STUART: Mrs. June (née Clarke), formerly of St. Thomas, and RR7, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 20, 2019

STUART, June (née Clarke), formerly of St. Thomas and RR7, St. Thomas, passed away at Chartwell Aylmer on Saturday, February 16, 2019, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Donald R. Stuart (2012).  Sister of the late Donald L. Clarke (2008).  June is remembered by several in-laws and many nieces and nephews. Born in Talbotville, ON, March 29, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Marguerite (née Knight) Clarke.  June was associated with Talbotville United Church.  In keeping with her wishes, a private graveside service will be held at Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin 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

BURGESS: William W. “Bill”, formerly of Fingal, Ontario

Posted by on February 14, 2019

BURGESS, William W. “Bill”, formerly of Fingal, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, in his 95th year.  Beloved husband for 68 years to the late Margaret (née Prior) Burgess (2013).  Dearly loved father of Barbara Telfer (Ken) of St. Thomas, Ray Burgess (Barbara) of RR1, St. Thomas, and the late Donna Burgess (Jan. 8, 2019).  Cherished grandfather of Lisa Telfer, Alex Telfer (Dawn), Richard Burgess (Jennifer), Craig Burgess, and Steven Burgess.  Proud great grandfather of Jordan, Julia, Kate, Anderson, Taiten, and Evelyn.  Also survived by several nephews.  A grandson, David J. Burgess died in 1984, and a sister, Myrna Davis died in 2008.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 21, 1924, he was the son of the late Carl and Reta (née Wallis) Burgess.  Bill was a retired dairy farmer.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Fingal, where he was an elder for many years, a member of Warren Lodge #120, A.F. & A.M., Fingal, and Golden Acres Chapter #305, O.E.S, Shedden, and a former member of the Optimist Club of Fingal.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, February 16th at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment in Union Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Extendicare Ladies Auxiliary or the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated.  Special thanks to the staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for the compassionate and loving care provided to Bill.

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NORTH: Michael, of Wallacetown, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 7, 2019

NORTH, Michael, of Wallacetown, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, in his 86th year.  Husband of the late June (née Morning) North (1986).  Father of Brian North (Debbie) of Wallacetown, and Charles North (Sandy “Sam” Jones) of St. Thomas.  Brother of Barbara Cook of Port Stanley, Jacqueline North of St. Thomas, and Terrance North (Ruth) of RR2, Port Stanley.  Also remembered by 6 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews and their families.  Michael was predeceased by siblings, Florence McBain, Pauline McRae, Sandra “Toni” Wright, Jeanne Macdonald, Charles North, and Dennis North.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 18, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles and Nellie (née Plowright) North.  Michael was a retired employee of Canron, St. Thomas.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends are invited to an open house to celebrate Michael’s life at the Centennial Sports Club, 41 Jonas St., St. Thomas on Sunday, March 10th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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GLADDING: Alice (née Wereley) of Paris, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on February 6, 2019

GLADDING, Alice (née Wereley), of Telfer Place, Paris, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at the Brantford General Hospital on Monday, February 4, 2019, in her 90th year.  Beloved wife for 69 years to Frederick Gladding.  Dearly loved mother of Fred Gladding (Patricia) of Paris, and Mark Gladding (Jennifer) of Fort Erie.  Dear sister of Nancy White of Aylmer.  Also survived by 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Alice was predeceased by 11 siblings.  Born in Aylmer, ON, November 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late George and Ethel (née Davis) Wereley.  Alice was a former employee of Canadian Timken Ltd., Brasscraft Canada Ltd., St. Thomas, and Second Time Around, Lambeth.  She was a member of Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas.  Alice was an avid golfer and a former member of the Talbot Park Golf Club, St. Thomas and the Belmont Golf Club.  The funeral service will be held at Trinity Anglican Church , 55 Southwick St., St. Thomas on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment in the Old St. Thomas Churchyard, Walnut Street at a later date.  Memorial donations to World Vision or Trinity Anglican Church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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LOCHHEAD: C. Frederick “Fred”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on February 3, 2019

LOCHHEAD, C. Frederick “Fred” – Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in his 91st year.  Beloved husband for 61 years to the late Sheila (née Palmer) Lochhead (2013).  Dearly loved father of Kathy Kewley (Harold) of St. Thomas, Gregory Lochhead of Osoyoos, BC, Karen Walton (Robert) of Embro, and Chris Lochhead (Tamara) of Westbridge, BC.  Proud grandfather of Dr. Kathryn Walton-Venus (Dr. Kevin Venus), Emily Walton (Jack Doris), and Rachel Walton. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister,  Marion Hinch, and by a brother, Herb Lochhead.  Born in Centreville, ON, June 14, 1928, he was the son of the late Donald and Mabel (née Lewis) Lochhead.  Fred was a retired pharmacist with Ayerst-Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.  He was a former active member for over 50 years of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an enthusiastic golfer at the Belmont Golf Club, and was an accomplished bowler.  Fred was also an avid reader and gardener.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.  Dad’s favourite quote was, “If you don’t do it, when you get to it, you may never get to it, to do it again.”

