Memorable Manitobans: Madeleine Bernier (1920-2017)
Born at St. Boniface on 6 February 1920, daughter of Alexandre Bernier and Emma Louise Flanagan (1895-1985), she attended St. Joseph’s Academy then worked for the federal Department of National Revenue. She later worked as a journalist and assistant editor of the Women’s Page of the Winnipeg Free Press followed by 15 years as a journalist and music critic of the Winnipeg Tribune. She also wrote live radio dramas in French for Radio-Canada. She was the first woman to serve as a board member of the Winnipeg Press Club, and was an active member of the Catholic church and volunteer at Agape Table. She was a committee member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. She died at Winnipeg on 11 May 2017 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Obituary [Emma Louise Bernier], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1985, page 54.
“‘Tante Madeleine,’ 1st female member of Winnipeg Press Club, dies at 97,” CBC News, 20 May 2017.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Chris Adams for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 June 2019
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