Robert (Bobby) Champagne went home to his Heavenly Father Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at the age of 62.
He was born August 5, 1943 to Bob and Rita Champagne in Manchester, NH. He attended high school and college in Sherbrooke, Quebec, then graduated from Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore MD with a MA in Divinity in 1969.
On July 9, 1982 he married Lois (Habrial). Together they made their home in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for 14 years. During this time God blessed them with five children. In 1996 Robert moved his family to Chilliwack, BC, Canada where they have resided until the present.
Robert loved God, his family, and his church family. He was a member of New Hope Mennonite Church of Marysville, WA. Robert is survived by Lois, his wife of 23 1?2 years; five children, Hannah, Joshua, Ruth, Joseph and Jonathan; his mother Rita Champagne; his three siblings, Bill (Sue) Champagne, Doris (John) Orzechowski, and Rick (Annemarie) Champagne; and other relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his father. Lois and the family wish to express heartfelt appreciation for those who have prayed for them and otherwise shown love, care, and support during Robert’s 19-month battle with cancer.
Special thanks to Drs. Grunow and Goodman and the palliative home care nursing team for their excellent care.
The funeral service is planned for Monday April 24, 2006 at 11 am at Peace Lutheran Church in Sylvana, WA with Pastor Ron Bontrager of New Hope Mennonite Church officiating. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Sylvana, WA.
Although we as Robert’s family will miss our husband and father deeply, we know that because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we will one day be reunited to spend eternity with the Lord Jesus in heaven.
Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Christian Aid Ministries P.O. Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610.