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AUSTIN: Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 29, 2019

AUSTIN, Margaret “Peggy” (née Fletcher), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, January 21, 2019, in her 70th year.  Beloved wife of David J. Austin.  Dearly loved mother of Bonnie Hussey (Shane) and Tammy Pardy (Larry).  Cherished grandmother of Kyle (Jamie), Kory (Kelsey), Jaya and Cole.  Proud great grandmother of Jade and Violet.  Dear sister of Marsha, George, Debbie, Nettie, late Barb and the late Shannon.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Bear River, NS, August 16, 1949, she was the daughter of the late George and Jean (née Brooks) Fletcher.  A private family funeral service was held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Interment was made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin Branch will be gratefully acknowledged.

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HARRIS: William D. E. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 28, 2019

 

 

 

HARRIS, William D. E. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, January 27, 2019, in his 80th year.  Beloved husband for 50 years to Sue Ann (née Briggs) Harris.  Dearly loved father of Richard Harris (Laura) of London, and Darryl Harris (Heather) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather of Eric, Carson, Cooper, Mikayla, Thomas, and Mairin.  Dear brother of Noreen Harris (late Alan) of London, Judith Harris of St. Thomas, and Brian Harris (Penny) of Chatham.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Bill was predeceased by an infant daughter, Denise (1979).  Born in St. Thomas, ON, April 1, 1939, he was the son of the late William T. “Harry” and Ivy (née Wigmore) Harris.  Bill was a retired housekeeper at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  He was a member of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Hi-Ro Shrine Club of Elgin, being a former member of the Clown Unit.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, January 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 Thursday, January 31st at 1:30 p.m.  Following cremation, interment will be made privately in Union Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Shrine Hospitals for Children will be gratefully acknowledged. A masonic memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. under the auspices of St. Thomas Talbot Lodge #44, A.F. & A.M.

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SCHOENTHIER: Erna (née Gohla), formerly of St. Thomas and New Sarum, Ontario.

Posted by on January 23, 2019

SCHOENTHIER, Erna (née Gohla), formerly of St. Thomas and New Sarum, passed away at the Aylmer Retirement Residence, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, in her 95th year.  Beloved wife for over 68 years to the late Kurt R. Schoenthier (2016).  Loving mother of Rainer Schoenthier (Laurie) of St. Thomas, Kathy Dyer (Tim) of Nobel, ON, and Bernie Schoenthier (Trish Fifield) of St. Thomas. Cherished grandmother of Marcie Vandenberghe of St. Thomas, Wendy Rego (Steve) of Ingersoll, Trudy Kitchen (Geoff) of Brantford, Kayla Abel (Dan) of Shedden, Jesse Dyer (Jessica) of Thunder Bay, Adam Moss of Brampton, Jordan Moss (Andrea) of Brantford, and Emerson and Cohen Moss, both of Brantford.  Loved great grandmother of Alyssa, Josh, Anthony, Lily, Reese, Maks, Charlie, and Oliver.  Dear sister-in-law of Gerda Temple of R.R.#1, St. Thomas.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by sisters Hanna Bielefeld and Charlotte Koenitzer.  Born in Gruenhartau, Schlesien, Germany, April 16, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Bertha (née Rohnstock) Gohla.  Erna worked alongside her husband in the family business, New Sarum Auto Body and the family orchard.  She was a founding member of the German Canadian Club, St. Thomas.  Erna immigrated to Canada in 1951 with Kurt, Rainer and family.  Her family was her pride and joy and she loved spending time with them.  Erna put everyone’s needs ahead of her own and always made sure there was food and drink on the table.  The funeral service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m., followed by interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family prior to the service from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  A special thank you to Laura Winkworth and the staff of the Aylmer Retirement Residence for the outstanding care and compassion shown to Erna.

