CRAWFORD, Charles “Chuck” Bruce of London (formerly of Sarnia)

CRAWFORD, Charles “Chuck” Bruce – At Victoria Hospital, London on Sunday, August 20, 2017, Chuck Crawford died at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Helen-Marie (nee Sinclair). Loving father of Scot Crawford & his partner Joanne Boudens, London, Ian Crawford, Sarnia and Lynn Beaton (nee Crawford), Georgian Bluffs. Cherished grandfather of Emily Pawelec (Matthew), Claire Crawford, Caitlin Beaton (Steve Bauman), Nicole Beaton (James Smith), Jonathan and Aylssa Beaton. Dear brother of Judith Schuur, Los Angeles. Uncle of Christopher (Susan) Adams, Jennifer (Marty) Rigby, Ross (Anne Blackman) Carson, Judith Chalmers, Diane (Jim Ling) Carson & their families. Predeceased by his parents Russell & Lottie Crawford. Chuck was born in Hollywood, California and immigrated to Canada in 1946, settling in Sarnia. He graduated from McGill University in 1952 and became a Canadian citizen in 1962. Chuck was employed by Dow Chemical of Canada and retired in 1986. He was active in both sports at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club and an avid sailor out of the Sarnia Yacht Club since the late 1940’s, having been Commodore in 1973. Chuck’s lifetime hobby was woodworking. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017 with Rev. Charles Beaton officiating. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to your charity of choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia

CEPONIS, Mary (nee Grigalute) of Sarnia

Mary Ceponis April 13, 1919 — August 18, 2017.  Mary Ceponis, who always joked that she was a “late bloomer” and “too old to die young” passed away very peacefully in her 98th year on August 18, 2017, at Bluewater Health.  Mary was born in Lithuania on April 13, 1919. She fled her native land during World War II and settled in England where she met and married fellow – Lithuanian Stanley (Stasys) Ceponis.  They came to Canada in 1951 to St. John, New Brunswick “with just a bag of oranges and seven dollars.” They settled in Sarnia that year and in 1957 received their Canadian citizenship. Both Stan and Mary worked unstintingly in maintenance with the Lambton County Separate School Board for many years.  Mary retired in 1984 after working at Sacred Heart School, Lecaron Avenue and later at St. Pat’s Catholic High School when it was located on East Street. During her time at these schools, she made many friends with teachers and students, alike.  She was known for her nurturing of new teachers and  also made it very clear that she would not countenance bullies and often scolded them with the moniker “you knucklehead.” Stanley, the Board’s maintenance foreman, retired in 1985 and passed away in March 1996.  Mary loved nothing better than chatting with friends and neighbours over a cup of tea (and for many years a cigarette until she quit) at her kitchen table in her home on MacMillen Parkway. Mary will be remembered as a fabulous baker. Despite many attempts by her family, her delicious apple pies have never been duplicated.  She was also renowned for her green thumb that was showcased in her extensive flower gardens on MacMillen. She was very proud of her children and will be greatly missed by her son Al and wife Marie of Sarnia, her daughters Donna and husband John Hammond of London, Ontario and Laima and her recently deceased husband Jim Dingwall of Gibsons, BC.  Mary instilled a sense of independence and work ethic (as well as a quirky sense of humour) in her children.  She quickly mastered the English language, though she did come up with her own “Mary-isms” such as “warm lukish water” and many others.  In spite of that, two of her children grew up to be English teachers and one a journalist and writer.   Mary was very proud of her heritage and felt very honoured to be a Canadian.  She was especially proud of Stanley and his time with the British during the War and made it a point to attend the November 11 celebrations commemorating the fallen in Sarnia.  Mary will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren: Peter (Courtney), Mary Ann (Greg Stewart), Veronica Ceponis; Mary Jane (Chris Snoeks), Margaret (Steve Dame), Elizabeth (James Balch), Michael (Jill) Hammond, and Chris and Kathryn Dingwall. She was predeceased by her grandson Philip Ceponis.  Mary also took proud delight in having nine great grandchildren, Jessica, Michael, Abby, Callum, Cara, Kathryn, Evie, Jedd and Gordie. She had hoped to live to see an even dozen.  One of the most important highlights of her life was the discovery six years ago that she had a sister, Janet, in Australia.  Happily, they enjoyed a joyful reunion in Sarnia, a stellar event that Mary remembered and talked about fondly till the end.  Mary was also a quietly religious person.  She and Stanley were good friends of the late Father Tom Lever.  It was a comfort to Mary that Father Lever celebrated Stan’s life at his funeral at Sacred Heart Church, Lecaron Avenue, in 1996.  She was also a 50-year member of the church’s Catholic Women’s League of Sacred Heart Church.  Mary had been living at Vision Nursing Home on Ontario Lane for the past five years.  The family is especially grateful for the kindness and compassion provided by Dr. Gannon, the many nurses and personal care workers. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your gentleness and care towards Mary. There will be no funeral home visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. If desired, a donation in Mary’s memory can be made to Vision Nursing Home, 229 Wellington Street, Sarnia, ON, N7T 1G9 (website:  vision74.com). 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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SADOQUIS, Norma Marie (nee DeGuire) of Sarnia

