Lieutenant Colonel Richard Holt

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Gottfried Larsson Holt, passed away suddenly at the St. Marys Memorial Hospital on April 14, 2017 at the age of 69.

Family and friends are invited to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 for visitation from noon until the time of the Funeral Service at 1 p.m. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery.

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Margaret “Margie” Taylor

Margaret “Margie” Taylor passed away at her home in St. Marys on April 14, 2017 at the age of 77.

Sister of Gail Prout of London, and Robert Taylor of Lakeside. Aunt of Wendy Hofner (Roland), Susanne Young (Jim), all of London, and Heather Prout (Will Pierson) of Ilderton. Great-aunt of Shannon, Rachael (Devonte Lynne), Daniel, Grace, Adam, Colton and great-great-aunt of Ava.  

Margie’s family wish to sincerely thank the loving and caring staff of the Community Living St. Marys.

Family and friends are invited to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Living St. Marys & Area Community Living.

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William “Bill” Herbert Inch

William “Bill” Herbert Inch of St. Marys, passed away tragically on April 10, 2017 at the age of 62.

Loving father of Bryan (Angela), Jeffrey (Melissa), and Melissa Bond (Chris). Cherished Grandfather of Delaney and Aspen Bond. Son of Betty and his late father Ken. Brother of Jo-Anne Pickering (Mike), and Peggy Mundinger (Ralf). Bill will be remembered by Barb and the Smith family. Also remembered by many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Friday, Apr. 14, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, Apr. 15, at 2 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Royal Canadian Legion.

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Gerrit “Gerry” Van Galen

Gerrit “Gerry” Van Galen passed away at Wildwood Care Centre, St. Marys on April 9, 2017 at the age of 83.

Husband of Linda, married for 59 years. Father of Hank and Deb, Garry and Margie, Donald and Diane, Harold and Heidi, Jo-Anne and John Twinem, Michael and Debra, and Patrick and Sue-Anne. Forever loved by 19 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and also survived by 2 sisters Hendrika Vedder and Wilhelmina Luimes. Gerry will be missed by extended family members in Canada and Holland.

Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Wednesday, April 12, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted at COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH, 24294 Adelaide St. N. and Hwy 7, on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Byron Hand officiating. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Compassion Canada, Alzheimer’s Society or charity of choice. 

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Steven Edward Roelofs

Steven Edward Roelofs
January 18, 1967 ~ March 18, 2017

Steven Edward Roelofs - 50, Tavistock Ont. Passed away at home on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Born on January 18, 1967 in Exeter Ontario, He was the son of Sheila Roelofs and the late Eddy Roelofs. Steven is survived by his wife Laura (Moniz); Son, Nicholas Roelofs; Step daughter, Ashley Benbow; and his Adopted Daughter, Brittney (Roelofs) Gratto. Steven is also survived by his Sister, Susan (Anthony Klomp); Nephews, Kevin, (wife Stephanie, child Scarlett) Dean, Derek, and Craig as well as many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Loved by Cindy Ruston and her children Scott and Cody.

Honoring his family's wishes, a Private gathering will be held for his immediate family & close friends at the Thames Valley Retirement Community Centre in St. Marys Ontario on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to his wife Laura (Moniz) Roelofs.

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William “Bill” Stephens

William (Bill) Douglas Stephens passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home in St. Marys on March 24, 2017 at the age of 87. 

Survived by his wife Anna (Thompson) Stephens and children Michael Stephens and his wife Shaila Ahmed of Toronto, Marilee Stephens of Edmonton, Sandy Stephens of Toronto, Scott Stephens of St. Marys, Mark Stephens of St. Marys, and grandchild Naylah Stephens.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-laws,  Vernon and Bessie Thompson and Helen McLean Nethercott, as well as a large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill is predeceased by his parents Clarence and Jane Stephens and his sister Marion Bickell.  Bill was a long time farmer in the Kirkton area and was an actively engaged member of his community.

Visitation will be held at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Monday, Mar. 27, from 7 – 9 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be conducted at MOTHERWELL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 2664 Perth Rd. 163, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Catherine Calkin officiating.

Spring interment in Avonbank Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Inger Kristina Klaudi

Inger Kristina Klaudi passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the age of 97 years old. 