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BURKE: Lorene “Lorey” (née MacKewn), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 19, 2019

BURKE, Lorene “Lorey” (née MacKewn) – Of  St. Thomas, passed away at the Valleyview Home on Friday, January 18, 2019, in her 88th year.  Beloved wife of the late Douglas S. “Doug” Burke.  Much loved mom of Brenda Sagriff (Jerry) of St. Thomas, and Brian Burke of London.  Dearly loved grandmother of Patrick Sagriff, Bradley Sagriff (Sue), Sarah Nielsen (Erik), Ryan Burke, Gabrielle Burke, and Julia Burke.  Cherished great grandmother of Leah, Savanna, Brody, Kaleb, Rowan, and an expected great granddaughter.  Loving sister of Elaine Krah (late Peter) of Welland.  Dear sister-in-law of Mary Jane Johnson (late George) of Québec.  Also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Born in London, ON, July 30, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Greta (née Isaac) MacKewn.  Lorey formerly operated No-Dip Furniture Stripping, St. Thomas along with her husband Doug.  She was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas, where she was formerly active.  Lorey was a former dedicated volunteer at the Pearce Williams Christian Centre for a number of years and a community volunteer for many years.  In keeping with her wishes, Lorey’s body has been donated to medical science.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, January 22nd from 7-9 p.m. and for one hour prior to the ceremony at the church.  A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If desired, memorial donations to Inn Out of the Cold will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not

unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall

 direct thy paths

Proverbs 3:5-6

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STONE: Thelma June (née Plumb), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 16, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

STONE, Thelma June (née Plumb), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of William R. “Bill” Stone.  Dearly loved mother of Beverley Scott (Steven) of St. Thomas, Matthew Stone of Shedden, David Stone (Pat) and Christine O’Connor (Michael), all of St. Thomas, Stephen Stone (Cheri) of Muirkirk, and Jacqueline Stone-Wiebe (Frank) of New Sarum.  Dear sister of Doris Peppo of Redford, MI.  Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Thelma was predeceased by 5 brothers and 7 sisters.  Born in Enfield, Middlesex, England, July 9, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Daisy (née Higgins) Plumb.  Thelma was a Past Noble Grand of Edna Rebekah Lodge #14, where she was a member for 58 years, a former member of Flower City Chapter #91, OES, St. Thomas, and a member of the Red Hat Society.  She was an avid bowler for 41 years.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Memorial donations to the Children’s Health Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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PICKERSGILL UNICH: Mrs. Betty (née Bowlby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 12, 2019

PICKERSGILL UNICH, Betty (née Bowlby), a lifelong resident of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, January 11, 2019, in her 89th year.  Wife of the late George R. Pickersgill (1982) and the late Dusan “Daniel” Unich (2013).  Mother of Mary Patriquin (Randy) of St. Thomas, and the late Cathy Green (Jim of Bayfield).  Step-mother of Bruce Unich (Barbara) of Calgary, AB, Vera Unich of St. Thomas, and Brian Unich (Sheri) of St. Marys.  Sister of Donna, Lois, Margaret, Orma, and Bill.  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Siblings, Helen, Dorothy, Beatrice, Jean, Lonnie, and David predeceased her.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (née Martin) Bowlby.  Betty formerly attended the St. Thomas Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Monday, January 14th 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 Tuesday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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ROOYAKKERS: Peter, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 31, 2018

ROOYAKKERS, Peter, age 63, Iron Man of our hearts, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on December 30, 2018, following a long illness. Peter is predeceased by his parents, Petra and Frits Rooyakkers, his beautiful niece, little Lindsay Jean, and his nephew and buddy, Jason. He was a devoted and loving husband to Claudette (Roo to all who love her), a cherished dad to Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Adrian, Miguette, and Alisha. He will be particularly remembered for the immense joy he felt being grandpa to Colby, Kylie, Izaiah, and Frits (the dog). He will be sadly missed by his siblings, Cory, Mary, Elly, Bill, Teresa, Terry, Larry, John, Stella, Betty, David, and their families. Much gratitude for all the care and support from his doctors and nurses, with a special shout out to the blessing that is Andrea Jackson, who Peter believed God made especially for him. Expressions of grief can be sent in his name to the charity of your choice. Peter’s family will be hosting a celebration of his life on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Masonic Centre of Elgin (42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas, N5P 3S9). The family prefers you to dress casually for the celebration.

