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Eleanor Loraine Brent passed away on April 24, 2024, after suffering a stroke and cardiac event. Eleanor was the firstborn child to parents Jeffrey and Loraine Brent. She grew up in Kitchener and Breslau along with her siblings, Marjorie, David and Susan. Marjorie and her husband Bob Coombs, both deceased, lived in The Yukon Territory with their children, Jane, Greg and Carolyn. David and his wife Lyn raised their daughters, Kathi and Karen in Gravenhurst. Susan lives in California. Eleanor graduated from KCI and Waterloo College, now Laurier University. She taught high school English in Ottawa, Guelph, Yellowknife, and Kitchener. She loved teaching and being a part of her school family. Eleanor loved her music, traveling and the great outdoors. Books, lectures, literature study, drama and theatre were a treasured part of her life, as were concerts including choral and instrumental musicians. Many of her travels focused on her interest in music festivals in Europe. Her trips also covered many parts of North America, Hawaii, even China, with happy trips to visit David in Muskoka and Susan in California. She enjoyed hiking trips in the UK, and skiing trips to the Rockies. Eleanor provided love, wisdom, and comfort for many and she lived a full and satisfying life. She will be remembered, and greatly missed, by her family and friends for her gifts of friendship, loyalty, love, and her wonderful sense of humor. Her Celebration of Life will occur on May 25th at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Hill/Trinity United Church, 121 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener Ontario - reception to follow.

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<![CDATA[WILKINS, HAROLD "AL"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/harold-al-wilkins-1089742941<![CDATA[

Hi Al,Miss you everyday.Wish heaven had visiting hours.Love forever, Stella

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<![CDATA[ROBERT MASTIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-mastin-1089750347<![CDATA[

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We will be gathering to share some of our favorite memories, our stories, to laugh, to cry and remember a wonderful man who is greatly missed.Luncheon VenueRoyal Canadian Legion524 Belmont Ave W, Kitchener ONSunday, June 9, 2024, at 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[ROBERTA SULPHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/roberta-sulpher-1089757994<![CDATA[

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Peacefully at the Ottawa Hospital after suffering a short illness. Beloved wife of James (2014) for 64 years. Loving mother of Debby, Francis (Carmen), Larry (Evelyn), Steve (Antonia), Leslie (Sharon), John (Janice) and the late James Jr. (2013). Proud grandmother of 21 and great-grandmother of 42. Caring sister of Marcelle of Timmins, and Gerald of Port Elgin. Predeceased by her siblings Fern, Larry, Paula and Rena. Born in Blind River to the late Pierre and Aimee, Roberta began her career in Gravenhurst where she met James, the love of her life; they married in 1950. She was a founding member of St. Bernard Parish (Blossom Park) and a member of Club Richelieu. Roberta enjoyed travelling the world with Jim and spending time at the cottage in Point Comfort, Quebec. Family and friends may pay respects at the Kelly Funeral Home Walkley Chapel, 1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa, K1V 6P9, 613-731-1255 on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place in the chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23rd. In memoriam donations to the Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County are appreciated. Condolences and sharing memories at www.kellyfh.ca

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<![CDATA[JACQUELINE PADDICK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jacqueline-paddick-1089758271<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that the family of Jacqueline (Jackie) Vera Paddick (nee Maguire) announce her passing on Thursday, May 9, 2024 in her 75th year. Jackie passed peacefully with her daughters by her side.Cherished Mama of Lisa Wilhelm (Mike), and Kim Campbell (John Fraser), Gram of James Hilborn (Janelle), Tyler Hilborn (Liz), Rebecca Leader (Christopher), Andrew, Simon and Patrick Fraser, and Great-Gram of Isaiah, Ezekiel and Adelane Hilborn, and Collete Leader. Loved sister to Fred Maguire (Melody) and Robert Maguire. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, bonus kids and grandkids.Predeceased by her parents George and Grace Maguire (nee Taylor), brother-in-law Robert Ellis, her two sisters, Doreen Ellis and Sheila Sellick, and a brother and sister in infancy.Jackie was a loving, caring, feisty lady right up to the end. She deeply loved her family and once she made you one of her people, you were hers forever. Nothing made her light up more than seeing her grand and great-grand babies, and she made sure she was with us long enough to meet her newest great-granddaughter.Jackie loved playing cards, crocheting blankets, reading and online games. She enjoyed the activities and outings at Fairview Mennonite and was a member of the Resident Council there. Fairview was home to her for almost two years and our family can't thank the staff enough for the wonderful love and care they showed her during that time. It didn't matter what their actual position was, they were just 'her girls' or 'her boys' and she loved them.Our family has lost our guiding light, our anchor, our matriarch, and the world has lost a truly kind soul. We all know that she is safe in the arms of her parents again and that we will see her again one day.Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Parklawn Cemetery.

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<![CDATA[ELEANOR BELANGER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/eleanor-belanger-1089758622<![CDATA[

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Eleanor Belanger passed away on May 12, 2024 at the St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 83. A brilliant, loving, curious introvert, Eleanor enjoyed the company of her family and close friends. And beating them at cards. The deep love Eleanor shared with Laurence only grew through- out their 61 years of marriage. Cherished by Kell (Sasha Papayanis), Rick (Kelli Schiffer Bélanger), Terry (Sue Belanger) and Paul (Josée Bouchard), the proud and lov- ing sons who she and Laurence raised. Beloved grandmother to Roman, Ksenia, Ivan, Wyatt, Ben, Nick, Nico, Emmanuelle and Camille. Eleanor is dearly missed and fondly rememb- ered by her extended family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Eleanor's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St. Mary's General Hospital (https://supportstmarys.ca/donate/) would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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<![CDATA[JAMES RODGER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-rodger-1089758647<![CDATA[

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Many knew Jim as an artist, but in his absence, we realize that his artistry extended far beyond the strokes of his paintbrush. Jim's greatest masterpiece was the life he lived, and the world he created for family and friends that was saturated with his kindness, humour, compassion and creativity.The canvas of Jim's life began in Churchill, Manitoba. He is fondly remembered and deeply missed by his surviving siblings, Joanne Crook (Rick), Wendy Rodger, Bill Rodger (Beverly), John Rodger (Kathie), and Naomi Bacon (Brian), as well as his many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his younger sister, Nadine Klingelstein (Jim), his parents, Naomi and Jock, as well as his nephews, Gregory and Jeffrey.Jim added to his canvas when he met his love and life partner Alison (nee Engs) while embarking on his BFA at Queen's University. They met in the art studio, and what started as a solo project became a joint effort when the two wed in 1976. Jim is greatly missed by Alison's siblings, Roslyn Thom (David) and Philip Engs (Annie), as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his brother-in-law and friend Russell Engs (Jan).The focal point of Jim's portrait was his family. He was devoted to creating the most beautiful world for Alison and their two daughters, Heather Rodger Lotz (Jeff) and Hannah Rodger. Life with Jim was filled with his love, and of course, his one-of-a-kind sense of humour. This focal point became even more vibrant for Jim upon the arrival of his beloved grandchildren, Everett Lotz and Bridget Lotz. This is truly where he shone as an artist of life, crafting memories for his family of walking dogs, watching sunsets at the cottage in Tobermory and adventures of traveling to destinations both near and far.In the background was Jim's career as an educator and principal. The importance of education and the arts were themes that echoed throughout the fabric of Jim's professional life. He began as an art teacher at La Salle in Kingston, then moved to the K-W area in 1980 as the head of the art department at Waterloo-Oxford. Jim was an art consultant for the WRDSB before returning to the classroom at Southwood. He then moved on to become a vice-principal at both Kitchener Collegiate Institute and Waterloo-Oxford, before returning to KCI as principal for the remainder of his career.The periphery of Jim's life was rich and eclectic, and it added depth and colour to his world. Jim was a devoted listener of the CBC, and fervently followed Canadian politics. He cared passionately about social justice. Jim loved music, cooking, barbecuing, entertaining, reading newspapers and books, and traveling the world. One overriding interest for Jim was his love of dogs. He shared this passion with his grandchildren, and the three of them have spent countless hours playing, petting and talking to and about dogs. Jim's dog, Maisie, misses him greatly.Jim was forced to finish his masterpiece in his 72nd year after a brief but brutal battle with pancreatic cancer. In the stillness of his absence, we mourn the loss of a man whose life was a canvas painted with kindness, humour and integrity. Jim's legacy of warmth and his zest for life continue to inspire, reminding us that true artistry lies in that way we live and love.In lieu of flowers, Jim asked that donations be made to Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice (https://lisaardandinnisfree.com/support-us/) or Food 4 Kids Waterloo Region (https://food4kidswr.ca/donate/). Friends and family are invited to Jim's Celebration of Life on Tuesday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in New Dundee, followed by a reception at the Dundee Golf & Country Club from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. (remarks at 4:00 p.m.).

