Fidele 'Helaire' Pitre

1875 Rustico, PEI – 1958 Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI



Continuation of tree (6th child of Felix Pitre/Philomene Gallant); all known surname descendants:

               8        Fidele ‘Helaire’ Pitre  b: 21 July 1875  St. Augustine, Rustico, PEI; d: 27 April 1958  Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI

                                + Marie Alvina Blanchard  b: 20 October 1884  Rustico, PEI; m: 14 October 1903  Rustico, PEI [Gracilien/Emilie Doiron]; d: 25 January 1963  Charlottetown, PEI

                          9        Felix Gracilien Peters  b: 14 August 1904  Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI; d: 12 February 1978  Charlottetown, PEI

                                       + Agnes Priscille Gallant  b: 21 July 1908  Rustico, PEI; m: 21 June 1933  S. Rustico, PEI

                          9        Philomene Edna Pitre  b: 26 November 1905  Rustico, PEI; d: 1 June 2000  St. Boniface, MAN

                                       + Alphonse Doiron    d: 29 March 1978  St. Boniface, MAN

                          9        Emilie Rose (Sister Rose-Anna) Pitre  b: 9 April 1907  Rustico, PEI; d: 16 June 1983  Mount St. Mary's, Charlottetown, PEI

                          9        Marie Estelle 'Ethel' Pitre  b: 9 June 1908  Rustico, PEI; d: 31 May 1997  Richmond Hill, York, ONT

                                       + --- Aylward    m: Abt. 1927

                          9        Marguerite Anne Pitre  b: 20 August 1910  Rustico, PEI; d: 2002   Richmond Hill, York, ONT

                                       + --- Alward

                          9        Louis Edgar Pitre  b: 15 June 1912  Rustico, PEI; d: April 1985  Savannah, Chatham, GA

                                      + Marion Elizabeth MacKinnon  b: 1913; m: 17 November 1937  Church of Most Holy Redeemer, Charlottetown, PEI [Hugh J./---]; d: 1980

                          9        Hilda Angeline (Sister Mary Francis) Pitre  b: 19 February 1914  Rustico, PEI; d: 28 May 1987  Winnipeg, MAN

                          9        Lucille Bernadette Pitre  b: 27 October 1915  Rustico, PEI; d: Bef. 1921

                          9        Lucie Bernadette (Sister Bernadette) Pitre  b: 14 May 1917  North Milton, PEI; d: 4 February 2005  Winnipeg, Manitoba

                          9        Joseph Leo Pitre  b: 18 November 1918  Rustico, PEI; d: 1992  Toronto, York, ONT

                                      +Jessie Ann Smith    b: 25 October 1925  Galt, Waterloo, ONT; m: Abt. 1946  Waterloo, ONT [William Earl/Margaret Kingsburgh]; d: 1976  Toronto, York, ONT

                                    *2nd Wife of Joseph Leo Pitre:

                                      +Pierrette ---

                          9        Joseph Leonard Peters  b: 11 January 1921  Rustico, PEI; d: 26 August 2012  Charlottetown, PEI

                                      +Mary Vera Martin  b: 11 November 1927  Hope River, PEI; m: Abt. 1949 [Anthony/Laurette LeClair]; d: 8 January 1994  Charlottetown, PEI

                          9        Marie Corinne Peters  b: 5 March 1923  Rustico, PEI; d: 8 December 2005  Charlottetown, PEI

                                      +Maurice Callaghan

                          9        Walter Anthony Peters  b: 16 May 1926  Rustico, PEI; d: Aft. February 2005  Burnaby, BC

                                      +Verna ---

                          9        Doris Peters  b: Abt. 1928  Rustico, PEI; d: Bef. February 2005



Notes for Fidele 'Helaire' Pitre:


- 1911 PEI, Rustico Road, Lot 24:  Helair Pitre 35 (farmer), wife Marie A. 26, Felix G. 6, Edna P. 5, Emelie R. 4, Marie E. 2, Marguerite Ann 10 months; widowed mother Rose 62.


- 1921 PEI, (Lot 24) North Milton:  Hilaire Pitre 45 farmer, wife Alvina 36, Felix 16, Edna 15, Memnie 14, Mary 12, Margaret 10, Edgar 9, Hilda 7, Bernadette 4, Leo 2, Lenard 5 months.


