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LEBLANC, Bertha Elizabeth (nee Watson)

Passed away on Monday, May 4, 2015.  Predeceased by her husband Henri, daughter Ella Louise, four brothers and two sisters.  She is survived by two sisters: Marge (Edward), Bernice (Paul); daughter Michelle (Fred), son Rick (Nikki), daughter Marcella (David), son Wilfrid (Shereen); eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and her close companion, Glen Bjur and his family.  We wish to thank Glen’s family for treating Bertha like their own family.  Bertha was born on October 15, 1925 in Altario, AB and was raised on a farm in Marsden, SK with her four brothers and four sisters.  Bertha met Henri in Vanderhoof, BC and eventually settled in Kelowna in 1966 to raise their family.  She was actively involved in St. Pius X Church and volunteered in the community.  Bertha was loved dearly and will be deeply missed by all.  Prayers will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 8th at 11:00 am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC.  Interment in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Prayer Service
Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm

Friday, May 8th at 11:00 am

St. Pius X Catholic Church

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The prayer service for LEBLANC, Bertha Elizabeth (nee Watson) is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pm at located at 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

The service for LEBLANC, Bertha Elizabeth (nee Watson) is scheduled for Friday, May 8th at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Pius X Catholic Church

1077 Fuller Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Bryan and Glenda Jackson says:

    Michelle, we are so sorry to hear of your loss, I just talked to your Mom. My Mother passed on April 3rd. Thinking of you all. Glenda Jackson (Janz)

  • Rosanne & Todd ryder says:

    Omg I am shocked to hear of birdies passing. Now that we are older I have recently only seen her at the church breakfast, and looked forward to seeing her there every time! Moms close friend for 48 years, what a friendly, warm, caring down to earth lady Bertha was, that is exactly why I loved her, she was Soo friendly and easy to talk with. I am so sorry for all of you for losing her so suddenly and may God give you each the comfort you will need to see her in the sunshine again. Xo love you.
    Rosanne and Todd Ryder

  • Cathy Morran says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Marcella & family of your Mom’s passing, I have such warm memories of her when we moved to Braemar Street way back in the day, especially Marcella’s birthday parties,my thoughts & prayers are with you, sincerely, Cathy Morran.

  • Rosemary Lalonde says:

    Thank you, Bertha for being such a strong supporter of our parish, of the sick, of the adoration Chapel, of walking at the hospital Tuesdays to protest abortion. You are probably doing it from heaven,and we left on earth will need to carry on with your work.
    Rosemary and Bert Lalonde

  • Margaret and Hank Groen says:

    Our sympathy and condolences to Marcella, Michele, Rick and Wilfrid and families on the passing of your mother Bertha. She was a wonderful friend and neighbour to my mother, Madge Berry, and we were forever grateful to her. We were fortunate to meet her and Glen walking along the lake a few months ago. She was her usual cheery self, asking after our family and remembering some good times in her neighbourhood. You have been Blessed with a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grand mother, your memories will comfort all of you.

  • Gayle Kenney says:

    To all Bertha’s family – Bill and I send our condolences and sympathy at the passing of your mom. Bertha was our neighbor for 33 years and the neighborhood just won’t be the same without her. You could almost set your clock by Bertha’s steady routine which I am sure was the outer evidence of her inner devotion. Age and years never seemed to slow her down much. We knew Bertha to be loving, hard working and devoted. May she now find sweet rest in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will miss her.

  • Doreen Dixon & family . says:

    Sympathy & prayers to the family of our dear friend Bertha, cherish the memories .

  • Dennis & Yvonne Oborowsky says:

    Our deepest condolences are sent too of you and Glen and his family as well. You truely did have a special mother in Aunt Bertha. So glad Den &I got to enjoy the company of Glen & Bertie a few summers ago. I could see in Glens eyes what his heart was saying. He loved that girl.. Bertie you left too early but we too will see you again someday. We know you will be Dancing in the Sky watching over all of us. Thanks for the wonderful memories you left us with.

  • Karen & Rob Olynyk & Family says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Marcella, Michelle, Rick, Wilfred and Families on the passing of your MOM, my Aunt Bertie. She was such a wonderful woman with a true zest for life. I feel especially blessed because she was my Godmother. I have many special memories of her and a few treasures too ( such as the black baby doll she sent me for Christmas in 1964 that sits on my dresser still today. She will be dearly missed. GOD BLESS YOU ALL TODAY AND ALWAYS.

  • Shelley Madu says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Bertha through my Mother Delma. Her energy, caring heart and commitment to our Heavenly Father are just a few of the things I admired about her. The friendship and support she offered my Mom was invaluable to our family.
    Sincerely, Shelley Madu and Family

  • Pam (Watson) Sawatzky says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Auntie Bertie’s passing. A great woman with a great faith. So much energy and passion. She was always so kind and caring towards us when we would come for a visit. You will be missed Auntie.

  • Laurette Roth says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Bertha’s family. I have had many good times with Bertha through the years. I will miss her. An old friend, Laurette.

  • Pauline Hook says:

    Thank you Michelle for phoning me on your mom’s passing. My mom Edna Renaud was friends with Bertha since the 1950’s when your dad Henri and my dad Henry Renaud were working for Mannix Co in Calgary. My deepest sympathy to you, Marcella, Rick and Wilfrid. There will be a great emptiness in your family, but take comfort in each other. Hugs Pauline Hook (Renaud)

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  • Paulette Stoltz says:

    Dearest, ever-young Bertha – I still see you riding your bicycle and wondering how you did it! You inspired me, made me laugh and always were a joy to be around. Enjoy paradise dear lady… you deserve eternal happiness. I doubt you’re ‘resting’ in peace… you could never rest! Keep watching over Glen and all your family … you are and always will be loved.

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