FERGUSON: Douglas James of Sarnia

Posted by on December 5, 2013

Passed peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Mary for 57 years. Loving father of Michael (Carol), Susan, and Nancy (Frank). Cherished grandfather of Robert, Dale, Meghan, Katelyn, Casey and Jasmine. Dear brother of Norma Harper, Raymond Ferguson and Roger Ferguson. Doug was an avid boater and a former member of the Bluewater Chordsmen. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. Family and friends will be received from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home, Sarnia. Cremation to follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ALLEN: Maxine W. of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Passed away peacefully in her 98th year with her children at her side at Twin Lakes Terrace Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Born in St. Thomas on January 21, 1916 to Anna and Roy Arnold, Maxine was one of three girls. She is predeceased by sister Ruth Laing, sister Mary Arnold, and husband Ralph G. Allen. Maxine and Ralph were married in Dartmouth, NS in 1943. After Ralph’s service in the Navy, the couple returned to live in St. Thomas and later Sarnia in the 1950’s. Maxine is survived by her daughter Mary Margaret; son Edward, his wife Louise; grandchildren Lindsay Roberts, Sara Krawetz and Michael Allen; and great grandchildren Oliver, Taylor, Hazlyn and Tommy. Art was her passion. She was well-known locally for her watercolour landscapes of Northern Ontario. In both her 79th and 80th years, Maxine was thrilled to be part of the juried McMichael Gallery fall art show. Maxine was a life-time member of Pro Patria IODE and the Sarnia General Hospital Auxiliary. The family extends blessings to the many kind private care workers who made it possible for Maxine to stay at home for so many years. Special thanks more recently to the staff at Twin Lakes Terrace Nursing Home. Family and friends will be received on Friday, December 6, 2013, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with refreshments being served. Interment to follow at Elmdale Cemetery, St. Thomas.

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VISSER: George of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

After a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family and friends at Bluewater Health, George Visser of Sarnia, Ontario passed away peacefully on Monday December 2, 2013. Beloved husband of Jacoba Visser (nee Krans) of 57 years. Loving father of Ellen Visser (Peter), Andrew Visser (Karen), Fiona Hein (Mark), Leonard Visser and Christy Plommer (Evan). Cherished grandfather of Nicole, Celeste, Matthew, Nathan, Nicholas, Derek, Jacoba and great-grandfather of Lillian. After emigrating from the Netherlands, George, a mechanical engineer, founded TubeRate Co. Ltd in Sarnia. He was a generous man who savoured life, not only nature, but relationships and ideas. Family and friends will be received on Friday December 6, 2013 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday December 7, 2013 at Redeemer Christian Reformed Church, 5834 Blackwell Side Rd., Sarnia, Ontario. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at www.foodgrainsbank.ca or by cheque at Smith Funeral Home. Special thanks to the staff of Bluewater Health-ICU for their respect and understanding. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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MITCHELL: Christine (Fader) (nee Stopar) of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Peacefully at Twin Lakes Terrace on Monday, December 2, 2013. Born Christine Stopar, April 1, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Predeceased by husbands Ezra Elias (Curly) Fader (1958) and Peter Mitchell (1985) as well as six brothers and sisters. Beloved mother of Carol Mino (John) and Robert Fader (Kathy). Much-loved grandmother to R.J. Mino, Jennifer Chadwick (Jim), David Mino, Michael Mino (Gina), R. Graham Fader Phoenix (Stephanie) and Neil Fader (Jinhee). Survived by five great grandchildren, William and Alex Chadwick, Atticus, Ever and Ignatius Phoenix. In her youth she loved skiing, skating and playing on hockey or baseball teams in Northern Michigan. Christine moved to Canada on October 14, 1935, as a governess. She was a long-time resident of Sarnia. After retiring from Barge’s Cleaners (Northgate), she spent many winters in Florida. In her later years, she enjoyed oil painting, daily brisk walks to Canatara, visits to the animal farm, and afternoons at the lake with her dear friend of over 50 years, Mary Silvagi. Scrabble was a daily event. Christine made a cameo appearance in the first Harry Potter movie. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her smile and unique sense of humour will be greatly missed. Special thanks to all of the dedicated staff at Twin Lakes Terrace. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Sympathy donations in Christine’s memory may be made to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Dewaele: Antoinette Pharailde (nee Priem) of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Monday December 2, 2013, Antoinette Pharailde Dewaele (nee Priem) of Sarnia passed away at the age of 84. Beloved wife of Jacques of 60 years. Loving mother of Daniele Dewaele and Paul (Janet) Dewaele. Cherished grandmother of Maykal, Jami, Samantha and Alex. Antoinette will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia and District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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BARRY: Robert Bruce of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

