NEEDHAM: Joyce

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, December 4, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Joyce Needham passed away at the age of 82. Beloved wife of Clifford Needham. Loving mother of Brenda (Marcel) Levasseur, Debbie (the late Steve) Ruzik, LeeAnn (Gus) Clement, Kathy (Doug) Fisher, Karen (Dave) Pavey, Michael Needham and Danny Needham. Predeceased by her daughter Kim Needham. Dear sister of Barb (the late Jerry) Little and brother Bob (Gin) Millier. Survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Joyce will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BUSCH: Loretta (nee Bitschy)

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Quietly, on Friday, December 4, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Loretta (nee Bitschy) Busch passed away at the age of 94. Devoted mother of Cynthia “Honey” Busch and Teena (Ken) Cowan. Dear sisters-in-law Ursula Beachey and Anne Beachey. Predeceased by her husband Thomas Busch (2002), by her brothers Cyril (Lil) Beachey, Raymond Beachey, Gilbert (Ena) Beachey, Hubert (Zita) Beachey, John “Jack” (Yvonne) Beachey, James “Jim” Beachey, infant Bernard Beachey and by her sisters Helen (Tom) Schmelefske, Rose (Joe) Evers, Alice (John) McEachen, Ida (Peter Andrews) (Aub Easton), Mary (Rene Graveline) (Jim Cook) (Sam Polley) and Theresa (Gordon) Major. Loretta will be missed by all those who knew and loved her. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., with family and friends received one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Scleroderma Society of Ontario or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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HISLOP: Donald Bean

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Donald Bean Hislop passed away peacefully in his 89th year on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, after a struggle with cancer. Don was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1927 and was predeceased by his parents William (1978) and Luella (1976) and his brother Glen (2015). He is survived by Mary, his loving bride of 65 years and children John (Nancy), Jamie (Laurie), Mary Ellen (Sam) Graham and Robert (Julie), as well as grandchildren David, Gregory (Amanda), Geoffrey, Michelle, Robert, Joel, Dana, Meghan and Kristen, and great-granddaughter Emma. Dad was raised on a farm in Perth County, but he chose not to pursue that as a career. However, it was his farm upbringing and love of science and nature that prepared him for his next pursuit. Accordingly, after graduating from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering, he embarked on a career with Imperial Oil in Sarnia where, with the exception of brief stints in Toronto, Venezuela and Houston, he remained until he retired in 1986. While his career was important to him, family was always his first priority, and he was an avid supporter and follower of his kids’ and grandkids’ activities. There was never a hockey game too trivial to not risk a drive all over Ontario and Michigan in a blizzard, or a fastball tournament worth missing. He would even attend the odd piano recital even though he probably would rather have been outside tending to his gardens or chopping down a tree. Dad spent countless hours working with youth as a hockey coach, a baseball organizer, and in his later years in his capacity with Golden K Kiwanis, of which he was a founding member. He was passionate about his community and served on both Clearwater and Sarnia city councils, and he was active in spearheading and maintaining the Howard Watson Nature Trail. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Cremation has occurred but the family will welcome friends and family to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, for visitation on Sunday, December 13, 2015, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. A memorial of Don’s life will take place at Smith Funeral Home, on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment ceremony at Blackwell Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sarnia Lambton Golden K Legacy Fund are requested (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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NORLAND: Joan “Germaine”

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully at Vision Nursing Home on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Joan (Germaine) Norland passed away at the age of 83. Beloved partner of the late Bill Whalley. Loving mother of Jon (Debbie) Hall, Pam (Tom) Nelligan, Daryl Norland (Patricia Hodder), Shelley (Mike) Given, and Nancy Norland. Cherished grandmother of Dana (Bill) Piggott, Amy (Scott) Lawrence, Felicia Maheux, and Joseph Maheux. Treasured great-grandmother of Dylan and Logan Lawrence. Dear sister of Wilfred Charbonneau, Robert Charbonneau, and Jack Charbonneau. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Frank and Annie Charbonneau, and siblings Charlie Tambroro, Frank Tamborro, Margaret Latham, Elmer Charbonneau, Marie Moore, Allen Charbonneau, and Clara Crowe. Joan loved to cook and make soup and dessert for donations which she forwarded to Harmony. She also volunteered at the Legion for many years. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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DUNN: Norah

