he served as “Municipal Counsellor” for the district of Melita and Pierson for many years. In 1986, the farm was sold and the Uncles moved to Neepawa. Their home and property was kept in immaculate condition resembling a park. They were both very self-sufficient. They gardened, canned fruit, made jam and even canned their own “salmon” which they caught from the creek. His interests were varied, from pesky animals (remember the traps for racoons, skunks and foxes) to birds (the Purple Martin houses) to travelling in their motor home, history and genealogy which accounted for all the town and community year books and notebooks full of family and friends birth dates, dates of marriages and deaths. Trust me, there were many heated discussions as to the accuracy of some entered dates. Uncle Ovide was predeceased by both his parents, Marcel and Maria and by four sisters and their husbands; Rose (Paul Delaurier (Alex Branconier), Elia (Lucien) Barre, Angele (Allan) Ogg and Marie (Jack) Bloomer. He was also predeceased by his nephew Denis (Irene) Barre. Surviving is one beloved brother, Lionel Pelletier and nieces and nephews; Gillis (Valerian) Ogg, Clayton (Yvonne) Ogg, Reg (Judy) Branconier, Darlene (Henry) Novak, Laurette (Rene) Fredette, Vina (Armand) Caumartin, Dennis (Phyllis) Ogg, Kerry (Elaine) Bloomer, Darryl (Linda) Bloomer and Darwin (Evelyn) Ogg. He is also survived by many great nieces and great nephews as well as a heart full of friends. Our family joins together to thank all the staff of the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home in Ste. Rose du Lac for all the kindness, care and sensitivity given to Uncle Ovide during his stay with you. I know he loved your facility and he told us all on many occasions how good you all were to him and that he was happy to be home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Ovide's memory to the Dr. Gendreau Personal Care Home 515 Mission Street Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba R0L 1S0. Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Notre Dame des Victoires Roman Catholic Church in Laurier with Father Eric Zadji as celebrant. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa. Dobchuk Funeral Home McCreary, Manitoba Telephone (204) 835-2004 The Heritage of Neill, Dobchuk & Anderson, providing over a century of service.


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