LEBLANC, Monique Marie Antoinette (nee Laramee) of Sarnia

LEBLANC, Monique Marie Antoinette – With sorrow we announce the passing of Monique Leblanc on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the age of 85. She is survived by her loving husband Eugene Jean Louis Joesph Leblanc. She will also be greatly missed by her children and spouses; Francois & Luise, Jacques & Tammy, Marcel & Estela, Denise & Tim, Daniel & Marvelis, Pierre, Sylvie, Mireille & John, Claire & Mike, Martine & John and Linda & Reg. Feeling the loss are her 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Also survived by her siblings; Aline, Marc, Roger and Andre. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Kathemo Mukucha at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Monday, December 17th at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 Christina St. N., 2nd Flr., Sarnia, N7T 5W6. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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HACHÉ, Gaëtane France of Sarnia

Suddenly at home, Gaëtane Haché died on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the age of 71. Loving mom of Lisa-Marie Kleinsmith & her husband Jeffery, Courtright and Casey D’Andrea & his wife Heather, Aurora. Cherished grammie of Kadin, Avery, Mikaela, Emma and Xavier. Dear sister of Florent (Lise) Haché, Constance (Andre) Simard, Berthin (Ghislaine) Haché, Louis Haché (Real Doyle), Claudiane Haché and Minouche Haché. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Gérard & Cecile Haché and her brother Conrad Haché. Gaëtane was a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League. She was a very giving person, who loved to volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society and Vision Nursing Home. Many things brought great joy to her life, her children, grandchildren, butterflies and dancing. Strong in faith, she was a devout catholic. She will be missed but lovingly remembered by all whose lives’ she touched. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Mathew Sobierajski at St. Benedict’s Church on Tuesday, December 18th at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment in Quebec at a later date. As an expression of sympathy and to honour Gaëtane’s years of volunteering and her strong faith, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 Christina St. N 2nd Flr, Sarnia, N7T 5W6 or to St. Benedict’s Church, 1011 Oak Ave, Sarnia, ON N7S 1J4. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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JENNINGS, Charles Thomas Wesley “Tom” of Sarnia

JENNINGS, Charles Thomas “Tom” – Tom passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Maria (1989) and the late Phyllis (2017).  Loving father of Wesley Jennings (Lee Ann), Brampton, the late Brian Jennings, Sarnia, Deborah Harrison (late David), Sarnia and Joanna Jennings, Sarnia,.  Step-father of Phyllis O’Brien (Dan), Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Anne Phillips (Jason), Brampton and great-grandfather of Tyler and Kaitlyn Phillips, Brampton. Step-grandfather of 6 and step-great-grandfather of 9. Brother of Fred Jennings (Sally), Sarnia. Brother-in-law of Floyd Payne, Sarnia. Predeceased by parents Charles & Rita Jennings and sister Mary Margaret Payne. Tom was an Air Cadet with the 44thSarnia Squadron and was the oldest surviving member. He then served with the Canadian Armed Forces during W.W. II. Tom played trumpet in the Pressy Boys Band after the war and was a milkman for Silverwoods Dairy. He worked for the Sarnia Fire Department for 37 years and was a Platoon Chief for 23 years. Visitation will be held at Dunlop United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10-10:50 a.m. The funeral service will follow immediately following in the church at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by the Rev. Adam Kilner. Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to Dunlop United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave., N7T 1Z8. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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WHEATLEY, Phyllis Joyce (nee Ford) of Sarnia

WHEATLEY, Phyllis Joyce – Phyllis passed away at Trillium Villa on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Frederick Wheatley. Dear mother of Patience McGill, Westland, MI., late Dr. Neil McGill, Jamaica, Marlene Lopez, Jamaica, Dennis Lopez, Jamaica, Karl Lopez, Jamaica, Tonette Lopez, Toronto and Rita Ford, Toronto.  Loving grandmother of Gennea, Michael, Dwain, Wendy, Laighton, Neilia, Neil- Jorge, Matthew, Stacey, Andre, Denise and Mallek. Sister of Herma Chang, England. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Alexander Ford and sisters Edna Hutchinson, Winnifred Moody, Rosa Baker, Lileth Edinboro and Yvonne Ford. Phyllis Joyce (Ford) Wheatley was born on May 4, 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica W.I.  She was the fourth of seven children, from the union of Dr. Charles Emmanuel Ford and Mabel Elizabeth (Ware) Ford.  She completed high school in Kingston, shortly after the family moved to Clarendon W.I.  In 1950 she started working for the Ministry of Agriculture.  In 1968 she immigrated to the Bahamas, then came to Canada.  In 1972 she met Frederick Walter Wheatley.  They were married in 1982 in Jamaica. They returned to reside in Canada.  Phyllis was a phenomenal homemaker, cook and organizer.  Few could hold a candle next to her.  Her middle name was Joyce (however if the truth be told that was a reflection of the joy she had within).  This same joy she constantly shared with everyone she came in contact with.  She loved to entertain.  She loved to dance and be surrounded by her grandchildren.  She truly was a kind, loving and caring person.  Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 11-11:50 a.m. The funeral service will be held immediately following in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Tabernacle Church of God, 204 East St. N., Sarnia, ON N7T 6X7.Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Toronto

