GRAY, Mary Marguerite (nee Hamilton) of Sarnia

GRAY, MARY MARGUERITE- Surrounded by her family at Marshall Gowland Manor, Mary Gray died peacefully on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Fred Gray Jr. (2003). Loving mother of Dorothy Gray, Sarnia, Joyce & her husband Larry LaFond, Sarnia and Brian & his wife Gerri, Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of April-Marie Valvasori & her husband Steve and Justin Lupi & his fiancée Kelsey McKague. Great-grandmother of Drake Morris. Dear sister of Marguerite Hamilton, Tom Hamilton and Joseph Hamilton. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Joseph & Marguerite Hamilton, sisters Dorothy Kloske and Shirley McGregor, son-in-law Ben Lupi. Mary worked at Greer’s Variety Store over 30 years. Her greatest gift was her children and grandchildren; time spent with them brought her many years of joy. Mary loved to square dance with April and kept up with all the current sports news to share with Justin. She loved her roses and enjoyed baking. Mary volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. The family would like to thank the staff and doctors at Marshall Gowland Manor for their compassionate care of Mary over the years. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Thursday, October 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel. Cremation to follow with private interment at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia Lambton, Suite 8, 420 East Street, Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or the Breast Cancer Society, 420 East Street, Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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HENNESSEY-POWER, Arlene of Sarnia

HENNESSEY-POWER, Arlene – At Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the age of 49. Wife of Chris Power, Sarnia. Loving mother of Emily Power and step-mother of Christopher Power Jr. and Jeffery Goodwin. Daughter of the late John & Geraldine Hennessey. Sister of Bernadette Chaplin (Malcolm), Smithers, B.C., Dawn Brace, Marquita Knowles, Tom Hennessey (Sue), Lisa Hennessey (Mark Fitzgerald) all of Sarnia and the late Jerry Trainor. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by at St. Joseph’s Church on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, a college trust fund has been set up for Emily Power at Libro Credit Union, 1315 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7S 3Y1, account #3505070 or you can make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., N7T 5W6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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ZANDBERGS, Gita Regina (nee Juskevics) of Sarnia

ZANDBERGS, Gita – Gita went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the age of 72. Beloved wife of Modris. Gita was a long time member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and a member of their choir. She retired from teaching in 1995. Being fluent in 5 languages, Gita especially enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language. The memorial service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 429 Indian Rd. N. Sarnia on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 10-11:15 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 where she spent her final days. 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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PENKIWITZ, Werer “Richard” Gunter of Sarnia

PENKWITZ, Werner “Richard:” Gunter – With his family by his side at Bluewater Health, W. Richard Penkwitz died on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the age of 78. Loving father of Julie Anne Young & her husband Mike and Michael Richard Penkwitz, Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Richard Young, Sarah Gibb (Brian), Stephanie Young and William Penkwitz & his sister Sabrina Perry, all of Sarnia. Proud great-grandfather of Hannah Gibb, Sarnia. Dear second father to Jamie and Randy Fitzpatrick. Brother of Doris Richter and Helga Poewe, Berlin. Also survived by many nieces and nephews in Canada and Berlin. Predeceased by his parents Helene Hein & Richard Penkwitz and sisters Lucie Lux and Erika Wischnewski. Richard came to Canada at the young age of 18. He was the owner of Richard’s Masonry Ltd. and was an accomplished bricklayer. Richard’s passion was his family and time spent with them. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Afton Park where Richard resided. A visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A celebration of life will be held immediately following visitation in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel, at 12:00 p.m. Cremation will follow with private interment at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Road, Sarnia, N7T 4Y1. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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LOPETRONE, Teresa (nee Arcuri) of Point Edward

