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Diane Angèle Marie DeMaré

July 22, 1967 – March 6, 2019

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Diane Angèle Marie DeMaré on March 6th, 2019, at St Boniface Hospital. Diane died peacefully, in the arms of her beloved daughter Zoé Savoie with devoted husband Denis Savoie at her side.

Diane was predeceased by her mother Annette DeMaré (née Labossière) and her father Alfred DeMaré, as well as her nephew Stéfan Savoie.

She leaves to cherish her memory her twin brother Daniel, her sisters Monique (Emile Grenier) and Lauraine (Marcel Bérard), her brother Roger (Sandra), her nieces Tiffany, Kirstyn, and Élyse, her extended family as well as her circle of close friends. Diane doted on her daughter Zoé and was loved as a “second mom” by many of Zoé’s friends.

Diane was born in Swan Lake in 1967 and grew up in Somerset, MB. She moved to Winnipeg for her studies in radio broadcasting before earning her certification as a travel agent. She started her career at the D’Eschambault Travel agency and finished with the Great Canadian Travel Group where she guided thousands of people through their travels.

Diane was a real-life angel for many of us as she helped us through our journeys. She found joy in serving others.  We have received countless stories from friends and strangers relating her acts of kindness and thoughtfulness throughout the years. She was patient, humble and private – yet ever so present and connected to many.

Diane était fière de faire partie de la communauté franco-manitobaine et d’être membre-à-vie du Club Belge. She was a prairie girl and a world traveler, as much at home on the family farm as in a Parisian café. She was always ready to meet up for a meal, a movie or a chat. She enjoyed joining friends to cheer on the Jets. She was quick-witted, enjoying word play and inside jokes. She saw beauty and humour in everyday situations and would capture these through the touching and quirky images she shared on social media.

After being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in August 2018, Diane faced her illness with courage. This was the “card she’d been dealt” and she played it with grace. She put the comfort of others ahead of her own, reassuring them that it was “going to be okay” and expressing her gratitude with a gentle smile.

She will be missed, but never forgotten. Her strength and generosity will continue to inspire us.

We would like to express our thanks to the CancerCare staff at Health Sciences Centre, MB for your support throughout Diane’s treatments. A heartfelt “merci” goes out to the team in the Palliative Care ward at St Boniface Hospital for your care and kindness to Diane and her family in her final days.

As per Diane’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday March 31, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre, 271 avenue de la Cathédrale, Saint Boniface, MB. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice or to the St Boniface Hospital Foundation.

“I love you more than my heart.”

“In life, it’s not where you go. It’s who you travel with.” “La vie est belle.”

 

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  • Jacqueline Bernal and Dad Gilbert Bernal Posted March 14, 2019 5:15 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diane, family and friends.

  • Valerie Wilson Posted March 14, 2019 5:16 pm

    Bon Voyage ….till we meet again

  • Shauna Penny Posted March 14, 2019 5:24 pm

    I’m honoured to have known this rare, beautiful soul of a lady, hugs to all she will be missed dearly

  • Linda Ungarian Posted March 14, 2019 5:30 pm

    What a beautiful tribute. My heart goes out to your family as you mourn the loss of your beautiful Diane.

  • Solange labossiere Posted March 14, 2019 6:11 pm

    Mes sincère sympathie a toute la famille de Diane.

  • Pat Black Posted March 14, 2019 6:27 pm

    Growing up I used to hear my Mother say “God only takes the best”, I never thought much about it at the time but in later years I saw the meaning in her words, the baby who I would rock to sleep when visiting l grow up to become a beautiful wife , mother, sibling, friend , colleague , a wonderful carrying person, God does take the best . Living so far away here in Northern Alberta I won’t be able to be there on the 31st but I will certainly be thinking of everyone and recalling the many memories of better, happy times spent with you all in Somerset, God Bless.

  • Pauline Arbez-Koga Posted March 14, 2019 8:18 pm

    Diane made me think of the beauty of the moment whenever I was with her. Je penses a vous Denis et Zoe, avec beaucoup d’amour.

  • André Guyot Posted March 15, 2019 1:17 am

    cher Dennis, mes sincères sympathies durant cette période de profonde tristesse pour toi et ta famille. Elle brille parmi les étoiles.

  • Jocelyne Benoit Posted March 15, 2019 2:23 am

    Our thoughts are with you st this time. There are no words to adequately express our sorrow at the loss of Diane. Wish we could be with you.

  • Rhonda , Gilbert Grenier and family Posted March 15, 2019 5:45 am

    Our deepest sympathies to Savoie and DeMare family.

  • Matalie Bernardin Posted March 15, 2019 6:15 am

    Diane ma belle ma douce… god speed. Bon voyage…
    A Denis, zoe et toute la grande famille qui entourait Diane – courage et amour 💖

  • Rene Settergren Posted March 15, 2019 7:41 am

    Denis and Zoe — Sending you warm hugs across the miles and wishes that all the happy memories of Diane help you through this time of great sadness. I only met her briefly, but felt I knew her through your stories and the strength of your shared love — she is greatly missed by all.

