OBITUARY

Muriel Forgeron

It is with sadness from loss and gratitude for a life well lived that the family of Muriel (O ’Hearn) Forgeron announce that on December 29, 2020, in her 89th year, she has embarked on a passing from this life to the next. Mom was born in Arichat in February of 1932, raised to be independent, and with her faith, considered service to family and community to be guiding principles. From the age of 16 she taught school, at first in a one room schoolhouse with all subjects to all ages. Her desire to learn and see the world led her to university (St Marys’), teacher’s college (Normal School) and then to teaching in Goose Bay, where she first met Ted, the love of her life. After teaching in Labrador, Muriel accepted a term position in Germany. During this time, she traveled throughout Europe seeing Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Egypt, Syria Rome and Jerusalem; visiting remarkable places and making friends that she kept throughout her entire life. After Europe she returned home Canada, married Ted, and began her new life in a new community. Muriel and Ted shared Cape Breton roots and both treasured the beauty of family life in a fishing community, so Main-A-Dieu was a natural place to make their home. They would be married for 47 years. However, moving here had some logistical issues that had to be overcome. Such as deciding she needed to learn to swim at age 40 and drive at 45. Children, of course, needed driving to practice and taking to the beach. Fortunately, Muriel loved both music and sports, passions she kept all throughout her life and shared with her sons. There were 2 cancer treatments 40 years apart, and in her retirement the yearning to travel called once again. This time she chose to travel with friends to Scotland, Ireland, and the Caribbean, listening to music all along the way Muriel was more at home in Main-A-Dieu than any other place on earth. She taught elementary school for 42 years and first communion classes for even longer. Generations of families went through her classroom, and ticket sales for community events were a constant source of activity in the Forgeron house. Bake Sales were run with friends from the Catholic Women’s League, and seemingly endless change was counted at her kitchen table. Most of all Muriel enjoyed the company and laughter that these events brought. Muriel is survived by her sons Ian (Michelle Morrison) and Michael (Kimberly Campbell). Her granddaughter Hannah was a source of great pride and joy, having an independent spirit Muriel saw as her own. She frequently noted an amazement at how fast time goes from bassinette to university, and how happy she was to see her granddaughter grow up. Having her journey to the next life preceded by her husband Ted, parents Peter and Marguerite (Forrest) O’Hearn, and three siblings (Ursula, DP, and Bernie), Muriel kept her sisters Audie, Mel and brother Roy close. They shared stories of growing up in Pondville, relished their time when they got to visit together, and kept the bond by phone when this could not be arranged in person. Her nieces Nicole and Michelle, and their brother Peter were ever present in her house, and the tradition continued with their children. They will miss their Aunt Muriel as much as she enjoyed seeing them. In her last year, her summer return home to Main-a-Dieu was interrupted as travel was difficult. Undaunted, she chose to meet new people, make new friends, take road trips exploring a new island (PEI), continue to watch Jeopardy, and enjoy what God’s graces had bestowed. Her faith as ever, sustained her. We would like to thank everyone who made Mom’s life so special. She loved the community in Main-A-Dieu, having family come visit, lunch at the cafe, bingo with the Seniors, Church every day, and the exceptional friends who drove her everywhere and were always there for her. Her life was full because of the people in it. A funeral will be on Thursday, Jan 7th at Immaculate Conception Church in Main-A-Dieu, 1PM with interment following in the parish cemetery. We know it is not possible for everyone to be at the church right now, and we appreciate the thoughts and prayers that are coming to us daily. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. In lieu of flowers any and all support to local charities will be welcomed.

  • FAMILY

  • Ian (Michelle Morrison), Son
  • Michael (Kimberly Campbell), Son
  • Hannah, Granddaughter
  • Audie, Sister
  • Mel, Sister
  • Roy, Brother
  • Nicole, Niece
  • Michelle, Niece
  • Peter, Nephew
  • Ted, Husband (deceased)
  • Peter & Marguerite (Forrest) O’Hearn, Parents (deceased)
  • Ursula, Sibling (deceased)
  • DP, Sibling (deceased)
  • Bernie, Sibling (deceased)

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Mass

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial to follow Service

Memories

Muriel Forgeron

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Noelle Mouchbahani

January 8, 2021

Michael, Kim and Hannah,

my deepest sympathy for the passing of your beloved mother (mother-in-law and grandmother). What a dynamic woman, so ahead of her time! I do remember you speaking so highly of her, Kim, and I know you will all miss her so much. May all the wonderful memories of her love, kindness and generosity bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Mo Campbell

January 7, 2021

I was saddened to read of your dearest mother & grandmother’s passing. Mrs. Forgeron, as known then, taught me in grade five and was one of my favourite school teachers. Muriel was a wonderful woman with a sparkle in her spirit. It was so lovely to learn more of her life through your words. My condolences to all of her family and friends.

