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Sr. Joan Adams OSU

Very peacefully on July 29, 2019 at Actionmarguerite, at the age of 77, Sister Joan was received into the hands of her loving Lord. Sister Joan was accompanied at her bedside by her Ursuline Community: Sr. Joice, Sr. Juliette, Sr. Mary and very dear and faithful friends of the Ursuline Community.
Sr. Joan was born June 29, 1942 in St. Boniface, Manitoba. Joan was predeceased by her parents Maurice and Ernestine ( nee Pritchard) Adams and her two beloved little sisters Anita and Rose-Marie.
Teaching was the love of Joan’s life and she was very effective in the classroom, gifted as a principal and she too was loved. As a dedicated member of her religious community and as Provincial Leader, Joan was a witness of the words “Ut unum sint” ‘That all may be one’. Joan’s unifying spirit emulated “The mission and prayers of Jesus who throughout his life-had but one desire to draw all people into oneness with the Father and one another.”
Sr. Joan was overcome by a crippling and all pervasive illness. She was not able to speak, eat, walk, or to move about. In an amazing and gracious manner Joan was able to accept unbelievable hardships. Throughout this time, she maintained her gracious manner with all those who tended to her many needs. In an unknown but peaceful spirit Joan was able to impart her love and generosity to all who tended to her throughout her trial. Sr. Joan’s very devoted caregivers were many. Her love and gratitude shone through her eyes.
Joan’s community of sisters; Sr. Juliette, Sr. Joice and Sr. Mary recognize the constant and generous loving care given to Joan. No words will ever be adequate to express their gratitude to Joan’s cousin Gail Bauer and childhood friends Mona Scott, Lucille Blanchette and Eveline Châles.
Sr. Joan was forever grateful for the competent dedicated staff at Residence Despins and Actionmarguerite and in gratitude to the Grey Nun Community for their compassionate presence.
Only the Lord’s abiding love will be able to adequately express the Ursuline community’s unspoken gratitude and appreciation.
The funeral liturgy is at 1:30 p.m. on August 2nd, 2019 at 151 Despins Street, St. Boniface MB. Reverend Father Phil Daley will preside at the liturgy celebration.

Interment will follow at a later date in the St. Gerard Parish Cemetery, Bruxelles, MB.

The Coutu Family are in care of arrangements
E.J.COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS
680 Archibald Street
204-253-5086
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6 Guest Book

  • Keith Bricknell Posted August 1, 2019 9:01 pm

    From August 1982 to June 1985, Sr Joan and I were colleagues in the Ursuline Sisters’ building in Bruxelles. On the topmost floor, she was principal of Ste Marie School. In the rest of the building, rented from the Ursuline Sisters, I was founding principal of Westmount High School (part of the former Mountain School Division). Thus, I has ample opportunity to interact with Srs Joan Adams, Juliette Robidoux, and Mary De Pape, to name only a few. Their professionalism and caring deeply impressed me, and Sr Joan was certainly primus inter pares in that regard among a distinguished group of educators. We are all poorer for the illness that debilitated her, and for her passing. Please accept my sympathies for your loss and my hope that you will all rejoice at the gift we all received by her presence among us.

  • Rick Lippens Posted August 6, 2019 7:08 pm

    I had the joy of being one of the hundreds of Sr. Joan’s students over the years. From Kindergarten to grade 8, she was our principal, and home room teacher for much of this time. She had a unique and very special way of connecting with all of us. Looking back, I sometimes feel a bit bad at the hundreds of questions we had for her, ranging from the simplest of life’s things, to the mysteries of God. She would pause for a second, and quietly provide an answer which was profound to us, and gave us a united view of God and our role in the world, and connected to reality. Her ever steady calm demeanor was always present under any circumstance; she did not raise her voice and could seemingly handle any situation. She was also extremely fair, treating everyone as equals to each other and to her. She also did not tolerate nonsense or foolishness; expecting the same level of professionalism as she gave to us. I hope we did not let her down, as we could be a little crazy at times.

  • Rick Lippens Posted August 7, 2019 4:14 pm

    (con’t) She also had a remarkable way of correcting our behavior in a way that was not judgemental, nor demeaning even if we were way off the mark. Her way of making us understand how our actions could unfold, and where it would lead us, made us think of the answer and come up with it ourselves. It was always done in a very thoughtful way, that had staying power, was done mercifully, and did not cause hurt feelings. She was one of the only people I have ever met who could attack the most delicate issue with such reverence and deep strength.

  • Rick Lippens Posted August 7, 2019 4:15 pm

    (con’t) It was also remarkable to be eye witness to the many sacrifices she made, and the depth and breadth of work the Ursuline sisters did in the community under her leadership. One week she may be focused on teaching us some of the depths of morality, while juggling what type of stones were needed in the parking lot, so the rains, tough winter and many buses could get to the school. She was able to get us some of the best books in North America, using shoe-string funding. I also witnessed the continuous labor of love given by the sisters, giving of their free time during day-time, and extending if required anytime after hours. Much of their teaching was unfunded, given as an act of love to Bruxelles. That is truly remarkable.

  • Rick Lippens Posted August 7, 2019 4:15 pm

    When Westmount High School was formed, the sacrifice was stepped up a notch. The Sisters all moved their quarters into a very small area upstairs, so that two schools and the convent could share the same building. How many of us would do the same? Sr. Joan’s giving spirit was tremendous, as well as all of the Sisters.

    As the years wore on, should Sr. Joan run into any of her former students, her eyes would light up and she would be so excited to see any of us. It was clear how much she loved us all.

  • Rick Lippens Posted August 7, 2019 4:16 pm

    (con’t) It was a life blessing to have her with us in Bruxelles for all those years, and her impact on the many hundreds of us will continue through our lifetimes, and through to the next generation. Her actions and words are embedded into our minds and souls, thank you for your wisdom and patience.

    Heaven has gained another angel! Thank you Sr. Joan and to all the Ursuline sisters for all you have done for us.

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