Inger created a broad legacy in her long and eventful life.  She had six children: Chris Klaudi (Gwen); Inge Klaudi; Anne Taylor (George); Kirsten O’Neill (Don deceased); Bo Klaudi (deceased); and, Kim Morrison (Joe).  She also had thirteen grandchildren:  Peter O’Neill (Melanie); Michael O’Neill (Tara); Jonathan O’Neill (deceased), Rob O’Neill, Kylie Roche (Seamus); Heath Taylor (Danielle); Cathy Palmer (Mitch); Carrie Desjardin (Mike); Bill Taylor (deceased); Fred Klaudi; Albert Klaudi; and, Bob Klaudi (Melissa), and fifteen great grandchildren.   She was also a beloved friend to many in the community. 

A celebration of Inger’s life will be held on Monday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Purple Hill Country Hall, 20903 Purple Hill Road, Thorndale, ON. 

 

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Kingsway Life Care would be appreciated – a bench will be placed in the memorial garden in memory of our mom. 

Special thanks to Dr Wilson and the exceptional staff at Kingsway Lodge in St. Marys for the amazing and loving care given during mom’s stay and last days there.  It was so very much appreciated.  The Family of Inger Klaudi.

 
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William "Bill" Storrie Forrester

In his 92nd year, William “Bill” Storrie Forrester, of St. Marys and formerly of Niagara Falls, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2017 at Kingsway Lodge surrounded by family and companion.

Survived by his children Peter (Barb), David (Sandra), Vicki Graham (Nelson), Todd (Sharon), son-in-law Randy Forman, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and his companion Aline Hall. Predeceased by his wife Florence, daughter Linda Forman, parents David and Mary, brothers David, James and Alfred.

He served in WWII in the infantry core with the 2nd battalion of the Irish Regiment of Canada, going overseas to England, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy and Germany from 1943 to 1946. He has been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 73 years. Bill started work at age 16 at Dominion Chain in Niagara Falls. He got time off to serve in the war. Once home, he resumed his job at Dominion Chain, which eventually moved to Stratford. In 1965, Bill and his family moved to St. Marys, so he could continue his career until retirement in 1991. Bill will be missed by family, past work mates, Legion members and many friends.

Special thank you to Dr. Gatfield and the staff of Kingsway Lodge.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation will be held at the ST. MARYS UNITED CHURCH, 85 Church St. South, St. Marys, on Sunday, March 19, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.

The Royal Canadian Legion Service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The Memorial Service will be conducted at the church on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Doug Loucks officiating.

Interment in St. Marys Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 236, 66 Church St. North, St. Marys.

Memorial donations may be made to London Regional Cancer Centre or the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 236, St. Marys.

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William Anthony Simons

On March 7, 2017, surrounded by his family, William Anthony Simons, affectionately known as Will, entered into God’s Loving Arms at the age of 5. From the time he was born, Will bravely fought his congenital heart defect, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, with grace and determination. Will lived life big by enjoying the simple things to the fullest. He had compassion for every person he met. Will had a passion for life and for doing things on his own terms. Even in death, he had grace and died on his own terms, with bravery. Will is the beloved son of Katie and Matt Simons, and best friend and brother to his twin Luke, and Nick and Owen; Grandson of Papa Bill and Nanny Anna Ryan, and Grampa Tony and Granny   Caroline Simons. Nephew of Uncle Mike and Uncle Shane. Cousin of Cameron, Kasen, August, Veronica, and Jack and their mother Roxxi; Uncle Tom Simons, and Auntie Kristina Simons. He will be missed by his school family at Holy Name of Mary School: Mr. Langan, Mrs. Keene, Mrs. Stapleton and Mrs. Burlingham.

Thanks to his Sick Kids team, Dr. Jaeggi, Dr. Honjo and the nurses, social workers and child life specialist who rallied around him. Thank you to the staff at St. Marys Memorial Hospital and the St. Marys community for their compassion and kindness during this difficult time.

Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, St. Marys, on Sunday, March 12, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY NAME OF MARY PARISH, Northeast corner of Widder St. E. and Peel St. N., St. Marys, on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Cremation to follow.

Reception in the gym at Holy Name of Mary School (next door to the church)

Memorial donations may be made to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.