- 1931 Wheatley River, Queens, Lot 24, PEI:  Hilaire Pitre 55 farmer, wife Marie Alvina 46, Louis Edgar 18, Angeline Hilda 17, Lucie Bernadette 14, Joseph Leo 12, Joseph Leonard 10, Marie Corrine 8, Walter Antoine 5; granddaughter Margaret Therese Aylward 2, married dau Philomene Edna Doiron 25, her children Eleonore Alvina 1 & Delaris Isidora 7 months.  Also in Wheatley River is Felix Gracillien Pitre 26 farmer.


Misc.:  The Guardian (Charlottetown, PEI), 3 November 1953:  Golden Wedding - (summary)  St. Augustine's Church, Rustico, 13 October 1953, Mr. & Mrs. Helaire Pitre renewed their marriage vows at the same altar from 50 years ago.  Mr. Napoleon Pitre who was the groomsman was also there.  Afterwards, the anniversary couple drove to their daughter & son-in-law's home (Mr. & Mrs. William Aylward).  In the evening they returned to their own home where their son Leonard & his wife had prepared a supper.  A nephew, Charles Curtis, showed moving pictures.  A grandson, Leonard Doiron of Winnipeg, read an address from all the grandchildren.  Mr. & Mrs. Pitre had 14 children, (2 died in infancy), 34 grandchildren & 3 great-grandchildren.  Three daughters in Religious Orders: Sister Rose Anna of the Sisters of St. Martha, (Bernadette) Sister Bernadette of the Grey Nuns, and (Hilda) Sister Mary of St. Francis Xavier of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.  Other children: Cora (Mrs. Maurice Callaghan) of Detroit, Leo of Toronto, Walter with the 25th Brigade.


Obituary:  Charlottetown Guardian (PEI), Monday, 28 April 1958:  Peters - At the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Aylward, Malpeque Road, on Sunday, April 27, 1958, Helaire Peters, formerly of Oyster Bed Bridge, in his 83rd year.  His remains were forwarded on Sunday afternoon from the Charlottetown Funeral Home to his late residence, Malpeque Road.  This afternoon at 3 o'clock his remains will be moved to his home in Oyster Bed Bridge.  Funeral notice later.


Tombstone Inscription, St. Augustine's Cemetery, North Rustico, PEI:  PETERS / Helaire F. Peters / July 21, 1875 - Apr. 27, 1958 / may he rest in peace

Notes for Marie Alvina Blanchard:

Obituary:  Charlottetown Guardian (PEI), Saturday, 26 January 1963:  Peters - At the home of her son, Edgar Peters, 224 Richmond Street, on Friday, Jan. 25, 1963, Mrs. Helaire Peters, formerly of Oyster Bed Bridge, in her 80th year.  Her remains will rest at the Charlottetown Funeral Home from this afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Funeral will be held Monday morning, leaving the funeral home at 9:15 for Solemn Requiem High Mass at St. Augustine's Church, South Rustico, at 10 o'clock.  Interment in the church cemetery.


Obituaries for the children:

Philomene Edna Pitre:  The Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, MAN), Saturday, 3 June 2000:  Edna Philomene Doiron.  On Thursday, June 1, 2000, Edna Doiron, aged 94 years, passed away peacefully at the Tache Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family.  Edna was predeceased by her beloved husband, Alphonse, on March 29, 1978.  She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law: Eleanore (Tootsie) and George Comeau, Dolores (Patsy) and Maurice Schaubroeck; one son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Andree; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren.  She also leaves three sisters: Margaret Alyward, Sister Bernadette Pitre and Cora Calleghan; two brothers, Leonard and Walter Pitre.  Edna's family deeply appreciates the care, support and kindness provided by the staff of 3ABC Tache Nursing Center and Pastoral Care.  "Entre tes main je remets mon ame, Seigneur."  Mass of Resurrection will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, June 5, at the St. Boniface Cathedral.  Interment will follow at Green Acres Memorial Gardens.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Donations may be made to The White Fathers, Winnipeg, MB.  The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