MENDONCA, Maria Delurdes (nee Chaves Espinola) of Sarnia

MENDONCA, Maria Delurdes – Maria died at Bluewater Health on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of Amorim. Dear mother of the late Celeste Ramos (late Joe), Sarnia, Manuel Mendonca (Fatima), Sarnia and Gabrielle Stringer (late Steven), Sarnia.  Loving grandmother of Michael Ramos (Tammy), Tracey Ramos, Cassandra Michetti (Ryan), Amanda Johnson (Dave), Justine Petronski (Tate), Ryan Mendonca (Marie), Lyndsay Lajoie (Justin) and Tyler Cossette. Great-grandmother of  Austin, Miguel, Faith, Faye, Grayson, Landon, Hudson, Madden, Hadley, Lane, Ivy, soon to be born baby Petronski, Olivia, Christian, Amelia and Noah. Sister of Durvalina Espinola (late Frank), Toronto. Predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Pathways Health Centre for Children, 1240 Murphy Rd., N7S 2Y2. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DONOHUE, William Anthony “Bill” Jr. of Sarnia

DONOHUE, WILLIAM ANTHONY “BILL” Jr. – Thank God the Toronto Raptors won. While cheering on his beloved team, with his Raptors hat, scarf, and socks on, Bill died at home, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the age of 82.

Bill was the beloved husband of 55 years to his like-minded, and better-looking, wife Victoria Donohue, a non-golfer. Vicki being a non-golfer was what made the marriage last for 55 years. When asked how she felt over the death of her “Dear,” Vicki said, “If the Raptors didn’t get him, I was sure the Toronto Maple Leafs would.”

Bill, (PopsPopsey) was a loving and proud (and we’re not at all biased) father of Dr. Mary Donohue (Paul Brent) of Toronto; Mark Donohue (Lisa) of Oakville; Tim Donohue (Erin Crawford) of London, and cherished grandfather of Jia, Jacob and Madelyn.

When asked about their thoughts on the passing of the one man who loved them unconditionally their entire lives, his children unanimously stated that, “We are surprised it didn’t happen on the golf course, when he finally made a putt”

His love of golf, sports, travel, martinis and adventures with his family was usurped only by his propensity to get in and out of the “trickiest” situations, including locking his keys in the car in the worst part of Detroit (and finding some “fine fellows” to open the door, who mysteriously had “jimmy sticks” handy in their trench coats). All incidents of luck were followed always by the words, “Don’t tell your mother!”

His personal quests included running his business, Donohue World Travel, for 30 years, while also volunteering. He served as chair and board member of the Lambton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board for 32 years; was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club; and volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Society, the Cancer Society and the Catholic Church.

In his spare time Bill became a cowboy. He raised and showed Quarter Horses. He performed beyond all expectations. He even competed and won in the barrel racing category in a distinguished field of one.

