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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HEMSTREET-HUSSAR, Dylan Albert of Sarnia

HEMSTREET-HUSSAR, Dylan – At his residence on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the age of 25. Beloved son of Rusty & Mary Chris (Hemstreet) Hussar. Brother of Jayson Hussar (Lindsey Bechard) and Joseph Hussar. Uncle of Paisley, Easton and Jase. Also surviving are Dylan’s many friends and relatives. 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 Autism Ontario, 1010-1086 Modeland Rd., Sarnia, N7S 6L2. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Sarnia

SASSANELLA, Robert Curtis of Sarnia (formerly of Port Huron)

SASSANELLA, Robert – Peacefully surrounded by his family, Robert passed away at Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of Patricia Palmer. Dear father of Lee Thwing (Don), Dawn Licht (Jim) and Kim Johnson (Craig). Loving grandfather of Donald, Craig, Robbie, Jennifer, Tony and Kim and great-grandfather of 9. Also surviving is the mother of his children Patsy Sassanella and many nieces & nephews. Predeceased by parents Samuel & Thelma Sassanella, brother Edwin and sisters Phyllis and Pauline. Bob owned Bob’s Bakery with his father in downtown Port Huron for many years. He was an award winning professional photographer for the Times-Herald and Chief Photographer for the Macomb Daily. Bob was the photographer for the Wertz Warriors for over 30 years. He also enjoyed working with his computer, playing the banjo and golf. Cremation has taken place. Private family arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, Sarnia, 519-344-3131.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Wertz Warriors (Special Olympics in Michigan) 36870 Green St, New Baltimore, MI 48047.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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VANDERVAART, Hendricus Wilhelmus “Hank” of Sarnia

VANDERVAART, Hendricus Wilhelmus “Hank” – At Bluewater Health, Sarnia on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the age of 78. Dear father of Peter Vandervaart (Lisa Lunn), Sarnia, Lisa Vandervaart (Reggie Lefaive), Belle River and Sue Vandervaart, Halifax. Loving grandfather of Tory, P.J. and Brandon. Brother of Henny Sliz (Mike), St. Catharines, Carla Baxter (Bob), Fonthill, Leo Vandervaart (Margaret), Port Colborne and Margaret Littman (Joe), St. Catharines. Brother-in-law of Jim Steel, St. Catharines and Stella Vandervaart, Niagara Falls. Predeceased by parents Peter & Margaret Vandervaart, brother Gerry Vandervaart and sister Maria Steel. Hank was retired from General Motors Axle Plant after 35 years of service. Following his retirement, Hank went into security and cab driving in St. Catharines. In 2011, he relocated to Sarnia to be closer with his son and grandchildren. In Sarnia, he enjoyed fishing and making lots of new friends. Hank enjoyed life to the fullest. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, Sarnia, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W6 or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.   Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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GOUGH, George William of Sarnia

GOUGH, George William – At Bluewater Health on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the age of 102. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (2011). Dear father of Karen Wills (Richard), Red Deer, David Gough (Shirley), Sarnia, Jim Gough (Jenny), Bright’s Grove and Mary Jane Franchuk (Mike), Bright’s Grove. Loving grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 14. Predeceased by parents Ezra & Harriett Gough, daughter-in-law Georgia Gough, son-in-law Andre Gauthier, 2 brothers and 1 sister. George was a member of Liberty Lodge #419 A.F & A.M. for over 75 years, a member of the Lambton Shrine Club and a long time member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. 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 Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 468 Colborne St, London, N6B 2T3.    Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LaCHANCE, John Edard “Jack” of Sarnia

 John Edward (JACK) LaChance
11 Nov 1931 – 09 September 2018

A soldier’s experiences in war
Never ends in victory or defeat.
They continue deep inside them
Until someday their God they meet.
© Jack LaChance

