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Born: Oct 12, 1923

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2021

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Surrounded by the love of her Grey Nun companions and members of her family (FaceTime), Sister Claire went to meet her Lord and Saviour on January 23, 2021, at St. Boniface General Hospital at the age of 97.
Besides her religious community, she leaves to mourn her two sisters: Florence Colette (Marcel) and Fernande Damphousse; one brother Yvon (Claire); one sister-in-law Brigitte and many nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her parents and five sisters: Lucille Morin (Cyprien); Simone, p.m.s.j. Céline Parent (Lionel); Anita Pelland (Adrien); Germaine; a brother Sylvio, and a brother-in-law, Paul Damphousse.
Claire was born on October 12, 1923 to Marie-Anne Dupuis and Louis Paul Fillion from St. Jean-Baptiste. She was the second of a family of 10 children. It is in a profoundly faith filled family that Claire grew up. She attended school in St. Jean under the direction of the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. At the age of 17, she felt that God wanted her to become a religious sister. One of her aunts, who was a Grey Nun invited her to attend a discernment retreat for young women. After this experience, she decided to enter the Grey Nun's Novitiate on February 5, 1941 and consecrated her life to the Lord through religious profession on August 15, 1943 and made her final vows on August 15, 1946.
For many years, Sister Claire dedicated herself with love and compassion to the care of the sick at Taché Centre, St. Boniface Sanatorium, Ste-Rose du Lac, Berens River and for our elderly and sick Sisters at the Provincial House. Following these experiences, she volunteered her time at Flavie Laurent Centre for five years and was a dedicated communion minister at St. Boniface Cathedral for 25 years.
In 2011, her health having diminished, she retired but continued to help in various ways through community services and other hobbies such as knitting for those in need of a warm tuque and scarf. Sister Claire will be remembered as a woman of deep faith, generosity, kindness, and hospitality always welcoming each person with a smile.
The Grey Nuns and the Fillion family wish to thank the staff at Despins Residence especially 2nd Floor Supportive Housing and St. Boniface Hospital (Palliative Care) for their dedication, love and compassion towards Sister Claire Fillion.
Due to Covid-19, prayers and the funeral mass will be held by invitation only on January 26, 2021 at Despins Residence, 151 Despins Street, officiated by Father Charles Fillion.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Sr Fillion was a quiet person always behind the scene however she would accomplish so much for the sake of the community. She will be missed Rest in peace Sr Claire ! đź‘Ľ - Posted by: Kankou (Care provider) on: Jan 26, 2021

  • Je reconnais bien sur la bontĂ© et l’humilitĂ© de sĹ“ur Claire. Je me souviendrai toujours en particulier de sa visite pour souper chez moi en compagnie de sĹ“ur Louisa Dupuis. Sincères condolĂ©ances Ă  tous ses neveux et nièces ainsi qu’aux Soeurs Grises. - Posted by: Raymond Lafond (Connaissance ) on: Jan 26, 2021

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