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<![CDATA[KELLY KATHLEEN WEATHERALL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kelly-kathleen-weatherall-1089758667<![CDATA[

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In memory of ourbeautiful KellyForever you're a part of meForever in my heart you'll bePlease register to be an organ donor

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<![CDATA[ANGER, LINDA ELIZABETH (NEE TEATHER)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/linda-elizabeth-nee-teather-anger-1089758766<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce Linda's passing on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 in her 76th year at St. Joseph's Health Centre, after a valiant six-year battle with cancer. Linda's unwavering courage and resilience throughout her journey redefined the essence of strength. She now rests peacefully, reunited with her beloved son, Kevin, who preceded her in 2018.Linda, the cherished wife of Bill, shared nearly 55 years of loving marriage and devotion with him. She was a devoted mother to Robert and his wife Jillian, and a proud grandma to Garret, Charles, and Sarah. Preceded in death by her parents, Edith and George Teather, and her stepfathers, Bob Nairn and Harvey Wenzel. Linda's warmth and kindness touched the lives of her extended family and countless friends. She will be deeply missed by her loyal fur baby, Carly.An avid animal lover, Linda found joy in watching birds and nurturing all creatures great and small. Her passion for travel, particularly RV camping trips, took her to cherished destinations like Vancouver, Newfoundland, and Florida.In accordance with her wishes, Linda's cremation has taken place, and visitation will be at Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge starting at noon on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Memorial Service will be held following the visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. A gathering for fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Linda will be laid to rest at Parklawn Cemetery alongside her son, Kevin, at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation or to The Cambridge and District Humane Society.Many thanks forwarded to doctors, nurses and staff at several Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph and Cambridge hospitals over the past six years. Also, many thanks to the many support workers who cared for her at home.

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<![CDATA[BERT ROWE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bert-rowe-1089765470<![CDATA[

Remembering today with love, a dear husband, father and grandfatherwho left us suddenly thirty years ago today.Cherishing our yesterday's and missing our tomorrow's.His thoughts unknown but he left us many memories that we are proud to own.

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<![CDATA[MORTON, WALTER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/walter-morton-1089766017<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Edward Morton on May 10, 2024, at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure at 89 years of age.Dad is survived by his youngest daughter, Patti Larocque (Don), brother, Herbert Morton, niece and many cousins. He is predeceased by his wife, Shirley Morton (1985), oldest daughter, Marcia Hill (2018), parents, Kathleen and Joseph Morton, and siblings: Robert, Irene, Millie and Tom.In accordance with dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. A private family interment will be held at Mount View Cemetery, also at a later date. Details to follow at Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre.In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting either the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 126, The Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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<![CDATA[JAMES MURPHIE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-murphie-1089766050<![CDATA[

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On May 13, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital at the age of 91.Born in Bermuda July 3, 1932 to the late Douglas & Dolly Gleeson Murphie, he graduated from what is now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked as an industrial engineer in Chicago and for Sunbeam, George Endress & Moulinex companies in Canada.He is survived by his wife, Jo and four children: Cyd Farrelly, Guelph; Lydia Murphie, Florida; Marcia Toles (Cameron), Thorold; & Doug Murphie (Carol) East Garafraxa; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Barbara "Boots", and two daughters, Vickie Murphie & Claudia Debien.He was a sailor from an early age and a Freemason for over 65 years.A celebration of life will be held at a later date.Donations to the Food Bank of Cambridge would be appreciated by the family.

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<![CDATA[NAOMI NORA (NEE MARTIN) BURKHART]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/naomi-nora-nee-martin-burkhart-1089766128<![CDATA[

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Naomi gently passed away with some family members present, in Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia, at the age of 101. Naomi then joined her husband, of 75 years, in heaven, celebrating and worshipping the Lord she faithfully lived for all her life. Naomi leaves behind five children, Ray (Anje) Burkhart, Becky (Bob)Woolvett, Erma Burkhart (Kathleen Holmes), Albert (Deb) Burkhart, and Barb Burkhart (Nadine Noseworthy), daughter-in-law Wendy Burkhart, 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Naomi was predeceased by her husband Orvie, Dec 1, 2023, son Robert, daughters Susan Wanner, and Esther, son-in-law Wayne Wanner and grandson Daryl Wanner.'Love is patient, Love is kind'...many have heard these words from the Bible. Naomi was the whole passage in visual form. The woman of Proverbs 31 also describe Naomi's life, proving it is attainable, with the Lord Jesus' help, day by day and year by year. Sweet memories of our Mother, on her mother's old wooden rocker, while reading the Bible, remind us of the power behind her continued faith in God, and His lifelong faithfulness to her. Our parents didn't have an easy life. The hard work raising seven children during the 50s, 60s, and into the 70s, with all the ups and downs of life, showed that faith in the Lord can bring two people to a long marriage, in spite of the effects of her living with mental illness. No one can say one bad word about Naomi and she never said anything contrary about another person. We children could 'rise up and call her blessed' from a young age, receiving the love, kindness and patience she had for us. The name Naomi is in the book of Ruth in the Bible. It means 'pleasant' which she personified, to old age. 23 years in LTC endeared her to many folks and staff there. Her smile for others is remembered by all, extended family members included. Her joy of scooting the halls in her wheelchair at the Villa, all the while being pleasant will be missed. Naomi was raised on a farm in the Petoskey Michigan area, with two much older brothers and one sister about two years older. Naomi enjoyed writing poetry and had a passion for reading books into her senior years. She attended the Mennonite college in Goshen Indiana, where she played violin for a symphony. She also could play piano and keyboard 'by ear', and loved to sing. During WW11 she lived with her older brother and family in Detroit, where she worked in a factory making phones. Naomi met Orvie, a Mennonite from the Elmira ON area, while visiting relatives. Her father was from the area. They married in 1949, on her birthday. While living near Elmira she delivered meals at the Kitchener/Waterloo Hospital, then had their two boys. After a few years they moved to Bright's Grove and raised seven children. Along with the work at home, she helped neighbours as called upon, continuing to be of assistance to married children in her younger senior years. At the age of 78 Naomi became unable to walk without assistance so changed to the wheelchair and moved into the Villa. She adapted easily and was content to enjoy her new home. Orvie became her roommate five years ago, to her delight. Now they can roam heaven together! A private family service will be held.Honour may be expressed through donations to Lambton Meadowview Villa Auxiliary, which is to help residents enjoy the Villa even more. Cheques only at the funeral home please or contact www.lambtoncares.ca. Arrangements are entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Memories and condolences may be sent at www.smithfuneralhome.caThe Burkhart family would like the staff and volunteers at LMVilla to know they are greatly appreciated. The many years of loving and kind care have made pleasant years for Naomi. The professional care during the few days Naomi was in palliative stage, is heartfelt and moving for family involved. We will miss our parents but those who have faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour will one day be with them forever.

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<![CDATA[DONNA MCCLELLAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donna-mcclellan-1089766261<![CDATA[

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Donna McClellan (formerly Langs; née Gingerich), age 79, passed away peacefully at LHSC - Victoria Hospital on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in the loving presence of her daughter, Valerie (née Langs) (Rob) Wise and her son, Kevin Langs (Sue Moran). Predeceased by her husband, Donald McClellan. Beloved grandmother of Sedona, Sawyer, Tara (Spencer), and Courtney (Scott), and great-grandmother to Delilah, Olive and Sonny. The day before she passed, Donna enjoyed a wonderful visit with her sisters, Pauline (late Harley) Ross and Susan (Dave) Bice, and brother, Keith Gingerich (Gary Lewis), who will miss her dearly. Predeceased by her sisters, Ruth Martin (Maggie Perquin) and Yvonne (late Deryl) Gillies.The family welcomes friends and loved ones to a memorial reception at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Friday, May 24, 2024, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to MS Canada are appreciated.

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<![CDATA[FRED VON HEYKING]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/fred-von-heyking-1089766281<![CDATA[

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With love and gratitude for a life well lived, we said goodbye to our Papi, Fred von Heyking. Before reaching his 100th birthday he expressed his readiness to join the love of his life, Renate, who left us 25 years ago. His lifetime of hard work, and in later years recreational activities kept him strong. The two most important things in his life were his family, and St John Lutheran Church. Finally, in his 101st year he crossed the finish line of an amazing journey.We will always remember him as a loving father with a great sense of humour. He leaves behind his 7 children: Marianne (Mike) Kraemer, Margrit (Bob) Hart, Rolf (Audrey) von Heyking, Marlen Boisvenue, Susanne von Heyking, Elisabeth Martin, Helen (Pat) Paret. Opa will be remembered with deep love and respect by 16 grandchildren and 18+ great grandchildren.Predeceased by his brother, Rolf von Heyking (2012) and special childhood friend, Helga Tusche, who offered healing and companionship after the untimely loss of his beloved wife Renate.Our thanks to the staff at University Gates and especially at Hospice Waterloo Region for their compassionate loving care.Cremation will have taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 4260 Hessen Strasse, Wellesley. A private family interment will be held at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Wellesley.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Hospice Waterloo Region, Canadian Cancer Society or St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wellesley Township may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo at www.erbgood.comMiss me - But let me goBy Christine RossettiWhen I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little - but not for long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that once we shared Miss me - but let me go.For this is a journey we all must take And each must go alone. It's all part of the Master's plan A step on the road to home.When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know.And bury your sorrow in doing good deedsMiss me- but let me goRemember the Saviour who paid the priceFor you and me to have eternal life.Miss me - but let me go

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<![CDATA[JAMES GORDON NELSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-gordon-nelson-1089766371<![CDATA[

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Gordon Nelson passed away peacefully Saturday, May 11, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.Gordon was born in Hamilton, Ontario to James and Nora (née Rowbotham) Nelson, originally of England.Growing up in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment, Gordon developed a deep appreciation of the natural world.In time, he became a professor of environmental studies and, over a long and devoted career, was recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership in the fields of parks, protected areas, and conservation.As a scholar and educator, latterly at the University of Waterloo, he taught and mentored many dedicated individuals who carry on this important work.He is survived, and much missed, by his wife of 68 years Shirley (née Hutton) and their children, Kathryn (Hugh) of Ottawa; Jim (Mary) of Erin and David (Jane) of Toronto and by his grandchildren, Jessie of Vancouver and Alexandra (Liam) of North Vancouver, as well as nephews and nieces in Canada and the United States.A private family service has taken place.To honour his memory, the family welcomes donations to the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society or donations to a charity of your choice may be arranged at www.erbgood.com

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<![CDATA[COLE-ARNAL, REV. DR. OSCAR "OZ"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rev-dr-oscar-oz-cole-arnal-1089770596<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully on May 12, 2024 in his 83rd year at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener after years of facing the challenges of both prostate cancer and Parkinson's Disease with courage and determination.Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo. A complete obituary and memorial service details will be published in an upcoming edition of the Waterloo Region Record and will also be available at www.erbgood.com.

