Druwe, Charles Joseph

DRUWE: It is with loving thoughts and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Charles Druwe at Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB on May 12, 2014. Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa was the youngest of three children born to Marie Vassart and Victor Druwe on January 24, 1927 in the Findlay area. Sadly, at age six, Dad lost his father and was sent to live with extended family to attend school at Maple Hill. He completed grade six and was called home to help on the family farm where his mother passed when Dad was seventeen. Through many farming hardships, Dad did manage to get to Grande Clairiere for the odd dance or ball game where he met the love of his life, Marie Bertholet. They married in October of 1945 and Dad was so happy and proud to have become part of the Bertholet family. Together, Mom and Dad worked on the family farm and raised their four children. They were a team, spending countless hours in the hay field, milking cows and many other chores.  They loved to entertain, and their home was known for the post-curling and post-ball game watering hole where the drink of choice was their home-made choke cherry wine.  After many years of commitment to the morning and night milkings of dairy farming, Mom and Dad retired to Hartney and then to Brandon. There, Dad worked for a brief time at the Brandon Auction Mart, and in their spare time, he and Mom loved refinishing furniture and picked pail upon pail of saskatoons and strawberries.  Their team work continued as they entered the craft-sale scene and soon became known in all of southwestern Manitoba for their Christmas cakes, baked goods, wooden crafts and knitted items.  While living at Victoria Landing, Mom and Dad enjoyed the company of their little dog Belle. Mom and Dad  loved gatherings with family; playing cards and reminiscing, but their greatest joy was visits from their kids, grand and great- grand kids.  Dad, Gramps, always saw the best in everyone, and we remember him as being strong in faith, thoughtful, caring and  kind, and we thank him for all our lessons, memories and for loving us so unconditionally. Dad had a way of making us feel safe, comfortable and loved by placing our hands in the palm of his. He will be forever in our hearts and on our minds.  Charles Joseph Druwe was predeceased by his daughter Sharon Fry of Calgary in January, 2013 and his loving wife of 67 years Marie Druwe in April of 2013.  He is survived by daughter Claudette McPherson (Ian) of Panoka, AB, son Cyril Druwe (Kathy) of Hartney, MB, daughter Connie Morrison (Darwin) of Brandon, MB, six grandsons, three granddaughters, three great-grandsons, six great granddaughters. He is also survived by sisters-inlaw Rita Denbow, Anne-Marie Bauche, Edith Bertholet Marie Bertholet and Celina Bertholet, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Prayers were held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home in Souris, MB on Friday, May 16, 2014.  Funeral mass and interment were at St.Jean’s Catholic Church in Grande Clairiere, MB on Saturday May 17, 2014.  Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dexter from Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, the St.Jean’s parish choir, Father Eric, Harvey  and the Grande Clairiere CWL.  Thanks also to the many friends and relatives for your sincerity through donations, meals and baking, cards and flowers, phone calls, visits and hugs and many other acts of kindness.

And remember……death ends a life, not a relationship.


9 thoughts on “Druwe, Charles Joseph”

  1. Cyril Claudette Connie sorry to hear about Charlie. He was a great guy and will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting him.

  2. Our sincere sympathies to you and your families. May the memories you all have help to ease the sorrow as you gather together to say your goodbyes.
    Our thoughts are with you.

  3. To Cyril, Kathy and Family, our deepest sympathy for the passing of Charles, may he rest in peace!

  4. Darwin,Connie & Family
    With Our Deepest Sympathy
    May your sorrow be eased by the passing if time…
    And may your tomorrow’s be brightened by your
    Fondest memories.

  5. Cyril, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your father. Keith & Denise Paul

  6. To charles family i am so very sorry for your loss.I’ll miss his smile and all his questions he has a special place in my heart as your mom has too.my thoughts and prayers are with you all i willmiss seeing you all also Charles was a lucky man to have such a loving family and he knew that he was so cute he would tell me something then say i have dementia you know then we would have a laugh or he would ask me my name i would tell him bonnie and he would say bonnie fedorach I wont forget that name thankyou for sharing your dad with us my dads name was charles also your dad felt like my dadtake care love you all

  7. To all the Druwe family

    We are sorry for your loss. Uncle Charlie was such a great person, he will live on in our memories forever. When your heart are heavy just remember he has been reunited with auntie Marie.

    Thinking of you in this difficult time.
    Tina and Colin Walker and family

  8. Claudette, Connie and Cyril : So sorry for your loss. It has not been the same at work without Charles – we miss him so much. He had a wonderful sense of humor and made us smile so often. I do know that he is in a wonderful place with Marie, Sharon and Belle and he is looking down and smiling at us. I just hope they do not sit him at the same table as Pierre T. ( assuming Pierre went to heaven). My thoughts are with you on this day. It was such a pleasure working with Charles and getting to know his family. Take Care.

  9. Sorry to hear of Uncle Charlie’s passing. Thinking of you all at this time. Precious memories of your loved one will always remain with you.
    Lois , Claire and family
    Yvonne, Gilbert and family
    Andy and family

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