LABERGE, Thérèse (née Couture)
November 2, 1924 – July 6, 2011
With sadness in our hearts we announce that our mom passed away peacefully at St Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, BC the morning of Wednesday July 6th, 2011.
Mom enjoyed sharing her passion for life with her children, grandchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews and many, many friends. So many of us enjoyed her homemade cards, knitting goods and Christmas angels, including baby blankets for great-grand children yet to be born and we will all treasure these for many years to come.
Thérèse is survived by her children: Roger (Donna) Laberge of Fairmont, BC; Eddie Sagal of Moose Jaw, SK; Anne-Marie (Jim) Wonta of Shell Lake, SK ; René (Theresa) Laberge of Saskatoon, SK; Pierre (Mariette) Laberge of Saskatoon, SK; Armand Laberge of Toronto, ON; André (Valerie) Laberge of Regina, SK; Colette Ries of Edmonton, AB; Denise (Ray) Machin of Courtenay, BC and Gisèle (Phil) Wonta of Saskatoon, SK; grandchildren; Réal Laberge; Nicole (Mike) Biagioni; Tanya (Darold) Sturgeon; Candace Sagal; Sandra (Rob) Guillaume; Leanne (Brent) King; Steven (Stephanie) Sagal; Roberta (Craig) Perrault; David Sagal; Sarah Sagal; Lynn (Pat) Beglan; James (Nicola) Wonta; Tammy Wonta; Theresa (Curtis) Wiebe; Matthew Ironside; Desirée (Derek) Hubbs; Justin (Michelle) Laberge; David Laberge; Lucien Laberge; Jon Pierre (Amanda) Laberge; Michel (Jada) Laberge; Alex (Stephanie) Laberge; Nicholas Ries; Tyler Ries; Jessica Johnston (Chris Blundell) and Kevin Wonta; 32 great-grandchildren; her sisters Yolande Couture of Saskatoon, SK, Marcelle Pederson of Saskatoon, SK, and Louise Forbes of Edmonton, AB; and numerous godchildren, nieces and nephews.
Thérèse was predeceased by her husband Armand Laberge; daughter Suzanne Sagal; son Maurice Laberge; grandson Christopher Johnston; sisters Odile LeRuyet and Jeanette Couture and her parents Marie and Lucien Couture.
Thérèse was born in 1924 and married Armand Laberge in 1945. Thérèse began her professional teaching career in a one room school house teaching grade 1 to 12 in both Ferland, and Fifelake SK, where she truly believed each one of her students could reach for the moon and succeed in life as long as one believed in God. Once Thérèse married, she then focused on raising a family and taking care of her parents and her in-laws. Thérèse ventured out on a second career in sales for jewellery starting with Sarah Coventry and then moving on to Michelle Lynn where she won numerous awards for her sales. What people will say to you is that it was the way she took interest in everyone she met as an individual, wanting each to succeed, that made her so incredibly special. The one amazing thing about our mom, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend was her faith, no matter what life threw at her she knew she could handle it because she had God at her side, therefore she never walked alone.
A special thank you to Ray and Denise for all that they did for mom these past few years, and a thank you to everyone in Saskatoon prior to that for their love and support in order for mom to be able to live on her own for so long. We would also like to thank the staffs at St Joseph’s Hospital Transitional Care Unit who were so incredible with mom these past few months.
Prayer vigil for Thérèse will be held on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 PM and the mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by l’abbé Bernard De Margerie on Friday, July 15th at 10:00 AM at Sts. Martyrs Canadiens Roman Catholic Church (1007 Windsor Street, Saskatoon). Rite of Committal will follow at Mount Hope Cemetary, Assiniboia, SK at 4:00 PM.
If desired as an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Kinsmen TeleMiracle of Saskatoon, 2217C Hanselman Court, Saskatoon Sask. S7L 6A8