Hilda Angeline (Sister Mary Francis) Pitre:  The Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, MAN), Friday, 29 May 1987:  Sister Mary Francis (Hilda) Pitre, RGS, 73 years old, at Seven Oaks Hospital on May 28, 1987.  Sister was born at Oyster Bed Bridge, P.E.I.  After making her religious profession with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Halifax, N.S., Sister Francis came to Winnipeg.  Here she spent 47 years of dedicated service, 30 of which were spent in teaching Home Economics at Marymound School.  Each year the Sister Mary Francis Pitre award is given to the Marymound student who attains outstanding achievement in Home Economics.  She also delighted in teaching ceramics and other crafts.  Sister assisted the medical personnel who came to Marymound.  Sister Francis was loving and caring toward everyone.  Over the years students and other friends often spoke of how she gave them practical and spiritual support.  Sister's parents, Hilaire and Alvina Pitre, two brothers Felix and Edgar and a sister, Sr. Rose Anna, CSM, pre-deceased her.  Two sisters, Mrs. Edna Doiron and Sr. Bernadette, SGM, live in St. Boniface.  Her sister Cora and husband Maurice and a brother Lenard and wife Vera reside in P.E.I.  Two sisters, Margaret Alyward and Mary Alward and a brother Leo and wife Pierrette live in Toronto.  Another brother Walter and his wife Verna live in Burnaby, B.C.  Sister Mary Francis was a member of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, an international order of 7,000 women, who serve on six continents.  Their particular ministry is to girls, women and their families who experience social difficulties.  Friends are invited to the prayer service at Marymound Chapel, Winnipeg, at 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 30th.  The funeral service will be on Saturday, May 31st at 10:00 A.M. also at Marymound Chapel, with Rev. Father Charles Sitter, S.J. officiating.  Service will terminate at the Chapel, with burial to take place on Monday, June 1, at St. Mary's Cemetery.  Cropo Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


Lucie Bernadette (Sister Bernadette) Pitre:  6 February 2005 (photo):  On February 4, 2005 at Tache Nursing Centre, Sister Bernadette Pitre was peacefully called by the Lord to her eternal reward at the age of 87.  Born in North Milton, Prince Edward Island on May 14 1917, her parents being Hilaire Pitre and Almina Blanchard, Bernadette was the ninth of a family of 14 children.  Her parents of solid faith had the joy of having three of their daughters consecrating themselves to God in religious life.  Bernadette joined the Grey Nuns on August 5, 1939 and made her first vows on August 15, 1942.  Three years later, on the footsteps of Marguerite d'Youville, she consecrated herself definitively to the service of God by perpetual commitment at the Grey Nuns Mother House in Montreal.  After her religious profession, Sister Bernadette was missioned to Lebret, Saskatchewan where she became responsible of young students, a ministry which she fulfilled during more than ten years.  It was then in Fort Frances, Ontario that she continued to serve in the same capacity.  From 1954 to 1962, Sister Pitre's talents were requested at Tache Centre where she was became responsible of the employees.  Later, it was at St. Vital Sanatorium, Foyer St. Boniface and the Provincial House that she assumed the same responsibility.  With engineers, carpenters, maintenance personnel, she learned to become a woman who could fulfil many tasks.  She trusted people with whom she worked and wherever she went she was loved and appreciated.  In God she found her strength and joy while serving others during her 63 of religious life.  Sister Bernadette leaves to mourn one sister: Cora (Maurice) Calleghan and two brothers: Leonard and Walter (Verna) as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers: Felix, Edgar and Leo; seven sisters: Edna, Emily (Sister Rose-Anna) Ethel, Margaret, Hilda (Sister Mary Francis, r.g.s.) Bernadette and Doris.  A liturgy of the Word will be held on Sunday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Tache Nursing Centre.  The funeral will take place at St. Boniface Cathedral on February 7 at 2:00 p.m. with Fr. Leo Couture as celebrant.  The Grey Nuns wish to thank the nursing personnel of 3DE as well as the pastoral workers of Tache Centre for the excellent care and love provided to Sister Bernadette.  The Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.


Joseph Leonard Peters:  Hennessey Cutcliffe Funeral Home (Charlottetown, PEI):  J. Leonard Peters 1921-2012: “A veteran died today” ~ Joseph Leonard Peters of Charlottetown, on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, age 91 years.  Life member of The Royal Canadian Legion and West Nova Scotia Regiment.  Beloved husband of the late Vera Martin, and dear father of Brian (Cathie), Judy (Bernie) Totten, John (Cathy), Gordie (Rena), Joyce (Mike) Carmichael, and Paul (Jane).  He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and son-in-law Brent Spencer.  He was predeceased by his daughter Brenda Spencer.  Resting at the Charlottetown Funeral Home until 9:45 Wednesday morning, then to St. Pius X Church for funeral mass at 10 a.m.  Interment to follow in the family plot at The Roman Catholic Cemetery.  Visiting hours at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7 - 9 p.m.  If so desired contributions in Leonard’s memory may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 1 or charity of donor’s choice.



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Last updated:  24 June 2023.