MENTEK, Thaddeus (Ted) Stanislaw Philip

Posted by on September 25, 2016

web_mentek_thaddeusPassed away peacefully on September 19, 2016 at the age of 94 years in Surrey, British Columbia.  Beloved husband of Helen Olive (nee McCourt).  Son of the late Stanislaw Mentek and Katarzyna Pucula.  Cherished father of John Mentek, of Hamilton, Ontario; Chris Mentek, of Mississauga, Ontario; and Kathleen Allisen, of White Rock, British Columbia.  Loving Grampa of Avery and Connor Allisen, and Jenna Marilyn Mentek.  Brother of Mary Ruszczak (nee Mentek), and Brother-in-law to Daniel Ruszczak.  Father-in-law to Elizabeth Leslie Meen.  He is greatly missed by his family and many friends.  Ted will be remembered for his ready sense of humour, his kind heart and exceptionally generous nature.  If you so desire, donations to Holy Name of Mary Food Fund would be appreciated.  As per his wishes, cremation has already taken place.  Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 834 Raymo Road, Windsor, Ontario, followed by a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery in Windsor.  Arrangements entrusted to Families First, 1065 Lauzon Road, East Windsor (519-969-5841).  Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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COLETTI, Pietro Francesco “Cicco”

Posted by on September 25, 2016

web_coletti_pietroBorn in Casalvieri, Italy on April 16, 1931, Pietro passed peacefully on September 24, 2016 with his family by his side. Devoted husband of 62 years to Onoria (Catenacci), and loving father of Roger and wife Karen (Kalyn), Enio and wife Teresa Romano, and Lisa Timperio and husband Enzo. Proud Nonno of Marc and wife Sara, Daniel and wife Meghan, Amanda and Michael Coletti, Nadia, Serina, and Dante Timperio. Bisnonno of Katelyn, Benjamin, Nolan, Charlie, and Rowan.  Predeceased by his parents, Orazio Coletti and Elizabetta (Morelli); in-laws Nicodemo and Felicia Catenacci; sisters Maria Iadipaolo (Giovanni), Annunziata Giancarlo (Nazzareno); brothers Natale (Tanya), Domenic Coletti; brother-in-law Leonardo Catenacci; and sister-in-law Irma Catenacci. Remaining to remember him lovingly are his brother Mario (Fran Quick); brothers-in-law Aldo Catenacci (Anna), Giulio Catenacci (Marisa), Dario Catenacci (Silvana), Nello Pasquarelli; sister-in-law Luciana Coletti; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Having started as a mechanic in the local construction industry, Pietro was a founder and operating manager of Colbro Equipment Rentals until he retired in 1989 “to enjoy life and stretch his days.” A charmer ‘til the end, Pietro will be remembered for his sense of adventure, his ability to find friends in any circumstance, and his playful spirit. For those who wish, donations may be made to Transition to Betterness or a Charity of your Choice. Visitation Wednesday from 3-5pm and 7-9pm with Parish Prayers at 4:30pm. Funeral Thursday 10:15am from Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841 to St. Angela Merici Church for Mass at 11:00am Entombment Windsor Memorial Gardens. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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ZATINA, Barbara Anne (Brgan)

Posted by on September 25, 2016

web_zatina_barbaraPassed away peacefully with her children by her side on September 22, 2016 at the age of 71 years.  Loving mother of Sylvia Brgan, Josie Brgan, and Pete Brgan.  Cherished grandma of Zaiara, Broady, Jackson, and Cooper. Missed by brother Richard Zatina.  Predeceased by brothers Gerald and Steven Zatina. Loving companion of Zoey.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete, please contact Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841 for further information.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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SOGAS, Ramon

Posted by on September 25, 2016

web_sogas_ramonPeacefully, surrounded by his loving family on September 22, 2016 at 78 years of age. Beloved husband of Dolores for 46 years. Loving father of Analyn and husband Wayne Durocher and Richard Sogas. He will be sadly missed by his canine companion Linda. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Tuesday 3-5pm and 7:00pm until time of memorial service at 8:00pm at FAMILIES FIRST 1065 LAUZON RD. East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment will take place in Spain at a later date. Share memories or make a charitable donation online at FamiliesFirst.ca

