Angela Josephine Normandeau
April 15, 1923 – May 15, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother Angela Normandeau at Noric House on May 15, 2012 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Angela was born on April 15, 1923 in St. Lina, Alberta, just north of St. Paul. She was the youngest of five children and grew up in a French-speaking home. She first eyed Victor Normandeau, her future husband, at a church picnic at Fork Lake, Alberta in 1939. It was love at first sight. However their romance would be interrupted for 5 years when Victor volunteered to serve in the RAF in England during World War II. During his absence and among other endeavors, Angela worked as a nurse’s aide for two years in New Westminster at Essondale’s Provincial mental hospital. After the war ended and Victor returned home to Canada from overseas, she and Victor were married on October 30, 1945 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Maillardville, B.C. After settling in Kamloops, Victor and Angela raised three boys and four foster children. Angela loved to bake for family and friends and sew for her children. She was very artistic and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, traveling with the family and visiting extended family members both near and far. She also volunteered her time and talent with Girl Guides and the Catholic Women’s League. Angela and Victor enjoyed their 58 years together in Kamloops and Vernon, sharing many common interests and in particular, their fervent love of the Catholic faith. They were deeply devoted to each other and their children during their lives together. A humble woman who delighted in putting others’ needs before her own, Angela epitomized her name. Her gentle manner and selfless nature demonstrated the grace with which she handled the ups and downs of life and revealed her unquestioning faith in God.
Angela was predeceased by her husband Victor in 2004, her parents Alphonse and Marie Brisson, brothers Rene and Arthur and sisters Oliva (Roberge) and Marianne (Gagne). She will be lovingly remembered by those left to mourn her passing, sons, Dennis (Margaret), Paul (Laurie), Father Dale, foster son Bruce Garrigan, foster daughters, Mary Gagne (McDermid), Debbie Greek (Bob), Patty MacLeod as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Our sincere thanks go out to the nurses and staff of Noric House, who took such wonderful care of Angela over the past 14 years, and for the Church visitors who came to visit her regularly.
The funeral service will begin with vigil prayers at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Coldstream on May 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM with the funeral Mass on May 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM, again at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Noric House, 1400 Mission Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 9C3.