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<![CDATA[VALERIE KENNEDY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/valerie-kennedy-1089770660<![CDATA[

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Passed away on May 12, 2024 at her home in Waterloo, ON at the age of 56. Val was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to Canada with her son Ross Kennedy nearly 30 years ago. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Val was known for her incredible cooking and generous hospitality. Her Irish wit and infectious laugh will never be forgotten. Val was a loving mother to Ross (Brenna Hartman), her stepchildren Paul fa*gan (Anam Latif), Jacqueline fa*gan (Lucas Durnin) and Chanel fa*gan. She was a loving wife to her husband of 25 years, Ray fa*gan, and a doting Nan to grandchildren Zara and Noora fa*gan. Dear sister of Paul (Barbara),Tony, Michael (Aishling), and Marie Kennedy Marsh (Darren). Proud aunt of Zoe, Justin, Jade, Jamie, Fionn, Shannon, Caiden, Conor, and Shayla. Predeceased by her mother Marie. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends. Val's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM on Monday, May 20, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Memorial will be held in the Chapel at 1:00 PM. A reception will follow. Colourful clothing optional. For those unable to attend the service, a livestream may be viewed at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the CAMH Foundation - Centre for Addictions & Mental Health Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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<![CDATA[HIRSCHMANN, MIKE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mike-hirschmann-1089770774<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Mike Hirschmann, "Hirsch" on May 11, 2024 at Juravinski Hospital after a lengthy battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and subsequent stem cell transplant.Mike was the beloved husband of Wendy (nee Grinham) for 49 years. He was a loving father to Steve Millard (Julie), Tyler Millard (Suzan), Samantha Palmquist (Chris), and Niki Visser (Jon). He was also an adored grandpa to Naomi, Maeve, Chase, Connor, Emmerson, Brooklyn, and Jake. He is survived by his brothers Peter Pfaff (Lois), Chris Pfaff (Carolyn), Norbert Pfaff, and Thomas Hirschmann (Sarah), as well as brother-in-law Ron Grinham (Marilyn, deceased) and many nieces and nephews.Born in Tubingen, Germany in 1951, Mike was the son of Ruth Pfaff (Hans) and Werner Hirschmann (Diana). The family immigrated to Canada when he was 2 years old, where he was raised in North Toronto. He spent his youth racing sailboats with his father, a retired naval officer. Mike continued that passion for sailing throughout his life with Wendy by his side for many races and recently, became members of the Etobico*ke Yacht Club. During his youth, Mike developed into a skilled goalie and joined the University of Waterloo varsity team where he was given the nickname Mr. Zero for a record series of shutouts. Mike later picked up squash, one of his greatest joys in life where he built lifelong friendships at the KW Racquet Club and played competitively at the local, provincial, and international level. Hirsch is described by everyone who knew him as a legend. His smile lit up a room, his laid-back nature was endearing, and his humor magnetic. He would give you the shirt off his back and was always up for an adventure. In his final hours, the family gathered by his side and played his favorite song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross. The chorus, a fitting send-off: "Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be. Just a dream and the wind to carry me. And soon I will be free"A celebration of life will be held this summer, date TBD. The family would like to express a deep gratitude to Dr. Radford and the entire medical team at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre Foundation at www.hamiltonhealth.ca/memorialgiving. To ensure the donation is allocated correctly, select 'other' in the designation section and type in "stem cell transplant research at Juravinski Cancer Centre." We thank you. Arrangements entrusted to the Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, 519 904 0400.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mike-hirschmann-1089770774
<![CDATA[MCKAY, JUDITH JACQUELINE ("JACKIE")]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/judith-jacqueline-jackie-mckay-1089770789<![CDATA[

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"Jackie" passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at the age of 91.She is survived by her ever-loving husband Keith McKay, daughter Celinda Van Horne (nee McKay), and son-in-law Richard Van Horne. She was predeceased by her parents Alfred Day and Jeanette Day (nee Scott)."Jackie" was born November 30, 1932 in Stratford, Ontario. She went on to graduate from Stratford Collegiate and graduated from Stratford Normal School in 1952, elected as her class representative. Her early career years were spent in Stratford elementary schools, followed by a move to Etobico*ke to teach. "Jackie" then worked with special needs students at Alexandra School in Brantford. While living in the Brantford Y.W.C.A., she met Keith on a blind date and they married in St. James Church, Stratford on December 20, 1958. Returning from a honeymoon in Florida, she continued teaching at Alexandra School until Keith was transferred by the C.N.R. to London. She spent a short time with the London Spare Board before having her only child, Celinda, in 1963. When Keith was again transferred by the C.N.R. back to Brantford, the family moved to Paris. "Jackie" resumed teaching when they moved to Mississauga and into their first house. She spent the rest of her career teaching English as a Second Language at Humber College. Along the way, she simultaneously took university courses, graduating from York University in 1986, and made one more city move to Kitchener-Waterloo while still teaching at Humber College.After her official retirement, "Jackie" and Keith travelled to Prague and China where she taught English, as well as to Guyana where she taught mentally and physically challenged children. Throughout her life, "Jackie" had so many adventures with friends and family. She travelled the world with Keith, and sometimes Celinda, as much as time allowed, spending time on every continent. She loved entertaining and cooking for friends, and the Twelve Fools held a special place in her heart.Special thanks to all the staff of 5N and Dr. Chen at Grand River Hospital. Their care and compassion during her final weeks was second to none.In typical "Jackie" fashion, there will not be a service. Remember the adventures, laughter, great food, and good times; until we meet again.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/judith-jacqueline-jackie-mckay-1089770789
<![CDATA[JOYCE CHURCHMAN (NEE MCNAIR)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joyce-nee-mcnair-churchman-1089770885<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on Friday, May 17, 2024 at Lisaard House in Cambridge at the age of 83. Beloved partner of Noel for 70 years. Loving Mum of Linda Antle (Greg) Steven (Barb). Cherished Nana of Melissa Hamilton (Chris), Christopher Timson (Abby), Emily Bauman (Colton), Scott Churchman (Stephanie) and Sarah Churchman (Jordan). Adoring Great Nana of Betty, Cameron, Adelaine, Isaac and Lily. Fondly remembered by brother-in-law, Jim Dart (late Jean). Loving aunt to Warren, Debbie, Heather and Craig. Predeceased by parents, Tommy and Jean (nee Cameron), twin sister, Jean, brother-in-law, Ralph (Dorothy) and niece, Lori. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Her family will host a celebration of life at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Lamentations 3:22-24 "Because of the LORD's faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, "The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in him"

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joyce-nee-mcnair-churchman-1089770885
<![CDATA[SHAFFER DANIEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daniel-dan-shaffer-1089770945<![CDATA[

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Age 75, of Kitchener, passed away peacefully on May 12th at Hospice Waterloo following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born to Betty and Jim Shaffer, Dan's gentle and creative spirit touched the lives of all who knew him. Dan is survived by his loving family: grandson Owen (mother Cristina), son Justin, his close friend and ex-wife Ellen (Gary), brother-in-law and sister-in-law James and Indira Herman, niece Harmony (Mike) Pokora and their children Hannah and Carter, brother John (Bonnie) Shaffer, nephew Johnny, and many friends. He was predeceased by his brother Tom (Tim), son Jeremy, niece Melodina, and nephew Michael. Known for his kind and easy-going nature, Dan's presence was a calm and comforting force. A creative soul with a passion for photography, antiques, and music, he cherished his extensive vinyl record collection, which was as eclectic and vibrant as his personality. His photographs, often capturing the subtle beauty of nature and everyday life, are cherished by those who knew him. Despite his quiet demeanor, Dan's generosity and willingness to help others shone brightly. His gentle spirit and genuine love left a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Dan's commitment to honouring nature was evident in his final wishes, as he was laid to rest in a private green burial at Parkview Cemetery. His final resting place, designed to support the ecosystem, will continue to foster life, providing a sanctuary for birds, bees, and butterflies. We are deeply grateful to the entire care team at Hospice Waterloo for their exceptional support and compassion during Dan's final days. Their dedication and kindness provided not only medical care but also comfort and reassurance in difficult times. Thank you for your unwavering commitment and empathy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Working Centre or Hospice Waterloo Region, reflecting Dan's enduring spirit of giving. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Details will be posted online both on social media and the Henry Walser website. Dan's legacy of kindness, creativity, and gentle grace will be deeply missed but forever remembered by his family, friends, and all who were touched by his presence.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daniel-dan-shaffer-1089770945
<![CDATA[THOMAS PETER O'DROWSKY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-peter-o-drowsky-1089771064<![CDATA[

