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. A private interment will be held 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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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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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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BOTTLER: Mrs. Helen E. (née Gibbs), of St. Thomas, formerly of Toronto, Ontario

Posted by on November 7, 2018

BOTTLER, Helen E. (née Gibbs), of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence, Caressant Care on Mary Bucke on Monday, November 5, 2018, in her 91st year.  Beloved wife of the late Jack Bottler (2011).  Helen is fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  She was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by three sisters, Christine Ley, Jessie Martin, and Evelyn Brant, and by a brother, Stanley A. Gibbs.  Born in Toronto, ON, February 26, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helen Jane “Nellie” (née Munro) Gibbs.  Helen was a retired health care employee of Scarborough, Ontario Support Services.  She and Jack moved to St. Thomas from Toronto in 1988.  Helen formerly attended Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas.  She was a member and a past treasurer of Mystic Link Rebekah Lodge #104, Toronto, a former volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, and a former associate member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  In keeping with Helen’s wishes, a private graveside service was held at Elmdale Memorial Park.  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).  The relatives would like to thank the nurses and staff at Caressant Care on Mary Bucke for their many years of compassionate care to Helen.

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

BOYLE: Robert F. A. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on October 30, 2018

BOYLE, Robert F. A. “Bob”, of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully in his home with family and friends and surrounded by love on Saturday, October 27, 2018, in his 97th year.  Husband of the late Marie (née Bedford) Boyle (2002).  Father of Richard “Rick” Boyle (Carol) of St. Thomas, and the late David Boyle (2016).  Bob was lovingly cared for by his niece, Ruthann (née Chapman) Smith of St. Thomas.  He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Patti, Lori, Jaime, Robbie, Jenna, and Stacey, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, as well as several nieces, nephews and their families who will miss him dearly.  His siblings, Margaret Sim, Helen Chapman, and Hugh Boyle predeceased him.  Born in Forres, Scotland, February 16, 1922, he was the son of the late William and Jane (née Laing) Boyle.  Bob came to Canada in 1929.  During the Second World War, Bob served overseas with the Toronto Scottish Regiment.  He retired from Canron Ltd., St. Thomas as a millwright.  Bob was a long-time member of Knox Presbyterian Church, and a former member of the Independent Order of Foresters, St. Thomas.  In his day, he was an avid card player and loved to travel.  Bob had many wonderful friends who will miss him, especially his Elgin View Restaurant family.  The family would like to thank them for making it possible for Bob to spend his final days exactly where he wanted to be…“in the big chair by the window.”  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday, November 1st from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). The funeral service will take place at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks St., St. Thomas on Friday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Interment will be made privately in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Kidney Foundation of Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.

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RICHARDSON: Doreen (née Harfield), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on October 30, 2018

RICHARDSON, Doreen (née Harfield), of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Thursday, October 25, 2018, in her 97th year.  Beloved wife for 71 years to the late Charles “Tim” Richardson (2016).  Dearly loved mother of Joy Moody of London, Jill Richardson (Tom Dennison) of St. Thomas, Peter Richardson (Marilyn) of London, and Julie Richardson-Murphy (Robert) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Deven Richardson, Kyle Richardson, Marina Richardson, and Zackary Murphy (Kayla Williams).  Proud great grandmother of Kyler Murphy.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by a sister Edna Douglas, and by two brothers, Ronald and Roy Harfield.  Born in West Haddon, Northants, England on June 26, 1922, she was the daughter of the late William and Connie (née Elliott) Harfield.  She immigrated to Canada in 1950.  Doreen assisted her husband at  Richardson’s Food Market, Talbot St., St. Thomas, and also worked at Gifford’s Farm Market, St. Thomas.  She was a member of St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s Anglican Church, where she was active in the ACW and the choir.  Doreen was a former member of the +55 Club, Port Stanley and a volunteer at the Tuck Shop at the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family memorial service will be held at St. Hilda’s – St. Lukes Anglican Church, St. Thomas.   Memorial donations to St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s Anglican Church or the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

