Baillargeon - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Noella Baillargeon on October 3, 2011 at the age of 84 years. Left to cherish Noella's memory are her loving family - children: Dennis (Louise) Baillargeon of Edam, SK; Judith (Raymond) Thom of Edam, SK; Marie (Jim) Weiss of Langley, BC; Anita (Dwayne) Wolfe of Edam, SK; Janice Baillargeon of Edam, SK; Marc (Brenda) Baillargeon of Saskatoon, SK; and Guy (Lucie) Baillargeon of Edam, SK; grandchildren: Camile (Carol) Baillargeon and son Eric; Nicole (Bryan) Buitenhuis and daughter Anna; Joelle (Ben) Villalobos and children Ines and Benjamin; Bryce (Andrea) Thom and...
Baillargeon - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Noella Baillargeon on October 3, 2011 at the age of 84 years.
Left to cherish Noella's memory are her loving family - children: Dennis (Louise) Baillargeon of Edam, SK; Judith (Raymond) Thom of Edam, SK; Marie (Jim) Weiss of Langley, BC; Anita (Dwayne) Wolfe of Edam, SK; Janice Baillargeon of Edam, SK; Marc (Brenda) Baillargeon of Saskatoon, SK; and Guy (Lucie) Baillargeon of Edam, SK; grandchildren: Camile (Carol) Baillargeon and son Eric; Nicole (Bryan) Buitenhuis and daughter Anna; Joelle (Ben) Villalobos and children Ines and Benjamin; Bryce (Andrea) Thom and son Kye; Cory Weiss; Mitchell Weiss; Keith Weiss; Glen (Jamie) Wolfe and sons Kaden and Kyle; Maureen Wolfe and son Clayton; Adrian (Nicole) Baillargeon and sons Jack and Oliver; Shane Baillargeon; Steven Baillargeon; Kelly (Megan) Baillargeon; Oneil Baillargeon; and Lise Baillargeon; brother Paul (Carolyn) Beausoleil; sister Jean Koopman; sisters-in-law Fernande Beausoleil and Florence Beausoleil; brothers-in-law John Couch, Bill Schmidt, and Joe Winkler.
She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Baillargeon; parents William and Leva Beausoleil; brothers Elmer, Virgil, Harry, Joseph, and Lawrence; sisters: Norma, Lorraine, Della, Doris, and Therese; great-grandson Matthew Wolfe.
On Christmas day, 1926, our Grandmother Beausoleil spent the day at home, in Crookston, Minn. After the evening meal was completed and the dishes were done Grandma
determined it was time for the children to go to the neighbors and the midwife to come and assist with the birth of their sixth child. Because her birth occurred on this special day, the new baby girl was named Noella Louise. Noella Louise was the sixth of thirteen children born to Leva and William Beausoleil.
In 1932, a decision was made by her parents, to move to Canada. Mom was only 5 ½ at time, but she distinctly remembered driving away from the farm yard that was her home. This was the beginning of an 800 mile drive in a 1927 Essex car, packed with food and necessities for 11 people. Delmas Saskatchewan was their destination. There they would be met by met by Grandma Beausoleil's family, who had previously immigrated to this area. In the fall of 1933, Mom joined her siblings for the two mile walk to Tulip School. Upon completing the ninth grade Mom moved to North Battleford and found employment at Notre Dame Hospital. Being only 15 at the time, she was not able to work directly with the patients, so she worked in the kitchen until she able to move to the Lab and X-ray Department. This was a special time in Mom's life. She enjoyed the sense of independence and the income that came with being employed. Living in the city also offered time for a social life where friendships were formed and a love was found. In 1947, Mom and Dad met on a blind date, arranged by our Aunt Therese and Uncle George Carriere, at the Meota Pavilion, for an evening of dancing. The date must have gone well as Mom and Dad were married on April 20, 1948, in North Battleford, in this very church, Notre Dame.
Their first two years of married life were spent in Olds, Alberta, where Dad was employed by a local farmer. During this time, their eldest son, Dennis was born. Two years later they moved back to the family farm in the Vawn district. The family grew to include Judy, Marie, Anita, Janice, Marc and Guy.
Being a farm wife and the mother of seven children brought the usual tasks for women of the times: farm chores including milking cows, raising chickens & pigs; managing a large garden and its' abundant produce, in addition to all the usual house hold tasks of cooking, cleaning, laundry and sewing.
