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Elizabeth (Liz) Fournier passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2024. Liz was the youngest of 3 children, born in Dauphin, MB on June 24, 1966 to John and Anne Kondra, where she grew up on a small farm in the Valley River area.
Liz's childhood was spent with the love of family that were strong in their faith and gathered regularly. Her Faith, and Family is something she cherished and valued for the rest of her life. She loved all the animals on the farm, but especially loved her cats. During her teens, she often babysat children of nearby relatives and neighbours. Liz always had such a gentle caring nature for as long as we can remember.
Having had to bear the loss of her parents as a young adult, shaped Liz's trademark determination and "taking care of business" attitude. There was no one more prepared with multiple bottles of cosmetics, stockpiles of coffee creamer, or bags of kitty litter. Her car never ran on empty, and appointments were always organized and well prepared for in advance!
After Liz graduated high school, she moved into Dauphin, where she started out providing in-home childcare, cleaning homes for a handful of clients and working at a local cafe.
She moved on to work with adults with special needs at PRVSI. This was far more than a paycheck to her. She was a great mentor, highly respected by her colleagues, and was beyond dedicated, caring, and genuinely enjoyed being in the clients' lives and spending time with them. It did not matter if you were friend, family, or someone she was meeting for the first time. Liz valued every human being, and was so sweet and loving. She never judged anyone and would always listen and try to help.
The thing we take most comfort in after Liz’s passing is that she can join her husband Pierre whom she married on Sept 30, 2006. Pierre always had a way of making Liz laugh heartily with his great sense of humor and clever teasing, and he is the reason Liz became the biggest Toronto Blue Jays and Winnipeg Jets fan. They were so happy and had a lot of fun, good times and memorable trips together until sadly, Pierre passed away unexpectedly in 2015.
In 2018, Liz was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease, Scleroderma. In spite of the challenges this presented, Liz never complained, but rather remained the cheerful, positive, strong lady everyone knew and loved. Her strength and positivity were truly inspirational, and will have a lasting impression on everyone that knew her.
With the help of her incredible medical team, and her own positive attitude, she was able to regain alot of function and independence, and live a pretty normal life right up until very recently.
Liz practiced gratitude and prayer every day, and always had a deep appreciation for everything. She savored being able to remain in the comfort of her own home with her cats cuddling on her lap, coffee by her side, and watching the Jets games! She was truly grateful and appreciative of her amazing team of Doctors and Specialists, as well as the health/home care workers, and all her family, friends and neighbors. She was also so appreciative by all that took time to call, visit, meet for lunch, send a card, or a text, drop off baking, fresh garden produce, or homemade meals, or assist her in any way, be it spiritual care, yardcare, grocery runs, tending to her cats, accompanying her to medical appointments. You will never be forgotten, you know who you are, thank you.
Liz was pre-deceased by her husband Pierre, and her parents, John and Anne Kondra. She will be lovingly remembered, dearly missed by her brother Mike Kondra, sister Evelyn Chura and husband Glenn, nephew Dan, niece Candice, Pierre's son Chad Fournier, wife Amanda, and their 3 children, Ella, Cyrus, and Julien, extended family and friends.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Elizabeth may be made to Parkland Humane Society or to the National Scleroderma Foundation .
Vichnya Pamyut- Eternal Memory
Funeral Service was held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 2:00 pm from St. Paul's Anglican Church in Dauphin, MB with Rev. Barry Nadolny officiating, followed by a lunch at the Sneath- Strilchuk Family Care Center.
The service was livestreamed for those unable to attend. Click on the link below.
Interment will be held at a later date at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Valley River Farm Church.
Parkland Humane Society
Box 805, Dauphin MB R7N 3B3
National Scleroderma Foundation
300 Rosewood Dr #105, Danvers, MA 01923, United States, Danvers MA