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, November 30, 2015, at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, Norah Dunn passed away at the age of 87. Beloved wife of Tony Dunn.  Loving mother of Michael (Judy) Dunn, Ruth Burns, Philip (Elena) Dunn and Andrew (Beckie) Dunn. Cherished grandmother of Aaron Dunn, Wyatt Burns, Travis Burns, Jarrod Burns, Chelsie Burns, Nicholas Dunn, Kristen Dunn, Hunter Dunn and Clark Dunn. Treasured great-grandmother of Leah Burns and Brody Burns. Norah will be missed by all who knew and loved her, both in Canada and in England. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of Norah’s life will be taking place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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VENHUIZEN: Norm

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully, at Afton Park Place, after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Norm Venhuizen went to be with his Lord and Saviour in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Tina (Bydeley) for 59 years. Dear father of Annette (Bill), Carl (Lori), Wayne (Heather), Debbie (David) and Nancy (Bill). Predeceased by two infant daughters, Tina and Faith. Loving grandpa of Michelle, Daniel, Chris (Spencer), Todd (Candice), Paige (Dean), Jack, Drew, Luke, Robin, Rachel, Sarah and Laura. Predeceased by infant granddaughter Kimberly. Great-grandfather to Luken, Jaxon, Alina, Carter and Carson. Also survived by one brother and four sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Norm lived the Canadian dream. He immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1950, where he met and settled in Forest with the love of his life, Tina. They went on to establish “Venhuizen Construction” in Sarnia for 32 years. They enjoyed 12 years of retirement in Florida until his sickness. He was a proud supporter of the community in many ways over his 32 years of business. The family wishes to thank the nurses of Afton Park Place for their care of Norm. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at Huron Baptist Church, 1285 Michigan Ave (corner of Blackwell and Michigan), Sarnia, on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. with family and friends being received one hour prior. A light lunch will follow at Huron Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army or Right to Life.

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CARVALHO: Alice Marie

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, Alice Marie Carvalho passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015, at the age 86. Cherished mother of Shirley Service, Linda (Bruce) Davis and Gordon (Linda) Moore. Treasured grandmother of Lisa Eadie, Chad Helse, Michelle Powers, and Trevor Moore. Predeceased by her parents Harold and Maudie Colbey. Alice loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and loved to bake. She was strong-willed and determined and her family admired her courage and strength. She will be deeply missed by her family.  Cremation has taken place. At Alice’s request, no services will be held. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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NELSON: Mary Elizabeth

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully surrounded by loving family at Trillium Villa Nursing Home, on Sunday, November 29, 2015, Mary Elizabeth Nelson (Battram) passed away at the age of 83.   Beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Nelson.  Loving mother of Wayne (Linda), Ross (Noelle), Jeffrey (Deb), Helen (Peter), Ruth (Walter) and Bev (MK).  Cherished grandmother of Emily, Nicholas, David, Lisa, Jaclyn, Kurtis, Jamie, Daniel and Mark. Predeceased by her parents Perry and Alice Battram, by her sisters Norma Giles and Donna Rosenbloom, and by her granddaughter Laura Coate.  Remembered by close friends Elsie and Joe McGill and Ron and Peggy Lea. Mary was a member of London Road West Church, a past member of the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club, she was a long-time member of Grace United Quilting Club and a past member of Devine St. United Church.   Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with one hour of visitation prior.  Interment to follow in Lakeview Cemetery.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bible Society-London Road West United Church or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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PLOJETZ: Klothilde “Lottie” Maria

Posted by on December 7, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Klothilde “Lottie” Plojetz passed away at the age of 76. Beloved wife of Albert for 53 years. Loving mother of Rainer Plojetz and Robert Plojetz. Cherished grandmother of Kevin Plojetz. Survived by her sister Inge Freudenberger and her brother Martin Huber. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The War Amps (cheques only at the funeral home please).  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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WALTER: Edith Inge

