Germaine Marie Louise Bourassa passed away peacefully on September 30th, 2021 at the Château Vitaline retirement living home in Beaumont, Alberta. Germaine was born on October 22, 1921 and was just a few weeks shy of celebrating her 100th birthday. She is predeceased by her parents Louis and Angele Mazenc, husband Pierre Victor, daughter Diane, son-in-law Roderick Nicol, brothers John and George Mazenc and sister-in-law Eva Mazenc. She is survived by her children Linda (Bob), Renald and Michael (Diana); her grandchildren Laurel (Darren), Michael (Soraya), Peter (Valerie), Gillian (Tim), Thaddeus (Barb), Avi (Clotilde) and Eli (Stephanie); her great grandchildren Benji, Morgan, Chloe, Peyton, Diane Jean, Noah, Bren, Jack, Héloïse, Jackson and Madison; as well as her son-in-law Lloyd Tien (Lucienne), many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law Eileen Mazenc and Anna Bourassa.
Germaine (“mom, grandma, mamaine, mamie, GG, ma tante, or auntie”) was the matriarch of and an inspiration to her family and the focal point of many a family reunion over the years connecting Canadian and French relatives. She was born on a farm in the St. Colette district near Radville, Saskatchewan and grew up attending Lacadia country school. She often talked about walking several miles to school each day and how her brothers protected her. After marrying Pierre during the war they lived several years in Vulcan, Alberta where Pierre was stationed at the Air Force base and then continued with a garage business. Upon their return to Radville, Germaine became very active at the Holy Family Catholic Church including serving time on the CWL auxiliary. Her door was always open to any newcomer to town, especially to the many teachers who came to Radville from the British Isles during the 1960’s. As soon as the opportunity arose she and Pierre began their European travels where Germaine renewed connections with her aunt and cousins in Aveyron and Paris, France. She loved to travel and made many trips overseas (including her final one at age 95 for her grandson’s wedding in northern France and her final trip to Aveyron). Several years after Pierre’s passing in 1982 she resettled in Victoria, BC. She was proud of her independence, living on her own until her 98th birthday. From Victoria she often travelled across Canada on her own by bus, striking up conversations with any stranger along the way. She was a prolific card and letter writer to her family and many relatives in France and friends in the UK, in an era when that tradition was lost. And who can forget her fondness for a glass of sherry, brandy or wine.
The family thanks Covenant Care and the staff at Chateau Vitaline in Beaumont (in particular manager Azmina Shivji) for the excellent care she has been given over the past year. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.