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WHITE, James (Jim)

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_white-jamesOn September 22, 2016 Jim peacefully went into the arms of God and we wept as we had just lost our best friend. Beloved husband of Fay (Ray) for 60 years.  Loving father to Vickie Vasiladis (George), Kim Brannagan (Brian), Patricia Carol (1961), Barb Lenhart (Paul) and Lillian Marie (1975).  Proud Grandfather to Garrett and wife Bethany, Alicia and fiancé Kevin, Amanda and husband Ryan, Julia, Philip, Jimmy, Kevin and Michael.  Brother of Walter “Buster” White.  Wally, Dad’s furry friend will miss his companion for the past 5 years. Jim will be joining his parents Annie Redmile (1933), Walter (1973) and Freda Logan (1973), siblings Margaret Arrowsmith (1987), Henry White “Buddy” (1996) and George White (2000). Jim retired from the Windsor Star after 44 years of service.  During retirement he spent his time golfing, bowling, barbequing, lawn bowling, volunteering for numerous activities especially the Senior Games and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Jim is a proud member of the Knights of Columbus 4386. A special thank you to Hospice Erie Shores Team in Leamington.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Erie Shores Campus or a charity of your choice is appreciated. Visitation Sunday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. & 7:00-9:00 p.m. Knight of Columbus #4386 prayers Sunday.  Funeral Monday 10:15 a.m. from Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841 to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 4401 Mt. Royal Drive for funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Windsor Memorial Gardens.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

 

 

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Pietracupa, Vincenzo

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_vincenzo_pietracupaIt is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Vincenzo at 97 years of age on September 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.  Reunited with his beloved wife Mary (2004). Cherished father of Maurice Pietracupa (Sue), Danny Pietracupa (Shelley), and Antoinette Wiggins (Paul).  Loving Nonno of David, Erica, Daniella, Sara (Allan), Michael, Amanda and Christopher.  Beloved brother of Rosina Biello and predeceased by Angelina D’Ambrosio, Pietro Pietracupa and Pasquale Pietracupa.  Dear brother in-law of Angelina Tonietto and Mike Denunzio.  Vincenzo was honoured to be the eldest member of the Giovanni Pensionati Verdi Club.  His greatest joys in life were his family, his garden and cooking. Memorial tributes to the Canadian Diabetes and the Autism Society would be appreciated by the family.  Visiting on Sunday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m.  Funeral service on Monday September 26, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. at FAMILIES FIRST Amherstburg, 585 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg, 519-969-5841. Then proceeding to St. John the Baptist for 10:30 a.m. mass. Entombment to follow at St. John the Baptist. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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ASSEF, Annette Marie (nee Hartley)

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_assef_annettePassed away peacefully on September 21, 2016 at 69 years of age. Dear mother of James Assef. Beloved grandmother of Kristie Garneau and James Assef Jr. Proud great-grandmother of Carley Weston. Annette will be dearly missed by her extended family and friends, especially Chantal and Mark, Sue, Betty, Delmer, Kelly, and Beverly.  She was a dedicated nurse for 42 years, and enjoyed her Bible Study group, attending social events, and spending time with her family. Special thanks to the staff at Leamington District Memorial Hospital for their wonderful care in the last few months. For those who wish, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to join the family on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at Wheatley Baptist Church, 47 Talbot Street East, Wheatley. Share memories, photos, or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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McLEOD, Dr. David Angus M.D.

