Obituary of DIEHL, Donald of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on August 17, 2018

DIEHL, Donald – Surrounded by family and friends at Woodstock Hospital on Thursday, August 16, 2018, after a short battle with cancer, Donald Diehl of Woodstock in his 84th year. Predeceased by his parents, grandparents, sister Jean, son Robert (1980) and twin daughters Donna Mae and Kathy Anne. Survived by three sons Doug (Louise), Jim and Dave. Grandfather of Logan, Brittany, Darla, Jeremy, and Terri-Lyn; Great Grandfather of Anthony. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Private family arrangements have been entrusted to Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of MOIR, Ron of Sarnia

MOIR, RONALD – The family announces the death of Ronald Thomson Moir, age 88 of Sarnia. Ron passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bluewater Health. He was the beloved husband of  65 years to Marion (Mull) Moir and loving father of Helen Taylor (George) of Guelph and Janet Hrycak (Steve) of Sarnia and the proud grandfather of Sherryl Taylor of Waterloo, Mae Hrycak (Brayden Hamilton)  of London and Wesley Hrycak of Wyoming and great-grandfather of Logan Taylor-Perks. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his parents James and Annie (Sharp) Moir and his brother Harold. Ron was the grandson of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario. Ron received an Honour Chemistry BA at the University of Toronto. He was an analytical chemist and director of spectrometer–date system in the Research Department at IOL where he created at test named “the Moir Test” by Esso.  He retired after 33 years of service. He was a 57 year member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (261 Christina St. N., Sarnia, N7T 5V4) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 1:30 pm. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. The arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Donations made to St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of O’BYRNE, Michael of Sarnia

In loving memory of Michael James O’Byrne – He passed away on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 at the age of 92 years.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Grace; his son Jeffrey and wife Wendy (who was like a daughter to him); his son Jeremy and wife Susie and his four grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Nicholas, and Joshua; along with his many nephews and nieces in the Caribbean, UK, and Canada. He was born in Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland on April 27, 1926.  He was the last surviving member of his siblings. He will also be missed by sisters-in-law Dawn, June, Jenny, Maureen, and Lisa and brothers-in-law Cyril, Dave, Trevor and Guy. He will go to meet his loved ones who have passed before him:  his beloved son Gregory; brothers-in-law Gary, Afzal, and Kenn; his many siblings (John, Richard, Mary, Kevin, Patty, Paddy, Betty, Nancy, and Douglas; and his parents and parents in-law. A private family gathering will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Messages of condolence, memories or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of SHANKS, Gerald of Sarnia

SHANKS, GERALD – At Bluewater Health on August 12th, 2018, Gerald (Jerry) Conrad Shanks, age 77 of Corunna passed away. He was the loving husband of Meta (Jensen) Shanks, dear father of Kim Shanks (Marlene), Gerald W. Shanks (Barb), Brenda Peachey (Norm), Carol Hummel (Frank) and Melody Ryan, grandfather of 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Pete (Jackie) and Robert and his sister Suzie Kosteniuk. Jerry was a retired cement truck driver and was a member of Reflections of Christ Church. Visitation will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Thursday, August 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and again on Friday, August 17th from 10:00 am until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery. Donations made to the Canadian Diabetes association would be appreciated by the family. Memories, messages of condolence or photographs may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of HAMILTON, Patricia of Sarnia

HAMILTON, PATRICIA – At LHS-University Hospital in London on August 10, 2018, Patricia Anne (Brunton) Hamilton, age 79 of Sarnia passed away with her family at her side. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Hamilton and sister of Joan Parker (Gary) and Harold Brunton (Mary).  She is survived by loving nieces, nephews and a host of long-time friends.  Patricia was a retired manager of Operator Services with Bell Canada. Patty was a resident of Sarnia/Lambton for her entire adult life, but she loved to travel.  She spent much of her life volunteering, was devoted to her church and a loyal friend. For her family, she was the true Matriarch, a source of strength, and instilled the importance of family. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and again on Saturday from 10:00 am until the funeral service begins at 11:00 am at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Cremation will follow and her ashes will be interred later with her husband at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations made to The Canadian Cancer Society or All Saints Anglican Church Sarnia would be appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of DEMPSTER, Theresa of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on July 23, 2018

