HURLEY: William “Bill” of Chesley, formerly of Toronto

Posted by on February 22, 2016

William Hurley of Chesley, formerly of Toronto, passed away suddenly at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Thursday, February 18, 2016 in his 68th year.

Bill will be sadly missed by his many friends and acquaintances over the years. Uncle of David, Terry, Jim, Rick Hurley and Christine Ellession. Bill was predeceased by his brother Robert (Dorothy) and his parents, Wilfred and Gertrude (Nowles) Hurley.

Cremation has taken place and Bill will be interred with his parents in Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough.

Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhody family Funeral Home.

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MacKay: James of Paisley

Posted by on February 15, 2016

TriFold 4On Saturday, February 13, 2016 Jim MacKay of Paisley passed away after a brave battle with aplastic anemia (which simply means his bone marrow was not making enough blood to keep him going at the speed he wanted to go). He would have been 82 in April. He was a quiet-spoken man of few words, hardworking and determined action. He was known all over southern Ontario and in many parts of the United States for the fine Commercial Horses he bred, trained and exhibited for over fifty years. His horses have been sold all over North America, not only for driving, but excelling in English tack for jumping, dressage, eventing, field hunting, and as Police mounts. When visiting Bermuda, it will likely be Jim’s teams pulling the carriages. They can also be seen today being driven as a four-in-hand pulling beautiful coaches in many states in the U.S.

George James MacKay was born to George and Florence (Lewis) MacKay in Walkerton hospital on April 27, 1934. He was the oldest of three children with Andy and Florence completing the family. Together with their parents, the MacKay family worked hard and created a living on their family farm. Jim attended S.S. #11 in Salem and then Paisley Continuation School. Unable to finish school due to his father’s poor heath, Jim took over the majority of farming duties.

June 1, 1957 Jim married Mary McCurdy and together they farmed on Concession 10, Elderslie for over 50 years before moving to Paisley. Jim continued to return to the farm every day to help his son, Steven, and tend his beloved horses.

As a young man Jim played ball for the Dobbinton Pontiacs, competing in playoff and championship games all over Southern Ontario. Then his interest turned to horses and he began exhibiting at the CNE in Toronto in 1964. This began the passion that grew and drew many of his friends into the showring. His competitive nature spurred him to win thousands of ribbons and trophies which overflowed his farm home. His three children, Steve, Neil and Shelley continue to share his interest in showing horses.

Jim greatly anticipated the arrival of new foals every spring – some years as many as 25, but more often 10-12. He was always on the lookout for his next “rising star” and had many favourites over the years. He enjoyed the challenge of finding two to make a well-matched team.  His capable driving skills gave him the confidence to take a barely broke team to the fairs and still excel.  He took great pride in showing a championship six-horse-hitch under the Shady Maple Farm name. He loved the bright bay colour, with four-white socks, high-stepping action and right up on the bit.

For the last 32 years a highlight of Jim’s year was serving as ringmaster at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Dressed in a suit, tie and fedora for daytime classes or tuxedo and top hat for the evening. He was a welcome sight to exhibitors who could rely on a safe drive if Jim MacKay was directing “traffic” in the ring. Although in failing health and moving a bit slower than usual he pushed himself to carry out his duties for the last time last November (2015). He was also sometimes called on to be ringmaster or judge at other fairs.

Although quiet, by nature he always enjoyed the companionship that came with working with friends and family and sometimes liked to play practical jokes on his friends. Not only did Jim influence others, and the horse world, he was a great inspiration to his friends and family. He wouldn’t hesitate to pass on advice, or act as a mentor to new competitors or sell them his winning team. Despite his competitiveness, Jim would always congratulate those who beat him in the show ring and then resolve to have a better team next year. He constantly aspired to be a leader and innovator in the horse world and held many positions to better the profession as a whole. He served two terms as president of the Ontario Commercial Horse Association, as well as being president of the Ontario Clydesdale Association for one term. He served as Chair of the Bruce County Plowman’s Association and chaired the Horse Show Committee for the two plowing matches held in Bruce County.

Jim received blood transfusions every two weeks for the last 7 months of his life. It gave him the fuel to carry on. The family would like to encourage those who are able to consider donating blood so that others can be helped as well.

His legacy will live on through his beautiful horses.

He leaves behind to mourn his loss Mary, his beloved wife of nearly 59 years and his family. Steve (Brenda) of Elderslie, Neil (Marti) of Barrie, Shelley (Dan) Scepanovic of Mississauga and special father of Gerald and Deb Thomas of Paisley. He will be sadly missed by his grandsons, Robert MacKay and his fiancée, Becky, of Calgary, Brian MacKay of Queen’s University, Kingston, Michael MacKay of Barrie and special grandson Ryan Thomas of Elderslie. He will be forever held in the hearts of his three granddaughters, Katrina, Mya and Monica Scepanovic of Mississauga. Jim is survived by his only sister, Florence (Don) Leatham of Walkerton, sister-in-law Merle MacKay of Paisley, and Mary’s sister June (Bruce) Martin of Sauble Beach and Florida. He was predeceased by his brother Andy MacKay, an infant daughter and his parents, George and Florence (Lewis) MacKay.

Visitation will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Paisley (260 Queen St. S.) on Tuesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. with visiting an hour before the service.

Spring interment in Salem Presbyterian Cemetery, Elderslie Township.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating your blood with Canadian Blood Services, in memory of Jim. Memorial donations may also be made to the Ontario Commercial Horse Association or a charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.


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Pitt: Leslie, formerly of R.R #3 Chesley

