Mrs. Elizabeth

Mrs. Elizabeth "Beti" Tremblay (Stefan)

Thursday, May 28th, 1931 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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The family of Beti (Elizabeth Stefan) Tremblay announces her passing on Saturday, March 21st with immense sadness. Surrounded by family in her own home, Beti peacefully departed this earth after a fulfilling journey through life.

Born in Lake Alma, SK, the first child of Margaret and Nicholaus Stefan, Beti attended high school at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK where she met future husband Maurice Tremblay. They began their married life in Brandon, MB before settling and raising a family in Thunder Bay, ON.

Beti lived a long and full life, grounded in dedication to her family and to raising six children. In later years, she followed her love of working with her hands producing pottery objects in clay. This ultimately led to teaching positions in the Interior Design and Continuing Education Departments of Confederation College and to contributing to art exhibitions producing numerous award-winning pieces. Beti was a charter member of many arts organizations including Fire, Earth and Fibre, the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild, the Ontario Potters Association, and was one of the ‘Seven Women’ art exhibition held in 1979 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. A retrospective exhibition of Beti’s work entitled ‘Joy of Clay’ was held recently at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum. Beti actively participated in fundraising for the National Exhibition Centre, Magnus Theatre and the Community Auditorium. Active in church activities, both at St. Agnes and St. Elizabeth parishes, Beti was a keen gardener and lover of nature, who loved cooking and who treasured her many close friends.

Beti is predeceased by her parents, her husband Maurice, and her brother Richard Stefan. She will be sadly missed by her children Gerard, Yvonne, Jean Paul (Anneli), Michelle, Victor (Joanne) and Richard (Helder) as well as grandchildren Garret, Alison, Stephanie, Lauren, Carly, Erik, Michael and great-grandson Landon. She is also survived by her sisters Alice Henderson and Dianne Davis as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Thunder Bay Regional HSC for all their help and support, especially Dr. Andrew Migay and the entire palliative care team, the staff at ParaMed, and the LHIN for their kind assistance and compassion. Thank you also to Father James Panikulam of St. Agnes Church for his spiritual support at this time.

A celebration of Beti’s life will be arranged at a future date with eventual interment at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.

Rest in peace, Beti, you will be deeply missed by all who love you.
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    At a later date.
    A Celebration of Life will be arranged at a later date.
  • Interment

    Mountainview Cemetery
    Out Hwy 61, right to Broadway Ave


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Posted at 05:33pm
Thank you to people who took the time to write. It would be mom's birthday May 28. She said that irises always bloomed on her special day, I have some about to bloom and will be thinking of her. She loved gardening and all flowers as well as vegetables, especially her asparagus patch, and of course raspberries which we always had growing up. Mom toughed it out at the end (though not in pain, only tired and some discomfort when she had to be moved) without any complaints. She said that she was ready to go. We were fortunate to all be around (all 6 of us) to take care of her in her home. It was a special time to be with her and to comfort each other. Due to the Covid-19, we were not able to have a memorial for her which would have been a great opportunity to share this experience with others. You are never ready to lose loved ones and this came on unexpectedly. But 3 of us who live away were able to make it home. That is what matters most, that we could be there for her. She was very content with that. I am sharing a photo of us taken at a nieces wedding in 2016. I called her the Queen Mom as she looked so lovely in her floral dress and fetching hat. Happy Birthday Mom! Love, Yvonne

Yvo Paques

Posted at 06:35am
Condolences to Yvonne, to Richard and to all the family. So sad about Beti's death. I had the chance to meet in 2005 this woman of character, courageous, passionate and attentive who will forever remain a model of live. I will never forget, Maple Mamma as I affectionately called her then. Rest in peace, Beti with Moe. Yvo

Lecia Fontes

Posted at 08:24am
Yvonne and family

Our most deepest sympathy. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

Gregorish family

Nadine Ellement

Posted at 03:21pm
Dear Tremblay family
Met or re-met Beti several years ago in the lobby of the condo building. She reminded me that Maurice had taught at FWCI with my Dad, Cam McGregor. She recalled good times with Cam and my mother, Agnes. She always remembered my name with a cheery greeting. She was so thoughtful leaving special baking for the residents in the lobby.
You are in my thoughts.
Nadine Ellement

Kathryn Loftus

Posted at 10:24am
To all the family and friends of Beti, my condolences on your loss. I was honoured to have gotten to know Beti over the last 19 years, her smiling face and wonderful stories. Spending time with Beti always brought joy. She is missed by all who knew her. Rest in Peace Beti.

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