Dempster, Theresa – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Theresa Dempster (nee Keeney) on July 21, 2018 in her 88th year. Theresa was born in Glasgow, Scotland and is predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Dempster. Predeceased by siblings Katherine McNee, May Owen, Eddie Keeney. Theresa will be sadly missed by her daughters, Catherine (Tony) of London, Carol of Tavistock and Lynda of Woodstock. Remembered by her grandchildren, Jim Miles, Dale Browncombe (Tara), Bill Meaney, Jennifer Meaney and Tyler Smith. Great grandmother to Madelyn Meaney of Edmonton. Theresa also has many nieces and nephews still in Canada and Scotland. Theresa has left behind the love and memories of some very special friends, Rosemary Kerr, Marie Labadie and lovingly Mia Ransford. Theresa passed away at Woodingford Lodge (Pinecrest), where she also worked for 25 yrs. Theresa enjoyed her days with many staff members that had become like a second family to her and her daughters. “Thank you” to the staff of Pinecrest and Woodingford Lodge does not seem to cover the extra care that they provided to Mum on her final days. A very special thank you to the PSW’s, RN’s, and RPN’s. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Br# 55, 642 Dundas St. Woodstock. A private interment of ashes will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street N. Woodstock. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford would be gratefully acknowledged. Condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of BRANCH, Eleanor of Thornbury, ON and formerly of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on July 23, 2018

BRANCH, Eleanor- Passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Errinrung Longterm Care Facility, Thornbury, Eleanor Harriett Branch (nee Pallister) formerly of Woodstock at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Peter Branch who predeceased her in 1990. Loving mother of Pamella Branch (Martin Hederich) of Collingwood, Paul Branch (Catherine) of Milton and Greg Branch (Estelle-Clare) of Kitchener. Grandmother of Amanda & Jennifer; Brianna, Ethan, Brent, Eli, Eliza and Carolynne. Survived by her brother Norman Pallister of Woodstock. Predeceased by her parents John and Eleanor (nee Milmine) Pallister and brothers Wilfred Pallister and George Pallister. Eleanor will be fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, and extended family.
The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11 am with Rev. Ted Winter officiating. Interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the ALS Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of HAINER, Leona of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on July 23, 2018

HAINER – Irene Leona – Passed away on July 18, 2018. Daughter of Edmund Roy And Irene Ola (Leathers) Hainer. Leona was predeceased by brothers, Jack Hainer, Don Hainer, sister in law June Hainer and niece Roxanne Vanchik. She is survived by brothers, Jim Hainer, Bob (Chris) Hainer, Bruce Hainer, sister Marion (Ted) Hammond and sister in law Jackie Hainer. She was aunt to Charleen (Phil) Goodwin, Irene (Jamie) Nicholson, Treva Hainer, Bob (Brenda) Hainer, Tim (Bonnie) Hainer, Tia (Peter) Steckler, Zena (Paul) Robinson, Cathy (Rich) James, Doug Hainer, Andrew Hainer. Great Aunt to twenty-one and Great Great Aunt to twenty. If desired donations to S.P.C.A. would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611). Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of KERTESZ, John Sr. of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on July 19, 2018

KERTESZ, John Sr.; Peacefully, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock. Beloved husband of Elizabeth Kertesz (nee Hegedus) for 62 years. Loving father of John (Agi), and Tom (Eleonora). Cherished grandfather of Tommy (Yaisely), Katie (Jimmy), Alana and David. Cherished great grandfather of Jaime-Lynn and Frankie. Survived by a sister in law, Annie Ondo. Predeceased by his father John (1944), mother Anna (1962), brother Miklos (1986) and brother in law Steve Ondo (2016). John was born in Hungary in 1931. He wed Elizabeth in May 1956 and they fled Hungary during the Revolution. In their new homeland, John and Elizabeth raised their 2 sons, John and Tom and farmed in Princeton, Bright, and Drumbo. In 2000, they retired to Innerkip. A private family service will be held at Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N. Woodstock, on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Interment at Innerkip Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Parkinson Society or the Alzheimer Society of Oxford. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of HARDY, Kirk of Sarnia