With Dad's progressive hearing loss, Mom's responsibilities increased as it became necessary for her to accompany him on all farm related interactions. Although Dad was highly skilled at lip reading, he always wanted her present to intervene in case of miscommunication and so she became his interpreter and his translator. A trip to the city did not mean shopping for Mom, it meant going to the bank for financial affairs and endless visits to machinery dealerships and always a visit with Grandpa and Grandma Baillargeon. Gradually Mom became Dad's sense of hearing and she was forever listening for him…Listening for all the little things that we take for granted, for the sound of a vehicle driving in the yard, or someone coming to the door, for the ringing of the telephone, for the grain prices on the Farm Market Report and even listening to radio on Saturday nights to report the highlights of a hockey game being played by the Montreal Canadiens.
In 1985, Mom and Dad retired from the farm and moved to North Battleford, where they spend the next twenty years. During this time, they were able to travel and enjoy a different pace of life. Many changes came with this move, but Mom's role was constant. She was forever the translator, the interpreter, the messenger and the mediator.
Mom truly lived a life of service within our family. In her mind, her primary role was to be there for our father and her family. She claimed very little time for herself and was so accepting of her lot in life. In 1987, when she lost the hearing in one of her own ears, through cancer, she carried on without question. Even after she suffered a stroke, in 2006, which caused her to lose her mobility and ability to function independently, she accepted the change without complaint. River Heights Lodge became home for Mom until July 2008, when she came to LMHCC in Edam. Mom believed that she had been blessed with "a good life" and that the good times outweighed the hardships.
For a long time after the Beausoleil family arrived in the Delmas area, Mom remembers asking repeatedly when they were going home. She longed for her real home in Minn. In Mom's final years, she once again she expressed a longing to go home…….to her real home. We are pleased to say that Mom has reached her final destination and will never have to leave home, again. We take comfort in knowing that at she is at peace and freed of all responsibilities and infirmities. We also take comfort in knowing that just as she waited for the time of our birth into this world, she will be waiting for each one of us to return to our eternal home.
At the end of a visit with Mom, regardless of how short or long it was she would always say "Thank-you, for coming". And so we also would like to thank you for being with us, today, as we celebrate Mom's life.
Funeral Service was held on Friday, October 7 from Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic Church with Reverend Father Don Hamel and Reverend Father Gerard Legaspi as Celebrants. Prayers were held on Thursday, October 6 from the Chapel of Sallows & McDonald – Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home with Reverend Father Phinh Do presiding. Music Ministry was provided by Jaki Esquirol as soloist and Lisa Hornung as organist. Active pallbearers were Noella's Grandsons: Glen Wolfe, Camile Baillargeon, Bryce Thom, Mitchell Weiss, Shane Baillargeon, and Oneil Baillargeon. Interment took place at the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, North Battleford. If friends so desire, donations in Noella's memory may be made to Lady Minto Residents' Fund or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences for the family may be left at www.sallowsandmcdonaldfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kristeen Nylander of Sallows & McDonald – Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home, North Battleford, SK. (306) 445-2418
Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff at Edam Lady Minto Health Care Centre and the River Heights Lodge for the compassionate care given to our Mom during her stay at your facilities. We also thank the staff for their sincere expressions of sympathy following her passing.
Our thanks to all who attended and participated in the prayer service and the funeral mass: Father Phinh Do for his attention to Mom's spiritual needs and his caring words at the prayers, Father Don Hamel, celebrant, for his personal and compassionate homily; Father Gerard Legaspi, co-celebrant; Anita, for reading the eulogy; soloist Jaki Esquirol and organist Lisa Hornung for their uplifting hymns, and Morgan Esquirol for her assistance; Dominique and Noah Esquirol, altar servers; Mom's grandsons for being pallbearers.
Thank you to the CWL of Notre Dame de Lourdes Parish for preparing and serving lunch following the interment.
Thank you to Kristeen Nylander and the staff of Sallows & McDonald – Wilson & Zehner Funeral Home for the direction and professional services provided.
We extend a special thanks to family, friends and neighbours for your expressions of sympathy, flowers, cards, masses and memorial donations. We express our deep appreciation to Christ the King Pastoral Care Ministry who provided the family with a delicious supper. We were all touched by your thoughtfulness. Your kindness will always be remembered.
-Dennis, Judy, Marie, Anita, Janice, Marc, and Guy and families.