 

 

As the final performance closed, the grade 7/8 cast of Once Upon a Mattress had planned one extra song for their good friend Will Simons. The gymnasium was filled with emotion...best described as Love.

 

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Ronald Edwin Shamblaw

Ronald Edwin Shamblaw, in his 78th year, passed away peacefully in his home in Kirkton surrounded by his family on March 7, 2017.

Beloved husband of the late Eva Shamblaw (Bendall). Loving father of David (Noe) Shamblaw, Joanne Campbell, Lynda Shamblaw (David), Larry (the late Sharon) Shamblaw, and Devon (Jennifer) Shamblaw. Grandfather of Amanda (Mike), Brandon (Samantha), Morgan, Alex (Kassidy), Isaac (Reid), Logan, Emily, and Olivia. Brother of Helen (Bill) Pringle, and Brother-in-Law of Bob (Betty) Bendall, Norma Hansen (Paul), and Helen Bendall. Predeceased by his grandson Adam Campbell, parents David and Mary Shamblaw, parents-in-law James and Marian Bendall, brother-in-law Jim Bendall, and sister-in-law Marion Bendall.

Visitation at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S. St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Friday, March 10, from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, March 11, at 3 p.m. Cremation to follow.

Memorial donations may be made to Southwest CCAC Huron Perth.

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Mildred Creech

Mildred Jones Creech (Hicks), 98, died March 5, 2017 at home in St. Marys, ON.

Wife of the late Joseph Bruce Creech. She is survived by sons John Creech and his wife Sharron Roulston of Toronto and Bill Creech of Stratford, daughter Heather Creech and her husband Lorne Amey of Victoria, BC, grand-daughters Stacey Creech of Toronto and Meghan Creech of Stratford, and her sister, Dorothy Hall of Kingston. She was predeceased by her husband (1988), her parents, Byron Hicks (1932) and Loretta (Essery) Hicks (1969) of Stephen Township, and brothers Stanley Hicks (1998) and Fl. Lieut. Clifford Hicks (1944).

Visitation will be at ST. MARYS UNITED CHURCH, 85 Church St. South, in St. Marys, on Wednesday March 22, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Conservationist, gardener, genealogist, reader and traveler, she gave generously to her community. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to an environmental organization of your choice.

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Eleanor Louise Nowak

Eleanor Louise Nowak passed away peacefully at Kingsway Lodge, St. Marys, on March 1, 2017 in her 88th year.

Born and raised in Chatham. Graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1952 and worked a 35-year career in nursing, during which she was a nursing instructor at Canadore College in North Bay. Beloved mother of Geoffrey, Wendy Dadswell, Peter, Cindy Nowak (Bill Mitchell), and Paula Nowak-Droog (Paul). Beloved Gram of Matthew, Julie, Eric, Terry, Tamara, Annie, Jenna, Kayla, Kyra, Jacara, and Janieka.

Beloved daughter of Sydney and Isabella Morse. Dear sister of Mary Kenny, Sonny Morse, Stanley Morse, Janet Smiley, Pat Morse, Harriet Bauer, and Richard Morse. 

Eleanor’s faith was always a great comfort and source of strength to her. She was always appreciative to have people join her in prayer. Eleanor loved music and singing, and had a deep connection to art and nature. She will be remembered for her dedication to her family and her love of people. She was deeply grateful for the care and love she received from the staff at Kingsway Nursing Home.

Family and friends are invited to HOLY NAME OF MARY PARISH, Northeast corner of Peel St. N. and Widder St. E., St. Marys, on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. with Father Philip Joseph officiating. Interment in St. Marys Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Name of Mary Parish or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Edna Jane Ney (Conard)

Edna Jane Ney (Conard), resident of St. Marys and formerly of Chatham, passed away at St. Marys Memorial Hospital on February 20, 2017 at the age of 87.

Wife of Owen Campbell Ney, whom she met in high school (grade 9), Mother of Scott (Elizabeth) and Grandmother of Coleman and Mikaela. Sister of Marianne Laur (Wilfred, deceased), Evelyn Johns (Gordon, deceased), Viola Bain (Gordon), Edward Conard (deceased), Edgar Conard (deceased), and sister-in-law of Jean Ferguson, Rae Ney, Audrey Ney and also survived by many extended family members and long-time friends.

