Janette Amelia Lapointe
December 4, 1932 – August 28, 2020
Lapointe, Janette Amelia (Gagne) — born December 4, 1932 in Cornwall passed from this earthly world on August 28, 2020 due to natural causes at the age of 87, while being cared for with dignity and kindness at St. Joseph’s Villa of Cornwall.
Janette grew up in Cornwall among a loving family and after graduating from CCVS High School, she worked several clerical positions and became the second female insurance adjuster in Ontario. Later, she became the Manager of the Administrative Support Department at St. Lawrence Seaway Authority in Cornwall, until her retirement in 1992.
She was a gifted seamstress, a wonderful cook and always an avid reader of all genres but especially of World War II history. She was involved in several Glenn Production plays and later enjoyed the Senior Center Clubs as an active member of the Choir, the Dance Company and Quilting and Painting Clubs. She found pleasure in a Thursday game of Mahjong and was such a trivia buff, the local radio station would restrict her from calling in for 30-day periods, since she won too often. She enjoyed volunteering at the front desk of the Senior Center, or at the Library Book Sales Table, and of course at the Agape Center preparing and serving the annual Christmas meal. She was a bright light to her friends and family who enjoyed a wonderful joke or story from her great sense of humor and wit.
Predeceased by her beloved son Gilles Gauthier, her parents Julia and Alex Gagne and siblings Juliette, Yvette, Laurette, Registre and Annette and husband Roger Lapointe. Survived by her daughters Rachel Holden (Dr. David Holden) of Oklahoma City, OK and Liette Bagwell of Atlanta, GA. Proud grandmother to John David Holden of Oklahoma, Ashley Bagwell of Atlanta, Dr. Thomas Holden of Philadelphia, Zack Gauthier, Blake Bagwell of Chicago, Emilie Gauthier, 3 great grandchildren Gwen Holden, Maia Holden and Lucie Clement Lynch, also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19 and cross border restrictions, there will not be a Celebration of Life at this time.
The family requests, if you are so inclined, that a memorial contribution be made to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre at 14 York Street Cornwall, Ontario K6 J 5T2 or Chartwell McConnell Manor at 801 4th Street East Cornwall, Ontario K6H 7M8. Special thanks go to niece Francine DesChamps, granddaughter Emilie Gauthier, dear friend Rachel Lazette, friends and neighbors Rebecca Ferguson and Brenda Cholette.
With great love and affection, and with the comfort of lovely memories, we mourn and will miss this vibrant, intelligent, beautiful woman. Cremation services entrusted to the M. John Sullivan Funeral Home, 341 Pitt Street (across from city hall) Cornwall. Rite of Committal at a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Janette Amelia Lapointe
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September 19, 2020
Although we lived very far apart, my grandmother Nanette was such an important part of my life. When we were younger and very little, she came to visit us on such a routine basis despite the incredible distance! She used to send my brother and I these wonderful silver dollar coins which was a great way feel like she was close even when she was far. I remember visiting her in Canada when I was younger and the memories in her house with her lovely cats is something I will never forget (specifically McDuff). She was always so kind and thoughtful when it came to my brother and I. I know she lived a wonderful and interesting life and I am forever thankful she was able to be a part of mine for so long.
September 18, 2020
I worked with Janette many years ago and remember her as a creative and enthusiastic woman. Sincerest condolences to her family and friends...
September 16, 2020
It’s hard to sum up the depth of my Grandmother’s life in a few words. She was many things to many people, but to my brother and I she was always Nanette. I have early memories of going to see her in Canada, and of her coming to visit us here. I also remember spending time with her in Sedona, Arizona, where she used to get away from the harsh Canadian winter. Attached to all of those memories is the image of her big smile, and a feeling of warmth.
As I got older I also learned to appreciate her sharp mind. Anytime we talked on the phone she would ask me what I was reading, and talk about what she was reading. We talked about current events, history, politics. She was well-versed in it all. She loved learning and knowing, and that stayed with her all her days.
Despite living so far away, she always made an effort to be there for us when she could. That included coming all the way to Boston for Amanda and I’s wedding even though by that point travel wasn’t easy for her. That’s just the kind of person that she was. She was thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and sometimes stubborn in the best of ways. She was my Grandmother, my Nanette, and the world is a lesser place without her in it.
September 16, 2020
To Rachel, Liette and Family,
What a beautiful tribute to your even more beautiful mother! I realize that this is a difficult time for all of you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that your wonderful memories of your mother will bring you peace and comfort forever.
With much love,
Anne and Bruce
September 15, 2020
Rachel and Liette- I only met your mother once but I felt as if I knew her well from the lovely stories and memories shared. Her two beautiful daughters are a testament to her legacy. Your grace and love has touched our lives in many ways. May she Rest In Peace and May the Lord Bless you and keep you both in His everlasting love. Much love, Jonna and Bruce
September 15, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Janette was my supervisor at the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation for many years.
Her patience, kindness and understanding were deeply appreciated. She was a friend to everyone.
An exceptional and beautiful person!
September 13, 2020
Dear Rachel and Liette,
Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your mom. Janette and I were very close during my years at the Seaway Seniors. I respected her opinion, loved her character and we became good friends during that time. She always spoke so loving of both of you, especially after Gilles death. Her grandchildren also brought her great pride, and she would recount the stages each was at in their lives. Your mom influenced my reading list, but I could never keep up to her level or speed. How anyone could read a book so fast always amazes me.
She was a beautiful seamstress, who could create almost anything but her smile is what I will never forget. She was a very kind lady with a heart of gold. I will never forget her, she touched my soul.
I just found out today that Janette had passed, last I spoke to her was on her birthday as she was moving to St. Joseph’s Villa.
May your memories of this great lady comfort you in lonely times.
September 12, 2020
She was a wonderful and beautiful lady inside and out. It was my pleasure to care for her during her stay at McConnell Manor. XO
September 12, 2020
My family and I were long time neighbour’s and friends to Janette, I remember first meeting her, I remember thinking what a beautiful person this lady is inside and out. We shared many good memories, like our trips to the local Walmart where she loved a good shopping spree. I remember when we went shopping for her brand new Cadillac aka ( walker ) she laughed and thought it was so funny. She had such a love of for music , my husband would go over to visit her with his guitar and serenade her playing one of her favourite bands The Highway Men... She would smile and sing along. It’s been such a blessing to have known such an incredible women. I learned a lot from her and she will be deeply missed. ~ Brenda Cholette & Family
September 10, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. I remember Janette and Rodger when they lived on Sixth St. E. They were both great neighbours. Janette will be missed.
September 8, 2020
Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Mom. I have fond memories of her as we were co-workers at The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Cororation.