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_mcleod_davidReunited with beloved late wife Margaret (2015). Beloved father of Olivia (Tom) Pare, David (Shereen) McLeod, Gary McLeod, Linda McLeod. Devoted grandfather to Tyler, Brooke, Kayla, Shayne, the late Jeffery (1995). Dr. McLeod was a retired urologist serving patients at Grace, IODE, Hotel Dieu, Metropolitan, and Leamington Hospitals. He will also be remembered by his many patients in his private practice in Windsor.  He served on the Board of Directors at Grace Hospital from 1990-1991.  David was a long time member of Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Visiting Sunday from 6-9 p.m.  Funeral Service Monday 11:30 a.m. at Cremation to follow.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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KAINZ, Alfred

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_kainzIt is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Alfred on September 20, 2016 at 87 years of age.  Beloved husband of Anne (nee Yankovich) with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage.  Loving father to Jim Kainz (Sue), Linda Brunelle (Denis) and Patti Kainz.  Dear grandfather to Jason Bastien, Lauren Brunelle, Austin Brunelle, Dana Brunelle, Brandon Kainz, Carrington Kainz and great-grandfather to Aiden and Joshua Bastien. Brother-in-law of John Yankovich.  Alfred is now reunited with his loving mother Maria Kainz.  Alfred will be remembered as a kind gentle soul who loved helping others unconditionally and was deeply devoted to his family.  He will be truly missed especially by Anne, his loving wife and soulmate.  If you so desire, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.  Visiting Monday from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. FAMILIES FIRST 585 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg, 519-969-5841.  Procession leaving funeral home at 1:30 p.m. to St. John the Baptist Church for funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. Burial St. John the Baptist Cemetery.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

 

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McNulty, Ralph Henry

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_mcnultyAfter a brief illness, surrounded by his family on September 20, 2016 at 70 years of age. Beloved husband and best friend of 43 years to Ruthanne (nee Litfin). Cherished and devoted Dad of Kerry & husband Shawn Lawler and Amie & husband Jeff Reid. Loving Grandad of Madison, Liam and Gracie. Dear son of the late Peter & Mima McNulty and son-in-law of Ruth & the late Arthur Litfin. Treasured brother of Irene & George McDowell and brother-in-law of Diane Pewtoran, Christine (Dean) Lawrence, and Arthur (Nina) Litfin. Will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Ralph coached soccer and hockey for the Caboto Club and Riverside Rangers for many years. He was an avid supporter of his Football Club, Hearts of Midlothian. Ralph was retired from Ford Motor Company after 37 years of service. Ralph was a great family man and thoroughly enjoyed family vacations and supporting his grandchildren in their team sports. If you so desire, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Cremation was held. Memorial visitation Friday from 3pm-6pm at FAMILIES FIRST, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841 followed by an open house at 7pm at Cramdon’s (2950 Dougall Ave.)  to continue the celebration of Ralph’s life his way! Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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MacKINNON, Robert “Bob”

Posted by on September 23, 2016

web_mackinnon_robertPassed away with family by his side on September 20, 2016 at the age of 67.  Predeceased by his beloved parents Duncan & Margaret (nee MacDonald).  Cherished brother of Florence Gillis (Donald), Norman (Nancy), Mary-Ann Knuckle (Mike Koutsoumbelas).  Predeceased by his sister Nancy Marie & by brothers Johnny & Neil.  Godfather to Amy Disher & Tammy MacKinnon.  Bob will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, & friends.  Bob retired from the Ford Motor Company after 35 years of dedicated service.  Donations to MS Society, SunParlour Teen Pregnancy or Autism Society would be greatly appreciated.  Following Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place & a private service will be held.  Funeral arrangements entrusted Families First 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor (519-969-5841). Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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MORYKOT, Pete

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_morykot_peterSuddenly at home at the age of 72.  Predeceased by parents Ethel & Peter.  Beloved father of Gerri & John Neveu.  Dearest partner of WandaTrunn.  Brother of Roy & wife Donna.  To honour Pete’s request, cremation has taken place.  Arrangements entrusted to Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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ELLIOTT-SKINNER, Vera (nee Bertram)

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_vera_elliotskinnerPassed away peacefully on September 19, 2016 at the age of 77 years.  Beloved wife of Kenneth Skinner for 13 years.  Cherished mother of Bill and wife Lisa, Bob and wife Carol, Debbie Hackbarth, Don and wife Marge.   Reunited with loved late husband Allan Elliott (1992).  Loving stepmother of Nancy and Garrett Halas, Kathy and Dave Riebe.  Proud grandma of 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  Dear sister of Shirley Roberts, Carl Bertram, Myrna McKinlay, and Dora Mills. Sister in law of Sandra Lekberg. Missed by Bob and Sandy Childs.  Survived by many nieces and nephews.  If you so desire, donations made to Brynlie Heisler (made payable to Alyssia Elliott) would be appreciated by the family.  Vera dedicated her life to the service of others and found much joy in volunteering. Visiting Friday from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm.  Funeral Service Saturday 11:30 am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.  Interment Victoria Memorial Gardens.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