Maureen Mac Leod

January 7, 2021

My condolences to Michael, Kimberly, Ian, Michelle and Hannah on the passing of this energetic, loving lady who loved you beyond measure. You were her pride and joy ! Having taught with Muriel in Main-A-Dieu for a number of years I remember her fondly as a lady who was dedicated to her students and her community. She was like the every ready bunny with boundless energy and fantastic leader when it came to fundraising , doing everything from ticket sales to being a driving force helping organize events like the annual tea and sale. She loved people and her contagious laugh would fill any room. RIP Muriel . Enjoy your heavenly reward. ❤️ Love, hugs and prayers to all her family. 🌺

Michelle (Shelley) Forgeron

January 6, 2021

Part 2: A few random memories when I think of you:

I picture you at church in the first row (while Uncle Ted, at the very back), proudly reciting the prayers throughout mass. I remember joining you as a child and how happy this would make you. You appreciated the little things. Afterall, the little things are the big things.

I remember wanting to go over to your house in the early summer mornings, but we would have to wait for the outside light to go off and your inside door open, as this would let us know you were awake and we were welcome to come over for a visit.

I remember delivering the newspaper (or leftovers or dishes or other random items) to your house or the trailer or Noonie's.

I will always cherish memories of our Christmas day visits to Main-a-Dieu. This was always a highlight for me and seeing your latest Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Uncle Ted and Dad sure knew how to pick them!

I can still taste your date squares and apple pie.

I haven't quite processed your loss and it sure is strange being away and not being there to wish you farewell. I know your service will be beautiful, as you deserve. I wish I was there and I know you know I am there in spirit. I will cherish my many memories of you and you will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Main-a-Dieu will never be the same.

I love you forever.

Michelle (Shelley)

Michelle (Shelley) Forgeron

January 6, 2021

Mike, Ian, Kim, Hannah and Michelle: I am with you.

Aunt Muriel - a woman of strong morals and values, you led your life with integrity, grace and devotion. You were a pillar in our family and in your quaint community of Main-a-Dieu. A teacher by training, you taught us all so much in the great life you lived. Your devotion to the church and your faith were staples in your daily life and also carried you through times of loss and heartache. I remember at Uncle Ted's wake when you read the rosary at the back of the church. It was so incredibly powerful that it sent chills through me. Your love, strength, and faith came together to honor Uncle Ted in this moment. I have never felt anything like that before.

I can still hear your big, boisterous laugh that you were known for and picture you slapping your knee. I can see your big smile and your bright, sparkly eyes that let me know you were happy to see me, and hear your big, welcoming, "Hello!!" as I walked in to visit you. I loved our visits so much and enjoyed our talks - I could talk to you about anything and everything. You always were so present, you listened to every word and showed such a vested interest in my life, and Riley's. Thank you for that. Over the years, my visits with you (and Uncle Ted) became more and more special to me. I loved hearing of stories of your family when you and Mom were younger as it painted a picture of your lives. Thank you for sharing with me.

To me, our family is uniquely close since you and Mom are sisters and Uncle Ted and Dad were brothers. I will always remember you as a second Mom to me. I loved our family gatherings over the years when Ian would bust out the guitar and sing songs upon request. You beamed with pride watching him play! Watching you, while you were watching Ian, was one of my sweetest memories and I remember that so vividly. I can still see your facial expression and amazement as you watched and listened. You sure loved your boys and time together.
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Francine Price

January 6, 2021

Dear Michael, Ian, Kim, Michelle and Hannah
I will always remember Aunt Muriel her beautiful smile and that laugh. So gentle and kind, always there for her family and community, Anytime we went to the centre Muriel was either there or on her way. I so looked forward to seeing her as it wasn't the same visiting Main -A-Dieu without a chat with her, it will never be the same again. Darryl said there will surely be spot in heaven waiting for her.
Much love to you all ;
God Bless Francine, Darryl and family

Joanne Kelly

January 6, 2021

Ian
Jim and I hope that you share in the faith that your mother enjoyed. Such a beautiful spirit and strong community worker.
In deepest sympathy, Jim and Joanne Kelly

Jaycee & David Sabapathy

January 6, 2021

Dear Ian and Michelle,

David and I want you to know that we stand with you during this great loss and wish you peace. Even in the brief encounters we had with Muriel, we knew she was a remarkable woman. Reading through the obituary confirmed this even more! Her great faith shines through! Look forward to connecting with you and sharing stories when you get back.

With love,
Jaycee & David

Viola and Ivan Doncaster

January 6, 2021

Dear Ian, Michelle, Michael, Kimberly and Hannah,
We are holding you all in our hearts, our thoughts and prayers as you journey through this difficult time. Muriel was a beautiful lady, who was always a joy to meet anywhere. Her loving enthusiasm will leave a void in the lives of so many people. May the love hugs and prayers of all offer you a source of comfort as you and all her family members move forward. Muriel is surely being welcomed to her heavenly home with lots of love and laughter to share. God bless you all! Love, hugs and prayers, Viola & Ivan.

Brenda Goyetche

January 6, 2021

Michael, Kim, Hannah and the entire Forgeron family,

Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of Muriel.

May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.

Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Brenda Goyetche

FROM THE FAMILY