BULLOCK: Mrs. Irene (née Juniper), of London, Ontario

Posted by on October 23, 2018

BULLOCK, Irene (née Juniper), of London, ON, passed away at Chelsey Park Long Term Care on Sunday, October 21, 2018, in her 90th year.  Beloved wife of John T. Bullock.  Dearly loved mother of Sandra Bullock-Geraghty (John), and Ian Bullock (Lori).  Cherished grandmother of Anthony Bullock, Jessica Bullock, and Meghan Bullock.  Irene is also remembered by her brother, Ian Juniper.  Born in Scotland on June 16, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ernest W. and Euphemia “Maimie” (née Murray) Juniper.  For many years, Irene enjoyed square dancing.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment will take place in Elmdale Memorial Park, St. Thomas.  Memorial donations to 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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PETERS, Gregory Howard “Greg” of Littlewood, Ontario

Posted by on October 16, 2018

PETERS, Gregory Howard “Greg”, of Littlewood, passed away suddenly, doing what he loved on Sunday, October 14, 2018, in his 69th year. Beloved husband of 39 years to Janet (née Burtwistle) Peters. Dearly loved father of Brent Harris (Hilary) of Toronto, Shannon Holmes (Mark) of Strathroy, Katie  Howard (Deryk) of Lucan and daughter-in-law Erica of Toronto. Proud and devoted Pappa of Benjamin, Devyn, Simon, Max and Oliver. Greg will be fondly remembered by in-laws, Nancy and Dick Soper, Jo Ann and Glenn Orchard, and Leslie and Craig Travis, along with many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother, David Peters, sister-in-law, Marg Peters, as well as a nephew, Scott Peters. Also predeceased by his Rottweilers, Savage, Kane, Bear and Betty. Born in St. Thomas, ON, May 20,1950, he was the son   of  the  late  Howard and Ruth (née  Nechiporenko) Peters. Greg was an avid and passionate hunter and lived to watch his grandsons play hockey. During his career as a millwright, Greg played a fundamental role in many start-ups in the St. Thomas area, and most recently was a self-employed home inspector. He was a former member of St. Mark’s Lodge #94, A.F.  & A.M., Port Stanley. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, October 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 & 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, October 19th at the Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas at 11:00 a.m., with cremation to follow. Friends who wish to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

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

ZNIDARSIC: Anna (née Gustin), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on October 1, 2018

ZNIDARSIC, Anna (née Gustin), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, September 30, 2018, in her 90th year.  Beloved wife for 65 years to Drago Znidarsic.  Dearly loved mother of Georgina Fric (Joe). Cherished grandmother of Danny Fric, David Fric, Christina Palmer (Ryan), and Michelle Butler (Brett).  Proud great grandmother of Aylla Butler and Brayden Palmer.  Also fondly remembered by her nieces, Ankica, Pepica, and Stefica, and many friends.  Predeceased by two sisters, Katica and Barbara, and by a brother, Vida.  Born in Vrskovac, Vivodina, Croatia, June 11, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Josip and Dora Gustin.  Anna was a retired employee of the Housekeeping Dept. at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.  She was a member of St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, London, where she sang in the choir for many years.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Prayers at 7:30 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, 2889 Westminster Dr., London on Thursday, October 4th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery, St. Thomas.  If so desired, memorial donations to the church will be gratefully acknowledged.  Special thanks to Dr. Darius Ho, the Home Care PSWs, and the nurses and staff on C and D Unit at the STEGH for the compassionate care provided to Anna.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

VOWEL: Ruth (née Miller) of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 26, 2018

VOWEL, Ruth (née Miller), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, in her 84th year.  Wife of the late Donald F. Vowel (1990).  Mother of Patricia Baldwin of St. Thomas, Linda Merritt (Gehrig) of Maple Ridge, BC, Terry Walzak, Fred Vowel and Judy Boyd, all of St. Thomas.   Sister of Jean Riddell of Zephyr.  Also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Born in Uxbridge, ON, March 16, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Pearl (née Wagg) Miller.  Ruth was a retired Health Care Aide at Caressant Care on Bonnie Place, St. Thomas.   In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private family graveside service will be held at Elmdale Memorial Park.  Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, ON (519-631-1160).  A special thank you to all the wonderful staff at the St.Thomas Elgin General Hospital for their care and compassion.

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

MACDONALD: Jeanne (née North) of Ancaster, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 18, 2018

Macdonald, Jeanne (née North), formerly of St. Thomas, passed away in Ancaster, ON on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in her 96th year.  Wife of the late Aubrey Macdonald.  Dearly loved mother of Sandra St. Michael.  Cherished grandmother of Julia St. Michael, Brie Dundas, Jessica St. Michael, and Celine St. Michael.  Jeanne was proud of her great grandsons, Desmond and Ivor Dundas.  Dear sister of Barbara Cook, Jacqueline North, Michael North, and Terrance North (Ruth).  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by sisters, Florence McBain, Pauline McRae, and Sandra “Toni” Wright, and by brothers, Charles and Dennis North.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, May 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Nellie (née Plowright) North.  Jeanne was a retired CIBC, London, ON branch manager.  She was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas and the Catholic Women’s League.  Cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. (C.W.L. prayers at 8:30 p.m.).  The memorial mass to celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: Hamilton, Ontario, St. Thomas

WILLIAMSON: David, of RR#2 St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 17, 2018

WILLIAMSON, David, of Central Elgin, R.R.#2, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Elgin Manor on Saturday, September 15, 2018, in his 90th year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to Rae (née McLetchie) Williamson.  Dearly loved father of Dan Williamson of Toronto, Janet Williamson, and Frank Williamson (Susan) all of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandfather “Gump” of Jesse and Greyson Tottle, Nicole and Amy Williamson.  Also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and their families.  David was the last surviving member of his own immediate family, having been predeceased by two brothers; Tom and Jack,  and by two sisters; Muriel and Joyce.  Born in Vermilion, AB, February 6, 1929, he was the son of the late Frank and Eva (née Beckett) Williamson.  David formerly taught woodworking at Saunders Secondary School, London, as well as at both the London and St. Thomas Campus of Fanshawe College.  He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, where he was an Elder Emeritus.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks Street, St. Thomas on Friday, September 21st at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Hall.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family for 1 hour prior to the service.  Memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church 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, Toronto

YUREK: Mary (née Henderson), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 10, 2018

YUREK, Mary (née Henderson), of St. Thomas, passed away at LHSC, Victoria Hospital on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in her 87th year.  Beloved wife for 60 years to Edward Yurek.  Dearly loved mother of Peter (Nancy), Mike (Kathy), Sue Fougere (Ernie), Diane Alavie (Reza), Joe (Shari Hooper), and Jeff (Jenn).  Cherished grandmother of Emily, Nick, Anne (Chris), Ben (Laura), Ashley (Kwin), Teresa, Elyse, Scott (Brianna), Jessica, Tyler, Tom (Katherine), Andrew (Danielle), Greg, Matthew and Maggie. Proud great grandmother of Ellie and Lily.  Dear sister of Edward Henderson (Bev), and dear sister-in-law of Sandra Henderson, Clair Sceli, Jack and Bev Yurek.  Also fondly remembered by Leslie, Brian, Meghan, Jacob, and Rebecca Chouinard, many nieces, nephews and their families.  Mary was predeceased by four sisters, Jean, Carole, Barb and Margaret, and a brother, Peter.  Born in Toronto, ON, May 6, 1932, she was the daughter of the late William Michael and Emily Brady Henderson.  Mary was a member of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas, and the Catholic Women’s League. The backbone of her family, more than anything, she loved being a good wife, mother, grandmother and recently great grandmother. Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, Sept. 11th from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 12th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, 502 Talbot St., St. Thomas on Thursday, Sept. 13th at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation or Holy Angels’ Church Restoration Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

SMOKE: Wilfred A. “Wilf’, of St. Thomas, formerly of Mitchell’s Bay & Port Lambton, Ontario

Posted by on August 29, 2018

SMOKE, Wilfred A. “Wilf”, of St. Thomas, formerly of Mitchell’s Bay and Port Lambton, passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Monday, August 27, 2018, in his 82nd year.  Beloved husband of the late Amy (née Leentjes) Smoke (2003).  Loving father of Shelley Smoke, Terry Smoke (GuyAnne), and Peter Smoke.  Cherished grandfather of Amy (Sam), Drew, Kaitlyn, Alyson, Josh, and Daniel and great grandfather of Jacklyn, Joey and Justin.  Dear brother of the late Verne Smoke (Mary).  Also fondly remembered by his special friend Linda, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Clarence and Vera (née Wilson) Smoke.  Wilf was a retired CSX Railway locomotive engineer.  He and his wife Amy were the former proprietors of Parkside Place, Mitchell’s Bay.  Wilf was a former member of the Optimist Club of Dover.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Wilf’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, August 31st at 1:30 p.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family one hour prior to the service. A reception will be held at the Masonic Centre of Elgin, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas following the service at the funeral home.  Private interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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McKEAN: Gerald J., formerly of St. Thomas & Orwell, Ontario

Posted by on August 24, 2018

McKEAN, Gerald J., formerly of St. Thomas and Orwell, passed away at the Parkwood Institute, London on Friday, August 24, 2018, in his 93rd year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to the late Beatrice (née Helmer) McKean (2009). Father of David McKean (Debbie) of Courtland, and Gerald McKean of Fairground.  Grandfather of Sara McKean-Schulthies (Isaac) of Renfrew, and Heather Schaas (John) of Aylmer.  Great grandfather of Mason Schulthies of Renfrew.  Brother of Audrey Sellon, Doris McKelvie, both of Dartmouth, NS, late Ronald, late James, and the late Raymond McKean.  Also survived by several in-laws, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in Halifax, NS, September 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Gordon and Hilda (née Selvage) McKean.  Gerald was a retired employee of the Carnation Co., Aylmer.  He was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  During the Second World War, Gerald served in Canada with the RCAF.    In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family graveside service will be held at Aylmer Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Diabetes Canada will be gratefully acknowledged.  “Remember me with laughter, not tears, for I have led a long and good life.” Arrangements entrusted to the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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SHARPE: Lyla Jeanne (née Paddon), of London, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on August 17, 2018

SHARPE, Lyla Jeanne (née Paddon), of Kensington Village, London, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at her residence with her family by her side on Friday, August 17, 2018, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife of the late George B. Sharpe (2004).  Dearly loved mother of Keith Sharpe (Frances) of Sarnia, Ann Moore (John) of Tillsonburg, Taylor Sharpe (Debbie) of London, and the late Lee Sharpe.  Cherished grandmother of Trevor Sharpe (Christina), Erin Moffat (Jamie), Kimberly Sharpe (Paul Leeper), and Krysten Sharpe-Virag (Jamie).  Loving great grandmother of Emma, James, Delyla, Raegan, Lola, and Landon.  Dear sister of Maxine Jones of London, late Rosalie Little, late Ronald, late James B., and the late Wayne H. Paddon (Lois of St. Thomas).  Also fondly remembered by her Godson, Barry Daugharty (Linda) of Dorchester, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Niagara Falls, ON, December 23, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Leila (née Berry) Paddon.  Jeanne moved to London from St. Thomas in 1958.  She was a retired secretary with the London Board of Education.  Jeanne was a member of 427 (London) Wing RCAF Association, and had many friends at Victory Branch #317, Royal Canadian Legion, London.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, August 20th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Diabetes Canada, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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

MANNERING: Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, formerly of Fort Erie, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2018

MANNERING, Vonne Ray, of St. Thomas, at the Valleyview Home on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, a special child of God, passed into the arms of Jesus her Lord and Saviour, in her 72nd year.  This “prayer warrior” has no more pain, no confusion, no suffering.  Vonne was a former resident of Fort Erie, ON, where she was born on December 10, 1946.  She was a member of Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church, St. Thomas.  Vonne was the beloved daughter of the late Ruby (née Graydon) (Mannering) Brewster (1997), and the step-daughter of the late Bill Brewster.  Dear sister of Richard Mannering (Susan), loving aunt of Steven and Stacy Mannering, and great aunt of Natasha and Christian, all of St. Thomas, and Christopher of Kitchener.  Best friend of Gayle Wiltsie, loving niece of Janet Brewster, and also fondly remembered by Jim and Linda MacDonald, and Janet Seburn, all of Fort Erie.  Cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Vonne’s life will be held at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Monday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Interment will be made in Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Erie at a later date.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Valleyview Home re: Family & Friends Council or Eastwood Fellowship Baptist Church.  The family is very grateful to the Valleyview Home staff on the Wabash and dementia units for their many years of dedicated care.

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DOAN: Jennifer “Jenny” (née Herpe), of RR2, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 2, 2018

DOAN, Jennifer “Jenny” (née Herpe), of RR2, St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in her 85th year.  Beloved wife for 63 years to Alan “Al” Doan.  Dearly loved mother of Debbie Harwood (Bill) of St. Thomas, Rick Doan (Linda) of RR2, St. Thomas, Kelly Pollard of Jaffa, and Kim Brown (James) of London.  Cherished grandmother of Craig Harwood (Emily), Jamie Usher, Chris Harwood (Sara), Nichole Wismer (Chris), Matthew Burch (Samantha), Brandon Burch, Taylor Burch (Amber), Tanner Pollard (Chelsea), Cory Pollard (Renee), Randy Pollard (Rhonda), Benjamin Brown, Ashley Hartman (Nick), Adam Brown, and Joshua Brown.  She was proud of her great grandchildren, Kinsley, Logan, Drew, Jaylin, Macy, Tatum, Wyatt, Sofia, Karson, Jesse, Brianna, Tyler, Lyndsay, Xavier, and Theodore.  Dear sister-in-law of Nancy Crane and Diana Sorill.  Also fondly remembered by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands on June 5, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Rita (née Buckett) Herpe.  Jenny enjoyed her weekly card game of Mahjong with friends, as well as gardening, crocheting, and knitting family Christmas stockings.  In keeping with Jenny’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family gathering will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, London Health Sciences Foundation re: Cardiac Care, Diabetes Canada, 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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The family would like to thank the following with respect to Jenny’s care the way she wanted:  PCOT team of Dr. Dave Dougherty, Dr. Annie Keeler, and NP Ryan Gamble; CarePartners RPN’s- Angela and Chelsea; VON PSW’s- Natalee, Linda M., Isabella, Dakota, as well as others; VON eshift PSW’s- Christina, Sam, Juan, and Michelle; SW LHIN (CCAC) staff- Laurie Browne, Lynda Cowie, Cassandra Ferguson, and Pamela King; Health Centre Pharmacy- Ryan, Brooke, Dave and staff; Yurek Home Health Care; Central Elgin Volunteer Fire Dept. and Elgin St. Thomas EMS; STEGH- Emerg./ICU, 4th floor, housekeeping, physio, OT, dietary and the medical staff.  Thank you to Brent at the Sifton Funeral Home for his guidance and support at this difficult time.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being part of Mom’s peaceful journey!

We all have one amazing Angel looking after us now.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

NEDIC: Anna “Ana” (née Pintaric), of Komoka, formerly of R.R.#1, Union.

Posted by on August 1, 2018

NEDIC, Anna “Ana” (née Pintaric), of Country Terrace, Komoka, formerly of R.R.#1, Union, passed away at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital on Monday, July 30, 2018, in her 86th year.  Wife of the late Anto “Tony” “Tunja” Nedic (2000).  Beloved mother of Marianne Ursic (Eric) of Komoka, and Rick Nedic of Mississauga.  Cherished Baka of Jacob and Emily Ursic.  Dear sister of Tomo and George (Duro), both of Windsor, late Ivo, late Mariska and the late Fanika. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in Lopatinec, Medimurje, Croatia, May 23, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Jakob and Marija (née Kolaric) Pintaric.  Anna was a retired seamstress at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  She was a member of St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, London, where she sang in the church choir.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, August 2nd from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. (Prayers at 8:00 p.m.).  The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, 2889 Westminster Dr., London on Friday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m., followed by entombment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  If so desired, memorial donations to St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

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