Lorna Madeline Bourgeois
1944 - 2024
Lorna Madeline Bourgeois
Visitation Information
May 17th - May 20th
Visitation Location
15 Brooks Court, St. Mary's First Nation
Service Information
Service Date
Monday May 20, 2024
Service Time
Service Location
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
Burial Information
Burial Date
May 20th, 2024
Burial Location
St. Anthony's Cemetery
Requested Charity
St. Mary's Food Bank
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Matriarch Lorna Madeline Bourgeois (Sabattis) of St. Mary’s First Nation, on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital.  She was 79 years old. Born in Oromocto, NB, she was the daughter of the late Marie Sabattis and later adopted to the late Marie and Solomon Polchies.

Lorna was a Residential School survivor, and a Day school survivor.  She was married to her loving husband of 26 years, Alphonse Bourgeois. She dedicated her life and love to her children and husband. She later attended the GED program and loved every minute of it and all her classmates, especially her educators. Lorna took great pride in learning and was so full of curiosity and passion. She was a big believer in having fun at any age; boldly proven by her willingness to shimmy her way to the front of the most crowded concert venue, her latest being, Buffy St. Marie.

In her spare time, Lorna enjoyed a good bingo game, getting to the end of a jigsaw puzzle and completing her beloved word search books while watching Father Brown and Murder, She Wrote, and trying her luck at pull tabs.

She was a great cook and baker and made the best molasses cake and homemade bread around. She was also a very talented crafter and beader.  Lorna loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and took great pride in her role as "Nanny Bess". Lorna was very social and loved life and everyone she met on her earth walk. She made many friends in her lifetime and was very well loved by all. In recent years, she has been a fixture in her favorite chair by the window in Brooks court, watching the bluejays and other birds from the picture window.  Her laughter, quick-wit and deep blue eyes will be deeply felt for years to come.

Lorna will be dearly missed by her children; Peggy (Ted), Bradley, Tanya, Sally, William (Billy) (Crystal); her 15 Grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren, and her siblings Mike, Peter Gloria, Joanne, along with nieces and her god-daughter Clarissa.

She was predeceased by her birth mother Marie Sabattis, her adopted parents, Marie, Solomon Polches, her brothers Gordon, Ralph, and her oldest child Wayne, and her god-child Eunice.

The family will receive friends and family at 15 Brooks Court, St. Mary’s First Nation on Friday, May 17, 2024. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 11 am at Saint Anthony’s Church, 603 Union Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick, with Internment to at Saint Anthony’s Cemetery.  A reception will follow at the Maqiyahtimok Center, 247 Maliseet Drive, St. Mary’s First Nation.

Donations can be made to the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Lorna’s memory. Online Condolences may be sent through www.bishopsfuneralhome.com

Lorna Madeline Bourgeois