FLORENCE VAN CAEYZEELE (nee LAGACE)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother and grandmother, Florence Marie Rose Van Caeyzeele, on May 12th, 2020 at 91 years of age.
Flo will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Marcie (Winston), sons Dan (Iris), Clyde, Wayne, Brent (Tara), foster son Norman, grandchildren Vanessa, Marcel, Emilah and Hayden and great-grandchildren Nolan, Madeleine, Hunter, Marlowe and Thea. Flo was predeceased by her husband, Marcel, her parents Irene Bernier and Joseph Lagace, her brothers Lawrence, Emmanuel, Robert, Arthur, Henry, Andrew, Maurice and sisters Marie-Claire, Denise, Angela and Monique. She is survived by her brother Augustine and sisters Rachel and Margaret.
Flo was born on February 4th, 1929 on the family farm in La Salle, Manitoba. She was the 8th of 15 children. At the age of 12, Flo’s household chore was to bake bread for her entire family. In 1939 the family moved up north to Birch River. Flo was married to her husband, Marcel, on July 3rd, 1951 Flo led an interesting, complete and accomplished life. She was a “mother of all moms" and a mother to so many. She spent much of her life raising her children, being both a mother and father to them after her husband's unfortunate passing at the age of 36 and taking in numerous foster children. Flo had a special place in her heart for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she will be lovingly remembered by all of them. Recognition must also be given to our mom's contribution to and care of the many adults with mental health disabilities whom she housed and supported for many years. Flo was very generous especially to families in need. Her delicious homemade meals and exceptional baking will be missed by family and friends. In later years, Flo enjoyed her flowers and gardens at home and at her cottage. Our loss is great, but we find peace in knowing that Mom is now together with our dad in Heaven.
Mom will be laid to rest at the Assumption Cemetery. Due to present circumstances, a service in mom's memory will be held in the fall at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk.
Rest now mom, we will love, honour and miss you forever and for always.
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