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Tom passed away at Terrace on the Square, Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at the age of 86 with family by his side.Tom will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Kathleen (James) and her children, Everett and Charlotte (Gregory), daughter-in-law Nathalie, daughter-in-law Patricia and her children, Colby, Clayton and Bailey (Tye) and by his great-grandchildren, Austin, Maverik and Millie. Also survived by his sister, Patricia Meyer (Ron) and their daughter Rebecca, brother-in-law, David Bennett (Lynne) and by his nephew, David O'Drowsky (Angie) as well as many more nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends who also mourn his passing.Tom was predeceased by the love his life, Jane (nee Bennett), in 2018 after 58 years of marriage, his sons, Michael (2016) and Paul (2018), son-in-law, Stephen (2013), brother John (Helen) and by his parents, Frederick O'Drowsky and Ruth (nee Smith).Tom joined the Scotts Fusiliers Regiment at a young age and later the 54th Light AA Regiment Royal Highland Fusilers. In 1972, he helped found the 822 (Tutor) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He had a lengthy tenure as the Director of the Air Cadet Ontario Provincial Committee and was a member of the Air Force Association. Locally, Tom was also a member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus, the Waterloo Legion Branch 530 and gave of his time as a volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society. Many lives have been touched by his kindness and generosity.A special thank you to all the staff (including Community Care Partners) at Chartwell Terrace on the Square, especially "Tommy's Angels".Memorial visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Thursday, May 23rd, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and will continue on Friday, May 24th, from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The memorial service will take place on Friday, May 24, 2024 in the chapel of the funeral home at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service in the Fireside Reception Room of the funeral home.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-peter-o-drowsky-1089771064
<![CDATA[JOHANN (JOHN) BAUMANN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/johann-john-baumann-1089771116<![CDATA[

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Passed away on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Trinity Village LTC in Kitchener, age 88. A visitation will be held on Sunday June 23rd from 2pm-5pm and a funeral on Monday June 24th at 10:30am at Henry Walser Funeral Home. Full obituary to follow at a later date.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/johann-john-baumann-1089771116
<![CDATA[NELSON, SARA LYNN (JANTZI)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sara-lynn-jantzi-nelson-1089771218<![CDATA[

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It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Sara Nelson (Jantzi), at the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the age of 44, after facing the last 5.5 years with utmost positivity on her cancer journey.Loving wife and best friend to Chris Nelson over the last 15 years of marriage and a wonderful mama to her fur babies, Coco and Luna. Sara will be deeply missed by her husband and her pup, Luna; loving parents, Mark and Linda Jantzi; mother-in-law, Heather Brine, and husband, Steve; father-in-law, Ken Nelson, and wife, Lynne; and grandmother, Lark Hargreaves; and grandfather, Ken Fraser. Sister, Kerri Jantzi, and husband, Jay Wilson; brother-in-law, Shane Nelson, and wife, Sandra will miss her story telling. She was the funnest aunt to Elizabeth and Lukas Wilson; and Molly Nelson. Her contagious laughter will be missed by her aunts and uncles, Shirley Schneuker, Peggy Fry, Al and Doris Jantzi, Paul Jantzi, Miriam and Dale Bauman, Phil and Bev Jantzi, Rhoda and Elroy Cober, and many of her cousins whom she shared a special bond with.Sara was predeceased by her fur baby, Coco; grandparents, David and Lavina Jantzi, George and Kay Morton; uncles, Murray Schneuker, and David Fry. Cousin, Jill Schneuker.Sara cherished her time with family and friends. Sara loved camping and sing along time around the campfire. She was an avid Blue Jays fan. She was a passionate storyteller and knew the lines to every '80s movie.Sara was a caring nurse to so many. She brought joy to residents and her colleagues at the Sunshine Centre at Lutherwood Village on the Park. Sara spent most of her life taking care of others. She always found a way to share a laugh and brighten their day.A special thank you to all of the Doctors, Nurses and various care teams who helped her on her journey. She was grateful and appreciated all that you did for her. The jokes and smiles at every step helped her manage through the process and find hope.Cremation has taken place. As per Sara's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be accepted to Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth and London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) Metastases Research in Breast Cancer.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sara-lynn-jantzi-nelson-1089771218
<![CDATA[VEENSTRA, LOUIS ANDREW]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/louis-andrew-veenstra-1089771237<![CDATA[

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Louis, a beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2024, at Grand River Hospital.He leaves behind his loving wife, Sandy Veenstra, known affectionately as "Polish" and sometimes even "Jill." His children, Andy (Shelley), Cindy, Mike (Lori), Sharlene (Mike), and Sarah (Matt), will forever cherish his memory. He also embraced the role of stepfather to Kristy (Derek) Blackstock, Mandy (Jack) Tucker, Pat (Brad) Tucker, and Emily Green.Louis' playful spirit extended to his family. He lovingly nicknamed his mother-in-law, Irene Fronchak, "Sophia," a reference to her resemblance to the character from The Golden Girls. This lightheartedness was a hallmark of his personality. His quick wit and one-liners, always delivered with a twinkle in his eye, will be deeply missed.His nine grandchildren will more than miss his "don't hold back" boating skills that landed more than a few in the water after tubing adventures on the lake. His three great grandchildren, luckily, always had a much calmer boating experience.Predeceased by his brother, John Veenstra and parents, Andrew and Wilma Veenstra.Louis was a driving force in the construction industry building in many areas of southern Ontario and a proud member of the Home Builders' Association. Carpentry was a passion since he was in his teen years. His tenacity didn't stop at homebuilding, a fellow teammate of OldTimers baseball and later learning to skate, at the age of 40, Louis joined OldTimers hockey, meeting lifetime friends over a cold Stella following a game. But his true love in life was his family. An answer for every question that was posed and a solution for every problem that was encountered.Family will receive guests on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, for visitation from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home the following day at 11 a.m. Burial at Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg.As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.

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Fri, 17 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/louis-andrew-veenstra-1089771237
<![CDATA[JOHN SNIDER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-snider-1089765503<![CDATA[

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John Merle Snider of Ayr, Ontario passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024, at the age of 90 years after a brief illness and surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife Vera Eileen Snider (née Wismer), and children: Ross (Mary), Dan (Donna), Steven (Melissa), Philip (Roberta), Tim (Carmen), Patti (Bradley) Willms, and Tony as well as 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Mary (Bernie) Shantz and Barbara Klaver and sister-in-law: Vivian Matheson-Snider. He was predeceased by his mother Ella Litwiller, father Clifford Snider Sr, step-mother Elaine Brubacher, brother Clifford Snider Jr, and sister (Grace Tomlinson). Special thanks to the medical staff of 4th MED B wing at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care. Visitation at Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on May 24, 2024. Funeral Service at Rockway Mennonite Church, 47 Onward Ave, Kitchener on May 25, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.. Reception to follow. More information and live stream link: https://www.henrywalser.com

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Thu, 16 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-snider-1089765503
<![CDATA[JULIA DUFF]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/julia-duff-1089765894<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of Julie Susan Duff (née Strienka) of Ayr, who passed peacefully away at Sunnyside Seniors Home on February 19, 2024. Cherished wife of Robert "Jim" Duff, Beloved mother of Lynne and Shawn, precious Grandma to Chloe. Predeceased by her sisters Margaret Walker (Clint), Mary Rowe (Bill), Ann Blanchard, brother Andrej, parents Peter and Mary Strienka of Galt, Ontario. Celebration of life will be held at the North Dumfries Community Centre in Ayr - June 2, 2024, 12 - 4 p.m. Family, friends are invited to celebrate with memories, music and laughter.

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Thu, 16 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/julia-duff-1089765894
<![CDATA[CAROL WESTCOTT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/carol-westcott-1089750871<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of a dear wife, Mom, Grandma and sister who passed away 9 years ago, May 16, 2015.You left us many fond memoriesYour love is still our guideAlthough we cannot see you We know you're always by our side.

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Wed, 15 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/carol-westcott-1089750871
<![CDATA[DORA THIBODEAU]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dora-thibodeau-1089757962<![CDATA[

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Dora May Thibodeau of Cambridge, ON, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully with her loving children by her side at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday, May 13, 2024. Dora May was born and raised in Kingston, ON, to Hannah Mary and Frank Donald Michie. She had two stepbrothers, Albert Eccles and Frank Michie one stepsister Elsie Michie Ford (all deceased). She was a loving wife to Raymond Thibodeau (deceased) and devoted mother to 8 children: Mary Dopp (Randy), Susan Longman (Russell), Janet Glaister (deceased) (Bill), Steven (deceased) (Jennifer), Mark (Jacinthe), James (Suzie), Andrew (Mabel) and John (Dale). Cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Caring aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. Dora May was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord. She would often spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around her. She was a loving caring person who shared her love and joy with all who knew her. She had a big warm smile for everyone she met. She loved life and laughter; her smile and beautiful eyes filled the room. She was so loved and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Dora May enjoyed her last years at Seasons Retirement Residence Cambridge, where she received dedicated, loving care. She made many good friendships at Seasons and was a friend to all. She was so loved by staff and residents; her infectious smile filled the room. A donation to the Alzheimer's Society of Waterloo Wellington would be greatly appreciated. Visitation and funeral to be held at Memory Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2723 Victoria Street North Breslau, ON. 519-904-0400. Visitation will be held Friday, May 17th - 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 18th 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Funeral and internment to be on Saturday May 18th at 11 a.m. Special thanks to all the caring staff in emergency and on C4 wing at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. If so desired a book of online condolences may be signed at memoryfuneral.ca.

