Obituary of HODGSON, Dean Joseph of Sarnia

Posted by on December 13, 2018

HODGSON, DEAN: Dean Joseph Hodgson was born in the Sarnia General Hospital, the son of Jack M. and Blanche (Rollins) Hodgson on August 7th, 1933 and passed away on December 12th, 2018. Dean considered himself the Maple Leafs #1 fan. He also closely followed the Blue Jays, Lions and Tigers. Dean loved to skate and did so into his 80’s, walk, read and debate (about anything). Agriculture was his vocation and he farmed his own land from 1960 – 1990 but continued his interest in agriculture and drainage, especially Lambton County and the Rainy River District to the very end.

As a young man Dean worked with Marshall and Milway, Ontario Land Surveyors and felt the basics he learned in those years guided him through the many pursuits he followed in the rest of his life. Dean was involved in farm drainage for over 40 years (1962 – 2004) as an owner, operator and drainage inspector. Draining the land and solving problems was a passion. Farming, drainage and friendly people were the focus of his life and he attempted to enjoy every minute of every day. Dean always enjoyed the simpler things in life and so, as he said, “luckily never required much money”, though he never married he was always happy with whatever he had. Some of his happiest years (and toughest) were spent on his Emo cattle farm in the Rainy River District between 1978 and 1990 while paying 22% interest. At Emo he also served as municipal Drainage Superintendent for eight municipalities and enjoyed working with Councils and farm groups. Dean was also involved with Emo minor hockey for several years. During these years in the Rainy River District he often said he worked with, “some of the finest people in the world” who made even the cattle business seem enjoyable.

In his later years he was the author of several small books on Lambton County history. He considered himself an amateur historian and was a member of the Lambton County Historical Society for several years and the recently formed Sarnia Historical Society.

Dean was predeceased by his parents Jack (1974) and Blanche (1987), brother-in-law Ray Tomlin (2000), his brother John Hodgson (2012) and sister Donna Hodgson (2018). He is survived by two sisters Della Tomlin of Sarnia and Judith and her husband Geoff Sutherland of Kelowna, BC. He is also survived by Shelley, David and Dean Sutherland along with several other nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations made to St. Joseph’s Hospice or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

“The family wishes to thank the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care and a special thanks to Jim Maw for all the help he provided us at this time”

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Obituary of Mercedes Manaloto Sunga

Posted by on December 11, 2018

Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on December 10 at 63 years of age. Cherished sister of Esperanza Manaloto and reunited with siblings Angel Manaloto, Reynaldo Manaloto and Eusebio Manaloto. Dear sister-in-law of Virginia, Erlinda and Miring. Auntie Cedes will be missed by many grandchildren, nephews and dear friends. If you so desire, donations to J.D.R.F. would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Wednesday 5:30 pm. from Memories Chapel 330  18th St. N, Brandon to Mcdiarmid Drive Alliance Church (634 Mcdiarmid Drive Brandon,Mb) for Mass at 10:00a.m

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Obituary of REID, Linda of Corunna

Posted by on December 10, 2018

REID, LINDA – On December 9, 2018, Linda Grace (Lewis) Reid, age 78 of Corunna passed away. She was the dear wife of Michael Reid and the loving mother of the late Christopher Reid (2009). She is also survived by her brothers Cam and John Lewis and sister in law Suzanne and Tom Bouskil. Several cousins also survive. Linda taught with the Lambton County School Board and had retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. Private cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made in memory of Linda to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of COLES: Dr. Robert Ellis of Calgary, Alberta

Posted by on December 9, 2018

 

“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys….let ‘em be doctors and lawyers and such”.  But, what if your baby is a doctor AND a cowboy??

The passing of Dr. Robert Ellis Coles on November 26, 2018 is announced by his daughter Christine Coles (her husband Dave and their daughter Phoenix), his daughter Melissa Flynn (her daughters Cypris and Jordis), his son Jonathan Coles (his wife Jessica, their daughters Andrew and Sawyer and son Jeven) and their brother Joshua Coles.

Robert, aka Bob/Doc, was born an only child at the Norfolk General Hospital in Simcoe, Ontario on March 17, 1946.  He is survived by many cousins, including Dale Coles who was like a brother growing up.  He is predeceased by his father Henry Ellis Coles (January 1, 1923 Port Dover, Ontario – April 16, 2008 Calgary, Alberta), his mother Edith (Albert) Coles (March 6, 1920 Moosehorn, Manitoba – March 12, 2009 Calgary, Alberta), his maternal grandparents Fred Albert and Christina Margaret Aitken and paternal grandparents Charles Elgin Coles and Ethel Charlton.