Dear brother of John Donohue & Sean, Toronto; Patrick Donohue & Jane, Toronto; Joe Donohue & Maureen, Sarnia;  Irene Donohue, Sarnia; John Humphrey, London; and Colleen Donohue, Toronto. Brother-in-law of Charles (Chuck) Juryn (Wallaceburg). Predeceased by his parents, William & Eileen Donohue, and his sisters Elizabeth, Helen and Mary Eileen Donohue.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Matthew Sobierajski (whom he taught to golf), at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church.  Private family interment at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, ON, N7T 6S3 or St. Joseph Hospice, 475 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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WIST, Ingeborg (nee Streissler) of Sarnia

WIST Ingeborg “Inge” – With her family by her side, Inge Wist died peacefully at Bluewater Health Hospital on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of Hans (predeceased on October 12, 2017). She and Hans had a special loving relationship which lasted their lifetime (65 years).  Loving mother of Dorian Wist & his wife Theresa, Toronto, Sylvia Park & the late Ron, Kitchener, Stefan Wist & his wife Andrea, Southampton and Andrea Wist & her husband Chris Hogan, Sarnia. Cherished Grossmama/O’Mami of Travis Park (Tammy), Ryan Park (Kadie), Sean Park (Sophie), Kirsten Wasowicz (Stefan), Kenne, Kristofer, Kelan and Kieffer Wist, Scott Black, Heather Black (Nigel Ribeiro), Kelly Hogan, James Hogan. Great Grossmama of Brooklyn, Haley, Dylan, Malaya, Nick, Paisley, Sienna and Claire.  Also survived by Hans’s nephews Bundy and John Wist.  Predeceased by her parents Therese and Josef Streissler.  Survived by Austrian relatives which include Gernot and Christine Bliem.

Inge graduated from the Technische Universität Wien (Vienna University of Technology) in Vienna, Austria with an advanced degree in chemical engineering and worked three years at the Tabakregie Austria (National Tobacco Company) 1949-1952 as a chemist. In mid-December 1952, Inge sailed to Canada on the Samaria from Le Havre, France to Halifax (Pier 21), Nova Scotia, eventually ending up in London, Ontario where she joined her husband Hans.  In London, Ontario, from 1953 to 1956, Inge worked at the University of Western Ontario as a biology department professor’s assistant.  In 1956, Inge and her family settled in Sarnia. From 1958 until the present she was a member of the University Women’s Club (60 years), becoming one of the longest living members.  For a period of time Inge was President of the Music Guild in the club. Inge became a skilled fine art agent and promoter and coordinated art shows for her son, Dorian.  She was also hired as a translator for chemical companies in Chemical Valley (e.g Dow Chemical and Imperial Oil).

Inge became talented in the art of silver-smithing and needlecraft and had the magic touch for anything requiring artistic expression.  This included designing and creating an artistically attractive home (interior and exterior). Inge was an accomplished pianist who continued her studies under the tutelage of Gwen Beamish (music professor at Western University) and taught piano to many.  She was also an amazing chef and baker specializing in Viennese cuisine.  Inge was a well-rounded individual who stayed current on world events, was an avid reader, and loved to socialize and play cards.  Inge had a strong will to live and because of her positive attitude and inner strength, she was able to keep her sense of humour, cope and endure with dignity her many physical hardships.

In honouring Inge’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia Community Foundation, Suite 100, 560 Exmouth St., Sarnia N7T 5P5 or Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3.  Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. (519-344-3131). Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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GAGLIARDI, Ines Teresa (nee Trombino) of Sarnia

GAGLIARDI (Trombino), Ines Teresa – Peacefully with her family by her side, Ines Gagliardi died at Afton Park Place on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Carmine. Dear mother of Pina DeSantis (Michael), Toronto and Frank Gagliardi (Sherry), Sarnia. Loving nanna of Michael DeSantis, Nicholas Gagliardi (Michelle), Daniel Gagliardi (Brandi), Steve Zuniga and Krislynn McKinlay (Brandon). Great nanna of Braydon Zuniga. Sister of Italo Trombino (Anna), Rhode Island, Medoro Trombino (Palma), Rhode Island, Maria Trombino, Italy and Anna Scola (Frank), Massachusetts. Sister-in-law of Isidoro Gagliardi (Olga), Sarnia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Ines will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends. Predeceased by parents Stanislao & Philomena Trombino and by baby son Danny. Ines’ family would like to thank Dr. William O’Mahony, Dr. Glen Maddison and the staff of Afton Park Place for the loving care given to her. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. Entombment Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Society, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or the charity of your choice.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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de GUZMAN, Fe “Chic” (nee Zaballera) of Sarnia

