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Memorable Manitobans: Margherita Chevrier “Rita” Trudel (1898-1985)

Author, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 10 January 1898, daughter of Marguerite Gingras (?-?) and Horace Chevrier, she was one of the earliest graduates of St. Mary’s Academy where she excelled in music, art, and poetry. On 28 June 1922, she married Jean-Joseph Trudel (1888-1968) and they had seven children: Andre Trudel, Robert Edmond Trudel, Hubert Trudel, Solange Trudel (wife of J. Hess), Valerie Trudel (wife of R. J. Jamieson), Rose-Marie Trudel (wife of H. Prefontaine and ? Peppel), and Louise Trudel. Active in the community, she was a charter member and later President of the St. Boniface General Hospital Auxiliary and several other organizations. In 1976, she received a Margaret McWilliams award for her essay entitled “My Father - A Remembrance.” She died at Winnipeg on 1 June 1985 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary [Jean Joseph Trudel], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1968, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1985, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 September 2019

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