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Marie Rachelle LeBlanc

Marie Rachelle LeBlanc

Age 67, Chéticamp/Halifax, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, Chéticamp. She was born in Chéticamp on November 11, 1953 to Luce Colombe (Bourgeois) and the late Wilfred LeBlanc.

Rachelle was a loving and special daughter, aunt and friend. Having been diagnosed with ALS in July, 2020, she fought her battle with courage and bravery.

Rachelle was a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital school of nursing, and worked at the V.G. from 1975-2010. In 1989, she enrolled at Dalhousie University and while still working full time, she obtained her BSc in Nursing in 1992. In 1995, she became transplant coordinator and kept this position until her retirement in 2010.

Rachelle had many hobbies and kept herself busy. She had a passion for travelling and was always planning a trip. She looked forward to her trips with the ladies in her golf group. She also took up curling and bridge. Knitting, needlework and reading were also high on her list of hobbies.

Besides her mother, Rachelle is survived by her sister, Annette (Armand) Fiset; nephew, Donald (Mireille) Fiset; nieces, Nadine Whalen and Jenny (Nic) LeMieux. “Menaine” will also be missed by Sebastien and Melanie, who thought the world of her.

Besides her father, Wilfred (1993), she was predeceased by her brother Gerald (2016).

Special thanks to her Halifax friends, Arlene, Helena, Lucie, and especially Sheilagh. Without their help, she could not have stayed in Halifax from time of diagnosis until Christmas. Thank you to all her Cape Breton friends for their many visits and support.

Many thanks to the Home Care staff for all their help while she was at home. Special thanks to Moira, Dr. Ritter, hospital personal and Dr. Amelie Maillet for their compassionate care while she was in the hospital.

Before leaving on her journey, Rachelle made sure to thank her Mom for her love and support, and her sister Annette for taking such good care of her, and for being the great sister that she was. We will always remember Rachelle’s motto…”It is what it is”…

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a funeral mass will be celebrated at a later date. Donations in Rachelle’s memory may be made to the ALS Society of Nova Scotia or Palliative Care Services of Sacred Heart Community Health Centre.


  • Yvon Aucoin June 1, 2021 3:07 pm

    Mes condoléances à Luce Colombe et Annette. Rachelle est décédée de la même maladie comme ma mère en 2012 (Marie Louise Aucoin née Gallant). Bon courage à vous deux.

  • Donat May 30, 2021 7:04 pm

    Hello Rachelle ma belle amie…

    Si longtemps qu’ont c’est pas parler…..merci poor avoire prit garde a Ulrique Le Blanc dans son temps de besoin. It was always a great relief to know you were there when Basil Wabo needed help and a smile he knew was real. So hard that I never got to say that to you in person….Maybe Yvon Hache let you know what it meant to me that you were there. Love you my friend, rest in peace, …it would be so nice to be back in High school to tease each other again…..Beaucoup d’amour, Donat a Tim Le Fort

  • Glenda Morgan-Reid May 29, 2021 8:00 pm

    I worked with Rachelle in my first job as a registered nurse on 8N and will always remember her as a kind caring individual. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, I am so glad she got to return to Cape Breton.

  • Ellen Hearn May 28, 2021 10:25 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to Rachelle’s loved ones. Rachelle came into my life through the transplant clinic. She was a warm and caring individual I was blessed to have in my corner when I had transplant surgery on two occasions.

  • Donat Le Fort May 28, 2021 8:25 pm

    Ma belle Rachelle…toutes les taquinages q’ont ca donner an grandison a l,ecole. Je n’ai jamais eu la chance de te parler apres q’ont a graduer de NDA. Si loin de mes amis c’etait une bonne comfort de savoir que tu aller dire un bon “allo” a Ulrique dans son temps de besoin a la VGH. Je n’oublie pas. J’ais toujours voulu d’avoir la chance de te parler des vieux temps dans notre adolescence.