Posted by on November 26, 2015

On Thursday, November 26, 2015, heaven was blessed with a beautiful woman. Edith was born on April 23, 1932, in Königsberg, Germany, to parents Kurt Erdmann and Charlotte Walter. Survived by brothers Heinz and Günter, and sister Erna. Predeceased by brothers Herbert and Horst, all in Germany. Aunt to several nieces and nephews in Germany. Edith will be dearly missed by her Canadian family. Best friend to Brigitte Brajac for over 50 years. Special Aunt to Christina, Fred, Nadine and Matthew. Edith earned her R.N. training in Germany. Edith and Brigitte moved to Canada in 1965. She worked for many years as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sarnia. Edith will be in our hearts forever. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Cremation to follow. A memorial service to celebrate Edith’s life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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MAI: Margaret Katharina

Posted by on November 26, 2015

Now at peace, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Margaret Katharina Mai passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospice at the age of 68. Cherished mother of Pam (David) Smith and the late Angie Leatherdale. Treasured grandmother of Amelia and Carson. Fondly remembered and dearly missed by her close friends and extended family.  Margaret was happiest spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.  Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home. Cremation will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BOWMAN: Thomas Francis “Tom”

Posted by on November 25, 2015

“To the world he was one but to his family he was our world.”

Tom died peacefully in the arms of his loving wife at his home in Petrolia on November 22nd, 2015.  His dog Bow was at his side.  He turned 75 in March and for the last 5 and 1/2 years endured a remarkable and courageous battle with liver cancer.  Having spent his twenties flying planes in the south, Tom returned to the Sarnia area to become a member of Boilermaker Union, Local 128 and for the next 35 years he built a reputation that he could be proud of.  It was through his sister, Mary Margaret and brother-in-law Doug Horner that he met the love of his life, Jennifer Horner.
Tom and Jen married in 1970, settled in Petrolia and for 45 years built a life that represented loyalty and patience.  Together they enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and visiting family; they were rarely apart.  They raised three children in a home that modeled the merits of hard work.  Tom was the doting father to Jerrine Bowman (Alvin Lazaruk) of Corunna , Heather Bowman (Dr. Cyrus Hsia )of London and Brent  Bowman of Petrolia.  He was the beloved Grandpa to William Lazaruk of Corunna, Jenyvette and Maitlyn Hsia of London, Clara, Tommy and Vanessa Bowman of Sault Ste. Marie.  He shared a special relationship with Charlotte Wiseman, the mother of his Grandchildren and close family friend Sharleen Kelly.  Tom is also survived by his kind-hearted cousin and confidante John Vansickle and his dear wife Connie.

Tom was raised on Collingwood Street in Sarnia by his beloved Grandma, Jerrine Bowman and his father Donald (Doc) Bowman.  He is survived by his mother Victoria (VanSickle) Dileo and his brother George Dileo of Toronto.  He shared a close relationship with his sister, Mary Margaret (Stokes/Horner) and his Aunt Orlene Pascoe of Sarnia.  He is held dearly in the hearts of his sisters-in-law: Barb Horner, Rosemary Horner, Belinda Horner, Janey Gray and dear friend Judy Somer.  Tom adored his nieces and nephews and had many close friends that often brought tears to his eyes when he shared their adventures together.  His family was always first but his friends a close second; whether friends from the past or ones newly forged it was his need to be with his family and friends that gave him strength to endure. Giving was Tom’s thing to do, whether it was helping a stranger stay warm in winter, dropping a basket of food quietly in the night or lending a few dollars to family; he couldn’t help himself, he was compelled to give.  In the end, Tom was rewarded for his generosity by being supported by remarkable professionals, neighbours and friends who gave to Tom what he gave for years.

In memory of Tom, the family kindly ask that you do a “Random Act of Kindness” or consider donating to Muscular Dystrophy Canada so that a cure can be found for his Grandson William.

Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, November 26, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The funeral will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home.  Interment will be held at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia.