Posted by on February 1, 2016

Les Pitt

January 16, 1922 – January 29, 2016

Leslie Pitt was born on January 16, 1922 in Toronto, Ontario. He was the oldest of his siblings who included Harry, Irene, and Bert. He lived near Eugenia in his early years, but the family eventually settled on a farm in the Markdale area. Les was in grade three when he first met Jean, at Lauriston Public School. As teenagers several years later, and in the shadow of war, the romance of a life-time began.
As soon as he was old enough, Les enlisted into the Royal Canadian Air Force. Not wanting to waste a golden opportunity, he upgraded his education and soon became a Flight Instructor and was stationed at bases in Gander, Newfoundland and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was during this time that Les and Jean planned to be married on his first leave back in Toronto, which happened to be on New Year’s Eve, 1942. However, the wedding was delayed many hours as his train was stuck in a terrible blizzard in eastern Canada. With no cell phones to let Jean know, his bride-to-be anxiously met a number of trains that did not bear her fiancé. But finally the groom arrived and the wedding proceeded. Les and Jean would have celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this past New Year’s Eve, 2015.
Soon after the marriage, Les was stationed in Assiniboia Saskatchewan and the young couple moved west. It was during his time at this base that structural defects resulted in some tragic plane accidents, when the wings folded up while in the air, trapping the doomed men inside. It was a worrisome time, but the default was eventually determined to be glue that could not handle the Canadian winter temperatures. Les was finally sent to England to await combat deployment which never occurred as the war ended with V-E Day on May 8, 1945 and he returned safely to Jean.
For the two years following the war, Les and Jean lived with her brother Rusty, gaining farming experience in order to claim farmland under the Veteran’s Land Act. Daughter Sharon was born, and the little family settled on the Grey-Bruce County Line near Chesley. Jean’s sister Ina, with husband Jim Boynton, settled on the adjacent farm and the two families worked the land together. Over the next few years Sharon became big sister to Ron, Maurine and Brian. And Les soon became involved as a Trustee with the Board of Education and encouraged his children to do their best in school.
In the early 50’s family medical bills mounted at a time when there was no Health Care so Les sought employment off the farm. It was then he began his long career with the United Cooperatives of Ontario. He ran the farm supply store and feed mill in Elmwood for many years, and was well respected by area farmers. Before retiring, he spent shorter stints at both the Chesley and Paisley Co-ops. Of course, during all those years, he continued helping Jean with the farm work in the evenings and on weekends.
Les supported the community as a trustee of the rural School Board for many years. He also spent many years on the Board of the Grey & Bruce Mutual Insurance Company. But his biggest community commitment was his many years on the Board of the Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy, including his time as President of the OFCP from 1984-1986. This involved many trips to Toronto meetings and constant advocating for more services for the physically handicapped. Les was a driving force for the creation of Participation Lodge at Holland Centre, and Brian was the first resident to move in, when it opened in 1982.
But life was not all work and no play. Les was a square dance enthusiast. He loved the music, the dancing, and the dear friends who were part of the Hanover club. Over the decades, Les and Jean attended every National Square Dance Convention across Canada, from 1978 to 2008. Les loved travelling, and besides traversing Canada many times, he and Jean visited Alaska, Australia, Barbados, England, Florida, the Grand Canyon, Hawaii and Costa Rica. The latter trip was with ten family members, and other trips were with Ron and wife Marilyn, or with close friends. Les was also an avid reader, with tastes turning to historical fiction and non-fiction, mysteries, westerns and biographies. Les enjoyed many family games of baseball, volleyball and ping pong. He also enjoyed board games and golf. But it was card games that he most loved. It did not matter how late or early it was, or how tired he was, he was always ready for a game of cards … euchre, ‘marbles’, cribbage, ‘up the river’, it did not matter. If someone expressed interest, the game would be set up in moments.
Les was the cherished father of Sharon (Rev. Ralph) Schmidt of R.R. #2 Desboro, Ron (Marilyn) Pitt of Calgary and Maurine (John) Gillberry of Milton. Dear grandfather to Rob (Stephanie) and Krista (Jason), Jill (Jason) and Erin (Adam), Danielle and Megan. Precious great-grandfather to Joshua, Ryan, Tylie, Gavin, Avery, Quinn, Jackson and Myka. Les will be remembered by his brother, Bert (Beverly) Osborne and brother-in-law, Keith (Leora) Wilson. Les was predeceased by son, Brian, brother, Harry (Ruth) Osborne, sister Irene (Ross) Baumber, brothers-in-law, Harold (May) Wilson, David Wilson, sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Archie) Young and Ina (Jim) Boynton.
Les was a family man, a strong community member, and an untiring advocate for the physically challenged in our area. He was a gentleman and a loving husband for 73 years. Les will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his sense of humour, his optimism and his overall zeal for life.

The family will receive friends and relatives at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 12 noon until the celebration of Les’ life at 2 p.m. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery at a later date.

In Les’ memory, memorial donations may be made to Participation Lodge or to the charity of your choice.

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SMITH: Irene Alice (Jelly) of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton

Posted by on January 29, 2016

Irene SmithAlice “Irene” (Jelly) Smith of Chesley, formerly of New Liskeard and Hamilton, passed away at Elgin Abbey, Chesley on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in her 101st year.

Beloved mother of Brucie (Jelly) and her husband Bruno DeLazzer of Bramalea, Ellen (Smith) and her husband Paul Muir of Winnipeg, Charlotte (Smith) Roberts of Elmwood and mother-in-law of Debbie Jelly of Ingersoll. Irene will remain in the hearts and minds of her 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son David Jelly, husbands George Jelly and Charles Smith and siblings, John, Albert, Margaret, Patty and Agnes MacKenzie.

Irene’s wishes were for cremation to take place and private family services will follow.

If desired, memorial donations can be made to Grey Bruce Animal Shelter or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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MACDONALD: Dorothy of Chesley

Posted by on January 28, 2016

D MacDonaldEva “Dorothy” MacDonald of Chesley, passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in her 86th year.

Beloved wife and best friend of Ken. Loving mother of Gary, Linda and Barbara MacDonald, all of Hanover and Murray of Port Elgin. She will be fondly remembered by her grandson, Jeffrey MacDonald of Edmonton. Dorothy will be missed by her sister Josephine Rivers of Medicine, Tennessee and sisters-in-law Pat Lettau of Chesley and Mary (Stan) Scott of Kitchener.

Dorothy was predeceased by her brothers, Jack, Edward and Robert Lettau and her parents, Richard and Eva (Dobson) Lettau.

A private burial will be held at the Chesley Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

Donations in honour of Dorothy may be made to the Alzheimer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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BOTMA: Dingena of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on January 27, 2016

Dingena 90th 2Dingena Botma of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away at Hanover & District Hospital on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in her 91st year.

Beloved wife and best friend of Durk. Loving mother of Anna Mary (Ross) Weber of Guelph, Roy (Debbie) of East Linton and George (Elizabeth) of Bognor. Dingena will live on in the hearts and minds of her eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her thirteen siblings.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 1 p.m. with the celebration of Dingena’s life beginning at 2 p.m. Spring interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MILLS: Mary Elizabeth “Betty” of Paisley

Posted by on January 23, 2016

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”

Rudyard Kipling

Cropped Betty MillsMary Elizabeth “Betty” Mills knew the definition of hard work and also knew the joy of vegetable gardens and farming. Betty was born in Walkerton on December 9, 1937 in the midst of a snow storm that kept her dad from seeing her for the first week of her life. She grew up on the Brant-Greenock Line in a homestead that had been settled by her ancestors in 1862. She attended public school in Ellengowan, then started high school in Paisley and finished off in Walkerton. Wanting to be a nurse, Betty appeased her mother, who wanted her to be a teacher, by attending Normal School in Stratford for a couple of years. In the end, Betty taught for less than a year.