    My condolences to all that knew her, which was the same as loving her…..I will never forget the memories of my “spunky” friend.

    “most of the tears shed at funerals and for the words that were never spoken.”

    When we can, lets say that we love each other more often than we do. Put aside the differences, we are all looking for the same thing… a la prochaine mon amie……..

    Donat a Tim a Tom

  • Alfred LeBlanc May 28, 2021 3:13 pm

    Aunt Luce Colombe and Annette. The sorrow John and I feel on Rachelle’s passing is heartfelt and she will be missed. Our summer visit to Cheticamp will never be the same. She could tell a story like nobody else, and she’d have us rolling in laughter with her. We fondly remember her visiting us in Texas in 2018. Her journey continues….

  • Martine (Pierre Joseph) Camus May 27, 2021 7:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss Luce Colombe, Annette and family.

  • Karen Aucoin May 27, 2021 7:08 pm

    Luce Colombo & Annette & Family….. I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. She was an exceptional lady who will be greatly missed by many. May she Rest In Peace & May God Bless you & yours…❤️🙏🏻❤️

  • Debbie Hersey May 27, 2021 6:51 pm

    I worked with Rachelle on 8North. We worked hard but always managed to find time to laugh. She was empathic and was well suited in her role as Transplant Coordinator. My condolences to her family and many friends.

  • Dorothy Keays May 27, 2021 5:18 pm

    What a pleasure it was to spend time with Rachelle on the golf courses.

    I always referred to her as my much older friend.
    We were born 3 weeks apart, or as we loved to say..”Our Mothers were pregnant for us at the same time.
    That connection and our shared love of travel adventures, created an easy friendship.

    She spoke of her family and Cheticamp every time we spent time together. She loved you and she knew that you loved her.

    It is very sad to say so long to this strong and interesting friend.

  • Nora Clark May 27, 2021 5:12 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of Rachelle’s passing. I knew her through curling at Mayflower in Halifax. In fact she was the first person I met at Mayflower when we walked in together for Learn to Curl a few years ago. I always enjoyed playing with her and will miss her at the Club.

  • Audrey Linden May 27, 2021 2:43 pm

    My sincerest condolences to Aunt Lucy, Annette and family. May God Bless you all for taking such good care of her.

  • Roger and Donna Larade May 27, 2021 1:57 pm

    Dear Luce Colombe, Annette and family, please know how sorry we are for your loss. You did so very well to love and support her during her struggle. God bless you all!
    Roger and Donna

  • Anne-Marie White May 27, 2021 1:41 pm

    To tante Luce Colombe, Annette and family….. Sorry for you loss and having to see go thru her disease…. You have good memories of her and that will always be with you…. She is at peace now…. Prayers are being said to give you strength…… Anne-Marie White

  • Ruth Peppard May 27, 2021 1:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss.I met Rachelle through the golf group. She was always ready for a good time and I enjoyed golfing and travelling with her. She is missed.

  • Armand and Carolyn Benoit May 27, 2021 1:29 pm

    Dear aunt Lucy and Annette,
    Sending you our deepest condolences .

  • Janne Grant May 27, 2021 1:11 pm

    My sincere and deep condolences to the family of Rachelle ,especially her Mother and sister. I was introduced to Rachelle through Metro Ladies Golf. She could really play the fairways. We shared many laughs on and of the course and also the love of Cape Breton .
    Warmest Regards, Janne G

  • Allan S. MacDonald May 27, 2021 12:50 pm

    I was saddened to read of Rachelle’s death. We were colleagues for 30 or so years at the old VG and then QEII hospitals and worked closely on the transplant service. She was exceptionally empathetic, not just with patients but also with staff. She improved the function of every program she joined. She was a real treasure and will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family and her many close friends. Dr. Allan MacDonald

  • Lisa Martell Boudreau May 27, 2021 8:38 am

    Great Aunt Lucy, Annette and family
    We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time.