 

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RENAUD, Pamela Ann (nee Schofield)

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_renaud_pamelaPassed away surrounded by loved ones on September 19, 2016 at 76 years of age. Dearest mother of Colette and husband Robert Maher, and Mark and wife Brooke. Cherished Nana to Nicole Renaud, Alexandra Maher, and Gabriel Maher. Sister to Bernice and husband Henry Lamoureux and aunt of Chris, Michael, and John Lamoureux. Beloved friend and neighbour of Janet and Al Lassaline, Phyllis Maurice and John Moore, Lloyd Strong, and all those at Venture Place co-op, McEwan, and Lakes of the North. Pam was a talented artist and made those around her feel welcome with her cooking and love. Rarely apart, Pam’s beloved husband and love of her life, Dennis Arthur Renaud (Denny), predeceased her last year shortly after their 51st wedding anniversary. Cremation has taken place. On Monday, October 17, 2016, family and friends are invited to meet after 10:00 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Church (1947 Meldrum) for a Celebration of their Lives and love a Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. A double interment of their ashes will take place privately. Arrangements entrusted to FAMILIES FIRST 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories or make a charitable donation online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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PALAZZI, Edda Marie (nee Dal Farra)

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_palazzi_edda-newIt is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother & Nonna on September 19, 2016 at the age of 82 with her loving family by her side.  Predeceased by Elio (2012) her loving husband of 55 years.   Adored & loving mother of Gloria & husband Kenny Paschin, Larry & wife Tammy.  Cherished Nonna of Lucas, Julie, Maxine, & Leah.  Dearest sister of Gina (Cesare) Turrin.  Predeceased by her parents Isacco & Emma, in-laws Federico & Adele, sister Lidia Costa (late Dante), brother Armando Dal Farra (survived by sister-in-law Natalina).  Loved sister-in-law of Paolo (late Betty), Marco & Elena, Massimo & Susan, Marisa & Rudy Leitzinger.   Loving Zia to many nieces & nephews.  Edda was born in Postumia, Italy on October 4, 1933.  She immigrated to Canada with her family at the age of 16.  She met Elio who swept her off her feet at a St. Angela dance. They married in 1957.  Edda retired from TD Bank in 1997 after many years of dedicated service.  Edda enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, & watching soccer. Most of all, she adored the time she spent with her grandchildren.  The family would like to extend a heartfelt Thank you to the amazing staff at the Village at St. Clair for the care, compassion & love shown to Edda & her family over the past 2 years, especially during her final days.  These exceptional people became part of her family & will forever hold a place in our hearts.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor would be appreciated by the family.  Visiting Thursday 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.  Funeral 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.  Interment to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.familiesfirst.ca

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BOSNYAK, Barbara

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_bosnyak_barbaraPassed away peacefully on September 19, 2016, three days before her 101st Birthday. Beloved wife of 44 years to the late George (1976). Loving mother of daughter Mary and son Ed and his wife Pat. She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Anna and Nick Weiss, and by three brothers and one sister. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Henry Fortuna for his excellent care during the past 20 years. Special thanks to the entire staff at Sunrise Senior Living for their loving care for the past 8 years. Thanks also to Sunrise for giving Barbara a wonderful party on her 100th Birthday. Visitation Thursday 10:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. at FAMILIES FIRST, 1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Share memories or photos online at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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Côté, Raymond Leo

Posted by on September 20, 2016

Suddenly at the age of 81 years. Predeceased by his wife Bella (2004).  Dear father of Charlene, Juliette Robinson, Raymond (Rocky) and wife Janis, Lionel and predeceased by David (1997).  Survived by his siblings and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Ray served with The Windsor Regiment (RCAC).  If you so desire, donations to the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation or The Crohns and Colitis Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Cremation has taken place. Memorial Visiting Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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CYR, Annette (nee Côté)

