Winnie Rousseau passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Winnie was born on Dec. 14, 1930 in Mulvihill, Man. She moved to the Rainy River District in the early 1940s.
She was united in marriage to Oliver (Bud) Rousseau on Nov. 3, 1948 and together they raised seven children.
She was an avid quilter, making more than 400 quilts.
Winnie also was an active member of her community. She was a founding member of the Sew & Sews Quilting Club, and was a member of the Red Hat Society, the McIrvine Women's Institute, St. Mary's Catholic Women's League, and the hospital auxiliary as well as the Rainycrest auxiliary.
She was an honourary member of the Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Winnie enjoyed singing with the Hallet Hall Choraliers at Rainycrest. She also loved to dance at the dances that her husband, Bud, and son, Dale, frequently played at.
She loved being around people and always welcomed them warmly into her home.
Winnie was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Abelone Izzard; husband, Oliver; sons, David and Dale; brothers, William and Frank Izzard; and sisters, Irene Huntley and Ethel Raper.
Winnie leaves behind her sister, Vi Plumridge; sons, Gerald (Barbara), Robert (Wendy), Kenneth (Lori), and William (Annie); daughter, Annette (Jacques); and daughter-in-law, Louise.
She also is survived by her grandchildren, Tina, Melissa (Scott), Jason, Bobby Joe (Karly), Jenelle (Rob), Kimberly (Jeff), Rodney (Albert), Danielle, Sadie, and David (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jessica Steele, Samantha and Cassidy Clinton, MykArthur and Sakura Rousseau, Samantha and Jeremy Christie, Chloe and Gabriella Grandbois, Benjamin Haddad, and Axton and Malenah Rousseau; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Fr. Alan Albao officiating.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be held in the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian War Amps c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com