HARDY, KIRK – It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden death of Kirk Robert Hardy at the age 42, on Monday, July 16, 2018. He is survived by Ron O’Quinn, his loving parents Ken Hardy and Colette Johnston (Gary), his sisters Stacey Kokko (Gerry), Kelly Labonte (Yves) and Step- sister Jody Campbell (Greg). He was an awesome uncle to Blake and Brady Kokko, Abigail and Audrey Labonte and also survived by his Step-Grandma Mary Johnston as well as his fur babies and best friend Elaine VanSchyndel. Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive. He was predeceased by his partner Darren Bigney and grandparents Ken and Doris Hardy, Al and Kay Brann, Keith Johnston and his aunt Sherry Thompson. Kirk regularly worked as an advocate for people with autism. His love of that role, combined with his interest in law led him to pursue a new career as a paralegal and was the owner of Bluewater Paralegal. He advocated for the underdog. He was a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Point Edward Ex-Servicemen’s Club. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held from the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:00 am. Interment of Kirk’s ashes will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 24th between the hours of 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Point Edward Ex-Serviceman’s Club or the Sarnia Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of WESTLAKE, SHIRLEY of Littitz, PA and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on July 18, 2018

 

Shirley I. Westlake, 79, of Lititz, PA., passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. She was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada to the late Malcom and Loretta Pratt Isbister and graduated from Woodstock Collegiate Institute. Shirley always enjoyed traveling and mixing with the people. Everywhere she went she immediately made new friends. She could go into a room and just light it up. Her sense of humor and her infectious laugh always brightened the day. Even if she knew no one there, she would make friends with strangers and would immediately be deep in conversation, with everyone she met. She was always very well received. She will truly be missed by all her bus buddies. She loved the tours and especially the casino tours. Shirley was married to her husband Bill for 56 years and they were rarely separated as they worked together in all their ventures, as full partners and owners of Westlake Tours.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband Bill, siblings, granddaughters, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 12:30-1:30pm, followed by a celebration of Shirley’s life at 1:30pm on Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N. Woodstock, 519-537-3611, inurnment will take place in Innerkip Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Personal online condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of CHIVERS, Liz of Sarnia

CHIVERS, HAZEL – Hazel Elizabeth Chivers, (Liz), passed away peacefully on Monday July 2, 2018 just short of her 90th birthday. She was born August 13, 1928 to Frederick & Pearl (Essey) Cuthbertson in Petrolia Ontario. She is survived by son Chuck Chivers, his wife Sonja Gould their children, DJ Gould, Jaime and Collin Morton, Jason and Jenna Gould and Michaela Chivers, her son Ed Chivers and brother Bruce Cuthbertson, as well many nieces and nephews in both the Chivers & Cuthbertson families. She was predeceased by husband Robert Chivers, her parents, and siblings Marion McCrea, Donald Cuthbertson, Jack Cuthbertson, and Kathleen Hooftman. Liz was a lifelong learner earning her Bachelors of Arts in History in 2001 at the age of 72 from University of Western Ontario. She was an avid golfer with her golf partner Marion McCrea at her side and bridge player. We want to thank the staff of Bluewater Health Palliative Care Team for the wonderful care she received. Visitation will be on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and again on Tuesday July 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm prior to the service to be held at 2:00 pm from the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations in memory of Hazel made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or BWH Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

 

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Obituary of Clark: Susan Elaine of Sarnia

Peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, July 9th. 2018, at Bluewater Health – C.E.E. Petrolia, Susan Elaine (Davis) Clark, passed away at the age of 74. Predeceased by her loving husband Ronald Hugh Clark (1992). Loving mother of Cameron Clark ,Christopher Clark and his wife Janice, Lisa Wyrzykowski and her husband Owen, Tracey Michieli and her husband Peter, all of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Lucas and Amy, Joseph, Ryan, Curtis, Amanda, Aidan and Mya, and great grandmother to Adrina, Marcus and Julius. Survived by brother Daniel Davis. Predeceased by her parents John (Jack) and Margaret Davis. Susan will be greatly missed by her many family members and friends in St. Thomas, Tillsonburg and Sarnia. The family would like to thank Dr. Wang, Dr. Ghate, Dr. Lilly and the nurses at C.E.E. Petrolia who cared for mom as well as the Sarnia Oncology Dept and the nurses of C.C.A.C. Services will be held at the D.J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia) on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation 2 hours prior to service time. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Sarnia Humane Society are appreciated by the family. Memories and messages of condolence may be made through www.djrobb.on.ca .

