1937 - 2021
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LALONDE, MARIE-PAULE Marie-Paule Lalonde, née Pilon, aged 83 years, passed away peacefully at home in Toronto on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Marie's last day was spent with her daughter and youngest grandchildren at her retirement residence. The weather was perfect. She enjoyed brunch served to her by her granddaughters on her best china, visited with friends in her building and tended to flowers on her shaded balcony. Marie crossed the great divide shortly after her family had left. She was preparing to join a good friend for Sunday dinner. Born in Noëlville, Ontario in 1937 to parents late Marie-Luce Prévost, and late Gérard Pilon, Marie lived most of her life in Sudbury with her husband and five children. Predeceased by husband Georges Lalonde and eldest son Michel, Marie is survived by four children: Marc (Laurie), Bernard (Karen), Philippe (Audra) and Gilliane Russell (Steve). Marie was a dedicated and proud Grandmother to ten grandchildren, including Terrance, Sarah, Rebecca, Alexandre, Isaac, Georgian, late Isadora, Aneira, Emily, and Joey. Her five great-grandchildren include Winter, Colt, Jace, Maija and Charlotte. Family meant everything to Marie. She grew up with eight siblings, late Madeleine Rouse (late Maurice), late Huguette Carrier (Gerrard), Murielle Mariotti (Denis), late Gilbert (Fran), Rollande See, Daniel (Dorthy), late Ghiselaine (Chuck) and Joanne. That number doubled when she married Georges Lalonde, one of nine children on the 19th of July, 1958. Known for her quick wit and loving nature, Marie was also gifted with an unwavering ability to retain facts and information. She was a well-loved aunt to 83 nieces and nephews and remembered key dates and moments in each of their lives. For example, Marie was able to recall what the weather was like on the day many of them were born! Marie was the ultimate host. Laughter and endless discussion were always a guarantee when you walked into her home. Marie and Georges took pride in making everyone feel welcome. They were happiest when hosting family and friends who often visited them at their camp (cottage) located on Georgian Bay, or home in Sudbury. Social gatherings large and small were common events in the Lalonde household. They ranged from Sunday family dinners to special celebrations and late-night visits over coffee and toast while gathered around the kitchen table. Known for her delicious homemade meals and desserts, Marie ensured that every guest was well fed and cared for. Her desserts were mouth-watering. Date squares, fudge, butterscotch pies, lemon pies and blueberry upside-down cakes top the long list of homemade treats that always seemed to be on hand when people would drop by. Marie was an avid reader and devoted Toronto Maple Leafs fan since 1948. She also held a strong allegiance for the Toronto Blue Jays and happily reported on the evening of June 26th that the Jays had "clobbered the Orioles" winning 12-4. Marie cared deeply about each person in her life. She stayed connected to loved ones and friendships that spanned over seventy years through phone calls and Facebook until the day she passed. She will be greatly missed by all members of her large family and by many friends, both new and old. Though afflicted by various ailments in her later years, Marie was actively walking about and in great spirits on June 27th. She looked beautiful as always with no indication that her time had come. Marie wished to live life to the fullest until her last breath. Her wish was granted. Rest in peace Mom, we love you. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the staff of the Sumach Retirement Residence and VHA Home Health Care Services. Their support enabled for Marie to maintain her independence during her time in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating a memorial gift in memory of Marie Lalonde to the not-for-profit organization:

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Published in Toronto Star on Jul. 6, 2021.
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