SADOQUIS, Norma Marie – Peacefully with her loving family at her side, Norma passed away at Trillium Villa on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Dollard for 52 years. Dear mother of Sandra (late Neil) Pullen, Sarnia, George (Wendy) Sadoquis, Sarnia, Tim (Kerry) Sadoquis, Sarnia and Marty (Joanne) Sadoquis, Wyoming. Loving grandmother of Allan (Cheryl) Wilson, Shelley (Kim) Kossio, Dr. Shea (Scott) Cox, Joe Sadoquis, Rosie Sadoquis and Jeremy (Danielle) Neely. Great-grandmother of Kevin, Michael, Matthew, Alyssa and Angeles. Great-great-grandmother of Janine, Nadine, Jacqueline, Kaiden, Braelynn and Logan. Special aunt of Cathy (Brian) Patenaude, Ottawa and Tom Cribbin, Sarnia. Also surviving are members of the DeGuire and Sadoquis families. Predeceased by parents Oliver & Pauline DeGuire, sisters Betty (Tom) Cribbin and Leona (Henry) DeGuire and brothers-in-law Marcel, Rolland and George Sadoquis.. Cremation has taken place. A graveside committal service will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. Friends are welcome to Tim & Kerry’s home for a reception following the committal. 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 Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y3. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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MacDOUGALL, Hugh of Sarnia

MacDOUGALL, Hugh – At Bluewater Health, C.E.E. Petrolia on Thursday, August 17, 2017 Hugh slipped away peacefully at the age of 90, bringing an end to a long and inspiring life – well lived by all who knew him. Beloved husband of Nancy who was the ‘grand love’ of his life. Dear father of Anne (John) MacDougall, London, Eric (Bev) MacDougall, Sarnia and David (Laurie) MacDougall, London. Loving grandfather of Will (Laura), Holly (James) and Luke (Carmen) Howitt and Bryce, Kyle (Megan) and Shea MacDougall. Great grandfather to six delightful great granddaughters – Emery, Farrow, Aisla, Madeleine, Sadie and Mackenna. Brother of Elizabeth Arnold, New Zealand and Ian (Jean) MacDougall, Liverpool, England. Brother-in-law of May MacDougall, Rutherglen, Scotland. Predeceased by parents David & Georgina MacDougall, brother David MacDougall and sister Margaret. Hugh was the owner of MacDougall Carpet Sales retiring in 1989. He was a member of Liberty Lodge #419 A.F. & A.M. (Past Master and District Deputy Master 1987-1988), Hiawatha Chapter # 252 Royal Arch Masons, St. Simon of Cyrene Preceptory #37, Mocha Temple A.A.O.N.M.S, Lambton Shrine Club (Past President 1969) and Sarnia Golf & Curling Club. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service will be held. Funeral 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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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia

PIERZCHALSKI, George John

PIERZCHALSKI, George John – Surrounded by his family at St. Joseph’s Hospice, George died peacefully on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Natalie (Kiniauskas) (2007). Dear father of Michael (Patti) Pierzchalski, Belmont, Teresa (John) Foster, Burlington and Karen (Robert) Blain, Chatham. Loving grandfather of Alexander, Natalie, Joshua, Luke, Camille, Ayden, Michael and Lauren. Predeceased by parents Marcin & Stella (Rewers) Pierzchalski. It brought George great joy to witness the growth and successes of his grandchildren. George retired from Shell Canada in 1984 after 34 years of committed service. He dedicated his retirement years to being an active volunteer in his community, notably with St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sunshine Dreams for Children and Sacred Heart Church. George was an avid golfer and bowler. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Victoria Hospital, Bluewater Health and St. Joseph’s Hospice. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. with prayers offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may make 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: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Sarnia