DE GUZMAN, Fe ‘Chic’ – Passed peacefully in the comfort of her family and friends at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the age of 69.  Beloved wife of Jorge of 49 years. Loving mother of Anna Bennett (John) of Belleville and Kate Foley (James) of Corunna. Mama Chic will be fondly remembered by her six grandchildren Jackson Bennett, Maya Bennett, Wyatt Bennett, Ethan Foley, Tessa Foley, and Tylar Foley. Survived by her sister Adelita Hahne (Hans) of Germany, her ‘brother’ Domingador Evacula of the Philippines, brothers-in-law Jamie de Guzman and Bobby de Guzman (Doris) of Philippines, sisters-in-law Elsa Pascual and Asuncion Garcia. She held special place for the Driscoll, Lejarde, and Jimenez families in Ohio, and the Alcala and de Guzman families in the Philippines, Australia, Bangkok, and the United States. Predeceased by her parents Bienvenido and Adelina Zaballero, sister Noemi Alcala, father and mother in law, Joaquin and Estella de Guzman, and brother in law, Jose de Guzman.

As per her wishes, cremation has taken place with plans of interment in the Philippines.  Celebration of Life, celebration of songs and inspiration, will be held at Grace United Church, 990 Cathcart Boulevard, Sarnia on December 1st, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The family would like to extend appreciation and thanks to the most caring medical team and staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice and Bluewater Health. We are truly grateful for all your support.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Missionaries of the Poor – Philippines (https://missionariesofthepoor.org/). Arrangements entrusted to McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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MANTON, John Ernest of Petrolia

John Ernest Manton PhD, B.Sc., DIC, passed away on November 15, 2018 at C.E.E. Hospital in Petrolia in his 86th year.  John was the beloved husband of Joyce (Walmsley) for 61 years and proud father of Janice (Tom) Burns and Jillian Manton and loving grandfather to Nicholas (Trish) Burns and Gregory (Steph) Burns. He was predeceased by his sister June.  He will be missed by his family and many friends. John was born in Swindon, England to the late Ivy and James Edward Manton. He was educated at Kimbolton School in Bedfordshire, London University at Chelsea Polytechnic and Imperial College in England. John married Joyce (Walmsley) in February 1957 and then sailed for Canada the following month to start work in Ottawa where he spent 2 years at the National Research Council. He then worked for a year in Kingston at the Royal Military College before coming to Polymer Corporation, Sarnia in 1960.  He retired in 1995 as the manager of the Patent Department after 35 years of service. During his years in Sarnia, John was an active member of Canon Davis Memorial Church serving as Treasurer and a member of the Parish Council for many years.  He served on the Parks Board, on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Society and the Sarnia Humane Society for several years. He also worked with the Polysar Glee Club on many productions and served on the executive. Please honour John by wearing bright colours and a smile. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church (Russell at Maxwell) on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 1-1:45 p.m. The memorial service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, (519)344-3131. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to donate in John’s memory please consider the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., N7T 5W6 Canon Davis Memorial Church, 380 N. Russell St., N7T 6S6 or the Sarnia Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, London, Ontario, Sarnia

HALL, Kathy (nee Hewitt) of Sarnia

HALL (Hewitt), Kathy – At her residence on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the age of 68. Beloved wife of the late Wayne Hall (2005). Dear mother of Reid Hall (Jen) and Lindsay Benedictus (Jason). Devoted nana of Sarah and Kaitlyn Benedictus and Sunny Hall. Sister of Jan Clark (Paul), Dick Hewitt (Joyce), Ken Hewitt, Ted Hewitt (Vickie). Sister-in-law of Margo Harrison (Dennis). Predeceased by her parents John (Chick) & Agnes Hewitt and brothers John, Don and Pat Hewitt. Kathy will be forever missed by her faithful companion Rosie. Special thanks to Lauchie for his care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Thursday 7-9 p.m. The memorial service will be held on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel offciated by Fr. Stephen Savel.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to M.A.D.D. Sarnia Lambton Chapter, 546 N. Christina St., N7T 5W6.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com 

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VAN ARKEL, Harrie “Henry” of Sarnia