Bob grew up in Port Rowan, Norfolk County, moving to Cambridge (Galt), Ontario in 1957. His father Henry Coles served in WWII as sergeant in B Company of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in charge of radiator and tinsmith division of the vehicle maintenance crews from 1942-1946.  Henry then went on to established North End Radiator Service in 1959.   Safe to say this was the birth place of Bob’s lifelong love affair with cars, especially Corvettes (although his first car was a robin blue convertible 1955 Cadillac). 

After graduating with honours from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1965 (where he pitched for the baseball team, was on the basketball team, student council and many other activities), he was accepted to the College of Optometry of Ontario in Toronto.  In 1967 the school moved to Waterloo and became the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, where he continued his studies.

After four years of dating through school, Bob (age 22) married Gisela Oehne (age 20) of Preston, Ontario in June 1968. Bob graduated May 1969 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Together Bob and Gisela set up his first practice after graduation at 111 Wellington Street in Preston, Ontario.  

‘Go West Young Man’.  And so he did…  They sold their practice and moved to Calgary, Alberta in July 1972 to join Dr. Garth Mann at the Bonavista Eye Clinic.  Staying at the then Siesta Inn for this first trip, Bob wandered next door to check out Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall, which had just opened months prior in April 1972.  It is then and there a friendship with Harris Dvorkin, one of the two Ranchman’s co-founders, was forged. Bob’s love of a Wild West country lifestyle and his entrepreneurial spirit soon made this not only his Calgary Stampede home base, but an office of sorts through his career.  (Mr. Dvorkin passed on April 20, 2017- just one week before Ranchman’s 45th anniversary). 

Bob and Gisela’s first daughter Christine Anne arrived in 1973, their second daughter Melissa Marie in 1975 and first son Jonathan Robert in 1977.  Bob and Gisela were divorced in 1979. 

Gone their separate ways, Gisela brought Joshua in to the world in 1982. Giving him the Coles name, he became one of the four “Coles Kids”.  Bob moved to Phoenix, Arizona from 1983 to 1987 with his second wife Carol and her teenage children Janet and Mark.  Returning to Calgary, Bob and Carol were separated in the early 90s and later divorced.  

Bob lived the rest of his years with his Good Hearted Woman, life and business partner Linda Babuik.  They made many memories of shared interests such as travel (favourites included Hawaii and Las Vegas), country music concerts, rodeos (including of course The Stampede but especially the NFR in Vegas) and their camp ‘homestead’ at Riverbend in Okotoks.  Linda’s daughters Tricia and Keri, together with Keri’s husband Jim and their children Trevor and Taylor (and Taylor’s son Sawyer), added greatly to the support and memories throughout these years. 

His children wish to remember him as the smart witted, extremely intelligent, entrepreneurial, musically talented and charismatic person he was. He was an avid car fan, having owned more than two dozen Corvettes over his lifetime and no stranger to twisting a wrench here or there. He was musically inclined, playing guitar, banjo and singing. He was a quick wit and at times a prankster.  He had a love for snakeskin cowboy boots, fishing (including Ice fishing), Disneyland, Canadian Tire, billiards of all sorts, Colt cigars, Vegas, Banff, Elvis worthy jewelry, dry roasted peanuts, fur coats (he has a long family line of fur trappers, including pioneering life long employees of the Hudson Bay Company), steak dinners, egg salad sandwiches, Stetson hats, big belt buckles, cooking, the country lifestyle and Christmas decorating among other things.  He was certainly the only optometrist wearing pressed black Wranglers, cowboy boots and a Stetson with his lab coat.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service.  His children gathered in Banff for a tribute the Doc would be proud of.  The Man.  The Myth.  The Legend.  He was one of a kind. 

-Cripper, JR, Lissy & Josh

farm.house@me.com

“He’s done some wrong, he’s done some right

Won and lost some fights

Highs and lows, that’s the way it goes

It ain’t always sweet tea

Lovin’, runnin’, son of a gun, like an old outlaw

But ain’t that country”  -The Cadillac Three

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Obituary of Lewicki (nee Fischer), Myrna Pauline

Posted by on November 24, 2018

 

After a hard fought battle with COPD, our beloved mom/grams/aunt, Myrna Lewicki (nee Fischer) passed away peacefully Thursday, November 22nd at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. She was our rock…..and she kept us together as a family in her final week.

Daughter of Paul and Agnes Fischer. Beloved mom of daughter, Debbie Smith, son Dean Lewicki and daughter-in-law Beth Phillips. Cherished Grams of Kyle Smith, Chelsea and Brianna Lewicki – they will desperately miss their Grams.

It was Myrna’s wishes that there be no service – just a private family celebration. As a family, we honored all of her wishes while she was in hospice care and we will continue to honor her wishes after her passing.

Our family would like to express such immense gratitude to the incredible home care workers at Chartwell Lynnwood – Janice and Carla, and the Palliative Care nurses and doctor at Cascades Hospice in Chilliwack. Specifically – Eloise, Erica and Dr Eydt. We could not have asked for a better end of life journey for our mom/grams.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a Memorial Gift in Myrna’s name to the Chilliwack Hospice Society. www.chilliwackhospice.org. The family asks that you specify your donation be directed specifically to the Cascades Hospice facility in Chilliwack.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

(Author Unknown)

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Obituary of MACIURA: Lillian

Posted by on November 2, 2018

MACIURA: Lillian – at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Orillia on Wednesday October 31, 2018.  Lillian was the beloved companion of Andrew Brennan of Beaverton. Step-mother of James (Nellie) and Elaine (Dirk).  Step-grandmother of Taylor, Emma, Matthew and Rachel.  Sister of Stan, Ron (Edith) and Barrie (Valerie). Aunt of Barb, David, Brian, Julie, Tracey, Layne and Blair.  Aunt of numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life gathering at the Mangan Funeral Home Beaverton on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 1 PM to 3 PM. with words of remembrance at 1 PM. If so desired, donations in memory of Lillian, to the Canadian Cancer Society, would be greatly appreciated by the family. Online condolences are welcomed at www.manganfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of Donald Ross McIntyre (Langley, Edmonton, Winnipeg)

Posted by on October 19, 2018

Donald Ross McIntyre

June 14,1932 – October 13, 2018

Don was born in Morden, Manitoba to Alfred Woodward McIntyre and Isabel Valentine McIntyre (nee Macey). He grew up on the border where his father worked. As a small boy he developed his life long love affair with cars as he learned the makes and models of all the cars that passed through the border each day.

Don graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Arts and spent most of his career working as a claims manager in the insurance industry. He married the love of his life and his best friend Dorothy Ann Redfearn in 1957 and set about raising his family in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. In 1988 he was transferred to Langley BC where he retired. Don and Dorothy loved to travel. After Dorothy died in 2013, Don took a solo trip to Tuktoyaktuk in February, 2015 at the age of 82 as a fundraiser for the cancer society.  

Don and Dorothy’s lives were characterized by the friends they made in every decade and every community where they lived. Don still kept in contact with his university fraternity friends, the couples they regularly gathered with in Edmonton and all the friends he made in churches and business throughout the years. 

Don considered himself the most fortunate of men, blessed with 56 years of love with his wonderful wife, Dorothy and another couple of years of love with Myrna Huggan, his dear partner for the last years of his life, with Myrna visiting him every day as Don spent his last days in the hospital and finally the hospice.

Don leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth (Lynn), sons Matthew and Cameron (Darlene), daughter Kathleen (Phil), grandchildren Arica (Bryce), Kate, Larisa, Joshua, Emily (Josh), Nathan Ross, Joanna, Xiomara, Benjamin, Jacob, and great grandchildren Cooper and Michael.

Many thanks to Reverend Kelly Duncan and Reverend Laurie Deacon for their care and attentiveness to Dad in his last weeks, and to the staff at Crossroads Inlet Hospice and the Royal Columbian Hospital who were unfailingly kind and compassionate.

A Memorial Service will be held for Don on Wednesday, Oct 24th at 7 pm at the Parish of St. George in Fort Langley  (9160 Church St., Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2R6).

 

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Obituary of CHONG, Susan of Sarnia

CHONG, SUSAN – Surrounded by her loving family at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, October 4, 2018, Susan (Mark) Chong, age 85 of Sarnia passed away. She was the loving wife of the late William Logie Chong (1994) and dear mother of William Chong Jr. and his wife Johanne, Darrell Chong, Sharon Davies and her husband Dr. Brian Davies, grandmother of Melissa Chong (Matthew Lorbetski), Matthew Chong (Marissa Lewington)), Connor Davies (Brooke Clubb) and Jasmine Davies (Billy O’Mahony Jr.), great-grandmother of Lucas and Ethan Lorbetski, Tess Chong and lovingly anticipated Miller Davies (January 2019). She is survived by her sister Helen (Drew Magor), her brother William (Doreen) and her sister in law Gretta Mark. She was predeceased by her infant brother George, her brother David and her sister Maria. Susan fled communist China in 1949 and made Canada her new and much loved home. She was a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. She was involved in numerous volunteer activities including SMAA, the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic, I.O.D.E. and was also named to the Mayor’s Honour’s List in 1993. She was an avid fan of the Maple Leafs and Argos and a loud, vocal and opinionated cheerleader for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their sporting interests and activities. Friends may visit at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9) on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be held from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 261 N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018, at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made in memory of Susan to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 “The family wishes to thank Dr. Lori Kolono and the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their compassionate care”

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Obituary of Wiebe, Edward John

Posted by on September 30, 2018

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Peacefully surrounded by loving family at Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta B.C. on Sunday, September 23, 2018, Edward John Wiebe, born September 27th 1931 at the age of 86, four days short of his 87th Birthday has passed away.