WORK, Hillary (nee Baines) of Sarnia

WORK, Hillary, Susan (nee Baines) – With her family and close friends by her side at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Hillary Work died on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the age of 66.  Beloved wife of Garry.  Loving stepmother of Rene Work.   Dear sister-in-law of  Douglas (Nadine) Work, and Carolyn Greg(2017) Brown.  Cherished aunt of Kelly Baines and Kiersten Baines.  Predeceased by her parents Graydon (2006) & Isobel (2003) Baines.  On 10 August 2016  I lost my best friend, wife, and confidant.  Born in Toronto, on 3 Oct 1950,  Hillary spent most of her life in Sarnia and I had the privilege of knowing her since she was nine.  She was a graduate of Northern Collegiate and immediately following graduation Hillary began a lengthy career with Dow Chemical.  She was a member of St. Bartholomew’s Church and an active member of the Sarnia Quilters Guild in Sarnia.   Hillary was a very craft oriented person who delved into such things as toll painting, knitting, needlepoint, gardening, and home decorating.  Hillary was a beautiful person inside and out and the most devoted, loving wife a man could ask for.  Thank you my darling for 38 wonderful years,  I’ll never forget you.   Cremation has taken place.  A memorial visitation will be held at St. Bartholomew Anglican  Church, Sarnia on Friday, August 18, 2017  from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Funeral service will be held in the church at 11 a.m.  Private interment at Sutherland Cemetery.  Arrangements are 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 Street, Sarnia, N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DROPE, Bruce James of Sarnia

DROPE, Bruce James – At Bluewater Health on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the age of 78. Dear brother of Eleanor (Gordon) Anderson, London and Joanne Birnie, Whitby. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Bruce was a lifelong Sarnia resident. He sailed ships on the Great Lakes for over 25 years, working for various companies including Imperial Oil. Cremation has taken place. Private 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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KLAUKE, Judith Ann (nee Marchand) of Sarnia

KLAUKE, JUDITH ANN (nee Marchand) 1949-2017.  Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Judy Klauke died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the age of 68, after a hard 6 year battle with Leukemia. Knowing from initial diagnosis that there was effectively no cure available, she conducted herself throughout the long ordeal with incredible courage, dignity and grace. Beloved wife and best friend for 45 years to Richard (Rick) Klauke. Loving mother of Chris Klauke, Regina, and Angela Klauke (Matt Vozza), Sarnia. Dear Oma of Kyla, Benjamin, Samantha, and Vincent. Cherished daughter of Mary Marchand, and the late Ray Marchand (1980), Wallaceburg; Dear sister of Neil (Sandra) Marchand, Dresden, Robert Marchand, Dresden, Michael Marchand, Chatham, Elaine (Rick) Dutton, Sarnia, and Sister-in-law of Sheila Klauke, Sarnia. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Judy was a farm girl born and raised near Dresden ON, and enrolled at St. Clair Regional School of Nursing in Sarnia in 1968. In 1969 she met Rick, an engineering student working in Sarnia, and a serious relationship soon developed. Both graduated in 1971 Judy as an RN, and Rick as a PEng. Judy the farm girl took a nursing job in Toronto, while Rick the city boy ended up in Fort McMurray. Go figure! The (now) long distance romance somehow survived and they married in Dresden in 1972. They resided in Fort McMurray for two years. Judy worked in the local hospital there, a real wild west experience! The two saved their nickels and dimes, and in 1974 BC (before children), did a 6 month hippie tour of Europe in a beat-up VW camper. Loch Ness to Istanbul and a lot in between. They returned with a multitude of wonderful memories and crazy experiences, and then settled in Sarnia. Judy first worked here at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 10 years, during which time she and Rick were blessed with two beautiful children, Chris (1978) and Angela (1981). Judy also earned her BSc(Nursing) from the University of Windsor in 1985. She started working at Lambton Health Unit as a Public Health nurse and continued there for 26 years until retirement in 2011. Judy’s passion was her family. Her pride and joy were her two children. She nurtured and guided them wisely and stood up for them through all of the trials, successes and failures of youth as they grew to be fine young adults. Following over the years, she was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren. She adored them all. Visits, dinners, sleepovers, bedtime stories and outings abounded and a deep loving bond was formed with each of them. Judy was a spiritual woman who lived her life continually caring about and giving to others. She absolutely disliked conflict and always did all she could to maintain harmony amongst those around her. She read voraciously about spirituality and the human condition, and all that that encompasses, especially the greatest mystery, death and dying. She always had a great sense of (usually) dry humour. Oh, how she loved to laugh. This combination of interest and personality led her to quip when talking about life and death, that “NOBODY gets out alive!!”  Judy enjoyed a life well-lived, but it was cut far too short. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.  Sincere thanks and appreciation to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, VHA, and St. Joseph’s Hospice. Special regards to: Sherri and Dr. Crombeen, (Judy’s palliative care physician for several months), St. Joseph’s Hospice, and Christine Kohn, VHA. Care provided for Judy by all three of these services was universally excellent, professional, respectful and compassionate.  Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11 from 4 to 7 pm at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave. at Lansdowne Ave. N, on Saturday, August 12 at 11 am. Cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Operation Smile (www.operationsmile.ca/canada?) (Not well-known but a favourite of Judy’s) or St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina St., N. Sarnia N7T 5W3.  Messages of condolences and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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HULAJ, Paul of Sarnia