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ARMSTRONG: Jack “Army”, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 28, 2018

  

 

 

 

 

 

ARMSTRONG, Jack “Army”Formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at Oneida Long Term Care, Southwold on Thursday, December 27, 2018, in his 96th year.  Husband of the late Marion (née Smalldon) Armstrong (1995).  Father of Richard Armstrong (late Shirley) of St. Thomas.  Grandfather of Wesley Armstrong (Charlotte) of Fingal, Jackie Stuart (Darrin) of Marblehead, MA, and Megan Newman (Dave) of Nevada City, CA.  Great grandfather of Zachary, Claire, William, Eve, James, Maeve, and Sylvie.  Jack was born on January 14, 1923 in Toronto, ON.  He was a retired Canada Post relief supervisor.  During the Second World War, he served overseas with the RCAF.  Jack was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  In earlier years, he was a well-known baseball and fastball player.  He also coached and umpired minor baseball.    In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of his cremated remains will be made in Fingal Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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

WATSON: Ruth (née Brown), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 27, 2018

WATSON, Ruth (née Brown)- Of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, in her 74th year.  Beloved wife of the late James K. Watson (2013).  Loving mother of Steven Watson (Shelley) of Cobourg, Ron Watson (Lisa) of Ridgetown, Mike Watson (Tammy) of Roseneath, and Doug Simpson (Marg) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Nicole, Rowan, Ainslie, Bronwyn, Jesse, Douglas James, Robbie, and Kendra, and great grandmother of Dominick.  Dear sister of Fay Beaton (late John) of Sault Ste. Marie, Bob Brown (Joyce) of Port Stanley, and Laura Griffin (John) of St. Thomas.   Also remembered by in-laws, George W. and Birthe Watson, and Clare MacDonald, all of St. Thomas, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, September 27, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Lillian (née McCullough) Brown.  Ruth was a retired chef.  She enjoyed sewing and formerly enjoyed bowling, yard sales and bargain hunting.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Sunday evening, December 30th 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 Monday, December 31st at 11:00 a.m.  Following cremation, interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.

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PEARSON: Joanne (née Size), of Aylmer, Ontario.

Posted by on December 27, 2018

PEARSON, Joanne (née Size)– Of Aylmer, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in her 78th year.  Beloved wife for nearly 60 years to James “Jim” Pearson.  Dear mother of Donna Woloschuk (Brian) of Keewatin, and Ted Pearson of London.  Grandmother of Melissa, Richard, Jim, Ashley, and David.  Sister of Virginia Baughman (Herman) of Belleville.  Also remembered by sister-in-law, Joyce O’Connor of St. Thomas, 5 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and their families, as well as dear friends, Sherrie Goodwin and Jamie Assef of St. Thomas.  Joanne was predeceased by two sisters, Donna Marie Size and Lillian Walters.  Born in Yarmouth Twp., ON, November 28, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James and Clara (née Dowling) Size.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment of her cremated remains will be made in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Animal Aide or the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). 

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BREWSTER: Margaret Esther (née Lazenby), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 21, 2018

Brewster, Margaret Esther (née Lazenby), age 88, of St. Thomas, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  Beloved wife of David Charles Brewster.  Also survived by brother, Donald Lazenby and wife Carolyn of Collingwood, brother-in-law, Douglas Brewster and wife Therese of London, and several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by parents, Elisha and Alice Lazenby, and step-mother Mae Milligan Lazenby. Margaret retired in 1985 after teaching elementary school, mainly in St. Thomas.  At her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.  Cremation.  Private burial at Woodland Cemetery, London.  Donations of sympathy to Oxfam Canada, or the Stephen Lewis Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas, 519-631-1160.

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Jones, Lenore (née Smith) of Port Stanley

Posted by on December 18, 2018

JONES, Lenore (née Smith), of Extendicare, Port Stanley, passed away at her late residence on Monday, December 17, 2018, in her 83rd year.  Beloved wife of the late Paul E. Jones (2003).  Dearly loved mother of Albert Jones (Cindy) of R.R.#1, Port Stanley, Bradley Jones of Chatham, and Pauline Sloetjes (Anthony) of Fingal.  Cherished grandmother of Robert Jones (Sherri), Brett Jones (Heidi), Sarah Hommersen, Heather Jones, Andrew Lyle, Jennifer Sloetjes (Jason), and Christopher Sloetjes.  Proud great grandmother of Tori, Zoe, Leander, Haley, and Emma.  Dear sister of June Butterwick (late Dick), Rick Smith (Barb), Bert Galipeau (Eileen), Phil Galipeau (Melinda), Dennis Galipeau, and the late Carolynne Butters (Gerry).  Loving sister-in-law of Douglas Jones (Hilda), late Mac Jones (Rose) and the late Eleanor DuChene MacKenzie (late Douglas).  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Born in Toronto, ON, December 27, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Willis Smith and Barbara (née Fulgona) Smith, and the step-daughter of the late Francoise Smith.  Lenore was a former member of Fingal United Church and had attended Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Thursday, Dec. 20th from 6 – 9 p.m., where a private family funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 21st.  Private interment will be made in Hunter Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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LAWRENCE: Martha (née Staniforth), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 18, 2018

