Alice Phaneuf

Phaneuf, Alice Lauretta, 89 of Swift Current, passed away January 11, 2018 at The Meadows.  The Funeral service was held 2:00 pm January 19, 2018 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. Reymundo Asis officiating.

The organist was Yolande Gorrill.

The Eulogy given by grandson Brad Malinach; Readings by Camille Gatzke, Sheila Pool and Denise Wallin.  

The interment service will be held at a later date. 

She is survived by son Ronald (Eunice), son-in-law Mike Malinich, grandson Brad (Sheena) and great granddaughter Rosalind, grandson Ira, brother Bill, sister Myrtle Marie, sister-in-law Marion, sister-in-law Rita and numerous loved nieces and nephews.  

Predeceased by parents Clara and William Greenley, husband Victor, daughter Pam, sisters Ida (Eric), Hazel (Kelly) and Dorothy (Willie) and brothers Bob (Jean), Norman (Ruth), sister-in-law Margaret, Phaneuf in-laws Bea (Jack), Marie (Harry), Louis (Etta) and Ray.    

Alice was born November 26, 1928 Swift Current and raised on a farm in the Braddock area.

She walked 2 1/2 miles to Bigford School for grades 1-8 (of course we asked her if it was up hill both ways), then high school by correspondence course.

Alice worked at the Metropolitan Store (where she met the handsome young Vic), Chuck's Snappy Foodway, Sears Store for many years, Bep's Flower Shop, and Bep's Bridal Shop.

Alice and Victor Gilbert Phaneuf married on September 25, 1948.  They enjoyed life together and raising their children.  Alice, Vic and Ron visited Pam, Mike, Brad & Ira whenever Vic could get holidays. 

Ask her two grandchildren, Ira and Brad spend many years being minded by her on vacations, and as two rowdy boys, they tested her patience at times, but she always found ways to keep them under control without losing her cool. Brad will always treasure the laughs shared while receiving cooking instruction from one of the all-time great bakers. Ira also remembers Alice as a formidable Scrabble opponent.  Mike appreciated her warmth and wise, motherly advice in the early years and her nurturing support through Pam's 3 years of chemotherapy. 

While Alice and Vic were raising their children, Vic put in extensive hours as long-time Manager at the Lyric Theatre, Alice and Vic found time to support Ron's go-cart fetish, family cross-country skiing, tennis and going out for coffee together.  Sadly, Vic passed away suddenly on Nov. 16, 1985.  A few years later, Alice and Ole Severson met.  They became close companions with a busy social life.  Besides getting together for meals and coffee row, they golfed, curled, danced and traveled with friends.  Throughout the years, Ruth & Gerry Gauvin were close friends with Alice and Vic, and then with Alice and Ole.  Alice continued to appreciate any family time she could get.  She was pleased to welcome Sheena to the family and delighted to be great grandmother to lovely little (now 18-month old) Rose. 

Alice was a dedicated Member of the Catholic Women's League (CWL) for 65+ years, including hand sewing with the Miracle Quilters. She was involved in funeral lunch arrangements at the Church for many years.  She filled various CWL executive positions including President on local and diocesan levels. 

Throughout her life, Alice was a "do-er".  She kept busy with knitting, crocheting and homemaking.  Although their humble home could get quite crowded when hosting local or visiting family get-togethers, she loved doing it!   A true prairie gal, she was eager to get outside for gardening, yardwork and especially to walk!  Her love of walking cannot be understated.  Just ask anyone who knew her, including House 14 staff at The Meadows.  After living with Ron and Eunice for 2 years, Alice moved into The Meadows in June 2017.  Work demands can be heavy but staff always find ways to share comfort, joy, smiles and laughter for a family environment between all of us.

Donations may be made to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church or a charity of donor's choice. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements.  For further information, call 306-773-8831 or visit our website at and express your sympathy to family members in our book of condolences. 

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