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Wed, 15 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dora-thibodeau-1089757962
<![CDATA[ERNA NEUFELD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/erna-neufeld-1089758028<![CDATA[

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Passed away on May 13, 2024 in the arms of her sons at St Mary's Hospital at the age of 70. Survived by her loving sons: Rainer (wife Melanie) & Ryan; The sweetest Oma that there ever was to grandsons Connor & Dillon. She is survived by 3 sisters: Erica (Henry), Eleonora & Annemarie (Peter). Prede- ceased by her parents Cornelio & Sara Neufeld and Sister Hilda (Peter). She will be missed by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family & friends. Erna loved spending time with family; particularly her sons & grandchildren; baking bread & preparing meals for family & friends; following with joy the success and happiness of her extensive Facebook friends' network which included many extended family abroad. The Neufeld family will receive relatives & friends for visitation from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024 at Henry Walser Funeral Home (507 Frederick Street, Kitchener - 519-749-8467). A funeral will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join Erna's family in fellowship and celebration with reception to follow and commitment at Parkview cemetery.

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Wed, 15 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/erna-neufeld-1089758028
<![CDATA[HITCHENS, DEREK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derek-hitchens-1089758468<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that the family of Derek Hitchens announce his passing at the age of 93, Monday, May 13, 2024, after a brief illness. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Florence Hitchens, and by his sister Ann Brown (Gerald).Derek is survived by his loving wife of almost 71 years, Shelagh Hitchens (Henry), his sister Pauline Kent, children Susan Noble (Peter), Sally Gray, Clare Hitchens, John Hitchens (Carlene), Helen Hitchens (Dave), and Alison Hitchens (Brian); grandchildren Amy Gray (Graeme), Bobby Ferguson (Paige), Mary Ferguson, Russell Ferguson, Kathleen Ferguson, Thomas Hitchens, Michael Hitchens, Jamie Hitchens, Chris Fraser (Jennifer), and Brittany Pyatt; and great-grandchildren Mitchell Fraser and Daxton Ferguson.Derek's career as a technical photographer started in the Royal Air Force, and in 1965 he and Shelagh emigrated to Canada with their young family, where he took a staff position with the Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo, until his retirement in 1993. Derek and Shelagh made many friends through the K-W branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, the K-W Field Naturalists, and the Old Salts Senior's Canoe Club. In retirement they travelled the world and made more friends along the way. Derek's love of the outdoors began as a boy in the Scouts and continued on many family camping trips and hikes. He was a keen birder, and nature photography was his lifelong passion. He was kind, gentle, witty, and wise, and we will miss him very much.Derek's family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff on the 5th floor of Grand River Hospital for excellent care in his last weeks. Thank you to Waterloo Region Home Care, the Sunnyside Day Program at University Gates, and to the caregivers from Home Instead who supported him during his illness.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, May 16 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and on Friday, May 17th from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. The funeral service will follow visitation in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. For those who are unable to attend in person a livestream of the service will be available on Derek's tribute page, www.erbgood.com. Interment will follow the service at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo.In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Birds Canada, or the charity of your choice at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445

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Wed, 15 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derek-hitchens-1089758468
<![CDATA[HINSPERGER, ROY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/roy-hinsperger-1089758799<![CDATA[

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On May 14, 2024 Roy Joseph Albert Hinsperger left this life peacefully on his own terms, surrounded by his family, at his residence in Waterloo. For the first time in Roy's life, it was not a "crap shoot." He "first realized he had a problem" in August of 2022 when he developed a debilitating illness that severely compromised his quality of life and what vision he had left.Roy is survived by his beloved wife Shirley Hinsperger (ne McCullough), his children Mark (Carrie), Heather, son-in-law Mark Gladwish, and his grandchildren Hannah (21) and Matthew (18), as well as his nephews Greg and Brian Lloyd of BC. He was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Pearl (nee Renaud) and his sister Annette (Bob) Lloyd.Roy will be remembered for his dedication to his work at the KW Woodworking and Craft Centre during his retirement years, and his 37 years as an electrical draftsman at the University of Waterloo. Roy liked to keep busy and over the years, he contributed to his community through service clubs like PROBUS club of Kitchener Cambridge, Lakeside Little Theatre (Mexico), KW Oktoberfest, Lakeshore Optimist Club, and the Ontario Marine Rescue Patrol, to name a few. Roy possessed many useful skills and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether he was busy fixing things around the house, doing his own home renovations, or helping out wherever he went, Roy's generosity and kindness touched the lives of many.Roy was blessed with several groups of loyal, long-time friends, including the "Rowdies", his weekly meeting of friends at the Legion/OEP/The Duke, the breakfast group, the University of Waterloo Retirees, the wine club, old neighborhood friends, and his cherished companions from his various hobbies and interests. He lived a rich life, enjoying his passions for sailing, curling, golfing, camping, cottaging, woodworking, spending winters in Mexico, and traveling the world with Shirley. Roy's presence will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.In lieu of flowers, condolences and donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation or Kitchener Waterloo Woodworking and Craft Centre may be arranged at www.erbgood.comA celebration of Roy's life will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St S, Waterloo, Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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Wed, 15 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/roy-hinsperger-1089758799
<![CDATA[MARGARET HORNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-boyko-horne-1089673679<![CDATA[

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Beloved MotherGreatly Loved and Dearly missedNot a day goes by mother, that you are not thought of, by each of usLosing a mother is one of the greatest sorrows a heartcan know.Your goodness, your caring, and your wisdom will live on in us.Your loves surrounds us now and gives us peace in the knowledge that you are no longer suffering. your loving children David, Donna, Daniel, Derrick, Deborah, Dianne

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-boyko-horne-1089673679
<![CDATA[EDITH MODROWSKI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edith-modrowski-1089676721<![CDATA[

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It's been one year since you left us. We miss you very much. In loving memory from your family.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edith-modrowski-1089676721
<![CDATA[CHARLES HEATHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/charles-heather-1089743112<![CDATA[

Loved,missed, remembered always by family and friends.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/charles-heather-1089743112
<![CDATA[DAVID GELLATLY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-gellatly-1089750356<![CDATA[

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**Obituary: David Ross Gellatly (1954 - 2024)**David Gellatly, a beloved member of the Canmore, Alberta community, unexpectedly passed away from natural causes on May 12, 2024, at the age of 70.David was born on February 17, 1954, in Almonte, Ontario, and grew up in Kitchener, Ontario. He is survived by his loving parents Doug and Marion Gellatly (nee Eckel), and his loving siblings Karen Bruce (Larry), Jane Burgess (Rob) and Shelagh Ois (Harald). He was the dear uncle to his niece and 5 nephews.David's dedication to his work was evident in his long-term service at Sobeys, in Canmore, where he made a lasting impact on colleagues and customers alike. In his free time, he generously volunteered at the Canmore Highland Games, showcasing his commitment to community and culture. David found solace in the beauty of nature and the tranquility of the Canadian Rocky mountains. Always sociable, David was known for striking up friendly conversations on a whim with acquaintances. He enjoyed spending time with his morning coffee crew at the community coffee shop, where he shared laughter and stories with friends. He cherished his pet, "Ode the cat", who brought him comfort and joy. David had a profound love and knowledge of coffee and music, with a special fondness for 1970s classic hard rock.David will be deeply missed by all who knew him, his memory cherished and his legacy celebrated. May he rest in peace. Celebration of Life details will be provided at a later date. "There's a feeling I get when I look to the west, And my spirit is crying for leaving"(Led Zeppelin. Stairway to Heaven)

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-gellatly-1089750356
<![CDATA[RICHARD WESOLOWSKI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-wesolowski-1089743539<![CDATA[

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Passed away on May 10, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Beth Wesolowski (Nee Walpole) Loving father of Nicole Garman (Gary), Shane Wesolowski (Jessica), Liberty Wesolowski, Ron Walpole (Tami), Crystal Walpole (David) Cherished grandfather of 6, 3 girls and 3 boys. Will be greatly missed by 11 brothers and sisters and their spouses, along with 5 brother and sister-in-laws and their spouses. Predeceased by his parents, his sister and 3 brother-in-laws. Rick loved spending time with his grandchildren and extended family. Family was most important to him and being around loved ones. Arrangements entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Rick's life on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Propeller Club, 575 Edward St., Wiarton Ontario. A second celebration of life will be held at a later date in Saskatchewan. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Make A Wish Foundation Southwestern Ontario would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-wesolowski-1089743539
<![CDATA[PANHOLZER, JOHN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-panholzer-1089750349<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on May 12, 2024 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of 45 years to the late Helen (2010). Brother of Eva Sadler (late Helmut) of Germany. Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Christine Farnham (David), Mark Krug (Beth), Paul Krug, Cathy Couture (Paul Dickie), Luise Kailing and their families. Predeceased by his parents, Johann and Eva (nee Weinhardt), sister, Elisabeth Krug (John). At 16, he immigrated to Canada spending his early years in Montreal before moving to Kitchener and meeting his loving wife, Helen. He enjoyed many years and made many friends as a longtime member of the German Canadian Hunting and Fishing Club (Hubertushaus). John's family will receive relatives and friends from 12-12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by a reception. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Those unable to attend may join the service via live stream at www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St, John's Roman Catholic Church or the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-panholzer-1089750349
<![CDATA[ZYLSTRA, THOMAS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-zylstra-1089750355<![CDATA[

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On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, our father passed away at Lisaard House at the age of 87 years young. Born July 3, 1936, in Groningen, Netherlands. Tom and his family immigrated to Niagara Region, ON, Canada in the early 1950s. There he soon met Lina Van Dyke; they married in 1957 and soon moved to Galt (Cambridge). They built a new home, started a successful mechanics business. Tom easily made friends in his community. By his 55th year, his son purchased the business, and he became semi-retired and a snowbird for many years. Enjoying life, friends, travel, and his family. Thomas had a very full life. Thomas (Opa) is going to be greatly missed by his three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. On Thursday, May 16, 2024, a visitation at 10 a.m., with service at 11 a.m. followed by a coffee gathering at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 94 Elgin Street S., Cambridge, ON.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-zylstra-1089750355
<![CDATA[FRED VON HEYKING]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/fred-von-heyking-1089750457<![CDATA[

