Marlene Quenneville of Ottawa died at Ottawa General Hospital on Jan. 6, 2004. She was 43.
She was born on St. Patrick’s Day — March 17, 1960 in Winchester, to Wellington Stewart and his wife Helen Irene (nee Hunter). She was the youngest of four children including Lyle, Clifford and Norma. She grew up on the Stewart family’s dairy farm in Melvin Settlement, northeast of Winchester.
As a young girl she and her sister Norma were kept busy working alongside their mom, while her brothers did most of the chores in the barn along with their father. She initially attended public school at Morewood Public School, then at Maple Ridge Public School, and then North Dundas Secondary School.
She moved to Ottawa after high school and lived with a friend, Joy Wallingford, for close to 15 years. She worked at a lawyer’s office for a while and then with the Children’s Aid Society. With Children’s Aid she was classified as a unit assistant. She worked the phone, receiving the incoming calls, and would then transcribe the details for the case worker.
Throughout her life, Marlene was a personable and friendly person. She was a simple, straight-forward, down-to-earth lady who was devoted to her mother, whom she would visit and care for regularly. She was meticulous. She liked music. And she possessed a good sense of humor.
She met Paul Quenneville and they were married on Sept. 16, 1995. The following year her mother died at the age of 72 in Winchester. Two years later, in May of 1998, her sister Norma died at 54. In June of 1998, Paul and Marlene were blessed with the arrival of their first child, Matthew. Two years later, in July of 2000, they were blessed with the arrival of twins, Jonathan and Julianne. A year and a half later, in 2002, Marlene lost her brother Clifford, aged 58. Amid the joys and sorrows of these years, she continued to love her family and do whatever she could for them. That’s the kind of person she was. She had a heart of gold. In spite of what the world threw at her, she strove to be happy by making others happy.
This past year, as Marlene’s heath deteriorated, she did all of her Christmas shopping early and had everything nicely wrapped for her family to enjoy at Christmas. She was not able to spend Christmas at home as her health problems caused her to be taken to the hospital on Dec. 15, and after a hospital stay of three weeks, she died on Jan. 6.
She is survived by her husband Paul, their children Matthew, Jonathan and Julianne, her brother Lyle (Faye) of Morrisburg, her mother-in-law Margaret Quenneville of Cornwall, her brother-in-law Mark Quenneville of Brockville, her niece Tracey Veinotte of Morrisburg, and her nephew Mike Stewart of Morrisburg.
Friends called at the Marsden and Mclaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Jan. 8. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on the same day, with Rev. Joachim Barkley-Probst officiating. Interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. Donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.