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LESSARD (BLAIS), Estelle Lea "The cook has died. Long live the cook." After suffering the turmoils of Alzheimer's disease for over ten years, our mother, Estelle Lea Lessard (93) succumbed peacefully on January 28, 2019, at St. Joseph's General Hospital in Elliot Lake. Amedee (Joe), her caring husband of 74 years, had passed away in 2016. She is survived by her children Jackie Kresin (Peter) of Thunder Bay; and Patricia MacGregor (Jack), Raymond (Mary Sue) and Susan Limoges, all of Elliot Lake. Her remaining siblings Gerry, Georgette and Theresa share in the sorrow of losing their older sister. Estelle's eight grandchildren and many multi-great-grandchildren will stand testament to her dogged will to survive. Mom and dad were pioneers of Elliot Lake. They arrived in 1956 and built a house on Lakeview Road. It was there that they raised their children, took in boarders to make ends meet, and provided extended family with a place to stay in the basement apartment. Dad was a founding member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Elliot Lake but mom kept the Lodge going by catering events such as weddings. Mom's brothers affectionately called her "cooky" or "the cook" because that's what she did. She cooked for her family, she cooked for the boarders, she cooked for Moose events, she cooked for the Lessard/Blais family reunions, she cooked for her cat and she cooked for the neighbours. Until our children were well into their teenage years, we had most Sunday dinners at Grandma Lessard's. She'd prepare a number of main courses to ensure satisfaction for all and we'd always leave with a left-overs care package and a large container of fresh-baked cookies for school lunches. During special times of the year Grandma would prepare Uncle Dorio's "roast beef". Perennially, mom's brother, Dorio, would share with us the moose he invariably bagged. My daughter Sarah, however, was sure she wouldn't like wild meat like moose, but she did love her great-uncle's "roast beef". Alzheimer's disease is insidious and we began suspecting mom might have some form of dementia because of changes in her cooking. The woman who had fed so many for so many years could no longer prepare a complete meal. Mom eventually had to be moved to Hillside Park where she spent the last seven years. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is extremely burdensome; a task for which most people are ill-prepared. The family is grateful for the kindness, consideration and nurturing provided by the nursing staff and personal support workers at Hillside Park; the educational training we received from the Algoma Alzheimer's Society; the medical care provided by Dr. Matheson; and the compassion of the third-floor nursing staff at St. Joseph's. A special appreciation is extended to Georgette, mom's sister, who visited her regularly at Hillside Park and daily at the hospital. Mom didn't leave without ensuring the survival of her legacy, however. Mary Sue, as a result of many years helping with the catering and eating Sunday dinner at mom's, is recognized now as the family's chief cook. John Pomerleau of Alternative Funeral Services has been entrusted with mom's final arrangements. There are plans to have a family and friends get-together sometime after the weather is more predictable - perhaps around Easter. At that time we'll celebrate the lives of one of Elliot Lake's pioneer couples, Estelle and Amedee Lessard.13323884
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We will miss her dearly
Posted by Denise Marcotte-Dubien (Niece) On Saturday, February 2, 2019
My deepest sympathies to all family & friends. She was a great Matante (Auntie). We'll miss her dearly but she will always be in our minds & hearts. I hope she is happy wherever she is. I believe she now has a great memory and remembers all the precious times she had with everyone. I also hope she is now back to playing bingo with Mononcle Medee. I know that I have fantastic & warm memories of her. Love, Denise xoxoxo

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