LARSON: Leona R. (née McGeein), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 21, 2017

LARSON, Leona R. (née McGeein), of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Monday, July 17, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late John O. Larson (2016).  Mother of Ron Larson (Robin), Karen Vaughan (Michael), and Brian Larson (Debbie), all of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Tonia, Nicole, Rosemary, Ronald “R.J.”, Joe, Nathan, Coreen, and the late Troy (1982).  Great grandmother of Travis, Taylor, Jordan, Mackenzie, Natalie, Jonathan, and Stephen.  Sister of the late Ken McGeein and the late Donald McGeein.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 10, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Leo McGeein and the late Rosetta “Rose” (née Bayliss) Simmons.  Leona was a member of the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The funeral and committal service will be held at the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 451 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society,  the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Diabetes Association will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

MacPHERSON: A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, Ontario

Posted by on July 17, 2017

MacPHERSON, A. H. “Sandy”, of Port Stanley, ON, passed away at his residence on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in his 75th year.  Husband of Alice (née Audette) MacPherson.  Father of Timothy (Ana) of Fort McMurray, AB, Nicole (Frank) of Regina, SK, and Sandy Jr. “Alex” (Lisa) of Union, ON.  Grandfather of Jeremella, Melissa, Maria, and Iris.  Brother of Brian (Cheryl) of Donna, TX, and Allen (Barb) of Lindsay, ON.  Sandy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 12, 1943, he was the son of the late John and M.C.M. “Katie” (née Welch) MacPherson.  Sandy was a retired tool and die maker.  He was a member of Last Post Branch 410, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and there will be no public visitation or public service.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).

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SURGENT: Mrs. Joyce (née Cornish), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 17, 2017

SURGENT, Mrs. Joyce (née Cornish), formerly of 33 Gladstone Ave., St. Thomas, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Douglas Surgent (1982).  Mother of Frank Surgent (Janet) of St. Thomas, and Thomas Surgent (Lisa) of Bobcageon.  Grandmother of Ryan, David, Melissa, Rachel, Faye, Cheyenne, and Meaghan, and great grandmother of Emma.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Joyce was the sister of the late Peggy Cornish (infant) and the late Edna Thoonen.  Born in Sparta, ON, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Annie (née Blatchford) Cornish.  Joyce was a retired housekeeping employee at the Thomas Williams Home and for many years was employed in food service at the Y.W.C.A.  She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas where she was active for many years.  Joyce was a member of the Knox Presbyterian Women, was very active with the former Evening Circle, taught Sunday school for a number of years, and was a Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary for Cubs and Scouts.  She was a former member of the St. Thomas & District Horticultural Society, and a Past President and former longtime member of the African Violet Society, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, July 18th from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 19th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or Knox Presbyterian Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

WILCOX, Helen (née Begg), formerly of Aylmer and R.R.#3, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on July 7, 2017

WILCOX, Helen (née Begg), formerly of Aylmer and R.R.3, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in her 95th year.  Beloved wife for 71 years to Robert G. “Bob” Wilcox.  Dearly loved mother of Barbara Ann Smith (Vincent) of Sherwood Park, AB, and Mary Margaret Wilcox Bovaird (Timothy) of Toronto.  Cherished grandmother of Robert Smith (Rhiannon) of Calgary, AB, Catherine Garcia (Rolando) of Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Jennifer Wilcox Bovaird Taylor (Andrew), and Kathryn Birks Bovaird Kerr (Shawn), all of Toronto.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Sophia, Kaidence, Averi, Grayson, Emerson, Sienna, Lilian, Elizabeth, and our angel Nicholas.  She was predeceased by her sisters, Donna Steepe, Frances Murphy, Dora Steiner, and Betty Anne Chapman, and her brother, John L. Begg.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, July 30, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Lynwood “Lyn” Begg and the late H. F. “Nellie” (née Barrie) Begg.  Helen was a Registered Nurse, having been a 1943 graduate of the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas.  She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a Past President of the Aylmer Curling Club.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Orwell Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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LALE: Rita Ethel (née Masters), of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on June 5, 2017

LALE, Rita Ethel (née Masters), It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family of Rita Ethel Lale announce her passing, at her residence,  Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Arnold E. Lale (1993).  Dearly loved mother of Linda McKinney of St. Thomas, Dianne Lale of London, and Ron Lale (Debbie) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of  Jamie Loucks (Donna) of London, Krista Schmid of Binbrook, Jeffrey Lale (Candice), and Jennifer Titchener (Jason), all of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by her 11 great grandchildren, as well as by her brother Geoff Masters (Hazel) of London, England.  Rita was born in London, England on June 26, 1926. After coming to Canada, she worked as a Nurses Aide at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and at Eatons, St. Thomas.  A private funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, June 7, 2017Interment in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Parkinson Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to her dear friend Sylvia Taradan, and to all the wonderful staff at Elgin Manor for their care and compassion.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

SMITH: Murray A., of R.R.1, Fingal, Ontario.