LOPETRONE – The Lord has called TERESA (ARCURI) LOPETRONE to be with Him on this day, Tuesday, October 3, 2017, with loving family by her bedside. Teresa was born on January 18, 1927 in San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy and was a longtime resident of Point Edward. Teresa was a very loving wife, mother, nonna and great-nonna. She was always considerate of others and was very compassionate, hard working, dedicated to her family, church and faith. Teresa was very strong and always believed that God would take care of her and her family. She and her husband Salvatore opened Riverside Pizzeria in Point Edward in 1964, now Salvatore’s Trattoria e Ristorante, which her daughter Antonietta and husband Louie operate today. She was predeceased by her loving husband Salvatore Lopetrone, daughter Angela Federico, granddaughter Kayla Januskiewicz, brothers Giovanni, Battista and Pasquale Arcuri and sister Saveria Spadafora. She is survived by her children Joe & Angela Lopetrone, Rosa & Joe Mancusi, Antonietta & Louie Mele, Caterina & Tony Savo, and Franca & Chris Januszkiewicz and son-in-law Joe Federico of Sarnia and Point Edward; grandchildren, Cathy & Dan Sapone, Gina & Steve Benway, Sam Federico, Marcello & Denise Federico of Seattle, Salvatore & Sara Lopetrone, Teresa & James Bennett, Tony & Daniella Mancusi, Marco & Nicole Mancusi, and Roberto & Melissa Mancusi, Vincenzo Savo, Lisa & Ward Headrick, and Franco & Cori Savo, Gian and Laura Mele and Stephen Januszkiewicz of Sarnia and Point Edward; great-grandchildren, D.J., Bianca, Connor, Alyssa, Noah, Domenic, Cole, Luca, Mateo, Nico, Surrey, Rowan, Lucia, Francesca, Massimo, Giada, Clara, Violet, Avaya, Andrea, Ian and Everett. Sister of Caterina Arcuri (Scigliano) and Giuseppe Arcuri, Italy. Sister-in-law of Giovanna Arcuri of Point Edward, Giovanni Lopetrone, B.C., Rosa Andali & Giovanni of Point Edward. Aunt (Zia) to many nieces and nephews in Italy, France and Canada. Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-9 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 Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. Entombment Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation, 546 N. Christina St., Sarnia N7T 5W6 or to the charity of their choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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McLACHLAN, Randi Leigh of Petrolia

McLACHLAN, RANDI LEIGH – Suddenly at home on Thursday, September 21, 2017, Randi McLachlan died at the young age of 25. Beloved daughter of Doug McLachlan & his partner Michelle Hyde. Loving sister of Alicia McClintock & her husband Rob, Shawn McLachlan & his wife Deanna and Ryan McLachlan & his wife Amanda, all of Sarnia. Cherished granddaughter of Marie Upton. Special aunt to Kayla, Keaton, Ellie, Rosie & Emerson. Also survived by her mother Lori Amundson & her mother Mary Amundson and many aunts & uncles. Predeceased by her grandfather’s Ken Upton and Larry Amundson. Randi had a big heart and loved her dogs and cats. Randi struggled with mental illness her whole life, but rose above those challenges with the help and support of LCDS and especially her friend and support worker Rita. The family can’t express their gratitude enough for all those who knew and loved her and helped her in her journey. Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. where words of celebration will be offered at 8:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Canadian Mental Health Association, 210 Lochiel St., Sarnia, N7T 4C7 or the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Crnkovich, John of Sarnia

CRNKOVICH, John – At Twin Lakes Terrace, Sarnia on Monday, September 18, 2017, John Crnkovich died at the age of 93. Loving brother of Mary Lloyd and brother-in-law of Joanne Chandler (Carl). Cherished uncle of Marnie Garrett (Rex), Betty Grant (Jim), Francie Whitely (Steve), Mary Crnkovich (Duncan Noble), Cliff Lloyd (Pauline), Brian Lloyd (Nancy) & Linda Wright (Warren), Debbie McMillian (Peter) and Matthew Craven (Sally). Also survived by several great nieces, nephews and other extended family in Canada and the U.S.A. Predeceased by his parents Matthew & Marija Crnkovich, brothers Frank, Nick & Matthew, brother-in-law Glen Lloyd and sister-in-law Anne. John was born in Croatia and came to Canada with his mother and two brothers in 1930. He worked for many years for Robin Hood Mills, Port Colborne. John was always ready with a smile and he will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. A graveside service will take place at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery, Port Colborne on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. celebrated by Fr. Benjamin Weber. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish may make a donation to Canadian Cancer Research. 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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MORGAN, Aldene Daisy (nee Pedwell) of Sarnia

MORGAN, Aldene Daisy – Surrounded by her family at Twin Lakes Terrace, Aldene passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Bruce. Dear mother of Robert Morgan (Nikki), Corunna, Cynthia Alvarado (Ivan), Sarnia and Karen MacDonald (Terry), Corunna. Loving grandmother of Johnathan Alvarado (Katie), Corunna, Derek Morgan (Janice), Cambridge and Jamie Morgan (Cindy), Corunna. Great-grandmother of Sophia and Olivia Alvarado. Sister of Glen Pedwell (Shirley), Toronto. Predeceased by her parents and brothers Sid and Dave Pedwell. Aldene was a bookkeeper for various companies for over 40 years. She was past president of the International Toast Mistress Club and a member of the Red Hat Society. Aldene was a Clogger and also enjoyed tap dancing. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 10-10:45 a.m. A memorial service will follow in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia, N7T 7W8 or the Alzheimer’s Society, 420 East St. N., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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DESROCHES, Theresa Marie Bernardette (nee Gervais) of Sarnia