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With love and gratitude for a life well lived, we said goodbye to our Papi, Fred von Heyking. Before reaching his 100th birthday he expressed his readiness to join the love of his life, Renate, who left us 25 years ago. His lifetime of hard work, and in later years recreational activities kept him strong. The two most important things in his life were his family, and St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. Finally, in his 101st year he crossed the finish line of an amazing journey.We will always remember him as a loving father with a great sense of humour. He leaves behind his seven children: Marianne (Mike) Kraemer, Margrit (Bob) Hart, Rolf (Audrey) von Heyking, Marlen Boisvenue, Susanne von Heyking, Elisabeth Martin, Helen (Pat) Paret. Opa will be remembered with deep love and respect by 16 grandchildren and 18+ great grandchildren.Predeceased by his brother, Rolf von Heyking (2012) and special childhood friend, Helga Tusche, who offered healing and companionship after the untimely loss of his beloved wife Renate.Our thanks to the staff at University Gates and especially at Hospice Waterloo Region for their compassionate loving care.Cremation will have taken place and a celebration of life will be held in the summer, details to follow at www.erbgood.com. A private family interment will be held at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Wellesley.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Hospice Waterloo Region, Canadian Cancer Society or St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wellesley Township may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, at erbgood.comMiss me - But let me goBy Christine RossettiWhen I come to the end of the roadAnd the sun has set for meI want no rites in a gloom filled roomWhy cry for a soul set free?Miss me a little - but not for longAnd not with your head bowed lowRemember the love that once we sharedMiss me - but let me go.For this is a journey we all must takeAnd each must go alone.It's all part of the Master's planA step on the road to home.When you are lonely and sick at heartGo to the friends we know.And bury your sorrow in doing good deedsMiss me- but let me goRemember the Saviour who paid the priceFor you and me to have eternal life.Miss me - but let me go

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/fred-von-heyking-1089750457
<![CDATA[HEHN, SHIRLEY ANN (NEE VOISIN)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-ann-nee-voisin-hehn-1089750530<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 12, 2024 at the age of 79 years. Survived by her devoted husband of 58 years James "Jim" Hehn, her loving children Denise McClanahan (Mike Meulenbelt), Theresa (Mark) Schott, Jim (Paula) Hehn, Trevor (Deanna) Hehn and Mary-Jo Hehn and her beloved grandchildren David, Katie, William, Megan, Dakota (Sam), Shelby-lynn (Chelsea), Dylan and her cherished great-grandson Tobias.Shirley will also be remembered by her siblings and their families, sisters Ruby (Ken) Kee, Liz MacKeand, Lynda (Brian) Hodgins, Audrey (Clarence) Beninger, Donna (Richard) Zettler and her brother Harvey (Ann) Voisin, sister-in-law Joan Voisin and brother-in-law Wayne Hodgins. Shirely is also survived by Jim's siblings and their families: Mike (Bertha) Hehn, Margaret (Doug) Weber and sister-in-law Rita Hehn. Predeceased by her parents August and Helen (nee Straus) Voisin, brothers Roy Voisin and Harold Voisin, sister Joan Hodgins and brothers-in-law Don MacKeand and Verdun Huber. Also predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Isadore (Florentine) Hehn, Jim's siblings Syl Hehn, Agnes (Alvin) Kieswetter, Francis (Doreen) Hehn, Mary Hehn, Audrey (Melvin) Waechter. Shirley was a longtime member of St. Clements RC Parish and the Christian Mother's Society and will also be remembered for her love of sewing and quilting.The family wishes to extend a sincere thanks to the staff of Robin's Grove at Barnswallow Place Care Community in Elmira and the staff in the I.C.U. B, 5th floor of Grand River Hospital for their exceptional care shown to Shirley.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Parish Prayers will be held at 8:45 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clements RC Church, 3619 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements on Friday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Irenaeus Koziak as Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Clements Cemetery and a reception will take place at the St. Clements Community Centre.Condolences for the family and donations to the Alzheimer's Society, the Heart and Stroke Association, the I.C.U. unit of Grand River Hospital or a charity of your choice may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo at www.erbgood.com

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-ann-nee-voisin-hehn-1089750530
<![CDATA[LOCKHART, STEWART JOSEPH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/stewart-joseph-lockhart-1089750643<![CDATA[

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Husband, Dad, and Papa. Surrounded by family, Stewart (Stew) Lockhart passed away peacefully in his 92nd year on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Parkwood Mennonite Longterm Care Home. His family and friends will always remember Stew for his warmth, kindness, generosity, and sense of humour.Stew will be missed by his loving wife Louise (Luqui), his dear children Cecilia Lockhart Hood (Kevin), Rob and Rick and grandchildren Caroline Hood Chmura (Donald) and Natalie. Stew was predeceased by his parents Christina and David Lockhart. He was born in Toronto and was raised there as well as in St. Marys, Ontario.Family meant everything to Stew. Flying and the aviation world came a close second. Stew's career as a pilot and aircraft engineer of close to 40 years was a dream come true for him. His jobs took him around the world and it was on one of his work trips in Santa Cruz, Bolivia where Stew met and married the love of his life, Luqui, more than 65 years ago. The happy newlyweds settled in Canada to raise their family and eventually made Waterloo their primary home base.Stew began his career in aviation flying a variety of aircraft from the small propellor airplanes to larger private jets. He flew Canso waterbombers to battle forest fires in numerous countries. He flew the Learjet for the Toronto Maple Leaf executives. He miraculously survived a plane crash in a remote lake in northern B.C. Stew spent the last 16 years of his career as a De Havilland/Bombardier Dash-7 and- 8 Technical Representative. This job sent him on postings to places such as Spain, Australia, Brazil, Honduras, Venezuela, Hawaii, California, and Saudi Arabia, just to name a few. Family and friends were fortunate enough to be able to share special times with him on many of these trips.Special thanks to the entire staff at Parkwood Mennonite LTC Home. They cared for Stew with such kindness and compassion during his 10-month stay there.Cremation has taken place. Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S, Waterloo, on Monday, May 20, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A celebration of Stew's wonderful life will be held at a later date.Condolences for the family and donations to Parkwood Mennonite LTC, the Alzheimer's Society of Waterloo Wellington, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Cancer Society may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/stewart-joseph-lockhart-1089750643
<![CDATA[BETTY CHONG]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/betty-chong-1089750649<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in the early morning hours of Monday May 13, 2024, at the age of 77.Betty is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Wah Chong with whom she shared 58 years of happy marriage. She will be deeply missed by her children Theresa (Jim), Cecilia (Hektor), Greg (Joanna), Stephanie and her grandchildren Kaya, Emma, Marcus, Violet, Justin and Kodie. Betty will be fondly remembered by her mother King Siu Lee and her siblings Kim (Mark), Chris (Chi), Ann, Margaret and Alex (Barb).Betty was predeceased by her father Do Jan Lee and her brother-in-law Michael.Betty was an avid sports fan, always looking forward to a Maple Leaf hockey game or a Blue Jays game. We can all still hear her say 'my team' will win!Special thanks to all the ICU doctors and nurses at St. Mary's Hospital for the care and compassion they showed Betty and her family over the last 3 ½ weeks.Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday May 16, 2024, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. A private family service followed by interment will take place at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/betty-chong-1089750649
<![CDATA[MILAN ATANASOV]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/milan-atanasov-1089750730<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Milan Atanasov on May 13, 2024.Remembered as a proud father and loving husband by his wife, Mira, and his daughter, Andrea. Milan will be missed by his nephews, Zeljko (Vera) and family, Raiko (Hristina) and family, Ranko (Melania) and family, Novica with family, and niece Ljilja with her family.He is the proud godfather to Milomir, Petar, and Raiko, who will miss him very dearly.He will be fondly remembered by many friends and family here in Canada as well as in Serbia.Visitation: Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 6 - 8 p.m.Church Service: Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox ChurchBurial: Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 12 p.m. at Williamsburg Cemetery Daca (Food Service) Holy Trinity Hall after the burial.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/milan-atanasov-1089750730
<![CDATA[HETHERINGTON MARY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hetherington-mary-1089750902<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of our Mom on May 13, 2024, with both her girls by her side at Hospice Waterloo Region.Hetherington Mary Evelyn (nee McLaughlin) was born May 28, 1938, in Stratford.She is survived by her daughters, Sally Hetherington (Rob Eskens), Dana Hetherington (Rodney Cox) and her grandchildren, Larissa (Shams), Arden, Tatum (Matthew), Liam and great-grandchildren Rayna, Nasir, and Levi.As well as brother, Jim (Janet), and sister Marg (Rick)Predeceased by her parents and siblings: Wilma, Elmer, Russel, Glen, Jack, Donald, Sandy (aka Alexander) and Nelson.She will also be dearly missed by her friends at Winston Park, as well as The Chain Gang, a Seniors Biking Group and Resoles Hiking Group.An artist her whole life, she thoroughly enjoyed her time with the Urban Sketchers of Waterloo Region and did watercolor paintings for gifts and at request.She regularly attended church later in life and ran a breakfast club for children for over 10 years, as well as volunteering with Community Support Connections.We welcome you to drop in for a celebration of her life well lived on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at The Village of Winston Park from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hetherington-mary-1089750902
<![CDATA[ROBERT GREENSPAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-greenspan-1089758084<![CDATA[