LAWRENCE, Martha (née Staniforth)– Of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in her 71st year.  Beloved wife of Larry Lawrence.  Dearly loved mother of Mike Lawrence of Sioux Lookout, Mark Lawrence (Stephanie Flynn) of London, and Carl Lawrence (Tracy Matthews) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Leah, Brett, Hailey, Sheldon, and Shae-Lynn.  She is also remembered by several great grandchildren, in-laws, Bonnie and Paul Hodges of St. Thomas, and Peggy Goodall of Lyons, several nieces and nephews, and dear friends, Nancy LaPlante of Fingal, and Susan Griggs of St. Thomas.  Martha was born in St. Thomas on July 15, 1948.  She was the daughter of the late Benjamin Staniforth and the late Nona (née Young) Hehir.  Martha was a retired housekeeping staff member at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, December 22nd at 3:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be gratefully acknowledged.

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WILLIAMS: Jean (née Gardner), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 17, 2018

WILLIAMS, Jean (née Gardner), of St. Thomas, passed away at the Elgin Manor, R.R.#1, St. Thomas on Sunday, December 16, 2018, in her 79th year.  Loving wife for 58 years to Finlay “Sonny” Williams.  Dear mother of Debra Remus (Dennis), Richard and Jim Williams, Kathy Edgar (Robert), all of St. Thomas, and the late Teresa Peterson.  Also fondly remembered by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  Jean was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been predeceased by four sisters; Elizabeth “Dolly”, Marguerite, Helen and Doris, and by two brothers; Donald and Arthur.  Born in London, ON, July 19, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Winnifred (née Turner) Gardner.  Jean attended St. Andrew’s United Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Wednesday, Dec. 19th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20th at 1:00 p.m.  Following cremation, interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue will take place at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

KOOME: Johannes L. “John”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 17, 2018

KOOME, Johannes L. “John” – Of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, December 14, 2018, in his 91st year.  Husband of the late Patricia (née Protheroe) Koome.  Father of Geoff Koome (Sonya) of Dorchester, Katherine Edwards (Robert) of St. Thomas, and Melissa Koome of Hamilton.  Grandfather of Troy Edwards of St. Thomas. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Elisabeth Soesan, late Anna Hoeksema, and the late Petrus Koome.  Born in Amsterdam, Holland, The Netherlands, August 4, 1928, he was the son of the late Petrus and Adriana (née Odems) Koome.  John was a retired Loblaws baker.  He was a former member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre and a former volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Private inurnment in the columbarium at South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Public Library re: Home Library Service or the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

GILBERT: Patricia “Pat” (née Anderson), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 11, 2018

GILBERT, Patricia “Pat” (née Anderson), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the Valleyview Home on Monday, December 10, 2018, in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Donald A. Gilbert (1998).  Dearly loved mother of Michael (Ava McAlpine) of Union, David of St. Thomas, Stephen (Annette) of London, and Jeffery (Silvana) of Toronto.  Cherished grandmother of Alex, Spencer, Alexis, and Colleen.  Dear sister of Brian Anderson (Penny) of Markham, and the late Robert Anderson (late Gladys).  Also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  Born in Fort Erie, ON, March 20, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Marvilla “Villa” (née Crowe) Anderson.  Pat was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in English and Music, and was an accomplished pianist.  For a number of years, she worked with her husband at his dental practice.  Pat was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, and a former member of the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club and the St. Thomas Curling Club.  In her earlier years, she modeled for Anderson’s, 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 Thursday evening, December 13th from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  A private family funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 14th.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

