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Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2014

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CECILE ELIZE USUNIER The family wishes to sadly announce the passing of Cecile Elize Usunier (née Carême), beloved wife of the late André Usunier. Cecile passed away at her residence, Fairview Home, Brandon, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Cecile was born October 11, 1923 on the family farm in Findlay, MB. She was the second youngest of a family of 11. As a young girl, she enjoyed outdoor activities with her siblings and spending time with her animals, especially horses. After finishing school, she remained at home to help her father and family run the farm. It was during this time that she met André Usunier at a small town dance. They were married in December of 1946 and shortly after moved to Brandon. They spent the rest of their lives in Brandon raising their five children. Cecile was devoted to her family. She enjoyed preparing family dinners and playing cards almost daily with anyone who dropped by. Any free time was spent volunteering with St. Augustine's CWL, Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion #3 and the Red Cross. Cecile is survived by sons Paul (Elaine), Francis (Rhonda), Ray (Pat); daughters Judy (Tim) Quadrelli and Elaine (Dan) Gavigan; grandchildren Marc (Kendra) Usunier, Alison Usunier (Mark Brischuk), Michael Usunier (Danica Pineiro), Matthew and Mark Usunier, Marcia (Mark) Benway, Rayna (Nolan) Robinson, Nicolette Quadrelli (Joel VanderSchaaf), Tyler, Meghan and Andrea Gavigan; great-grandchildren Buck and Lark VanderSchaaf and Lane Robinson; brother Ed Carême; sisters-in-law Stella Carême, Leona Usunier, Edith Bertholet, Marie Brause, Teresa Usunier, Suzanne (Ken) Anderson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cecile was predeceased by her parents Ramond and Lucie (née Marcq) Carême, her loving husband André, an infant daughter Judith, brothers Nick, Frank, John, Leon, Joseph, sisters Leontine Cancade, Marie Gregoire, Lucie Leech, Louise Deleau, three infant siblings and daughter-in-law, Gaye Usunier. Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, January 25, 2014 with Fr. John Okosun as Celebrant. Interment followed in the Veterans' Section at the Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Joe Carême, Ron Carême, George Lampertz, Tim Quadrelli, Denys Usunier and Garth Wakefield. All in attendance were considered Honorary Pallbearers. In memory of Cecile, donations may be made to the Fairview Home Foundation, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4S6. Ne pleurez pas sur mon départ puisque la mort est la fin de mes souffrances. Qu'il est doux de s'endormir, pour se réveiller avec le Seigneur. Do not weep for my departure since death is the end of my suffering. How sweet it is to fall asleep, only to wake with the Lord. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services Brandon, MB, (204) 727-0694
Publish Date: Feb 1, 2014

CECILE ELIZE USUNIER Cecile Elize Usunier, beloved wife of the late André Usunier, passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Home, Brandon, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the age of 90 years. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. John Okosun as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cecile may be made to the Fairview Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4S6. Complete obituary information to follow. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements are in care of Brockie Donovan Funeral & Cremation Services, Brandon, (204) 727-0694.
Publish Date: Jan 22, 2014

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2014

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Condolences to you and your family!!! - Posted by: Cheryl Falk (Former co-worker of Ray) on: Feb 01, 2014

  • I always loved going to visit Aunt Cecile, Uncle Andy and their family in Brandon. Uncle and Auntie always loved to play cards and made it so much fun - lots of laughter and loving filled their house. Jennifer and I were storm stayed at their house one winter trip home from St. Albert, and we were made to feel so welcome and cared for. What a wonderful example of parents these two made. The world was definitely a better place for having them in it and I was so pleased to have had them as uncle and auntie. The last many years since I moved to Alberta made visiting difficult but I will always treasure my memories of our visits together. Love to all the family. - Posted by: Barb Magel (Niece) on: Jan 23, 2014

  • Francis, Michael, Matthew & Mark. I am so very sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. Your mom and grandmother was a gentle, kind woman who always had a twinkle in her eye and a kind word for everyone. She thought the world of all her children and especially her grandchildren and even tolerated the nonsense of all of us who were lucky enough to touched with her love. I know January will be added to the months of bittersweet memories but can't help feeling there was a big contingent of love and forgiveness ready to greet her on the other side. My thoughts are with you all during this trying time. - Posted by: Patricia Burak (Gaye's sister) on: Jan 22, 2014

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