VAN ARKEL, Harrie “Henry”- It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to a loving husband, father and opa who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.  Henry was the husband of the late Gerda (2011) for 51 years. Father of two daughters and two sons, Anne Marie Dalton (Neil), Sarnia, Laurette Kropp (Paul), West Kelowna, BC, Jerome Van Arkel (Patricia), Sarnia and Matthew Van Arkel (M’liss), Chatham-Kent.  Henry was a proud opa to Emily, Rachel, Trinity, Dawson, Joel, Brooke, Melanna and Savana. Brother of Frank Van Beers (late Willie), Wardsville, John Van Beers (Judy), Goderich, Nellie Van Den Diepstraten (Andy), Bayfield, and Jane Van Den Diepstraten (John), California.  Brother-in-law of Nettie Van Beers and Andy Van Loon.  Predeceased by parents Laurentius & Caterina Van Arkel, brothers and sisters Adrian Van Arkel (Nelly), Jozef Van Beers, Ann Van Dooren (Joe), Frances Van Asseldonk (Martin) and Mary Van Loon.  Henry was a dedicated volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for 5 years, logging 6228.5 hours and received the Habitat Lifetime Achievement Award. Friends will be received at Sacred Heart Church (corner Charlesworth & Lecaron) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 10–10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, (519)344-3131. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Habitat for Humanity, 1787 London Line, N7T 7H2.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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SAUVE, Patricia Jean (nee Ricketts) of Sarnia

SAUVE, Patricia Jean (nee Ricketts) – Surrounded by the love of her family Patricia Sauve died peacefully on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the age of 82, at St. Joseph’s Hospice.  Beloved wife of the late Norman.  Loving mother of Kim and the late Rick Thibeault, Brenda Chambers & her husband Scott and Rick & his wife Shirley Sauve.  Proud grandmother of Kelly and the late Corey Bedard, Michelle Thibeault and Stephanie Reeves & her husband Ian. Jessica Laliberte (Shawn) and Brendan Sauve. Cherished great-grandmother of Jacob (Thibeault) Cadwell, Elise, Ava and Madelyn Laliberte.  Dear sister of Anne Marie Rowe & her husband Tom. Sister-in-law of Catherine Ricketts, Rita Sauve, Raymond and his wife Jean Sauve. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Hazel & William Ricketts, siblings Bill Ricketts, Betty Kerns and Rosemary Hines. Patricia always had a smile on her face. She enjoyed volunteering at the Canadian Blood Services clinic, swimming at the Holiday Inn pool. She told the best jokes, made the best date squares and most of all loved being with her family, sharing memories and laughing until we cried. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church on Monday, November 19th at 1:30 p.m.  Cremation to follow with a private family interment at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

 

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

MAJOR, David Mark of Sarnia

MAJOR, David Mark “The Bear” – With his family by his side, Dave Major died at Bluewater Health on Monday, November 12, 2018, at the age of 69.  Beloved husband of Carole (nee Rondeau).  Loving father of Jacqueline Daamen (Jeff), Sarnia, Angelique Major (Marlon), Ann Arbor, Marc Major (Melissa), Sarnia and Richard Major (Cheri), Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Autumn Daamen, Austin, Madison, Miley Major and Ethan Hardman. Special companion of Michelle Columbus, Sarnia. Dear brother of Michael Major, Sarnia. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by his dear friends Tommy Wright and Bob Crickard and many more.  Predeceased by his parents Gordon & Teresa Major.  Dave was a member of Local 663 and retired from Nova Corunna in 2010. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date and will be announced. Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (519)344-3131. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to Noelle’s Gift, P.O. Box 3334, Sarnia Main, Sarnia, N7T 8G6 or The Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St., Sarnia, N7T 2R1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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NELSON, Joan (nee Knox) of Sarnia

NELSON, Joan (Knox) – Joan passed away peacefully at the age of 102 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, November 9, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Jack (1995). Dear mother of Anne Marie Fenn (Rick), Lagoon City, John Nelson (Joy), Mount Brydges, Jim Nelson, Sarnia, Bill Nelson, Sarnia, Lori Hoekstra (John), Corunna and Linda Smith (Don), Corunna. Loving grandmother of Leanne Morningstar (Brian), Susan Ciprietti (Danny), Andrea Freeman (Scott), Scott Nelson (Kelli), Cara Powers (Nathan), Erica Nelson, Jessica Nelson, Erin Montgomery (Ken), Laura Nelson (Adam Teschke), Michael Nelson, Lyndsay Pavlovic (Robert), and Steve Hoekstra (Katlyn). Great-grandmother of Jenna, Tyler, Joey, Arlo, Brady, Riley, Jordon, Jack, Josephine, Violet, Lincoln, Sutton, Ryan, and Bennett. Predeceased by grandson Jay Smillie (1993). Joan was a lifelong member of the Catholic Women’s League and St. Joseph’s Church, Sarnia. She earned her A.R.T.C. and taught piano for many years. Joan and Jack purchased the family home on Harkness St. in 1942 and Joan continued to live there until 2 years ago. Joan’s family would like to thank Dr. Kim, the palliative care team, the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice, and the parish team from St. Joseph’s Church, Corunna for the care and compassion shown to her. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church, Sarnia on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. Cremation to follow.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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SLATTERIE, Shirley (nee Frieday) of Sarnia

