Bernice Edith Anne Boivin
March 1, 1930 – May 6, 2021
It is great sadness that the family of Bernice Boivin announces her passing on Thursday, May 6 2021 at the age of 91 years old surrounded by family. Bernice was born on March 1, 1930 in Clearwater, Manitoba, she was the oldest of 4, born to Alice and Earl Vandusen.
Bernice graduated in January 1952 from St Boniface school of nursing. She worked at Crystal City Memorial Hospital from 1952-1955. She then moved and worked at St Joseph’s Hospital in Kenora ON, from 1955-1959. Next, she headed to Fort Frances and worked at the Fort Frances General Hospital from 1959-1980 and 6 of those years as head nurse in the OR. With another move to Nanaimo BC, she worked at Nanaimo General from 1980-1985 ending her nursing career back at Fort Frances General from 1985-1995.
Bernice loved her family and friends and devoted a lot of her time with them. She was a loving and supportive mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and loved preparing large delicious meals for family gatherings and holidays. Bernice loved spending her time outdoors, boating, fishing, water skiing, cross country skiing, knitting and traveling. Bernice also devoted a lot of her time to friends and family and as a caregiver to many of them. The nurse in her didn’t end when she left the hospital.
Bernice will be deeply missed, she leaves behind her son Alan Boivin (Carol), from Fort Frances, her grand-children Rene Long (Marty), Curtis Boivin, Michael Roy (Amanda), Tammie Roy (Drew) and great - grandchildren; Claire, Evelyn, Eric, Haley, Ben, Sophie, Kyla and Miles, her brother John Vandusen (Fay), nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Gerry Vandusen and Jim Vandusen. The family would like to thank the caring staff at LaVerendrye Hospital for their help and support. At Bernice’s request, a family celebration will take place at a later date.
In memory of Bernice, donations can be made to the Fort Frances Community Living, 340 Scott St., Fort Frances, ON P9A 1G9.
Bernice Edith Anne Boivin
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May 24, 2021
Hello everyone especially to those who have just lost Bernice. She is ever in our hearts, I can honestly say she was my best friend as well as being my sister-in-law. She taught me many things she was so true woman of wisdom. And we love to make memories together and so we did so many over the years.
Once again my heart goes out to each and every one of you whether you're near and far this is a wonderful person that's been placed in our midst and we honor and cherish Bernice today
May 12, 2021
I lived with Bernice and Oscar in the early years when they move to Fort Frances I worked in Oscar's garage as a mechanic and Bernice was working at the hospital. She would work nights then would come to the garage and do the books. She would try to get some sleep between Alan running around and her doing the paperwork. She worked incredibly hard in those days. She did win her battle with Cancer. She was for sure the most influential in my early years as a young adult and will be remembered for her kindness and support over the years after. I will certainly miss our visits when we visit Fort Frances in the future. She is Heaven bound.