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Born: Jan 24, 1926

Date of Passing: Apr 29, 2023

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January 24, 1926 - April 29, 2023

Peacefully, our beloved mother and grandmother passed at home with family by her side.

She leaves to mourn her four sons Raymond, Robert (Tannis), René and Roger; grandchildren Mariah, Hope and Frankie; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank, her parents Georges and Eugénie LaFortune (née Guay), brothers Joseph, Marcien, Hubert, and Edouard and sisters Irene, Berthe, Jeannette, Cécile, Thérèse, Marguerite, Yvonne, Georgette and Anita, her parents-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Ida was the last surviving member of her generation.

Ida est née à LaBroquerie, le 24 janvier, 1926. Elle était la troisième plus jeune de quatorze enfants. Elle racontait souvent des histoires d’enfance où elle chantait avec ses sœurs alors qu’elles cueillaient des bleuets sauvages et des baies de saskatoon.

She attended Winnipeg College, taught elementary school, and went on to work with the Children’s Aid Society, Winnipeg Hydro and Supercrete Ltd.

It was at Supercrete that she met Frank. After a few years of courting, they were married on August 8, 1953 at St. Mary's Cathedral. After their first house on LaVerendrye Street, seeking a more rural setting for their growing family, Ida and Frank built a house on St. Anne's Road. They were instrumental in the success of Echo-Lite Aggregate, a building supply company. In the early 70s, Ida and Frank started a nursery and garden centre in St. Vital, Arbo Flora, which developed into the family business. Together, they enjoyed growing plants in the greenhouse. Ida became an accomplished florist applying her artistic talents and creating countless floral arrangements for funerals, weddings and special occasions. As the city expanded around the garden centre, Ida oversaw the residential development of Appelmans Bay and LaFortune Bay.

Throughout her life, Ida was a loving wife and mother, very devoted to her family. She happily cared for her ageing mother in the family home and in later years, was always ready to assist an ailing sibling. Through her caring and generous nature she touched the hearts of many. She was very strong in her faith. She was also an active member of the community, serving on the St. Vital school board, strongly advocating for French education, leading the census, managing the electoral process as returning officer, supporting her favorite political party and advocating for the common good. She enjoyed several trips in Canada and to Belgium to visit family throughout the years. She hosted annual New Year family get togethers. She was thrilled to become grandmother on the arrival of Mariah, Hope and Frankie. More recently, despite declining health, Ida continued to maintain connection with family and friends.

Samedi le 29 avril, Ida Appelmans (née LaFortune) est décédée paisiblement, à l'âge de 97, sa famille à ses côtés.

Elle laisse dans le deuil ses quatre fils Raymond, Robert (Tannis), René et Roger, ses chers petits-enfants Mariah, Hope et Frankie, et plusieurs nièces et neveux. La famille veut remercier les personnes qui ont assistés aux soins d’Ida, ce fut un appui merveilleux.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her family doctors, Dr. Prenovault and Dr. Marie Loewen, for their outstanding and dedicated care. Also, we wish to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the many home caregivers who assisted her over the last few years including Marites, Jennifer, Tammy, Teri and Baljeet. A special thank you to the palliative team including Sean, Linda and Sophie for their exceptional support in the last few weeks.

Prayers presided by Rev. Father Geoffrey Angeles will be held at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 DesMeurons Street, on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue, on Wednesday morning May 10, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at Woodridge Parish Cemetery on Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association, the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice.

Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at

Salon funéraire Desjardins Funeral Home


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 06, 2023

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Was aquaintained with Ida and her family for many years. Very kind person. Wonderful lady. - Posted by: Glenn Bernardin (Aquaintance) on: May 20, 2023

  • Ida was my mom's good friend I would often go with her to visit with your mom when I was young. She celebrated my wedding shower in your large space in the early seventies. I remembered her wonderful smile and how good she was to my mom. The last time I saw her was a few years ago sitting in the greenhouse greeting the customers. - Posted by: Michelle Fischer (Mager) (Daughter of her good friend it's Eiennette Mager ) on: May 18, 2023

  • So many great memories of good times with her, uncle Frank & the Appelmans, boys. The face to face times come to an end, but fond memories of Auntie and those times live on. My heartfelt condolences to her boys, grandkids, and friends. Rob - Posted by: Rob Brodie (Nephew) on: May 10, 2023

  • Our families have been friends for decades. We enjoyed countless get togethers and dinners and rang in the new year at many of those terrific parties that were hosted by ‘Auntie’ Ida and ‘Uncle’ Frank. So many happy memories! I remember her kind, yet strong presence and how she was able to make everyone feel welcome. We are thinking of Raymond, Robert, Rene and Roger, and hope the memories of your mom will help you through this difficult time. Please accept our heartfelt condolences from Laura, Franca (Ida’s Godchild) and Nina Bisutti. - Posted by: Laura Kryger (Family Friends) on: May 09, 2023

  • Ida was a great lady. Wife to Frank, mother to four and a florist to all of South St. Vital before any malls were built or any supermarkets. Arbo Flora is still operating when all the other garden centres have closed or moved. Ida was the driving force. Our condolences to her four sons, Raymond, Robert, Rene and Roger and to their families. Peter and Sandra Kaufmann - Posted by: Peter and Sandra Kaufmann (Long time friend) on: May 08, 2023

  • Your Mom was a dear friend of my Mom (Therese Greenhalgh). They would attend Liberal functions together going back many years. I remember your Mom to be full of zest for life. My prayers are with all of you during this time and I have sorrow in my heart for your loss. Many blessings to all of you. Lill Greenhalgh, Edmonton, Alberta. - Posted by: Lill (Acquaintance) on: May 08, 2023

  • René, je te présente, ainsi qu’à toute ta famille, mes très sincères condoléances. - Posted by: Marie-Christine Dauriac (Friend) on: May 06, 2023

  • Our deepest sympathies to you Rene and your entire family. Your mother had an amazing amount of accomplishments. May she rest in peace now that she is reunited with your father. Hugs, - Posted by: Guy & Dianne Martine (Friend and classmate of Rene) on: May 06, 2023

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