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 HARGROVE, Lena “Marian” of Sombra

Posted by on December 12, 2018

HARGROVE, Lena “Marian” – Age 94, passed away peacefully at Marshall Gowland Manor, Sarnia, on Monday, December 10, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Alfred Henry (1975) and the late Warren W. Hargrove (1984). Loving Mother to Lewis (Marilyn) Henry, Ruth (Allan) Hargrove, Pat (Bev) Jennings, Joyce (late Tom) Little, late Lawrence (Mary) Henry, Marguerite (Michael) Jubenville, Elizabeth (John) Condos, Rob (Willene) Hargrove, David Hargrove. Loved grandmother and great-grandmother “G.G.” of many. Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm from the funeral home.  Rev. Jill Rogers officiating. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada or St. Joseph’s Hospice. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Steadman Brothers 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of JENNINGS, Charles Thomas Wesley “Tom” of Sarnia

JENNINGS, Charles Thomas “Tom” – Tom passed away with his family by his side on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Maria (1989) and the late Phyllis (2017).  Loving father of Wesley Jennings (Lee Ann), Brampton, the late Brian Jennings, Sarnia, Deborah Harrison (late David), Sarnia and Joanna Jennings, Sarnia,.  Step-father of Phyllis O’Brien (Dan), Sarnia. Cherished grandfather of Anne Phillips (Jason), Brampton and great-grandfather of Tyler and Kaitlyn Phillips, Brampton. Step-grandfather of 6 and step-great-grandfather of 9. Brother of Fred Jennings (Sally), Sarnia. Brother-in-law of Floyd Payne, Sarnia. Predeceased by parents Charles & Rita Jennings and sister Mary Margaret Payne. Tom was an Air Cadet with the 44thSarnia Squadron and was the oldest surviving member. He then served with the Canadian Armed Forces during W.W. II. Tom played trumpet in the Pressy Boys Band after the war and was a milkman for Silverwoods Dairy. He worked for the Sarnia Fire Department for 37 years and was a Platoon Chief for 23 years. Visitation will be held at Dunlop United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 10-10:50 a.m. The funeral service will follow immediately following in the church at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by the Rev. Adam Kilner. Arrangements entrusted to McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 519-344-3131. As an expression of sympathy friends who wish may send memorial donations to Dunlop United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave., N7T 1Z8. Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of WHEATLEY, Phyllis Joyce (nee Ford) of Sarnia

WHEATLEY, Phyllis Joyce – Phyllis passed away at Trillium Villa on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of the late Frederick Wheatley. Dear mother of Patience McGill, Westland, MI., late Dr. Neil McGill, Jamaica, Marlene Lopez, Jamaica, Dennis Lopez, Jamaica, Karl Lopez, Jamaica, Tonette Lopez, Toronto and Rita Ford, Toronto.  Loving grandmother of Gennea, Michael, Dwain, Wendy, Laighton, Neilia, Neil- Jorge, Matthew, Stacey, Andre, Denise and Mallek. Sister of Herma Chang, England. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Alexander Ford and sisters Edna Hutchinson, Winnifred Moody, Rosa Baker, Lileth Edinboro and Yvonne Ford. Phyllis Joyce (Ford) Wheatley was born on May 4, 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica W.I.  She was the fourth of seven children, from the union of Dr. Charles Emmanuel Ford and Mabel Elizabeth (Ware) Ford.  She completed high school in Kingston, shortly after the family moved to Clarendon W.I.  In 1950 she started working for the Ministry of Agriculture.  In 1968 she immigrated to the Bahamas, then came to Canada.  In 1972 she met Frederick Walter Wheatley.  They were married in 1982 in Jamaica. They returned to reside in Canada.  Phyllis was a phenomenal homemaker, cook and organizer.  Few could hold a candle next to her.  Her middle name was Joyce (however if the truth be told that was a reflection of the joy she had within).  This same joy she constantly shared with everyone she came in contact with.  She loved to entertain.  She loved to dance and be surrounded by her grandchildren.  She truly was a kind, loving and caring person.  Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia, on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 11-11:50 a.m. The funeral service will be held immediately following in the McKenzie & Blundy Chapel at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to the Tabernacle Church of God, 204 East St. N., Sarnia, ON N7T 6X7.Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of MENDONCA, Maria Delurdes (nee Chaves Espinola) of Sarnia

