Lauretta (Bunnie) Leblanc
6 Jan 1926 – 10 Feb 2019
Passed away peacefully at Au Chateau Home for the Aged in Sturgeon Falls. Daughter of Joseph Jodouin and Ella Mae Ransom. Pre-deceased by husband Conrad Leblanc, sisters Anne, Dee and Dorothy and brothers Philip, Edward and George. Survived by sons Paul Leblanc (Louise Crossgrove) and Jerome Leblanc (Marielle). Grandchildren Martin Leblanc (Kelley Atkins) and Janie Leblanc (Pierre Bazinet). Great-grandchildren Jeremy, Easton, Adelynn and Jerick. Devoted companion Lilianne Laverne.
Bunnie graduated from Sturgeon Falls High School during WWII and immediately joined the war effort, initially working for the Royal Canadian Navy as a secretary in Ottawa then as a riveter for Fleet Aircraft in Fort Erie. She considered this one of the highlights of her life.
When the war ended, she returned to Sturgeon Falls and was fortunate to find an excellent job as the clerk at Canada Manpower. She loved her job and her co-workers. She mentored many summer students over the years. She continued at Canada Manpower until her retirement in 1986, taking a few years out to have two children.
Bunnie married Conrad Leblanc in 1947 and they settled in a new house on Pine Street. Over the next few years they became interested in a farm property by the Sturgeon River in Springer Township on a road known today as Leblanc Road. When the widow Gaunt, the last occupant of the house passed away in 1954, they bought the property which mother was convinced was haunted by Mrs. Gaunt. Initially reluctant to make a move to the farm, she grew to love the place and maintained award-winning flower gardens and won several prizes for her elaborate Christmas decorations.
On retirement she continued to live a full and rewarding life volunteering for several local charities, collecting antiques and learning new skills such as stain glass crafting, painting and piano. Her fashion shows were great fun for everyone. She travelled to various parts of Canada to visit her family. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Our Lady of Sorrows Church and a regular at the fitness complex and swimming pool.
She had too many close friends to list. They loved her for her wonderful sense of humour and her dedication to helping others.
She lived at Au Chateau during her final six years and the family is grateful for the excellent care given to her by the dedicated staff.
A celebration of life will be held in June.