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In Memory of Claudette Wigfull

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Claudette Françoise Juliette Wigfull (née  Doucet) on October 4, 2023. Claudette was born in Paris, France on March 28, 1940 to Robert and Gabrielle and grew up in Avallon, Yonne, Burgundy. A bright student, she was an avid reader and accomplished pianist who loved literature and the music of the Romantics. Claudette attended the Université de Dijon, graduating with a degree in English and American literature. Her third year was spent as a French teaching assistant in Derbyshire, England where she met her husband, Peter. They were married in 1963 in Avallon and settled in Derby where Claudette taught French to secondary school students. Claudette and Peter’s two children were born in the UK and the family immigrated to Canada in 1977, living in Kincardine, Ontario for several years before moving to Ottawa in 1986. Claudette spent many years volunteering for several organizations including her church, the food bank, Meals on Wheels, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Children’s Museum. She was an avid gardener and loved nature and animals, especially her own dogs and cats. Most of all, Claudette was a compassionate person, known for her empathy, kindness and generosity. She will be greatly missed by her husband Peter, daughter Elizabeth (Michel Kinasz), son Patrick (Anna Wodtka), brother Henri Doucet (Yamina), and her brother and sisters-in-law and many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Helen’s Anglican Church, 1234 Prestone Blvd, Orleans on Tuesday, October 17 (11 AM visitation and 12 PM service with reception to follow). Livestreaming will be available. Flowers can be delivered to the church on October 17 only between 9:30 and 11:00 AM. Or donations in Claudette’s memory can be made to the Ottawa Humane Society.

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Dear Liz, Michel and family. I am heartbroken 💔 to hear about the passing of your mum. Every time you spoke of her it was with love, respect and pride. All loss is sad, but when it is sudden it feels more heartbreaking. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that as you gather to celebrate her life you smile and laugh at the memories shared, because I’m certain she would rather hear your laughter than your tears. Sending much love!
Lizzie and Ryan

Dear Liz and Michel. We are so sorry to hear the news of your mum. More so since her passing was sudden. We are thinking of you, your dad, Patrick and Anna, and all your family.

Liz’s mom’s radiant smile speaks volumes of the love and warmth she must have brought into the lives of all those around her. Sending my heartfelt condolences and love to Liz, Michel and family. May your mother’s memory shine bright always dear friend. 💛

Patrick and Family

I am sorry to hear about the sudden passing of you mother and I’m wishing you and your family comfort during this extremely difficult time.


Dear Patrick,

I am sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and the Wigfull Family.


We are so very sorry for your loss Liz. What a remarkable life. How incredibly proud your Mum must have been of you and Patrick. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts today and in the weeks ahead. 🤲.

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