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January 19, 2023
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It is with profound and great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Valerie Bertrand on January 19, 2023 peacefully at her home.
Val is survived by her husband Charles of 25 years; her daughters Areanna (Jordan) and Ang; her granddaughter Emily (Kayden); her mother Yvonne; her siblings Wendy (Blair), David (Kathleen), Heather and many aunties, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She also loved her 2 dogs, Mya and King. She was predeceased by her father Larry, grandparents Katherine and Joe, Jean and step-father Pete.
Val was born April 20, 1969 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up in Selkirk where she graduated from high school in 1987. She moved to Winnipeg and met the love of her life, Charles Bertrand. After dating forever, they got married July 3, 2010.
Val started her career journey in 1997 as a licensed hairdresser working first at Magicuts and then Ultra Cuts. She then joined the Subway family and became a district manager. She went to Red River College and graduated as an RN in 2010. She completed her practicum at St. Boniface Hospital, worked many years at Seven Oaks Emergency Department and more recently has been providing care at Women’s Hospital. All who worked with Val, knew how she was always dependable, caring and went the extra mile to provide great care for her patients and co-workers. The Healthcare family has sure lost a loving person.
Val had many passions in life. She enjoyed doing her diamond dot pictures while watching the Winnipeg Jets hockey games. She spent most of her summers camping at Otter Falls where she spent time fishing and reading. She also loved travelling, especially to warm destinations. Her garden was one to be desired, and she always made sure to share her green thumb growing’s. She loved watching her TV shows, especially ‘days of our lives’, and playing cards with friends.
Spending time with family and friends was important to her. Getting everyone together for holidays and preparing large meals, made her happy. She insisted on doing them and welcoming everyone from all families and friends into their home to celebrate. When others offered to help her in the kitchen, she would give you that “eye look” and tell you to get the “BEEP” out of the kitchen. She always wanted to do it all herself.
She was famous for her kind words, big hugs, a smile that lit up a room and a laughter that you could hear forever. She always had a listening ear and always provided direct but perfect advice. You knew you were a great friend when she called you ‘hun’ and she had a lot of huns.
Whether it was schooling, sports or just having one on one time talking made Val the best mom the girls could have.
In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of her Life will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk, Manitoba. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed via: https://youtube.com/live/B1_7PmIoXl0?feature=share
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to CancerCare Manitoba.