With every hope of meeting Jesus, Jack died serenely on 9 September 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospice.
Jack was a well-known retired Sarnia businessman born and educated in Windsor, Ontario.  He resided in Sarnia from 1971 to his death and called Sarnia his home since then.
A veteran of two tours of duty in the Korean War Jack was in action from June 1951 to June 1952 serving proudly with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Jack was born John Edward Croucher on November 11, 1931 to Lorraine Reaume (1987) and Reginald Croucher (1982), and was raised by his mother and stepfather, Alex LaChance (1987).  He married his wife, Frances (nee Deschamps), on June 25, 1955 at St. Clare Church in Windsor.
Besides Fran he leaves his five cherished children of whom he was so proud: Wendy Swanson (Gus); Patti LaChance; Jack II (Heather, nee Kindred); Thomas; James (Susan, nee Storey).  After his children his next greatest blessings were his thirteen grandchildren: Lori Thomas (Mark); Lisa Swanson (bff Tim Bennett); Katie Thornhill (Brad), Joshua Carver, Maggie Bazdarick; Stacey O’Lila-LaChance (Brent Long); Michael LaChance, Christopher LaChance; Nicole LaChance, (Corey VanLeeuwen)  Krystyna and Kayla LaChance; Jessica and Jayme Mae LaChance.  In his later years his ten great-grandchildren brought him joy, laughter and lots of love, hugs and kisses!
Jack was an accomplished writer and poet who published poems and articles in many venues and his work is now all over the world. His most distinguished honour was having his poem: “The Korea Veterans Wall”, engraved in granite at the centre section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Brampton, Ontario in 1997.
In 1998, Jack was named to the Sarnia Mayor’s Honour Roll and in 1999 was in the CBC TV documentary: “Korea – The Forgotten War”.  He also contributed to and is quoted in the Norflicks documentary: “Test of Wills – Canadians in Korea” shown on the History Channel.  As long as he was able, Jack participated in the “Dominion Institute’s Memory Project” by speaking in schools on behalf of Veterans of all wars.
Besides his wife and family is survived by his brother, Thomas LaChance (Betty Ann, nee Sims) ; sister, Diane Lucier (Gary), both of Essex, and several well loved nieces and nephews, mostly in the Windsor area.  Also survived by his loving in-laws: Betty Assef (Ron); Dennis Deschamps (Anne, nee McDonald), Christina Balyo (Joe, 2018) and Donna Maria Deschamps and their families.
He is predeceased by his parents and siblings: Marilyn Wylupek (1979), Janet Dalpe (1993), Ray (1999), Helen Chene, (1987), and Geraldine Evans (2011).
The family would like to thank Shaun, his V.O.N. PSW, LHIN staff, the wonderful nurses, staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice during his stay there.
Friends and family will be received at McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel on Wednesday 11:00 am, burial to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice. 475 N. Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W3; Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St, Sarnia, N7T 2Z1 and Parkwood Veteran’s Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 268 Grosvenor St, London, N6A 4V2. Cheques only at the funeral home. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DAAMEN, Ruth Helen (nee Engleson) of Sarnia

DAAMEN, Ruth Helen (Engleson) – Peacefully surrounded by her family, Ruth passed away at Sumac Lodge on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Beloved wife of Harry. Dear mother of Cheryl Talbot (Jeffrey), Sarnia and Karen Moysey (Kevin), Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Renee (Kenny), Tyler, Christopher and Kyle. Great-grandmother of Alexis and Luke. Favourite aunt to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by daughter Jean Daamen, brothers Tom, Clarence and James Engleson and sisters Margaret Blair and Jean Paulson. Ruth was the housekeeper at Sacred Heart Rectory for many years and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 60 years. The family would like to thank the staff at Sumac Lodge for the excellent care given to Mom during her 5 year stay there. Friends and family will be received at McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St. Sarnia on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make donations to Sumac Lodge, 1464 Blackwell Rd., Sarnia, N7S 5M4 or the Diabetes Association, 914 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, N7S 5C4. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

