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MARILYN JOAN BRODEUR
July 15, 1939 - January 10, 2024
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear wife, Mom, and Grandma, Marilyn Brodeur, on January 10th, 2024.
Marilyn is survived by her loving husband and soulmate of 62 years Lucien (Lou) Brodeur. Her children Karen Brodeur Trotter (Sean), Cheryl Pilek (Russell) and Loralei Douglas (Murray), her grandsons Keenan, Aidan (Emma), Owen, Thomas and granddaughter Cailin; siblings Barbara Thompson (Bill), Heather Moffat-Newman (Andrew) and Jim Moffat (Robbyn); as well as many special in-laws and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Edith and James Moffat, as well as brother Bruce Moffat (Edna).
Mom was born and raised in Winnipeg. She completed her studies at Glenlawn Collegiate and went on to work at Canadian National Rail’s telecommunications office. It was there that Mom met the love of her life in 1958. Mom showed interest in Dad by sending him a note on the message belt that ran between the two areas that they worked in. Dad arranged a double date with a friend of his and another girl from work. Mom wasn’t sure if Dad had asked her to accompany him or if he had invited his friend along as a date for Mom. When the guys arrived to pick up the girls, Mom made sure she reached the car first and got into the front seat to sit beside Dad. They fell in love and were married at St Boniface Basilica in 1961. They lived in St Vital and St Boniface before moving to Transcona.
Mom and Dad built a beautiful life together and had 3 girls who were their pride and joy. Mom made her family the top priority, created a loving home and was always there for friends and family. Mom and Dad were always busy and active but also had time for fun, relaxation and quality time with family.
Our childhood years were filled with family camping trips and fun with extended family. Mom and Dad bought property at Traverse Bay and built their own cottage. This was a very special, loving place where the family gathered, and it later became Mom and Dad’s home. They made many friends at Victoria Beach Seniors Scene, and also spent winters in Arizona and Texas where they made many more close friends.
Mom had many talents. She was an avid cook, baker, gardener, seamstress, quilter, made and painted wooden crafts, and created stained glass pieces. Music always brought a smile to Mom’s face and she loved to dance. She had an amazing sense of humour that developed thanks to her relationship with Dad. He loves to joke around and give good-natured ribbing to people. Mom wasn’t used to this at first, but she enjoyed it and their interactions and kidding around led to her sense of humour that we all loved.
Mom had a heart of gold. She was always kind, generous and full of compliments. She was a thoughtful woman who had precious wisdom. Mom loved to hear everything we shared with her and treasured time with family. She always made time to sit and listen, support, encourage and give you her undivided attention.
Mom spent the last ten months at Action Marguerite in St Boniface where she became a beloved resident to staff. Mom became known for her sense of humour, hugs, love of dancing, calling everyone “honey, honey” and sharing her wisdom. The family wishes to offer huge thanks to staff there who provided excellent and loving care to our Mom.
We are blessed and grateful to have had so many precious years with Mom in our lives. We wish there had been many more, it never would have been enough. But as Mom always said, “Never goodbye, only so long”. So long Mom, until we meet again we keep you close in our hearts…
A private service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 17. The service will also be shared virtually, which you can watch by clicking this link.
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