web_Welch, MaureenRetired Canada Customs (Now CBSA)

March 5, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maureen Welch at 90 years of age. Loving wife of the late John Ferguson Welch. Cherished mother of Grace and late husband Howard Ratcliffe, and the late Wendy Hickey. Adored grandmother of Jessica Owchar (D.J.), Kim Cournoyea (Colin), John Ratcliffe, and Kate Ratcliffe. Great-grandmother to Adria, Brittan, Cameron and great grandson due in July. Dear sister-in-law of Barbara Coughlin (Tom).  Predeceased by parents Patrick and Grace Coughlin, sisters Jean Ferguson (David), Norah Joyce (Harry) and brothers Jim Coughlin (Jane), Patrick Coughlin, George Coughlin (Rosemary), and Tom Coughlin, sister-in-law to Craig and Janet Johnson and Grace Jones.  Beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Maureen was an avid golfer and bowler, but above all else, family, friends and faith were most important. Maureen suffered from Alzheimer’s disease but never lost her ability to smile and make those around her laugh and enjoy her presence. Special thanks to the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living, Stillwater Creek Retirement Community and the Grace Manor for their loving care. If you so desire, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Sunday, March 9th from 4-7 p.m. at Families First, 3620 Dougall Avenue (519-969-5841).   On Monday, March 10th family and friends are invited to meet at St. John Vianney Church (385 Dieppe Street) for Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Heavenly Rest Cemetery.  Share memories, photos or make a donation at



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