It is with great sadness that Van’s family announces her peaceful passing at Afton Park Place at the age of 82 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  She will be remembered by her daughters, Elizabeth Taylor and Carolyn O’Hara, son-in-law Randy O’Hara, grandchildren Ryan and Corey O’Hara and Angela and Joseph Cicchini. Step-mother to Sandra (Jon) Rae and Mark Dottori. Step -grandmother to Jackson, Benjamin, Lucas, Adam, Michael and Jordon.  She will be missed by many friends and family. Predeceased by her loving husband Nilo, dear daughter Suzanne Cicchini, sisters Joan Houle and Gwynn Olver, parents Minnie and Trevor Cordey and first husband Jack Taylor.  The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Van`s nurses at Afton Park Place for their excellent care and compassion shown over the years.  A very special thank you to Kim Shelley who was with our mom holding her hand before passing away.   Family and friends will be received on Tuesday May 29, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.   A celebration of Van`s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday May 30, 2012 at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at Smith Funeral Home immediately following.  In lieu of flowers sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer`s Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).  Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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