Being that their mothers were friends, Betty and Bob Mills courted and four years and one day later they married, July 5, 1958 on Betty’s family farm. She then moved in with Bob and his half built home in Elderslie. Together they completed their home, farmed and built their plumbing, fabricating and electrical business with long hours and hard work over the years. If the truth be told, Betty wasn’t much of a cook when she first married. However, under the fine tutelage of Bob’s mother, Margaret, Betty grew to be an excellent cook!

Up early and to bed late was Betty’s way of moving through the day. This way she was able to deftly care for her numerous big vegetable gardens, variety of farm animals, and myriad of cats. At least once a day, and as recently as Wednesday, both Bob and Betty went to the farm together to check to make sure everything was all right.

It’s always a good practice when living on a farm,

To have a family of cats living in the barn

They always keep the rats and mice at bay and furnish humor too –

Wherever you find kittens there’s usually a laugh or two.

John Posey

Without a doubt, Betty loved her cats. There were always cats around the farm, in the shop, and of course there was that special one, Suzie, who lived in their home. Fed from an eye dropper at birth, Suzie has lived with Bob and Betty for many years.

Betty enjoyed working with her hands and was known for her Copper Craft art. She also liked travelling, especially her fun-filled day trips. Betty and Bob even ventured to the Yukon in the 70’s for a month of travelling and adventure on their own.

Sadly and without warning, Betty’s journey ended at home on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in her 79th year.

She leaves behind her husband and best friend Bob. Betty will be remembered by her long time pen-pal Diana from England that she has corresponded with through mail and by phone since the age of six.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, Leslie and Jean (Bradshaw) Dalgarno and her in-laws, Sydney and Margaret Mills.

Bob will receive friends at Knox United Church, Paisley (399 Goldie Street) on Monday, January 25, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m., with a celebration of Betty’s life to follow at 2 p.m. Ann Maycock celebrant. Spring interment in Douglas Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

In honour of Betty, memorial donations to the Heart and Stoke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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HEARD: Carol Ann of Chesley

Posted by on January 16, 2016

Heard, CarolCarol Ann Heard (Thurgar) of Chesley, passed away suddenly after a recent diagnosis with cancer on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in her 58th year.

Beloved partner and best friend of Brian Baechler. Loving mother of Steven (Becca) Heard and Cathy (Ken) Beitz, all of Port Elgin. Grieving the opportunity to know her better are Carol’s grandchildren; Lori-Lynn, Cortney, Austin, Tyson, Aiden, Gavin, Parker, Libby, Austin and Serinity. Carol also leaves behind her great-grandchildren; Bently, Karleigh, Charlotte and Lilly. Carol was predeceased by her father Thomas Connors and step-father Bill Thurgar.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Carol’s Life will take place at the Klages Mill (11 1st Avenue North, Chesley) on Carol’s birthday, Sunday, April 24, 2016 beginning at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home.

Donations in honour of Carol can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or S.P.C.A. – Barrie Branch.

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LORENZ: Clarence of R.R. #2 Elmwood

Posted by on January 16, 2016

LorenzClarence William Lorenz of R.R. #2 Elmwood, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, January 15, 2016 in his 92nd year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Marlene (Musehl). Loving father of Jeff (Corry) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Doug (Susan) of R.R. #2 Elmwood and Janice (Michael) Hartman of Palmerston. Cherished grandfather of Melissa (Josh) Spencer, Nicole (Jeff) Lembke, Aaron and Amy Lorenz and great-grandfather of Kaleb Lembke. Clarence will be missed by his sister Marion Golem of Hanover and sisters-in-law Joan Erwin of R.R. #1 Elmwood and Elaine (Clark) Francis of Hanover and their families. Clarence was predeceased by his grandchildren Brent and Rebecca, sisters Hilda (Arthur) Weppler, Elva (Clarence) Weirmier, brothers-in-law Wilfred Golem and Bob Erwin and his parents, William and Edith (Pegelo) Lorenz.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Clarence’s life will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elmwood on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. Spring interment in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Elmwood.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or St. John’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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BELL: Elsie Jane of Chesley

Posted by on December 10, 2015

ElsieBell, Elsie Jane

December 15, 1918 – December 8, 2015

Elsie Bell of Chesley, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the age of 96 from a sudden heart attack. Elsie was born in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and was predeceased by her husband, Cecil Bell in 1986. She lived independently and remained active and involved in the Chesley community. Elsie is survived by two sons, Donald and Larry (Gwenne), granddaughter Ashley and six of fourteen siblings, Cameron McNabb (Mary), Audrey Findlay (Allen), Grace Graham (Ronald), David McNabb (Linda), Douglas McNabb (Ardithe) and Raymond McNabb (Irene). A Celebration of Elsie’s life will take place at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. with a social time to follow. Inurnment in Chesley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chesley Baptist Church or charity of your choice.

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BLUHM: Raymond John of Chesley

Posted by on December 9, 2015

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Raymond John Bluhm of Chesley, known for his love of cars, his ability to maintain them — and drive them, died peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, December 7, 2015 in his 72nd year.

Greater than his passion of cars, especially his black ‘63 Ford Galaxy, was Ray’s love for his wife Ruby, his son Chris and his family Amy and John. As Chris wrote, “Tonight I said goodbye to the greatest man I have ever known. He was my mentor and taught me how to be a good man. He loved me and cared for me when I was hurt or sick. He loved my friends and enjoyed their visits. Most of all he was my Dad and I will never forget how much he loved me, Amy and Big J.”

Ray was born and raised on the Bluhm farm on the 10th of Brant. He attended high school in Walkerton until Grade 10 when he received the opportunity to work at a gas bar in Stoney Creek, living with his aunt and uncle. The years that followed took him to Heirloom in Chesley and then Hydro at The Point and Lines & Station in Tillsonburg. Yet, it was Ray’s greatest pride to have worked at home, for the Town of Chesley, then the Municipality of Arran Elderslie caring for his beloved Chesley Cemetery. It could be said that Ray was a workaholic as he had a great work ethic. He was particular in all he did and was handy to boot.