BARRY, Robert Bruce – Age 59, father to Tanya, Crystal and Wade, died peacefully at his home on Monday, December 2, 2013. Robert will be missed by his family and friends. A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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OVERHOLT: Rosa Elizabeth of Sarnia formerly Woodstock

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Peacefully with her loving family by her side at Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, December 1, 2013, Rosa Elizabeth Overholt, 84 years, went home to rest in the arms of her Saviour. Beloved wife for 66 years of Murray Overholt. Adored mother of son Dan (Peg) Overholt, daughter Elaine Overholt (Glenn), daughter Valerie (Ken) Tosh and son Mark (Karen) Overholt. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Shelley, Sarah, Jim, Carla, Bethany, Owen, Alixandra, Kevin and Stephen. Great-grandmother of Matthew, Megan, Nicholas, Logan, Ethan, Ella, Caedmon, Loyalty, Phoenix, Xavier, Lucy, Paityn and Bruce. Dear twin sister of Ross (Florence) Deller and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by lifelong friend Barb Barnes. Predeceased by her parents and infant son Gary. Rosa was loved by all who knew her. She received great joy in the act of serving others selflessly and leaves a great legacy behind. When she lost the ability to speak she would still reach out a hand to all who passed by. We want to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Vision who so lovingly cared for Rosa and faithfully stayed with us to the end. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Rosa’s life on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia with family and friends being received at the church for one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. The interment will take place in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Youth for Christ – www.yfcwoodstock.com <http://www.yfcwoodstock.com/> (Care of Steven Deller) cheques only when donating at the funeral home please.

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Filed Under: Sarnia, Woodstock

DAY: Mansal "Manny " of Sarnia

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Peacefully, at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Mansal (Manny) Day passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013 in his 90th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Alice Mary (2004). Will be lovingly remembered by his special friend, Linda Van Dun. Dear Uncle of Susan (Mike) Schnare and Ian Rogers. Predeceased by his parents, George and Jessie and his brother, Elmer. Manny was a proud World War II Veteran, serving as a Royal Regina Rifleman, and a member of the Petrolia Legion Branch 216. He was a dedicated employee at General Electric for many years. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at Petrolia Legion, 4129 Glenview Rd., Petrolia, on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Petrolia Legion – Branch 216 or Bluewater Health – CEE Petrolia Site (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HOPE: James Stewart of Sarnia

Posted by on December 2, 2013

Peacefully with his family by his side, on Sunday, December 1, 2013, James Stewart Hope passed away at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Annie. Loving father of Ian (Nora) Hope, Jack (Jan) Hope, Bruce Hope, Sheila Hope and Heather (Bob) West. Cherished grandfather of Ryan (Jan), Kyle and Ty West. Dear brother of David (Win) Hope and Gordon (Shirley) Hope. Predeceased by his parents, James and Ida Hope. A funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:00 am, with family and friends being received an hour prior to service. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to a charity of choice. (Cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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WYGERGANGS: Albert of Sarnia