SLATTERIE, Shirley – Passed to a far better place surrounded by her loving daughter Cindy and her husband Paul Pinel and daughter Debra Slatterie on November 4, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia. Born March 14, 1933 in Seaforth, Ontario, she was predeceased by her father Herman Frieday and mother Rita (nee: Hartman), loving husband John “Jack” Morrison Slatterie, her brother Bruce and first wife Edna Hiusser, and survived by his second wife Marian (nee: Holt). Shirley is survived by her sisters Elaine Hunt of Guelph, Joanne Frieday (Rolf) of Wellington, Ontario and brother Ron Frieday (Bernice) of Brampton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in the names of Dave Frieday, Sue Hilker, Pat Duval and Janet Crowther, as well as Ron Frieday’s children Michelle, Bonnie and Krista, Elaine’s sons Mark and John and Joanne Frieday’s son Joel and Marian’s children Rick Davis, Cindy Davis, Lynn Phoenix (deceased) and Patti Farnham. Retired as a High School Teacher after thirty-five years of service, Shirley began teaching in London, Ontario. With her husband Jack, she moved to Sarnia where she was a teacher at Sacred Heart Elementary School and ended her teaching career at Alexander MacKenzie High School. She spent much of her retirement in Venice, Florida, where she sharpened her bridge playing and painting skills. She accepted many commissions for her painting while in Venice. Everyone who knew Shirley regarded her as dignified, artistic, kind, thoughtful, determined, independent and stubborn, all that you could hope for in a life’s partner, mother, mother-in-law, aunt, friend and teacher. Memorial visitation will be held at the McKENZIE BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 North Christina Street, Sarnia on Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A private interment will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Association, 556 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W6. Enormous gratitude is expressed to Dr. Glen Maddison and his outstanding staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Further gratitude is also sent out to the L.H.I.N. in the person of Evelyn Dixon and her great staff who gave such wonderful care to Shirley. Such care and compassion surrounded us through a difficult time for which we cannot thank you enough.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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RIACH, Mary Theresa (nee McLellan) of Sarnia

RIACH, Mary Theresa on November 3, 2018 peacefully at Bluewater Health, with family at her side. Predeceased by her beloved husband Ian. Their 40 years together brought Mary comfort and beautiful memories. Predeceased by her cherished sister Catherine and dear brother-in-law Bruce Robertson.  She was devoted to her four nephews and niece. Dan (Julie) Robertson, David (late Cathy) Robertson, Doug Robertson, Diane (Ken) Ducharme and Joe Robertson (Margie). Special great aunt of Christopher (Michelle) Robertson, Jennifer (Mike) Birnie, Jessica (Mike) Haluschak, Jenna (Nick) Bedard, Andie Robertson, Darryl (Sarim) Ducharme, Mark (Becky) Ducharme, Trevor Ducharme (Kayla) and Matthew Ducharme. Great great aunt to Lea and Myles, Edward and Angus, Grace, Isla and Emily. Mary was born in Sarnia and attended St. Joseph’s School and Church. She worked at Polysar and served C.W.L. and her faith community. Mary’s greatest joy was family events and holidays. Mary spent her last years at Fairwinds Lodge and Vision Nursing Home supported by wonderful companions.  Friends and family will be received at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St. Sarnia on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 5 – 8 p.m. with prayers being offered at 7:30 p.m., Deacon Dave Robertson to celebrate. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Matthew Bedard. Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may direct their donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, ON  N7T 4Y1.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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FANELLI, Raffaele Giacomo of Sarnia

