BEAUPRE, Patricia 'Patti' - Passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday September 4, 2016 at The Village at University Gates, surrounded by the love of her family, age 69 years, after living and coping with frontotemporal dementia for many years.
Beloved wife of the late Ronald Beaupre of St. Clements.
Loving mother of Shawn Beaupre of Elmira, Sheri Bender and her husband Vaughn of Conestogo and Chad Beaupre and his wife Jennifer of Waterloo.
Deeply missed by her grandchildren Hannah, Emma, Maxwell, Jack, Paige and James and her siblings Len Brenner and his wife Norma of Waterloo, Marilyn Merkle and her husband Ron of Waterloo, Joanne Dietrich and her husband Ron of St. Agatha, Mary Haffner and her husband Bill of St. Clements, John Hinschberger and his wife Betty of Elmira, Rose Forwell and her husband Wayne of St. Clements, and Gerry Hinschberger and his wife Dorothy of Waterloo.
Predeceased by parents Robert and Loretta Hinschberger of St. Clements.
Pat was diagnosed in 2011 and so began a new journey from independent living to retirement and then full care. Her sisters encircled her throughout, supported by her good friends Jan and Patti, and countless others, they helped Pat transition with daily walks, coffee time, singing and dancing, and simple friendship. Her family will be forever indebted to the many individuals who walked with Pat on this journey from the Village of Winston Park, to Sunnyside Home and then University Gates. The family will be forever grateful as well to the staff at Schlegel Villages for their passionate and resident-centered care and for the love and tenderness shown to Pat over the years. Special thanks to Chris-Anne Preston, Ruth Auber and their entire team, including Sam, Janelle, Victoria, Lindsay, Chelsea, Carol and Katherine… and so many more, Drs. Linda Lee, Ryan McKee, George Heckman. Your compassionate care and expertise are unparalleled.
Patti was a former long-time resident of the St.Clement’s community where she and her late husband built their home, raised their family and co-owned and operated R-W Electric for 30 years. St.Clement’s embraced Shawn and was the place where Patti fulfilled her life’s work of empowering Shawn and his special needs. They cherished their local community, church, neighbours and the lasting memories of village life. They later built the family cottage in Bayfield and Grandma established a warm and cozy place where special memories were made.
Pat was an enthusiastic broomball and softball player and later went on to help coach ringette. She loved hockey. She was a stalwart fan of the Waterloo Siskins and all other teams on which her late husband, or her children and grandchildren played. Pat cherished her grandchildren very much and loved to support their sports, music, dance and theatre activities. She took tremendous pride in all their accomplishments and in later years they in turn became an integral part of her care and support system. You will be forever in our hearts Grandma.
Visitation will be held at Erb & Good Family funeral home, Waterloo, on Tuesday September 6th 2016 from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clements RC Church, 3619 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, on Thursday September 8th, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Fr. J. Martin Mikulski as Celebrant. Interment at Saint Clement RC Cemetery, St. Clements.
Donations to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging appreciated. Your donations will support activities related to dementia research and innovation.