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WISE: Betty Sarah

Posted by on November 25, 2015

Betty Sarah Wise, 83, of Sarnia, ON, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on Friday November 20, 2015. Born March 7, 1932 in Agawa Canyon, she is predeceased by her parents, Albert and Margit Johnson. Betty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Ross “Bud” Wise. Betty was born in the section house in Agawa Canyon just a few feet from the railroad tracks as Margit’s early labour prevented the trip to the hospital in Sault Saint Marie. The Johnson’s lived in Agawa Canyon until Betty reached the age of 9 and later settled in Sarnia, ON. where she married Ross in 1953 at the age of 21. Betty loved the Lord and was a long-time active member of Huron Baptist Church. Betty is survived by her four children Wendy & Gary Schaffeld of Bright’s Grove, ON; Debbie Richards of Kitchener, ON; Margie & Vince Otten of Sarnia, ON; and Norm & Carol Wise of Waterloo, ON. She was the proud grandma of Elizabeth Mater; David Will and his children Natalie, Dante and Drake; Jessie Otten; Christa, Julia and Nathaniel Wise. Predeceased by her sister Elsie & Bob Leo, survived by sister Ruth Johnson, predeceased by sister Doris & Bill (surviving) Wise, survived by sister Norma & Erik (deceased) Norman.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Huron Baptist Church, 1285 Michigan Ave, Sarnia, ON with Rev. David Benn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton, 420 East Street North, Sarnia, ON, N7T 6Y5, http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/sarnialambton

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BEAUCHAMP: Sarah

Posted by on November 25, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at London Health & Sciences Centre – Victoria Campus, Sarah Beauchamp passed away at the age of 65. Beloved wife of Wilfred for 46 years. Loving mother of four sons and one daughter. Cherished grandmother of 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Treasured sister of William and Richard Shuman. Predeceased by her parents Violet and Richard Shuman. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, November 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Lung Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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WOOD: Helen May (Burdett)

Posted by on November 23, 2015

Peacefully at Afton Park Place on Saturday, November 21, 2015, Helen May (Burdett) Wood passed away at the age of 81. Loved mother of Christine (Ron), Michael (Robin), Denise (James) and Elizabeth (Victor). Cherished grandmother of Michael Jr., Jeremy, Sally, Jessica, Jennifer, Carrie, Robert (Rochelle), Angela and Justin. Treasured great-grandmother of Austin, Jaeden and Carter. Dear sister of Herb (Janet), Gary (Diane), and Bill (Linda). Predeceased by her parents Ernie and Chris, and by her siblings Bobby, Gail, Carol, Edith and Betty. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Rd., Sarnia, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Watch Tower Society.  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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GRIFFITH: Peter James

Posted by on November 23, 2015

It is with deeply saddened hearts that the family of Peter James Griffith announces his passing on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the age of 32.  Loved husband of Amanda Griffith. Treasured father of Noah, Ava, Kyra and Bella. Cherished son of Jim and Helen Griffith and son-in-law of Heather Orton (Jim Burgess) and Bruce MacKinnon. Loving brother of Dennis Griffith and Heather (Wade) Fleming and brother-in-law of Andy MacKinnon. Dear grandson of Gary and Win Orton. Fondly remembered by aunts, uncles, extended family and close friends. Predeceased by his grandparents Burton and Berneice MacKinnon, Nelles and Grace Griffith, and Dorothy MacKinnon. Peter graduated from SCITS High School and Lambton College. He was a sheet metal worker at ABRAMS, then worked at NOVA Chemicals. Peter enjoyed river runs, riding his motorcycle, playing dodgeball, car pushing, and was an avid runner. Peter was devoted to his family and was a supportive hockey dad. His memory will live on in our hearts forever. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Thursday, November 26, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at River City Vineyard, 260 Mitton St. N., on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.  Sympathy may be expressed by cheques to Amanda Griffith (for their children’s education).