MENDONCA, Maria Delurdes – Maria died at Bluewater Health on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 81. Beloved wife of Amorim. Dear mother of the late Celeste Ramos (late Joe), Sarnia, Manuel Mendonca (Fatima), Sarnia and Gabrielle Stringer (late Steven), Sarnia.  Loving grandmother of Michael Ramos (Tammy), Tracey Ramos, Cassandra Michetti (Ryan), Amanda Johnson (Dave), Justine Petronski (Tate), Ryan Mendonca (Marie), Lyndsay Lajoie (Justin) and Tyler Cossette. Great-grandmother of  Austin, Miguel, Faith, Faye, Grayson, Landon, Hudson, Madden, Hadley, Lane, Ivy, soon to be born baby Petronski, Olivia, Christian, Amelia and Noah. Sister of Durvalina Espinola (late Frank), Toronto. Predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431. N. Christina St., Sarnia on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Benedict’s Church on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. Interment Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Pathways Health Centre for Children, 1240 Murphy Rd., N7S 2Y2. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of Mc Gregor: Benjamin Zachary of Sarnia

Posted by on December 10, 2018

McGregor, Benjamin, Passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the age of 26. Will be greatly missed by his father Darryl McAllister and mother Margaret McGregor. Loving brother of Guy McGregor and Thomas McGregor. Survived by his grandmother Jane Bromberg and his grandfather the late Guy Bromberg. Greatly missed by his aunt Sarah Bromberg and his uncle Terry Walford. Also missed by his niece Nova McGregor and nephew Guy McGregor as well as cousins; Rya Walford, Kyle Walford and Colton Walford. Family and friends may visit at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Friday, December14, 2018 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in memory of Benjamin may be made to Lambton County Developmental Services (Petrolia). Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

 

 

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Obituary of Luckins, Betty Loreen (Armstrong) of Sarnia

Posted by on December 10, 2018

 

At St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia on Sunday December 9, 2018.  Born in Aberfeldy, Euphemia Township, BETTY LOREEN (ARMSTRONG) LUCKINS, December 23, 1931.  Beloved wife of Alvin Luckins of 67 years.  Loving mother of Cathy Luckins.  Special grandma to Shawna Beck (Danny Ray) and Kirstin Luckins (Jamie Crossett) and great-grandmother to Ethan Beck, Carter and James Crossett.  Betty is survived by her sister Dorothy McCormick and brother Gary Armstrong (Cheryl), sister-in-law Ann Armstrong, brother-in-law Tom Tasker and sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Jim Mason.  Predeceased by parents Everest and Alta Armstrong, sons John (1955) and Albert Luckins (1979), sisters Gert Goodall (Mel), Fern Tasker and Loretta Armstrong.  Brothers Gordon (Laura), Calvin and Lloyd Armstrong.  Sisters and brothers-in-law Carol Sharon (George), Margaret Brownlee (Chuck), Marion Norman and Lloyd McCormick.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Resting at the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE where private family services will be held on Thursday December 13th at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from noon until service time.  Interment will follow at Blackwell Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice.

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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 Hutcheson, Julia (Laluha) of Sarnia

Posted by on December 7, 2018

Hutcheson, Julia (Laluha)
Born in Toronto, April 8 1933, died December 7, 2018 at Trillium Villa. Julia leaves behind her husband Don after 56 years of marriage, daughters Donna (Doug) of Windsor, Deborah (Ken) of Barrie and son William (Merewyn). As well Julia had seven grandchildren: Julia, Spencer, Erin, Daniel, Gracie, Ashlin and Kristen. She will be sorely missed by her loving family. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Emilia and sister Cecile. Julia worked very hard for the Diabetes Society, Sacred Heart School and the C.W.L. of Sacred Heart Parish. Cremation has taken place and Julia’s life will be celebrated in the spring: notice will follow. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer Society. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE.
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Obituary of DONOHUE, William Anthony “Bill” Jr. of Sarnia

DONOHUE, WILLIAM ANTHONY “BILL” Jr. – Thank God the Toronto Raptors won. While cheering on his beloved team, with his Raptors hat, scarf, and socks on, Bill died at home, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the age of 82.

Bill was the beloved husband of 55 years to his like-minded, and better-looking, wife Victoria Donohue, a non-golfer. Vicki being a non-golfer was what made the marriage last for 55 years. When asked how she felt over the death of her “Dear,” Vicki said, “If the Raptors didn’t get him, I was sure the Toronto Maple Leafs would.”

Bill, (PopsPopsey) was a loving and proud (and we’re not at all biased) father of Dr. Mary Donohue (Paul Brent) of Toronto; Mark Donohue (Lisa) of Oakville; Tim Donohue (Erin Crawford) of London, and cherished grandfather of Jia, Jacob and Madelyn.

