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 KOWALSKI, Bronislawa of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on December 11, 2018

 

KOWALSKI, Bronislawa “Bernice” – Passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Woodstock Hospital, Bronislawa Kowalski (nee Adamczyk) at the age of 89. Beloved wife of the late Antoni Kowalski who predeceased her in 1980. Dear mother of Alanea Kowalski (Dave Silcox) of France, and Jolanta Kowalski of Scarborough. Loving grandmother of Logan Kowalski-Smith. Bernice is survived by her sister Helena and nephew Henry and his family. Bronislawa was orphaned by the age of 10 and went through WW2 with her sister when they were just teens. After time in a German internment camp they made their way to England where she met a charming and attractive Polish man and they had two girls Alanea, and Jolanta before eventually settling in Canada.
From Alanea and Jolanta: Sadly, our mom was widowed too young but she was the strongest woman we’ve ever known. She was funny, smart, and attractive. You couldn’t win an argument with her but we tried! We always knew she loved us. We will miss her, but hoping she is somewhere dancing and laughing with our dad after so many years apart makes us feel a bit better. Our family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 11-11:45 am. A funeral liturgy will be held in the chapel at noon, with Fr. Dariusz Jagodzinski as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The family would like to thank the nurses in the CCU and Palliative care at Woodstock General Hospital for their amazing care and compassion during this difficult time. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of ENGLISH, Wm. Stanley, of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on December 10, 2018
 

 

ENGLISH, Wm. Stanley – Passed away surrounded by his loving family at Sakura House, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. William Stanley English of Woodstock, in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Mary Ellen (nee Ostrander). Dear father of Jan Tuffnail (Robert), Pamela Geddes (David), Mark English (Cheryl) and dear step father of the late Michael Broadfoot (2018)(Rita), Jane Broadfoot and Lisa Broadfoot (Grant Pye). Loved grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Celeste Funmerton (late Neil). Pre-deceased by his first wife, Barbara English (nee Malpage) (1988). As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. If desired and in lieu of flowers, donations to VON Sakura House or the ALS Society would be appreciated and may be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock, (519-537-3611). Personal condolences at www.smithleroy.com

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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 SIEBER: Merv of Norwich and formerly of Fonthill, ON

Posted by on December 7, 2018

SIEBER, Merv – Passed away with his family by his side at VON Sakura House on Monday, December 3, 2018, Mervyn “Merv” Sieber of Norwich, formerly of Fonthill in his 85th year.  Loving husband of Nancy Sieber (nee McLellan).  Loving father of Sandra Bowles (Mike Sitland) of Halifax, Michael Sieber (Sue) of Dartmouth, and Carol Dean (James) of Norwich.   Merv will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Danielle and Joshua Dean, Jennifer and Jason Sieber, and Jonathan Bowles. Fondly remembered by his step sisters Pat Morris of Hanover and Pauline Morris of Weymouth, Nova Scotia.  Also survived my many nieces, nephews, and extended family.  Predeceased by his parents Roy and Viola (nee Spears) Sieber, and sister Deanne.  A celebration of life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, 59 Riddell St. Woodstock on December 15, 2018 at 11 am.   The family asks that donations in memory of Merv, be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, VON Sakura House, or the Alzheimer Society of Oxford.   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 VAN DE CAPPELLE: Emery “Roger”

Posted by on December 7, 2018

VAN DE CAPPELLE, Emery “Roger”- Passed away at Spruce Lodge, Stratford on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the age of 88. Beloved husband of the late Valentine “Val” Van De Cappelle (nee De Coene) who predeceased him in 2012. Dear father and father-in-law of Allan Van De Cappelle (late Karen), (Karry) of Princeton, Victor Van De Cappelle and his wife Judi of Woodstock, late JoAnne Bunker (2016), her husband William of Oshawa, Martel Baran and her husband Ronald of Princeton, David Van De Cappelle (Sandra) of Brantford, and Robert Van De Cappelle and his wife Patricia of Princeton.  He will be sadly missed by his 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Dear brother and brother-in-law of Cecilia Antonissen and her husband Jerry of Aylmer and Mary Dumouchel (late Leon 2009) of Woodstock.  Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended family.   Predeceased by his parents Archille and Martha (nee De Clerck) Van De Cappelle, his sister Alice De Coene and her husband Edgard.    The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.    A Funeral Liturgy will be held in the chapel on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 1 pm with Fr. Jude Ogbenna.  Interment will follow in Princeton Cemetery.  A reception will be held at the Centennial Hall, Princeton following the interment. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to 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 WESTENDORP: Ed of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on December 7, 2018