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Dec 26, 1939 - May 3, 2024Robert Greenspan passed away peacefully in St Catharines. Bob was predeceased by the love of his life, Ruth Fields, his sister Naomi Greenspan, and his parents Sam and Frances Greenspan. He is survived by his brother Roy Greenspan (Aila), his niece Stella, and the Fields and Lavery families. Bob is fondly remembered by his friends Michael and Christine Gillespie and their sons, who were as dear to him as family. Bob was born in the Bronx, New York, and he spent much of his childhood on Long Island before studying at Hofstra University, The New School for Social Research, and the University of Toronto. Bob's acquaintances were many. He attended Hofstra at the same time as James Caan, Christopher Walken, and Francis Ford Coppola. He had the pleasure of taking a graduate class at The New School with the legendary philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser. He watched the 1960 presidential debate on television with none other than Eleanor Roosevelt. And he corresponded with several accomplished writers, conductors, and composers.For almost 40 years, Bob was a devoted partner to his beloved Ruthie, with whom he enjoyed films, books, and music. He was an articulate and thoughtful connoisseur of classical music, about which he was staggeringly knowledgeable. He had a scholar's understanding of music history and a fanatic's enthusiasm for great performances. Often, he would program an evening of music for Ruth and himself, choosing each piece with a particular aesthetic effect or lesson of music history in mind. Robert's family would like to thank all the people who helped care for him at home and in the St Catharines General Hospital. As they will know, Bob was always grateful for any kindness towards him, and we are grateful to you for attending to his personal and medical care.A small memorial ceremony for family and close friends will be held in St Catharines where his ashes will be reunited with Ruth's.

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Tue, 14 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-greenspan-1089758084
<![CDATA[ADAIR, JACK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jack-adair-1089742859<![CDATA[

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John Walter 'Jack' Adair, formerly of Molesworth and most recently Stratford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2024, in his 97th year. Husband of the late Audrey (Bradburn) Adair. Father of Lynne and Bob Burford, Keith and Debbie Adair, Anne and Doug Young, and Gerald Adair, all of Stratford. Grandfather of Pamela and Dean Peckham, Darryl Burford, Jason Adair and Melissa Verstoep, all of Stratford, Brooke and Ben Groothuis of Kitchener, Sarah Young and Dave Leung of Bowmanville, Laura Young and Mark Hayman of Ajax, and great-grandfather of Jack and Matthew Peckham, Hailey Leung and Madeline Hayman. Brother-in-law of Shirley Keys and Murray and Joan Bradburn, all of London.Predeceased by his parents Victor & Catherine (Sutherland) Adair, sisters Mary Aitken, Doris McCallum, Helen McIntosh, Joan Boulianne and brother Victor in infancy.Jack was the owner and operator of J.W. Adair Egg Grading Station in Molesworth, and then an employee of Moore's Produce and Ideal Supply Listowel. He enjoyed time with family and friends, camping, oil painting, and many musical gatherings with various groups including the Gypsy Campers. Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Molesworth Cemetery.Memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Molesworth, Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, or Listowel Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jack-adair-1089742859
<![CDATA[RICHARD CLAUDE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-claude-tiny-bowman-1089742884<![CDATA[

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Passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Richard "Tiny" Bowman of Milverton in his 64th year.Beloved husband of Laura (Plumtree) Bowman whom he married October 20, 1984. Dear father of Eric of Cambridge and Sam and fiance Jody-Ann of Kitchener. Survived by his sisters Barb and Gary Aiken of Maine, Bev and John Secor of New Dundee, Cathy and Dale Snyder of New Hamburg, Laurie and Marlin Ridgway-Stoltz of Elmira, brothers and sisters-in-law Brian and Liz Plumtree of Baden, Chris Plumtree of Kitchener and Ann and Robert Stever of Roseville.A private family service will take place at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 7 Spencer St. Milverton. A celebration of Tiny's life will take place at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Canada or the Milverton Legion would be appreciated by the family.

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-claude-tiny-bowman-1089742884
<![CDATA[JACK BARLOW]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jack-barlow-1089743111<![CDATA[

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Passed away on May 11, 2024, at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 64. Beloved husband of Patricia Barlow (nee Martz). Loving father of Jim Barlow (Emily), Jeff Stoesser (Brittany), Joshua Stoesser and the late Julie Gomes (Brian). Dear papa of Blakely, Lincoln, Parker, Maddox and Violet. Predeceased by Parents Robert and Annie Barlow and brother Bobby. Survived by Sisters Brenda and Jeanne (Rick) and Brother Art and many nieces, nephews, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Jack worked at many different positions in his tenure with the WRDSB, finishing his career as Custodial Department Head at Grand River Collegiate. Jack coached many hockey teams and was very successful at teaching the game to his players. After retirement, he began driving shuttle for Scherers Motors which he enjoyed and made many new friends. He was also an avid golfer, which led him to being a Marshall at Rebel Creek Golf Club surrounded by the game he loved. He was very passionate about his family and loved seeing his grandkids at the rinks, ball diamonds, watching videos of Blakely's gymnastics and Violet's dance on a visit to papa in the hospital. I have lost a wonderful, loving, funny, irritating and stubborn man that I would never have changed for the world. He was my world, and I am only going to be whole again when we meet again my love. Jack's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue on Thursday, May 16, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. with a Funeral Service in the chapel at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow. Those unable to attend may view Jack's service via the following live stream link: https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Food4Kids Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jack-barlow-1089743111
<![CDATA[SCHAEFER, GRACIA "PEGGY"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gracia-peggy-schaefer-1089743290<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at Barnswallow Place, in Elmira, on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the age of 101. Beloved wife of the late Richard (1983). Loving mother of Judy (Christopher) and the late Tim, Danny, Tom and Wendy. Survived by daughter-in-law, Lori Schaefer, and son-in-law, Peter Hummel. Proud grandmother of many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Survived by her sister, Betty Hintz. Predeceased by five brothers and three sisters. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. A private family service will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, (519) 749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 13 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gracia-peggy-schaefer-1089743290
<![CDATA[KATIE HESCH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/katie-hesch-1089723907<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Mary's Hospital on Thursday May 9, 2024.Survived by her brother George (Betty) Hesch, many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.Predeceased by her parents Martin and Maria Hesch, siblings Martin (Eva) Hesch, John (Dolores) Hesch, and Maria (Harvey) Fischer.Katie was a bright and shining star. She will be missed by her family especially at all the special occasions. She loved ice cream, movies, and spending time outdoors. She enjoyed going to Florida with her two brothers. Recently she loved going for Chinese food with Carol and Doug Kurt, Linda, Paul and their families.Special thanks to the staff of Barnswallow Place Care Community for the care and compassion they showed Katie and her family.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday May 15, 2024, from 12-12:45 p.m. The funeral service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home at 1 p.m. An interment at Woodland Cemetery will follow the service.Condolences for the family and donations to Parkison Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com.

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/katie-hesch-1089723907
<![CDATA[LISA SIMARD (TOLTON)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lisa-simard-tolton-1089735882<![CDATA[

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Our dear Lisa, It has been five years since you were taken away from us. "And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depths until the hour of separation."~ Kahlil GibranLove always and forever, the Tolton & Simard Families

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lisa-simard-tolton-1089735882
<![CDATA[SAWYER, THOMAS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-sawyer-1089735888<![CDATA[

Passed away on May 10, 2024, at home surrounded by his family, at the age of 73. Beloved husband for 53 years of Clara (nee Somodi). Loving Dad of Jennifer Wallage (Chris) and Julie Mingo (Adam). Dear Papa of his adoring grandchildren Ryan, Liam, Erin. Tom started his Air Force career in Windsor ON as an Air Cadet, until 1969, when he joined the Canadian Armed Forces (Air Element). He was posted to many locations, including CFB Trenton, CFB Edmonton, CFB Borden, as a UN Peacekeeper in the Golan Heights, NDHQ and NDMC, retiring from the 11th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery in Guelph. After retirement from the Air Force, he became a Civilian Volunteer with #80 K-W Squadron, later enrolled as an Officer Cadet, moving into the role of Commanding Officer. He was also part of the #121 Red Arrow Squadron and the #530 Squadron, and after having served over 45 years, retired from the Air Force. In civilian life, Tom worked for Corrections Ontario, as a Correctional Officer and an Operational Manager serving at the Guelph Correctional Centre, the Ontario Correctional Institute and Maplehurst Correctional Complex. Tom retired from Ontario Public Service after 20 years in 2015. Not one to stay retired for long, Tom started at Costco (Waterloo), serving in several areas, retiring from the hearing aid department in May 2022. Survived by his brother, David Sawyer Sr (Susan) and sister Susan Smith; many nieces and nephews, along with extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his Father Clarence Sawyer (2013) and Mother, Margaret (1993). Tom's family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Funeral will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Interment a later date at Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Air Cadet League of Canada, 80 Squadron and the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/thomas-sawyer-1089735888
<![CDATA[SMOLAK, MARIE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marie-smolak-1089735935<![CDATA[

