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August 18, 2018

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November 1, 2017
A tribute to a lovely aunt
Un hommage pour une tante adorable

Aunt Madeleine will always be in the heart and thoughts of her Canadian family living in the Outaouais, on the Quebec side of the National Capital region. Although Madeleine had lived most of her life in the United States with her wonderful husband and her three handsome children, she kept herself very close to her French roots. All occasions were good for her to speak to one of us in French and needless to say that she was excellent in keeping up with us during her visits back home in Canada or during our conversations over the phone. At times, we would switch back and forth from Shakespeare to Molière languages and we giggle over some of the new words that we would come out with.

Aunt Madeleine's visits to Canada were a big event, a celebration with her family. Arrivals and departures were always accompanied by laughter and tears. While back home, everyone wanted to see her, to spend time with her and to share stories that had happened in our respective lives. When visiting my mother; her sister Reina, they would spend days and nights catching up and having fun like twin sisters. She would enjoy visiting her hometown and noticing in disbelief, how things changed from one visit to another. Places that she loved to see and reminisce on were her family home on Laval street which still stand today, rue Principale (Promenade du Portage today) in Hull where she met her husband in front of Rose flower shop (still exist, next door to its original address) and Hogs Back falls where she might have spent some romantic times with her visiting military man or enjoying dancing at le Club Chaudière.

Our visits to Boise were very memorable. In 1993, with mother on board, they took us to beautiful Sun Valley for a leisure visit and an evening of dinner and outdoor ice skating show. It was magical. Our visit will include shopping as both sisters enjoyed it, visiting the city or just spend quality time around the pool. Latest visits to Boise with my sister and our friends included tubing down the famous Boise River, an activity that was so much fun and relaxing at the same time. Cousin Alex was even able to join us!

Aunt Madeleine had never forgotten her French Canadian roots. She would contact us in Canada to get French Canadian recipes to prepare Canadian food for special occasions such as tourtière, and ragoût de pattes, two famous staples for the holidays plus all those homemade pies. There were some food commodities back home that she would miss very much and was delighted to receive when we visited her. One of them was the famous Habitant Pea Soup not available in Boise. Very adamant about it, she would not share with others, Coffee Crisp or Aero chocolate bars or even McIntosh Toffee sent to her from Canada. She also showed some interests in the family tree and her ancestors and we would have long conversations about what she knew and what information she could get out of the family history. It brought us up to Quebec City where our ancestors would have landed and resided on the outskirt of the city.

Aunt Madeleine, you will be missed by all of who on earth had the privilege of knowing you. Deep down in my heart, I know that your parents along with your brothers, sisters and friends will welcome you in paradise with open arms. They were all waiting for you to play cards and live happy for the eternity. At 83, you became the member of the Chénier family that lived the longest and I know how proud you were about reaching that milestone. Your life has been an inspiration and offers hope to all of us.

Repose en paix chère tante et veille sur nous tous en attendant de se revoir un jour!

Avec amour,

André
October 31, 2017
You have my deepest sympathy. May good memories provide solace for your family, my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Please be comforted in knowing that if you (Draw close to God and he will draw close to you. (James 4: 8)