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Born: Jan 12, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 07, 2020

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Peacefully, Sister Alma left her earthly dwelling to meet her God and Saviour at Actionmarguerite, St. Boniface, Manitoba on August 7, 2020.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her sisters, Thérèse, Aline, Jacqueline (Philéas), Simone, her brother Gilles, sisters-in-law, Agathe and Marj, many nieces and nephews and her religious family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Yvonne Bouchard and Edmour, her sister Lucille, her brothers, Joseph, Henri, Yvon, Maurice, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Alma was born in Sainte-Agathe on January 12, 1929, the third child of Yvonne Bouchard and Edmour Fontaine. She grew up in a large family on a farm and went to school at Sainte-Agathe convent. At a very early age, Alma learned the art of serving and collaborating easily on multiple tasks. Household tasks and work on the farm were done with great energy to help the family. In later years, she was hired as an employee at Sainte-Agathe convent and then at St. Joseph's Academy and Hospice Taché in Saint-Boniface. After a few years, she decided that time had come to put forth her aspiration to join the religious order of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. On January 24, 1952, she entered the novitiate in Outremont, Quebec. Sister Alma then made her first vows on February 5, 1954, and her perpetual vows on August 5, 1958.
Upon returning to Manitoba in 1954, Sister Alma took on the responsibilities of head cook in convents with large groups of sisters and boarders at Académie St-Joseph, St. Mary's Academy and St-Jean-Baptiste Convent. In Duluth, St. Mary's Convent and St-Pierre-Jolys, her cooking ability, her enthusiasm and her good humour were greatly appreciated. Even though she was always ready to help, she also delighted to take time to have fun and talk with visitors. Being a very sociable person, she appreciated family gatherings and cultural outings. Knitting was a passion and an enjoyment for her. It also fulfilled a great need for children who had cancer and others in far away missions. Nothing could make her happier than giving any of her creations to anyone who visited her. Feeling that she helped people in need made her as happy as a lark. Close to the end of her life, to show her appreciation, Sister Alma offered knitted gifts to the nursing staff at Résidence Despins and Actionmarguerite.
The Fontaine family and the Sisters of her religious congregation are very thankful to the staff at Residence Despins, the 3DE unit at Actionmarguerite, Diane Rioux and Josée Wiedmer for their compassion and care given to Sister Alma.
There will be a private funeral for the family and her religious community.

Family and friends may sign a book of condolence online at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Ma tante Soeur! That's how I called her! Ma tante Soeur! Sweet, patient! Oh, how patient she was, putting up with the humour of her siblings and nephews and nieces! Voyons! I recall her saying, but in a pleasant way, a gentle admonishment if it went a little too far, yet also amused! It was a pleasure and an honour to meet up with her, to be commissioned to pick her up for a family gathering and then return her home! She made the best homemade donuts! Sucre a creme! I will always remember her fondly! Entre tes mains, Seigneur! - Posted by: Leo Landry (Nephew) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • I was very fond if my Aunt Sister Alma. She alwaus brought joy to my heart and with her I had always known I could go see her spend time visiting catching up throught the years. Some of my best memories were from when I was being bullied at Marion school. I'd run to the nuns convent behind my school. Skip class but she took me in made me feel safe I did dishes with the nuns as I grew. My rewards always juice and cookies. When we were done our treats we walk around in the garden and visit with many of the sister's, play with puzzels and talk or go to mass. She would even take me to light candles. It was important to put those prayers in. I will always hold her dead. She was truly my favorite. Hear the news of her passing is hard. Sending my love with her to heaven. May the live of God shine down on her. - Posted by: Lori Mckay (Great Niece) on: Aug 12, 2020

  • Toutes nos sinceres sympathies a la famille Fontaine de la part de la famille Paul Et Gabrielle Carriere - Posted by: BOB CARRIERE (COUSIN) on: Aug 12, 2020

  • She was a beautiful person and a big heart/à bientôt matante - Posted by: Denis Lecuyer (Aunt ) on: Aug 12, 2020

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