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Dorothy Assailly

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October 15, 1939 – February 24, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dorothy passed peacefully in her sleep on February 24th in Winnipeg MB at the age of 84.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Justin Assailly; children Sherry (Mike) Savard; Jan (Bill) Ranson; Michelle (Terry) Higham; grandchildren Kayla (Kevin) Harold; Justin Savard (Jennifer Hulmes); Meaghan Ranson (Patrick Tuominen); great grandchildren Jada Harold; Kade Tuominen. She also leaves behind a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends from over the years.

Dorothy grew up on a farm near Magnet MB the youngest of the family, and attended school in both Magnet MB and Ste. Rose Du Lac MB. She taught school in the area for a short time before moving to Wpg. MB.  She met Justin (from Laurier MB) through mutual friends and married in August 1961 joining him in Thompson MB where they would plant roots and raise their family.  

Dorothy worked for many years at the Royal Bank where she made great friends and met many members of the community. She enjoyed sewing, spending time at their cabin at Setting Lake, and most of all curling. She and Justin retired in Oct.1992 and moved into the dream home they had built for them in East St. Paul MB.  This brought them closer to their daughters who had moved to Wpg and gave them the opportunity to spend time with their growing grandchildren. 

Dorothy continued to sew and craft and of course found new friends to curl with and went on to compete on a national level in the women’s senior’s division on multiple occasions. She volunteered in the community for Blanketing Manitoba, crocheting and packaging for distribution blankets for people in need. She also volunteered once a week at the Middlechurch Retirement Home helping residence get to and from the weekly church service within the facility.  

Family and friends will remember Dorothy for her sarcastic humour, love of dancing, and country music and her always open door. That’s right no matter how far you travelled she always had a bed for you at her home. May she find the same welcome and comfort amongst her predeceased family she joins in Heaven. 

In Accordance with the family wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held.

Dorothy’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Rick and Joanne Fast

May 10, 2024 at 3:52 PM

My husband and I were fortunate to live next door to Stan and Dorothy for all of the years they lived in East St Paul. We knew Dorothy as a very sociable person, always ready to chat when we would meet outside. She always talked about her family, particularly about grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her love for them was obvious. She and I talked about her crochet blankets (I also crochet and knit) and I was so impressed by how many blankets she made. She talked about curling . She told stories with a twinkle in her eye. We would often see Dorothy walking the entire length of our street in the summer. She was kind to our sons. Dorothy was a wonderful neighbour.

Lea Menard

May 9, 2024 at 8:42 PM

I met Dorothy while curling at St. Vital Curling Club & what a gal she was! She was always pleasant to everyone she met & of course with her many jokes at coffee. We went on a couple of Bonspiels together in St. Rose, Fisher Branch etc. She will always be remembered by many friends at the curling club. My deepest sympathies to Stan & Families as we have definitely lost a very Special Lady.

Trudy Paul

May 9, 2024 at 8:40 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Dorothy at the Royal Bank in Thompson. She was always ready with a joke. During the curling season , you knew it was Friday because Dorothy always wore her curling pants to work so she could get straight to the curling rink, Rest in peace Dorothy.

Ann Harwood

May 9, 2024 at 8:35 PM

I met Dorothy after I was hired for a teller's position at the Royal Bank in June 1975. Like many others at that time in Thompson, I was young and newly married. In early 1976 my high school girlfriend was planning a July 10th wedding in our southern Ontario hometown and I was to be her matron of honour.  Vacation time at RBC had been set and Dorothy had booked that week. She did not have to, but she changed her plans and enabled me to be at that wedding and keep my job.  It was so thoughtful of her and Dorothy's kind heart is what I'll remember the most. In later years, we would meet up occasionally at gatherings of Thompsonites and tried to keep in touch at Christmas. Thinking of Stan, their girls and families at this time.


May 9, 2024 at 8:28 PM


Thanks for sharing your memories

Joyce and Jerry

May 9, 2024 at 8:27 PM

I am so sad to hear of Dorothy’s passing. Dorothy and I curled together for many years at the St.Vital and Heather curling clubs. We won provincial masters championship twice together. We always had the best time together. She was the most positive and joyful person I knew. Yes, she always had a great joke to share over coffee or lunches at the club. My sincere condolences to Stan and the girls and their families. She will surely be missed. 

Lucille and Roger Lapointe.

May 9, 2024 at 8:26 PM

Dorothy and I became friends in high school. Dorothy, Margaret and I could be seen hanging out together. We double dated with Stan and his best friend Roger who later became our lifetime partners. Although Stan and Dorothy started their marriage far north in Thompson, we visited each other as often as we could and started our families. We kept in touch over the years and I will always cherish our friendship. Rest well my friend.

Bev Lewicki

May 9, 2024 at 8:20 PM

I knew Dorothy from having grown up in the same small community then later from Thompson.  I worked at the Bank of Montreal and Dorothy worked at the Royal and she was very welcoming.  When I got married in 1968 Dorothy hosted my bridal shower.  My husband and I continued to see her through curling for many years and will always remember her sense of humor.  Condolences to her family.

Evelyn Venne

May 9, 2024 at 8:17 PM

I knew Dorothy and Stan from Thompson as I worked at the TD bank in Thompson and Dorothy as we know worked at the Royal when my husband and I moved to St Andrews Mb and Dorothy and Stan moved to East St Paul we had many good visits with them yes Dorothy had many jokes to tell us and we always enjoyed our visits. Rest In Peace Dorothy

Ginger Mann

May 9, 2024 at 8:13 PM

I curled with Dorothy for many years in Thompson so many memories of our bonspiels together in the north and one in my home town of Fisher Branch.  Dorothy had a great sense of humour and always had a joke to tell.. I don’t know how she remembered them all!  My condolences Stan and family.. Dorothy will always have a special place in my heart.


May 9, 2024 at 8:01 PM

I can hear Auntie Dorothy saying “Hi Deenie”! Always loved visiting with her and Uncle Stan. She will be missed by many. My condolences to all of the family ❤️

A couple pictures when Mom and I visited in November 2021.

Bev & Deryl Habing

May 9, 2024 at 8:00 PM

We had the privilege of knowing Dorothy & Stan thru curling in Thompson.  Dorothy's eyes always twinkled, she had an infectious laugh, and always had a joke to tell!  Our deepest  sympathies to all the family! God has truly gained an angel!!

Gloria Lapierre

May 9, 2024 at 7:59 PM

I remember our time staying together in Mesa, Arizona.

Edna Roberts

May 9, 2024 at 7:52 PM

I had the privilege of curling with my Auntie in Pinawa ladies bonspiel. We had so much fun. She loved a good laugh and could tell the best jokes. 

Big hugs to Uncle Stan and my cousin's and their families.  

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