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BERGLUND: Nancy

Posted by on November 23, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Bluewater Health, Ann “Nancy” Berglund passed away at the age of 77. Beloved wife of Robert “Bob” Berglund.  Loving mother of Shelley (Gerry) Surette and Bryan (Karen) Berglund.  Cherished grandmother of Jamie (Darryl) Miner, Hailey Surette (Travis), Brock Surette, Jesse Surette, Jenna Surette, Matthew (Joscel) Berglund, and Jacob Berglund. Great-grandmother of Caleb, Mason, Hunter, Benjamin and Olivia. Dear sister-in-law of Lisette Thorner (the late Ken). Fondly remembered by step-sisters and brothers, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and close friends. Predeceased by her children Michael and Paul and by her sister Marilyn Keyes.  Nancy was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge.  She enjoyed life to the fullest, was very social and loved spending quality time with her family and friends.  A special thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion for their support, to Bluewater Health, Doctors, nurses and CCAC for their care and compassion during this difficult time.   Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Moose Lodge service being held at 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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SWANSTROM: Nancy Lynn

Posted by on November 23, 2015

It is with saddened hearts that the family of Nancy Swanstrom announces her sudden passing on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the age of  55. Beloved wife of Bob. Loving mother of Peter and Leah. Cherished sister of Dale (Lynn) Bast, Shirley (George) Vallance, Marlene (Ken) Hundert and sister-in-law of Karen Thompson. Treasured daughter of Vernon and the late Grace Bast and daughter-in-law of Robert and June Swanstrom. Dear aunt of Sarah, Jennifer, Charles, Richard, Krista, Shaun and great-aunt of Nathan, Benjamin, Tyler and Briar. Dearly missed by her Siamese cats Ronnie and Gidget. Nancy was a loving devoted wife and mother. She dedicated her life to teaching, and was passionate about reading, travelling and spending time at the family cottage. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial service following at 3:30 p.m. In memory of Nancy’s life-long commitment to education, memorial donations to Noelle’s Gift (www.noellesgift.ca) would be appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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KANYUK: Robert “Bob” Charles

Posted by on November 23, 2015

It is with saddened hearts that his daughters Jamie and Jodie announce the peaceful passing of their dad Robert “Bob” Charles Kanyuk on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at the age of 53.

Our loved ones never leave us, for in our hearts they stay always.

Beloved son of Joan Kanyuk McCarroll and the late William Kanyuk (1992). Dear brother of Jim Kanyuk, Deb Rose and Nancy Kanyuk-Schwein (Kirk Schwein). Bob will be especially missed by his sister Judy (Brian) Gould who was always thoughtful and caring towards her brother, and will deeply miss all the special times they had shared and the everlasting bond. Remembered by his nieces and nephews Nikki (Dave) Hummel, Jackie Kanyuk, Jason Schwein and Evan Gould. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In spirit of Bob, the family asks that you perform a random act of kindness and pay it forward.  www.smithfuneralhome.ca

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WEST: Enid Edna

Posted by on November 20, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, November 20, 2015, at Fiddick’s Nursing Home, Petrolia, Enid West passed away at the age of 94. Beloved  wife of the late Kenneth West (1968). Loving mother of Wayne (Diane) West, Patricia (Berry) Calder, Marlene Philp and Brian West. Cherished grandmother of Crissy (Dustin) McArthur, Jill (Lorenzo) Costantino, Brad (Melissa) West, Laura (Rob) Bewick, Heather (Lee) Campbell, Alison (Grant) David, Melissa (Brock) West and Jamie West. Treasured great-grandmother of Rylin, Keegan and Broden McArthur, Shelby and Antonio Costantino, Ethan, Tyler and Grayson Bewick, Leo and Casey David and Jackson Campbell. Dear sister of Jack (Joan) Somes, Pauline Saul and Wayne Somes and brother-in-law Don Oleniuk. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Edna Somes, her siblings Hazel Townsend, Margaret Watkins, Eva Crone, Gary Somes and Norma Oleniuk and her in-laws Ruby and Howard Beatty, Coreta Blake, Rex Townsend, John Watkins, June Somes, Ray Crone and Stewart Saul. Enid was an active member of the Blackwell Church and Blackwell UCW. The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to Fiddick’s Nursing Home for their wonderful care for the past 8 years. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., with family and friends being received from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Palliative Care Program at Fiddick’s Nursing Home or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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LAW: LaVerne Eugene