Posted by on December 2, 2013

Peacefully at Vision Nursing Home, Sarnia, with his family by his side, Albert Wygergangs passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the age of 67. Dear brother of Josie (Bert) Renes, Peter (Nellie) Wygergangs and Henry (Ingrid) Wygergangs. Brother-in-law to Jeanie Wygergangs, Norm Lebert. Survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Lambertus and Antonia, brother Joe and sisters, Mary and Jane (Andy) and brother-in-law Edward VanGoethem. Albert was born in the Netherlands and worked for St.Joseph’s Hospital for 30 years. He was a long time member of Bethel Pentecostal Church; he enjoyed attending the Bible studies and the help and support he received from the fellowship. Albert loved to dance, attend family birthday parties and was a member of the CBD Club. Albert will be missed by his friends at the coffee shop, and by all those who knew and loved him. He was very appreciative of the support he received from his family, especially the care provided by Henry and Ingrid. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00- 9:00 pm at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 1855 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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OVERHOLT: Rosa Elizabeth of Sarnia formerly Woodstock

Posted by on December 2, 2013

Peacefully with her loving family by her side at Vision Nursing Home on Sunday, December 1, 2013, Rosa Elizabeth Overholt, 84 years, went home to rest in the arms of her Saviour. Beloved wife for 66 years of Murray Overholt. Adored mother of son Dan (Peg) Overholt, daughter Elaine Overholt (Glenn), daughter Valerie (Ken) Tosh and son Mark (Karen) Overholt. Cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Shelley, Sarah, Jim, Carla, Bethany, Owen, Alixandra, Kevin and Stephen. Great-grandmother of Matthew, Megan, Nicholas, Logan, Ethan, Ella, Caedmon, Loyalty, Phoenix, Xavier, Lucy, Paityn and Bruce. Dear twin sister of Ross (Florence) Deller and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by lifelong friend Barb Barnes. Predeceased by her parents and infant son Gary. Rosa was loved by all who knew her. She received great joy in the act of serving others selflessly and leaves a great legacy behind. When she lost the ability to speak she would still reach out a hand to all who passed by. We want to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Vision who so lovingly cared for Rosa and faithfully stayed with us to the end. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Rosa’s life on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Pentecostal Church, 1565 London Line, Sarnia with family and friends being received at the church for one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. The interment will take place in Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Youth for Christ – <http://www.yfcwoodstock.com> www.yfcwoodstock.com (Care of Steven Deller) cheques only when donating at the funeral home please. Memories and condolences may be sent online at <http://www.smithfuneralhome.ca> www.smithfuneralhome.ca Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. (519 542-5541)

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Filed Under: Sarnia, Woodstock

HOWE: Alma of Sarnia

Posted by on November 29, 2013

Born Alma Glasser in Wistin, Lithuania on April 15, 1923, the daughter of William and Bertha Glasser, died in her apartment on Monday, November 25, 2013. Alma was predeceased by her parents, her daughter Connie Reeves, her sister Hertha, and her brother Oswald. Alma had three children, Connie, Wendy, and Doug. She is survived by her sister Velma, her daughter Wendy, her son Doug and her four grandchildren Jeff Williams, Cathie Orfali, Mark Reeves, and Beth McNatt. Her nine great grandchildren are Laura, Kyle, Caroline, Natalie, Justin, Deanna, Ryan, Genevieve, and Elise. Alma Howe was a long time member of the First Lutheran Church in Windsor where she taught Sunday school and led the children’s choir. The funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 2:00 pm with visitation at 1:00 pm. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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ROSS (Giresi): Ashley Michelle of Sarnia

Posted by on November 29, 2013

Finally at peace Ashley Michelle Ross (Giresi) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the age of 25, joining her beloved Grandma. Young, vibrant, devoted and loving mother of Anjay, Aliviah, Ryleigh, and Taylor. Beautiful special daughter of Michelle Ross (Ron). Cherished granddaughter of Clair (the late Maxine) Ross. Loved sister of Aaylea Giresi. Dear niece of Mike Ross. Treasured great-granddaughter of Thelma Ross. Survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Fondly remembered and adored by her many close friends who will miss her infectious smile. Ashley was a student at Lambton College, a loving mother, and a passionate singer with a beautiful voice. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her. A celebration of Ashley’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Women’s Interval Home or Sarnia & District Humane Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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BIRCHMORE: David Allen of Sarnia