WESTENDORP, Ed – Welcomed into the arms of his Saviour Jesus Christ on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Woodstock Hospital, Edward Westendorp in his 78th year. Beloved husband of Lynne Westendorp (nee Ralston) for 55 years.  Loving father of Dana Lynne Endersby (John), Glenn Westendorp (Beth) and Joy Woods (Rob Thompson) all of Woodstock.  Sadly missed by his grandchildren Carolyn, Selena, Carlton and Tristan Endersby; Joel Westendorp; step grandchildren Robert, William, Randy, Gregory Lavigne and the late Hannah Lavigne; Jaiden, Leah and Ryan Woods.  Survived by his brother Henry Westendorp of Arthur.  Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and extended family.   Predeceased by his parents Rein and Aaltje Westendorp and siblings Don, John, Joe, and Annie.   Ed was a teacher for 30 years and had a passion for teaching elementary children.  His great love of music was a large part of his life and he was a devoted member of The Bonds of Love Quartet for many years.  The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 6-8 pm for a memorial visitation.   A memorial service will be held at Huron Park Baptist Church, 199 Berwick St. Woodstock on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 2 pm.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Youth Unlimited. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

 Isaiah 40:31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

 

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Obituary of LEFORT: Fabiana “Faye” (nee Gilils) of Woodstock

Posted by on December 7, 2018

LEFORT, Faye – Passed away suddenly at her residence on Thursday, November 22, 2018, Fabiana “Faye” Marie Lefort (nee Gillis) at the age of 81.  Dear wife of Gerard “Gerry” Lefort.  Loving mother of Brian Lefort of Paris.  Survived by her brother John Gillis (Joan) Antigonish, Nova Scotia and Anne Bois of Massachusetts. She will be sadly missed by Gerry’s family.   Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and extended families.  Predeceased by her parents Roderick and Katie Gillis and siblings Neil, Aggie, Lucy, Theresa, and May.  A memorial mass will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 2 pm with Fr. Jude Ogbenna as celebrant.   Faye’s ashes will be taken home to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia next year.  The family asks donations to be made to the Diabetes Association and can be made through 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 JANIK, Julian of Woodstock, ON

Posted by on December 7, 2018

JANIK, Julian- The family sadly announces the sudden passing of their self-proclaimed “GREATEST JOKE TELLER”, on Thursday, November 21, 2018, Julian Joseph Janik at the age of 71.  Beloved husband of Maria Janik (nee Grabowski).  Loving father of Michael Janik and his wife Andrea of Toronto and Trish Janik and her husband Bill of London.  Dear brother of Mike Janik and his wife Irene and Teresa Janik all of Woodstock.  Brother-in-law of Donna Janik, Theresa Picknell (Doug), John Grabowski (Donna), and Stan Grabowski (Wendy).  Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and extended families.  Predeceased by his parents Franciszek and Helena (nee Kowal) Janik and his brother John Janik.  The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock on Monday, November 26, 2018 for a memorial visitation from 1:00- 3:00 pm.  A liturgy will follow in the chapel at 3:00pm with Fr. Dariusz Jagodzinski.  As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611.  Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of MOSURINJOHN, Ronald Robert formerly of Crediton, age 46

Posted by on December 3, 2018

MOSURINJOHN: Unexpectedly, at Woodstock General Hospital, on Friday, November 30, 2018, Ronald Robert Mosurinjohn, formerly of Crediton, age 46. Beloved son of Brenda (McCracken) and Darrell Dinney of Goderich. Loved father of Tristan Mosurinjohn and Tressa Mosurinjohn and her fiancé Noah Fortin all of Woodstock. Dear brother of Christie Mosurinjohn, Christopher Mosurinjohn both of London and the late Brett Stewardson. Remembered by his nephews Kurtis, Blake and niece Maddison. Ron will be remembered by his grandfather Elmer Mosurinjohn, his aunts, uncles and cousins. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by the Funeral Service at 2:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Following the Service the family would like to invite everyone to a come and go gathering at Crabby Joe’s Restaurant, Exeter.  If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres or Canadian Mental Health, would be appreciated by the family. Condolences at www.hoffmanfuneralhome.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 GALE, William of Innerkip, Ontario

