Source: Société d’histoire de la Rivière-du-Nord, Prevost Family Funds
Classification mark : P268,S18,D01
Curé Labelle’s mother, Angélique Maher, was born in 1809. She married Antoine Labelle père, a shoemaker, on December 26, 1831. They had two children; Antoine and Marie, who died at age five. Curé Labelle was very close to his parents, who travelled with him to each of the parishes under his care. The parishioners of Saint-Jérôme were very fond of Angélique, affectionately calling her Madame Curé. She was wholly devoted to her petit garçon, and Labelle in turn held her dear. In 1889, he had a small chapel built next to the presbytery in Saint-Jérome, as his mother’s failing health prevented her from going to church. Angélique Maher died only a few months after her son, and was buried beside the chapel where he was interred.