Posted by on June 5, 2017

SMITH, Murray A., of R.R.1, Fingal, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in his 95th year.  Beloved husband for 63 years to the late Betty (née Thomas) Smith (2014).  Dearly loved father of Myrna Stoss (Werner) of Shedden, and the late Dale F. Smith (2001).  Cherished grandfather of Jerry Smith (Michelle Hughes) of London, Craig Stoss (Christine Horn) of Waterloo, and Laura Hofer (Michael) of Fergus.  Proud great grandpa “at the farm” of Brayden and Riley Smith of London, and Isaac Hofer of Fergus.  Dear brother of Donna Mozga (late Joseph) of Sarnia, Lena Samis (late Paul), and Doreen Hewitt (late Bill), all of St. Thomas, late Wray Smith (Audré of St. Thomas), late Leonard Smith (late Jean), late Elsie Campbell (late Tom), and the late Ethel McNea (late Alvin).  Also fondly remembered by in-laws, Mary Lou and Don MacKinnon of Port Stanley, and by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, July 15, 1922, he was the son of the late Emery and Leta (née Mizen) Smith.  Murray was an adherent of Dunwich United Church, Dutton, and a former long-time member and Treasurer of Fingal United Church. He was an avid gardener, lifetime farmer, and member of the Holstein Friesian Association, where he previously served as President. Murray was a veteran having served in the Second World War. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, June 6th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Caring Cupboard or Dunwich United Church Re: Building Fund gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, Sarnia, St. Thomas

RODGERS: Mrs. Betty (née Charlton), of St. Thomas, formerly of Port Stanley, Ontario.

Posted by on May 26, 2017

RODGERS, Mrs. Betty (née Charlton), of Caressant Care on Mary Bucke, St. Thomas, formerly of Lake Line and Kettle Creek Villa, Port Stanley, passed away at her residence on Friday, May 26, 2017, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Howard W. Rodgers (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Glenn Rodgers (Colleen), Stan Rodgers (late Jacqueline), all of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, and Sharon Burgess (Carl) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Jeremy Rodgers (Patricia) of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, David Rodgers (Wendy) of Toronto, Eric Rodgers (Simone) of St. Thomas, Melissa Bainbridge (Steve) of Wallacetown, Sandra Latour (Phil) of Noelville, and Carrie Bubel (Jason) of Fingal.  Proud great grandmother of Emma, Owen, Nolan, Joel, Blake, Tyler, Kyle, Reese, Linkin, Devon, Sophia, Isabel, and Caroline.  Dear sister of Helen Bagg of Stratford, late Vera Hardman, late Myles Charlton, late Gertrude Rolling, and the late Pearl Matthews. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas on May 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Lily (née Coombs) Charlton.  Betty assisted her husband Howard in operating the family farm.  She was a member of Port Stanley United Church, where she was a member of the U.C.W. Betty was a member of the Boxall Women’s Institute, and a former volunteer at the Elgin County Museum.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, May 29th from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas, Port Stanley United Church, or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Caressant Care on Mary Bucke for their excellent care of Betty.

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SEARAY: Ilene (née Oldham), of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on May 18, 2017

SEARAY, Ilene (née Oldham), of Shedden, passed away at the Valleyview Home on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in her 92nd year.  Beloved wife for 70 years to the late John Searay (2015).  Dearly loved mother of Judy Searay of Shedden, Debbie Searay-Gaston (Thomas) of Milton, Phil Searay (Sherry) of Talbotville, and Steven Searay (Donna) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Christopher, Jamie (Carina), Stephanie, Sabrina, Adam, Angela (Jake), and Aaron.  Loved great grandmother of Brooklyn, Madison, and Alexis.  Dear sister of Forbes Oldham of St. Thomas. Also fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Helen Oldham of St. Thomas, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born at R.R.#1, Southwold, April 7, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Bessie (née Currie) Oldham.  Ilene was a doting and caring mother and grandmother, who cherished her family.  She loved gardening and using the food she had grown to make preserves.  Ilene volunteered with many organizations and clubs throughout the Shedden community.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening, May 19th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m.  Memorial donations to the Southwold Twp. Library, Shedden or the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Valleyview Home, the staff of Right At Home London, the VON volunteers, and to CCAC Pastoral Care.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas, Toronto