 

Ed was the dear husband (married July 5th 1953) of the late Mary (Dueck) Wiebe age 70 and daughter Ruth (Wiebe) Barnes age 62.  Loving father to Daniel and Kenneth (Robert) Wiebe (Bonnie).  Grandfather of Dayna, Brian, Ashley, Aaron, Julia, Alica, Brittany, Kody, Ashlyn and Brendyn. He greatly enjoyed and was proud of his great grandchildren Ben, Maia, Eleanor, Anneliese, Clara, Honor, Tori, Sebastian, Ryder, Scarlett, Ophelia and Aivian. Also survived by his sister, Lillian (Cornelius Guenter) and Betty (Art Steosz).  Predeceased by brother, Bob Wiebe age 54.  Also be missed by many nieces and nephews. He was a long time and faithful member of the “Gideons” and “Campus Crusade for Christ” as well as churches in Prince George BC, Edmonton and Calgary AB serving as a Deacon and committed member.

 

Ed began his working life with his industrious Father, Peter Bernard Wiebe practicing as an electrician in Manitoba, at age16 Ed was officially a journeyman electrician. After being Wed at age 21, he moved to Calgary then Dawson Creek and finally Ft. St. John at which time he acquired his pilot license.  He and his family later moved to Prince George where Ed became self employed, operating businesses in industrial electric fields such as electric motor repair and rebuilding, diesel electric units, power-line construction etc. and then branching out to Edmonton AB.  While there he also owned an agricultural equipment dealership in Killam AB and an automotive dealership in Camrose AB.

 

Ed’s generosity, gentle nature, curiosity of all and kindness will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed as a father, as a brother, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to many many many others.

The Service will be held at Cedar Park Church, October 13th at 2:00pm.  5300-44th Ave, Delta BC.  Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to Gideons International at www.Gideons.ca

 

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Obituary of Zdrill Stella

Posted by on September 10, 2018
Stella Evelyn Zdrill – passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 6, 2018 in West Kelowna,BC. Stella had been a resident at Brookhaven for many years and the family would like to thank them immensely for their care and the love and compassion provided to the family.

Born in Allegra, Manitoba April 2, 1928 she was the youngest of 10 and the last surviving child of Antonia and Elias Rogocki. Predeceased by her husband Walter of 56 years,  whom she worked tirelessly beside on the farm and in many other jobs when they moved to Winnipeg. Stella is survived by her son Norm (Krista) and daughter Betty (Gunter), 3 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchil as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 
Stella’s easy going nature endeared her to all who knew her. She will be missed more than mere words can say.

The date for her celebration of life will be determined later.
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Obituary of ALBERT EDWIN SCHNELL, C.C.C., Hon. B.A.S.

Posted by on August 29, 2018

August 9, 1935 – August 23, 2018

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our dear husband and father, Albert Edwin Schnell, at home at the age of 83. He was a gentle and loving pillar of strength and will be missed immensely by Rosmarie, his beloved wife of 57 years, son Andre, and daughter Marion. Albert was predeceased by his loving parents Paul and Franziska Schnell. He will be missed greatly by extended family in Switzerland including his dear brothers Paul (Erika) and Hans (Liselotte), brother-in-law Eugen (Christa), and nieces Daniela (Christian), Eliane (Markus), Carole (Rolf), Viviane, and their sons and daughters.

Albert was extraordinarily caring, compassionate and generous to all. He was a man of strong faith in God and relied heavily on the Lord. Albert was an active member of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto and, prior to that, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in Montreal. House of Compassion of Toronto was also dear to his heart.

Born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Albert followed his great passion for cooking and quickly rose to become a world-renowned chef. He was blessed with an illustrious 50-year career in the culinary field, of which the last 45 years were with Hilton International in Montreal and then Toronto. At the age of 28, he became Executive Chef at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and four years later was appointed as Corporate Executive Chef of Hilton Canada, the position he held until his retirement from Hilton Toronto in 2000.

Albert was fondly referred to as “Papa Schnell” by those who worked with him over the years. He was a mentor to many in all corners of the world and with whom he maintained and cherished close friendships. Throughout his career he always acknowledged that the many accomplishments were the result of the entire team.

Albert passionately promoted his profession and the high standards of international cuisine and received awards for his lifetime commitments towards apprenticeship training and excellence in Culinary Arts. He was a member of several organizations including the Escoffier Society of Toronto, the Canadian Culinary Federation, and the Toronto Chapter of Les Toques Blanches of which he was a founding member and the first President.

Albert had so many interests and passions in life, such as nature, the outdoors, gardening, and learning. The family will fondly remember our vacations together in Switzerland.

A Memorial Service will be held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street, Toronto) on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. If desired, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church or House of Compassion of Toronto.

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Obituary of ULMER, El (Elmer) of Kelowna, British Columbia

Posted by on August 28, 2018
El (Elmer) William Ulmer
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Elmer at the age of 86 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 in Kelowna, BC.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend to many. Elmer was born Nov 8, 1931 in Melville, Sask (close to Lorlie) and lived most of his life in Regina where he met and married Joan, his wife of 65 years. He was a printer for over 60 years and enjoyed playing fast pitch softball as shortstop for the Barker Gems, continuing to play for many years after his retirement. He built a wonderful cottage on Last Mountain Lake that was enjoyed for 20 years until they retired to Kelowna BC, where he lived the Okanagan life for 22 years.
Elmer was a kind man, always active, energetic and as sharp as a tack. He treated people equally and with respect and really listened to what they had to say before judging them. He was always ready to share a laugh with his many friends and always happy to say a friendly hello to anyone. He loved to play bridge, billiards, golf and cribbage and was an active Christian man with much faith in his belief.
He is survived by his beloved wife Joan, his son Jeff (Marianne), daughter Kelly (Dave), 2 grandsons Christian (Amanda) and Cameron, 5 sisters and 1 brother.
A service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Rd, West Kelowna, BC. Thurs, Sept 6 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers kindly forward donations to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Rd, Kelowna. Condolences may be directed to the family through Hansons’ Arbor Funeral & Cremation Centre www.hansonsfuneral.ca
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at the Kelowna General Hospital for their amazing compassion and dedication to our family and Elmer.
We lost a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.
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Obituary of SANDERS, Bernadette “Bernie” Jean (McKnight) of London, formerly of Grand Bend, Winnipeg, Guelph, and Windsor, age 78

Posted by on July 19, 2018

SANDERS: Peacefully, at London Health Sciences Centre, Parkwood Hospital, London on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, surrounded by her family, Bernadette “Bernie” Jean (McKnight) Sanders, of London, formerly of Grand Bend, Winnipeg, Guelph, and Windsor, age 78. Beloved wife of the late Robert “Bob” Charles Sanders (2007). Loved mother of Bob and Lisa Sanders of Shallow Lake, Ontario, Greg and Cindy Sanders, Liana Sanders all of London, Brian Sanders and his wife Dr. Lisa Yang of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Loving Nana of Branden, Caitlin (Robin), Sam, TJ, Marli, Madeleine, Alexis and Jasmine. She will be dearly missed by the McKnight and Sanders families. Predeceased by her parents William and Maude (Ridley) McKnight. Bernie/Mom/Nana will be most remembered for her extraordinary love of family, her special place for friends, and good times spent with all over cups of tea (and glasses of wine). At Bernie’s request cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Ontario, Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Presiding will be Bernie’s brother, Randy McKnight. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, Windsor on Sunday, July 22 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or L.H.S.C., Parkwood Hospital, Palliative Care Unit. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of CLARK, Paulina (Kilbertus) of Grand Bend, age 82

Posted by on May 28, 2018

Paulina Clark

(nee Kilburtus)

23 April 1936 – 10 May 2018

We lost Paulina to effing cancer at the Exeter, Ontario, hospital. Her birthday was two weeks earlier and she was pleased about making it to 82. Last summer she received the terrible terminal diagnosis. She lived her final months in her beloved and idyllic home in Grand Bend, lovingly cared for by tag-teaming daughters, a revolving cast of family and friends, and wonderful professionals. The songbirds, card games, puzzles and Netflix helped, too.

Paulina made it to the finish line with dignity, pride, humour, trademark stubbornness, and a loving and generous heart as big as Lake Huron. She lived and died the way she wanted. Even on the worst final days she would find a smile, crack an impish grin, utter a funny profanity. She outlived by two years the love of her life, Len Ballantyne, got to see her three children flourish and marry, and watched her grandkids grow up. Late in life she found a new best friend, her neighbour Wendy Atmore.

She was born in Montreal to immigrant parents. Her father, Valentino Kilbertus, died when she was three; her mother Alma went back to work and placed her daughter in foster care. Paulina had an itinerant childhood, as her foster mother moved around the continent, with stops (and new schools for Paulina) in Halifax, Winnipeg, Michigan and Toronto. Paulina’s teenaged years found her in Ste. Rose, Quebec, where she met her first husband Richard Clark. After the divorce, she raised her kids as a single mom north of Montreal in Blainville, Quebec, and eventually moved to Ontario, where she met and fell in love with Len. They shared and stoked each other’s love for line dancing, Texas, cards, dominoes, every gadget known to mankind, and Lake Huron’s beautiful beaches. They threw many parties at their home in the Cove at Grand Bend, and were regulars at the Legion Branch 498.

Paulina was an avid gardener and creative crafter. She loved to dance, and boy, oh, boy, did she love to shop! With her loss, we have warned Wal-Mart, Giant Tiger and Publishing Clearing House to expect a drop in profits.