HULAJ, PAUL – It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Hulaj announces his passing at Bluewater Heath, Sarnia on August 1,2017 at the age of 84. He leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Helen Hulaj (nee Rusinko); his son, Larry (Natalie) Hulaj: his daughter, Paula (Steve) Reibling; grandsons, Sean and Joel Reibling; sister-in-law, Henni Hulaj; several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends. Paul is predeceased by his parents, Stefan and Anna (nee Hornak) Hulaj; and siblings, John (Emily) Hulaj, Mary (Gus) Luhovy, and Louis Hulaj. Born in Slovakia, Paul’s family immigrated to Canada in 1937 where they ultimately settled in Alvinston, Ontario to farm. After receiving his education in a one-room country school in Alvinston, and high school in Watford, he went on to attend the Radio College of Canada in Toronto, followed by Coyne Electrical & Electronics School in Chicago where he obtained his Television Technician Diploma. This launched his career into the radio and television repair business. After moving to Sarnia with Helen in 1957, he obtained employment there as a television technician at a retail appliance store. He ended up purchasing the service department from which grew three television and appliance stores. Many will remember Paul’s TV and Appliance in Sarnia. After 25 years in this business, he decided to sell and began a new career in the travel business, eventually opening five locations of Global Travel in Sarnia and Michigan. ln 2001, he had the opportunity to sell the last of the travel agencies and decided to retire. Paul enjoyed his work immensely and kept busy planning group cruises for many years after his retirement. He and Helen loved to travel, especially cruising on the Caribbean and spending many winters in Florida. Golf was a favourite pastime and he was a member of the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club for many years. He was also a lifetime member of the Sarnia Lions Club. Visitation will be at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to your charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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De MEESTER, Joseph “Joe” of Sarnia

DE MEESTER, Joseph “Joe” – With his family by his side, suddenly at University Hospital, London, Joe De Meester died at the age of 62. Beloved husband of 42 years to Sandy (nee Ladanchuk). Loving father of Daniel & Joey De Meester. Dear brother of Ron De Meester ( Darcy), Petrolia, Jim (Gennie) De Meester, Marysville, Cathy Timmington (Brian) Pt. Edward and Sandy De Meester, Marysville. Brother-in-law of Jerry (Trudy) Ladanchuk and Evelyn Ladanchuk, Sarnia. Also survived by his uncle Bill De Meester (Joyce), his aunt Liz Seabrook and many nieces & nephews. Predeceased by his parents Joseph Sr. & Mary De Meester and brother Tony De Meester. Joe was a devoted husband and father. Family was the most important thing in his life. He loved to spend time at his second house, the home of his brother & best friend Ron. Joe was an avid outdoorsman. His favorite past time was fishing and hunting. He will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration of Joe’s life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 415 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 8A4. 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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WILD, James William “Bud” of Sarnia