Ray and Ruby meet in 1972 in Southampton and by October 9, 1982 they were married. This festive occasion took place at St. John’s United Church in Chesley. Ray became Dad to Chris in 1974 and he always made sure he had the time to sit down and talk. Ray was always available to help. “No!” was not in Ray’s vocabulary.

During Ray’s spare time, he enjoyed coaching some Minor Hockey, bartending for local social events and was a Legion Member. Dancing was yet another favourite pastime for Ray, as was going to cars shows and seeing other cars. Vacations and weekends were often spent at the trailer in Lobbies Park or Port Elgin.

Many Saturday nights were spent watching the horse races in Hanover. He even owned his own horse, “Derby Dan” or maybe better known as “Danny”, Ray’s prized Barrel Horse. If he couldn’t watch it in person, he would often watch a race on TV. He also enjoyed watching hockey, baseball, curling and would never miss the 6 p.m. News. His love for music, took him back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s where he enjoyed listening to artists like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

“Don’t touch!” was often used in Ray’s vocabulary. This included not touching his car and his many, many, many hats. “Don’t slam the door!” was another well used phrase. For as much as Ray loved his cars, family, dancing and hats he also loved his many dogs over the years – “Timmy,” “Peppy,” “Missy,” and “Benji” to name just a few.

Ray was the loving husband of Ruby. Beloved father of Chris (Amy) Stephen of Elmwood and Grandpa to John. Ray is fondly remembered by Ruby’s daughters, Jackie MacDonald of Port Elgin and Yvonne (John) Campbell of Paisley and their families. Dear brother of Larry (Audrey) Bluhm of Fergus, Leslie Bluhm of Chesley, Allan (Linda) Bluhm of Kitchener, Nancy (Wayne) Wilken of Elmwood and Murray (Theresa) Bluhm of Gooderham. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Wilbert and Viola (Prues) Bluhm and sister-in-law Nadine Bluhm.

A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at St. John’s United Church, Chesley, on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2 p.m. Inurnment to follow in Chesley Cemetery, a place that Ray loved and nurtured.

Memorial donations to St. John’s United Church or Shriners Hospital For Children – Canada would be appreciated.


Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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BROWN: Elva Joanne of Chesley

Posted by on December 5, 2015

There are no extra pieces in the universe.

Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill,

and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.

Deepak Chopra

Elva Brown edited and CroppedA piece of life’s great jigsaw puzzle is now missing. Elva Joanne Brown of Chesley, passed away suddenly, with her husband Jerry by her side, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Friday, December 4, 2015 in her 81st year.

Elva, along with her twin brother Evan, was born February 17, 1935 in Owen Sound, to Irwin and Irene (Cole) Bellamy. She was raised in Sholdice Settlement where the Bellamy family farmed and still farm today! Elva went to elementary school in the same settlement and then attended high school at OSCVI. Following graduation Elva finished her formal education with a business program in Owen Sound.

When Elva was a tender 16 years of age she attended a euchre party where she met this handsome man who would later become her husband. William Jeremiah “Jerry” Brown, 17, had been working in Shouldice Settlement repairing telephone lines across the road from the Bellamy’s when he was asked to attend the same euchre party. Two years later this inseparable couple was married, October 31, 1953. Interestingly enough, Jerry and Elva did not even put the pieces together that they were marrying on Halloween. It wasn’t until they arrived in Toronto for their honeymoon later that day and encountered strange looking characters that they realized they were actually children dressed up for trick or treating!

For the first year of their marriage Elva and Jerry lived in Shallow Lake. They then moved to the Bellamy farm and their family began to grow: Robert was born in 1954, Doug in 1956, Phyllis in 1958 and Ronald in 1964. During this time Elva and Jerry worked together on their family farm as well as in Jerry’s construction and renovations business. The family continued to live on the farm until their friends encouraged them to move south. They sold the farm in 1974 and bought a piece of undeveloped land in Chesley. Once again, Elva and Jerry worked hand in hand on their new home beginning in June and moved their family into their roughed in home before the snow began to fly that fall. It was here they resided until the present day.

Elva and Jerry were members of the Gypsy Campers for over twenty years. Together with fifty or so other couples they camped all over the province and attended numerous jamborees featuring bluegrass music. Elva also loved to quilt and sew in her day. She also enjoyed the challenge of a good jigsaw puzzles or a good book. Her love of reading was inherited from her father, and her favourite books where Harlequin romances of course.

Elva will be best remembered for her good communication skills and honesty. She was a kind, loving mother who taught her family to be loving. She loved having everyone around and most especially loved the holidays. Family, and most importantly Jerry, was the most important thing in Elva’s life. The only time she and Jerry were apart was when one or the other had a hospital stay.

Left to mend together the remaining pieces of the Brown family puzzle, Elva leaves behind her beloved husband and best friend Jerry. Children, Robert (Kathleen), Douglas (Heather), Phyllis (Roger) Provencher and Ronald (Karen). She will live on in the memories of her grandchildren, Sonja (Matthew) Brewer, Erika (Rhye) Gordon, Keith, Jeremy, Stephen, Kate, David, Aaron, Amber and Ryan as well as her great-grandchildren Josalyn, Victoria, Elyssa, Alexis, Nicholas and Evan. Elva will be sadly missed by her twin brother Evan (Muriel) Bellamy and older brother Milton (Frances) Bellamy.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday from 2-4 and  7-9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Elva’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as a little way for Jerry and their family to repay their gratitude to the staff and doctors for their loving care of Elva over the years.

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KEITH: Gordon of R.R. #3 Paisley

Posted by on November 30, 2015

Gordon Keith CroppedGordon Duncan Keith of R.R. #3 Paisley, passed away suddenly on the farm he loved, Sunday, November 29, 2015 in his 66th year.

Beloved husband of Linda (Coursey). Loving father of Sandra (Rodney) MacGillivray of Wellesley and Robin (Paul) Hoffman of Ariss. Gordon will live in the hearts and memories of his four grandchildren, Katelyn, Ashley, Carter and Davis. Brother of Lois Wilson. He was predeceased by his infant sister Louise and parents, Cecil and Mae (MacKinnon) Keith.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 7 – 9 p.m. and again on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment in Douglas Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by Gordon’s family as expressions of sympathy.


