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Anne Lavoie (Hayduk)

October 5, 1921 - September 14, 2015


Anne Lavoie (née Hayduk) passed away peacefully in Edmonton on Monday, September 14th, 2015 at the age of 93. Anne was predeceased by her husband, Victor; her daughter, Mona (Peter); her parents, John and Mary; and her siblings, Steve (Rose), Michael, Harvey (Theresa), and Lillian (Eugene). Anne will be remembered by her sons, Michel (Cecilia), Guy (Troy), and Denis (Cecile); by her grandchildren, Danae, Malcolm (Moira), Ewen, Caroline (Derek), Joël, Reed, Callum, Patrick, Misha, Maura, Kieri, and Rachelle; by her great-granddaughter, Jesslyn; by her sister, Catherine (Bill); by nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours; and by the generations of students whose lives she touched over the course of her five decades as a teacher in the St. Paul area.

Anne was born in the homesteading community of Plain Lake, Alberta on October 5th, 1921. Her parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe who built a life in Canada as farmers and landowners. From a young age, Anne learned the importance of hard work, education, and faith in God, lessons she later passed down to many who came after her. Anne was among the few students in her community to complete high school and attend university. She became a teacher in the early 1940’s, and taught for over fifty years.

Anne met her future husband, Victor Lavoie, at a community dance while she was a teacher in St. Brides. They were married in 1946. Anne and Victor raised four children in a loving home that valued learning, perseverance, and sympathy for others. Anne welcomed 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter into the world, and cared for each with all her heart. She took immense pride in her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and students, celebrating their successes and encouraging them every step of the way. To her grandchildren, as well as to so many others, she was known simply as “Baba” – someone you could always turn to for help or advice or a good story, who would welcome you in with a hug and a warm meal and would never let you leave hungry.

Anne was a kind and gifted teacher who inspired her students to learn. She was at the centre of community life in St. Paul, never hesitating to say hello, to speak her mind, or to lend a helping hand. She was intensely intelligent and perceptive, right up until her last days. She was gregarious and fun-loving, and would never fail to fill up a room with her joyful voice, a trait that stood her in good stead with students and grandchildren.

Alberta has changed in many ways since the day Anne was born on a homestead farm in Plain Lake, but her values were constant and timeless, and they live on in the lives she touched. Anne believed in hard work, honesty, and a commitment to learning, in caring for others, in the importance of family, and above all in the redemptive power of faith in Jesus Christ. She lived a life full of richness and joy, an example for all, and is now at peace.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral (4625 – 50 Avenue, St. Paul, AB) at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 19th, with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Paul. A reception celebrating the life of Anne Lavoie will follow at Centennial Senior Citizen Centre, 5114 – 49 Avenue, St. Paul). If desired memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: martin naundorf
Relation: former student

sorry to hear about ann…she was one of the best teachers I ever had

From: Gisele and Steve Yaceyko
Relation: student and a special person

our sincere sympathy to the family our thoughts and prayers are with you

From: Mike Murphy
Relation: Friend of Mitch

It is clear that Anne gave much, and demanded much, of her children….all very accomplished. I am sure that the same can be said of her students! She carried the burden of her years with grace and grace. I met her only once, but was left with an indelible vision of a woman rightfully proud of her family, her students and her legacy.

From: Bert Robinson

My sincere condolences to the Lavoie family. Anne was truly “on of a kind” in every respect. I first met her in the late 1960s when I went to high school in St. Paul. My good friend Mitch invited me to his home so I could meet his mom. Before I knew it, I was enjoying a fresh baked bun and other goodies-including some unsolicited words of advice and encouragement! . Anne and I became good friends. My last visit was at the hospital this summer. When her doctor came to check on her, Anne took the doctor’s hand and told her that she loved her and would pray for her! In this age of insanity, we will miss you dearly, Anne Lavoie!

From: Grace Hebert
Relation: Student

She was a wonderful person. she always was a caring teacher and person. She sure will be missed.

From: Monique Ouellette

This dear lady impacted my life in a positive way. She taught me in Junior High. Mrs. Lavoie always expressed joy to see her students walk into class every day, and she believed that each and every one of her students could/would succeed. I’ll never forget the one time I got in trouble in her class for chit-chatting instead of working, with my then best friend, Irene Corbiere. She asked us to both step into the hallway. By the time she reached us I was a blubbering mess, crying my eyes out like there was no tomorrow. She said, ‘For goodness sakes Ouellette, stop your crying. I’m not going to beat you!’ LOL She was a teacher I tried hard for. I strived to make her happy and to be in her good graces. It crushed me to have disappointed her that day. In my adult years I bumped into Mrs. Lavoie quite often in St. Paul. She often mistook me for my older sister Diane, but she would often approach me and say, ‘You’re a Ouellette. I’d know that nose anywhere. I taught you! Are you Diane or Monique?’ RIP Mrs. Lavoie.

From: Suzanne (Boisvert) + Kerry Wood
Relation: Former student / family friends

Our deepest sympathies to all of Anne’s family. Anne’s personality was so vibrant and her hugs tight -her memory will certainly live on in the hearts and minds of many!

From: Marielle Noel Dagenais
Relation: Student

Sorry for your loss. Your mother was truly an angel amongst us. She always had a smile on her face and had kind words to say. As a teacher she was bubbly and full of enthusiasm. She new how to get something across to her students. Rest in peace and may memories of her give you comfort.

From: Katie & Simon McCurdy
Relation: My cousins grandmother

We are thinking of you all during this very difficult time. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Baba. XOXOXO

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Date & Time:
September 19, 2015
Beginning at 10:00am

St. Paul Cathedral
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St. Paul, AB Canada

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St. Paul, AB Canada

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