WILD, James William “Bud” – At Bluewater Health on Sunday, July 16, 2017, James “Bud” Wild died at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Nora Marie Wild. Loving brother of Douglas Wild & his wife Joyce, Florida and Patricia Moore, Sarnia. Cherished uncle of Steven (Tara) Wild, Texas, Gregory Wild, Florida, Anne Marie (Ed) Vidler, Georgia, Randy (Gisele) Moore, Sarnia, Heather Moore, Sarnia and Kietha (Wayne) McEachen, Brigden. Brother-in-law of Don O’Leary, N.J. and Cora (Art) Riedlinger, Ga. Also survived by many other nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents James & Kathleen Wild and his brother Allan Wild and brother-in-law Bob Moore. Bud retired in 1995 from Barges Cleaners after 49 years of service. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church Choir for over 40 years and a long time member of the Lakeshore Optimist. Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at Queen of Peace Church on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. 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 Canadian Diabetes Association, 914 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, N7S 5C4 or 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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CONTE, Maria (nee Lecce) of Sarnia

CONTE, MARIA (nee Lecce) – At University Hospital, London, with her family by her side, Maria Conte died on July 17, 2017 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of over 50 years to the late Angelo (2006). Loving mother of Enza and her husband Frank Piazza. Proud Nonna of Olivia and Lucas. Dear sister of the late Agnese Lecce, the late Vittoria (late Antonio) Di Brango, and Michele (Amesia) Lecce and sister-in-law of the late Domenico (late Maria) Conte, the late Pancrazio (Iolanda) Conte, the late Giuseppe (Rosina) Conte, the late Pasquale (Santina) Conte, Vincenzo (Marta) Conte, Pasqua (late Fiorino) Rotondi, and Antonio (Arminia) Conte. Maria was an avid gardener and loved to cook. Her passion was spending time with her family and friends. Maria was a long time member of the Dante Club Seniors Group and the Catholic Women’s League. She worked at Polysar for over 20 years. Maria will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Friday July 21st, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 7p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. David Johnston at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia N7T 4Y1 (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

 

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DUNN, Frank of Sarnia

DUNN, FRANCIS (FRANK) – Our sweet, loving Dad went to Heaven to be with his son, Mark, on July 15, 2017.  Dad died at St. Joseph Hospice surrounded by the profound love of his family and the peaceful care of the staff. Beloved husband of Sally and loving father of Maureen Dunn (John ),  Napanee,  Judy Dunn-Keighan (Jon),  Kitchener, Marilyn Galonski (Mark), Cobourg,  Joanne Dunn,  Sarnia, and Colleen Medeiros (Vic), Sarnia.  Frank was a cherished Papa of Mark,  Lisbeth (Kris), Randy (Jessie), Kayleigh (Greg), Jamey, Brooke (Josh), Anthony,  Andrea,  Beau, Brett and Ben. And great grandfather (Big Papa) of Maleigha, Madison, Keaton and Henrick. He was a special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents John and Nora Dunn and siblings Lorne and Doug Dunn, Madge McKenna, Alice Ritchie, Edith MacFarlane, Iris Felger Margaret Manwaring and Doreen Harris.  Dad was a pilot in the RCAF in WWII and for his 95th birthday was able to enjoy the experience of a flight on a two engine plane, similar to what he flew in the war.  Dad enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a vast knowledge of the outdoors, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. With Mom at his side, he was happiest when preparing meals for family, friends and neighbours.  There are so many people that Dad loved and appreciated. A special thank you to those who made his last years so enjoyable, particularly  Robin and the Wellness staff at Landmark, along with the servers and the Front Staff;  Deb’s regular visits and the caring, professional staff at St Joseph Hospice.  Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St N, Sarnia on Wednesday, July 19 from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm. A Catholic Funeral Service will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, July 20 at 11:30 am, followed by a gathering of family and friends.  There will be a private family interment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 566 N. Christina St. 2nd floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LEORE, Robert “Bobby” of Sarnia

LEORE, ROBERT – After a short illness, Robert “Bobby” Bruce Leore died peacefully at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care on Saturday, July 15, 2017. He is survived by the love of his life, Blanche Leore and his trusty sidekick Toby. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Bob will be remembered for his quick wit and “New York” humour. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. David Johnston at Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with a private family interment at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, Palliative Care, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3 or the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia N7T 7W8 (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

