Elsie Robichaud

ELSIE ROBICHAUD

(NEE LAYTON, VIDLER,

TOPPING)

We regret to announce the passing of Elsie Robichaud at Hospice House in Vernon on June 11,

2008, at the age of 91 years.

Elsie was born on April 29, 1917, in Manchester, England. She came to Canada as a small

infant and she sailed on the Maurantania, not the Lusitania, because there would be no family

to talk about, as the Lusitania was sunk on it’s maiden voyage in WW2 by the Germans.

Elsie grew up in the poor part of Montreal. She was a quick learner, she was an excellent student,

and could read, write, and speak French. Her childhood was one of poverty and strife. Her

mother took her out of school in grade 6 so she could be a house cleaner to support her mom

who was a lady of the night!!! Skeletons in the closet.

My mother met my wonderful father, Reginald Vidler, RCAF WW2. To this marriage, 3 children

were born. Bernie was born September 13, 1938. Eleanor (Ellie) was born March 30, 1943.

Kenny was born October 28, 1948. He was a sickly child but Mom nursed him and he lived to

be 38 years of age.

Mom was marvelous at anything she tried. Cooking, sewing, quilting, knitting, preserves, jams,

pickles. She was also a great gardener and won many horticultural prizes from veggies to

roses!!!

She was a clever, strict, disciplined person. She ran the admitting offi ce at our local hospital for

many years in the fi fties and dabbled in real estate in the sixties.

Over the years, heartache insued. Reg died in 1966 at age 48. He was the grandmaster of his

branch at the Masonic Lodge. He died 1 week before his daughter’s wedding. He worked for

Air Canada.

Elsie is survived by her daughter, Ellie; two grandchildren, Christopher DaSilva of Edmonton, AB

and Lorraine Oaten of Vernon, BC.

Bernie died suddenly at the age of 61 from an aortic aneurysm in February 2000. He is survived

by his wife, Pat, and 2 sons and 2 grandsons.

Mom volunteered for many things, from making toques for the premmie babies at the Vernon

Jubilee Hospital with designs of Canada fl ags, ducks, Christmas trees, and animals of all kinds.

She was an outstanding member of the Legion and the Eagles.

Until we meet again, we loved you Mom, always.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Eagle’s Hall on 25th Avenue on Monday, June 16, beginning

at 2:00 p.m.

It was Elsie’s last wish that, in lieu of fl owers, donations be made to her daughter, Ellie Stark,

408 – 3400 Coldstream Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 8B5, so that Ellie can take her grandsons to

Hawaii.

Arrangements are in the care of

Vernon Funeral Home

542-0155