COUGHLAN, Martin Daniel “Marty” of Sarnia

COUGHLAN, Martin Daniel – Suddenly, surrounded by his family, Martin passed away at Bluewater Health on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the age of 53. Loving son of Jerry & the late Marie Theresa Coughlan. Dear brother of Catherine Betts (Denny), Deborah Fabbri (David), Gerard Coughlan (Debbie), Brendan Coughlan (Cathy) and Elaine Bauman. Special best friend of Sonya Cooper. Treasured uncle of Andrea (Matt), Curtis (Kellie), Ryan (Jennifer), Sean (Jessica), Sarah (Jeff), Vanessa, Laura (Martin), Michael (Nancy), David (Carlee), Steven (Krishna), Rebecca and Joseph. Also surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Canada and Ireland. Martin will be missed by his family and many friends. His infectious laughter and zest for life was felt by everyone who knew him. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Matthew Sobierajski officiating. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 714 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LYNCH, Catherine Mary (nee Somers) of Sarnia

LYNCH, Catherine Mary (Somers) – At St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Dr. John Lynch (2000). Catherine was born in Knockcroghery, Co. Roscommon, Ireland on May 31, 1927. She will be deeply missed by her two daughters Catherine O’Brien (Tim), Burlington and Mary Bedour (David), Goderich; five sons Owen, Sarnia; John, Toronto; Brian (Nicole), Sarnia; Conor, London and Stephen (Jihyun), Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Jessica and Christina Lynch; Thomas and John Bedour; Conor and Siobhan Lynch; Natasha and Audrey Lynch. Sister of Gerry Somers (Sheila), England and sisters Sheila Gilroy (late Matt), Ireland; Vera Craven (late Padraig), Ireland and Monica Rickerts (Ronald), California. Predeceased by parents John Patrick & Mary Ann Somers, brother John Joe Somers and sisters Tess Geraghty, Bridie Heffernan, Eileen Rowlands and May Pender. Catherine was a registered nurse and mid-wife, founder of Birthright Sarnia, a foster parent to many, a C.N.I.B. volunteer, member of the Secular Franciscans and a decades-long member of The Catholic Women’s League. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate and dignified care given to Mom during her stay there. Friends and family will be received at McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St. Sarnia on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Franciscan prayers will be offered at 8:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make 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, Toronto

McGarrity, Aurette Lucille Ann (nee Belanger) of Sarnia

McGARRITY, Aurette Lucille Ann – At Bluewater Health on Monday, August 21, 2018, Aurette McGarrity died at the age of 90.  Beloved wife of the late Philip McGarrity (2003).  Loving mother of John McGarrity and the late Michael McGarrity (2013).  Dear sister of Clair VanderWalt & her husband Eric, Nepean.  Sister-in-law of Joan Belanger and Margaret McGarrity, Predeceased by her parents Hormasdas & Yvonne Belanger & her brothers Gerald Belanger & “Blackie” Loel Belanger.  Aurette was a loving wife and mother.  She was a Registered Nurse for many years and the library assistant at Our Lady of Mercy School for 14 years.  Aurette was very community minded.  She was a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League.  An avid and talented painter, Aurette was a member of the Sarnia Artist Workshop.  Her love of gardening gave her great joy.  Visitation will be held Monday, August 27, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. 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 Tuesday, August 28th at 1:30 p.m. Cremation to follow with Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery on Friday, August 31st at 1 p.m. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 106 East St., Sarnia, N7T 7H9 or the Inn of the Good Shepherd, 115 John St., Sarnia, N7T 2R1.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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ECKER, John Merle of Sarnia

ECKER, John Merle – Passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the age of 77 after a battle with lung cancer. John was the son of the late Mel & Rose Ecker. He is survived by his son David of Reno, Nevada. He also leaves behind his brother Mike (Doreen), his sister-in-law Marg, brother-in-law Rick Kosikar and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Don and sister Betty Kosikar. John was retired from Holmes Foundry. He loved fishing. He was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club and enjoyed spending time with his buddies at the Coffee Club there. Thank you to Dr. Gamble for his many years of care of John and to the Palliative Care team at Bluewater Health for their compassion and care. Cremation has taken place.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 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 St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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CRACKNELL, Dale Elwyin of Petrolia

