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Gertrude Alice Bujold

April 5, 1931November 10, 2020

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind...love your neighbour as yourself.” Mt22:38, 39

If you ever met our mother you know that you were loved. Mom loved God. Mom loved people. She always had an open door, an open heart and open hands. Mom loved life and found joy in every day and she shared it with everyone she met. She generously gave of her time, treasure and talent. Mom was born in Smooth Rock Falls on April 5, 1931, to Jean Baptiste and Marie Antoinette DeGagne. She was the fifth of thirteen children. Her family moved to Fort Frances and then to the farm in Miscampbell when she was very young. Being born into a large French-Canadian family she enjoyed the company of many cousins, aunts and uncles in the area. When mom started school she spoke only French. She quickly learned the new language and excelled in her studies. She skipped two elementary grades graduating from Grade Eight at the age of eleven. Mom worked hard helping with chores on the farm. It was her job to milk the cows and help care for her siblings. She got a job at the peat moss plant in Crozier in her early teens and then worked at Bernardi’s Grocery in town. She enjoyed being the bookkeeper at Stewart Motors but she quit work to marry Clarence Bujold, her childhood classmate and charming neighbour. Gertie and Buck were married at St. Mary’s Church on July 28, 1954. Together they built their home in their beloved Miscampbell. Together they raised nine children. Mom made history in 1962 when she birthed triplets: John was born on April Fools’ Day and thirteen days later (Friday the 13th) Jean and James arrived. At that point in time the happy couple had seven children under six years old. The following year number eight arrived and a year later the caboose. Our home was always filled with lots of noise, activity, music, homegrown meals, fresh baking, faith, prayer, respect and love. Besides raising her family and being busy with the farm, Mom was a member of the Women’s Institute, was a 4H leader for many years, was a member of the CWL for forty years, and served for several terms on the Family and Children’s Services Board. Together with dad, mom was an active member of the agricultural community and supported the Festival of the Arts. They never missed church on Sundays. When all of her children were in school mom was a seamstress. She especially loved sewing wedding dresses but her greatest pleasure was visiting with her clients. She considered each one a special friend. Mom loved visiting. Hardly an evening went by when there wasn’t company at the coffee table. We never knew who was going to drop in and everyone was always welcomed. Mom mourned those who predeceased her: her husband of 53 years, Clarence; her parents, Jean Baptiste and Marie Antoinette(Cleroux) DeGagne; parents-in-law, Jean and Ella(Smeeth) Bujold; brothers and sisters-in-law: Amedee(Jesse), Ed, Denis(Rose Marie), Louis(Carol), Claude, and Phillip and sisters and brothers-in-law: Anita, Irene(Leonard)Legaree, Rolande(Alfred)Lowey; brothers-in-law: Fritz (Ethel) Bujold, Jerome Cousineau, Bud McKinnon, David Hughes, Mike Tallon; sister-in-law: Norma (James) Deschamps, and grandson Michael Mueller. Missing her are her sisters: Valeda, Rita(Wayne) McLeod, and Yvette(Ron) Beck; sisters-in-law: Darlene Hughes, Joan (Keith)vanDam, Teresa DeGagne, Laura DeGagne, Irene DeGagne, and Yvonne Slivinski. We, Gertie’s children, continue to hold her in the fabric of our lives: Angela(Peter)Bishop, Kathleen(Terry)Mueller, Rita(Cameron)Moorhouse, Rochelle(Blair)Rydberg, John(Patty)Bujold, James(Laurie)Bujold, Jean Bujold(Bob Mitchelson), Louis(Shari)Bujold, Paul Rene Bujold(Maureen Johnson). Left to honour Gramma’s memory are her twenty-six grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Though too numerous to list here, Mom loved each and every person in her life and she made each one feel like her favourite! We are very grateful for the support we received during the past ten months. We especially would like to thank Dr. Ruppenstein, Dr. Kathy Simpson (Thunder Bay Regional Cancer Care), Hani and Anita at the Fort Frances Clinic Dispensary, the Northwest Health Integration Network, the doctors and nurses at Riverside Health Care, April and the kind people of Columbus Place, our aunts and uncles and mom’s special friends. We appreciate you. Because of the current pandemic and in order to best protect those loved by our mother a private funeral will take place. If so desired contributions in mom’s honour may be made to St. Mary’s Parish or Riverside Health Care Foundation.

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Sylvia Johnson

November 23, 2020

Sincerest condolences to all Gerties family and friends. <3

Alfred and Tona Lowey

November 18, 2020

To the Bujold family,
So many beautiful memories! Auntie was truly an amazing woman and I will never forget how good she was to my family as we were growing up in Fort Frances! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!! May the memories of your mom bring you all peace at this difficult time! Rest In Peace, auntie!
Tona and Alfred Lowey

Mona De Gagne

November 18, 2020

My sincerest and deepest sympathies on the loss of Gertie, she was a wonderful person and always very welcoming. The first time I met Gertie we were collecting for something (totally forget what, age will do that to you) and she was extremely busy at the time. The triplets were in their high-chairs the others were running around but she welcomed us in and made time to donate. For some reason that made an impression on me. Then of course I married into the De Gagne family and all the rest is history. She will be sorely missed. Hugs and prayers to all the family.
Mona De Gagne(Rene deceased)

Jacob and Cecilia Lo

November 16, 2020

RIP, Gertrude.

Tracy Wright

November 16, 2020

To the Bujold family,
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. She will be missed by many. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your hearts forever.

With sincere sympathy,
Tracy and Ken Wright and Family

JN Armstrong

November 16, 2020

Our thoughts are with the family. Gertie was a kind and gracious lady and she made us feel like part of her wonderful family.

JN, Deb Armstrong

Connie (Grennier) Lind

November 15, 2020

Prayers and hugs to the Bujold family. Gertie was an amazing person, her hugs always made one feel so wonderful. She was a great friend to mom, Irene, in Columbus Place and will be missed.

Ted & Jenny Sieders

November 15, 2020

Sending our deepest condolences to all the family. May peace and comfort find you at this difficult time.
Gertie was a gift to all who knew her. She always had a comment, a question, or a hug when we met. Her faith was an inspiration.
Our kids referred to her as Gramma Gertie and took her advice to heart.
Love and hugs from our family to yours,
Ted and Jenny Sieders

Lorne and Dawn Hayes

November 15, 2020

Sending our condolences to all of the family! Gertie was such a special lady and will be missed by so many!

Mavis St.Hilaire

November 15, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Gertrude’s family. Gertie was such a pleasant lady and will truly be missed by all that knew her.
Condolences from Marc & Mavis St.Hilaire.

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