FANELLI, Raffaele Giacomo – With his family by his side, Raffaele Fanelli died at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the age of 90.  Beloved husband of Anna for 53 years.  Loving father of Tony Fanelli (Gina), Sarnia, Frank Fanelli & his wife Chrissy and Clara Gifford & her husband Kyle, Strathroy.  Cherished nonno of Alyssa Fanelli (her mother Shelley), Chiara Gifford and Matteo Fanelli.  Dear brother–in-law of Nicola Morelli and Antonio Morelli (Maria).  Predeceased by his parents Antonio & Chiara Fanelli, siblings; Adelina Marocco, Beneditto Fanelli, Onoria Viti, Franceso Fanelli, Rosina D’Agostini and Luigi Fanelli, sister-in-law Giovanna Morelli. Raffaele worked as a labourer with the 1089 Labourers Union.  His passion in life was his family.  Spending time with his children and grandchildren gave him great joy.  He enjoyed working in his garden and going for long drives in the country.  Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 7th at 10 a.m. Entombment at Resurrection Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to  Bluewater Health Foundation, Palliative Care, 89 Norman St. Sarnia, N7T 6S3. The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and doctors for their compassionate care of Raffaele.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LATIF, Bernard Matthew of Sarnia

LATIF, Bernard Matthew – Suddenly at his residence on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the age of 55. Husband of Deborah. Dear father of Bernard Jr., Derek and Shawn. Son of Ernie Latif and the late Mathilda (Rice). Brother of Matthew (Debbie) and Ernest David (Lisa). Uncle of Rachel, Alyssa, Camryn and Alex. Bernard was a long time employee at PartSource and previously worked at St. Clair Auto Repair and Sarnia Fine Cars. Cremation has taken place.  Private family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 235 Yorkland Blvd., Suite 600, Toronto, ON M2J 4Y8. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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ANDALI, Giovanni of Point Edward

ANDALI, Giovanni – With his loving family by his side, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Giovanni Andali passed peacefully to meet his creator on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  Beloved husband for 66 years of the late Rosa (Lopetrone), who passed December 2017.  Loving father of Gaetano (Liz Bednar), Joseph, Mary Spinnato and her husband Joseph, Laura Ferrera (Shaun Lockhart), John and his wife Lindsey. Cherished Nonno of Leanne (Sean), Jenine, Kristine (their mother Becky Andali), Justin (his wife Lisa) Andrew (Amanda), Jeremy (Karleen), Christopher, Jovan (his wife Laura), Daniel (his fiancée Taylor) Nicolas, Taylor (his fianceé Leila), Luca and Dante. Bisnonno of Leo Giovanni, Sophia Rose, Julian Joseph Paul and Mya Diane. Uncle to many nieces and nephews in Italy, France and Canada. Compari to many loyal and loving friends. Predeceased by his parents Gaetano & Maria (Martino) Andali and siblings, Rosa, Carmela, Giuseppe, Teresa and Antoinetta.

The only priority of Giovanni’s life was his family. He thrived on quality time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was such a selfless man, always thinking of family first. He was not just the rock of our family he was the mountain. Born on January 14th, 1927 in the town of San Giovanni in Fiore, Cozenza, Italy. He met the love of his life at the age of 20, married in 1952 and departed for Canada in the spring of 1953. His bride and first born followed in May 1956. With many skills and talents he made a wonderful and successful life, with a lot of sacrifices and very hard work. Giovanni was a founding father of the Dante Club, the Italian Pensioners Club and the Bocciafila. He was very involved with the community. He was a man of integrity. Giovanni was a very charitable man. An inspiring example of his charity was helping many new immigrant families.  He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.  We are forever grateful to Dr. David Kim and all the St. Joseph’s Hospice staff, caregivers, friends and family for their love and compassionate care for both of our parents.

Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Matthew Bedard at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, October 29th at 11 a.m. Entombment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum.  As an expression of sympathy and to honour Giovanni, please send memorial donations  to  St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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BENNARDO, Michele “Mike” of Sarnia

BENNARDO, Michele – Peacefully in his 96th year MICHELE (MIKE) BENNARDO passed away at Twin Lakes Nursing Home on Wednesday October10th, 2018. Mike was the beloved son of Rosina (Scarpelli) and Giuseppe Bennardo, born on June 8th 1923 in Rovito, Cosenza, Italy. He was a devoted brother to his siblings – Luigi, Maria (Laudonio), Teresa (Pecora), Franco, Lisetta (Ventura), Elena (Scarpelli), Carolina (Scrivano) & Salvatore. Cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews, a kind and loving cousin and friend. Mike cared deeply for his siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins. He maintained a strong devotion to his extended family and never missed an opportunity to attend a family reunion where he would display his skills playing cards, checkers and bocce. Mike immigrated from Italy to Canada in 1953 and immediately immersed himself in the Canadian culture and Italian community.  He was a founding father of the Dante Club, serving as president from 1965 to 1970 and manager from 1975 to 1982. He was a proud member of the Sarnia Painters Union Local 1590, Knights of Columbus, Italian Pensioners Club and a parishioner of St. Peter’s and Queen of Peace parishes. A heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Twin Lakes and Trillium Villa who always treated him with kindness, consideration and patience. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10-11 a.m.  Funeral Service will be held immediately following in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 or the charity of your choice.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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GRAY, Dorothy Jean of Sarnia

