(February 11, 1922 – January 24, 2022)
Alice died peacefully Monday January 24th, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Fille (eldest child) de feu Célestine (Lemieux) et Émile Desjardins, sister of Marguerite (Gord Lefler/late Patrick Hayes-Sheen). Daniel (Muriel/late Shirley), Jacques (Florie), predeceased by Ludger (Marjorie/Doreen). Gérald, Gilbert (Lorna-surviving), Annette (Gary Lundy).
Prédécédée par son cher époux Alexandre et notre frère cadet Noël.
Maman de Paul (Julia), Richard (Debbie), Madeleine (Douglas Handforth), et Gisèle (Bill Anderson).
Grand-maman de Michelle Ménard, Aaron (Shayna Boyer), Chantal et Justin (Jody) Anderson, Alexandre, Nicholas et Geneviève Handforth, Richard Jr (Courtney) et Samantha Ménard (Chris).
Grand grand-maman de Jordan et Noah Ménard, Faith Ménard-Dalley, Finnley et Ainsley Anderson, Bentley, Alexandria et Anastasia Handforth, Kaydance, Zavier, Abigail, Nadia, Acetyn, Shelby and Kyrah.
Nièce et cousine favorite des familles Lemieux et Desjardins et tante/auntie of many loving nieces and nephews.
Alice was born and lived most of her life in Blind River. She attended Soo Business College in Sault Ste Marie, returning to Blind River to be with her family where she worked as a stenographer for McFadden Lumber Company, the Royal Bank, and a local family law firm.
Her family then moved to Sault Ste Marie, but Alice remained in Blind River and married into “La Famille” Ménard qui l’on bien supportée et aimée. Brue de feu Alphonse Ménard et Marguerite Camirand/Dona Mayer. Belle-sœur de feu Roland, Marguerite (Roland Laviolette), Jeanne (Lucien Parent), Yvonne (Burt Lefave/John James), Thérèse (Alex Berthelot/Pearl), Jean (Kathleen), Gérald (Cécile), Viviane, Cécile (Éric Mongeon), Maurice (Jeanettte – vivante), prévécu de Pierrette et Eugène (Monique).
When she started a family, she stayed at home to fully care for their children and supported the family business. Maman et Papa built a beautiful homestead at 99 Woodward and a busy/fun camp on lake Matinenda. La porte était toujours grande ouverte, with many guests, tous bien reçus, la table bien garnie et plusieurs à l’entour pour en réjouir.
Alice had beautiful penmanship, was well versed, and was an avid reader. She enjoyed the outdoors, skating, knitting, and playing bridge- her bridge foursome was nicknamed the “Golden Girls” with lone, Audrey and Blossom. She was the last surviving of her school class.
After Papa died, Alice moved to Sault Ste Marie, cared for by her daughter Gisèle with much appreciated help from her husband Billy and children/grandchildren, Aaron (Shayna), Finnley, Ainsley, Chantal, Justin (Jody), friend Karen and hairdresser Paula. Mille mercis à sa meilleure amie Éméline, “notre sœur adoptée” pour tout son aide et support.
The family are truly grateful for the wonderful care received, in the last few years, by the staff at Golden Birches and Dr Lenka Snajdrova, as well as the few months spent at Algoma Manor in Thessalon. Also, thank you to Dr Jennifer Patterson and nurse Ann at GHC, the Algoma Ambulance -falls assistance service, CCAC, and Dr Alison Hayes-Sheen (optometrist) for all their care in Sault Ste Marie, and to Dr Peer for previous care in Blind River.
A funeral mass will take place at la Paroisse Ste Famille, Blind River on Friday January 28th at 1pm. RSVP required due to covid restrictions. A spring graveside burial to take place at Hillside Cemetery in Blind River.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Elliot Lake Funeral Chapel, Elliot Lake – Thank you Melanie for all your compassion and assistance.