Posted by on November 29, 2013

After a courageous battle with cancer, David Allen Birchmore passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the age of 82. Beloved husband of the late Molly Kathleen (Wild) Birchmore (2003). Loving father of Beth Anne Neil (David), Jeff Birchmore (Sylvain Cardinal), Jon Birchmore (Sandy Nicholas). As an only child, he was predeceased by his parents Wilfred and Beulah Birchmore, and is fondly remembered by his extended Wild family. Dave lived a full life. In his youth he was a pilot and OPP officer, then focused on technology in both his careers and free time. He was always up for learning something new. His warm sense of humour and zest for life will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A special thank you to the CCAC team and his amazing neighbours for enabling him to be at home, and to his friends for their support and care. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of Smith Funeral Home), 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Prostate Cancer Canada www.prostatecancer.ca or a charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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GOGAS: Linda of Sarnia

Posted by on November 25, 2013

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Linda Gogas. Beloved wife of Tom Gogas, sister-in-law of dear Christine, Mary and Bill. Loving sister of Patti Dunn (Russ), Deana Dixon (Art), Sandy Morrison (2007) (Fred), brothers Paul (Michelle), Dave (Karen) and Tim (Judy) Quader. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and her precious dogs Fraser and Summer. A private family funeral service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, with interment to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Deepest gratitude to Bluewater Health’s care. Sympathy may be expressed through donations in memory of Linda to the Continuing Care Bluewater Health to direct patient needs only (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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FELLOWS: Fred of Sarnia

Posted by on November 25, 2013

Peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 24, 2013, Fred Fellows passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 89. Leaving behind his beloved companion June Tracey. Cherished father of Mary Jane Storey (Pat), Mike (Deb), John (Cheryl) and Peggy Daly (Ed). Fondly remembered by June’s children Diane Tracey, Becky Andali and Sue Tracey. Loved grandfather of several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Predeceased by his son Paul, by his parents Frank and Mary Ann Fellows and by his brothers Jerry and Joe Fellows. Fred retired from Bell Canada after 38 years of service. He loved golf and was a passionate gardener. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow immediately at the Smith Family Centre (infront of Smith Funeral Home). Thank you to Dr. Glen Maddison and all the caring nursing staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice, your compassion and care was appreciated during this difficult time. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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BROUWER: Richard (Dirk) or St. Thomas formerly of Sarnia

Posted by on November 25, 2013

BROUWER, Richard (Dirk) – Passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Saturday, November 23, 2013, in St. Thomas in his 94th year. Beloved husband of the late Gerrie Vonhof for over 60 years. Loving father to Phia (Ken) Beckett, Hettie (John) Patte, Marja (Rob) Fawcett, Roy (Sandra) Brouwer, and the late Luke Brouwer. Proud grandfather of Kristina, Michael, Karen, Shanna, Luke, Shannon, Jason and numerous great-grandchildren. Richard is survived by one sister and four brothers. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Sarnia, St. Thomas

McPHAIL: Florence of Sarnia

Posted by on November 25, 2013

Peacefully at Bluewater Health Palliative Care on Sunday, November 24, 2013, Florence McPhail passed away at the age of 85. Beloved wife of the late Murdock. Loving mother of Cheryl (Allen) Ladner, Frances Archer, Christine (Sandro) Cata, Glenn McPhail, and Lorie-Ann (Joseph) Donais. Cherished grandmother of Christopher (Cristin), Ryan, Stacey (Kevin), Alison (Mike), Nicholas, Melissa (Tyler), Shannon, Aurianna, Farrah, Michelle (Etienne), Mark, and Scott. Treasured great-grandmother of William, Sean, Kaitlyn, Sara and Taylor. Dear sister of Marcel (Dolly) Beland, Georgette Monk, and Gerry (Mary) Beland, and sister-in-law of Eldon, Donald, Jean, Florence, and Shirley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her mother Agnes Beland, grandson Steven Ladner, brothers-in-law Roderick and Jack, and sisters-in-law Bernie and Audrey. Florence was a retired teacher of the Roman Catholic School Board. She was a seamstress in her spare time and loved sewing and knitting. Florence was a devoted caregiver to her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2013, at St. Benedicts Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Oak Ave., Sarnia. Interment to follow in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to VON or Bluewater Health – Palliative Care (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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FRANKOSKI: Wm. Stanley of Sarnia