GRAY, Dorothy Jean – Peacefully at Bluewater Health, Dorothy “Dottie” Gray died on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the age of 66.  Loving sister of Joyce Lupi-LaFond & her husband Larry, Sarnia and Brian Gray & his wife Gerri, Sarnia.  Cherished aunt of April Valvasori & her husband Steve, Hamilton and Justin Lupi & his wife Kelsey, Edmonton.  Special great aunt to Drake Morris.  Predeceased by her parents Mary & Fredrick Gray Jr. and her brother-in-law Ben Lupi.  Dorothy worked for many years as a cashier at Walmart.  She enjoyed meeting people.  Dorothy loved to do needlepoint, cross-stitch and photography.  She will be missed but lovingly remembered by all her family, friends and her cherished cat Sammy.  Cremation has taken place.  Memorial visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 3:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 914 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, N7S 5C4.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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SANTAVY, Mary (nee MacDougall) of Sarnia

SANTAVY, Mary (nee MacDougall) – Mary passed away in her 84th year, at Bluewater Health, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Jerry Santavy (2009). Loving mother of Michael (Sonya) and Paula. Proud grandmother of Larysa, Gerald and Frances. Cherished sister of Lauchie MacDougall, Stephen (Cindy) MacDougall and Michael (Patti) MacDougall. Predeceased by her children Anna (1959), James (1961) and Elizabeth (1962); her parents James (1980) and Jessie (1987); her sisters Elizabeth Luther (2011), Marcella Pellegrini (1999), Anne Buckley (2012) and Jayne Tollefsen (2007); her brothers Glen MacDougall (1997) and Paul MacDougall (2010); her brother-in-law Norman Luther (2002); her niece Sherry Luther (2012) and her nephew Alan MacDougall (2009). Lovingly remembered by the many nieces and nephews of her large, close-knit family. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St. Sarnia on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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PERSICHILLI, Silvestro of Petrolia (formerly of Sarnia)

PERSICHILLI, Silvestro- Silvestro passed away peacefully in his sleep at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the age of 95.  Beloved husband of the late Felicia Antonia Persichilli. Loving father of Anna Graveline & her husband Dennis, Bright’s Grove, Angelo Persichilli, Arkona and Achille Persichilli & his wife Betty, Petrolia.  Dear nonno of Carmen Phillion (Rene), Petrolia, Michael Persichilli (Jessica), London, Daniel Graveline, Bright’s Grove and Angela Hastings (Kirk), Beamsville.  Cherished great-nonno of Nicholas & Rourke Phillion, Petrolia and Beth Persichilli, London.  Predeceased by his parents in Italy. Silvestro was a proud member of Liuna Local 1089 for many years.  Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel immediately following visitation at 11:30 a.m.  Private family entombment at Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Canadian Red Cross, 416 East St. N., Sarnia N7T 6Y4.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DION, Lucien Armand of Sarnia

DION, Lucien Armand – Peacefully surrounded by his family, Lucien passed away at Trillium Villa Nursing, Sarnia on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the age of 91years. Much loved husband of Theresa (Aubut). Dear father of Daniel (Mary Ellen) Dion of Sarnia, Lise (Mike) duDomaine of London, Andre (Arlene) Dion of Sarnia and Monique (Hassen) Dion Kabouche of Sarnia. Brother of Miville (Sylviane) Dion, of Quebec. Special grandfather to Rob, Bill, Paul, Matt, Joe, Erin, Bailey, Ashley and many great grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents George Dion and Alida (Lachance), Robert Dion, Simone Dion, Paul Dion, Marianna Richard, and Grand-daughter Michelle Dion.  Cremation has taken place with a private family graveside service. A Memorial Gathering honouring Lucien will be announced at a later date. Family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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