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Obituaries » Paulette A Bannick
November 19, 1946 - July 29, 2017
Paulette Audrey LaRochelle passed away in the Brooks Health Centre on July 29, 2017 at the age of 70 years. She was born in Bassano on November 19th, 1946, second child to Jean Carson Hay and Pete LaRochelle. They lived in the Countess area in an old house not far from the Countess Store. She was a bundle of joy and older brother Albert (8) was not too pleased that she could not play with him as soon as she came home from the hospital. In her younger days, Paulette was a great help to a lot of families, helping babysit, taking care of the children when there was an addition to these families from Crescent Spur, BC to Milverton, Ontario. She worked in the kitchen of the Stratford Hospital in Ontario in the mid 1960’s and made several good friends there, taking a trip to New York City, boasting that she got to see the Empire State Bldg. When she came back home from the east, she went to Edmonton to be with Aunts and cousins there. In 1966, she reconnected with an old flame and ended up getting married in 1967. They settled in Oyen for a while and Paulette worked in the hospital there. They moved to a tiny house in Brooks, then to Duchess, renting Gramma Ramer’s house, before moving on to an acreage just west of Duchess. She was part owner of Duchess Auto Tech, which met its demise in 1982-83. Even though she tried to keep it afloat, her then husband, drank the profits and the doors were closed for good. They then moved to Brooks and Paulette worked at Humpty’s, the Heritage and worked in potato sorting places to help with the bills. She raised two daughters, Beverly Rose and DeLayne Jean during this time. In year 2000, mom wanted to return to her house in Duchess, so Paulette made it happen for her, looking after her needs and spending lots of time working in the yard and garden. They would sit for hours in the morning having coffee, sprite and tea, while looking at the birds in the yard and as well, they shared several bags of potato chips. Mom passed away in November, 2005 and Paulette stayed on in the house. The continued abuse she received from caused her to take her leave from him and she went to stay with Linda and Ken Wilson until the divorce was final and she was allowed to take back the house. While she was back living in Duchess, she worked at the Salvation Army in Brooks until she took sick May, 2016. She battled cancer, through Chemotherapy and surgery but in the end, it continued to grow. While she was still able in late May to early June, her sister Linda took her on a road trip up north (Dawson Creek) to see the country and visit brothers Bill and Albert’s graves. It was a great trip for the two of them and it was finished off with an overnight at DeLayne and Stephen’s home for the night. She was admitted to Palliative Care of the Brooks Health care center on June 13 and while she was there, she had the best of care from “the world’s best nurses”, who were always there for her comfort. She particularly looked forward to her mornings as she knew that her brother in law, Ken Wilson would drop in and take her out for a smoke and they would sit and visit, drinking the finest coffee. In her final days, Paulette commented that through 42 years of marriage, “he broke my spirit and my will and even though he did all this, he could not take my soul”. She enjoyed the youth group from the Bethel Mennonite Church singing acapella, requesting “How Great Thou Art” as her favorite song. She was at peace before she left and said that she forgives herself for staying with him for the 42 years. She leaves behind, brother Harvey (Carolyn) LaRochelle, Sister Faye (Fernando) Dyck, Sister Linda (Ken) Wilson and Sister Barbara (Bill) Retzlaff. Daughters DeLayne Jean (Stephen Penny) and Beverly Rose. Grandsons Dean, David Sanderson. Granddaughters Justine Johnson, Angelica (Trevor) Boss. Great Granddaughters Kyra, Sophie and Avery Boss and great grandson Riley as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father Pete LaRochelle, Mother Jean LaRochelle, Bill LaRochelle and Albert LaRochelle. Paulette will be remembered for her compassion for other people, for always being there for her family, for her beautiful flower gardens and her beautiful personality. She has met many wonderful people along the way and some of them stuck with her in the end, of which she was very thankful. Paulette passed away at 10:06 in the morning on July 29 shortly after her wonderful nurses gave her a final cleaning for the day. A memorial service for her will be held at the Duchess Mennonite Church on August 24 at 2:00 PM, with Pastor Alvin Penner Officiating. She also wants to thank those friends and family for being with her to the end and it is her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cantara Safe House at www.cantarasafehouse.ca. The Urnbearer is her brother Harvey LaRochelle. Light lunch to follow the service.