Posted by on November 20, 2015

LaVerne Eugene Law passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the age of 87. LaVerne was predeceased by his mother Mary Ethel Law, brother Lloyd Law, and nephews Rodney Currie, Andrew Josh and Mark Josh. He is survived by his sisters Carolyn Butler and Marilyn Josh (Tom), his nephews Larry Currie and Paul Josh, and his sister-in-law Melina Wettergreen. LaVerne was a member of Local 128 Boilermakers Union for 55 years. At a very young age, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines which led him to many parts of the world. No visitation will be held. A private family funeral service will be held with interment following in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and Dr. R. Cheong of Continuing Care 5th Floor at Bluewater Health for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Salvation Army.

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PUGSLEY: Donald Frederick

Posted by on November 20, 2015

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Donald Frederick Pugsley passed away at the age of 75, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Beloved husband of Marianne (Brown) Pugsley. Loving father of Mike and Judy, Jeff and Wanda, and Jill and Mike Jones. Cherished grandfather of Matt, Jimmy, Alysha, Laura, Kristi, Corey, Robyn, Shara, and Ryan. Dear brother of Diane (Pete) Bothwell, Dale Pugsley, Dennis (Angie) Pugsley, and Debbie (Steve) Hicken. Fondly remembered by Marianne’s family, several nieces and nephews, and friends. Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Elizabeth Pugsley. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Don’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Parkinson Society or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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BICKERSTAFF: Iain

Posted by on November 20, 2015

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Iain Bickerstaff passed away at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Nancy for 17 years. Treasured father of: Jacqueline (David) Smithies and their son Michael; Paul Bickerstaff and his daughter Sydney; Scott Bickerstaff; and Fiona Bickerstaff. Iain will be deeply missed by many family members and friends, and by his constant companion, his dog Goober. Iain worked for Ontario Hydro for over 30 years, retiring as Production Manager at Lambton Generating Station in Courtright. He loved gardening, travelling, reading, coaching soccer, scuba diving and hockey – especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. A special thank you to the Palliative Care Team of Sarnia-Lambton, especially Dr. Allison Crombeen and Nurse Cassie Taylor, and the staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice.  Iain’s wife Nancy would like to personally thank the staff of the Surgical Inpatient Department for their tremendous support and friendship. At Iain’s request, his body has been donated to science.  A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

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BANTING: Meryl

Posted by on November 20, 2015

Peacefully at Trillium Villa Nursing Home on Thursday, November 19, 2015, Meryl Banting passed away at the age of 101. Beloved wife of the late Earl (1991). Loving mother of Norma (Dave) Campbell of Sarnia, Marion (the late Brian, 2000) Bronson of London, and Ken (Nancy) Banting of Stratford. Cherished grandmother of Carole Bronson, Stephanie (Duane) Martin, Mike (Kim) Bronson, and Jennifer (Tom) Cosstick. Treasured great-grandmother of eight great-grandchildren. Meryl was a longtime, active member of St. Paul’s United Church in Sarnia. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Trillium Villa Nursing Home for their care and compassion. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2015, at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Inn of the Good Shepherd or the Heart & Stroke Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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ARMITAGE: Frank

Posted by on November 20, 2015

Peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2015, in his own bed, in his own house. Frank was almost 90.  He was predeceased last December by his wife Sheila of 62 years.  Frank is fondly remembered by: his sons Stephen and friend Monica, and Ian and his wife Diana; his grandsons Grant, John and his wife Celia, and Hugh; his son-in-law Chris Schooley; and nephews Richard Williams and David Senior in England. He was predeceased by his loving daughter Nancy (2007). Frank was a quiet, intelligent man and always wanted the best for his family. He was born in 1926 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England and served in the British Royal Navy as a Chief Petty Officer (Radars) during WWII.  Frank received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of London England and immigrated to Sarnia with his wife Sheila in 1952. Frank worked in Polysar’s R&D labs, Allied Chemical and for Ontario Hydro’s Bruce Nuclear operations. Frank had a love of science which is shared by his grandsons. The family would like to thank Bluewater Health for their kindness shown to Frank over the last few years. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Smith Funeral Home with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Bluewater Health Foundation (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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