Posted by on November 21, 2013

Peacefully at Twin Lakes Terrace on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Wm. Stanley Frankoski passed away at the age of 85. Beloved husband and best friend of Lilianne (Leger)(McCaffrey) Frankoski for 25 years. Loved father of Gerald Frankoski and step-father of Denise, Michael, Richard, Dianne, Brian, and Patricia McCaffrey. Cherished grandfather of 17 grandchildren, who all loved him dearly. Dear brother of Walter Frankoski. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by his sister Ann Sanko and step-daughter Jennifer. Stan loved classical music, especially the violin. He enjoyed football, golf, ballroom dancing and was a passionate gardener. He was a member of Greenwood Golf Course. Stan will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. Cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave., Sarnia. A reception will follow at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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HEDLEY: Joy of Sarnia

Posted by on November 20, 2013

It is with great sorrow that the family of Joy Hedley announces the sudden passing of our dear wife, mother and grandmother at Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital, Petrolia, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. It is a blessing that she is no longer suffering. Joy spent several years as co-owner with Leon Mater and operator of a ceramic business in Petrolia. She enjoyed an active social life attending community dances and spent many summers at the Warwick Conservation Campground with her husband and family. Survived by her beloved husband David (predeceased by her husband Kenneth G. Davis, 1997); devoted daughter Terry and husband Tom Budnick; cherished grandchildren Nathan (Annik), Clayton, Adam, and Julie; and great-grandchildren Jade, Brandon, Aidan, Ethan, Zoe, Caleb, and Wynter. Also survived by her step-son Jeff Hedley (Nancy), dear friend Pierett, and by her nieces Marie, Sandra and Diane. Predeceased by her parents Fredrick (1968) and Bette Hayward (1999) and brother Joseph Hayward. As per Joy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment at Lakeview Cemetery will take place. Joy enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for her family, therefore, any donations in her memory to the Inn of the Good Shepherd would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please). Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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RICE: Karl LaVerne

Posted by on November 20, 2013

Veteran of WWII, RCAF, member Royal Canadian Legion, passed away at Guelph General Hospital surrounded by family, on Monday, November 18, 2013, at age 99, three months shy of his 100th birthday. LaVerne lived most of his life in Sarnia, relocating to Puslinch (Guelph) seven years ago to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Predeceased by his wife Winnie (2002), grandson Bob Inglis (2006), and sister Thelma Snell (Charles). He is survived by his son Paul (Gayle) of Puslinch; daughter Mary Inglis (Dick) of Thunder Bay; granddaughters Laura Valente (Joe) of Thunder Bay, Susan Gauvin (Christian) of Ilderton, and Samantha Rice of Lindsay; and great-grandchildren Michael and Julia Valente. Also survived by his brother-in-law Gordon Savage and nephew Stephen Snell (Karen). Following his World War II service, LaVerne managed the KIST soft drink bottling plant in Sarnia until the plant was sold, and then worked for Catalytic Construction until his retirement. An avid car buff, he could name and show you a photo of all 21 cars that he owned in his lifetime, beginning with his 1923 Overland and ending two years ago with his Oldsmobile Aurora. Taught by his mother, LaVerne loved to play piano and organ, sometimes from sheet music but often just by ear. For nearly a century LaVerne enjoyed a quality of life that enabled him to make the most of each day. Only in his last three months did his health decline, and the family is most grateful to the medical staff at Guelph General Hospital, and CCAC and its many care partners who treated him with such compassion and caring. An open-house reception for friends and family will be held at the SMITH FAMILY CENTRE (in front of Smith Funeral Home) 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, November 23, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A private family service and interment at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia, will be held at another time. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital, either through their website www.gghfoundation.ca or at the funeral home (cheques only at the funeral home please) would be appreciated. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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Filed Under: Guelph, Sarnia