FERRARI, Angelo P. of Sarnia

FERRARI, Angelo P. – Surrounded by his family, Angelo passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice after a long battle with cancer on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Antonietta “Toni” (Santoro). Dear father of Fernanda DeCiantis (Lino) and Anthony Ferrari. Loving Nonno of Sante DeCiantis, Marco DeCiantis, Catalina Ferrari and Sabrini Antonietta Ferrari. Brother of Anna Saurini (Fernando), Maria Brusco (Benito) and Vicky Salustro (Renzo). Brother-in-law of Anna Ferrera (late Oliviero), Maria Santoro (late Rocco) and Jackie Santoro (Michael Hunt). Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Antonio & Erminia (Saurini) Ferrari and brother-in-law Loreto Santoro. Angelo was retired from the Boilermakers Union Local 128. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Holy Rosary Society, the Dante Club and the San Rocco Society. Angelo also volunteered with the Mission of the Seamen. Visitation will be held Monday 2-4 & 7-9 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, July 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. Entombment Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to 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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

METCALFE, Jack Clifford of Sarnia

METCALFE, Jack Clifford – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Monday, June 26, 2017, Jack passed away at the age of 91. Son of the late Ethel & Roy Metcalfe. Husband of the late Kathryn Prevett and the late Betty Banks. Father of the late Gayle Talaskavich and Peggy Holmes. Brother of Leone Mater, Don (Shirley) Metcalfe and Doug Metcalfe. Brother-in-law of Joyce Prevett. Grandfather of Andrew (Kim) Holmes, sons Spencer and Curtis. Grandfather of Nathan (Krista) Talaskavich and great-grandfather of Joshua Talaskavich. Jack was a W.W. II veteran. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 388 Wyoming, a retired member of Local 663 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and a member of The People’s Church. Jack truly loved life. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. A gathering will be held at a future date to share stories and will be published. 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 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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BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) of Sarnia

BASHAM, Hilda (nee Miller) – On Monday, June 26, 2017 at Twin Lakes Terrace, Hilda Hedwig Basham died at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late John. Loving mother of Wayne (Marie), Texas, Brian (Angela), Mississauga and Ian (Gwendolin), Victoria, B.C. Cherished grandmother of Kevin, Frank, Joe, Elizabeth, Shawn, Eryn and Sheryn. Great-grandmother of Sarah. Sister of Hal Miller (Delia), Bill Miller (Susan), Adeline D’Alosio, Margaret Snider (Stuart), and Sylvia Massey. Predeceased by parents Otto & Rosina Miller and brothers Oscar and George Miller. Hilda was an active member of Grace United Church for many years. She had a tremendous gift of love and care for others. She was well known for her cooking, baking, gardening and also for her creativity in arts & crafts. She will be sorely missed by her families and friends. Visitation will be held at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Grace United Church on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Interment Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to U.C.W., c/o Grace United Church, 900 Cathcart Blvd., Sarnia, N7V 4E2. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

HUARD, Marcel Joseph of Sarnia

HUARD, Marcel – At Bluewater Health on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the age of 60. Beloved son of the late Omer & Colette Huard. Dear brother of Michel and Gilles, Sarnia. 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 Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com.

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BERRY, Nancy Jean (nee Wilson) of Sarnia

BERRY, NANCY JEAN (nee Wilson) – Surrounded by her family and friends on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Nancy Berry died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 69. Beloved wife of Michael “Mike” Berry. Loving mother of Jennifer Wilson & her husband Jeremy, Milton and Melissa Berry, Ottawa. Cherished grandmother of Reese & Lauren Wilson. Dear daughter of Martha & the late Robert Wilson. Sister of Rosemarie Forbes & her husband Jock, Sudbury and Paul Wilson & his wife Karen, Ottawa. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Nancy brought joy to so many – continuously giving of her time and love. She was dedicated to her family, a tireless supporter of her community groups (RayJon, Breast Buddies dragon boat team, CSJ associates, CWL) and “Nurse Nancy” ’til the end. She was not often seen without a smile on her face, even during her long and courageous battle with cancer. The world, especially our family room, will be a quieter and less boisterous place without her. The constant love, many prayers, and amazing generosity of all her friends brought strength and peace of mind to Nancy and all the family for so many years. We cannot thank them enough for their thoughtfulness. A thank you also for the wonderful medical care received from Dr. Crombeen, Dr. Yoshida, and the nurses of the palliative care unit and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. To celebrate her life, Nancy asked that friends wear bright colours to her visitation and funeral service and that they share many laughs. Visitation will be at the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia, on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6:30-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Vince Gulikers at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation to follow. Donations may be given to the St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3, Rayjon P.O. Box 2482, Sarnia, N7T 2T1, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St.,2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6. (cheques only at the funeral home please). Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Sudbury