DESROCHES, Theresa Marie Bernardette – Theresa died peacefully at Trillium Villa at the age of 94 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. She had been a resident there for 26 years. Theresa was the youngest daughter of Telesphore & Victoria Gervais of Victoria Harbour, ON. She was also predeceased by sons Gerald and Basil, sisters Malvina O’Reilly, Sister Rose Anne Gervais, Veronica Laraway and Alma Savage and older brothers Emile, Gus and Phillip Gervais. Beloved and loving friend of Margaret Maheu. Sincere thanks to the wonderful nurses, caregivers and dear friends at Trillium Villa. A cemetery remembrance service will be held. Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (519)344-3131.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

“Into my heart’s treasury I slipped a coin
That time cannot take, nor a thief purloin.
O better than the minting of a gold-crowned king
Is the safe-kept memory of a lovely thing”
(Sarah Teasdale)

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PAQUETTE, Joseph “Leonard” of Sarnia

PPAQUETTE, Joseph Leonard – At Bluewater Health on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of Doreen (Kensley) for 55 years. Dear father of Donat Paquette (Lisette), Oshawa, his children Natasha, Wyatt, Wesley and Mya Paquette;  Caroline Chafe (Pat), Sarnia, her children Danielle Kuskoff (Nick), Ryan Chafe (Nicole) and Tori-Lynn Chafe;  Ernie Paquette, Sarnia, his children Maria-Grace and Catherine Paquette, Marcel Paquette (Jennifer), Sarnia, his children Taylor, Alicia, Nathaniel, Emily and Teagan Paquette;  Nicole Roy (Steve), Sarnia her children Jade and Tyra Roy. Loving great-grandfather of Benjamin, Mila and the late Avery Kuskoff. Uncle of Matthew Henry, Ottawa. Brother of Ernie Paquette (Barb), Victoria, B.C. and the late Mae Pettit (Harold). Predeceased by his parents Donat and Anita Paquette. Leonard retired from the Carpenter’s Union Local 1256 in 1999. He was a foster parent for 17 years, a past Grand Knight, member 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and was on the board of directors for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Leonard was also an usher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church for 30 years. He loved to spend his spare time travelling, fishing and camping. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Kathemo Mukucha at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 A.M. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 S. East St. Sarnia, N7T 3R1 or have a mass said for a loved one in honour of Leonard. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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ROBINSON, Betty Irene (nee Hall) of Petrolia

ROBINSON, Betty Irene – At Fiddick’s Nursing Home on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late W. Clifford Robinson. Dear mother of Connie Archer (Jim), Sarnia and Thomas Robinson (Ruth), Point Edward. Loving grandmother of Ryan (Jennie), Somer (Joe) and Nick (Brandy). Great-grandmother of Justyn, Mason, Joshua, Jacob, Charlotte and Hanna. Sister of Norma Allan, Grimsby and Wyn Hall, London. Predeceased by parents Thomas & Elizabeth Hall and by sisters Doreen Drury, Ellen Hall and Hilda Telfer. Betty graduated from Brantford Collegiate in 1943. She trained as an R.N. at Brantford General Hospital from 1943-1946. Betty was head nurse at 3 North at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sarnia and later became Infection Control Officer of the 3 Lambton County Hospitals until her retirement. 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 Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3 or the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

 

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MOONEY, Betty Eleanor (nee Jones) of Sarnia

MOONEY, Betty Eleanor November 16, 1927-August 31, 2017. With heavy hearts, John, David, Robert and Susan (Cullis), along with their spouses announce the passing of their beloved mother. Betty is reunited with her husband and soulmate “Charlie”, her parents Edwin & Elizabeth Jones, Morrisburg, older brother Doug Jones, Trenton and infant daughter Elizabeth Ann (1950). Survived, not only by her 4 children, but also by her dearly loved brother John Jones & his wife Susan, Morrisburg, loving sister-in-law Phyllis Jones, Trenton and 7 grandchildren – Paula & Gerry Bailey, Skyler, Chelsea and Sarah Mooney, Craig Mooney and Jared and Aidan Cullis. Also survived by 2 great-grandsons, Mason and Bryson Bailey and several nieces and nephews. A card that was found amongst mom’s possessions states the characteristics of someone who has the name Betty: a soft spoken woman who enjoys helping others; an orderly, punctual and systematic person, her heart full of love drives stress away; conscientious and diligent; someone who has a smile with a loving look; one who wants a good education for her family. That was our mother. Mom had many talents but she was a master of shortbread cookies, apple pies and butter tarts. She was also well known for her knitting and quilting skills. Thank you to anyone who was her friend and showed her kindness. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers during her illness. There will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 519-344-3131.  If desired, memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

AFTERGLOW

   I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways.

