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LETOURNEAU, Anne (nee Anastasia Margaret Keough)

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It is with heavy hearts and tremendous pride for a life well lived that we announce the passing of our mother and grandmother, Anne on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, in palliative care at The Scarborough Hospital.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia on February 22nd, 1924, Anne was the daughter of the late James Keough and Elizabeth (Heaney). She was predeceased by her husband, Emile Letourneau in 1987; her siblings, Madeline (Ivan), Gerald (Bernadette), Ronald, Mary, Pierce (Genevieve), James (Ada) and Joseph; and Emile’s siblings, Alice (Larry), Moe, Pete (Anita) and Louis (Lynn). She is survived by her children, Roseanna (David Fry), Scarborough, Louise (Sebastian Schembri), Oshawa; and by her four grandchildren who she adored, Emily, Katie, Anthony and Milena. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Patsy Keough, and many nieces and nephews.

Anne overcame many challenges in life with a quiet, humble strength. In her youth she survived a battle with polio and later lost her hearing at the early age of 16. When she finally acquired a hearing aid at 23, she was off to business school. After graduating, her determination to find employment led her to Ontario, where she first resided in Paris, and later in Toronto. Despite leaving her family in Nova Scotia to make a life for herself in Ontario, she continued to hold them close in her heart. She sent a package home every Christmas with a little something for her siblings and was saddened the first year there were no siblings to send even a card. She was always proud of her home province and often spoke of it with sincere admiration. She always referred to Sydney as home.

Anne married Emile at the age of 34. Together they had two daughters to whom she bestowed unconditional love and demonstrated a great deal of pride and joy. They chose the Beaches as the ideal neighbourhood to raise their family and lived for many years on Wheeler Ave. She was very generous, taking in too many people to count – most notably her two brothers-in-law, Moe and Pete, who lived with the family for many years. Most evenings involved a card game at the kitchen table among the four adults and any friends who popped in for a visit. There were always lots of laughs ringing through our home. She always found room at her table for more. She was passionate about her four-legged family members as well, and adored the many dogs that the family owned through the years. We were always allowed to bring home a stray animal, or friend. She often said, “I could write a book about all of our dogs!”

Anne was a working mom, employed by Canadian Coleman for almost thirty years, and retired at the age of 65. In her retirement she often cared for her four young grandchildren, with whom she shared the same unconditional love, pride, and joy that she showed her daughters. Few things made Grandma happier than to celebrate her children and grandchildren’s achievements and milestones, for which she was always present with a thoughtful card, a bright smile, and a warm hug. Having started her family later in life she felt so blessed to be able to see them grow into young, successful adults. She will want them to continue to use their blessings in meaningful ways.

Not only was Anne devoted to her family and to hard work, she was also deeply devoted to God. She lived her faith by showing acceptance and love toward all people. She was quite simply, way ahead of her time. She always demonstrated respect for others’ decisions and opinions that differed from her own. This was truly admired and appreciated by those who were close to her.

Anne was a passionate Blue Jays fan as well. Watching her “Boys in Blue” was something she looked forward to every spring, and she did so religiously regardless of their place in the standings. If you wanted to know anything about the boys of summer, you knew you could ask GSN: “Grandma Sports Network.” Her beloved Blue Jays now have an angel in the outfield, and her family will continue to hold her close in our thoughts when watching them play.

We are so grateful to have had this pillar of strength in our lives. She was determined to live independently and hopeful that she would retain her faculties. Mission accomplished! We take comfort in knowing she was able to make all of her own decisions in life with wisdom and great care. We will cherish our memories of our truly remarkable Mom and Grandma. Although her strength was quiet, it was evident to everyone. She was a true example of selflessness, kindness and generosity to all of us and we were so fortunate to have her in our lives. Among many things, our family will miss her sense of humour, intelligence, love, and laughter. As difficult as it is to let her go we know in our hearts that we have her watching over us, in good company with the many loved ones who passed before her.

A funeral mass for Anne will be celebrated on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3216 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario at 1:00pm. Family and friends will be received for a reception on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Paul O’Connor funeral home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East, from 2:30-4:30pm. Those who are unable to attend the mass are welcomed and encouraged to attend the reception afterward.

Special thanks are extended to our friends and family who supported us through the difficult final days, especially Natalie. Thanks as well to the nurses at The Scarborough Hospital, particularly Amina, who cared for Mom attentively and with sincere compassion.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Anne may be made to the Terry Fox or Jays Care foundations.

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2 thoughts on “LETOURNEAU, Anne (nee Anastasia Margaret Keough)

  1. Dear Roseanne, Louise – deepest sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this most difficult time

    —Lynne and Dan Chabot, Thornhill -