NEWMAN SMITH: Glenda (née Laurance), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

NEWMAN SMITH, Glenda (née Laurance), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in her 83rd year.  Wife of Charles L. “Charlie” Smith, and the late Victor L. Newman (2000).  Mother of Sue Ellen Tuff and Brad Tuff.  Mother-in-law of Anne Tuff.  Grandmother of Brandon Tuff and Tyler Tuff.  Step-mother of Rodney Newman, Sandra Kratky, Linda Austin, Barry Newman, Bradley Newman, Sharon Newman, Trish Cable, and Kevin Smith.  Sister of Idamae Johnston, late Nelson L. Campbell, and the late Donald W. Campbell.  Also survived by numerous step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, two aunts, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 14, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Ida (née Dalton) Laurance.  Glenda was an adherent of the Community of Christ, St. Thomas.  As a volunteer, she formerly played the piano at the Valleyview Home.  Glenda was a former member of the St. Thomas Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

HEISLER: Bernard J. “Pat”, of Fingal, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

HEISLER, Bernard J. “Pat”, of Fingal, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in his 88th year.  Husband of Mildred (née Cooke) Heisler.  Father of Byron Heisler of London, and Myrna Rose (Ron Tuba) of Texada Island, BC.  Grandfather of Jessica Heisler (Brad), Lindsey Heisler (Scott), and Curtis Heisler (Talon).  Great grandfather of Scarlett and Ava.  Brother of Joyce Collins (Chuck) of Goulais River, Val Heisler (late Susan), and Victor Heisler (Doris) all of Aylmer, Grant Heisler of Merritt, B.C., and the late Bert Heisler (Shirley of Morrisburg).  Dear friend of Josie and Bill Ripley, and Sue and Leighton Ellis.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Hanna AB, March 17, 1930, he was the son of the late Adam and C. A. “Toots”  (née Pfefferle) Heisler.  Pat was a retired self employed construction worker. He was a former member of the Optimist Club of Fingal.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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WHITE: Valerie Anne, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 17, 2017

WHITE, Valerie Anne, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at LHSC, University Hospital on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, after a short illness in her 62nd year.  Beloved sister of Karen (Dave) DeForest, Vanessa Austin, and Mark White.  She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.  Valerie was born in St. Thomas on August 5, 1955, the dearly loved daughter of the late Harold (2012) and the late Gladys (née Ryckman) White (2010).  She worked faithfully at Goodwill Industries for over 30 years, and was popular with her many customers.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday evening, May 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Friday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BARRY: William S. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on May 2, 2017

 

 

 

 

BARRY, William S. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at Parkwood Institute, London on Friday, April 28, 2017, in his 89th year. Beloved husband for more than 68 years to Katherine “Kaye” (née MacKenzie) Barry. Dearly loved father of K. Christina “Christy” Clutterbuck (Bob), and Barb Pinnegar, all of St. Thomas. Cherished grandfather of Barbara Ferguson (James) of Mississauga, Bill Clutterbuck (Connie), Bonnie Van Meppelen Scheppink (Paul), and Chris Pinnegar (Julie), all of St. Thomas. Fondly remembered by his nine great grandchildren, Joshua and Riley Ferguson, Alicia, Emily and Nicholas Van Meppelen Scheppink, Alyssa Schweyer, Caitlin Powell, and Tamara and Joelle Clutterbuck. Brother of Richard G. Barry (Teresa) of Toronto.  Bill is also survived by his great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Born in Toronto, ON, November 19, 1928, he was the son of the late William S. Barry and the late Evelyn (née Riley) Dodd. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Petty Officer First Class from 1945-1955 and served during the Korean War. He was a retired manager at Middlesex Elgin Warehousing.  Bill was an active member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas for many years, formerly assisting as Commentator and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, May 4th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Prayers at 8:30 p.m.). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Friday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery. Memorial donations to Holy Angels’ Church Restoration Fund or Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas, Toronto

GREENSIDE: Joan (née Brooks), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 28, 2017

