It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Madelene Duchesne (nee Jeanneault). She spent her final days and hours surrounded by family and her final moments in the arms of her daughter Pamela which is exactly how she would have wanted it on October 30, 2020, after an insufferable battle with Vascular Dementia. We believe she is at peace.
She will be sadly missed by her companion Larry Pineo. She was the dear mother to Dee McNamara, Pamela Ruel (Serge), Marty James (Jodie), Cindy James (Marc) and Kim Snider (Mike). “Mama” will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Justin, Lauren (Mark), Jason (Ashleigh), Joshua (Holly), Chantal (Gerry), Mathieu, Danielle, Caleb, Paige and Megan (Kyle) and beloved great grandchildren Marah and Daniel. Madelene was also survived by siblings Denis (Ruby), Diane, Celina (Fred), Joan, Richard, Bonnie (Leonard), Gail and Dolores (Kristopher) along with many nieces, nephews and extended family including sister-in-law Lona James and first husband and father to her children Neil James (Joanne). Predeceased by her parents Carmel and Dan Jeanneault
Maddy, as she was well known, retired from the Joint Hospital Laundry when it closed here in North Bay and always spoke fondly of her “work family”. She also worked the night shift at the Post Office and as one of the hardest workers around she had many other side jobs along the way. She was absolutely the kindest, sweetest most beautiful soul you could ever meet. She would give you, and literally has given, the shirt off her back. She spent her entire life devoted to making sure everyone was happy and safe. Her greatest and proudest accomplishment in life was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are all eternally grateful to her for showing us the meaning of family and for teaching us how to love and be loved.
Family receiving friends at Hillside Funeral Services, 362 Airport Rd., on Thursday, November 5th from 6 pm until 9 pm. In accordance with current directives from the Bereavement Authority of Ontario in regard to Covid-19 the total number of attendees is limited and additional precautions are in place. Face masks are mandatory at the funeral home and social distancing protocols must be respected. For more information please contact the funeral home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Highball Billiards, 236 Second Avenue West on Sunday, November 8th from 6 pm until 10 pm. Due to Covid 19 restrictions the total number of guests will be limited but will be managed accordingly throughout the evening. Additional precautions will be in place such as face masks, sanitizing and social distancing guidelines. A light meal will be served in accordance with Covid 19 Health regulations.
A special thank you to everyone at Nipissing Manor for their care, compassion and extraordinary kindness they showed our mom throughout her stay.
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