CRACKNELL, Dale Elwyn – Surrounded by his family at Bluewater Health, Dale Cracknell died on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the age of 65.  Beloved husband and best friend of Joyce.  Loving father of Lacey (Adam) Newman, Robert Cracknell, Chad (Kelley) Cracknell and Jocelyn (Bruce) Robinson.  Cherished grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 2.  Dear brother of Cheryl (Grant) McKenzie, Evelyn (Mervin) Durnin, Shirley (Bill) Hardy and Orlo (Corrie) Cracknell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predceased by his daughter Tina (Cracknell) Zruna and parents James & Phyllis Cracknell.  Dale loved to spend time with Joyce singing Karaoke and dancing.  He could make anyone smile and will be missed by all those that knew and loved him.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a donation to charity of choice.  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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MEYERS, James Thomas “Jim” of Sarnia

MEYERS, James Thomas “Jim” – At Bluewater Health, Sarnia, on Friday, August 17, 2018 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Maria (Lazzeretti)(Iacobelli). Dear father of Sandra Lea Meyers and Robert James Meyers. Grandfather of Jacqueline Lea Johnson (Robert) and Gregory Daniel Bader. Great-grandfather of Finnegan Liam Johnson and Evangeline Rose Johnson. Step-father of Cecil Iacobelli (Emilia) and Eric Iacobelli. Step-grandfather of Bianca and Sofia Iacobelli. Jim was born in Carsonville, MI. He was the son of the late Thomas & Ruby Meyers and was a longtime crop farmer in Carsonville. Jim married Maria and moved to Sarnia in 1985. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, Ontario on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, ON, N7T 4Y1.

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BERUBE, June Solvey (nee Strand) of Sarnia

BERUBE, June Solvey  – Passed away peacefully at Vision Nursing Home on August 12, 2018 at the age of 85. June is survived by her six children: Dan Berube (spouse of Sandi) Caroline Berube, Julie Berube, Shelly Mallon, David Berube (spouse of Joanne) Ron Berube (partner of Wendy) her brother Carl Strand, sister Linda Wallsteadt and her grandchildren: Derek and Launa Kindret, Jack and Sadie Mallon, Ben and Charlotte Berube, as well as many family members whom she loved dearly. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Ross Berube, brothers Norman Strand, Ben Strand and sister Bernice Lundale. June was born in Dryden Ont. on June 24, 1933. She graduated from SCITS Collegiate and worked at the TD Bank where she met Ross, the man of her dreams. They wed and were blessed with six children that she dedicated her life to. June was a very creative person and enjoyed quilting and sewing, gardening, reading and collecting antiques. She also volunteered as a girl guide leader at Sacred Heart Parish. June was a kind and loving person who always welcomed people into her home and her heart. She will be sadly missed by all. June’s family would like to thank the staff at Vision Nursing Home especially Brenda and Toni as well as the nurses at Bluewater Health for their wonderful care. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N. on Saturday, August 18 from 1-2 p.m. The memorial service will be held immediately following in the chapel at 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to:The Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or Vision Nursing Home, 229 Wellington St., Sarnia, N7T 1G9.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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ST. JEAN, Allen Richard of Sarnia

St. Jean, Allen Richard– With family by his side at Bluewater Health on Sunday, August 12, 2018, Allen St. Jean died at the age of 71.  Beloved husband of Annette.  Loving father of Allan, Joanne, Michel and Jamie (Alyssa). Cherished grandfather of Ryan, Ashley, Randy, Jessie, Aiden, Mya, Aaryk, Tyler, Ethan, Jade Lee and Noah. Proud great-grandfather of 7.  Dear brother of Collette, Suzanne, Gisele, Diane, Rheal & Guy.  Predeceased by his parents Wilfred & Regina and 4 siblings; Marcel, Joyce, Martha & Pin. Allen was a painter with Local 1590 for over 40 years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and visits to his cottage up north.  Allen lived for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  They were his passion and joy. He will be missed but lovingly remembered.  Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 10 am – 12 p.m.  Eulogies will be offered at 11:30 a.m.  Interment to follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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RENAUD, Petronella Mary (nee Welten) of Sarnia