  • Michael Kalmakoff Posted March 15, 2019 8:16 am

    She will never be forgotten.

  • Richard & Linda Grenier Posted March 15, 2019 8:47 am

    Diane was special.We have good memories of her beautiful smile & good humour and her excellent help in travels.May all of you be comforted by gentle reminders
    of your loved one & by memories that live in your heart. May it comfort and encourage you to know that others care deeply about your loss. May God give you strength,
    love and peace!

  • Judy Fredrickson Posted March 15, 2019 11:16 am

    Denis and Zoe: so sorry to read about your struggle and loss. Your tribute to Diane was touching and looks like you have many wonderful memories to carry you through grief!

  • Joe Kerr Posted March 15, 2019 12:28 pm

    I send my love to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Eric Colpaert Posted March 15, 2019 2:03 pm

    Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Griet & Eric
    Brugge – Belgium

  • Jean-Louis Hébert Posted March 15, 2019 3:52 pm

    Mes plus sincères condoléances Denis… Quelle triste nouvelle! Quelle épreuve! Mes pensées sont avec toi. Courage.

  • Gerard and Vicki Labossiere Posted March 15, 2019 3:55 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to the Demare and Savoie families. Thoughts and prayers.

  • Charlotte Hébert Posted March 15, 2019 4:57 pm

    Je vous envoie mes profondes condoléances à Zoé et à Denis, et à tous et toutes les proches amis de Diane. Je l’ai connue il y a un bon bout, mais on ne se voyait pas souvent. Elle m’a quand même toujours inspirée par sa sagesse, son humilité, sa générosité et sa grande simplicité. Une belle âme, et c’est une grande tristesse de la voir partir.

  • Benoit Bourque Posted March 15, 2019 6:38 pm

    Je suis SIDÉRÉ? Zoé, Monique, je vous envoie mes plus sincères sympathies. Mautadit que c’est injuste: Diane était une âme pure et généreuse et je me compte chanceux de l’avoir connu.
    XXX
    Benoit

  • Coco et Gisele Brunet Posted March 15, 2019 7:48 pm

    Une belle hommage a une belle femme , épouse et maman. Denis et Zoe, ont pense a vous et ont est la pour vous dans le besoin. Bisous
    Coco et Gisele

  • Yvette Thibert Posted March 15, 2019 7:48 pm

    Denis et Zoe,
    Merci de m’avoir permis une visite avec vous dans les derniers jours. M. T et moi vous souhaitont nos plus sincères sympathies.
    Vous êtes dans vos prières et pensées. Nos belles mémoires de Diane vont toujours être dans nos cœurs.

  • Alan McDonald Posted March 15, 2019 8:04 pm

    Shocked to hear this. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Lucien et Lucienne Loiselle Posted March 16, 2019 6:55 am

    Toutes nos sympathies à la famille Savoie

  • Robert et Irma Grenier Posted March 16, 2019 7:40 am

    Nos plus sincères sympathies aux familles Savoie et DeMaré.

  • Gerald et Gisèle Rondeau Posted March 16, 2019 9:21 am

    Nos sincères sympathies à la famille. Que les mémoires que vous avez de Diane vous donnent le courage pendant ce temps difficile. Nous pensons à vous.

  • Dan Coyle Posted March 16, 2019 10:28 am

    Is is with a profound sense of loss we accept the passing of Diane. She was our long-time travel consultant-very professional and thorough. Moreover, we always considered her as our “third daughter”. To you Denis and Zoe, as well as the DeMare and Savoie families, may God support you on this most difficult journey. Dan and Lorraine Coyle

  • Peter Go Posted March 16, 2019 10:57 am

    Thoughts and prayers, Au revoir.

  • Alain Bertrand Posted March 16, 2019 11:23 am

    Sincères condoléances à la famille… I will miss those online games of Scrabble…

  • Cheri Johnson Posted March 16, 2019 11:55 am

    I’m so fortunate to have first met Diane when she travelled with Jackie Savoie to attend a Burton Cummings concert. We hit it off immediately. Her aunt Jackie adored her and Diane’s warmth, those kind eyes, and her easy smile will always be how I remember her. I have prayed daily for Diane hoping a miracle would happen, but I guess God has other plans for her. There will be no more beautiful angel in Heaven.

  • Ethel and Michael Demare Posted March 16, 2019 8:00 pm

    we are so sorry for your loss

  • Michelle Smith Posted March 16, 2019 11:52 pm

    Mes sympathies sincères Denis et Zoé. Que c’est triste….

  • Natalie Labossière Posted March 17, 2019 12:47 am

    Toutes mes sympathies Denis et Zoé. Bon repos Diane.

  • Gary Tessier Posted March 19, 2019 9:55 am

    Diane a semer beaucoup de joie sur cette petite planete! Toutes nos sympathies et condoleances Denis et Zoé et la grande famille!

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