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ALBRIGHT: Louie Frederick of Chesley, formerly of Sullivan Township

Posted by on November 18, 2015

scan3 (1)Anything Louie Frederick Albright turned his hand to he was able to accomplish. From farming to working on the boats, logging to woodworking, growing flowers to raising Holsteins, construction to rehabilitating farms, Lou most certainly did it all. He may not have exhibited his success through glitz and glamour but he certainly was successful in that he made it all work.

Born, under the wall phone at home in Sullivan Township, to Leslie and Clara (Klages) Albright on January 5, 1932 Louie worked hard all of his life to put bread and butter on his family’s table. Being the oldest of his family, he attended school up until Grade 4 and then stayed home and worked. Lou custom plowed for others, walking behind his team of horses for what became too many years. Louie often joked that he had walked behind a horse for too many years to own his own, yet when his children asked for “Polly” the pony he agreed. Moving from horse and plow to a tractor Lou came to love his 1972 Blue Ford 3000 and his Model 1830 Cockshutt “Annie”.

It wasn’t all work for Louie. At the tender age of 2 he had already met his life’s partner, Barbara Lustig. Barb’s mom and aunt bought cattle from Louie’s dad and Louie later worked for Barb’s stepfather. She was shy and he a hard worker. With only a 4 year age difference, Barb and Louie were married May 20, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran (now Faith Lutheran) by The Rev. Messerschmidt. Their family was made complete with the births of their children; Janet in 1954, Nancy in 1957, John in 1958, and Bruce in 1959. The Albright family first farmed around Dornoch and then as the kids aged transitioned to the northwest area of Sullivan Township.

Louie strove to live a simple but meaningful life, never living outside of his means. Whether he was organizing dances in Dornoch in his earlier years, enjoying his two cats at home “Boy” and “Girl” or his favourite meal – homemade spaghetti, he was always content. Louie was sincere and often thought of as the “Gentle Giant.” Even on the Great Lakes boats he was nicknamed for his size – “Tiny.” It was only in the last few years that Barb and Louie began to slow down and take it easy. They used this ‘retirement’ time wisely, flying for the first time to see the Grand Canyon, as well as hitting the road to explore Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, and for their 50th wedding anniversary toured Alaska.

Louie passed away suddenly at home while fixing the door on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in his 84th year.

Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father of Janet (Wayne) Connelly, Nancy (Craig) Maluske and John. Louie will be sadly missed by his 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his siblings, Allan (Mary Lou), Shirley (Wayne) Maluskie and Marie (Ronald) Swigger. Louie was predeceased by his son Bruce, brothers Ed and Harold and his parents, Leslie and Clara (Klages) Albright.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Lou’s life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Desboro on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. Interment in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Desboro.

Memorial donations to Faith Lutheran Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MANNEROW, Jean of Chesley

Posted by on November 9, 2015

J. MannerowGrandma always made you feel she had been waiting

to see just you all day

and now the day was complete.

(Marcy DeMaree)

There was no greater song to which B. Jean Mannerow danced than the melody of being a grandmother. She was affectionately known as “Gram Cracker” and “G-Ma.” and revelled in it.  In being a grandmother, Jean was able to blend the steps of silliness together with the rhythm of unconditional love and acceptance. As Rudy Giuliani once quipped, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life.  And, most importantly, cookies.”

Barbara Jean Mannerow was born Wednesday, May 10, 1939 in Owen Sound to George and Lila (Hodge) Baker, both of the Port Elgin area.  Jean was followed by brother Don in 1941. The Baker family was a farming family, first operating a dairy farm followed by cultivating 100 acres of tobacco.  Their farm was located on the southern edge of Port Elgin near Goble’s Grove.

As with any dance, there are many missteps and one occurred when Jean’s parents separated when she was just ten or eleven years of age. Of course, this was traumatic for Jean but she and her younger brother Don remained with their father were they were supported and cared for by their Aunt Ida and Grandma Baker.

Jean became a big sister again in 1959 when Jean’s mother and step-father, Lila and Percy, adopted a daughter, Lori.

Ken Mannerow worked summers on the Baker tobacco farm and many weekends were spent dancing at the Pavilion in Port Elgin. The truth of it is, like many couples of that era, Ken and Jean courted on the dance floor.  Apparently, Ken added life to the party as he brought the car and drinks, and a good time was had by all!

Having met Ken prior to leaving for Toronto to work and experience big City life, the couple reconnected upon Jean’s return home. They were married on July 9, 1960 at Saugeen Golf Club outside Port Elgin.  Dancing the dance of love, Jean and Ken welcomed daughters Sheila in 1961, Lynn in 1962 and son Steve in 1966.

The dance of life moved forward rapidly as Ken and Jean busily raised their children. When Steve entered school, Jean resumed her work outside of the home working part-time for Holst Real Estate in Chesley.  Following this, Jean went on to work part-time for various branches of the Royal Bank of Canada including Paisley, Hanover, Durham and Elmwood until her retirement at age 60.

Jean and Ken resided on Lot 29, Concession 8 of Elderslie Township, until 2002 at which time Steve and Wendy purchased the farm from them. They spent the next several years on Yonge Street in Tara.  Their dance steps slowed a little when Ken was diagnosed with cancer.  The dance stopped completely, at least as we know it, when on June 29, 2007 Ken waltzed into heaven.  For a time, Jean lost her balance.  However, not willing to be a wallflower for the rest of her days, Jean picked up on the tempo of her song and danced more fully with her family, especially her grandchildren, and friends.

She moved back to Chesley in November of 2008, and from there continued to knit, sew, read, and travel with “the girls”.  Her grandchildren carried on their teachings, educating Jean on the use of a computer, even Facebook, allowing them to communicate more freely.

No matter what, Jean watched and supported her grandchildren, attending dance recitals, soccer, hockey, ringette and baseball games. In fact, Jean’s passion in life was her grandchildren. She would do anything with, and for them.  She taught her family to always be kind, to be charitable, to lead by example, to allow the children to make their own decisions, and to not be judgemental or too vocal with them.  Her one downfall–the Shopping Channel! Being a night owl, this program filled the long, empty hours.  Jean took great pride in her appearance and she experienced joy by taking care in dressing and she loved accessorizing.  It was something she did for herself.  Aside from that, Jean lived through others, and for others.

She herself curled competitively. She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron three times and was a current member of the Goodwill Chapter in Harriston. Jean served her Lord sitting on the Board of Managers at Geneva Presbyterian Church as well as with the women’s groups.  She canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society and Heart & Stroke Foundation. She sat on the Chesley Hospital Auxillary.  She convened and catered for the Chesley Curling Club and Chesley Community Centre and participated in the Agricultural Society and Fall Fairs.