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Obituary of PEETERS, Josephina of Brantford Ontario and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on July 6, 2018

 

PEETERS, Josephina – Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family at the Brantford General Hospital on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Peeters. Cherished mother of Debbie (Tom) Spoto of Hamilton. Greatly missed by her granddaughters Olivia and Samantha. Dear sister of Alphons and his wife Maria Nitor of Belgium. Josephina will always be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends in Canada and Belgium. She was the proud proprietor of J&J Peeters Importers Ltd. for 25 years. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Prayers will be said at 7 pm. A Private family service will be held on Monday, July 9, 2018 in the funeral home chapel with Father Dariusz Jagodzinski as celebrant. Interment to follow at Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of VANDERHOEVEN, Louise of Sarnia

VANDERHOEVEN, Louise – February 24, 1936-July 4, 2018: Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, on July 4, 2018, at age 82. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Morris (2011). She will be missed profoundly by her children, Ann (Mark) Johnson, and their children, Jared (Danielle) Johnson, Erica (Brian) Vergunst and Shaina (Kevin) Normand; Yvonne (Ric) Willing, and their children, Mike (Chloe) Wade, Nick (Erin) Wade and Lauren Willing; and David (Nancy) Vanderhoeven, and their children Quinn and Maya. She is also missed by her great-grandchildren, Rhett and Vera Johnson, Bep and Lowie Vergunst, Baby Normand and Margaret Wade. She is also survived by her only sister, Gerda Bolhuis and several nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and at Louise’s request there will be no visitation and no funeral.  A private family celebration of her life will take place later in the year. Sympathy may be expressed through donations in Louise’s name to St. Joseph’s Hospice, Sarnia, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of CHIVERS, Hazel of Sarnia

CHIVERS, HAZEL – Hazel Elizabeth Chivers, (Liz), passed away peacefully on Monday July 2, 2018 just short of her 90th birthday. She was born August 13, 1928 to Frederick & Pearl (Essey) Cuthbertson in Petrolia Ontario. She is survived by son Chuck Chivers, his wife Sonja Gould their children, DJ Gould, Jaime and Collin Morton, Jason and Jenna Gould and Michaela Chivers, her son Ed Chivers and brother Bruce Cuthbertson, as well many nieces and nephews in both the Chivers & Cuthbertson families. She was predeceased by husband Robert Chivers, her parents, and siblings Marion McCrea, Donald Cuthbertson, Jack Cuthbertson, and Kathleen Hooftman. Liz was a lifelong learner earning her Bachelors of Arts in History in 2001 at the age of 72 from University of Western Ontario. She was an avid golfer with her golf partner Marion McCrea at her side and bridge player. We want to thank the staff of Bluewater Health Palliative Care Team for the wonderful care she received. Visitation will be on Monday, July 16, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and again on Tuesday July 17, 2018 from 1:00 pm prior to the service to be held at 2:00 pm from the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia). Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Donations in memory of Hazel made to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of BALATSOUKAS, Eleni

BALATSOUKAS, ELENI – At Sumac Lodge on Friday, June 29, 2018, Eleni Balatsoukas, age 80 of Sarnia passed away. Eleni was the daughter of the late Konstantinos and Alexandra Balatsoukas and was the dear sister of Tom and Lili Balatsoukas, Dennis and Sophia Balatsoukas and Paul and Katina Tsaprailis. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the family at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Monday, July 2nd between the hours of 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Prayers will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday, July 3rd at 12 noon and will be followed by a procession to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1299 Murphy Rd., Sarnia) where the funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of KAIJA, Dora of Sarnia

KAIJA, DORA – The family sadly announces the passing on Sunday, July 1, 2018, of Dora Frances (Dawson) Kaija, age 88 of Sarnia. She was the dear wife of the late Bruno Kaija (2013) and dear mother and grandmother of Jane Kaija (John) and their children Leesa (Rik) and Joshua (Keatha), Bruce Kaija (Jill) and their children Jenni (Kyle), Janet (Ethan), Brian and Paul, Leesa Anderson (Keith) and their children Celia (Jeff) and their daughter Sydney and son Andrew and Rachel (James). She is the sister of Annie Stoner and Irma Bannister. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her parents Clarence and Dora Dawson, and her brother Harry Dawson. Dora worked in Radiology for many years at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Sarnia and Mercy Hospital in Port Huron. She loved her Bassett Hounds and her walks with friends. Funeral services will be held at the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St., N7T 5W9, Sarnia) on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Memorial donations made to the Sarnia Humane Society or the Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation (BCRR) would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca

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Obituary of DRENNAN, Charles of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on June 26, 2018

 

DRENNAN, Charles – Passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital on Monday, June 18, 2018, Charles “Chuck” Brian Drennan of Woodstock in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Joanne Doan of Woodstock. Loving Dad of Raymond Versteeg (Narrissa) of London and Richelle Tomlinson (Dan) of Woodstock. Dear Grandpa of Braden, Amelia, Maddy and Wyatt. Chuck will be sadly missed by Joanne’s family. Fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of London Regional Cancer Centre, Victoria Hospital and the Woodstock Hospital-Palliative Unit for the care and compassion given to Chuck. Cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. The family asks that donations be made to Woodstock Hospital-Palliative Unit and can be made through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, On (519-537-3611). Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of SZARZYNSKI, Alexander of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on June 22, 2018

 

Szarzynski, Alex – Passed away at his residence, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Alex Szarzynski of Woodstock was in his 70th year. Beloved son of the late Mike and Sofia Szarzynski. Dear brother of Zibby (Nancy), Alfred (Sandra), and Anita (Dave LaHive). Also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends and relatives at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 10-10:45 am. The funeral liturgy will be held in the Chapel at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Liver Foundation would be appreciated. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of BRAGG, LAURA of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on June 12, 2018

BRAGG, Laura- Passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Caressant Care Nursing Home in her 99th year. Beloved daughter of the late Godfrey and Harriett (nee Daniel) Bragg.  Predeceased by her brother Leslie Bragg (1967).  Lovingly remembered by her caregivers Jerry and Ellen Tree of Woodstock.  Laura will be sadly missed by her First Baptist Church family.  She loved music, and her passion for it led her to be a music teacher for over 60 years, where she taught piano and organ to hundreds of students.  Laura was also the organist and choir leader at First Baptist Church, Woodstock for 43 years.  There will be a visitation at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 10:00- 10:45 am.  Funeral service will be held in the chapel at 11 am.  Interment in Hillview Cemetery.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.  Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of LUMSDEN, BETTY of Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by on June 12, 2018

LUMSDEN, ELIZABETH (BETTY) INGLIS (NEE MARSHALL)

FEB. 18, 1925 – JUNE 5, 2018.  Peacefully released to her heavenly home from the prison of alzheimers in her 94th year.  Predeceased by husband, George (2017) and brothers Donald, David and James.

Betty is survived by her son, John (Judy) of Kitchener, three grandchildren, Jane Coe (Steve), Janet Bast (Mike), and Julie Belcher (Nathan), and six great grandchildren, Nolan and Marissa Coe, Gisele and Emerson Bast, and Megan and Lucas Belcher.  Also survived by brother Dan Marshall (Edith), sister Dorothy Wills, and sister-in-law Pat Marshall as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Youth Unlimited of Oxford, or Alzheimer Society of Oxford would be appreciated by the family. Donations can be made through the funeral home.   A private family service will be held later.

Special thanks to Dr. Ross Kennel and staff of Forest Heights Long Term Care, Geiger House.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock, ON., 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 

This house of clay is but a prison.  Bars of bone held my soul but the doors of clay were burst wide open when the angel set my spirit free.

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Obituary of MORROW, DAVID of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on June 12, 2018

MORROW, David Allen – At Windsor Regional Hospital on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, David Morrow of Woodstock in his 67th year.  Beloved husband of the late Janice (Vandepoele) Morrow (2015).  Loving companion of Annette Cooper of Woodstock.  Loving father of Derek Morrow (Joslyn Currie) of Toronto, Tiffany Morrow (Graham Brand) of Woodstock; his children Hayley and Ethan.  Proud grandpa of Olivia and Aiden Knopf.  Survived by brothers Ken and wife Pat of Highgate, Phil and wife Laurie of Ingersoll, Rocky and wife Kae of Woodstock, Tony of Princeton, sister Donna and husband John Kaufman of Drumbo, brother in law Bob Hoskin of Woodstock.  David is also survived by his mother-in-law Marguerite Vandepoele of Drumbo and brother-in-law Dan and wife Deb Vandepoele of Drumbo.  He will also be missed by many nieces and nephews, Annette’s extended family and his beloved dog Sophie.  Predeceased by his parents Jim and Rene Morrow, sister Gail Hoskin and father-in-law Jean Vandepoele.  The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 11 am, at the Drumbo Baptist Church.  Private family interment will be at the Drumbo Cemetery.  If desired memorial donations may be made to the Drumbo & District Heritage Society, or Drumbo Lions Club-Splash Pad (cheques to Twp of Blandford-Blenheim).  Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 

