Sr. Eva Brodeur

May 8, 1908 – September 29, 2002

Fully conscious and in the peace that comes from trust in God, Sister Eva Brodeur (Sr. Marie-Ambroise) left this earthly life on September 29, 2002 at 3:15 p.m. after years of painful illness. She was 94 years old. She was predeceased by her parents, Wilfred and Delia (Lamoureux) Brodeur; by her eldest sister Flora who died in infancy; and by her five brothers, Ambrose (Alma), Joseph (Dora, Annette), Rev. George (priest), Ernest (Mary) and Raymond. Left to mourn her passing are her three loving sisters, Anna, a Grey Nun living in Montreal, Florence (Mme. Jean David) also of Montreal, Thérèse a Sister of the Holy Names stationed in St. Boniface, MB; and a sister-in-law Theresa M. Brodeur (Raymond) of New Hope, MN. She will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and grand-nieces, nephews and grand-nephews whom she cherished, as well as by many dear cousins and friends.

Eva was born in Joliette, ND on May 8, 1908, the fifth of ten children in a deeply Christian and happy family. After completing elementary schooling in Prattford, ND, she was accepted for high school at the convent of St. Jean-Baptiste, MB, which she attended as a resident student. There she met the Sisters of the Holy Names. Inspired by their dedication and competence as educators, she decided to enter the Novitiate in Outremont, QC, where she was given the religious name of Sister Marie-Ambroise (Mary Ambrose). She pronounced her final vows in 1934.

Especially gifted for the education of little children, Sister Ambrose is remembered with affection by hundreds of boys and girls she taught at St. Ignatius and Holy Cross Schools in Winnipeg, and at St. Jeans in Duluth, MN. She was also much appreciated by the adults she ministered to in Aklavik, NT after retiring from teaching. Sister Eva’s last years were spent in the infirmary of the Résidence Jesus-Marie in St. Boniface. She is remembered for her patience in suffering and her unwavering faith in God.