The curtained closed on Jean’s life on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce at the age of 76 years.

Beloved wife of her late husband Ken (2007). Loving mother of Sheila (Ron) James of Meaford, Lynn (Trent) Blake of Owen Sound and Steve (Wendy) of R.R. #2 Chesley. Very proud grandmother (G-Ma) of Brendon, Chris, Megan (Blair), Ryan, Becky (Jon), Erin and Faith and great-grandmother of Callie, Violet and Nathan. Dear sister of Don (Linda) Baker of Minden and Lori McInally of Kitchener. Jean will be fondly remembered by her in-laws Isabelle (Leith) Elder of Tara, Lloyd (Marjorie) Mannerow, Dianne (Ross) King and Reg (Dayle) Mannerow, all of the Chesley area. She was predeceased by her parents and step-parents, George (Debra) Baker and Lila (Percy) Christman and her brother-in-law, Jim McInally.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where an Order of the Eastern Star service will be held at 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Jean`s life will be held at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Chesley on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 1 p.m.  Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce, South West Community Care Access Centre or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Thomson: Darlene Alice of Brantford, formerly of Oakville

Posted by on October 27, 2015

Darlene Thomson - croppedDarlene Alice Thomson, who had a passion for arts and photography, died suddenly on Saturday, October 17, 2015 after a short stay in Hamilton General Hospital. She was 62 years young.

Darlene’s self-portrait began as the youngest child of the late William Alexander and Grietje (Liefhebber) Lueck. She was born in Oakville on July 21, 1953 and attended Pine Grove Public School, followed by Thomas A. Blakelock High School. Darlene’s life path led her to health care and helping others, where she began her career as a Lab Technician in a local doctor’s office. Her family began to grow a few years later after she married Brian Thomson. Together they welcomed their first child, Casey. Six years later, the three welcomed a fourth, Aimee who completed their family. Darlene’s attention then turned to her young family.

It was in this snap shot of her short life, many of her qualities and talents came to life. She was very artistic, loved to paint, draw, and craft jewelry and leather. Her talents allowed her to design and create many heart-felt pieces for friends and family. She also enjoyed gardening and flowers, especially anything that was purple as it was her favourite colour. In these years, she also perfected the art of her many ‘home cooked’ meals which in later years warranted calls from her now grown up children for cooking advice. Her kind-heart and firecracker personality were always appreciated by her close friends and family.

In the late 90’s Darlene met a new companion, Brian Thomas. Together they enjoyed the later years of her life as they watched their families and photo albums grow. They enjoyed many common interests which included their love of Indian cuisine as well as watching sprint car racing. This included Friday night trips to the Ohsweken Speedway to enjoy the races live and watching NASCAR on weekend television.

Her love of cars was apparent to many, as she was once the proprietor of Best-Dar’n-Detail, a car detailing company.

Her fun, vibrant and caring personality will live on in her companion and best friend Brian; children Casey (Jessica Pringle), Aimee Thomson (Michael Silveira); grandchildren Brodie and Chloe and many cousins from the Netherlands, USA and Canada. Darlene will be missed by Brian’s children, Nathan, Liesl and Gillian and their families; her brother Larry Lueck (Sue Campbell), as well as her sister-in-law Lynne, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her children’s father, Brian Thomson.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Darlene’s Life will be held at Bronte Legion on Saturday November 14th from 6 p.m. till 12:30 a.m.

A private memorial will follow for close family members next spring where Darlene will be reunited with her beloved parents, in Chesley Cemetery.

To honour her memory, memorial donations to Casey Thomson for her grandchildren would be appreciated by Darlene’s family. For further information please contact Casey,

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STEPHEN: Pearl (Gobert) of Owen Sound, formerly of R.R. #2 Desboro

Posted by on October 26, 2015

Pearl Stephen - CroppedHard working and resourceful are just two of the words that could be used to describe Pearl Arnetta (Gobert) Stephen. Born to Albert and Mary (Kaufman) Gobert and the middle child of three, Pearl attended school at SS #6 on Grey Road 3. As a child, she enjoyed playing football (or soccer as we know it) at any recess she could. After completing Grade 8, Pearl soon met her future husband Harry at a cousin’s house. He was 18 and Pearl was 15. Together they continued spending more and more time together attending socials and dances. They were married Wednesday, September 6, 1939 at Pearl’s home. In marrying Pearl, Harry had to promise to join Faith Lutheran Church in Desboro. Being the trustworthy fellow that he was, Harry did indeed join Pearl’s church. Her faith was important to Pearl and she lived out her life being a faithful servant. Having been baptized into the wider family of God, Pearl was confirmed in 1934. She thus took on the responsibility for her own faith as an adult of the congregation, fully accepting the teachings of Martin Luther – Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Between the years of 1941 and 1955, six boys were born to Pearl and Harry; Roger, Howard, Alvin, Robert, Harold and Grant. Preferring to work outside, Pearl had acres of strawberries and a large garden with lots of fruits and vegetables, with not a dandelion successfully living nearby. Hydro was purchased in 1949 for the family home with Pearl’s egg and babysitting monies. Pearl also enjoyed curling with Harry and was a proud member and supporter of the Community Club in Keady.

Pearl was a great cook and loved hosting people, especially for solo and euchre parties. Being the athlete she was, Pearl also enjoyed playing crokinole and shuffle board. Never working outside the home for a paycheque, Pearl kept exceptionally busy at home. She quilted, sewed, and baked pies, bread and buns. Personally, her favourite dessert was anything with Boston Cream in it – pies or donuts. Funny thing though, Pearl never really liked pie crusts but loved the fillings! If you were to join her for a coffee, watch the sugar, as she would often mention that sugar ruins the coffee!

Despite her determination and ingenuity Pearl never did get her driver’s license. Perhaps that is because Pearl did not like to stray far from home. In fact, Harry went to Ireland without her as she did not like the idea of having to fly. Maybe it is just as well Pearl didn’t travel much as she also disliked having her picture taken, although she did enjoy taking the pictures.

Not having a daughter of her own, Pearl deeply loved her daughters-in-law. She was such a thoughtful mother-in-law that she chose to celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve after church so that her daughters-in-law could spend Christmas Day with their mothers.