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Obituary of WESTOVER: Bryce of Woodstock and formerly of Toronto

Posted by on June 4, 2018

 

Richard John Bryce Westover (April 6, 1919—June 2, 2018)

Richard John Bryce Westover lived and enjoyed a full and fulfilling life into his 100th year. Born in Toronto in 1919, Bryce (as he was known by most) spent parts of his childhood in Blenheim, St. Mary’s, and Woodstock but his fondest memories were in The Junction in Toronto. He attended Runnymede Collegiate, remembering names of friends and teachers well into his 90s. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy ?in 1942, serving as both a stoker and a Junior Petty Officer aboard the minesweeper HMCS Kentville in the St. Lawrence and the North Atlantic. After the war, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Toronto as a fireman, then an engineer. He moved to Woodstock in 1975, and retired in 1981.  His retirement years were spent golfing (mainly at Ingersoll and Cedar Creek Golf Clubs), watching the Masters every April, curling, bowling and taking lots of trips to the Woodstock Public Library. He was pre-deceased by his parents William and Elsie, sister Jeanne, brothers William and Donald, his wife of almost 61 years Grace (nee Trewin) and two beloved cats Midge and Bubbles. He is survived by daughters Gayle and Jill, grandchildren Jon (Deb), Susan, Diane (Jeremy), Sean and Luc (Nicole) and great-grandchildren Kyle, Zack, Parker, and Shaughnessy. Much loved and respected, the world has lost a good man. Friends will be received for an Open House at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock, 519-537-3611, on Friday June 8, 2018, 1—5pm. Cremation has taken place.  If desired, contributions to the VON Sakura House would be appreciated.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.

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Obituary of GRAY: Mary Frances (McGee) of Woodstock

Posted by on June 4, 2018

 GRAY, Mary Francis (nee McGee) – In loving memory of Mary Francis Gray (nee McGee), who passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018, at her home in her 99th year.  Cherished daughter of the late John McGee and the late Sarah McGee (nee Hunter) of Five Mile Town, Northern Ireland.  Beloved wife of the late William (Bill) Frank Gray.  Loving mother of William John Gray (Betty Rae), Anne Schroeder (Udo), Garry Francis Gray (Linda), Brian Gray, (Charmaine), Dawn Easby, Christine Blais (life partner Larry Lee), David Gray (Nancy), Shannon Scott (Steve), Toni Wilkens (Brian) and Susan Mary Gray (deceased).  Mary will be sadly missed by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren throughout Canada and Japan.  Mary was born in Clogher, Northern Ireland on January 14, 1920.  Mary was predeceased by her sisters Katherine Colorne, Ann Nazavro, Theresa Gray, Gertrude Kelly, and brothers John Jr. McGee and Shamus McGee.  Mary was a dear sister-in-law to Mabel Needham (Garry – deceased), Joyce Martland (Bill), George Gray (Velma – deceased), Bernard Gray (Ann), Mary Carter (deceased) (Roy), Jim Gray (deceased) (Joyce), John Gray (Theresa) both deceased, Violet White (deceased).  Both Mary and her late husband Bill served their countries during the Second World War and we thank them for their sacrifices and service during a most difficult time for our freedom we enjoy today.  In keeping with Mary’s wishes cremation has taken place.  The family wishes to extend special thanks for the excellent care provided to our mother by Dr. Jeff Nichols (family physician), Susan Van Straten (Home and Community Care Coordinator), Kathy Chrysler (Caring for Seniors) and her amazing staff and to the many PSW members who provided supportive and loving care for Mom on a daily basis.  The family also wishes to thank Dawn and Garry for their personal commitment in providing a loving and safe home for our mother during her final years.  A funeral Liturgy will be held at SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock, (519-537-3611) on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11 am to allow family and friends to celebrate Mary’s life.  In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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