YANTHA, Barbara Ann of Sarnia

YANTHA, BARBARA ANN – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Barbara Ann Yantha died on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the age of 62. Loving mother of Cyril Verge and Renie Biggar & her husband Wayne, Summerside, P.E.I. Cherished grandmother of Erika & Emmett Bigger and Renie’s dog Riley. Dear sister of John Yantha, Hamilton, Shirley Flynn (Robert), Sarnia and Donna Yantha, Sarnia. Predeceased by her parents Alex & Irene Yantha and her brother Frank Yantha. Barbara spent many years working as a Lab Technician with OSS Environmental. Her life was her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She had several hobbies but the things that Barbara enjoyed most were cooking, puzzles, knitting and walking. Funeral Service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to St. Josephs Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. Sarnia, N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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PURSELL, William “Bill” of Sarnia

PURSELL, William, “Bill” – Surrounded by his loving family at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care, Sarnia, Bill Pursell died on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the age of 88.  Beloved husband of the late Theresa “Terry” (2006).  Loving dad of Duncan (Liz), Ian (Charlane), Iona, Terry “Cookie” (Gordon) and Fiona. Legendary Papa of Tara (Ken), William (Lauren), Ian (Kinga), Paul, Jamie, Graeme, Meaghan (Simon), James, Cameron, Caitie and  Ruby. Great-grandfather of Gavin, Max, and Levi.  Brother to Duncan Pursell in Australia, the remaining member of his five siblings.  Dad, Papa, Bill, Willie or Mr. Pursell.  No matter how you knew him, he was resolutely considered a gentleman defined by his integrity, his love of his family and his very positive attitude towards life. He equally loved Lakeshore as much as his beloved Scotland and his childhood home Davaar House in Campbeltown.   A member at Sarnia Golf Club for 54 years, he was still golfing last season and only the poor weather kept him from teeing off this year.  He shot his age at 81.  He enjoyed table tennis and treasured new friends at the Strangway Centre.  We were never sure what it was, but he played pickle ball until a hamstring injury in 2016.  He made marmalade just last month which he shared widely and was obsessed with its consistency. We continued the tradition of Lakeshore holidays with him cooking the turkey and these dinners were central to him and to us in every way.  A prolific writer, a few of his memoirs have been published in The Kintyre Magazine and the spring edition carried his most recent one.  He grew more proud of his heritage as the years went on and he kept up a number of relations in his home town of Campbeltown.  He was called upon yearly to recite In Flanders Fields at St. Andrews Church and in 2016, he did it from memory with no notes and often did the Ode to the Haggis or Toast to Canada at their Burns Supper.  He loved going to the Bridge to take walks, talk to the locals fishing, and read his Globe & Mail and maybe take a wee snooze in the car.  He absolutely adored his grandchildren and they in turn adored him always anxious to tell him, show him or write to him about their school, their jobs, their relationships and pretty much anything.  According to them, he was “such a legend” and this sentiment was felt by everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.  He was wise, kind, current in many sports and myriad political issues.  Dad was obsessed with his bird feeder and the weather as the Scottish tend to be.   His absence is unimaginable but his legacy sustains us. As an expression of sympathy, friends may wish to send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, Palliative Care through  www.bwhf.ca or mail to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia N7T 6S3.  Private family arrangements 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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BOYD, Shirley Marie (nee Pepper) of Sarnia

BOYD, Shirley Marie (Pepper) – Surrounded by her loving family, Shirley passed away at Bluewater Health on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the age of 80. Dear mother of Katherine Boyd, Michael Boyd (Sherri), Allan Boyd and David Boyd all of Sarnia. Loving grandmother of Jason, Shaun (Sally), Mark and Jade. Proud great-grandmother of Brooke, Kara, Lucas and Winston. Sister of Donald Pepper (late Pauline), Amherst Island, Marion Gilmer, Brantford and Phyllis Pepper, Bright’s Grove. Shirley will also be sadly missed by her little buddy Parker who was always at her side. Predeceased by parents Evert & Ethel Pepper and sisters Dorothy Capps, Ida Brown and Neva Barr. Shirley was passionate about her beautiful flower gardens, her rescue pets and her family. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or Chatham-Kent Animal Rescue, 270 Inshes Av., Chatham, N7M 2Z7 or the charity of their choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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FULLERTON, John Thomas “Jack” of Sarnia