Wanting to have a “big funeral” Pearl teasingly told her daughter-in-law Ruth to make sure she phoned a lot of people. Regrettably, by the time one is 95, there are not a lot of friends to invite.  Pearl Arnetta Stephen of R.R. #2 Desboro, passed away at Lee Manor, Owen Sound on Sunday, October 25, 2015 in her 96th year. Pearl leaves to grieve her loss: Roger, Howard (Donna McCraken), Alvin (Pat Wood), Robert, Harold (Ruth) and Grant, as well as 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Harry, her daughters-in-law Rubbie and Margaret, great-grandson Brent, siblings Etta Carroll and Percy (Evelyn) Gobert and Harry’s siblings, Alexander (Alma) Stephen, John (Betty) Stephen, Vivian (Adolf) Schopf, Vera (Bill ) Lettau and Donald Coleman.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral service celebrating Pearl’s life will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Desboro on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. Interment in Faith Lutheran Cemetery, Desboro.

Memorial donations to Lutheran Hour, Faith Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Yule: Janet L. (Ballah) of R.R. #1 Dobbinton, formerly of Guelph

Posted by on October 21, 2015

Janet Cropped2The world has lost a doting and devoted woman who always put her husband, children, grandchildren and community first. Janet Louise Yule will be remembered as a strong, smart, selfless and creative woman whose family was the center of her life. Growing up as the eldest child, Janet quickly learned how to care for people, to be responsible and to make sacrifices for family and friends. Her upbringing also meant a lifetime of unconditional love for those around her. Janet loved having her family around and the more family the better! At the same time, Janet also greatly appreciated her quiet, alone time.

Janet was born October 22, 1961 in Guelph and attended the “smart” high school – GCVI. Late in high school she moved up to Chesley and on October 15, 1983 she married her childhood sweetheart Jamie Kenneth Yule. Two years later this young couple were blessed with Rob, and then John, Lloyd and Alissa. It has been said that perfection was attained when Alissa was born.

Traditionalist would not be a word that describes Janet. She was ambitious, returning to school as an adult and attaining a diploma from Georgian College in business and further courses in carpentry. Working with wood was a passionate pastime for Janet. She created a dog house, resembling an actual house, and worked tirelessly for Habitat for Humanity constructing a home in Tara.

At some point Janet was roped into helping with the Santa Claus parade in Tara and ten years later was still volunteering her time and talent. Camping with her family, driving through the countryside, taking pictures of scenery, shopping at the Southampton Market, antiques, checking out architecture were just some of Janet’s many passions. To know Janet is also to know of her absolute love of animals, including Shadow, Duke, a bunny, and twenty-three or so cats! She shared a love of Sci-Fi Fantasy books with her children. As if this isn’t enough, Janet was also an accomplished seamstress, cook and baker. She is famous for her Chocolate Chip cookies. It was an accomplishment if the cookie dough even made it to the oven. Janet personally loved anything chocolate!

Janet was the designate “go to person,” care-giver, everyone’s conscience and strength in her family. She will be missed terribly. After a courageous battle with breast cancer, and with her never ending positive attitude and brave face intact, Janet Louise Yule slipped the yoke of her illness and unwillingly left behind her loving family on Monday, October 19, 2015.

Cherished wife of Jamie of R.R. #1 Dobbinton and most dedicated mother of Rob (Trish) of Port Elgin, John (Hiliary) of Chesley, Lloyd (Amanda) of Wiarton, and Alissa Yule of Tobermory. Loving and proud grandmother to Shyla, Arianna and Annabelle. Janet also leaves to grieve: her parents Judy (Toms) Ballah and Jim Dyson, her brother Jeff Ballah, half-brother Kieran John (Andrea) Ballah and half-sister Kristin (Drew) Wood, her in-laws Ken and Eleanor Yule of Mount Forest. Janet was predeceased by her nephew Cory, sister-in-law Lisa Yule and Jamie’s grandparents Lawrence “Lorne” and Mabel Yule.

Visitation will be at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Janet’s life will be held on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 1 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Habitat for Humanity Canada or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated in her memory.

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WITZKE: Edward of Walkerton, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on October 8, 2015

Website PictureEd was a quiet man, yet he garnered respect from those around him. His love for Mary and his family was next only to his love for God and the Bible. Ed shaped and molded, braced and carved his loved ones, guiding them by example with patient, steady hands into the adults they are today.

The youngest of four boys, Ed was born and raised in Chesley, to Polish immigrants Peter and Bertha (Rotz) Witzke. His parents, brothers (Alexander Peter, Adolf Bernard and Herbert Eric) and family were influential forces in his life. He owned and operated his own Contracting Business, Ed Witzke Ltd., from 1953 until he left Chesley in 2012. This included rough and finish carpentry, plumbing, heating and electrical. It seemed that whatever Ed turned his hand to, he could do.

Being a friend of Mary’s brother, Edward had a passing acquaintance with Mary. It took a few times of asking Mary to marry him until she finally agreed. On November 4, 1960 Mary Martha and Edward Oscar were married before a judge at the court house in Walkerton. During their married life they lived in four different homes in Chesley, all built by Ed.

“Success is a four letter word. It’s spelled W-O-R-K.” With this innate philosopy, Edward Oscar Witzke, a perfectionist, carefully measured twice and cut once, patiently planed, sanded and varnished his works of wood. And he did so with his family and community, as well. Ed fashioned a grandfather clock for each of his children and many others. He also crafted much of their furniture. Besides being talented at all the trades Ed had a beautiful singing voice and loved to play the piano, having taken lessons as a child and again as an adult. His two favourites places to be were at home or at the shop.  He was a faithful elder to the church that met in his home and he loved each one that met there. One of his favourite hymns in later years was “Was it For Me”.

He made a hobby of photography and learned to develop and print photos at home. He also learned to make bread, buns and pies.  His favourites were rhubarb and pecan pies – indeed anything that was sweet!

Dementia stole many things from Ed and his family. However, one blessing of his illness was that Ed verbally expressed his love for his family and his wife. His face would light up at the sight of Mary. After 8 days in hospital, Edward Oscar Witzke, devoted family man and accomplished woodworker, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Walkerton on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in his 85th year.