Posted by on November 20, 2018

GALE, William (Bill) – of Innerkip, Ontario passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital surrounded by his family on Monday, November 19, 2018.
Born in Toronto on October 18th, 1948, he was the loving husband of Janice Gale of 47 years. Cherished father of Jason Gale and his wife Veronica of Ingersoll, and Jennifer Gale and her partner Jeremy Jackson of Woodstock. He was the proud grandfather of Chloe, Lola, Jaylen, Heather, Jasmine (Aaron), and great grandfather of Archer.
A lifelong horseman, Bill was known by many as a consummate gentleman who was a highly decorated harness driver. His achievements include, but were not limited to, an induction to the Windsor, Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and then went on to receive the highest honor possible for his occupation, an induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2015. Bill’s hobbies away from the racetrack included spending time with his young granddaughters or hitting the links to play some golf. Bill was also known to go on road trips with no set destination where he could tell his countless stories. Bill was able to have a great sense of humor right until the end.
Bill is survived by his siblings, Ron Gale (Mitzie) David Gale (Rosa) Larry Gale (Cheryl) and Dianne Copping (late Bill Copping) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill is predeceased by his parents Reginald and Helen Gale, his brothers Frank, and Ross Gale.
Following Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or service.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Palliative Care Team at Woodstock Hospital for their efforts that went above and beyond to make sure all needs were met in the final stages of Bill’s life. Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to the Woodstock Hospital-Palliative Care Unit, and can be made through Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON (519-537-3611)

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Obituary of RANKINE, Lenora of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 20, 2018

RANKINE, Lenora – Passed away peacefully at Woodstock Hospital, on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Lenora Anne Rankine (Nicholls) of Woodstock in her 78th year.  Lenora was married to Richard Rankine for 30 years.  Loving mother of Tammy and Robert Leger, Patricia, and Willy Gubbels, Philip and Cathy Pennington and Scott and Yvette Rankine. Lenora will be missed by her loving grandchildren Angela, Matthew, Tarin, and Tegan.  She will be missed by her brother, Marty Nicholls.  Lenora was predeceased by her grandson Gerrit Gubbles and her parents Cedric and Erie Nicholls (Cowan).   Cremation has taken place.  A private interment will take place in the Woodstock Anglican Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Lenora may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Lenora’s family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at the Palliative Care unit at Woodstock Hospital.  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 HENDERSHOTT, Gertrude, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

Hendershott, Gertrude (née Coles) – Peacefully at Woodstock Hospital, Gertrude Evelyn Hendershott passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018 in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband Donald (1998), her daughters Mary Anne (2000) and Cheryl (2010) and her son Brian (2009). Dearly loved by her daughters Linda and Doug Eakins, Brenda and David Cuthbert, Sandra and Ken Ross, and Cathy and Jim Blakely. Much loved Grandma to 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Survived by sister Mary Totten and brother-in-law Ed Corkwell. Gertrude will be missed by her many friends in the rug hooking community and her friends at Oxford Gardens Retirement Community where she lived for three years. The family will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St N, Woodstock, 519-537-3611, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 11am, Bob Yates officiating. If desired, donations may be made to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation, VON Sakura House, or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Personal online condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of MARKHAM, Doreen, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

DOREEN MARKHAM (nee Whitehead) – The death occurred on October 31, 2018 at Woodstock Hospital of M. Doreen Markham in her 101st year. She was the wife of the late W. Derwood Markham, and was the daughter of the late L. Roy and Maud (Bird) Whitehead, and sister of the late Beverly Whitehead. Doreen was the proud mother of Dr. Larry Markham (wife Wan) of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and Dr. Barry Markham (wife Lynne) of London, Ontario. She had four grandchildren, Wesley Markham (wife Lisa) of New Jersey, Kevin Markham (wife Annie) of North Carolina, Dr. Christopher Markham (wife Kathleen) of Dorchester, and Dr. Alexis Markham (husband Josh) of London. She also had six great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Xavier of New Jersey, Cameron and Molly of London, Edith of Dorchester, and Ian of North Carolina. Doreen was born in 1918 in Woodstock. She married Der Markham in 1943 at New St Paul’s Anglican Church in Woodstock when he was in the Canadian Army during WW2. When Der and her brother Bev Whitehead came home after the War, they founded Whitehead Furniture with her father Roy Whitehead. Their store was in business for more than 30 years on Finkle Street in Woodstock. After Der passed away in 1984, Doreen continued to live in their house on Light Street for the next 34 years until her death. She drove her own car until she was 97 years old. She was a good swimmer into her 80’s, and young swimmers remarked “Look at that old lady go!” Doreen was a lifelong animal lover, and was especially devoted to her black miniature poodles. She was an avid and accomplished figure skater and pianist at one time. She was also an excellent pool player up to a few days before she passed away. Doreen’s strong Christian beliefs sustained her throughout her life. The family will greet guests at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock (519-537-3611) on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 am – 10:45 am. Doreen’s funeral service will be at 11:00 am in the chapel. Interment will follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Church of the Epiphany. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of ROMANOW, Tania, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

