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Venessa Houle

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April 30, 1968 – July 3, 2024

It is with deep sorrow and heartbreak that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Venessa. She passed away after a battle with illness at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 56.

Venessa is survived by her two loving daughters, Danielle and Rachel; sisters Gisele and Cheryl; brother Charles; nieces Quantia and Sasha; nephew Matthew; and many of her extended family. She is predeceased by her father Allan and mother Lorraine; sister Claudette; and brothers Harold and Arnold.

Our mother was a compassionate person who dedicated her life to helping others. She served as an employee at MacDonald Youth Services and End Homelessness, then returned to school to work on her Masters of Social Work while caring for her ailing mother. During that time, she became ill before she could complete her thesis. She dreamed of becoming a clinical therapist and wanted to help improve the lives of children and youth who have been through the foster care system. We are forever proud of her achievements, and we know she would have made a difference in the world.

In her spare time, she enjoyed the simple things in life, such as listening to music, singing, and dancing. She also enjoyed quiet nights at home watching her favourite movies, cooking for her loved ones, and spending time with her family and pets. People will remember Venessa as being shy and introverted yet gentle and kindhearted, but at home she was a free spirit who loved and appreciated life to the fullest. She was one of a kind, and her presence will be truly missed.

In accordance with her wishes, she has been cremated, and a celebration of her life will be held at her childhood home in the presence of her immediate family. Venessa had a deep fondness for animals. If you wish, we ask that you make a donation to the Winnipeg Humane Society in her honour.

Words cannot begin to express how devastated we are by her loss. We love you and miss you so very much, mom. We will forever cherish our memories and look forward to being together once again in the afterlife.

Venessa’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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July 15, 2024 at 2:52 AM

Don't be afraid, Danielle. Your mom will alwa love you. When grandma got sick in 2009, I thought she was going to die. I was so afraid. She passed away in 2022 instead.,I had precious years spent with her. It was Harold that died suddenly in 2009. The first thing I thought about every morning was Harold died. It was so shocking, devastating. I look back and remember the good times Venessa and I spent together. She's in better place, now and I know she doesn't want you to be afraid. Don't be afraid, Danielle, your mom will always love you... she'll always love Rachel.


July 13, 2024 at 11:00 PM

I wish you were still here. I just feel so lost and scared without you in the world. Sometimes I can't believe this is real, like it's some bad dream and I'm hoping I'll wake up soon. I will never stop thinking about you. I love you so much, mom.


July 12, 2024 at 11:30 PM

I spent a lot of time with both Venessa and Cheryl when we were kids. They were older than me and I always thought they were so cool.

I remember the family coming out to visit for weekends in Petersfield, where we’d swim and boat and have bonfires on the beach. I remember going with my sister, Jocelyne, Cheryl, and Venessa in my uncle Allan’s car to get banana splits.

Sadly, things changed when I was around seven. I’m still not sure what happened, exactly, but one Christmas, they just weren’t there. And I never saw any of them (except uncle Allan) again.

Over the years I tried a few times to find my cousins on social media but had no luck until I managed to connect with Cheryl just recently. I wish I’d had a chance to reconnect with your mom as well. She sounds like a wonderful person.

My sincere sympathy on your tremendous loss.


Cheryl Houle

July 11, 2024 at 3:12 PM

My beautiful sister... it will always break my heart how we departed ways when were at odds with each other. At the back of my mind, I always thought we would make up again; this was just one of those arguments. Since you passed away, I can't stop thinking about you. In our childhood, we were very close, and as we became adults, we had our life to lead; still, we remained close. It hurt me to know that you were getting your masters when you suddenly got ill. I was proud of what you were accomplishing because I remember you had to withdraw from your studies in the 90's due to family issues. You left so suddenly and I know I will see you again on the other side. I pray and hope your last few deys on earth were peaceful. Until we meet again, love you always.


July 11, 2024 at 12:52 PM

We had so many plans and hopes for the future. I was ready to spend the rest of my life taking care of you if you needed it. I love you so very much, mom. I'm heartbroken about what happened.


July 10, 2024 at 7:59 PM

I love you and think of you every day 🩷

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