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Loraie Landriault

September 28, 2021

Obituary

Loraie Landriault (Staniforth)

July 1943 – September 2021

 

It is with deepest sorrow that the family of Loraie announce her passing on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Loraie was predeceased by her beloved children; son Russell, daughter Shelly, bonus son Juan, and her parents Francis and Annie Thom. Left behind to mourn are: the love of her life and best friend, husband Harvey Landriault; her children Lorraine (Olmer), Tony (Gina), Moneca (Lori), and Renee; as well as her bonus children Laura (Mike), Jeff (Lucie), Nancy, Tim (Lianna), Rose, and Angela (Ed).  Loraie also leaves behind 34 grand-children and 21 great grandchildren.

Born and raised in Toronto, Loraie married her first husband at the age of 16, but was raising 6 children alone by the age of 27.  Loraie was a talented musician and guitarist, and she sang beautifully.  With the loving support of her mother, Loraie provided for her children by working odd jobs during the day. and playing music venues in the greater Toronto area on the weekends with her childhood friend and band mate, Lucy. 

 

In order to give her children a less complicated life, Loraie made the courageous decision at the age of 34 to move near her friend Lucy. Loraie packed up her 6 children in a ’65 Chevy and left behind friends, family, support systems and the only life she’d ever known in Toronto. They drove to Edmonton, AB, and from there boarded a plane to their destination of Uranium City, SK.

 

It was there that Loraie’s adventurous spirit soared. She fell head-over-heels in love with the beautiful people and rugged landscape of the North, and lived at a slower pace. She again provided for her children with odd jobs, only playing music for the love of it.  She remained in Uranium City with her children for the next 8 years until the announcement of the Eldorado mine closure.

 

Loraie and the last 2of her children living at home then moved to Merritt, BC where she and Lucy reignited their love of playing music and entertaining.  They hired a manager, packed up their vehicles and campers. and set out with their children and partners on their next great adventure. This daring duo spent the next two years travelling from city to city all over Western Canada, entertaining people with their music and comedy.

 

In 1981, Loraie quit playing music with her band and planted roots in Saskatoon, where she spent the last 40 years of her life. She developed a passion for Schutzhund Training of German Shepherds, crafting, dancing, and enjoying her family, friends and grandchildren.

 

After being single and independent for many years, Loraie met the love of her life, Harvey at the Airliner Dance Hall in 1991. The timing of their meeting was simply meant to be. They were a match made in Heaven.

 

The blending of Loraie and Harvey’s families can only be described as spectacular! They became a combined family with 13 children, and shared enormous love as their family grew to 34 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren! Loraie loved being a bonus Mom. She took great pride in telling anyone who would listen about her amazing blended family. 

 

Loraie and Harvey spent 30 years together, living a wonderful life, traveling the country in their RV with their good friends Christine and Wells McLean, raising their many pets, and spending time with family.

 

All those who knew Loraie can attest to the great love she had for her family, people of all works of life, her fur babies, and music. She made friends with everyone she met, everywhere she went.  She loved hearing and sharing life stories.  She had a compassionate heart and was a trustworthy soul who could hold your heart gently in times of sorrow, be your fierce ally in times of adversity, and be your biggest cheerleader in your life’s successes.  She lit up a room with her magnificent energy, and her laughter and kindness were contagious.

Loraie always saw the positive attributes in everyone she met and was generous with her love right up until her last breath. Loraie has left her family and friends with a legacy of love, laughter, compassion, and a fiery passion for life.

Our family extends sincere gratitude to Saskatoon City Hospital Emergency team, and Dr. Dean and his entire team at Royal University Hospital Emergency. We would like to also acknowledge the RNs in B Pod Emergency Nursing Station G408-G414.  Thank you for giving exceptional care to our beloved Loraie and treating her with the utmost respect and dignity she so deserved.  Our family is forever grateful to you. Thank you.

 

A celebration of Loraie’s life will be held Saturday, October 16th at 1:00 pm at Windsor Chapel, 704 Windsor Street, Saskatoon, SK. A luncheon will follow in the downstairs hall. Arrangements in care of Travis Minor – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.

lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Saskatoon SPCA. 

Please note: Covid protocols will be in place for those attending in-person; masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. As per the family's request, proof of vaccination is required to attend service in person. QR code’s and/or vaccination cards will be needed. Thank you in advance for respecting current Covid restrictions.

Individuals who are unvaccinated cannot attend in person, but can view the service recording the next day at: www.faithproductions.ca/livestream

 

 

 

 

 

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