Janet Sara Legault (nee Munn) of Gravelbourg, SK, passed away on September 8, 2013, at the age of 67 years. Janet was born on April 18, 1946 in Eltham, England to parents Ronald and Jean Munn. As a young girl, Janet came from England to rural Saskatchewan and to the doubly alien world of Gravelbourg, where she was known as "la petite Anglaise”. She married Theodore Legault on April 15, 1968, and they were blessed with two children, Denise and Jerome. Her first job here was as a teacher in a small school in Bateman, from which she moved on to teaching for many years at the high school in Gravelbourg. She mastered this strange new world with ease and became a full-fledged prairie woman while retaining all of her English graces.
She was very knowledgeable about her adopted province and its history, and did some research and writing of her own on the subject, including the story of Gravelbourg and its institutions.
Her spirit of adventure led her to exploring many parts of this continent, driving great distances to such places as Yellowknife, Niagara, Ottawa, the Laurentians and Washington DC, often accompanied by her daughter Denise. This spirit also led her to dabbling in farming of a kind. It was quite a sight to see her at the controls of her mowing tractor skillfully wheeling her way around the great expanse of lawn at her and Ted’s farm property.
Janet had the gift of kindness, the gift of hospitality and the gift of being easy to be with. For many years, she hosted grand family Christmas dinners, Easter dinners and Thanksgiving dinners. Her cooking, like herself, had an English accent and she often served such delicacies as Yorkshire pudding, steak and kidney pie, trifle, and of course plum pudding.
Janet was not a religious woman in the conventional sense, but she was a loving woman and everything that loves is holy. She loved her husband Ted, her children Denise, Jerome, and her sister Christine, as she loved her profession as a teacher. In that profession she enjoyed a distinguished career, culminating in 10 years or more at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in Moose Jaw and eventually leading to an appointment as a member of the Senate at the University of Regina.
Janet had a generous heart and gave her all to every facet of her life and work. As she loved much, so was she much loved by her immediate family, her extended family of in-laws and her nieces and nephews, and her many friends and colleagues, who will miss her dearly. She died too young, at 67.
Janet is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Theodore "Ted” Legault; daughter Denise Legault; son Jerome Legault; sister Christine Munn. Predeceased by her parents Ronald and Jean Munn; brother David Munn. Funeral Service was held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at Our Lady of the Assumption Co-Cathedral, Gravelbourg, SK, with Father Joseph Strohhofer celebrant. The eulogy was written by Leonard Legault and shared by Gloria Stringer. Reader was Nicole Tremblay. Intentions were shared by Chris Szabo. Vocalists Henri Lepage and Andre Moquin were accompanied by organist Leona Bourgeois. Special hymns were "Gentle Woman,” "The Lord is my Shepherd,” "How Great Thou Art,” and "All Things Bright and Beautiful.” Urn bearer was Denise Legault. Interment took place at the Gravelbourg Roman Catholic Cemetery. Memorial donations in memory of Janet to the Foyer d’Youville Foundation, Box 810, Gravelbourg, SK S0H 1X0, were greatly appreciated.