McHUGH, Gabrielle Bonneville - Died January 6th, 2017 at the end of her 107th year at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge where she had resided for the past twenty seven years (twenty three years in her apartment and the last four years in long term care).
Gabrielle was predeceased by her husband Thomas McHugh, her parents and eight siblings.
She is survived by one sister Madeleine Bonneville Sharlow, her children James (Judy Stinson-Lehman), Aimée (Frank Oliverio) and grandchildren Thomas (Stephanie Berg) Oliverio, Mary Gabrielle Oliverio and great-grandchildren Joshua and Mariella Oliverio.
A teacher for many years in Cornwall, Galt and Preston, Gabrielle has been retired and receiving her teacher's pension for more years than she taught. She has always enjoyed time with her family and friends. Her interest in what was around her led Gabrielle into travel and to interesting experiences in many parts of the world.
When she moved into the Fairview apartments, she made new friends and became involved in the life there especially with card playing and the craft room. In the nursing home, she did not miss many activities that interested her. She always enjoyed food and cooking. When her family brought her pizza in the nursing home for lunch, Gabrielle ate two slices. She did not, however, eat her vegetables; her children got no dessert if they did not eat their vegetables.
In these last four years, her world became much smaller; her eyesight weakened and her hearing, that was a source of family humour for the last thirty years, became very weak. However, her sense of humour and her interest in others remained strong until a few days before she died.
There will be a visitation at Barthel funeral home, Cambridge, on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Clements RC Church, Cambridge, her home parish for the past sixty two years.
Donations to a charity of your choice or to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.