GREENSIDE, Joan (née Brooks), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, April 27, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of Edward F. “Ted” Greenside.  Mother of William “Bill” Vaughan (Rosemary) of London, and Judy Angyal of Grand Bend.  Grandmother of Angela, Pamela, Craig and Melissa.  Sister of David Brooks (Diann) of Oakville.  Also survived by 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Joan was predeceased by her sister, Betty Paul and by her brothers, Bob and Clare Brooks.  Born in London, ON, April 22, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ona (née Pyman) Brooks.  Joan was a retired clerk at Stedman’s Department Store, Aylmer. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

CAMPBELL: L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 27, 2017

CAMPBELL, L. Wayne, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in his 74th year.  Beloved husband of Sharon (née Merritt) Campbell.  Dearly loved father of Tracey Zwiers (Jeff) of Orillia, and Scott Campbell (Christine) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Sarah Doherty-Campbell, Emily and Joshua Campbell, and Jayme and Thomas Zwiers.  Also survived by brother-in-law, Roy Merritt (Faye) of Edmonton, AB.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Duncan O. and Ethel (née Cummings) Campbell.  Wayne was an employee for 40 years at the Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant, where he worked in the Paint Dept., Quality Control, and the Executive Garage.  He was an active volunteer for over 45 years with the St. Thomas Skating Club, where he was the current President.  Wayne volunteered for over 25 years with the H.O.M.E. Region Skating Council, where he was a Past President.  He enjoyed sharpening the skates of local figure skaters and hockey players, which he did from his home.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday, April 30th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Monday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  If so desired, memorial donations to The Lung Association or the STEGH Foundation will be appreciated.

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DEAN: Mrs. Rhoda (née Buschert), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 25, 2017

DEAN, Mrs. Rhoda (née Buschert), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Robert C. Dean.  Step-mother of Mark, Karl, and Brenda Dean, and Elaine Super.  Sister of Glen Buschert (Alice), Elaine Gage (Don), Cecil Buschert (Joyce), Florence Fraser (Stewart), Sharon Buschert, Merle Buschert (Linda), and Lowell Buschert (Theresa).  Sister-in-law of Bill Dean (Pat), Don Dean (late Lorna), and the late Jack Dean (late Diane).  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Born in Carstairs, Alberta, February 11, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Ruth (née Dettwiler) Buschert.  A Registered Nurse, Rhoda formerly worked at the Kitchener General Hospital (C.C.U.) and also as an in-home nurse.  She was a member of Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday afternoon, April 26th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The funeral and committal service will be held at Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 Wellington St., St. Thomas, on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.  Interment will be made privately in Woodland Cemetery, London.  Memorial donations to Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: Alberta, London, Ontario, St. Thomas

DEVEN: Eunice Leah (née Bowring), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 20, 2017

DEVEN, Eunice Leah (née Bowring), of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, the Valleyview Home, on Monday, April 17, 2017, in her 88th year.  Beloved wife of the late Konstanty “Kostek” Deven (1995).  Dearly loved mother of John Deven (Laima Pecs) of Burlington, Christopher Deven (Pamela) of St. Thomas, and the late Andrew Deven (Lorrie of Jaffa).  She was proud of her grandchildren, Eric Deven (Terra), Matthew Deven, Emily Deven, and the late Nelson Deven, and her great granddaughter, Morgan Deven.  Dear sister of Stewart Bowring (Ellen) of Cambridge, Robert Bowring (Kath), and Freda Lankester (Michael), all in England.  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Kimberley, England, August 28, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Eva (née Mathias) Bowring.  Eunice came to St. Thomas from England in 1957.  She was a retired bookkeeper with Family & Children’s Services of St. Thomas & Elgin.  Eunice was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, and formerly served on the Parish Council.  Committed to the care and protection of animals, Eunice was a former secretary/treasurer of Animal Aide, St. Thomas-Elgin.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, 20 Morrison Dr., St. Thomas on Friday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to Animal Aide will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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HENRY: Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 12, 2017

HENRY, Anita (née Poole), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, April 7, 2017, in her 96th year.  Beloved wife for 67 years to the late Charles “Chuck” Henry (Jan. 8, 2012).  Dearly loved mother of Mary Harris (Chris) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Felicity Henderson of Mexico, and Aaron Harris (Keri) of London.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Ainsley, Taylor and Kaley.  Anita is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Catharines, ON, October 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Marguerite (née Wilson) Poole.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private inurnment will take place in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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COLLINS: Mrs. Dorothy (née Curtis), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on April 5, 2017

