The Mountaineer -
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Sylvia (Maxine) Lasalle
(Feb. 12, 1934 – Jan. 1, 2021)
It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Sylvia Maxine Lasalle at the Holy Cross Manor in Calgary on Jan. 1, 2021, following a brief illness.
Maxine was born at the Gray family home near Rocky Mountain House on Feb. 12, 1934. Delivered by Doctor Greenaway she was the second child born to Thomas (Tommy) and Filomena Gray (nee Grosso). She grew up on the Gray family farm at Ferrier and took her early schooling at the Garth District School then moved into Rocky Mountain House with her family so she could continue with her high school education in 1948.
She met and married John Laurence (Lorrie) Bidinger in Red Deer in 1950 and for a few years lived in and around the Crowsnest Pass area of B.C. where they had one son born in April 1951. They returned to Rocky Mountain House in 1953 where they resided until Lorrie passed away in January 1959.
Maxine met and married Hugh Peter Lasalle in Rocky Mountain House in July 1960 and they spent 56 years together during which time they adopted another son in 1965 and a daughter in 1968. Maxine worked at the Hudson Bay Company store on Main Street from 1959 to 1965 and then in 1972, Maxine and Hugh moved to Calgary so Hugh could pursue his long-haul trucking career and Maxine went back to work for the Hudson Bay Company (main distribution centre) for another 20 years from 1980 until 2000.
Maxine and Hugh returned to Rocky Mountain House in 2006 and lived there until April 2016 when they moved back to Calgary to enter the Holy Cross Manor together. Maxine was predeceased by her oldest brother Clifford Gray in 1957, her father Tommy Gray in 1975, mother Filomena Gray in 1997, younger brother Keith Gray in 2000, and husband Hugh Lasalle in July 2016.
Maxine is survived by her youngest brother Bryan Gray, son Dennis Bidinger (Judy), son Ewen Lasalle and a daughter Gwen Thomas, three grandchildren Aaron Bidinger (Irene), Keenan Bidinger (Kristen) and Victoria Lasalle. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Payton and Brooke Bidinger and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Jacob Bidinger.
During her time with us our mom taught us many things:
To know the difference between right and wrong.
To be polite and respectful to others, especially our elders.
To reach out to those less fortunate.
To have compassion and humility.
To be honest, have integrity and stand up for what is right.
And at the end she taught us how to make a dignified exit from this existence.
Rest in peace mom, your work is done; we shall miss you daily and love you forever – the Family.