In Memory of




Obituary for Augusta Chénier (VanDooren)

It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Augusta Chénier at Extendicare Timmins, on January 21, 2022. She is survived by Raymond, her husband of 63 years; her daughters Lysanne, Monique and Andrée; her granddaughters Danielle Rocheleau (Jason Trinier) and Natalie Rocheleau-Wilson (Christopher Wilson); and her great-granddaughters Annabelle, Alice, Jillian, and Willow. She is also survived by her sister Frances De Burger. Augusta is predeceased by her parents Frans Van Dooren and Anna Verschueren-Van Dooren.

Born Augusta Cornelia Alphonsina Van Dooren on November 12th, 1934, in Rijckevorsel, Belgium, Augusta grew up in Falconbridge, Ontario. As a child, she enjoyed playing baseball in the summer, and skating and sliding in the winter. She was also passionate about music and reading. Her fondest childhood memories were of her years spent at Falcona Camp both as a camper and camp counselor.

Augusta received her ARCT with the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1957 and taught piano in the Falconbridge area for many years. She also taught elementary school in nearby Garson where she met Raymond. When she moved to Timmins in 1971, Augusta began teaching at St. Paul School where she would remain for 20 years. She also played Bridge, took up downhill skiing with her daughters, and began working on her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Augusta was a thoughtful, generous, caring, and fiercely loyal person who focused diligently on helping others achieve their goals, even if it often meant setting aside her own. One of her proudest personal achievements was completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987. Throughout her life, Augusta demonstrated a deep commitment to environmental, social, and feminist issues. Always an inspiration, she explored Buddhist philosophy and meditation in her 60s and started kayaking in her 70s.

Respecting her wishes, cremation will take place. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to LESSARD-STEPHENS Funeral Home.