Jacqueline Marie Lorraine (née Belanger) Menary

4 April, 19297 June, 2021

Passed away at Parkwood Mennonite Home, Waterloo, on Monday, June 7, 2021, at the age of 92 years.

Jacqueline (Jackie) was born in Ottawa in 1929 the youngest of a large French Canadian family. At the age of 16 she started working for the Bank of Canada and worked there until she met her future husband Edward (Ed) Menary. They were married in Ottawa on September 26, 1964. After marrying Ed she became an Air Force wife and moved to Chicoutimi, Quebec where Ed had been transferred. This is where they had their first daughter Amy. In 1967 Ed was transferred to Lahr and then later to Baden-Sollingen, Germany where they spent 5 wonderful years in total overseas. In Germany they lived in several places eventually spending a couple of years in a small village called Stollhofen. In 1971 along came their second daughter, Claudia. In 1973 the family moved back to Canada and lived in Trenton, ON. Here Ed retired and enjoyed his remaining years.

Jackie was a great lover of travel and history. She took the opportunity when she was in Europe to visit many countries with her family. When Ed had to work she would take her eldest daughter on day trips to museums and historic places. Jackie was also an avid reader, writer of poetry and enjoyed volunteering in her spare time. She volunteered for several organisations over the years – Legion of Mary, Catholic Women’s League and the VON friendly visiting service. She enjoyed caring for others and this can be attested to by her nieces and nephews who all deeply loved their aunt.

In 2005 Ed passed away in Kitchener, ON. Ed’s death left a great hole in Jackie’s heart. She is now with him and can be at peace.

Jackie is survived by her daughters Amy (Helder Lucio) Menary and Claudia Sommers. She leaves behind three grandsons- Kurtis, William and Lucas.

Her final years were spent at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, ON. The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers for the great care they took with Jackie.

A mass will be held in her honour but this will have to held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to Parkwood Mennonite Home or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada

Arrangements entrusted to Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900). Online condolences at


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Jacqueline Marie Lorraine (née Belanger) Menary

have a memory or condolence to add?

Caroline Houle

10 June 2021

Dearest Jackie, I will greatly miss you. I thank you for our lovely visits filled with entertaining stories of your life and travels. You were a woman of class and culture. I loved our conversations spoken in french, our mother tongue. You spoke with such love for your husband Ed and your daughters Amy and Claudia. Your 3 grandchildren meant the world to you. I have never met a woman with such a big heart and love for her family. I will always have you in my thoughts and prayers. I will pay you a mass at St.Mark's Parish where we both attended together on occasion.
Amy, Claudia, and the boys, I offer you my most sincere condolences. Know that your mother loved you with all her heart and is now resting in peace in heaven with her beloved husband by her side.


Christine McGinnis

10 June 2021

Amy and Claudia. I send you my deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother. My one memory was of your parents wedding. I remember driving to Ottawa from Galt, with the 6 of us packed into our station wagon with 4 kids continuously asking, ‘Are we there yet?’ It seemed like a long way away. Although I don’t remember much about the wedding itself, (I was 10 years old), I do remember getting my first suit to wear to the wedding. I loved that suit. As well, something we had in common, was that our dads had jobs that moved our families around, the only difference being is that we stayed in Canada while your experience was more exotic in Germany. May your memories of your mother and father remain special as you both carry a piece of them in your hearts forever. Love Christine