COLLINS, Mrs. Dorothy (née Curtis), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in her 87th year.  Wife of the late Donald E. Collins (1999).  Mother of Charles Collins (Marg), Linda Martin (Larry), all of St. Thomas, and Donna Carswell (Rick) of Tillsonburg.  Grandmother of Shawn Collins (Sarah), Sandra Collins, Carrie Houle (Bruce), Bradley Martin (Amy), Amanda Carswell, and Adam Carswell (Nancy).  Great grandmother of Andre, Cameron, Athena, Walter, and Logan.  Also fondly remembered by sister-in-law, Marion Collins, brother-in-law, Roy Martin and several nieces and nephews.  Dorothy was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a sister, Nancy Martin, and four brothers, Harold, Gord, Harvey, and George Curtis.  Born in St. Thomas, November 28, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (née Nichol) Curtis.  Dorothy was a retired employee of Therm-O-Disc Ltd., St. Thomas, and a former active volunteer with the Friends of Springwater.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m., followed by interment in Union Cemetery.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

SADOWSKI: Konstanty “Ken”, of London, Ontario

Posted by on April 4, 2017

SADOWSKI, Konstanty “Ken”, passed away at Meadow Park Long Term Care in London on Friday, March 31, 2017, at the age of 93.  Husband for 66 years to the late Helen (née Verbyla) Sadowski (2015).  Father of Michael, Tony, Irene, and Anne, and grandfather of Thomas, Olivia, Nicholas, and Whitney.  Brother of Sophie Papierz.  He is also remembered by a multitude of nieces and nephews.  Ken was born in Grodno, Poland on June 21, 1923.  He was a farmer in Southwestern Ontario, who also had a career as a machinist at Canadian Timken in St. Thomas.  Ken was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas, and a member of the Polish Combatants’ Association.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday evening, April 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Friday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society will be appreciated.

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AUCKLAND: Lorne S., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 31, 2017

AUCKLAND, Lorne S., of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence, surrounded by family, on Friday, March 31, 2017, in his 78th year.  Beloved husband for 47 years to the late Charmaine (née Nash) Auckland (2008).  Dearly loved father of Dorinda Voegtle and her husband David, and cherished Poppa of Cassie and Jayson Voegtle, all of St. Thomas.  Dear friend of Beverly Beswick of St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by several cousins and his coffee friends.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 2, 1939, he was the son of the late Ralph and Irene (née Hicks) Auckland.  A retired Housekeeping Supervisor at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, Lorne also formerly farmed.  He was an adherent of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, a member of the Quarter Century Club of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital and a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre.  Lorne was a former member of the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital Credit Union.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, April 3rd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Animal Aide or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

PALMER: Ralph, of Shedden, Ontario.

Posted by on March 29, 2017

PALMER, Ralph – Of Shedden, passed away at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in his 88th year.  Beloved husband for 64 years to Jean (nee Chamberlain) Palmer.  Dearly loved father of Brenda Silcox (Murray), Leonard Palmer (Pat), Peggy Lehrbass (Ian), and Murray Palmer (Ineke).  Cherished and respected grandfather of Joshua Silcox (Monique), Janine Leo (Brian), Jerry Silcox, Kelly Ward (Joe), Christopher Palmer (Kathryn), Michael Palmer (Jen), Erin Attridge (Sean), Tim Lehrbass (Tina), Andrew Palmer, and Braydon Palmer.  He was proud of his 16 great grandchildren, Cole, Ethan, Kayla, Wesley, Hudson, Ryan, Brett, Travis, Maeve, Emmett, Nora, Russell, Charlie, Max, Flynn, and Rory.  Dear brother-in-law of Dorothy Palmer, Jean Palmer, and Kay Chamberlain.  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.  Ralph was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by brothers, Clarence (1994), Douglas (2003), and Dr. Eric Palmer (1996).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, October 8, 1929, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ruth (nee Mann) Palmer.  Ralph lived his whole life in Shedden, a village he loved.  He was very community minded and supported it in any way he could.  Along with his family, he formerly operated Palmer’s Red & White Supermarket, which was in the Palmer family hands for 87 years.  Ralph was a member of the Iona Station Baptist Church, having served as deacon and treasurer for over 50 years.  A member of the Southwold Township Volunteer Fire Department for 41 years, he acted as treasurer for many years and was the ‘lunch provider extraordinaire.’ Ralph was the secretary/treasurer of the Shedden Cemetery for over 50 years, formerly acted as a trustee for the Village of Shedden, and was one of the founding members of the Rosy Rhubarb Committee.  In his younger years, he played football for the St. Thomas Yellow Jackets, and was proud of his championship ring won in 1951.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 31st from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Southwold Keystone Complex, 35921 Talbot Line, Shedden on Saturday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made privately in Shedden Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Baptist Ministries (Missions), or the Southwold Twp. Library, Shedden will be gratefully acknowledged.