BRUNTON: Simon Jon of Sarnia

Posted by on November 20, 2013

It is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Simon Jon Brunton announces his unexpected passing on Monday, November 18, 2013, at the age of 37. Beloved husband and best friend of Christine (Horsburgh) and cherished father of Magnus Brodie and Torran Marshall. Treasured son of John and Margaret Brunton. Dear sister of Lee Brunton (Bill Eldridge). Loved son-in-law of Mabel and the late James Horsburgh. Survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Simon was an active member of the Masonic Liberty Lodge 419. He was passionate about the horticulture industry in which he worked. Simon will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Monday, November 25, 2013, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home, with a Liberty Lodge Masonic service taking place during this time. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Brunton Children’s Trust Fund. Memories and condolences may be set online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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CANNON: Phyllis of Sarnia

Posted by on November 18, 2013
Peacefully at Twin Lakes Terrace on Sunday, November 17, 2013, Phyllis Cannon, a.k.a “The Candy Lady” from Paradise Valley, passed away at the age of 82. Beloved wife of the late John Cannon Sr. (1988). Adored mother of John Cannon Jr. and his wife Sharon. Cherished grandmother of Jay, Nathan and Shannon Kerby and great-grandmother of 5. Dear sister of Kenneth (the late Ester) Hewlette and the late George (Joyce) Hewlette. Predeceased by her daughter Georgiana and son Kenneth Patrick. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A memorial mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Brights Grove. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sunshine Foundation. Memories and condolences may be sent online at  www.smithfuneralhome.ca.

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HAINES: William "Bill" of Sarnia

Posted by on November 17, 2013
Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Saturday, November 16, 2013, William “Bill” Haines passed away at the age of 71. Beloved husband of Winnie (Blundon) Haines. Loving father of Tony(Peggy). Cherished grandfather of Brian. Dear brother of Bert, Harry, Shirl, Jane, Melba, Cecil, George, Inez, Leonard, Lloyd and Lawrence. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Lillian Haines, and sisters Enid and Mable. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation being held for one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. The entombment of ashes will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca .

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LANE: Margaret Mary of Sarnia

Posted by on November 14, 2013

lane web picMy wife Marg, for 57 years of blessed marriage, left this earth on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. She showed the most amazing strength, determination, and willpower to remain here, as long as she possibly could, to be with me and all of our family. I will miss everything about her. Marg and I did everything together. I cherished all of the moments Marg and I had with our family and friends through the years. I am forever blessed, that she chose me. Love, Ron.

Marg’s parents were Ernest and Margaret Mary Latour. Marg’s children and their partners are Sue Bryden (Kirk deceased), Brenda Vidmar, Kathy (Rob) Dutourgeerling, Rick (Tania) Lane, and Gail (Bill) Best. Marg’s grandchildren and their partners are: Dustin McCulloch (Trish Pollard), Brandon McCulloch (Jocelyne Doucet); Jeff Vidmar, Jenny (Adam) Connors, Reg Vidmar (Melissa Harris), Stephanie Vidmar (Dave Ronan), Josh and Hilary Dutourgeerling, and Kyren and Avery Lane. Marg’s great-grandchild is Stryfe Vidmar. Marg’s sisters and brothers and husbands and wives include: Hilda Latour (Sister Mary Julia), Roy Latour (Ann deceased), Earl Latour, deceased (Pauline deceased), Helen Blackmore, deceased (Fred deceased), Jack Latour, deceased (Ruth), Thelma Maheu, deceased (Jerry deceased), and Ernie Latour, deceased (Verna).  Marg loved Stanley and Seymour, who stayed by her side, bringing her much comfort and peace.

I have much gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Maddison, and all the staff, support workers and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia, for all of their devotion and loving care shown to my wife and our family.

I invite family and all friends to attend a celebration of Marg’s life on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  The funeral service will follow at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cremation will follow.

I invite you to make donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice in Sarnia in Marg’s name. smithfuneralhome.ca

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