Romanow, Tatjana (Tania) – Peacefully at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock on Thursday November 8, 2018 in her 94th year. Beloved wife of the late Ivan Romanow (2004). Dear mother of Elizabeth, Ivan and wife Marilyn of Cambridge. Dearest Baba of Mark, Natalie (Kevin), Paul (Terri), Lara (Rory), Ilana (John Paul) and great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Stephanie, Paula, Sarah, Michael, Hillary (Phil) and Heidi. Friends will be received at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N. Woodstock on Sunday 2-5 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday November 12, 2018 at 10:30 am. Interment Oxford Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial donations to Woodingford Lodge would be appreciated. Personal condolences at www.smithleroy.com.

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Obituary of Petch, Susan of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

PETCH – Susan Petch has passed away quietly in the Woodstock Hospital, on Friday, November 16, 2018. As per Susan’s wishes, there will be no public service. At this time, her family would like to thank her friends and the staff of the Woodstock Hospital for all their kindness.” If desired, donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be arranged through 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 MUMMERY, Kay, of Woodstock Ontairo

Posted by on November 19, 2018

MUMMERY, Kay – Passed away at the Woodstock Hospital on Thursday, November 15, 2018, Sarah Kathleen “Kay” (Rohrer) Mummery (nee Lawrence) of Woodstock on her 88th birthday. Loving mother of the late Julie Rohrer and Karen Rohrer-Yap (Gary) of Barrie. Sadly missed by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survived by her brother James Lawrence and his wife Marlene of Woodstock. Fondly remembered by her nephews Jim Jr and Ken and extended family. Predeceased by her husband William Rohrer, her parents George and Sarah (nee Nolan) Lawrence, her sister Margaret Burgess, nephew Donny and niece Kathy Thompson. A memorial visitation will be held at Holy Trinity Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 10:00 – 10:45 am. A memorial Mass will follow at 11 am with Fr. Jude Ogbenna. Interment of ashes will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Woodstock at 2 pm. Donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Kay’s memory. 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 MITCHELL, Judy, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

MITCHELL, Judy – Passed away peacefully at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Woodstock on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the age of 67. She was the loving mother of the late Gregory Carson (1992) and the late Master Corporal Christopher Carson (2016). Beloved daughter of Patricia Mitchell and the late Charles Mitchell. Dear grandmother of Savannah, Haven,
Dakota and Breanna. Sister of Dan Mitchell and his wife Judy of Peterborough and the late Cathy Mitchell. The family will forever be grateful for the loving care and friendship that Brenda Barnes gave to Judy over the years. She will be sadly missed by her fur baby Benji. Judy is survived by several nieces, nephews and extended family. The family wishes to thank all of Judy’s caregivers at Caressant Care Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2 pm at the Anglican Cemetery, Woodstock. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Canada. 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 DeMELO, Gloria, of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on November 19, 2018

DE MELO, Gloria (nee Pacheco) – Passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Woodstock Hospital in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Nuno DeMelo who predeceased her on June 25, 2006. Loving mother of Nuno DeMelo of London. Gloria will be lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Manuel Pacheco and Maria Silva and her siblings Mariano, Antonio, Manuel, Jose, Neves and Alcidia. Family and friends are invited to the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock for visitation on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 7-9 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Avenue, Woodstock, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Woodstock. Donations to Wellspring London and Region (Cancer Support) would be gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences may be made at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of MOORE, Katherine “Katie” of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on October 29, 2018