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_cyrPeacefully, on September 18, 2016, one day before her 88th birthday.  Beloved mother of Linda Cyr, Brian Cyr, Rosemarie May and husband Michael.  Loving grandmother of April White and husband Carmen, Aric Cyr and wife Yoshiko, Jennifer Cyr and partner Cory, Derek May, Kenneth May and wife Candise and Bryce May.  Great-grandmother of 9.  Dear sister of Teresa Chrusch of Alberta (the late John), Leo and wife Velma Côté of Alberta, the late Yvonne Knowles (the late Bob), the late Roy Côté (survived by Kay).  Annette will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews.  Annette will always be remembered as a very hard working and devoted mother and grandmother.  If you so desire, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Visiting Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  at Families First South Windsor, 3260 Dougall Avenue, 519-969-5841.  On Thursday, family and friends are invited to meet at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 804 Grand Marais Road East after 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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MACEACHERN, Alexander “Sandy”

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_maceachernPassed away September 17th, 2016, just 2 weeks short of his 78th birthday. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Cheryl Gravel. He is the adored father of Deborah MacEachern, Dana Deschamps and her friend Johnny Montgomery, Deanna, and his much loved son-in-law, Brian Latouf, and his late son, Thomas (1967) and his late son-in-law Mike (1996). He was so loved and respected by his two step-sons, Jeffrey Gravel and partner Natalie Litt and Matthew Gravel and his wife, Hali. He leaves behind 7 treasured grandchildren, Jordan Kiric, Kyle, Lauren and Hailey Latouf, Joel and Mitchell Deschamps and Ricky Gravel.

He is son #5 to the late Douglas MacEachern and the late Grace (MacDonald). He will always be remembered by his siblings, Frank and wife Carol, Fred and the late Denise, Renee Comartin and the late Ed, Mary Stalmach and her husband Robert, sisters-in-law, Madeleine MacEachern (Douglas) and Lois MacEachern (Martin). He is pre-deceased by brothers, Douglas, John and his wife Jean, Martin, Allan and his sister Elizabeth Ives.

Sandy will be fondly remembered by his mother-in-law, Dorothy Gauthier and the late Bert, his sisters-in-law, Debbie Bell, Geraldine and Camiel Gevaert, Bernadette and David Ruggaber and Sharron and John Kwiatkowski.

Uncle Sandy will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. He will never be forgotten by so many close friends, some much like brothers to him.

Sandy retired from Ford Motor Company after 31 years of loyalty. He was a lifetime member of the Chrymoto Club and was part of their gin league. He also belonged to the Ford Retirees Golf League out of Dominion Golf Course. He loved to play cards, the ponies and the lotteries.

If you so desire, donations to the Charity of your Choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Visitation Monday at 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral Tuesday at 11:30am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

In honouring Sandy, be kind to one another and above all always remember
“LIFE IS GOOD”

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STOREY, Valerie Eden (nee Giroux)

Posted by on September 20, 2016

web_storeyPassed away peacefully with her family by her side on September 17, 2016 at 57 years of age. Beloved wife of Terry for 33 years. Cherished mother of Collin and Shannon. Loving daughter of William and the late Beatrice Giroux. Dear daughter-in-law of the late Joseph and Margaret Storey. Dearest sister of Robert (Jean) Giroux, William (Patty) Giroux, Daniel Giroux and sister-in-law of the late Robert Storey (Charlyne Grouix), the late William (Kathleen) Storey and Carey (Amy) Storey. Best friend of Pam (Dave) Butler. Val will be sadly missed by her extended family and dear friends. If you so desire, donations to the Canadian Lung Association would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Tuesday 7-9pm and Wednesday 3-5pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Thursday at 11:30am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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McNamara, Dr. Eugene

Posted by on September 18, 2016

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Beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, professor, and poet passed away peacefully in his home on September 17, surrounded by his loving family.

