Ann Bourgeois

Ann Bourgeois (Shoenberg)

Sunday, February 16th, 1941 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Ann Bourgeois, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Ann Bourgeois

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Ann's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Ann's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


On Monday, May 11th, 2020, Ann Bourgeois (née Shoenberg), age 79, passed away peacefully in her home in the company of her loving husband Eugene Bourgeois and her loyal dog, Leo.

Ann was born in Cambridge, England in 1941. She came to Canada as a young adult and began working as a teacher. Ann had many memories of her time in the classrooms in Kitchener, Ripley and lastly as the librarian at Huron Heights.

Ann and Eugene spent many fulfilling years establishing and building Philosopher’s Wool Co. in Inverhuron. They loved travelling across the country introducing people to wool and teaching them how to knit beautiful sweaters. Ann delighted in gardening, reading, knitting and spending time with family and friends on her lovely farm.

Ann will be missed greatly by her husband, Eugene and her children Cati VanVeen (Tom), Alex Bourgeois and Stephanie Bourgeois (Jason).

Ann will also be missed by her grandchildren, her sister Jane Gatrell (Peter) and her brother Peter Shoenberg (Zhenia).

She was a loving aunt to Lizzy and David Gatrell and a great aunt to their children.

She will be remembered and missed by her sister-in-law, Judy Heikel (Harv) and her brother-in-law Don Bourgeois (Susan).

Ann was a warm and wonderful person who brightened the day of anyone who came into her life.

Following Ann’s wishes cremation has taken place and when it is safe to do so a celebration of life will be held at our farm.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Ann Bourgeois (Shoenberg), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

Following Ann's wishes cremation has taken place.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Ann here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Ann
7 trees have been planted in memory of Ann Bourgeois (Shoenberg)

Terri Sawyer

Posted at 05:17pm
I, too, am one of the million knitters who met you and Ann at the Wool and Sheep festival in Rhinebeck. I have your book and 2 kits, as one I have knitted, and husband loves to wear it. I felt so as ease with talking to you both. I remember, Gene, when you said you had to get a haircut before you flew to NY. Because of certain reasons I will not elaborate. You both were very genuine and I loved that in the both of you. Gene, my heart aches for you and your family. I lost my mom on the 13th of May. They were both very loving and generous women. I will miss them both dearly. May you know what a blessing you both were to so many. You were to me and I will never forget that. From one knitter to another God Bless you and yours.

Kathryn Gearheard

Posted at 03:01pm
I am one of thousands of knitters who learned so much from Ann’s video and loved her from afar for her joy with wool and knitting. But I also had the privilege of having dinner with Ann and Eugene in Baltimore once where I found Ann to be even more genuinely wonderful than she appeared to be on screen. I grieve for Eugene who will feel her loss so deeply and for the family and for Leo but hers was a life so productively and well lived that I hope that gives some comfort. Also know that knitters around the world share their grief.

Kathryn Gearheard

Anne Miniely

Posted at 12:22pm
Paul and I are so sad to hear of Ann's passing. You and Ann welcomed us into your home the first time we met. Ann was so kind and sat with me as I started knitting my first project, a beautiful shawl which I still have today. It will always remind me of her. Ann's beautiful spirit will continue to live on in everyone she met. Give Leo a hug for us and we will see you soon.💕
Paul and Anne Miniely

Anne Hierlihy

Posted at 04:54pm
I worked for Ann and Eugene for many years. It did not take long before they became very dear friends. I was very blessed to have Ann in my life. She and Eugene have great generosity and so much talent in the business they created.
Our hearts go out to Eugene and the family.
Sending our love, Anne and Rob

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 01:42pm
In loving memory of Ann. From Iris, Margo and Niko.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of Ann Bourgeois — Plant a Tree Now

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: