Obituary of BUCHANAN, Ray of Listowel, formerly of Monkton

Posted by on March 14, 2019

Raymond Buchanan – of Listowel, formerly of Monkton, passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at the age of 94. He was a member of the former Monkton United Church.  Ray was also a volunteer fireman on the Elma-Logan Fire Department for 20 years and worked for the Department of Highways for 34 years.

Beloved husband of Jean (Broughton) Buchanan with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.  Loving father of Barry (Cathy), Wayne (Joyce) and Don (Janet).  Special grandpa of Carrie (Shawn), Christine (Gene), Amanda (Zack), Scott (Kim), Melissa (Colin), Brad (Robin), Kyle (Jessie), Ryan (Elesha) and great-grandpa of Denise, Claire, Devin, Cailyn, Hunter, Sophie, Paige, Chelsea, Thomas, Caleb, Rowan, Aubrey, Reid, Chase, Chett, Charlee, Cullen, Max, and Tucker.  Dear brother-in-law of Phyllis Buchanan, Margaret Little and Lois (Bob) Boyd-Mueller.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Charles and Janet (Anderson) Buchanan, sister Isabell and husband Howard Acheson, brother Harvey Buchanan, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ellis Little, Jack Boyd, George and Cora Broughton.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Saturday March 16, 2019 from 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. followed by the funeral service to celebrate Ray’s life at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Brian Hymers officiating. Spring interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of WILSON, Irene of Listowel, formerly of Atwood

Posted by on March 11, 2019

Irene Wilson – of Listowel, formerly of Atwood, passed away unexpectedly at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Sunday March 10, 2019 at the age of 84. Irene was a member of Atwood United Church where she had sung in the church choir.  She was also a member of the United Church Women and the Atwood Quilting Club.  Irene enjoyed helping to cater many meals in the Atwood area.  She cherished the time spent with her family.

Beloved wife of the late George Wilson who predeceased her in 2011. Loving mother of Susan (2018) and Doug Laidlaw, Barb and Lyle Buchanan. Special grandma of Andrew (Sandra Archer), Melissa (Thomas) Bijman, Ryan, Bonnie (Alex) Coulter, Tyler and great grandma of Brooklyn, Autumn and Abigail. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elma and Adrian Konings and Doris McNeilly.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents David and Ada (Kitchen) McNeilly, sister Ferne Wilson and husband Elwood, and brother Bill McNeilly.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Tuesday March 12 from 5-8 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Irene’s life will be held on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brian Hymers officiating. Spring interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood United Church or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of BURKE: Lorene “Lorey” (née MacKewn), of St. Thomas, Ontario.

Posted by on January 19, 2019

BURKE, Lorene “Lorey” (née MacKewn) – Of  St. Thomas, passed away at the Valleyview Home on Friday, January 18, 2019, in her 88th year.  Beloved wife of the late Douglas S. “Doug” Burke.  Much loved mom of Brenda Sagriff (Jerry) of St. Thomas, and Brian Burke of London.  Dearly loved grandmother of Patrick Sagriff, Bradley Sagriff (Sue), Sarah Nielsen (Erik), Ryan Burke, Gabrielle Burke, and Julia Burke.  Cherished great grandmother of Leah, Savanna, Brody, Kaleb, Rowan, and an expected great granddaughter.  Loving sister of Elaine Krah (late Peter) of Welland.  Dear sister-in-law of Mary Jane Johnson (late George) of Québec.  Also survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Born in London, ON, July 30, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Greta (née Isaac) MacKewn.  Lorey formerly operated No-Dip Furniture Stripping, St. Thomas along with her husband Doug.  She was a member of Central United Church, St. Thomas, where she was formerly active.  Lorey was a former dedicated volunteer at the Pearce Williams Christian Centre for a number of years and a community volunteer for many years.  In keeping with her wishes, Lorey’s body has been donated to medical science.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the SIFTON FUNERAL HOME, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Tuesday, January 22nd from 7-9 p.m. and for one hour prior to the ceremony at the church.  A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Flowers respectfully declined.  If desired, memorial donations to Inn Out of the Cold will be gratefully acknowledged.

Online condolences graciously accepted at www.siftonfuneralhome.com

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not

unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall

 direct thy paths

Proverbs 3:5-6

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Obituary of FORTIER, Joseph Georges of Cobourg, Ontario, formerly of Tiverton Ontario

Posted by on January 16, 2019

Georges Fortier, formerly of Tiverton, Ontario passed away at the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in his 92nd year.  Beloved husband of the late Frances (nee Stevens).  Loving father of Steven (Janice), Colleen (the late Scott) and Joe (Lise).  Dear grandfather of Jesse, Courtney, Stephanie, Mitchell and Jacob.  He will be sadly missed by his special friends Madeline, Lorna, John and Brian.  A celebration of George’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, Cobourg.  A private family service will be held at a later date with interment of cremated remains in Tiverton.  Donations to CNIB or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.  Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.

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Obituary of PEEBLES, Jean of Mitchell, formerly of Atwood

Posted by on January 7, 2019

Jean Peebles – formerly of Atwood, passed away at Stratford General Hospital on Friday January 4, 2019 at the age of 96. Jean resided at Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell.  She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Monkton and a life member of the Women’s Missionary Society.  Jean was a former Tai Chi instructor, enjoyed knitting and reading and loved doing crossword and word search puzzles.

Beloved wife of the late Stuart Peebles who predeceased her in 2014. Loving mother of Doug Peebles, Mary Reed (Stephen), Moira Barnes (Trevor), Muriel Vandepol (Rick Tull), and Les Peebles (Lori).  Special granny of Brian Peebles (Stacey Fletcher), Russ Peebles, Jen Buck (Ken), Natasha Reed, Nigel Reed, Alycia Reed, Danica Barnes, Nathan Barnes, Nicole Vandepol, Brett Vandepol, Megan Peebles and great-granny of Damian, Kian, Evelyn, Dominic, Eric, Andrew, Mackenzie and Jacob.  Fondly remembered by her sister Margaret Nicholl, Virginia Reilly and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Leslie and Mary (Macphail) Yeoman, sister Maise Yeoman, twin brother Stephen Yeoman and brother-in-law Harold Nicholl.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Monday January 7 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ernie Naylor officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Monkton or the Canadian Bible Society would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.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 DUNCAN, Leone formerly of Listowel

Posted by on November 28, 2018

Leone Elsie Duncan – born February 15, 1933 and raised in Maryborough Township, Leone passed away peacefully at Hillside Manor, Sebringville on Monday November 26, 2018 in her 86th year.  Leone enjoyed collecting photos of family and doing puzzles.  For many years, she worked with her parents on the family farm.  Leone was a very special aunt to her many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Beloved daughter of the late Ewart and Hazel (Gibb) Duncan.  Dear sister and sister-in-law of Doreen Seguin, Doris Illman (Rev. David), Marlene McHarg (Hartley), Joyce Hansen (Bob), Brian Duncan, Lois Duncan, Ken O’Grady and Peter Geertsma.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins and the extended Stacey family.

Predeceased by her longtime companion Bill Stacey in 2001, sisters Velma Carruthers, Alma O’Grady, Marjorie Geertsma, brothers Glen, Ross and Colin, brother-in-law Gilbert Seguin and sister-in-law Mildred Duncan.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Thursday November 29 from 5-8 p.m. (tonight) where the funeral service will be held on Friday November 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Colin Snyder officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice, Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or Atwood United Church would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of PETRIE, William (Bill) of Listowel

Posted by on November 22, 2018

William (Bill) Petrie – passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Listowel on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at the age of 70. Bill had a passion for horses, enjoyed listening to music and dancing.

Son of the late James Petrie and the late Muriel (Buchanan) Petrie.  Brother of Donna Patterson (Jim), Ken Petrie, Maureen Houston (Vince Bergin) and Bob Petrie.  Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, cousins and his special friend Sue Raynard.

Predeceased by his sister-in-law Deanna Petrie.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  A graveside service will be held at Donegal Cemetery at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of FARRISH, Jasper of Wingham, formerly of Gorrie

Posted by on November 14, 2018

Jasper Farrish – formerly of Gorrie, passed away peacefully at Braemar Nursing Home, Wingham on Tuesday November 13, 2018 at the age of 93. He was born on February 11, 1925 in Ashfield Township, Huron County.  Jasper served in WWII and was a member of the RCAF for 30 years.  In later years he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 307 Howick.  Jasper was an awesome, hard working person and he will be loved and missed by all.

Beloved husband of Cherie (Adams) Farrish whom he married in 1949. Loving father of Linda and husband Brian Duncan, Michael and wife Bonnie and Ian Farrish.  Special grandfather of Scott and wife Sharon, Danielle and husband Kedric, Delaney and husband Chris, J.R., Penny, Marjorie, Rosie and Willie and great-grandfather of Hunter, Hayden, Blake, Taylor, Brittney, McKenzie and Jadyn. Fondly remembered by his sister Millie Leader, sister-in-law Helen Farrish, brother-in-law George Adams and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Elmer and Hilda (Whyte) Farrish, his son Brent, brothers Bower and Johnston, sister Maxine Adams and brother-in-law Don Leader.

In keeping with Jasper’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial visitation to celebrate Jasper’s life will be held at the Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood, on Sunday November 18, 2018 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Hawkins sharing words of remembrance at 4:00 p.m.  A Legion service under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 307 Howick will take place at 2:00 p.m.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to London Health Sciences Foundation or The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 307 Howick would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of KIPFER, Laura of Tavistock

Posted by on October 17, 2018

Laura Kipfer – passed away peacefully at her residence in Maples Nursing Home for Seniors, Tavistock on Wednesday October 17, 2018 at the age of 100. Laura was a member of Poole Mennonite Church and a former member of the WMSC.  Along with her husband Alfred, she was a former volunteer with Sonlight Missions and at Country Meadows in Brunner.  They also enjoyed travelling together.

Beloved wife of the late Alfred Kipfer who predeceased her in 2016.  Loving mother of Lloyd and Barb Kipfer and Doreen and Don Roth.  Cherished grandma of Brent (Sarah), Bryan (Anita), Bryce (Anjana), Brad (Kelly), Lori (Travis), Dennis (Yvonne) and great grandma of Joel, Micah, Joanna, Markus, Julia, Lena Kate, Daniel, Nayan, Kiaan, Kingston, Levi, Braeden, Connor, Carter and Zach.  Sister-in-law of Dora Roth and Ralph Kropf.   Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Laura was the last surviving member of her family being predeceased by her parents Eli and Nancy (Nafziger) Roes, her sisters Emma and husbands Raymond Gerber and Amos Steckly, Esther Kropf, her brothers Alvin and wife Marie Roes, David and wife Mildred Roes, sister-in-law Marion and husband Edward Lebold and brother-in-law Michael Roth.

Visitation will be held at Poole Mennonite Church, 6475 Perth Road 121, on Friday October 19 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Laura’s life will be held on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Fred Redekop and Pastor Brent Kipfer officiating.  Interment to follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Sonlight Missions or a charity of one’s choice appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of SCHADE, Marie of Listowel

Posted by on September 3, 2018

Marie Schade – passed away peacefully at Livingstone Manor, Listowel on Sunday September 2, 2018 at the age of 96. Born June 6, 1922 in Ellice Township, she was the daughter of the late George H. Debus and the former Katharina Buuck.  She was predeceased by her husband Norman R. Schade in 1997 whom she married on June 10, 1944.  Marie resided in Listowel since 1973 and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Monkton where she taught Sunday School for a number of years.  She was also a volunteer knitter for the Listowel Cradle Club for many years.

Beloved mother of Ken and his wife Dorothy (predeceased 2007), Barbara (predeceased 2018) and her husband David Smith, and Brian and his wife Pauline.  Devoted and loving grandmother of five grandchildren, April Watson (David), Christa Beyer (Tim), Steven Smith (Stephanie), Matt Schade and Jenn Schade (Craig).  Special great-grandma of Sophie and Lily Beyer, Blake and Evan Smith.    Dear sister of Doreen Graul and sister-in-law of Ruth Debus.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and five godchildren Ann McKenzie, Katherine Priestap, Bonnie Cluett, Rhonda Sutherland and Larry Graul.

Predeceased by her brothers Edward and Lorne (in infancy), Norman, Andy and his wife Mabel, sister Edna (in infancy), brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Donald Graul, Georgina and Ken Smith, Irwin and Ferne Schade, June and Glen Hymers.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Tuesday September 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Marie’s life will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Monkton on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m.  Pastor Marvin Bublitz officiating.  Interment in Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Monkton.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Livingstone Manor or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.

A special thank you to the nursing staff at Livingstone Manor for the wonderful care given to Mom. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of JOHNSTON, Donna of Route 2 Atwood

Posted by on August 30, 2018

Donna Johnston – of Route 2 Atwood, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Donna passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday August 29, 2018 at the age of 75. Donna was a member of Atwood United Church participating in the Sunday School, the church choir and United Church Women.  She was a former hairdresser, caterer and was involved with Brownies, Girl Guides and the Sweet Adelines.  Donna will be remembered for her wonderful singing voice.  Horses were Donna’s passion, and she cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Beloved wife of Clarence Johnston whom she married in 2003.  Loving mother of Kelly Castano (Vince), Patty MacPherson (Paul Meaney), Scott (Charlotte). Step-mother of Kevin (Karen), Kim (Mark), Kent (Heather).  Nana of Quinn, Abigail, Mackenzie, Leah, Reese, step-nana of Tyler, Jamie, Alex, Kyla, Jaron, Aunika, Lana, Wade and step great-nana of Scarlett and Isla.  Sister of Marjorie Tucker and sister-in-law of Mary Fortune.  Fondly remembered by the extended Horton and Johnston families.

Predeceased by her parents Eldon and Mary (Eadie) Renwick, her first husband Cecil Horton and her brother Walter Renwick.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Friday August 31 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held at the Elma Memorial Community Centre, 251 Main St., Atwood on Saturday September 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Colin Snyder officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Atwood United Church would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of KOCH, Lloyd from Atwood

Posted by on August 18, 2018

Lloyd Koch – of Atwood, passed away peacefully at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Saturday August 18, 2018 at the age of 81. Lloyd was the owner of Lloyd’s Small Engines for almost 50 years.  He was the founding Fire Chief of the Atwood Fire Department and will be remembered for his love of model trains.

Beloved husband of Millie (Fisher) Koch whom he married in 1968.  Loving father of Carolyn Rock (Randy) and Mike Koch (Nancy). Special grandpa of Jeremy, Erinn and Nikita.  Brother of Eleanor Holyhome (Ray) and Marjorie Eskrett.  Brother-in-law of Ima Fisher, Dr. Lloyd and Evelyn Fisher, Shirley Fisher, Betty Fisher, Harold and Wilma Fisher, and Merelda and Larry Lantz.  Remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Harold and Edna (Bender) Koch, brother Robert (Evelyn), brothers-in-law Jim Eskrett, Aaron, Carl and Ivan Fisher and sister-in-law Hilde Fisher.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Tuesday August 21 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Lloyd’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wallace Township on Wednesday August 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Ralph Dwarika officiating. Interment in St. James Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery (Lauderbach), Clifford.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of SMITH, Harold formerly of Atwood and Listowel

Posted by on August 12, 2018

Harold Smith – formerly of Atwood and Listowel, passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge, Milverton on Friday August 10, 2018 at the age of 85. Harold was a member of Calvary United Church, Listowel, a former Steward and Elder of Atwood United Church and a former member of the Atwood Lions Club.  He was a past president of Perth County Junior Farmers, a former member of the Listowel Junior Farmers, enjoyed singing in a gospel quartet and will be remembered for his love of gardening.

Beloved husband for 58 years of Joan (Monteith) Smith.  Loving father of Brad (Mary), Scott (Paula) and Bonnie (Rob) McLaren.  Special grandpa of Curtis (Alysia), Jillian (Cody), Jennifer (Bryan), Carolyn (Winston), Katelyn (Nic), Greg (Erin), Corie, Jordan and great-grandpa of Lucas, Zachary, Grace, Lilly, Nolan and Ellie.  Dear brother of Clare (Joanne).  Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by his parents Silas and Florence (Mayburry) Smith and his best gardening friend John Diniz.

          Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Sunday August 12 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Harold’s life will be held at Calvary United Church, Listowel on Monday August 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Brian Hymers officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Mennonite Central Committee, Calvary United Church or LHSC-University Hospital would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of LITTLE, Wallace of Stratford

Posted by on July 25, 2018

LITTLE, Rev. Wallace Inglis – Peacefully passed away at home in Stratford, surrounded by his family on July 24, 2018 at the age of 83.

 He was devoted to his loving wife, Audrey of 60 years and was a cherished father of Jane (Pep) Philpott, Judy (Paul) Boivin, Karen (Rob) Congram and Kathy (the late Mark) Hoogsteen. Grandpa will be dearly missed by his 13 beautiful grandchildren, Bethany (Alex), Jacob, David and Lydia Philpott; Andrew, Luke and Sophie Boivin; Ben, Abby and Caroline Congram; and Timothy, Daniel and Samuel Hoogsteen. Wally was predeceased by his son, Gary Wallace Little (1966); his granddaughter, Emily Katherine Philpott (1991); his parents, Chester and Jessie; and his siblings Norman Little, Elgin Little, Jean McIntosh and Thelma Clarke. He had many loving nieces and nephews as well as several dear sisters- and brothers-in law. Wally will also be greatly missed by his dedicated caregiver, Mai.

 A man of great wisdom and integrity, Wally had a huge heart and a gentle spirit. He touched countless individuals during his 50 years of congregational ministry in Winnipeg, Cambridge, Collingwood, and Wasaga Beach, as well as serving in Thornbury, North Bay and Blantyre, Malawi in his retirement.

 Cremation has taken place. Interment at a later date in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. Visitation at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 25 St. Andrew Street, Stratford, on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Hespeler Presbyterian Church, 73 Queen St. E., Cambridge at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Rev. Mark Wolfe officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association, Presbyterian World Service & Development or the Alzheimer’s Society of Perth County.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of WILSON, Ferne of Listowel, formerly of Newry

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Ferne Wilson – of Caressant Care Retirement Home, Listowel, formerly of Newry, passed away peacefully on Friday July 6, 2018 at Listowel Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Ferne was a lifelong member of the Atwood United Church, the Atwood U.C.W. and the Atwood quilters.  She enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and celebrated with them every milestone and accomplishment, instilling in them a strong sense of family values.

Beloved wife and best friend for 59 years of the late Elwood (Pat) Wilson who predeceased her in 2016.  Lovingly remembered by her children Ron and his wife Debbie, Don and his wife Leanne, Karen Schmidt and her husband David and her treasured grandchildren Amanda, Becky, Terri and her friend Jeff, Cory, Kelsey and her friend Brennan, and Shelby.  Dear sister of Elma Konings (Adrian), Irene Wilson and sister-in-law of Doris McNeilly.  Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents David and Ada (Kitchen) McNeilly, her brother Bill, brothers and sisters-in-law George Wilson, Dorothy Wilson, Beth Wilson, Elgin and Marguerite Wilson.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Sunday July 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Ferne’s life will be held on Monday July 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Angie Lannin officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood United Church or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

 

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Obituary of HAMILTON, Dorothy of RR1, Atwood

Posted by on July 6, 2018

Dorothy Hamilton – of Route 1 Atwood, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday July 5, 2018 at the age of 92. Dorothy was a member of Atwood Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Atwood Ladies Aid.  She spent many years farming with her husband Don as well as in the real estate business with him.  Dorothy was the primary care giver for her mother and mother-in-law for many years.  She cherished the time spent with her family.

Beloved wife of the late Don Hamilton who predeceased her in 2009. Loving mother of Sharon Vance (Jim), Doug (Lynne), Wayne (Wilma), Barb Cressman (John) and Joe DeBruyn (Dale).  Special nanny of Dawn Marie Smith (Jeff), Melissa Vance (Lorne Zweig), Troy Hamilton (Kristie), Tasha Hamilton (Greg McNevan), Kara Cressman, Kyle Cressman (Laura), and Loula Thalassinos (Teresa Purtill).  Remembered by her great-grandchildren Sydney Smith (Drew Pegrum), Brooklyn Smith, Payton Smith, Hayden Zweig, Eli Zweig, Nicholas Thalassinos, Camden, Hudson and Alexa McNevan, Erica, Maria, Isabel and Kayley Hamilton, Jensyn, Deklyn, Maisy, Beckett and Garrett Cressman and great great-grandchild Everly Pegrum.  Fondly remembered by her sister-in-law Betty Elliott (Bob Wade) and many nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was the last surviving member of her family being predeceased by her parents Garrett and Tamar (Armstrong) Blough, her sisters Ruth MacPhail (Jack), Enid Blough, her brother Harold Blough and brother-in-law Bill Elliott.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at Atwood Presbyterian Church on Monday July 9, 2018 from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m.  with Rev. Ernie Naylor officiating.  Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Atwood Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home, Atwood. (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

 

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Obituary of LUDINGTON, Alvin of Listowel

Posted by on June 22, 2018

Alvin Ludington – of Listowel, passed away surrounded by his family at University Hospital, London on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at the age of 80. Alvin was a member of Calvary United Church, Listowel.  He enjoyed hunting, playing cards and watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.  Alvin was always ready to help anyone and will be remembered as the flower delivery man for Zehr’s Florist.

Beloved husband of Judy (Smith) Ludington whom he married in 1964.  Loving father of Brian (Sharon), Bonita, Brent (Denise) and Brad.  Special grandpa of Alec, Lindsay, Simon and Sophie.  Dear brother of Eric (Carole), Ross (Margaret), Gordon (Barb) and Doris Harrow (Jim).  Fondly remembered by brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Elaine Pestell, David Smith (Janet) and by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Ken and Laura (Harrison) Ludington, granddaughter Victoria (in infancy), brothers Keith (in infancy), Fred and wife Audrey, sister-in-law Pauline Ludington, nephew Paul Ludington and brother-in-law Rae Pestell.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Thursday June 28 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Alvin’s life will be held at Calvary United Church on Friday June 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. George Russell officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Calvary United Church or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. http://www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca/

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Obituary of CLARKE, Minnie of Atwood

Posted by on June 21, 2018

Minnie Clarke – of Atwood passed away with husband Bert at her side at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday June 20, 2018 at the age of 64.

Beloved wife of Bert Clarke whom she married in 1972.  Sister and sister-in-law of Margaret and Rick Matheson, Tom and Sharon Bastien, Carol Bastien, Brian Edwards, Mona and Albert Hutton.  Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Predeceased by her parents George and Phyllis (Fletcher) Bastien, brothers Maurice and wife Viola Bastien, Bob Bastien and sister Doris Edwards.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Friday June 22  from 5 to 8 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Minnie’s life will be held on Saturday June 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Ruth Long officiating.  Interment in Brussels Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Canadian Diabetes Association, The Arthritis Society or Atwood United Church appreciated by the family. www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

 

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Obituary of PATTERSON, Robert (Bob) of Milverton

Posted by on May 24, 2018

Robert (Bob) Patterson – of Milverton, passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday May 22, 2018 at the age of 90. Bob enjoyed gardening, playing cards, watching sporting events, spending time with his family and watching them participate in sports.

Beloved husband of Jackie (Fetter) Patterson whom he married in 1956.  Loving father of Marilyn Matheson (Mark), Sheila McTavish (Ross), Sherry Ensinger (Bill).  Special grandpa of Nathan (Erin), Jeremy (Jessica), Rebecca (Steven), Cera, Colleen (Devon), Caitlyn, Jason (Whitney), Angela and great-grandpa of Logan, Aubrey, Oliver, Quinn and Ellie.

Bob was the last surviving member of his family being predeceased by his parents Alexander and Catherine (Plaskett) Patterson, his sisters Jean McDougall (John), Ruth Patterson and his brothers Jack, Bruce and Ross.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Friday May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday May 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Marc Fraser officiating.  Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Milverton.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of SMITH, S. Ronald “Ron”

Posted by on May 24, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 in his 81st year, Ron passed away peacefully in his sleep. He had been tucked into his favourite chair by his loving and caring wife of 63 years.

Ron will be fondly remembered by his beloved wife Ruth (nee Smith). Ron is also survived by his treasured mother Ethel Smith of Creemore, father (the late Stuart Smith) and his loving sister Helen Oliver; sister in law Evelyn (Sissy) Edwards (the late Bev). Predeceased by his in-laws Russell and Evelyn Smith. Loving father of Helen (Rick) Jermey of Severn, Linda Wellwood (Lyle MacArthur) of St. George, and Jeffrey (Michelle) Smith of Barrie. Proud grandfather of Michael (Lila) Jermey, Nicole Wellwood, Cory Stuart (Sarah) Jermey, Christopher, Kailey, and Kaiden David Stuart Smith. Loving Great-Grandfather of Logan, Evan & Tyson; Sydney; Sadie and Morgan. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews; long standing close family friends Robert Anderson (Uncle Bobbi), Bill Philpott, Roy and Millie Keller, Norma and Ed Sayles and the late Bob and Dee Kemp of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the RVH Heart Function Clinic.

Proudly, for 39 years, Ron was a Sales Agent for the Prudential Insurance Company of America. Following his retirement from Prudential he continued to work for an additional 6 years as a “retired agent” for London Life. Brother Ron Smith was a Master Mason within the Kempenfeldt Lodge #673. He was also a Member of the Barrie Valley Scottish Rite 32nd Degree. In November 2017, he was the Reunion Honoree at the 40th Anniversary of the Barrie Consistory (Charter Member).  Ron was also a member of the Rameses Shrine (Toronto) and Sheba Shrine Club (Barrie); New Smyrna Beach (Florida) Lodge #149, New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club and the New Smyrna Beach Scottish Rite Club.

Family and friends will be received at COLLIER STREET UNITED CHURCH (112 Collier Street, Barrie) on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for a Masonic Service beginning at 11 o’clock a.m. followed by the funeral service. A celebration of life will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations to RVH Heart Function Clinic or the Children’s Shrine Hospital would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through adamsfuneralhome.ca

 

                  

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Obituary of RITZ, Shirley formerly of Monkton

Posted by on May 22, 2018

Shirley Ritz – formerly of Monkton, passed away peacefully at Ritz Lutheran Villa on Sunday May 20, 2018 at the age of 89. Shirley was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Monkton and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  She enjoyed quilting, fishing and going on bus trips.

Beloved wife of the late Alvin Ritz who predeceased her in 2001.  Loving mother of Lynda Cooper, David, Jim (Susan), Rhonda Sutherland, Lori Smith (Charles) and Steven (Diane).  Special grandma of 12 grandchildren and great-grandma of 23 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Lois Peever (Clarence) and sister-in-law of Ruth Vrooman and Jean Vrooman.

Predeceased by her parents Louis and Ada (Greenaway) Vrooman, son-in-law Jack Sutherland, sisters Grace Campbell (Andrew), Rose Harloff (Walter), brothers Arthur (Eleanor), Vincent, Kenneth, Donald (Frances) and brother-in-law Mac McKay.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Wednesday May 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service to celebrate Shirley’s life will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Monkton on Thursday May 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior.  Pastor Marvin Bublitz officiating.  Interment in Redeemer Lutheran Cemetery, Monkton.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

 

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Obituary of McPHERSON, Douglas of Teeswater

Posted by on May 22, 2018

Douglas William McPherson of Teeswater, passed away surrounded by his family, at Toronto General Hospital on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, in his 89th year.

Beloved husband of the late Marilyn McPherson (née Dagg), who predeceased him on September 28th, 2016.

Dear father of Richard McPherson (Deborah) of Turnberry Township, Gail McPherson (Marg Sanborn) of Meaford and Jane Harkness (Leland) of Howick Township.

Loving grandfather of Erin Scott (Joe) of Ripley, Katie Pothier (Keith) of Southgate, Laura Harris (Michael) of Culross Township, Brett McPherson of Kitchener, Adam Harkness of Howick Township, Sarah Harkness of Belmore and Amy Weber (Justin) of Owen Sound and great-grandchildren Ewan, Madelaine, Declan, Duncan, Noah and Margot.

Fondly remembered by sister-in-law Ellen McPherson of Teeswater and nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents Frederick and Edna (née Becking) McPherson, brother Lloyd McPherson and in-laws, Milton and Margaret Dagg and Twyla and James Brown.

Visitation will be held at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service to celebrate Doug’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with Reverend Owen Kim officiating.

Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Teeswater Town Hall Renovation Fund or the charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Obituary of CLELAND, Ida of Listowel

Posted by on May 2, 2018

CLELAND, Ida – of Listowel, passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home on Tuesday May 1, 2018 at the age of 103. Ida was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, a former member of the Women’s Missionary Society, Maple Leaf Women’s Institute and the Listowel Chapter of Rebekah Lodge.  She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting, knitting, loved spending time with her family and enjoyed travelling with her husband Frank.

Beloved wife of the late Frank Cleland who predeceased her in 1995.  Loving mother of Shirley Nind (Derek), Joan Norman, Maureen Hayward (Stuart) and Jim Cleland.  Cherished grandma of 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  Fondly remembered by Ken Norman, Dawn Cleland, Brenda Walker, Lois Halpenny and many nieces and nephews.

Ida was the last surviving member of her family, being predeceased by her parents Ed and Jane (Duke) Halpenny, brothers and sisters Roy Tughan (Zelma), Clara Danbrook (Charlie), Thelma Smith (Clarence), Richard Tughan, Archie Tughan (Marj) and Clifford Halpenny.

Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 141 John Street, Atwood (519-356-2382), on Thursday May 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Ida’s life will be held on Friday May 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don McCallum officiating.  Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family.  www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Obituary of McCreery, Ruth M (Chester): of Woodstock

Posted by on April 25, 2018

McCreery, Ruth – Lover of life, family and nature passed away on Wednesday,
April 25, 2018 at Oxford Gardens Retirement Residence, Woodstock at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late George McCreery (1989). Loving mother of Hugh McCreery (Carol), Jane Wilson (Michael), Jennifer Martin (Gene), John McCreery (Joanne), Joel McCreery and Liam McCreery (Susanne). Sadly missed by her grandchildren Jennifer (Andrew), Liam (Alyssha), Laura, Jennifer, Riley, Keelan (Sarah), Seren (Wes), late Lisa (1991), Christina, Anthony, William, George, Ian, Linnea, Jacob, Nathan, Liam and Kathleen; as well as her great-grandchildren Benjamin, Adam, Owen, Lucas, Lexie, Desmond, Miles, Wyatt and Maeve. “In memory of Ruth’s loving spirit, make a point of showing kindness to a stranger.” The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 4 – 8 pm for a memorial gathering. Cremation has taken place and interment of ashes will take place in Huntingford Cemetery at a later date. If desired, memorial donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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