Omstead Edith WindsorStarFrame copyOMSTEAD, Edith Catherine (nee Whittal) will be remembered for the love and support she showed towards the people in her life.  Forever faithful and loyal, demonstrating fairness in all circumstances, this vivacious woman who touched all those around her was known for her strong faith which took her through the ups and downs of life.  She was a lady who walked in kindness and grace and always had an encouraging word.  Edith was the heart of her family.  Edith was the daughter of Ern and Fern Whittal.  She married Gordon Omstead at the age of 19 and was a loving and devoted wife for 63 years until his passing in 2008.  She was the cherished mother to Judy, Jim and Eileen, Jerry and Sieglinde and Ken.  She was the encouraging and supportive grandmother to Tara and Dale, Gordon and Fiona, the late Jonathan, Brooke and Whit, Heidi and Rich, Josh and and the late Christopher.  Recently she became the great grandmother to Mya, Emma, Alexa, Brody, Isla, Wills and Alex; and anxiously awaited the arrival of Nikolas.  Edith was also the much loved sister to the late Kenneth, Helen and the late Malcolm.  Upon leaving school, Edith studied to become a school teacher.  She was held with high regard by the parents of the pupils she taught and was especially known for the care she gave to each individual.  After her marriage to Gordon she then turned her attention to being a supportive wife and mother. Even though she did not continue her teaching formally, her abilities were used greatly in the church environment as well as helping her children and grandchildren to be successful in their endeavours.  Edith would never be far away from the childhood activities that were important to shaping the lives of her family members.  Edith will be best remembered for her love of music.  In her youth she sang many times in public, including live concerts and weddings.  She was an enthusiastic member of The Leamington Chorale Society and had the opportunity to perform with them not only locally but also in several European competitions.  She devoted many years as Choir Leader at the Wheatley Baptist Church where her annual Fisherman’s Festival Concert was a huge success. Edith would also use her piano skills to assist wherever she could.  After retiring, Edith and her beloved husband Gordon experienced many adventures together all around the world taking others along on their journeys.  Edith also enjoyed supporting the local community with her music and participating in local lawn bowling functions.  She was always up for a good laugh over a game of cards, bingo or Rummikub for anyone willing to take a beating.  Above all, the people in Edith’s life were her most important treasure.  She will be sadly missed but the imprint she has left on those she loved will always remain.  Thanks to the staff at Leamington District Memorial Hospital, Leamington Court and her wonderful caregivers over the past five years for their devotion and loving support to Edith.  Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Monday from 3 – 7 p.m.  and on Tuesday, June 4, 2013  at Wheatley Baptist Church, 47 Talbot Street East, Wheatley from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Edith’s life at 11 a.m.  Rev. Richard Smith officiating.  Interment Erie Cemetery, Wheatley.  Memorial donations, made by cheque, to the charity of your choice, would be appreciated by the family.  Family & Friends may share their memories of Edith at

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