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Obituary of Hilda Leblanc
Hilda Ann Leblanc passed away peacefully into heaven surrounded by the love of her family, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 at the Nipawin Hospital.
Hilda Walton was born on a farm near Arborfield in September, 1948. She was the middle daughter of three children born to Herbert
"Bert" & Nina Walton. She attended Megan & later Arborfield School.Hilda's family lived & farmed on the Goodfellow homestead until her
father, Bert took sick in 1956. He underwent a heart surgery and sadly passed away in Oct. of 1959. Her mother, Nina and the three
children then moved to town, so she could find work. Nina instilled a strong work ethic & it was her that taught Hilda to "treat people the
way you want to be treated". In 1964, her mother re-married to Don Vineyard & then Hilda's youngest brother, Dean was born. Hilda and
Dean always shared a very special bond. In 1965 Hilda gave birth to a baby boy. Due to circumstances at the time she chose to give up her son for adoption. She later confessed that this was the most difficult decision of her life. Hilda married Vic Leblanc on Sept. 30th,
1967. They were blessed with two daughters: Wendy and Roxane. They were partners in life & Vic was Hilda's one true love. Their home
was always welcoming to everyone and they often had someone staying with them. Hilda had a great sense of humour & loved to laugh. The friendships she had in her younger years still remain strong to this day. She made sure that people knew she cared & would always express her love. Hilda had a genuine interest in others. She accepted you as you are and did not try to impress anyone. Hilda's kindness came natural to her & she was "like a mother" to many. In the earlier years Hilda stayed home to raise her girls. She also worked at various part time jobs: ZP Industries, doing books for Vic's businesses, housekeeping at a hotel, a store clerk, & a cook at Pasquia Place. They owned many companies, which always employed family & friends. They operated Sundown Eavestroughing, a carpentry business, & Advanced Wild Boar Breeding. One of her most treasured occupations was later as a child care worker at the Zenon Park Daycare. Hilda truly loved children. She fondly remembered all of the kids that she proudly "helped to raise" & watched them to grow up into adulthood. Hilda was reunited with her son Wayne in the fall of 1998 after years of searching for him. Wayne & his family were welcomed with open arms. The story of their reconnection was truly amazing. Hilda was so proud to have all of her children together.
Family was everything. In 2004 Vic was involved in a serious accident & he sustained numerous injuries. Hilda became his full-time care giver as he went through his recovery & rehab. Hilda was a dedicated wife & truly did earn her angel wings on earth. They chose to focus on family & travel. Hilda organized and helped to facilitate many family reunions.
Vic & Hilda travelled each winter to the US & spent time in Texas with friends until his passing in 2009. Hilda kept her promise to Vic which was to live life to the fullest & to travel. She seized that opportunity often. Hilda made many trips with her good friend, Diane Rancourt & also her very special sister-in-law Suzanne Meyers. She always said she would travel "as long as I can carry my own
suitcase". She saw most of the US & every province in Canada, except Newfoundland. Hilda enjoyed a family trip to Punta Cana, a lady’s trip to New York City, tours to California, Branson & Nashville, trips to Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Belize, a cruise to Alaska, visited x 11 countries in Europe, and toured Australia & New Zealand. Hilda lived during the winter months at the Manor in ZP & avidly watched curling on TV. In the summer she lived at her "little slice of heaven" at Tobin Lake Leisure campground. She spent time driving her golf cart, visiting, & watering flowers for others. Hilda loved to play cards and was damn good at it! She shared many visits and laughs with her family & friends always gathered at HER campsite. Hilda made sure there was always enough food & insisted that you leave full. She would give you a big hug (three smacks on the back) & an "I love ya" when you left. She was a wonderful Grandma & she adored that role. Hilda has seven grandchildren whose lives she was an active part of. She made a special effort to make sure that each of her grandchildren (and their life partners) knew how important they were to her. Hilda was very big on spending quality time together. The recent addition of her x 3 great granddaughters Maren, Bailey, & Kenna was so special. They knew her as GG & she snuggled & cuddled them often. She said in her last days that leaving them was going to be one of hardest things.
She was predeceased by her husband, Vic Leblanc; her parents, Bert Walton & Nina (Walton) Vineyard; and step-father, Don Vineyard; her brother, Herb Walton; her sister, Marlene Weed; Vic's parents, Edward & Esther Leblanc; her brothers in-law, Henry & Garry Leblanc.
Hilda is survived by her children: son, Wayne (Alison) Vandekraak; daughter, Wendy (Glen) Joorisity. daughter, Roxane (Gilbert) Daoust; grandchildren, Gabby (Tyler) Hayashi, and Campbell Vandekraak. Glen Jr, and Nikki Joorisity. Damien (Maggie) Daoust & their daughters Maren & Kenna. Josh (Heather) Daoust & their daughter, Bailey. Marc Daoust (Karlie McKeand Cartier); her brother, Dean (Angie) Vineyard; her sisters-in-law, Suzanne
Meyers, Fay Perrin, & Susan Walton; brothers-in-law, Barry (Elaine) & Hector (Lois) Leblanc, & Roger Weed; many cousins, & her precious nieces & nephews.
Hilda loved her family deeply and passionately.
She is gone too soon & will be sadly missed.