 

Eugene McNamara was born in Oak Park, Illinois on March 18, 1930. He attended De Paul University and received his PhD from Northwestern University, both in Chicago. He married the love of his life, Margaret, in 1952. After teaching at the University of Illinois, he moved his family to Windsor in 1959 to teach at what was then Assumption University, later the University of Windsor. He remained in the English Department for 36 years, retiring in 1995, and was named Professor Emeritus shortly thereafter. In 2000, he received the honorary degree of Doctor Of Laws from the University of Windsor.

 

His accomplishments and contributions to the University and to the city of Windsor during those 36 years are tremendous. He spearheaded the Creative Writing Department which quickly became one of the most respected departments of its kind in Canada. He founded the “University of Windsor Review” and was its editor for over 20 years.

He mentored numerous aspiring writers, many of whom went on to great success. He arranged poetry readings, not just at the university, but also in several locations across the city, putting Windsor on the map as a respected literary destination. He was a poet, a writer and a scholar. His numerous books, collections of poetry and short stories, drew praise from critics across the country. But the real passion in his career was teaching. He loved it all. He was and is one of the most beloved professors the University has ever had. Countless numbers of people have approached him or family members over the years to say that Dr. McNamara was the best professor they had ever had, that he inspired them to learn, to read, to love literature (and film – he created Literature in Film courses and shared his love of movies as a part-time film critic for the Windsor Star.)  Many of his students became teachers themselves. Many went on to other pursuits, yet retained that love of books and the beauty that they found there.

 

In 2008 a scholarship was established in his name. A dinner was held to honour him and to raise funds. Eugene was moved and proud but, in typical fashion for him, he was more excited about being able to give something to students in their academic pursuits than he was about the accolades he received that night.

As much as he was proud of his contributions to the school and the city, Eugene was grateful to Windsor for providing him a place to learn and grow, a place to share his life with his darling wife and to raise and enjoy his family. He always said, “Windsor has been very good for me”.

He was a man who took great joy in the world and people around him, wringing every drop of happiness he could get out of his love of books, music, movies, art, antiques, cooking, traveling and dancing (he was a favourite partner at faculty and other parties because he was one of the few husbands who loved to dance). As immense as his love was for all of these, his greatest loves were his family, his friends and colleagues.

Eugene was preceded in death by his mother Anna Ryan McNamara, his father, Joseph McNamara, his brother, Martin McNamara, as well as sons-in-law Patrick Lobzun, Kevin Donoghue and many friends and colleagues at the University of Windsor.

 

He leaves, in body only, his wife, Margaret, oldest son Michael and his wife, Judy Holm; daughter, Mary, son David and his wife, Catharine Mastin, son Brian and his wife, Susan (nee Beaudoin); and son Christopher and his wife, Margaret Fong; grandchildren Aaron Holm and his wife, Saira Khan; Caitlin McNamara and her husband Neil Langshaw; Martin McNamara Lobzun; Jennifer McNamara; James and Jeffery Marr; Markus and August Fong-McNamara. Great-grandchildren Olive Holm, Haris Holm, and Joshua Hollywood. His love and spirit remain with them always. Each one of them knows and cherishes the enveloping warmth of his deep love for them.

Heartfelt thanks to Margaret, Kahindi, Johnson, Ravi, Annette and all of the staff at CCAC and Paramed. Thanks also to Natalie and all the people at Home Instead. Many thanks also to Miles and John and all the good people at VON. The support of the palliative team at Hospice was invaluable. Finally, a very special thank you to two friends who are also nurses, Terry Whalen and Sarah Hill, who gave their expertise, along with their love and admiration for Eugene, in numerous ways.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Eugene McNamara Scholarship at The University of Windsor or, to carry on Eugene’s love of literature, you may donate a book to a local school or library in your community.

