Sadly, but peacefully on the morning of December 10, 2018 Beverley Ann Lafreniere (nee Biehn) passed away surrounded with the love of her family. With quiet strength and determination, typical to Bev’s character, she waited for her first born child to arrive from Edmonton before leaving us.
Born to Claira and Ervin Biehn on October 11, 1938 in Guernsey, Saskatchewan, Bev was no stranger to hard work. The youngest of seven children reared in a farming family, she was raised with a strong work ethic and Christian morales which formed her character and shaped her future. With a caring heart and a generous spirit, Bev was always the first in line to lend a hand to a friend in need. No job was too big for Bev and she never put off until tomorrow what she could still get done today.
Bev and Len were married for sixty two years and her happiest times were spent with her family who she loved dearly and doted on until her untimely passing. Bev suffered with bronchiectasis her whole life, yet never complained. In her final months she had to learn to do less and allow Len to dote on her. He affectionately referred to her as “the princess” and treated her as such as he prepared her meals and completed the housework to her perfectionistic standards.
She is survived by her husband Leonard, her children Kim Lafreniere, Doug Lafreniere (Christiane and her son Alex) and her daughter Brenda Schussler, sister Lorna Gordon and sister and brother in law Joyce and Len Ballard.
Bev was so proud of her three children, Kimberly, Douglas and Brenda. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the loves of her life and visits with them were her eutopia. Her memory will be cherished by her grandchildren Trevor Lafreniere (Danielle), Jarred Lafreniere (Lori), Lindsay Schussler (Chris) Michael Schussler, Chanelle Lafreniere, Jake Lafreniere and Jason Lafreniere and great grandchildren Andrea Shoup and Ayla Lafreniere.
Bev was loved and will be missed by her life long friend Delores Leroux, as well as Donna Rattai (Len), and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bev was predeceased by her parents Claire and Ervin, brothers Sidney Hill, Morley Biehn, Lowell Biehn and Harry Biehn, sister Ethel Little and granddaughter Brianna Lafreniere. Also gone before her were sisters and brothers in law Gwen Biehn, Pauline Hill, Patricia Biehn, Doug Little, Gwyneth Biehn and Allan (Mickey) Gordon.
In addition to being an excellent homemaker and hostess extraordinaire, Bev enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, socializing and together Len and Bev travelled to Yuma, Arizona in retirement where they spent many winters in Country Roads RV Park making new friendships and collecting memories of good times. They looked forward to their weekly bridge games and the friendships they gained there. Bev enjoyed a life filled with love and laughter and leaves so many memories for all who loved her.
At her request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers and if friends so desire, the family requests donations be made to Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation...”it’s a gift that keeps on giving”...
Thank you to the staff of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital for the exemplary care offered Bev during her illness. Special thanks to Dr. Rizk, respiratory therapists Ben, Lori and Brent and the wonderful caring nurses in the ICU and 3 east. Your kindness will always be remembered.
“To live in the hearts of those we love...is not to die” (Thomas Campbell)