RENAUD, Petronella “Nicky” (nee Welten) –  Nicky passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Friday, August 3, 2018.  Beloved wife of Larry for 57 years. Devoted and cherished mother of Joe (Kathie), Sudbury, Tom, Woodstock, Beth (Tom Williams), New Dundee, Bill (Christine), Sarnia and John (Tina), Ilderton. Loving nana of Larry, Annika and David Renaud, Jessica and Jack Renaud, Ethan, Abby and Aidan Williams, Logan and Julia Renaud and Benjamin and Charlie Renaud.  Sister of Mia Delorme (Dale), Camlachie, Vicki Tichbourne, Owen Sound, Ini Herron, (Bob), Victoria, B.C., Martina Goldsmith (Bob), Guelph and Joanne Young (Ross), Toronto. Predeceased by her parents Peter & Frances Welten, brother Martin Welten, stepfather, Martin Nuyen, and granddaughter Lauren Renaud. Nicky was born in 1940 in Holland and immigrated to Canada in 1950. She was a teacher with L.C.R.C.S.S.B. retiring in 1995. Nicky volunteered with numerous organizations including The Canadian Cancer Society since 1977. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League and a very active and dedicated member of parish life at Sacred Heart Church. Family and friends will be received at Sacred Heart Church (Charlesworth at Lecaron) on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for visitation.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make donations to The Canadian Cancer Society, The Heart and Stroke Foundation or St Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia.  Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, (519-344-3131). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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WIDDOWSON, Earith Elizabeth (nee Dunning) of Sarnia

WIDDOWSON, Earith Elizabeth – Earith died peacefully with her sons by her side at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Rev. James Widdowson. Dear mother of Paul (Joan), Richard (Rita) and Robert (Terri). Loving grandmother of Keith, Gianne, Julia, Georgia, Emma, Sadie, Annie, Charlotte and Owen. Predeceased by parents Ernest & Roberta Dunning and by brothers Layton and Robert Dunning. Earith’s faith in God is what sustained her throughout her life. She loved her family, her relatives, and her many devoted friends. Her family wishes to thank those friends, new and life-long, for adding such quality and richness to Earith’s life. She enjoyed travelling, singing in choirs, politics, the United Church, the CBC, and all things Canadian. The country lost a proud Canadian. Earith was a fierce defender of her beliefs and an ardent protector who always wanted to help in some way. She lived modestly and gave generously however she could. Her family would also like to thank the staff at Fairwinds Lodge for going far beyond the call of duty to keep her in her home, and her health care team for keeping her comfortable over the past year and for ensuring she rested peacefully in hospice at the end. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at GRACE UNITED CHURCH, (corner Cathcart and Indian), on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 10-11. The memorial service will follow immediately at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by the Rev. Dr. Brad Morrison. Interment will take place at a later date in P.E.I. 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 St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LONGLEY, Doreen (nee of Crosland) of Sarnia

LONGLEY, Doreen (nee Crosland) – With her family by her side, at Afton Park Place, Doreen Longley died on  Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at the age of 88.  Beloved wife of Gordon Longley. Loving mother of Beverley Schuster & her husband John, London, Gary Longley, Corunna, Nicholas Longley & his wife Anne, Sarnia and Jane Longley & her partner Jack Rodgerson, Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Emily (Ben), Brent (Cristal), Nicholas (Breanne), Michael (Jessica), Jennifer and Dawson. Great-grandmother of Karter, Konner and Trooper. Dear sister of Margaret Dawson, Huddersfield, England. Sister-in-law of Syliva Chivas, England, Bryan Longley & his wife Jean, England and Malcom Longley & his wife Nancy, California.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Harry & Nellie Crosland.  Doreen & Gordon loved to dance and were members of the Sarnia Ballroom & Wallaceburg Dance Clubs. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2-3:45 p.m. The funeral service will follow immediately in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 4 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations Alzheimer’s Society, 420 East Street North, Sarnia, ON N7T 6Y5 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 Christina Street North Sarnia, ON N7T 5W6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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CADIEUX, Randall Robert Lee Joseph “Randy” of Camlachie