  • Cyril and Monique May 26, 2021 10:02 pm

    Deepest sympathies to her mother,Luce Colombe,Sister Annette and all her family and friends.May you cherish the beautiful memories ♥️

  • Gail Hayes May 26, 2021 8:52 pm

    I met Rachelle at Mayflower curling club where she was a member. She was a great person. Enjoyed her company. She will be missed. Condolences to her family.

  • Jean Kidd May 26, 2021 4:44 pm

    I met Rachelle at the Mayflower Curling Club and lawn bowling. I was sorry to hear of your loss.
    She was always easy going and fun to curl or bowl with. Gone too young but many great memories.

  • Betty Ann Cormier May 26, 2021 3:59 pm

    Luce Colombe, Annette and family/friends, Roland and I wish to send our deepest of condolences at this time of great loss. You were all there for Rachelle. A loss like this is difficult to bare. Remember the good time and great memories to help you go through the sadness of all of this. She leaves a great legacy of love, friendship and dedication. Her obituary is beautiful. Rachelle you made a difference is so many lives. Take care. I will keep my ears and eyes open to join you in her celebration of life, when you are able to hold it.

  • Heather Crocker May 26, 2021 1:19 pm

    I worked with Rachelle for many years on the Renal Transplant Unit. They were busy times, always enhanced with laughter and comradeship with Rachelle. I will always remember her big expressive eyes and the times we shared. May you find peace.

  • Peggy MacCormack May 26, 2021 1:16 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Rachelle’s family and close friends on the loss of this warm witty, caring person. I was honored to get to know Fachelle when we curled together at Mayflower Ckurling Club. May she rest in peace.

  • Joan MacDonald May 26, 2021 1:13 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rachelle’s passing. I enjoyed curling with her at The Mayflower Curling Club. My sincere condolences to her family.

  • Roland (à Chester à Dougal) Aucoin May 26, 2021 12:52 pm

    Rachelle (R.I.P) is in part responsible for my being able to offer my sincere condolences to her mom Luce Colombe and family. In 2007, I was diagnosed with a tumour on my left side adrenal gland and survival of an operation was considered very limited, and few surgeons would attempt the procedure. A very good friend contacted nurse Rachelle at the VG in Halifax, and she managed to secure a surgeon to perform the operation. Preparation and medical procedures for the operation lasted one week. The operation was a success and I will forever be grateful to Rachelle and all others involved.

  • Louise MacIsaac May 26, 2021 12:39 pm

    Want to send my sincere sympathies to you Anette and all the family on such a great loss of such a young woman. Also she had coordinated Delphin’s kidney transplant with such knowledge and care. Thoughts and prayers. Always, Louise .

  • Marie Louise Martell May 26, 2021 12:18 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Aunt Luce Colombe and Annette and family, in our prayers, 💔💔

  • Gina Upshaw May 26, 2021 12:12 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Luce Colombe, Annette, and family.
    Rachelle was like a sister to us, and certainly a daughter to our parents.
    Over the years, she always stood by us through both happy and sad times. We will miss her dry sense of humor in good times, and her calming effect on us with her medical knowledge in sad times.
    We are so very grateful for our last get-together, before her diagnosis, where our gratitude and love were expressed.
    We will miss you Rachelle….rest in peace dear cousin.
    Johanne, Sharren, Gina, and Alicia

  • Marilyn & Clifton Sangster May 26, 2021 11:22 am

    Met Rachelle a few times , very sweet person. So sad for Luce Colombe , Annette and families. Terrible decease. She is in the Arms of Jesus now.Our deepest love & sympathy to all the families.