AUCKLAND JAMES: Gail (née Hague), of London, Ontario

Posted by on December 3, 2018

AUCKLAND JAMES, Gail (née Hague), of London, passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute, London, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in her 76th year.  Beloved wife of Robert “Bob” James and the late Gordon Auckland (1977).  Dearly loved mother of Cynthia Fedorowski (Michael) of St. Thomas, and Jennifer Ruz (Francisco) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Emily and Abby Fedorowski, and Mateo and Diego Ruz.  Dear sister of Carol Baker (Don) of Lambeth.  Gail is also fondly remembered by her step-son, Robert “Bob” James (Kathy), and their children, Rebekah, Erin, and Matthew of Pennfield, NB, step-sisters, Paula Schummer (Gary) of Burlington, Pam Gathercole (Harry), and Priscilla Dowler Hindley (Vic), all of St.Thomas, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 10, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Lenore (née Whaley) Hague, and the step-daughter of the late Audrey (née Badgley) Hague.  Gail was a retired receptionist with the Compass Group Canada, London.  She was a member of White Oaks United Church, London.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, December 4th 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, December 5th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the London Health Sciences Foundation re: London Regional Cancer Program or White Oaks United Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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TEETZEL: Carl D., of St. Thomas, formerly of Richmond Hill, Ontario

Posted by on November 24, 2018

TEETZEL, Carl D., of St. Thomas, formerly of Richmond Hill, ON, passed away at his residence on Thursday, November 22, 2018, in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to Donna (née Powell) Teetzel.  Dearly loved father of the late David Teetzel and Sharon of Keswick, Gord Teetzel and Ronda of St. Thomas, and Ruth Teetzel of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Leigh Teetzel of Toronto, and Doug Teetzel and Shannon of St. Thomas. Dear brother of Bruce Teetzel of St. Thomas, and the late Keith Teetzel and Joyce of Thornhill. Also remembered by brother-in-law, Murray Powell of Aurora.  Born in Richmond Hill, ON, November 19, 1937, he was the son of the late Lou and Zellah Teetzel.  Carl was a retired computer analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. He will be missed greatly by Ozzie and all his friends and neighbours. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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GREEN BLACKWELL: Mrs. Margaret M. (née Durst), formerly of London and St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 17, 2018

GREEN BLACKWELL, Margaret M. (née Durst)– Formerly of London and St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence, River Ridge Seniors Village, Medicine Hat, AB, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in her 88th year.  Wife of the late T. E. Rae Green (1988) and the late William D. Blackwell (2001).  Dearly loved mother of Anna Rae Green (Edward Ough), and cherished grandmother of Thomas Ough and Gwen Ough, all of Medicine Hat.  Margaret is also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  In addition to her spouses, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Costen (late Ronald) and her step-son, Joseph Blackwell.  Margaret was born on June 1, 1931 in St. Thomas, ON.  She was the daughter of the late Nelson and Marie (née Webber) Durst.  Margaret was a retired secondary school teacher who spent her life in St. Thomas, Thunder Bay, Blind River, and London, ON and Medicine Hat, AB.  She was a member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Medicine Hat, and a former member of New St. James Presbyterian Church, London and Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  Margaret was a former member of the St. Thomas Duplicate Bridge Club and the London Bridge Club.  Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the Lyle Chapel of Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., followed by a reception.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the 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 (519-631-1160).

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SUCEE: Mrs. Doris (née Keck), of Chatham, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 9, 2018

SUCEE, Doris (née Keck), formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Riverview Gardens, Chatham on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in her 93rd year.  Loving wife of the late John A. Sucee (1989).  Beloved mother of Pamela Bird (Carl) of Blenheim, and the late John D. Sucee (Annie of St. Thomas).  Cherished grandmother of John A. Sucee (Christie) of Petawawa, Lee Ann Curran (Ian) of New Liskeard, Christie Bowbeer (Tim Carlyon) of Cambridge, Rosina Donker (Ian) of Strathroy, and Brandy Bird (Brett Carr) of Blenheim.  Dear sister of Maurice Keck (Alice) of St. Thomas.  Also survived by her great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.  Predeceased by two sisters, Bernice Halpin and Dorothy Eveland, and three brothers, Lester, Wilbert, and Floyd Keck.  Born in Dutton, ON, March 28, 1926, she was the daughter of the late James and Mabel (née Lee) Keck.  Doris formerly attended the St. Thomas Pentecostal Assembly.  Cremation has taken place.  A public memorial service will be held at the St. Thomas Pentecostal Assembly, 144 Wellington St., St. Thomas (Please note change of venue) on Saturday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service.  Interment of her cremated remains will be made in South Park Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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