CADIEUX, Randall Robert Lee Joseph “Randy” – Peacefully though unexpectedly at home Randy Cadieux died on August 1, 2018 at the age of 64. Loving father of Michael Cadieux & his partner Marie-Claude, Renee Cadieux, Laura Carruthers & her husband Rob (and their mother Rebecca).  Beloved son of Charlene & the late Eddy Cadieux. Cherished grandfather of Charlotte, Thomas, Sydney, Dawson, Quinn and Scotia.  Dear brother of Alan Cadieux & his wife Jan, the late Michael Valentine Cadieux (1957), Vickie Taylor & her husband Brad, Patti Mroczek, Dan Cadieux & his wife Diane, David Cadieux & his wife Lee Anne. Also survived by several loving cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members. Randy was driven by the love for his family. His presence always lit up a room and his laughter was contagious. Randy was a caring, compassionate person who wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a mentor to many, always willing to listen and offer advice and support. Randy’s life pleasures were abundant including; golfing, reading, dancing, windsurfing, walking, motorcycling, and the beach. Randy will be forever missed though lovingly remembered by all the lives he touched. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, 4:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, August 5, 2018. A Celebration of Randy’s Life will be held on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Chapel.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Addiction Research Foundation, 501 Queen St., W., Toronto, M5V 2B4 (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

 

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DONALDSON-SALTS, Margo of Sarnia

DONALDSON-SALTS, Margo – Surrounded by her family and close friends at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the age of 64. Loving mother of Corry Salts (Mike Marciniszyn) and Jessica (Salts) Odrcich (Peter). Dear sister of Gregory “Harry” Donaldson of Calgary, Peter Donaldson and his wife Pauline, Alan Donaldson, and Shawn Donaldson all of Sarnia.  Proud grandmother of Claire Odrcich. Beloved daughter of the late James and Sophia (Vi) and sister of the late Jay & Bruce Donaldson. Affectionately known as Mommy Margo to many nieces and nephews. A great lover of animals, many knew Margo from her years of service at Pet Valu. We will all remember Margo’s generosity and willingness to open her home to friends who quickly became like family. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St., N., Sarnia on Thursday from 7-9 and Friday from 2-3 p.m. A memorial service will be follow immediately in the chapel at 3 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., N7T 7W8 or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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VANDERSTEEN, John Martin of Bright’s Grove

VANDERSTEEN, John Martin – Surrounded by his family at Bluewater Health, John Vandersteen died on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the age of 86, three weeks before his 87th birthday.  John was born on August 11, 1931 as the eldest son of the Anthony J. Vandersteen and Anna Ceelen in the Netherlands.  Loving brother of Betty Koot (Bill), Renfrew, Tony Vandersteen (Jeannette), Petrolia, Ann Vanden Hoven (John), Sarnia, Sr. Mary Vandersteen C.S.J., Sarnia, Theresa Pritchard (Keith), Whitby, Frank Vandersteen ,Toronto and Josie Humphries (John), Lindsay.  Also survived by his sister-in-law Thelma and many nieces, nephews and great nieces & nephews.  Predeceased by his parents, sister Jean Tellier (Harry), brothers Martin & Louis (Shirley)Vandersteen and sister-in-law Gabrielle. John was very devoted to his family.  His work life included furniture retail, running the family’s general store, working as a qualified welder in Sarnia and full time farming.  He was the family story teller and Mr. Fix it.  The family wishes to thank Bluewater Health’s doctors, nurses and staff of emergency and 3rd floor surgical for their excellent care including palliative care for John. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael’s Church (Bright’s Grove) on Thursday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m.  Private family interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Corunna.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman St. Sarnia, N7T 6S3.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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