Marguerite (Peggy) Gagnon, Lofstrand, Douris, Petschl


Petschl (Gagnon, Lofstrand, Douris,) , Marguerite (Peggy)
It is with exceptionally heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & Friend.

Born August 11, 1934, Marguerite had just celebrated her 86th birthday surrounded by friends and family, but left us very suddenly August 21, 2020. The loving and hard-working matriarch of her family, Marguerite was fondly known as “Peggy or Baba” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and newcomers alike. Known best for her bountiful kindness and unconditional love, Marguerite was known for her sassy fashion sense, will be missed by all. Marguerite was born to a family of 10 children in Quebec City, Quebec. She travelled out West in search of adventure. She was successful, and adventure she did find. She revelled in memories and told endless stories of working as a waitress in downtown Vancouver, as a labourer on the docks, and attending the Calgary Stampede as a beautiful young woman in the 1950s. Eventually, Marguerite settled down and married Bernard Lofstrand and had three children: Leonard (Wendy), Bruce (Jill) and Karen. Later, as the grandchildren began to arrive, the family continued to grow. Krista, Dana, Tyler, Mariah, Cheyenne, and Evelyn joined the happy bunch. We were all blessed to have Marguerite with us and loving us long enough for her to be a huge part of her great-grandchildrens’ lives. Drekye, Olivia, Emma and Kenyon have grown and flourished in love due, in great part, to their Baba’s patience and playfulness, her absolute unconditional love and always a desire to make sure everyone was fed the most delicious treats and comfort food. Marguerite was a long-time friend of the Sisters of Charity and employee of St. Vincent’s Convent; where she was employed as Head Cook. Though loved by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her, Marguerite found the strongest bond of friendship thousands of kilometers away. Her best friend, Ellie lives in Massachusetts and each adopted the other’s families as their own. Marguerite will also be greatly missed by the family members remaining back East. Armand (Claudette), Leonard (Diane), Anita, Ginette, Francine. Marguerite survived all her husband’s, Bernard Lofstrand, George Douris, and Rudolph “Lefty” Petschl. She will be missed by all!
Marguerite’s family would gratefully receive memorial donations on her behalf to go to the Heart and Stroke foundation.

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Dr Jaison Jacob , India , now living/working in Oman

Today 26 Sep 2020 I had the shock of my life to hear about my beloved friend, Peggy’s home call. My name is Jaison Jacob, I am a medical doctor and I hail from India. I am 45 yrs now and so we both have almost 40 years age gap but that did not stop us in our warm conversations. We have never seen each other; just email friends. Especially, when her granddaughter Evelyn was born and later hospitalised, we used to pray together for her recovery. Today, I was sifting through my old mails in Yahoo Inbox and saw one of her mails with Evelyn’s baby photos (in hospital), and then immediately I contacted her on her old email ( Marguerite Petschl ) but the mail returned. Then, I searched in Google and to my disappointment found this obituary. I am deeply sadddened, shocked and I don’t know what to say. Through her, I know most of her immediate family members by name. There are lots of thoughts about her, and I will always have a special place for her in my heart. (BTW, I named my 1st daughter Evelyn (now 11 yrs) in honour of her grandchild for whom we were praying for). If any of Peggy’s family members are reading this, I would really like to keep in touch with you all and also would like to share (and listen to you) beautiful memories of my beloved Peggy. WhatsApp me on +96895966175, or : dr_jj2000 at SHE WILL STILL LIVE IN OUR HEARTS. and WE SHALL SEE HER IN GLORY. Be blessed and may the Lord comfort each member of her family. Lots of love, xxx.

Linda Hackett

Sincere condolences to Anita and family on your loss of Peggy , a wonderful woman. Fond memories of Peggy ‘s visit many years ago with Anita and the Srs. of Charity at their home in Dorval.
May she Rest In Peace.

Lynn Gagnon

I send you all three and your families my deepest sympathy. She was surrounded by your love and lived and happy life. Because she opened her house and her arms, without prejudices , Peggy has been significant in the life of many of us. I sure love her and will miss her.


All my sympathy to you three and your families. Peggy was surrounded by your love and your support. Courage and strenght will help you pass through this loss. She was loved by many and I sure will miss her. Love .. Lynn

Judy Beamer

God speed Baba we love you and miss you so much Judy and Mr Bruce xoxo forever in our hearts

Patricia Gagnon

Hi cousins and great cousins!
What a beautiful text to describe aunt Peggy. It’s lovely!
All my thoughts are with you!
With love
Patricia (Patsy)

Christopher Rice

I will always remember the fun we all had with Baba La Bing. My condolences to all of you out West that made many of my years in Edmonton so memorable.