Edna worked in banking and the Ursuline Convent in Chatham. She will be remembered for her love of dancing, camping, and swimming and diving in the St. Marys Quarry.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. South, St. Marys (519-284-2820) on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 for visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. Interment at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of choice.

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David Kenneth Newton

David Kenneth Newton, age 60, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2017 at his home in St. Marys on Cobbles Hill Road.

He is survived by his mother Joan Newton of Orillia, Ontario, his brother Douglas Newton (Jennifer), nieces; Jessie, Hillary of Canmore, Alberta and Nephew, Cole Haines of Brantford, Ontario.  Dave is predeceased by his father Kenneth and his sister Jane.  His beloved cat, Mygirl, will carry on as part of the family, changing residences and retiring to Orillia with Dave’s mother, Joan.

Special mention to Dr. Chuck Gatfield, who was incredible with support for Dave’s journey during the past year, the staff at Victoria Cancer Clinic in London, ON, the caring and kind people at CCAC. Many thanks to 7 special friends who were faithfully by Dave’s side during his battle with cancer – Rob Staffen, Steve Jackson, Paul Graham, Steve Glover, John Urquart, John Bickell and Deb Munro. Our family is truly thankful to all his friends and family who visited and supported Dave, especially during the last year.

Cremation has taken place.  As per Dave’s wishes, a private memorial will take place at a future date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Donald Edward Rigney

Donald Edward Rigney passed away suddenly but peacefully at Victoria Hospital in London on February 14, 2017 at the age of 83.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (McFalls, Bradshaw) Rigney, and children Ginny (Brian) Van Wensem of Inwood, ON, Rhonda & Colette Rigney of London, step-children Linda (Dan) Dick of St. Marys, MaryLou (John) McCarthy of St. Marys, Donna (Steve) McRae of St. Marys, Sandra (Rick) Fifield of St. Marys and Janice Bradshaw and Scott Ball of College Station, Texas. Don is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, sister Margaret (Peggy) Carter of Calgary, AB; sisters-in-law Jeanne McFalls of Cold Stream, ON and Margaret Rae of St. Marys; and nieces and nephews Dale (Caroline) Connors and family of London, Donna (Dave) Thompson and family of London, Brenda Anderson and family, and Mike Carter and his family of Calgary, AB. He is also survived by several cousins and extended family nieces and nephews.

Don is predeceased by his parents Richard Rigney and Martha Guest, sisters Frances (Max) Connors and Bertha (Lorne) Anderson.  Don taught school for a short time then worked for Ontario Hydro and other electrical construction companies. Don was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 236 (St. Marys).

Cremation will take place. An Open House Celebration of Life will be held at the St. Marys Legion, 66 Church St. N., St. Marys, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m. Spring interment in Vining Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys Legion Br. 236 or to the St. Marys Presbyterian Church.

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Marlene Elizabeth Bull (Collette)

Marlene Elizabeth Bull (Collette)

Suddenly at University Hospital in London on February 3, 2017 with her loving family by her side.

Marlene was born in Toronto on May 2, 1950 and more recently lived in Granton and St. Marys.  Cremation has taken place.

Beloved wife of Fred Bull who predeceased her in 2003.

Survived by sister Dianne (Ron) Carradine, brother Peter (Paula) Collette, sister Suzanne Thompson, brother Paul (Ruth) Collette and sister-in-law Joanne Collette. She is also survived, remembered and fondly loved by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews as well as cousins here in Canada and in the United States.  

Also missing Marlene is her pet cat Jonathon.

Marlene was predeceased by her father Peter Collette, mother Margaret (Fox) Collette, sister Bernadette Collette, brothers Phillip and Michael Collette, sister-in-law Judy Collette and brother-in-law Ken Thompson.

A Memorial Service Mass will take placeat Holy Name of Mary Parish, Northeast corner of Widder St. East and Peel St. North, St. Marys on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1 pm. Followed by a Celebration of Marlene’s life at St. Marys Legion, Branch 236, 66 Church St. N., St. Marys, at 2 pm. Because Marlene was the Toronto Maple Leafs greatest fan, Maple Leaf attire would be appropriate.

In Marlene’s memory, donations to Holy Name of Mary Building Fund.

 

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