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ORTALI: Ferdinando “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 28, 2017

ORTALI, Ferdinando “Fred”, of St. Thomas, age 89, passed away peacefully at Country Terrace, Komoka on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Beloved husband of Franca (nee Buttazzoni) Ortali.  Dearly loved father of Robert Ortali (late Meri) of Toronto, Dario Ortali (Filomena) of Maple, and Claudia Ortali (Donald Allen) of Scottsdale, AZ.  Cherished grandfather of Marc Ortali, Vanessa Ortali, both of Toronto, and Vasili Ortali of Maple.  Also survived by several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Ranieri and late Carlo Ortali.  Born in Maiano, Province of Udine, Italy, March 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Alfonso and Isolina (nee Pecile) Ortali.  Fred immigrated to Canada in September of 1965.  He was a retired employee of Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.  Fred was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Sunday afternoon, April 2nd from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Prayers at 4:30 p.m.) The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Monday, April 3rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to Country Terrace, Komoka re: Residents Council Fund or the STEGH Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas, Toronto

BINGEMAN MOULE: Ruth (nee Shipp), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on March 24, 2017

BINGEMAN MOULE, Ruth (nee Shipp), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, the Valleyview Home on Friday, March 24, 2017, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife of the late John S. “Jack” Bingeman (1967) and the late Howard Moule (2002).  Dearly loved mother of Janice Bingeman Brown (Dr. Alan G. Brown) of Southport, NC.  Cherished grandmother of Christopher Brown (Ruth Steele) of Concord, CA, Colin Brown of Wilmington, NC, and Heather Hill (Michael) of Sterling, VA.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Connar, Jenna and Nathan Brown of Concord, CA.  Dear sister of the late Jean Cookson.  Special aunt of Kelly Cookson (Barb) of Port Stanley, and Harry Cookson (Marg) of St. Thomas, as well as several other nieces and nephews.  Also fondly remembered by Kathy Weldon, her sons, Tyler, Kevin, and Jeremy Moule, and their families, and by dear friend, Millie Wolfe.  Born in St. Thomas, July 7, 1924, she was the daughter of the late H.A. “Harry” and Rosetta (nee West) Shipp.  Ruth formerly worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Daniel R. Nolan.  She was a member of New Vision Community Church, United Church of Canada.  While Ruth was a member of Grace United Church, St. Thomas, she taught Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Rainbow Unit.  She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, being a member of Golden Acres Chapter #305, Shedden, and a former member of Central Star Chapter #57, St. Thomas. The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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McLEOD: Mrs. Betty (nee Cain), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 21, 2017

McLEOD, Betty (nee Cain), of St. Thomas, passed away at Middlesex Terrace, R.R.1, Delaware on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in her 93rd year.  She was the beloved wife for 53 years to the late C. Ross McLeod (2008).  Dear aunt of Pat Collins (Joanne) of Okotoks, AB, Lee Ann Jennings (Wesley) of Brampton, Michael Zavitz (Christine) of Glencoe, Pat Zavitz (Kathy) of Melbourne, and Keith Zavitz (Annette) of Strathroy.  Also fondly remembered by several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.  Betty was the sister of the late Virginia MacLauchlan, late Marjorie Collins, and the late Paul Cain.  Born in St. Thomas, April 5, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Beatrice (nee Singer) Cain.  Betty was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Public visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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MILLS: Mrs. Phyllis (nee Grantham), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on March 17, 2017

MILLS, Mrs. Phyllis (nee Grantham), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas on Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Beloved wife of the late Howard S. Mills (2014). Mother of the late Brian Mills (2015) (Heather of Williamsford), and the late Warren Mills (2010) (Cheryl of St. Thomas).  Phyllis was the sister of Ken Grantham (Bonnie) of St. Thomas, the late Vince Grantham (late Evelyn) and the late Eric Grantham (late Pam).  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and May (nee Bassett) Grantham.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and her cremated remains will be interred privately in South Park Cemetery.  There will be no public visitation or service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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