Beloved husband of Mary Martha (Strba) Witzke. Loving father of Douglas Peter and Shelly of Palgrave; David Joseph and Pauline of Lurgan Beach; Dennis Edward and Leanne of Richmond; and Diana Mary Witzke and John Bohde of Orlando, Florida. Edward will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren Jordan, Taylor, AnnaKatrina, Alexander, Emily and Jack. He leaves behind his sister-in-law Dorothy Witzke of Kincardine and brother-in-law John (Muriel) Strba of Kingston as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Edward was predeceased by his brothers Alex (Martha), Adolph (Elsa) and Herbert (Lillian) Witzke, brother-in-law Joseph Strba and his parents.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating Edward’s life will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10 a.m.  Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society were appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


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JOHNSON: John S. of Chesley

Posted by on October 2, 2015

Cover PictureJohn Sharman Johnson of Chesley, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in his 71st year.

Loving companion and friend to Joan Gibbons. John will be sadly missed by his sons Doug (Connie) of Sturgeon County, Rob (Brenda) of Marietta, Ohio and Dave (Jen) of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Mark, Alyssa, Tori, Amber, Aaron, David, Andrew, Cody, Sandy, Tara, Brad Dan, Philip and Laura as well as seven great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by his Aunt Phyllis Derwin of Toronto. John was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Marjorie (Sharman) Johnson.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at Rhody Family Funeral Home in Chesley on Sunday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service celebrating John’s life will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MANN: Harvey of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on September 30, 2015

Web PictureHarvey Maurice Mann of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away at Hanover & District Hospital on Monday, September 28, 2015 in his 80th year.

Harvey was predeceased by the love of his life, Shirley Mann. He is survived by his children, Heather, Shannon, Shawn, Jarrod, Robert, Elysia; grandchildren Melissa, Jonathon, Taylor, Brianna, Connor, Beacan, Logan, Ethan, Brady and Alaura. Beloved brother of Norma Janser and dear friend to Maurice and Gloria Bilodeau; their children Kim and Maurice; and grandchildren Louis and Madison.

Harvey was predeceased by his siblings Elizebeth Renwick, Robert Mann and James Mann and his parents, Charles and Margaret (Hildebrandt) Mann.

A memorial service celebrating Harvey’s life will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1 p.m. Inurnment in Hemstock Cemetery, Chatsworth.

Memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Finally, no one will forget his antics and demeanour (good or bad), especially the amazing staff and friends at the Chesley Hospital, The Hanover Care Centre and Day Away Program. He will live on in the hearts and minds of many.

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WARD: Elda Jean of Hanover, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on September 30, 2015

Help meElda Jean Ward of Hanover, formerly of Chesley, passed away suddenly at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Monday, September 28, 2015 in her 80th year.

Beloved wife and companion of Elmer. Loving mother of Vernon (Diane) of Airdrie, AB, Wayne of Santa Barbara, California, Murray of Clarksburg and Elaine (David) Brears of Englehart. She will live on in the hearts of her grandchildren Christina, Erin, Candace, Olivia, Emma, Ryan, Zackary, Calista, Jasmin, Nicole, Bradley, Travis, Tristan and great-grandsons, Lennon and Bohdi. Elda leaves behind her siblings, Leone, Richard, Merle, Elva, Tom, Rena and Gordon.

She was predeceased by her siblings Syd, Evelyn, Murray, Charlie, John, Alvin and Lorne as well as her parents, William and Olive (Kerr) Middleton.

A private celebration of Elda’s life will be held with inurnment to follow in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Hanover & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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MCKEEMAN: Catharine of Formosa, formerly of Paisley

Posted by on August 26, 2015

Catharine McKeemanCatharine Alice McKeeman (Grant) of Formosa, formerly of Paisley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in her 77th year.

Loving wife and companion of James Rich. Cherished mother of Donald Grant, Alan (Kim) Grant, and Sharon Grant (Mike Lakatos). Beloved grandmother of Eric, Sarah, and Colin. Catharine leaves to mourn, Jim’s family Joseph, Peter, Mary Lou, David, Rob, Paula, Michael, Sharon, Roseanne, and their families. Loving sister to Wayne (Sheila) Campbell, Mac (Pat) Campbell, Lynne Laverty (Fred Giles), and Ian Campbell.

Catharine was predeceased by her husbands Lloyd Grant and Ron McKeeman and her parents Dr. Donald Duncan and Edith Isobel (Hopper) Campbell.

Visitation will be at Knox United Church (399 Goldie Street, Paisley) on Saturday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. where a Celebration of Catharine’s Life will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. Rev. Keith Reynolds presiding. Interment in Sanctuary Park Cemetery, Port Elgin.

Memorial donations to Owen Sound Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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Priebe: Reta E. (Corlett) of Walkerton, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on August 7, 2015

Priebe, Reta CoverReta Emily Priebe of Walkerton, formerly of Chesley, passed away at Brucelea Haven, Walkerton on Thursday, August 6, 2015 in her 87th year.

Beloved wife of the late William Priebe (2000). Reta was born in Sullivan Township, daughter of the late Joseph and Florence (Maginn) Corlett. Dear mother of Linda (Brian) Daub and Morris (Mary), all of Stratford and Murray (Wendy) of Waterloo. Grandmother of Danielle, Robert and Steven (Katie) and great-grandmother of Parker, Savannah and Megan. Dear sister of Audrey Craig of Chesley and sister-in-law of Ross Priebe of London and Elaine Kirkconnell of Listowel. Reta will be sadly missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families, as well as her granddogs, MacKenzie and Molly. She was predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Caroline Priebe; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Norman and Emily Priebe; brother-in-law Clarence Craig; nephew and his wife, Jim and Shirley Craig and nephew-in-law Harold Davey.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Baptist Women’s Missionary Society or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Vaillant: Linda of Walkerton, formerly of Chesley

Posted by on July 30, 2015

Linda Marie (Gateman) Vaillant

August 11, 1947 – July 26, 2015

Vaillant, Linda 3It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness we mourn the passing of our beautiful Mom.

A twinkling bright star, a kindred spirit, a generous soul with so much love to give. She danced her way through our lives and into our hearts, sharing the music along the way. A warm welcoming smile and that hint of mischief in her eyes is what we take with us. We will love you forever.

Please join Jennifer, Melissa and the Gateman family on Saturday August 8, 2015 starting at 1 p.m. to help us celebrate her memory and her life. Her life celebration will be held at the home of Melissa and Travis Fidler, 176 4th Avenue S.W. Chesley (first left after Rhody Family Funeral Home). For further information please contact Melissa (519) 363-0769 or Jennifer (519) 377–7013.

Private family inurnment in Hanover Cemetery.

Memorial donations to United Way – Backpack Program, Our Kids – Bruce Grey, or Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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