When asked about their thoughts on the passing of the one man who loved them unconditionally their entire lives, his children unanimously stated that, “We are surprised it didn’t happen on the golf course, when he finally made a putt”

His love of golf, sports, travel, martinis and adventures with his family was usurped only by his propensity to get in and out of the “trickiest” situations, including locking his keys in the car in the worst part of Detroit (and finding some “fine fellows” to open the door, who mysteriously had “jimmy sticks” handy in their trench coats). All incidents of luck were followed always by the words, “Don’t tell your mother!”

His personal quests included running his business, Donohue World Travel, for 30 years, while also volunteering. He served as chair and board member of the Lambton County Roman Catholic Separate School Board for 32 years; was a member of the Sarnia Yacht Club; and volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Society, the Cancer Society and the Catholic Church.

In his spare time Bill became a cowboy. He raised and showed Quarter Horses. He performed beyond all expectations. He even competed and won in the barrel racing category in a distinguished field of one.

Dear brother of John Donohue & Sean, Toronto; Patrick Donohue & Jane, Toronto; Joe Donohue & Maureen, Sarnia;  Irene Donohue, Sarnia; John Humphrey, London; and Colleen Donohue, Toronto. Brother-in-law of Charles (Chuck) Juryn (Wallaceburg). Predeceased by his parents, William & Eileen Donohue, and his sisters Elizabeth, Helen and Mary Eileen Donohue.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by his dear friend Fr. Matthew Sobierajski (whom he taught to golf), at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church.  Private family interment at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman Street, Sarnia, ON, N7T 6S3 or St. Joseph Hospice, 475 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, ON N7T 5W3. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of BURDEN: Rodney “Rod” of London

Posted by on December 5, 2018

BURDEN, Rod….

Suddenly at his residence on Friday, November 30, 2018, Rodney Burden at the age of 63. Loving father of Melissa Hosfeld and her husband Hoss and Shannan Burden. Cherished grandfather of Cameron Burden. Much loved brother of Loretta Schnurr. Rod will also be missed by his nephew Andrew Schnurr and his special friend Kathy Fortais. Predeceased by his granddaughter Olivia. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Rod’s Life will be held at a later date. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. Donations in Rod’s memory may be made to the WWF-Canada, 400-410 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1S8. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of BICUM,Gordon of Sombra

Posted by on December 5, 2018

BICUM, Gordon – Age 90, of Sombra, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  Beloved husband of Selma. Father of Brenda (Michael), Deb, Lisa (Geoff) and Steve (Lisa). Grandfather of Kyle (Nayoung), Bryanne (Ryan), Cailey (Jordan), Brittney (Greg), Robert (Jamie), Kathryn (Dalton), Adelaide and Evans. Great grandfather of Arden and Hayden. Survived by step brother Richard (Lib) Martin. Predeceased by parents Milton and Jessie Bicum, sister Edith May Oreschvich and step sister Jean (Jim) Cornhill. Gordon enjoyed volunteering in his community and was a proud and dedicated farmer. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Port Lambton United Church (466 WILLIAM Street, Port Lambton, ON N0P 2B0) with a visitation starting at 12:30 pm. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Joseph’s Hospice.  Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of WIST, Ingeborg (nee Streissler) of Sarnia

WIST Ingeborg “Inge” – With her family by her side, Inge Wist died peacefully at Bluewater Health Hospital on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of Hans (predeceased on October 12, 2017). She and Hans had a special loving relationship which lasted their lifetime (65 years).  Loving mother of Dorian Wist & his wife Theresa, Toronto, Sylvia Park & the late Ron, Kitchener, Stefan Wist & his wife Andrea, Southampton and Andrea Wist & her husband Chris Hogan, Sarnia. Cherished Grossmama/O’Mami of Travis Park (Tammy), Ryan Park (Kadie), Sean Park (Sophie), Kirsten Wasowicz (Stefan), Kenne, Kristofer, Kelan and Kieffer Wist, Scott Black, Heather Black (Nigel Ribeiro), Kelly Hogan, James Hogan. Great Grossmama of Brooklyn, Haley, Dylan, Malaya, Nick, Paisley, Sienna and Claire.  Also survived by Hans’s nephews Bundy and John Wist.  Predeceased by her parents Therese and Josef Streissler.  Survived by Austrian relatives which include Gernot and Christine Bliem.

Inge graduated from the Technische Universität Wien (Vienna University of Technology) in Vienna, Austria with an advanced degree in chemical engineering and worked three years at the Tabakregie Austria (National Tobacco Company) 1949-1952 as a chemist. In mid-December 1952, Inge sailed to Canada on the Samaria from Le Havre, France to Halifax (Pier 21), Nova Scotia, eventually ending up in London, Ontario where she joined her husband Hans.  In London, Ontario, from 1953 to 1956, Inge worked at the University of Western Ontario as a biology department professor’s assistant.  In 1956, Inge and her family settled in Sarnia. From 1958 until the present she was a member of the University Women’s Club (60 years), becoming one of the longest living members.  For a period of time Inge was President of the Music Guild in the club. Inge became a skilled fine art agent and promoter and coordinated art shows for her son, Dorian.  She was also hired as a translator for chemical companies in Chemical Valley (e.g Dow Chemical and Imperial Oil).

Inge became talented in the art of silver-smithing and needlecraft and had the magic touch for anything requiring artistic expression.  This included designing and creating an artistically attractive home (interior and exterior). Inge was an accomplished pianist who continued her studies under the tutelage of Gwen Beamish (music professor at Western University) and taught piano to many.  She was also an amazing chef and baker specializing in Viennese cuisine.  Inge was a well-rounded individual who stayed current on world events, was an avid reader, and loved to socialize and play cards.  Inge had a strong will to live and because of her positive attitude and inner strength, she was able to keep her sense of humour, cope and endure with dignity her many physical hardships.

In honouring Inge’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Sarnia Community Foundation, Suite 100, 560 Exmouth St., Sarnia N7T 5P5 or Bluewater Health Foundation, 89 Norman St., Sarnia, N7T 6S3.  Arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia. (519-344-3131). Messages of condolence & memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of WESTER: Maria Anna of Strathroy

Posted by on December 1, 2018

Peacefully, with family by her side at Sprucedale Care Centre on Saturday, December 1st, 2018; Maria Anna Wester of Strathroy passed away at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Cornelius Wester (2002). Loving mother of Wilma (Tony), Marie (Agé), Nellie (John), Peter (Merry), Maggie (Jack), John (Pat), Cathy (Jim), Anne (Bryan) and Cor (Cathie). Cherished Oma of 22 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren. Survived by her brother Sam Ruiter, sister-in-law Catherine Ruiter and brothers-in-law Peter and Nick Wester. Predeceased by her infant daughter in 1952.

The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff at Sprucedale for the care given to Maria in her time there.

Friends will be received at DENNING’S OF STRATHROY on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 from 5-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 124 Front St E, Strathroy; on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment in Sacred Heart in the Fields Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Share a memory at www.strathroyfuneralhome.com.

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Obituary of SHARPE: Mary Ann

Posted by on November 28, 2018

SHARPE, Mary Ann…

At her residence on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Mary Ann (née Wright) Sharpe at the age of 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Bob Sharpe (1963). Proud mother of Julie Sharpe, Bob Sharpe, Karen Bedard (John) and Wayne Sharpe (Sydney Shore). Cherished grandma of Sam Sharpe. Dear sister of Sharon Tighe (Pat) and sister-in-law of Marilyn Wright. Predeceased by her brothers Edward Wright and Norman Wright. A private service will be held at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London. A private interment in Irwin Cemetery, Lambton County. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 150-633 Colborne Street, London ON N6B 2V3. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

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Obituary of MacKENZIE: Brian Clinton of Rossmore

Posted by on November 28, 2018

MacKenzie, Brian Clinton – suddenly on Monday, November 19th, 2018 in his 51st year.   Loving son of Ruth (Ross) Ireland of Rossmore and the late Clinton MacKenzie.  Proud and loving father of Cassandra and Madelyn MacKenzie.  Dear brother of Theresa MacKenzie of Whitby, and Daniel (Marion) Abram of Sarnia.  Uncle of Eric, Derek, Vanessa and Sabrina.  Brian will be missed by his many friends and extended family.

The family will receive friends at the Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel on Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Parkdale Baptist Church, 514 Sidney Street on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends at the church from 11:00 until 12:30.  Interment to follow at Belleville Cemetery.

If desired, Memorial Donations to the family to assist with current expenses and the future education of his children would be appreciated.

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Obituary of JORY: Donald Bruce of Forest, Ontario

Posted by on November 27, 2018

JORY, Donald Bruce

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Donald Jory of Forest in his 90th year.  Predeceased by his wife Ila and son Daniel.  Survived by his children Gary (Wendy) of Forest, Lori (Fred) Bade of Port Franks and Joanne (John) Felton of Thedford.  Also survived by his daughter in law Lois Jory of Port Elgin.  Donald will be sadly missed by 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.   Visitation will be held at DENNING’S OF FOREST, 9 James Street South, Forest, on Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5:00 pm –  8:00 pm.  A Funeral Service will take place at DENNING’S OF FOREST, 9 James Street South, Forest, on Saturday afternoon, December 1, 2018, at 1:00 pm with Rev. Christina Crawford officiating.  Interment to follow at Beechwood Cemetery. For those who wish, in memoriam donations to the Forest Legion or Kiwanis Club would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be left online at www.forestfuneralhome.com

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Obituary of CALLUM, Bruce Hodgins of Sarnia

Posted by on November 27, 2018

CALLUM, BRUCE HODGINS 1933-2018 – It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Hodgins Callum announce his passing on November 27, 2018.  After 6 long years he has been reunited with the love of his life Gloria (2012). The most amazing dad to Brad and his wife Sam Callum, Lauriegay and her husband Greg McKinnon.  “Best Grandpa ever” to Lauren and her husband Randy Atkinson, Chloe McKinnon, Trista and her husband Rob Ritchie, Derek Callum and his wife Caitlin. He was an “Awesome” great grandpa to Aidan and Blythe Atkinson, Lincoln Bruce Callum and Alexandria Ritchie.  He is also survived by sister in law Ann Callum, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge 392 and was a past master. Many will remember Bruce for his years in plumbing and heating. Bruce lived his life with Gloria and his family always in his heart and at the center of everything he did. “Dad, you were the best of the best and I will be waiting for your visits that you promised me. Love you!” – Lauriegay & Greg, “Our memories shall be of your perseverance, endurance and love for a life well lived.” – Brad & Sam, “Grandpa, throughout our lives you have always been our rock. We love you.” – Lauren & Chloe, “Grandpa lead by example persevering in difficult circumstances and finding the humor in those experiences”, Trista & Derek. At Bruce’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sarnia Humane Society. 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

 “Thank you to the special RN’s, Med & Wound RPN’s, PSW’s, Dietary and all support staff, Richard (his roommate) and Norma and Ray (his gazebo buddies) at Sumac Lodge for your care and compassion for Bruce. He really did appreciate all of you!”

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Obituary of WALTERS: Patsy Dell of Wyoming

Posted by on November 27, 2018

WALTERS, Patsy Dell (nee Strangway) – Was welcomed home by her savior on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 69. She was born to Arley and Marie Strangway. She leaves behind sisters Julie and Bonnie. Patsy taught school at Confederation Central School and Temple Baptist Christian Academy. She was married to Ron Walters for 49 years. They were blessed with two children, Wesley and Lauren. She has a special place in her heart for her 3 grandchildren, Rhydian, Liam and Rosalie, along with her daughter-in-law Riva. Patsy lived a life of simple pleasures. Her family will greatly miss her but takes comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is holding her in His Arms. Her family and friends are asked to join us at Wyoming Cemetery on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00am for a graveside service. There will be light refreshments at Wyoming Baptist Church following the interment. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Far East Broadcasting Canada (www.febccanada.com). Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden 519-864-1193.

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Obituary of Rose, Stephen Andrew of Sarnia

Posted by on November 27, 2018

Peacefully at Bluewater Health on Monday November 26, 2018 STEPHEN ANDREW ROSE at the age of 39yrs.  Loving son of Bob and Sally Rose and dear brother of Rob.  Cherished uncle to Joseph, Hailey and Katrina.  Loving caregiver to a beautiful loving ball of fur named Misty.  Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins.  Predeceased by his grandparents John & Lillian Rose and Bill & Giselle Climie.  Steve loved his friends, reading, music, arts and culture.  His 2 favorite things in life were river runs and the archery range.  Cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday December 8th between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  at the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTRE.  Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of GAGLIARDI, Ines Teresa (nee Trombino) of Sarnia

GAGLIARDI (Trombino), Ines Teresa – Peacefully with her family by her side, Ines Gagliardi died at Afton Park Place on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late Carmine. Dear mother of Pina DeSantis (Michael), Toronto and Frank Gagliardi (Sherry), Sarnia. Loving nanna of Michael DeSantis, Nicholas Gagliardi (Michelle), Daniel Gagliardi (Brandi), Steve Zuniga and Krislynn McKinlay (Brandon). Great nanna of Braydon Zuniga. Sister of Italo Trombino (Anna), Rhode Island, Medoro Trombino (Palma), Rhode Island, Maria Trombino, Italy and Anna Scola (Frank), Massachusetts. Sister-in-law of Isidoro Gagliardi (Olga), Sarnia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Ines will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends. Predeceased by parents Stanislao & Philomena Trombino and by baby son Danny. Ines’ family would like to thank Dr. William O’Mahony, Dr. Glen Maddison and the staff of Afton Park Place for the loving care given to her. Visitation will be held at the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 Christina St. N., Sarnia on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. Entombment Our Lady of Mercy Mausoleum. As an expression of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to Alzheimer’s Society, 420 N. East St., Sarnia, N7T 6Y5 or the charity of your choice.  Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com

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Obituary of TIMMERMAN: Peter, of London, Ontario

Posted by on November 27, 2018

Timmerman, Peter

In his 86th year, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at University Hospital, London on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  Peter leaves the love of his life, Audrey (Romme), his children: Jeannine and Mike Van Kessel, John, Randy (Karen), Chris and Amy, the late Marcel (2017), Jaya (Mike) and Petra Timmerman. Loving Grampa of Janelle and Eamon Johnston, Jarret and Michaela (Geordie) Van Kessel, Cassidy (Tanner), Charlotte, Kevin, Adelaide, Amelia and Emersen Timmerman and Great-Grampa of Louise and Joanna.

Brother of Mia (late Martin) Wuytenburg, Barbara (late Arsene) Goossens, Magda (late Bill) Vanderweyst, Mary Lou and George Arts. Predeceased by his siblings Ben, Corrie and Hansje. Brother-in-law of Peter and Nancy Romme, Rudy and Rose Romme, Marijke and Harry Van Nes, Marianne and Rudy Terpstra and Joanne and Con Van Damme.  Lovingly remembered by Patrice and Heidi.

Peter emigrated from the Netherlands in 1953. He was the owner of Timmerman Insurance Brokers from 1968 until he retired in 1995. Peter had a passion for soccer as a player, coach and referee, he loved to play cards, tell jokes and sing in the church choir. He was an honest and good man. We will miss him.  Visitation will take place at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 1 Fallons Lane, London, starting at 9:30 am on Friday, November 30, 2018, with Funeral Mass to follow at 11:30 am.  Luncheon to follow immediately after Mass in the church hall. Cremation has taken place. The family requests no flowers. A memorial donation to Families for Children, The Alzheimer Society of London, or to a charity of one’s choice is greatly appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at www.forestfuneralhome.com  Funeral arrangements entrusted to DENNING’S OF FOREST 519-786-2401

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Obituary of Claxton, Marian Jane (Brand) of Sarnia

Posted by on November 26, 2018

CLAXTON, MARIAN, JANE (BRAND) – Born October 4, 1924- November 23, 2018, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at Twin Lakes Terrace. Marian was the beloved mother to Pamela (John) Storozuk, Jack Claxton and Carol Claxton and Jay (Michelle) Claxton. Loving grandmother to Robert and Kevin (Tamara) Storozuk, Chad (Shaunda) and Clint (Jolene) Claxton, Jordan, Jocelyn and Janessa Claxton. She was a great grandmother to Gavin and Garrett Storozuk, Ayden and Carly Claxton, Marcus and Nicole Claxton . She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marian was predeceased by her loving husband Jack Claxton (1998), parents Robert and Annie Brand, sister Laura Gillis, and great grandson Conner Claxton. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Twin Lakes Terrace Long Term Care for their exceptional care and kindness to our mother and to our family. At the request of the family there will be a private family interment. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Alzheimer’s Society. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of Forrest, Mary Elizabeth of Petrolia

Posted by on November 26, 2018

 

FORREST MARY – Mary Elizabeth Forrest passed away peacefully at Lambton Meadowview Villa on Saturday November 24, 2018 at the age of 83. Loving mother to Jim Norland, Liz (Don) Vaillancourt and Bev (Brian) Johanson. She was a loving grandmother to 7 wonderful grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  Beloved sister to her brother Bill Yost. Mary is predeceased by Arthur Norland, Neil Forrest and her brother Gerald Yost. Mary worked at National Grocers and retired from Canadian Tire.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre Ltd. (102 Victoria St. N. Sarnia) on Thursday November 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society.  Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. Memories, photos or messages of condolence may be shared at www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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