MOORE, Katherine “Katie” – With heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our Katie-Dear, on Wednesday October 24th, 2018. Always missed and will forever be remembered by her daughter Ivy Isabella. Beloved daughter of Gary and Nanci (nee Atkinson) Moore. Cherished sister of Phillip (Kelly) Moore and their son Theodore. Katie will be fondly remembered by her partner Kyle Ferneyhough. Also survived by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. The family will receive friends at the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock on Thursday November 1st, 2018, from 2-4 & 6-8 pm. The Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, on Friday November 2nd, 2018 at 11am. Interment to take place in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to Canadian Mental Health Association, or a Trust fund for Ivy Isabella would be appreciated. Smith-LeRoy, 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of JUTZI, Patricia of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on October 29, 2018

JUTZI, Patricia A. – Passed away peacefully at the VON Sakura House on Thursday October 25th, 2018 in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Nyle Jutzi (2016). Cherished mother of Chris Webb and her husband Stan, Tammy Couch and her husband Brian, Sandy Shoemaker and her husband Craig and Kim Cooper. Loved grandmother of Jamie, Melissa, Valerie and great-grandmother of Eva and Jackson. Patricia will also be fondly remembered by Larry and Sherry Jutzi. Predeceased by her parents Peter and Margaret Brady, and by her brother Jim Brady. Following Patricia’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no public visitation or service. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the VON Sakura House and can be arranged through the SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME, 69 Wellington St. North, Woodstock, ON 519-537-3611. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the all the staff at Sakura House for the exceptional care over mom during her stay.

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Obituary of PUFFER, Jodi of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on October 23, 2018

 

PUFFER, Jodi – It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Jodi Lynn Puffer “Toad” of Woodstock on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Jodi was born in Woodstock on October 28, 1980 and was a very important member of our family and will be forever missed by all that knew her. Beloved mother of Hailey Puffer Broughton and Aiden Puffer. Stepmother of Braeden Ede. Much loved daughter of Shelley Puffer and Mike and Renee Puffer. Loving partner of Ryan Ede for 15 years. Dear sister of Sam Puffer and stepsister of Ronnie Sharpe, Kristen Kennedy, and David Kennedy. She will be missed by her fur baby and best friend Chance (Channy). Granddaughter of Linda Sharpe. Niece of Charlene Puffer, Tina Douglas, Ronnie Sharpe, James Sharpe, Tracey Silver, Joanne Latimer, Connie Turlin, Bill Puffer, Susie Reynolds, Gerald Puffer, Bob Puffer, and Doug Puffer. Precious “crazy aunt” of Kayla Wasylyk-Ede, Robert Ede, Austin Puffer, Phoenix Ede (Best friend) and Evan Gray. Sister-in-law of Edward & Erin Gray and Robert Ede. Special cousin of Joanne Lee, Jennifer Remington, Sheena Stone, Jessica Puffer, and Jennifer Puffer. Best lifetime friend of Sheena Stone, Amanda Deadman, Sam Mowry, Chrystal Sharpe, and Tasha Lightheart. Jodi will be sadly missed by her many cousins, friends, and extended family. Predeceased by her grandparents Ron & Joan Sharpe, Gerald & Margurite Puffer, her uncle Charlie Sharpe and aunt Deb Plumb. The family will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N, Woodstock (519-537-3611) on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A complete funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday at 1pm. Cremation will follow. As an expression of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Walk- In Counselling or the Oxford County Suicide Prevention Team. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com

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Obituary of JONES, Beatrice of London and formerly of Woodstock, Ontario

Posted by on October 23, 2018

JONES, Beatrice A. – At her residence on Thursday October 18, 2018. Beatrice Ann Jones of Chelsey Park Retirement Community, London, passed away in her 67th year. Beloved mother of Rachel and Elizabeth. Cherished grandmother of Tyler, Brandon and James “Joe”. Dear sister of Tom (Nancy) and Paul (Jane). Bea will always be lovingly remembered by her “Heart Sister” Dian, as well as her special friends Gail, Stella, Carmella and Angela. Predeceased by her parents John and Denise and by her cherished sister Frances. A Memorial Mass to honour Bea’s life will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, on Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 11am, there will be no public visitation prior to Mass time. Interment to take place following in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, cremation has taken place. If desired donations to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada 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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