LAPRAIRIE, Suzanne Marie (née Brad)
It is with broken hearts that the family announces Suzanne’s passing on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the age of 94. She lived her life with great dignity, unwavering faith in God and unbelievable strength, keeping her bright sense of humour and sharp mind right until the end. We grieve her loss, but we remain grateful, for we know that all of our lives are better because of her. Born in Marcelin on June 4, 1923, Suzanne grew up in a loving family of ten, making a good life on the Brad farm. She eventually met and married Paul Laprairie in 1945, and the couple soon moved to Saskatoon where they raised their family. Tragically, Paul passed away suddenly in 1969, leaving Suzanne to raise their ten children on her own. She bravely faced this challenge with never a complaint, raising nine sons and one daughter to carry on her sense of selflessness and grace. Her faith in God sustained her as she regularly prayed her rosary, attended mass, or watched her favorite French mass television broadcast every day. So, how does one go about effectively capturing a life in such a short space, and in words often inadequate to express the depth of love and loss? You simply cannot with such a spirit like Suzanne’s; she is woven into every facet of our lives, and was everything a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother should be. With her spot on wit and twinkle in her eye, she made everyone’s day, and a stop by Mom’s or Grandma’s surely meant homemade chocolate chip cookies, a cup of tea or Kool-Aid, Ju Jubes, ice cream or other treats stored in the cupboard. From large Christmas gatherings, where we would all jam into the basement of the house on Cumberland Ave., to outdoor picnics and BBQ’s, she was the original “Martha Stewart,” “the hostess with the mostess,” and her thoughtfulness created such special memories for her family. And, of course, once the dishes were done, then a lively game of marbles or Scrabble would break out, where she usually always won, and gleefully enjoyed her victory, reminding you of her win with playful joy for many years to come. In the summer, she could be found in her garden, enjoying her yard and flowers, and, if the weather was too hot to cook, then a hamburger, fries and an apple pie from McDonald’s would always do the trick! She also loved following her favorite sports; she was always ready to cheer on her Expos and later the Jays, the Riders or the Senators to a win, and she liked to tease any fans who did not root for her teams. Her move later in life to St. Ann’s place became such a blessing, as she loved her friends and the staff there. We have never heard her talk of so much fun than when she won at shuffleboard or telling us of all the music, frivolity and, in her words, “the absolutely perfect” 2018 New Year’s Eve party St. Ann’s hosted; thank you to her St. Ann’s friends for giving her such joy! It is said that your family is your legacy, which is so true for Suzanne and each family member has their own treasured memory because of her unique way of building a special bond with each one of us. Suzanne was predeceased by her husband Paul (1969); son Ernest (2001); parents George and Marie (Garand) Brad; brothers Wilfrid, Peter, Julien, and Ernest Brad; brothers-in-law Frank Arsenault and Albert Richter; and sisters-in-law Laura Brad and Pauline Brad. Left to celebrate her life are her sons and daughter and their families: Dennis (Penny) Laprairie – Lee-Ann (Terry) Ross: Hugh, Brynn, Fenn; Ryan Laprairie / Maurice Laprairie - Paul (Katherine); Mark (Spoorthy); Joe (Alyssa); Adam (Calla); Christine (Mike) / Raymonde (Tom) Earle - Lindsay; Scott (Andrea) Earle / Bob (Jane) Laprairie - Adam (Sarah) Bednarski: Straton, Kullen; Dustin (Ally) Bednarski / Aimé (Cecile) Laprairie - Spencer; Lyndon / Leonard (Karen) Laprairie - Chelsea; Chandler / David Laprairie – Kelly / Patrick (Mari) Laprairie - Robert (Kim): Ezra, Silas, Philip; Andrew (Trina): Luka, Kastle / Ken (Dionne) Laprairie; as well as Suzanne’s brothers Emile (Beatrice) Brad, Gerry (Mary Anne) Brad, Joe (Dorothy) Brad; sisters Cecile Arsenault, Yvonne Richter; and sisters-in-law Nellie Brad, Rita Brad, and many nieces and nephews. “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.” We will love you forever! The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church (217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon) with Father Matthew Ramsay as Celebrant. A Private Family Rite of Committal will take place on Saturday at Woodlawn Cemetery. A special thank you to the staff at St. Paul’s Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion during Mom’s brief stay at the hospital. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Suzanne’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Paul’s Palliative Care Unit. Arrangements in care of David Schurr - Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.