It is with profound sadness that the family of Eileen announces her death. There is joy and there is sadness. Mom has left this world to be reunited with family gone before. We rejoice in that and will always carry her in our hearts.
Mom was born July 30, 1920. Eileen went to St. Patrick’s school for eight years and then to sisters of the mission convent in Ste. Rose for three years. She attended the Dominion Business College in Winnipeg. Upon completion she worked for Dr. Gendreau for five years. She married Maurice Valcourt on Nov. 26th 1945 as soon he was discharged from the Navy. Borrowed suit and car and gas rations never deterred their love. Together they raised six boisterous children. Mom resumed a career in medical records at the Ste. Rose General Hospital when Bev was in grade two. Mom held this position for 20 years retiring in 1985. Dad’s death occurred on August 6th 1990. Mom continued to reside on the farm until the time of her death. She was able to be independent largely due to family, special friends Rose-Marie & August Olafson and the Hopfner family, especially Ivan.
Throughout her life Mom enjoyed camping with family and close friends. She was expert at fish frying for as many as thirty at a time. She and Dad spent many summers at Manipogo providing her family with wonderful memories. They also travelled to visit family and to enjoy a few warm vacations. After Dad’s death Mom became a regular winter traveler with Bev, Jerry, Morrissa and Jordon. This she enjoyed immensely.
She was a life time member of the Ste. Rose curling club and kept a watchful eye on all sporting events. Mom was very well informed, and could engage in any conversations related to sports, news or politics.
Thank you to Dr. O’Hagan who Mom trusted and respected. There is no way to express the gratitude we feel for the compassionate and professional care that Mom and her family received during her stay in hospital.
Her love of family and her faith in God were always first and foremost. She will always be remembered as an inspiring example of courage, perseverance, kindness, honesty, humility and formidable intelligence. Having enjoyed a life that almost spanned a century she brought with her classic but not antiquated values.
Mom cherished her ever increasing family and was always an active participant in all our lives. Full of laughter and tears marked by death and birth but always with love. She had the blessed pleasure of holding the newest great grandchild Maddie just last Sunday.
Mom was the fourth born and last surviving child of the Dane MacCarthy family. She was predeceased by her parents and all her siblings and the love of her life Dad (Maurice Valcourt). She is in his arms now, and promised to give hugs from all of us.
Eileen will be lovingly remembered by her children: Sharlene (Paul), Leo (Deborah), Jean (Tom), Brian (Linda), Rita (Clarence), and Bev (Jerry).
Grandchildren: Aaron (Carma), Tyler (Karyn), Tracy (Roberto), Sean, Karla-Rae, Tim(Nova) Amy(Renato) David, Evan, Steven (Melissa) Candace, Kristen(Brian) Chris (Lauren) Tricia, Jennifer(Greg), Kristin, Troy(Shauna)Todd (Charlotte)Brenda(Ken) Morrissa, Jordon.
Great-grandchildren: Dielle, Maddison, Octavio, Ofelia, Liliana ,Francesco, Vincenzo, ,Alexa, Bethany, Garett, Tiva-James, Kelsea ,Dainen ,Matt, Tyson, Madison, Cole, Tiffany, Maggie.
A funeral mass was held Friday May 18th at Ste. Rose Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. Leo Fernandes. Evelyn Taylor was the organist, accompanying soloist Adele Murray. Eulogists were Jean Valcourt and Bev Boerchers. Interment followed at the Ste. Rose Cemetery. Urnbearer was Leo Valcourt, and Honorary Urnbearers were Eileen’s grandchildren Aaron, Tyler, Tricia, Jennifer, Kristin, Steven, Candace, Sean, Karla-Rae, Morrissa and Jordon.
In lieu of flowers the Valcourt family requests that donation by made to the Larson Brunel medical trust fund at the Royal Bank.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, All fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because he lives.Print This Post