  • Ruth j May 26, 2021 11:10 am

    I will miss this great gal!! Such fond memories of MLC TRIPS and golfing locally— rest easy my friend

  • Pauline Benoit & Joseph Di Iorio May 26, 2021 10:43 am

    Aunt Luc Colombe, Annette, Armand & Family……Our sincere condolences for the loss of a daughter, sister and great friend…..Rachelle and I spent many years together in Halifax…our nightly walks through Point Pleasant Park and great conversations…..She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her….repose toi ma belle.

  • Faith Piccolo May 26, 2021 10:10 am

    I first met Rachelle at the Transplant Unit when I donated a kidney. She helped me navigate the system. Several years later we met again on the ice at Mayflower Curling club. We found the same things funny and had many laughs together. I’ll miss her.

  • Carol Todd May 26, 2021 10:02 am

    My condolences to the family, such a loss.
    I worked with Rachelle in dialysis. She was a great nurse. Always smiling and so pleasant And caring. She will be missed.

  • Claudette & Armand Boudreau May 26, 2021 9:57 am

    Thinking of you Annette & Aunt Lucy & feeling sad for the loss of your sister/daughter – RIP Rachelle

  • Fernand & Paulette May 26, 2021 9:45 am

    Our sincere sympathies to the family..especially Luce Colombe & Annette. Annette, you certainly shouldn’t have any regrets….you were so good to Rachelle. Please give your mom a hug from us.xo❤️

  • Karen Romkey May 26, 2021 9:40 am

    My sincere condolences to all of Rachelle’s family. My connection with Rachelle was through curling, bridge and golf and we all will certainly miss her.

  • Pam Sullivan May 26, 2021 9:16 am

    I know Rachelle through curling – she will be missed by the “Day Ladies”. I was shocked to hear the sad news of her passing. My condolences to the family.

  • Donna Bonner May 26, 2021 9:13 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I had the privilege to know her through our love of golf with the Metro Ladies group. We played many rounds of golf together.
    May she be reunited with those who have gone before her.

  • Charlotte Godfrey May 26, 2021 9:11 am

    I trained with Rachelle and worked with her for many years. Lots of great memories from work and get togethers, laughter always rang out. I will miss you my friend. Condolences to your family.

  • Mary Jane MacNeil May 26, 2021 9:10 am

    To Rachelle’s mother and family,
    It is with the deepest of sorrow that I write, but I wished to share with you wonderful memories and deep respect I have for dear Rachelle. When i joined the transplant program as a new coordinator,
    Rachelle was so welcoming and supportive as I navigated new waters. She was an infinite source of knowledge of the process and resources to navigate the role. She cared about each and every family that were privileged to have her as their live kidney coordinator.She would go the whole way to make sure her patients and families were cared for. Especially the little ones,she would worry about and make sure the families were supported and cared for.We shared lots of laughs and tears as we commiserated either at the beginning of the day or the day’s end. When Rachelle retired I missed her presence in the hallway so much. I was always touched by her love and concern for her mother. No doubt you know how proud she was of you and how much she loved you.
    I am sure that there will be a place in heaven with a peaceful and a warm welcome for the good nurse , Rachelle. She will remain in my heart for ever.


    Mary Jane MacNeil

  • Susan Barnes May 26, 2021 9:00 am

    We have lost a beautiful , smart witty , compassionate lovely lady all too soon . We met at the curling club,& had nursing in common, bridge & golf. She fought a hard battle with such strength & dignity. So sorry for you loss . RIP dear Rachelle.

  • Susan Westhaver May 26, 2021 8:48 am

    Curling is where I met Rachelle. She always was concerned about my family and asked many times how they were and she was a pretty good curler. We will miss her at the club. We often talked about Cheticamp as I have a cottage in Ingonish. My condolences to your family

  • Wanda Rowsell May 26, 2021 8:13 am

    I trained and lived next door to Rachelle in residence during our training at the VG .She was part of our very close knit little “family “on second floor. So many great memories filled with laughter. My heart goes out to all who loved Rachelle

  • Aurel Muise May 25, 2021 8:20 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Annette and family. Repose en paix Rachelle

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