Of happy times and laughing times and bright sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun

Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

BEAUMIER, Denis of Sarnia

BEAUMIER, DENIS – Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Denis Beaumier died at the age of 57. Beloved husband of Danielle (Tessier). Loving father of Celeste and Sheila (Dedra), Sarnia. Dear brother of Guy (Janice), Pierre (Josephine), Raymond (Colleen), Rene (Ksenia), Claire, Michel (Jane) and Richard. Also surviving is the mother of his children Debbie. Predeceased by his parents Roger & Therese Beaumier. Visitation at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. Cremation to follow. There will be no funeral service. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 556 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W6. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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GENOVY, Joseph Anthony of Corunna

GENOVY, JOSEPH Anthony- The family is heartbroken to announce the sudden death of Joseph Genovy on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the age of 61. Beloved husband of Stephanie. Loving father of Selena Mortensen & her husband Ryan. Dear brother of Theresa Genovy. Son-in-law of Ivan & (late) Ariel Percy. Brother-in-law of Maureen Genovy and Stephen & Tracy Percy. Loving friend of Robert Rozanski and special uncle to Jason Neely, Callum & Liam Percy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Florence & Stanley Genovy and his brother John. Joe will be greatly missed by his pooch Lucy. Joe was a true family man and spending time with them gave him great joy. He loved the outdoors and rescuing birds and many other natures’ critters. Joe ran J & S Lawn care for many years. He loved to cook and was known for his incredible ribs. You could always find Joe at a local restaurant for wing night. Joe will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 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 29th immediately following visitation 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to charity of choice. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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KAMEKA, Marion May (nee Coling) of Sarnia

KAMEKA, MARION MAY – Suddenly at home on August 25, 2017, Marion Kameka died at the age of 79. Beloved wife of Kenneth Kameka. Loving mother of Kenneth II & his wife Lisa and Todd Kameka. Cherished grandmother of Trevor (Samantha), Nicholas and Meaghan Kameka. Great grandmother of Justin, Daytona, Tanya, Ryder, Rosalia and Alphonso. Dear sister of Norma Jean Coling, B.C. Sister-in-law of Emmett Kameka, Fred Kameka, Carina Thornhill and Marcia (Fleming) Phillipsen. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Harry & Dorothy Coling and sister Marilyn Duke. Marion worked as the secretary/bookkeeper at St. Benedict’s Church for over 40 years. She was a 40 year member and past president of the Catholic Woman’s League at St. Benedict’s and was a Vincenzan with the St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years. Marion loved to travel & camp and was a member of the National Campers and Hiker’s Association since 1969. Spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren filled her heart and gave her so much pleasure. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. where prayers will be offered at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Stephen Savel at St. Benedict’s Church on Tuesday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m. Cremation to follow with interment at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 106 East St., Sarnia, N7T 7H9. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

MICELE, Leonardo of Sarnia

MICELE, Leonardo – Surrounded by his family at Vision Nursing Home, Leonardo Micele died on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Rosina (2007). Dear father of Nicola Micele & his wife Gerardina, Maria Di Brita & her husband Mario, and Giuseppe Micele & his partner Tamara Milligan, all of Sarnia. Loving nonno of Barbara Di Brita (John), Nick Di Brita, Andrea Di Brita, Rosa Feleppa (Mauro) and Leo Micele. Bisnonno of Alexander, Aubrey, Antonio, Ari and Dante. Brother-in-law of Arturo Paoletti, Switzerland. Predeceased by his parents Concetta & Nicola Micele, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Born in Montefalcone di Val Fortore, Benevento, Italy. Leonardo served in the Italian Army for many years. He worked in Switzerland, Germany and Milan before immigrating to Sarnia in 1978. Leo also worked as a labourer with Local 1089 for 10 years. His passion was his family and loved continuing his Italian traditions such as gardening and wine making. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and physicians at Vision Nursing Home for their compassionate care of Leo over the last 6 years. Friends will be received at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Friday from 6-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Stephen Savel at St. Benedict Church on Saturday, August 26th at 11 a.m. Entombment at Resurrection Mausoleum to follow. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 774 London Rd., Sarnia, N7T 4Y1 or 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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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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

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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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia

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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia

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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Filed Under: Ontario, Sarnia