Paulina will be terribly missed by many: her daughter Lianne Clark and her husband Randy Hall, daughter Nancy Kay Clark and husband Doug Bennet, son Ron Clark and wife Michelle Johnson Clark, her adoring grandkids Nathan, Eliza, Raymond, Brianna, Mackenzie, and many neighbours and friends, especially Wendy Atmore and Mark Broughner.

There’s a new card shark in heaven.

Special thanks to Lambton County EMS and the team at South Huron Hospital. Donations may be made to the South Huron Hospital Foundation.

Visitation: Friday, May 18, 4 to 7 p.m.  Memorial Service:  Saturday, May 19, from 10 to 12 p.m. at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Dashwood Main Street, Dashwood. 

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Obituary of JONES: Dorothy Edythe of Moira Place in Tweed, Ontario

Posted by on April 30, 2018

Jones, Dorothy Edythe – peacefully at Moira Place, Tweed on Friday April 27th, 2018 in her 91st year. Daughter of the late Charley and Ruth Hotston. Beloved wife of the late Donald Jones. Dorothy is predeceased by one son Charles (Charlie) Jones. Loving mother of Judy (Robert) Worley of Belleville, Donna (Robert) Johnson of Winnipeg, Robert Jones of Carleton Place, Janet (Chris) Kost of Winnipeg, Jason Jones (Karen McKinley-Jones) of Kingston and remembered by daughter in law Kathy Young of Belleville. Sister of Ron (Helen) Hotston of Picton and predeceased by brothers, Jack, Robert, and Harry Hotston. Remembered by sisters-in-law Madeline and Jean. Lovingly remembered by 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 14 step-great grandchildren.

Arrangements in the care of Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel (613-968-2273) Belleville.

Cremation has taken place. A private family inurnment will be held at Cherry Valley Cemetery at a later date.

Dorothy’s family would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude for the care and compassion shown to their mother during her time at Moira Place and if desired, Memorial donations to Moira Place Resident Council or the Kingston Regional Cancer Clinic would be appreciated.

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Obituary of Skoronski: Mike of Penticton

Posted by on March 28, 2018

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Mike Skoronski
The family of Mike Skoronski wish to announce his
passing January 5, 2018 at the age of 99 years old.
Mike passed in Penticton BC while surrounded by his
wife Ivy, son Bob and daughter in law Lynda.
Mike is survived by his wife Ivy of 47 years, three sons
Gerald (Ruth) Allan, Bob (Lynda) 10 grandchildren, 6
great grandchildren and was predeceased by his first
wife Ann.
Mike was born in Hazel Dell Saskatchewan, June 25,
1918. He moved to the Flin Flon –Creighton area in
the late forties to open a business with his brother
Andy, then to Wanless, MB in the early 60’s to open
and operate his family business with his sons. Mike
and Ivy retired to Saskatoon in 1985. In 1998, they
moved to Penticton BC to enjoy their retirement.
Mike had a long and eventful life. He was fortunate to
have been able to enjoy time with his children grand
and great grandchildren.
The family of Mike would like to express their
gratitude to the staff at the Moog and Friends hospice
in Penticton BC. The compassion you showed not only
Mike but the family during such a difficult time was
greatly appreciated.

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Obituary of REYNOLDS: Tracey Lea of Kelowna Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on March 16, 2018

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Tracey Lea Reynolds, age 49, June 18, 1968 – February 23, 2018

Tracey Lea Reynolds passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital surrounded by her family on the night of February 23, 2018. Tracey was a permanent resident of Kelowna, BC, and was born in Winnipeg, MB.

With great sadness in their loss, Tracey is survived by her daughter, Sara Rose, longtime partner Ron Campbell, parents Carole and Barry Reynolds, sisters Lisa Reynolds and April Cherpaw, brother Cyril Everaert, niece and nephew Alyssa and Tyler Goodbrand, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her Granny (Mae) Kusmack, sister Donna Cherpaw and father Cyril Everaert.

Tracey was diagnosed with scleroderma several years ago, which affected her quality of life. When she learned that she was an eligible recipient of a donor set of lungs, she bravely undertook one of the most difficult journeys of her life. Tracey fought hard for a second chance at life and knew the possible risks. Her recovery was nothing short of miraculous before a sudden and shocking stroke tragically affected her chances for a full recovery. She battled valiantly for nearly a week before drifting away from us.

Tracey was as independent as she was stubborn and loved people in her own special way. She was a strong woman who always did her best for herself and others, despite her circumstances. She tried to lift people up and provide positivity even when she was feeling down. She cared deeply about those she chose to surround herself with and will be remembered mostly for her thoughtfulness. She was happiest in an environment that was peaceful and reflective of nature. She loved camping, her cats, photography, food and music. Her greatest love was always her daughter Sara, who will miss her ‘Pooky’ with all her heart. Tracey will be missed more than she ever could have realized and loved more than she knew.

Tracey’s family would like to thank Dr. Yee, Katrina S. and the entire staff of the Lung Transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital. Additional thanks to Dr. Chen and the staff of the NICU , Dr. Yeung and staff of the palliative unit at VGH. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tracey’s name to the following organizations: Scleroderma Association of BC, BC Lung Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Tracey’s life will take place in Kelowna on Saturday, March 17,2018 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Rd, at 2:00pm.

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Obituary of REYNOLDS: Tracey Lea of Kelowna Formerly of Winnipeg

Posted by on March 13, 2018

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Tracey’s family would like to thank Dr. Yee, Katrina S. and the entire staff of the Lung Transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital. Additional thanks to Dr. Chen and the staff of the NICU , Dr. Yeung and staff of the palliative unit at VGH. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tracey’s name to the following organizations: Scleroderma Association of BC, BC Lung Association or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Tracey’s life will take place in Kelowna on Saturday, March 17,2018 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Rd, at 2:00pm.

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Obituary of WATSON: William (Bill) Formerly of Winnipeg, Ajax and Barrie

Posted by on February 26, 2018

Passed away peacefully at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre on Sunday February 25th, 2018. Bill Watson in his 96th year, beloved husband of the late Sheila (nee Burke) Watson. Cherished father of Mary Jean Watson (Herman Robinson), Scott Watson and the late Peter Watson. Much loved grandfather of Rheanna (Michael) Evans and great grandfather of Kayla Watson (Samuel O’Mahoney), Brittany (Shawn) Kononuk and Jacob Evans. Bill is also survived by his brothers Bob (Lucille) Watson, Bruce (the late Florence) Watson and Blake (Jane) Watson. Bill will be fondly remembered by his brother in-law Michael (the late Gloria) Burke and many nieces and nephews. Bill was born in Winnipeg Manitoba on July 25, 1922 and obtained his B.Sc. Eng. Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 1945. Bill’s career took him to Montreal where he married Sheila and established their family and later returned to Winnipeg retiring to Ajax Ontario. At that time Bill obtained a Master’s of Theology from Regis College at the U of T. Subsequent to Sheila’s death Bill lived in Toronto and then moved to Barrie to be close to family. Bill’s family appreciates the heath care provided to their father in his later years. Bill also valued the spiritual community who deeply shared his faith. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie, Ontario on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10 o’clock. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Memorial donations to Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions or Regis College would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of MILLS, Edith “Edie” of Tavistock, and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on February 26, 2018

MILLS, Edith “Edie”- Passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 26, 2018 at PeopleCare, Tavistock. She is survived by her daughter Linda Mills of Woodstock and her brother-in-law Rev. Robert Mills of Halifax. She was born in Sunny Brae (Moncton) New Brunswick on September 26, 1923 to the late Gerald Donaghy and Flossie Atkinson. Also survived by her many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Australia. Predeceased by her husband Rev. Ronald Mills (1974), sister Lillian Clapham (2011) and her in-laws Harry and Pearl Mills. Linda will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 1:00-1:45 pm. A complete funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2 pm with Pastor Hannibal Muhtar of Huron Park Baptist Church. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Gideon Bible Society or the Huron Park Baptist Church. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of TOMPKINS, Corky of Sarnia

Posted by on February 22, 2018

TOMPKINS, CORKY – Clitheroe (Corky) Wellington Tompkins at the age of 87 fell asleep in death to await a resurrection to a paradise earth. He loved this hope and talked about it to anyone with a listening ear. Knowing Corky meant you knew of his favourite place on earth, Biscotasing. Born and raised in the ‘bush’ with endless tales of exploration, hard work, cutting ice from the lake and friendships. He made sure his family experienced the north and encouraged our love of it. He also spent time working in the mines at Inco as a Millwright and also as a Stationary Engineer in chemical valley. Corky loved to talk shop and had an incredible memory of every incident at work. He was the beloved and best friend of his wife Faith. He was predeceased by his daughter Betty Ann Tompkins and his grandson Luke O’Reilly. He was the dear father to Brenda Williams (Steve), Bruce Tompkins (Lilly), Mark Tompkins (Junior), Cheryl Tompkins, Glendon Tompkins (Judy), Melissa Tompkins and Amy Tompkins (Stirling). He loved to brag that he had 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Corky was a generous and kind person. So much so that it kept his heart strong many years after ‘the best before date’. The family would like to thank Dr. Madison and the St. Joseph’s Hospice. Also special thanks to Joe Roy who called Corky every day and Rod Sewell who was a good and steadfast friend. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 550 Murphy Road, Sarnia Ontario. Donations can be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Canada or St Joseph’s Hospice, 475 Christina Street North, Sarnia Ontario. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of MYLAN, Marcia “Marci” Elaine (Desjardine) (Isard) of Grand Bend, formerly of Reno, Nevada, age 73

Posted by on February 22, 2018

MYLAN: Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Marcia “Marci” Elaine (Desjardine) (Isard) Mylan, of Grand Bend, formerly of Reno, Nevada, age 73. Beloved wife of the late Doug Isard and the late Tom Mylan. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Tom Mylan and Annaliese Griffin of Vermont. Loved grandma of Lester and Olive. Forever loved daughter of Norma (Jennison) (Desjardine) Walper of Grand Bend and the late Iray Desjardine (1977). Dear sister and sister-in-law of Mona and Dave Hunt of Winnipeg, MB, the late Jim (2011) and Judy Desjardine of London, Nancy and John Pritchard of Vancouver Island, BC, Mark and Angie Desjardine of Centralia. Remembered by her step-brother Don Walper of Dashwood, aunt Ruby and Bruce Stanlake of Grand Bend, many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her step-father Lloyd Walper (2012). At Marci’s request, cremation has taken place. At this time, no formal services will be held. A Celebration of Marci’s Life will be held at a later date, location, date and time to be announced. Interment Grand Bend Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to S.H.H.F. – Jessica’s House, Huron Women’s Shelter or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of URRUTIA: Norma Bilugan of New Westminster

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Norma Bilugan Urrutia, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, on the early morning of December 13, 2015 in New Westminster, British Columbia at the age of 73 years old. Norma was born on May 30, 1942 in Daet, Camarines, Norte, Philippines. Predeceased by her parents Esteban and Lorenza Bilugan, Norma will always be lovingly remembered by her husband of 49 years, Mario Gamboa Urrutia; as well as her daughters Celia (with her husband Vener) and daughter Juliet (with her husband Jim).

Norma will also be tenderly remembered by her four grand daughters: Tayler, Kyra, Devyn and Jaidyn. The second eldest of eight, Norma will be dearly missed by her sisters and brothers, and their families; Lilia (Angelo – deceased) Jimenez Jr.; Librada (deceased) (Renato – deceased) Domingo; Ricardo (Tessie) Bilugan; Gloria (Emil – deceased) Albano; Lamberto (deceased); (Aresenia) Bilugan; Elizabeth (Danilo) Trias; Wilfredo Bilugan; as well as many other family members and friends. Norma immigrated to Canada in 1972 along with her husband Mario and first daughter, Celia.

At that time, Norma was pregnant with her second daughter, Juliet, where they all settled as a family in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the hopes of a promising start as Canadian citizens. She, along with her husband, then retired to beautiful British Columbia. Norma touched the lives of everyone as a kind and loving woman, who quietly lived a life filled with travel, Hawaii being one of her most favorite destination spots.

She enjoyed spending time with her four grand daughters, and taught them many talents such as baking and cross-stitching. Norma, a selfless woman, gave such unconditional love to her family, which we all treasured every single day. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Royal Columbian Hospital – Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU), for the gentle care given to our mother.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm at Valley View Funeral Home – 14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey, B.C. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015, 11:30am at Saint Bernadette Parish – 6543 132nd Street, Surrey, B.C followed by the Interment at the Gardens of Gethsemani – 15800 32nd Street, Surrey, B.C.

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Obituary of CLARKE: Deborah (Debbie) of Langley Formerly of Surrey

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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Debbie Clarke, 64, of Langley, BC passed away at Langley Memorial Hospital on February 14th, 2018. Born March 29th, 1953 in Selkirk, Manitoba, she moved to Long Pond, Newfoundland with her family in 1966. In 1971 she graduated from Queen Elizabeth Regional in Fox Trap, Newfoundland. She then moved with her family to Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1973, where her daughter was born in 1976. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, she moved to Surrey, BC, where her son was later born in 1991. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, mother Evelyn, father Kenneth, and step-mother Dorothy. She is survived by her step-father George, daughter Teresa (Jeff), son Michael (Bracken), sisters Gwen, Georgina (Terry), Laureen, Rhonda (Jeremy), brother Kenny (Trina), granddaughters Cassandra and Kiera, and by nieces Amanda and Crystal, Hannah, Maddie, Emma, Jenna and nephews Landen and Brody. She enjoyed crafts, bingo, puzzles, and playing games on Facebook and was a huge Canucks fan. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Willoughby Hall, 20809 83rd Ave, Langley BC March 24th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Obituary of CIREZ: Juan ALberto of Calgary Formerly of La Romana, Dominican Republic

Posted by on February 21, 2018

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In the town of Caimanera, Guantánamo Province, Cuba on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Juan Alberto Cirez, age 46 of the City of La Romana, Dominican Republic passed away. He was the loving husband of the Rhonda Deanne Cirez and dear father of Emma Janice Harvey. Cremation took place and a memorial service was held at the foot of the Sierra Maestra on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Private ceremony to spread the ashes was held onsite immediately after the ceremony.

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