FULLERTON, John Thomas “Jack” – Suddenly at Trillium Villa on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of Marion (Hartwell). Dear father of Martha Baglieri (John), Markham, Barbara Foley (Brian), Ottawa, Mary Sue Muldoon (Joseph), Regina. Michael Fullerton (Julie), Sarnia. Loving grandfather of 12. Great-grandfather of 7. Brother of Mary Anne Bambrick (Ken), London. Predeceased by parents John & Estelle Fullerton and brother Gerald. Jack graduated from The University of Western Ontario Class of 1951 with a B.A. in Journalism. He and the late Marceil Saddy founded and co-owned the Sarnia Gazette. He was a 60 year member of the Liberal Party. Jack was a Catholic Rate Payers trustee on the Public School Board for several years and a trustee on L.C.R.C.S.S. Board for 2 years. He was also a member of the L.C.R.C.S.S. board until he was 65. Jack wrote a column for “First Monday” magazine until he was 87. Visitation will be held Monday from 7-9 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, June 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. with cremation to follow. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to ESK-OMI, P.0. Box 159, St. Norbert, MB., R3V 1L6 or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia, Toronto

NIENIEC, Stanislaw “Stanley” of Sarnia

NIEMIEC, STANISLAW “STANLEY” – Peacefully at Vision Nursing Home, Stanislaw Niemiec died on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the age of 101. Beloved husband of his late wives, Mieczyslawa Niemiec and Irena Niemiec. Loving father of Mark Niemiec and his partner Chris Fahrlander, Phoenix, Arizona. Also survived by many relatives in Poland. Predeceased by his parents Franciszek and Agnieszka Niemiec. Stanislaw (Stan) was born in Nowy Sacz, Poland. He graduated from a Military School in Poland and served as an officer in the Polish Army. At the beginning of the World War II he had the misfortune of being captured and spent three years in various German POW camps. In 1948 he immigrated to Canada and in 1951 moved to Sarnia from Ottawa. He was a respected employee of Polysar. As a valued employee he traveled to many Polysar Rubber Plants around the world solving production problems. Stan retired after 40 years of service. Stan loved Canada and was grateful to her, while at the same time he never forgot his Polish heritage. It was important for him to be a good “ambassador” for his native country. Upon arriving in Sarnia, Stan helped establish the Polish Community. Stan was very religious and a gentle man who will be missed by his family and friends. Many thanks to Vision Rest and Nursing Home for the loving care they provided. He was very appreciative of all that they did for him. Cremation has taken place. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Zbigniew Rodzinka at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, where Rosary will be offered prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Fr. Pucka Memorial Fund at Queen of Peace Church, 566 Rosedale Ave., Sarnia N7V 1Z4. Arrangements entrusted to the McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (519-344-3131) . Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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KINGSTON, Paul Frederick of Camlachie

KINGSTON, PAUL FREDERICK – Paul Kingston at the age of 83, passed away on Monday May 29, 2017 at Strathroy Hospital. By his side were Shari Kingston his beloved wife and life long partner, and their children Meghan, Michael and Scott Kingston, the loves of his life. Loving father to Paul & Debra Kingston, Kerry & Terry Rogers and Christine & Ron Cross. Cherished grandfather to Paul Kingston Jr., Tina & Pat Rogers, Russell, Mitchell, Emily and Kathleen Cross. Special great-grandfather to Serenity Rogers. Big brother to Thom Kingston, Mary & Ron Mansfield, George & Laura Kingston, Robert & Julie Kingston, Florence & Paul Dyck and Bill & Deb Kingston. Also survived and loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Frederick & Gertrude Kingston and nephews Nathan Kingston & Scott Mansfield.  Paul aspired to be trustworthy, reliable, responsible, astute, sincere and fair. These values he felt important to instill in his children, who he considered to be his greatest accomplishments. He felt great pride in seeing them grow up and being successful in their chosen careers. Paul entered the work force in the chemical valley and later built and operated “Kingston’s Cove” his business in Camlachie for 45 years. He also served two terms as a Councillor for Plympton-Wyoming and was the first Fire Chief of Camlachie’s Volunteer Fire Dept. When Paul wasn’t utilizing his many talents repairing and fixing everything imaginable, he enjoyed sun, surf and sand and having a cold beer and good food with family and friends. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel immediately following visitation on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Cremation will follow with a private family interment to be held at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., 2nd Floor, Sarnia, N7T 5W6, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, MN7T 4Y1 or the Alzheimer’s Society, 420 East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia