NEWTON: Mrs. Daphne (nee Silver), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on January 1, 2017

NEWTON, Mrs. Daphne (nee Silver), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, December 30, 2016, in her 93rd year.  Wife of 63 years to the late Howard Newton (2006).  Mother of Lee Newton (Jocelyne) of Montréal, and the late Glenn Newton (1988) (Jeannie of Lambeth).  Grandmother of Trisha, Lori, Sarah, Heather, Trevor, Sammy and Liana.  Great grandmother of Tara, Tyler, Taya, Jackson, and Heron.  Great great grandmother of Mackenzie.  Born in Fleet, England, May 23, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Ella Rose (nee Moody) Silver.  She was an English war bride.  Daphne was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre and a former volunteer at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Tuck Shop.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 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 a private funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Cremation to follow.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre gratefully acknowledged.

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FORD: William H. L. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 28, 2016

FORD, William H. L. “Bill”, of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in his 77th year.  Beloved husband for 58 years to Norma (nee Rutherford) Ford.  Dearly loved father of Jim Ford (Tammy), Ken Ford (Susan), Lynda Ford-Ralf, and Maureen Vanoverbeke (Bob).  Cherished grandfather of Joe Vanoverbeke (Kelly), Rob Vanoverbeke (Stephanie Charette), Jacqueline Ford, Jenna Ford (Josh Bach), Angela Ralf, and Bill Ralf (Danielle).  Dear brother of Fred Ford (Dorinda), Shirley Griffin (late Colin), and Berniece Lidster (Eugene).  Also survived by 14 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.  An infant son, Murray William Ford passed away in 1963.  Born in North Walsingham Twp., ON, March 4, 1940, he was the son of the late Stanley and Beryl (nee Zimmer) Ford.  A retired employee of the Ontario Police College, Aylmer, Bill also formerly worked at Hartz, St. Thomas for many years and farmed.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Thursday evening, December 29th 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, December 30th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment in Union Cemetery.  Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

DAY: Harry E., of R.R.#7, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on December 13, 2016

DAY, Harry E., of R.R.#7, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, December 12, 2016, in his 77th year.  Beloved husband for 37 years to the late Jenita “Jenny” (nee Garnier) Day (2010).  Father of Tabby “Mike”, Rob (Sue), Mark (Julie), and Jeff (Jessica).  Brother of William Day (Carol), Robert “Terry” Day (Jo Ann), Donna McIntyre (late Earl), Ethel Bradt (late Donald), and the late Iris Else (late John).  Also survived by 8 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Born in South Norfolk, Manitoba, October 5, 1940, he was the son of the late William and Ivy (nee Ashby) Day.  Harry was a retired employee of GM Diesel, London.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519) 631-1160.

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

BURDITT: Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 13, 2016

BURDITT, Joanne (nee Hulls), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in her 72nd year.  Beloved mother of Jeff Burditt (Jacqueline Cleary), and Matthew Burditt (Ken Werner).  Dear sister of Dianne Stewart (Alec), Bill Hulls (Nene) and the late Ken Hulls.  Loving sister-in-law and dear friend of Margaret Hulls.  Joanne will be fondly remembered by her lifelong friends, Carol and Dave Morrison, good friends Betty, Jerry and Lorna, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Born in Port Elgin, ON, April 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (nee Sparks) Hulls.  A creative and determined woman, Joanne engaged life with a distinct sense of humour, spirited charm and fierce independence that was both beautiful and rare.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A memorial tree planting to celebrate Joanne’s life will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the West Elgin Nature Trust or the St. Thomas Field Naturalists Club Inc. will be appreciated.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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SWIFT: Mrs. Pauline (nee Shelley), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 2, 2016

pauline-swift-003SWIFT, Mrs. Pauline (nee Shelley), of Metcalfe Gardens, St. Thomas passed away suddenly but peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in her 85th year.  Beloved wife of the late W. Dale “Bounce” Swift (June 2015) for almost 60 years.  Cherished mother of Susan Aristone (David), and Karen Auckland (Richard).  Devoted and adored grandma of Martha Josling (Paul), Matt Aristone (Mina), Sonya Aristone, Jonathon Auckland (partner Laura Birchall), Geoffrey and Katie Auckland.  Dear sister of Phillip Shelley, Ron Shelley (Carol), and the late Judi Dees. Special sister-in-law of Jack Dees, Dale Shelley, and Donald Swift (Carmen).  Also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Born in St. Thomas on July 14, 1932 to Phyllis (nee Randall) and Ernest J. Shelley.  In her younger years, she enjoyed playing baseball, riding the L&PS and spending Saturday evenings dancing with Bounce at the Stork Club.  Pauline worked as a medical secretary for Dr. David Atkinson.  She was an active member of Union United Church and a life member of the Union U.C.W.  Pauline was a long standing volunteer for 29 years at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and a member of Daughters of the Nile, Omar Temple #111, London.  One of her favourite past times was supporting and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and musical activities.  She was an avid Blue Jays fan and loved listening to the car races, curling, and Jeopardy on television and listening to books from the talking book service at the Public Library.  Annual family trips to Manitoulin were always a highlight as well as the many cruises she and Bounce took with friends.  She was known for her wonderful memory, sharp wit and organizational skills.  Her family are grateful she instilled in them a spirit of helping others, being a life-long learner, and always making the best of what you have been given.  This will be her lasting legacy.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Sunday afternoon, December 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at Union United Church, 6008 Stone Church Road, Union, on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., followed by a luncheon.  Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park. Flowers respectfully declined.  Memorial donations to Union United Church, St. Thomas Public Library (re: Home Library Services Program), or Daughters of the Nile, Omar Temple #111 are appreciated.  The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Jones and Karen Smith for their many years of care and compassion, and the Metcalfe staff for their kindness and support.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

D’ARCANGELO: Mrs. Anna Maria (nee Di Renzo), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on December 1, 2016

anna-darcangeloD’ARCANGELO, Mrs. Anna Maria (nee Di Renzo), passed away peacefully at Valleyview Home, St. Thomas on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in her 91st year.  Wife of the late Giustino D’Arcangelo (1993).  Mother of the late Anthony D’Arcangelo (2014).  She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Elena D’Arcangelo and was a cherished Nonna to Mark D’Arcangelo (Helen), Danielle Jones (Matt) and Andrea Lindsay (Jesse). She will be sadly missed by her 6 great-grandchildren, Jadrien and Marlee D’Arcangelo, Cuyler and Brennan Jones and Averie and Niyla Lindsay.  Dear sister of Donato Di Renzo (Elisa), Eugenio Di Renzo (Assunta), Claudina D’Arcangelo (late Sante), Iolanda Iarvese (Giovanni), Sanda D’Arcangelo (late Rocco) and the late Ottavio and late Giuseppe Di Renzo.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Born on February 2, 1926 to the late Giovanni and Felicietta Di Renzo, she was the first of their 7 children and was raised in Italy.  She began her life living on a farm and went on to meet her future husband, whom she fell in love with.  They later eloped in 1946.  In 1951, Giustino came to Canada to make a better life for his wife and young son.  He worked on a farm in West Lorne and two years later Anna and Anthony immigrated to Canada to be together.  Anna later began working at Memorial Hospital and then onto Elgin Manor, until she retired.  Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening and enjoying her time with her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends at Valleyview Home, where she lived during her last few years.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington Street, St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, December 2nd from 6-9 p.m. (Prayers at 5:45 p.m.) The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.  Memorial donations to Valleyview Home (CP Place Recreation Dept.) gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

RAPPOSELLI: Ettore “Tony” of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 29, 2016

tony-rapposelliRAPPOSELLI, Ettore, known to his friends in Canada as Tony, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, November 27, 2016, in his 78th year.  He was born and raised in Chieti, Italy where he learned about agriculture.  He joined the Police Force (Carabinieri) in Rome, Italy, but in 1961, he discharged himself to join his family in Canada, who had emigrated in 1960.  He was predeceased by his parents, Giovanni (1991) and Ida (nee Rabottini) Rapposelli (1996).  Also predeceased by his only brother, Carlo Rapposelli (1972), and his eldest sister, Carmela LaRovere (2007) and her husband Guerino (2013).  He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn (nee Bee) Rapposelli.  Dear father of Carla Davison (Bill), Tanya Rapposelli (Jason Pullen) and Jeff Rapposelli.  Cherished grandfather of Johnny Robert Lee Haskett, Tori, Nicole, Bailey and Riley Rapposelli.  Dear brother of Maria DiBenedetto (Marino), Antonietta DiMeo (Enzo), Elena D’Arcangelo (late Anthony 2014), and Wanda Woytaz.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada as well as Italy.

In Canada, Tony owned and operated his own business, E. (Tony) Rapposelli Construction, for over 40 years until he retired.  He was a 3rd Degree member of the Father Ernie Deslippe Council # 1467, Knights of Columbus, St .Thomas.  He was a member of St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  While still in Italy, Tony was a sharp shooter while on the police force.  He was an avid hunter and trap shooter.  Tony was a member of the Aylmer and St. Thomas Gun Clubs.  He was a motorcyclist in Italy and a snowmobilier in Canada with a love of the outdoors.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral service.  Private interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery, will take place at a later date.  Flowers gratefully declined.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the STEGH Foundation (Palliative Care Unit), or St. Anne’s Roman Catholic 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

HARTFORD: Darrell C., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 26, 2016

HARTFORD, Darrell C., of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at the age of 56.  Husband of the late Carol (nee Forbes) Hartford (2013).  Son of Lillian (nee Michener) Hartford of Tillsonburg, and the late Wayne Hartford (2015).  Brother of Steven Hartford (Susan) of Tillsonburg, and Gary Hartford (Mel) of Sprucedale.  Uncle of René Hartford (Nadia), Shawn Hartford (Teresa), and Amanda Way (D.J.), and great uncle of Joey, Rocco, Thomas, and Hollie.  Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.  Darrell was born in North Bay, ON, March 7, 1960.  He lived his life in North Bay, Blenheim and St. Thomas, and was an avid outdoorsman.  Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be held at First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church, 6071 Fairview Road, R.R.#4, St. Thomas.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Memorial donations to the Children’s Health Foundation, London will be appreciated.  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

TESLIA: Anne (nee Premock), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 21, 2016

TESLIA, Anne (nee Premock), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, November 18, 2016, in her 92nd year.  Dearly loved mother of Barbara Teslia, Roma Sutherland (James), Darlene Teslia (Jennifer Wilson), Rob Teslia (Lyn Levandoski), and Greg Teslia (Sandra).  Beloved grandmother of Jamie Sutherland (Janice), Michael Sutherland (Charlenne), and Allison Teslia.  Special G.G. to Anna Rose, Jimmy, Anthony, Olivia, and Lily.  Dear sister of the late Helen Storozuk (late Mike), late Steve Premock (late Tina), and the late Dan Premock (Cathy).  Born in Coniston, ON, April 29, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (nee Rapski) Premock.  Anne came to St. Thomas in about 1967 from Regina, SK, where she had resided for a short period of time.  She also lived in Toronto, ON for many years.  Anne was a retired secretary in the Housekeeping Dept. at the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.  She was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre.  Anne was a stoic and independent soul.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre will be gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Anne’s family would like to express their gratitude to the palliative care team;  VON, Care Partners and the CCAC.

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DENNIS: Mrs. Gertrude “Trudie” (nee Norman), of Aylmer, Ontario

Posted by on November 16, 2016

gertrude-trudie-dennisDENNIS, Mrs. Gertrude “Trudie” (nee Norman), of Aylmer, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 82nd year.  Dearly loved mother of Donald Dennis (Shirley), Dan Dennis, all of Aylmer, James Dennis (Sandy) of Vienna, Debra Hill (Chris Latimer) of St. Thomas, Jennifer Smith (Rick), and Douglas Lockey, all of Aylmer.  Loving sister of Jim Norman (Joan) of St. Thomas, Kenn Norman (Betty Jane) of Dutton, Glenn Norman (Leona) of St. Thomas, and the late George Norman (Eunice of St. Thomas).  Also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, July 25, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Glenn and Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Barrett) Norman.  Relatives and friends were received by the family on Monday, November 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 was held on Tuesday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m.  Following cremation, private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to Community Living Elgin re: Aylmer office will be gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

OGBURN: Jeanne d’Arc (nee Savard), of R.R.5, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on November 11, 2016

jeanne-darc-ogburnOGBURN, Jeanne d’Arc (nee Savard), of R.R.5, St. Thomas, passed away at her residence on Friday, November 11, 2016, in her 93rd year.  Beloved wife for 64 years to the late Roy E. Ogburn (Feb. 8, 2016).  Dearly loved mother of Ken Ogburn and his wife Greta of Kanata, and Dan Ogburn and his wife Marion of R.R.5, St. Thomas.  Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.  Jean was the last surviving member of her own immediate family, having been predeceased by a number of brothers and sisters.  Born in Alma, Québec, August 8, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Fortunat and Azilda Savard.  She was a Nurses Aide at the Komoka Nursing Home for twelve years, and a former telephone operator for Bell Canada in Québec.  Jean was an adherent of Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday evening, November 15th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Prayers at 8:15 p.m.) at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels’ Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m.  Following cremation, inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.  Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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ELSOM: Mrs. Mary (nee Willoughby) of St. Thomas, formerly of Sarnia, Ontario.

Posted by on November 9, 2016

mary-elsom-002ELSOM, Mrs. Mary (nee Willoughby), of St. Thomas, formerly of Sarnia, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2016, in her 76th year.  Beloved wife of Alfred R. “Alf ” Elsom.  Mother of Lynne Riddell (Carrie) of St. Thomas, and Barb Elsom (Su Morrow) of Cobourg.  Grandmother of Alex and Mike Riddell.  Sister of Jean White (late Wib) and Ross Willoughby (Patricia), all of Sarnia, and the late Joan DeBuck (late Ross).  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in Sarnia, ON, October 31, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Kitch and Mary (nee Hawkins) Willoughby.  Mary was an employee of Shoppers Drug Mart, St. Thomas for many years.  She was a former Brownies & Girl Guides leader, a long standing member of the Locke’s Community Club, and a long-time member and supporter of the North America Railway Hall of Fame and the CASO Station, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at the CASO Station, 750 Talbot Street, St. Thomas on Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00 p.m., followed by refreshments and a light lunch.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Memorial donations to the North America Railway Hall of Fame (CASO Restoration Project) 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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BROWN: Mrs. Barbara (nee Peters), formerly of Fingal, ON, Astle, NB, and Florida

Posted by on October 25, 2016

barbara-brown-001BROWN, Mrs. Barbara (nee Peters), formerly of Fingal, ON, Astle, NB, and Florida, passed away at Extendicare, Port Stanley on Monday, October 24, 2016, in her 78th year.  Wife of the late George Leonard “Len” “Lennie” Brown (Feb. 15, 2013).  Mother of Tonya Martinez, and Erik Martinez Sr., both of Florida.  Step-mother of Janice Marriott (Don) of St. Thomas, Shelley MacKenzie (David) of Fingal, and Laurel McTavish (Brian) of St. Thomas.  Grandmother of Tanya, Jerrod (Heidi), Kiefer (Irene), Angus, Leslie (Jessica), Beverley (Nic), and Erik Jr.  Great grandmother of Kayleen, Brielle, Alexa, and Konnor.  Sister of Glenn Peters (Patsy), and the late Christine Nicoloi (late Bob).  Also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.  Born in Avon Park, Florida, June 7, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Irene (nee O’Hern) and Lindsay Grant Peters.  Barbara worked in Florida as an investment broker for a number of years.  She was a Past President of The Junior Sorosis Club of Lakeland, Florida.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private family gathering will be held.  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).  Gratitude is expressed to Dr. Joel Keenleyside and the nurses and staff at Extendicare, Port Stanley for the kind, compassionate care provided to Barbara.

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BRANTON: George M., of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 22, 2016

BRANTON, George M., of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Friday, October 21, 2016, in his 67th year.  Husband of Margaret (nee Winkworth) Branton.  Father of Rob Branton, and grandfather of Kale Branton (his mother Tina), all of St. Thomas.  Brother of Shirley Cook (Peter), Sharon Simpson (Norm), and the late Jack Branton (Ruth), all of St. Thomas.  Brother-in-law of John Winkworth and Cindy Hanson of Thunder Bay, and Janice and Tom Reid of St. Thomas.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, January 1, 1950, he was the son of the late Jack H. and Ethel (nee Bradley) Branton.  George was a lift truck driver at VME (formerly Clark Equipment), St. Thomas for 25 years.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be no public visitation or funeral 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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HILLMAN: Mrs. Ruth (nee Axson), of St .Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 13, 2016

ruth-hillman-001HILLMAN, Mrs. Ruth (nee Axson), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in her 78th year. Beloved wife of Ronald P. Hillman.  Dearly loved mother of Jacqueline Swindall (Steven), Robert Hillman (Mary-Ellen), Joanne Mizon (Don), and Jan Hillman, all of St. Thomas, Raymond Hillman (Elaine) of Calgary, AB, and Judy Brown (Daniel) of Maine, USA.  Dear sister of Frank St. Pierre (late Annette) of Espanola, and the late Carl Axson (Helen of St. Thomas), late Edward Axson, and late Fred Axson.  Also fondly remembered by 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.  Loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Born in Espanola, ON, July 6, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William Axson and late Lena (nee St. Pierre) Axson Hradowyj.  She formerly worked at Brazed Parts, St Thomas.  Ruth was a member of the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, the 55+ Club, Port Stanley, and the Independent Order of Foresters.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of Ruth’s life at the St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre, 225 Chestnut Street, St. Thomas on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society gratefully acknowledged.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

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BEATTIE: Mrs. Mary (nee Lyle), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 11, 2016

mary-beattie-001BEATTIE, Mrs. Mary (nee Lyle), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Monday, October 10, 2016, in her 94th year.  Beloved wife of the late Robert Earl Beattie (1988).  Dearly loved mother of Kathryn Beattie, and Donald R. Beattie (Barb), and cherished grandmother of Brandon, Brett, and Lindsay Beattie, all of St. Thomas.  Dear sister of Eleanor Fair, late Cathryn Ireland, late William, late Douglas, and the late Robert “Bob” Lyle.  Dear sister-in-law of Marion McKenzie and Jack Ireland.  Also fondly remembered by Ian Begg, as well as by a number of nieces and nephews and their families.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, August 26, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Lena (nee Hill) Lyle.  A Registered Nurse, Mary was a 1945 graduate of the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas.  She was employed at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital for many years.  Mary was a member of First United Church, St. Thomas, a long-time member of the St. Thomas Curling Club, an avid traveler, and a volunteer at the Grand Theatre, London and with the Red Cross for many years.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, October 13th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at First United Church, 7 Curtis St., St. Thomas (St. George St. & Curtis St.) on Friday, October 14th at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to the STEGH Foundation or the Talbot Teen Centre will be gratefully acknowledged. A special thank you to Dr. Robert Jones and the 4th floor nursing and therapy staff at the STEGH for their compassionate care.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

FREDERICK: Mrs. Bernice (nee Gilbert), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 9, 2016

bernice-frederick-001FREDERICK, Mrs. Bernice (nee Gilbert), of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in her 73rd year.  Beloved wife for over 52 years to James W. “Jim” Frederick.  Dearly loved mother of James G. “Jim” Frederick (Rachelle), Joel Frederick, and Darryl Frederick, and cherished grandmother of Alex, Sine, Mallory, Olivia, and Leo Frederick, all of St. Thomas.  Dear sister-in-law of Wilma Hathaway of Blenheim.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.  Her brother, Paul Gilbert died in 2015.  Born in Southwold Twp., ON, December 25, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Bernie and Agnes (nee Futcher) Gilbert.  Prior to moving to St. Thomas in 2008, Bernice lived in Talbotville, Woodstock and London.  She was a member of New Vision Community Church, United Church of Canada, St. Thomas.    Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, October 11th from 3:00-5:00 & 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, October 12th at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Avenue.  Memorial donations to the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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AGAR: Patricia (nee Markham), of Southwold, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on October 3, 2016

patricia-agar-001AGAR, Patricia (nee Markham), formerly of St. Thomas, passed away at Oneida Long Term Care, Southwold on Thursday, September 29, 2016, in her 78th year.  Mother of Kerri O’Brien (John) of Milwaukee, WI, and Donald Scott Agar of St. Thomas.  Aunt of Richard McNichol (Wanda), and Sherri McNichol (Shawn Brown).  Great aunt of Kansas McNichol and Alanna McNichol.  Sister of the late Gail Corner.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, March 24, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Elsie (nee Bear) Markham.  Patricia formerly worked at Therm-O-Disc, St. Thomas.  In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society will be appreciated.   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

SAUNDERS: Jamie C., of R.R.#4, St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 26, 2016

jamie-saunders-001SAUNDERS, Jamie C., of R.R.#4, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in his 47th year.  Fiancé of Sandi Carey.  Father of Jocelyn, Miranda, Amber and Ashley.  Step-dad of Jaden, Ethan, and Owen.  Grandfather of Sophia, Michael, Julian, Nathan, and Charlotte.  Also survived by a brother, and by his former spouse, Janice.  Born on February 24, 1970, he was the son of the late Edward “Ted” Saunders.  Jamie was the proud owner of his two companies. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Thursday, September 29th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., where a public memorial service to celebrate Jamie’s life will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy or the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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

LEWIS: Mrs. Sheila Ruth (nee Stickney), of Woodstock, formerly of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 23, 2016

sheila-lewis-001LEWIS, Mrs. Sheila Ruth (nee Stickney), of Woodstock, formerly of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully at Sakura House, Woodstock on Thursday, September 22, 2016.  Beloved wife and soulmate of the late Rev. James K. “Jim” Lewis (2010).  Survived by her mother, Phyllis Stickney, a sister, Rosalynn Tubbe (Cliff), a brother, Stuart Stickney, all of Kitchener, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Also remembered by her late husband’s three children; Pamela, Brent and Paul Lewis. Her father, Harold Stickney died in 2009.  It was Sheila’s great privilege to work in hospice palliative care for 10 years and she believed all people facing end of life should be treated with respect and dignity.  She was forever grateful to the many health care providers in Woodstock who helped to treat her along her journey with that same respect and dignity: the loving staff of Caring Services for Seniors, the St. Elizabeth visiting health team, CCAC, Care Partners, Social Worker, Dr. Karen Fryer (pain and symptom management specialist), the Chemo unit staff of WGH, and the London Regional Cancer Program, and Rev. Dr. Douglas Anderson and Rev. Bill Mayoros.  Sheila was also greatly blessed by her church family of First Baptist Church, Woodstock.  Huge thanks to friends Catherine Powell, Ruth Ross, Sheila Kellins, Joanne Wright and other friends who supported her faithfully.  At Sheila’s request there will be no public visitation or funeral service.  A private graveside service will take place at First Yarmouth (Plains) Baptist Church Cemetery.  If so desired, memorial donations may be made to Global Outreach Mission, or Sakura House Hospice, or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).

Her faith in the Lord was her strong foundation and what truly blessed her journey through life until eternity.  Death is not the opposite of life.  Rather it is the opposite of birth, for life is Eternal.

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TESH: Mrs. Sharon (nee Hayes), of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on September 21, 2016

sharon-tesh-001TESH, Mrs. Sharon (nee Hayes), of St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, in her 75th year.  Beloved wife of the late John A. Tesh (2015).  Dearly loved aunt of Catherine Breutigam (Keith) of Mississauga, Tracey Hayes of Belmont, and Odeine Giilck of Waterloo.  Cherished great aunt of Bradly Breutigam and Tyler Hayes.  Dear step-mother of Frances Ames (Bill) of Kissimmee, FL.   Loving sister of the late Michael Hayes (2004).  Dear niece of Mildred Favaloro of London, and the late Harold Sleith.  Also survived by several cousins.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, she was the daughter of the late George and Geraldine (nee Sleith) Hayes.  Sharon graduated from Arthur Voaden Secondary School and the St. Thomas Business College.  She was employed in the banking business for 30 years.  Sharon was a member of the St. Thomas Community Church.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday afternoon, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24th at 10:30 a.m.  Following cremation, private interment in Mount Brydges Cemetery.  Memorial donations to the St. Thomas Community Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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RYERSEE: Mrs. Nancy J. (nee Botham) of St. Thomas, formerly of Union and Pelee Island, Ontario.

Posted by on September 13, 2016

nancy-ryersee-002RYERSEE, Mrs. Nancy J. (nee Botham), of St. Thomas, formerly of Union and Pelee Island, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, September 11, 2016, in her 77th year. Heaven has another Angel. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Ryersee (2003).  Dearly loved mother of Dave Ryersee (Jan) of London, Carol Doyle (Dan) of Union, and Jeff Ryersee (Rebekah) of St. Thomas.  Cherished grandmother of Marty, Miranda, Aaron, Ethan, Celeste, Caprial, Liam, D.J., Debbie, Morgan and Elliott.  Loving great grandmother of William, Edward, and Benjamin.  Dear sister of Barb Young (late Tom), Mary Gardner (George), Bob Botham (Dorothy), Bruce Botham (Naomi), and the late Pearl Clarke (Norm).  Also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.  An infant son died in 1968.  Born in Pelee Township, ON, April 30, 1940, she was the daughter of the late John and Cora (nee McCormick) Botham.  She was a retired cafeteria worker at St. Joseph’s High School, St. Thomas.  Nancy was a member of St. Hilda’s – St. Luke’s  Anglican Church, St. Thomas, being a member of the Altar Guild and the Anglican Church Women’s League.  She was a volunteer at the STEGH as well as at the Valleyview Home. In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, her body has been bequeathed to medical science at Western University, London, later to rest on Pelee Island.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Friday, September 23rd from 7-9 p.m. A visitation will also be held at St. Hilda’s – St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 185 Elm Street, St. Thomas on Saturday, September 24th at 12:00 p.m. followed by a service to celebrate Nancy’s life at 1:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to St. Hilda’s – St. Luke’s Anglican Church or The Lung Association (Research) gratefully acknowledged.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas

KETTLEWELL: Howard L., of Talbotville, Ontario

Posted by on September 9, 2016

howard-kettlewell-002LegionPoppyKETTLEWELL, Howard L., of Talbotville, passed away at Parkwood Institute, London on Friday, September 9, 2016, in his 93rd year.  Husband of Helen (nee Emery) Kettlewell.  Father of Kathy Myers (Wayne) of Mississauga, and Karen Kettlewell of Talbotville.  Grandfather of Melissa, Carrie, Jodi, Blayne, Julie, and Jon.  Great grandfather of Calvin, Lyric, Danni, Jacob, Frankie, Valentino, and Romeo.  Brother of Geraldine Goold (late Walter) of Huntsville, and Maxine Saunders (late Raymond) of Kingston.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Born in St. Thomas, ON, June 27, 1924, he was the son of the late Charles and Alice (nee Berdan) Kettlewell.  Howard was a retired employee of the St. Thomas PUC, where he worked for 43 years.  He was a member of Talbotville United Church.  During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Navy.  Howard was a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas for 69 years.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160).  Private interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

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SOPENA: Amable C. “Amy”, of St. Thomas, Ontario, formerly of the Philippines.

Posted by on September 2, 2016

Amable Sopenaamy sopena 002SOPENA, Amable C. “Amy”, of the Valleyview Home, St. Thomas,  formerly of the Philippines, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at her residence, in her 68th year.  Dear sister of Myrna Munji, Yolanda Roncesvalles, Shirley Mojica, Angel Sopena, Ariel Sopena, Laura Pimentel, Camila Yoshida, Sarah Guerrero, and the late Jimmy Sopena.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  Born in the Philippines, January 12, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Pedro and Maxima (nee Castillano) Sopena.  Amy was a personal support worker.  She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St. Thomas.  The funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 436 Elm St., St. Thomas on Wednesday September 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the service time. Interment in Elmdale Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints re: Missionary Fund 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

MIJATOVIC: Ilija, of St. Thomas, Ontario

Posted by on August 26, 2016

Ilija Mijatovic b & wMIJATOVIC, Ilija, of St. Thomas, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, in his 85th year.  Husband of Marija (nee Zolek) Mijatovic.  Father of Zdenka O’Mara (Sean) of Victoria Harbour, and Anton Mijatovic (Stephanie Pilon) of London.  Brother of Marijan, Peja, Mato, late Grga, and late Luja.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Born in Tolisa, Croatia/Herceg-Bosna, June 2, 1932, he was the son of the late Mato and Janja (nee Dominkovic) Mijatovic.  Ilija was a former construction worker and a retired employee of the Ford Motor Company of Canada’s St. Thomas Assembly Plant.  He was an active  member of St. Leopold Mandic Croatian Catholic Church, London, where he was a former member of the church council. Ilija was formerly active in numerous Croatian organizations including; Croatian Catholic Union, Croatian National Congress, Croatian Fraternal Union, Croatian National Movement (Stjepan Radic), and the Croatian Party of Rights.  Friends will be received at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, August 30th  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 Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Angels’ Cemetery.

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Filed Under: London, Ontario, St. Thomas