Cremation has taken place.  Memorial visitation will take place on Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at FAMILIES FIRST 1065 LAUZON RD. East Windsor, 519-969-5841  Parish prayers at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Evening.  Visitation will continue on Wednesday September 21, 2016  at the Our Lady of Assumption Parish- McEwan Campus 711 McEwan Ave from 10 :00 a.m. until time of mass at 11:00 a.m.  Share memories online at FamiliesFirst.ca

 

“If tomorrow comes and I wake to

find you next to me I’ll know I am

home—–

 

If tomorrow never comes again well

we’ve been there and back again

 

You are the country I will never ever

fly from like geese in the park close

to home you are the map of far places

home in my heart–”

 

from “Heart Land”

?        for Margaret

 

 

 

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Richardson, Rodney Thomas E

Posted by on September 17, 2016

web_richardson_rodneyInto the loving arms of his Lord and Saviour on September 14, 2016 at 71 years of age. Cherished husband of Rose Anne (nee White) for 50 years. Loving father of Ryan and wife Janice, Rochelle “Shelley” and husband Roger McLaren, and Regan and wife Michelle. Treasured Grandpa/Papa of Joseph, Jessica, Noah, Logan, Grady, Maxwell and Christian. Dear brother of Wilma (Leslie Lowe) of Bermuda. He will be sadly missed by his cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. Rodney came to Canada from Bermuda in 1963 and attended W.D. Lowe Technical School where he won many soccer championships. He was an architectural draftsman and salesman. He professed his faith in Christ in 1973 and was instrumental in leading many to his Saviour. He faithfully served the Lord! If you so desire, donations to the Windsor-Essex Gift of Life Association would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Sunday 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm at FAMILIES FIRST 3260 DOUGALL AVE. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Monday, family and friends are invited to meet after 10:00 am at Campbell Baptist Church (1821 Wyandotte St W.) for memorial service at 11:00 am. Share memories or make a charitable donation online at FamiliesFirst.ca

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Windsor

Marius, Anna

Posted by on September 17, 2016

web_mariusPassed away peacefully on September 14, 2016 at 92 years of age, surrounded by her family.  Beloved wife of the late Evelino (1983). She will be missed dearly by her children, Marisa Del Rizzo (Dante), Louis Mariuz (Maria).  Dear nonna to David Del Rizzo (Jackie), Marc Del Rizzo, Paul Del Rizzo (Jenna), Andria St. Germain (Rob), Dino Mariuz (Jennifer), Lisa Mitchell (Steve).  Bis nonna to Mikayla, Selina, Nathan, Claire, Dylan, Andrew, Kate, Chloe and Simon.   Beloved sister of Regina (Elide) Azzano (Italy).  Sister in-law to Rosina Azzano (Ottawa).  Predeceased by 7 siblings.  Will be missed by many nephews, nieces and relatives in Canada, U.S and Italy.  Anna was a 25 year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Caboto Club, and participated with il Gruppo del’ Amicizia.  In lieu of flowers memorial tributes to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m.  Parish prayers at 4:30 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.  Funeral mass on Saturday September 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help 804 Grand Marais Road. Friends and family are requested to meet directly at the church. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Share memories, photos or make a donation  at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Windsor

Rocheleau, Patricia Doris (nee Wiseman)

Posted by on September 16, 2016

web_rocheleau_patriciaPassed away peacefully with her family by her side on September 16, 2016 at 85 years of age. Reunited with her beloved husband Ulysse (1981). Cherished mother of Eddie, Jane, Dave (Tina), Jack, Evelyn (Donald) Meharg, Patty (David Spratt), Jim (Heather) and pre deceased by Mike (2014). Loving Mimi of 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Dear sister-in-law of Theresa Rocheleau. Patricia will be sadly missed by her extended family and her dear friends. Special thank you to the staff at Ouellette Campus and Season’s in Amherstburg for their care and compassion. If you so desire, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Sunday 3-5pm and 7-9pm. Parish Prayers Sunday at 4:30pm at Families First 2130 Front Rd. LaSalle, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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Laing, Joanne

Posted by on September 16, 2016

web_laing_joannePeacefully with her loving family by her side on September 15, 2016 at 59 years of age. Beloved Mother of Robert (Lindsey) and Michael. Cherished Daughter of Nicole Desloges & Jean-Louis St. Pierre. Loving Nana of Logann and Landynn. Dear Sister of Luc and Rachel. Joanne will be missed by many loving Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends. If you so desire, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.Visiting Sunday 3-5 & 7-9pm. Funeral Service Monday 10:00am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Share memories, photos or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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