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**SERVICES POSTPONED**Passed away surrounded by her family at Lisaard House in Cambridge on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the age of 83. Beloved wife of the late Stanley (2019). Loving mother of Michael Smolak (Astrid), Leslie Whiteley and Jason Smolak (Agnieszka). Proud grandma of Cassidy Whiteley. Dear sister of Gail Wittich (late Robert) and the late Elaine Baldwin. Survived by her brother-in-law Doug Baldwin, sister-in-law Theresa Lednicky (Walter) and cousins Bill Wettlaufer (Barbara) and Edith Williams-Brown (Joe). Predeceased by her father Edward and stepmother Edna. Marie was a hairdresser for 50 years, an Avon Lady for 25 years and an art student and teacher for 35 years. Marie was a longtime member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church where she also taught Sunday School. She loved her newspaper, radio trivia games, caring for the birds/squirrels in the backyard, camping, and her neighbours on 6th Ave. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marie-smolak-1089735935
<![CDATA[RALPH BRUBACHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-brubacher-1089735982<![CDATA[

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Passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the age of 72, surrounded by his family. Ralph will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Anne Brubacher, children Matthew (Maria Gruending) and Heidi (Tavis Weber), grandchildren Ellie, Solomon, and Alma, brother Laverne (Ella), and his sisters Carol Shantz (Leroy), Arlene Groh (John), and Marion Martin (Ray). He will be grieved by his large extended family, his faith community, and his circle of friends. Ralph was predeceased by his parents Roy and Minerva Brubacher. Professionally, Ralph was a retired teacher and a practicing spiritual director. He was an avid gardener, marathon runner, and outdoor enthusiast. He was also a spiritual seeker, an active grandfather, and an ice cream pusher. Special thanks to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, especially Dr. Tam, Dr. Rosart, and Anita Riddall, for your compassionate care. Cremation has taken place, and a Visitation will be held at the Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd, Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 15th from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held at the church on Thursday, May 16th at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home's website for those who cannot attend in person. Condolences for the family and donations to the Mennonite Central Committee or the House of Friendship may be arranged through www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-brubacher-1089735982
<![CDATA[ASHCROFT, GEORGE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-ashcroft-1089735998<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (52)

Loyal family member, best friend, willing volunteer, daring entrepreneur, helpful newspaper "boy", and avid recycler. George passed away peacefully on May 8 at the age of 85. Brother of Fay Ashcroft (dec), Shirley Leeder (Red dec), Lawrence Ashcroft (dec) (Edythe dec), Wilfred Ashcroft (Eileen dec), Freda Greaves (Bud), John Ashcroft (Margaret), Don Ashcroft (dec) (Bonnie) and Mary Stephens. Special longtime friend of Judy Bruyn and Jeyas Balaskanthan. Several nieces and nephews will miss his interesting stories about his eccentric life. We want to sincerely thank the nurses on Freeport Palliative Care for their tender and constant care of George, especially Rosemary. A graveside service will be held at Edgehill Cemetery, Colpoys Bay, Thursday, May 16th, 1:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the GEORGE FUNERAL HOME, Wiarton. Expressions of remembrance to The Working Centre, Waterloo would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through www.georgefuneralhome.com

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Sun, 12 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-ashcroft-1089735998
<![CDATA[MARGARET DOREENE SHANTZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-doreene-shantz-1089677360<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (53)

We love you,

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-doreene-shantz-1089677360
<![CDATA[RATKO VUJANIC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ratko-vujanic-1089689996<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (54)

Wherever we see a flower bloomThoughts of you will fill the roomWhenever we dig our hands in the earthMay your guiding handlead rebirthWhenever we reap what was planted and grew We will be grateful and think of youLovingly remembered by his wife Mira and Family

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ratko-vujanic-1089689996
<![CDATA[MOMCILO MOMO PETROVIC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/momcilo-momo-petrovic-1089703242<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (55)

In memory of a dear husband, father, and grandfather who passed away four years ago. With all our love always, Your family. Volimo te puno i puno name nedostajes.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/momcilo-momo-petrovic-1089703242
<![CDATA[ALLEN, CATHERINE ELIZABETH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/catherine-elizabeth-allen-1089703097<![CDATA[

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In memory of a dear mother on Mother's Day.We cannot lose the ones we loveFor even when they're gone,We feel their gentle presenceIn the hush of every dawn.We see them in the sunlightThat makes the day so bright,In the flowers of springtimeAnd in the stars at night.We cannot lose the ones we loveFor they will always stay,In all that's bright and beautifulAround us every day.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/catherine-elizabeth-allen-1089703097
<![CDATA[ELLA MAE AND JOHN JOSEPH KELLY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ella-mae-and-john-joseph-kelly-1089703662<![CDATA[

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KELLY, Ella MaeFebruary 6, 1922 - May 10, 2004Kelly, John JosephMarch 19, 1922 - April 18, 2015In loving memory, of our dear parents, who left an indelible mark on our hearts and lives. Their unwavering love, guidance, and warmth continue to illuminate our paths even in their physical absence. Rest in peace dear parents, your love remains internally alive within us.Mary Jo, Paul, Gail, Barb, Cathy, Jim, Janette, Brian.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ella-mae-and-john-joseph-kelly-1089703662
<![CDATA[EDWARD "TED" HOLLANDS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-ted-hollands-1089708924<![CDATA[

You are in our thoughts, miss you Eddie.John, Laura, John Jr. & Wade

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-ted-hollands-1089708924
<![CDATA[BEVERLY PEQUEGNAT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/beverly-pequegnat-1089715594<![CDATA[

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We will think about you often; we will pause and see your smile. You will never be forgotten; your laugh, your creativity, your style. We will hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain; to walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again. The family of Beverly Lee Pequegnat is heartbroken to announce her sudden passing on May 2, 2024 in Portland, Oregon, where she made her home the last eight years. Bev leaves behind her dear friend and companion Tony Palandri. Cherished sister of Jane Gross (Mike), Jim Pequegnat (Sharon), Glen Leach (Martine), Nancy Oberholtzer (Bob), Laurie Wilfong (Tod), Steve Pequegnat (Leighe) and Lynne Walton (Robert). Many nieces and nephews will miss her. Predeceased by her father Homer, mother Bernice (nee Petznick) and her sister Joy Sterritt. Bev, born in Kitchener, headed west to Alberta at a young age, waiting on tables until she could afford a plane ticket to her next adventure. Her journeys took her through Whistler and Hong Kong before landing in Hawaii. Bev worked for some of the tour operators and learned all the best snorkeling and surf spots on Maui. She loved surfing and hiking. She went on many overnight hikes into the Haleakala Crater to gaze at the stunning starry night sky and witness the incredible sunrise. Bev's vibrant, adventurous spirit touched the lives of many; she lived life on her own terms, embraced freedom and spontaneity at every turn. Her laughter was infectious, smile was huge and zest for life was her own. Bev always saw the beauty in the world around her. Her creativity saw no bounds, and her adventurous soul led her on countless unforgettable journeys. Bev's wish is cremation and a small gathering at her favorite places. Rest in peace dear Beverly, you will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/beverly-pequegnat-1089715594
<![CDATA[RITA KING]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-king-1089708789<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (59)

Passed away peacefully at Saint Luke's Place, Cambridge, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the age of 92. Loving wife of the late Edward (2017). Survived by grandson, Jesse Stoutenberg; stepdaughter-in-law, Sharon King (late Bryan) and stepchildren, Wendy Born (Mike), Nancy Hawes (Allan) and Alan King. Predeceased by her parents, Alfred and Daisy Stager; son, Greg Stoutenberg; sisters, Audrey Willis (Jim), Doris Johnson (Geoff). Fondly remembered by many step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita retired after 37 years with Crowe Foundry. She loved travelling in her early years, reading her novels and working on her crossword puzzles. Cremation has taken place and visitation will take place at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge, on Tuesday, May 14, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m., service to follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment to take place at New Hope Cemetery, reception to follow.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-king-1089708789
<![CDATA[JOANNE WILLIAMS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joanne-williams-1089714719<![CDATA[

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Joanne Margaret Williams passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at home with her husband by her side, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.Joanne was born on November 7, 1948, in Hamilton, ON to Frank and Margaret Williams and is survived by her loving husband, Don Burn. She will be missed by her cousin, Huong Ly, and Huong's children William and Cynthia Warren, by Don's sisters Cathy (Kirk), Nancy (Randy) and Colleen as well as by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.Joanne had a long career as a teacher, first in Winnipeg and then subsequently in Waterloo and St. Jacobs. Joanne taught at all levels in the school system but particularly enjoyed her time as a music specialist and digital arts proponent, which allowed to her pass on her love of musical performance.Special thanks to the medical staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. The exceptional and compassionate care given to Joanne at the end of her life by Dr. Yew and the nurses from ParaMed Waterloo Home Health Care is greatly appreciated by her family. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Joanne's life will be held at Erb & Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, in the Fireside Reception Room on Sunday, June 9, 2024, from 2 - 4 p.m.In remembrance of the times she enjoyed at the cottage in Muskoka and Joanne's love of gardening please consider planting something in her memory.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joanne-williams-1089714719
<![CDATA[KRAUSE, IRVIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/irvin-krause-1089715369<![CDATA[

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Passed away at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the age of 87. Loving husband and best friend of Nancy Krause (nee Norman), who together shared 62 years of a wonderful marriage. Cherished father of Linda Gillis (Aubrey) and Julie Pauli (Earon). Proud grandfather of Jacob, Michael, Sebastian, and Adriana. Beloved brother of Elfrieda Neufeld (the late Ed), the late Eldon Krause (the late Hilde), and brother-in-law of Tom and Judy Norman and Kathy and Bruce Dearden.Cremation has taken place. Resting at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St., Cambridge, where family and friends will be received for Memorial Visitation on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service to be held in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Reception for all will follow until 1:30 p.m. following which a private interment will be held at the Glen Morris Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/irvin-krause-1089715369
<![CDATA[SCHWAB, MADELINE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/madeline-schwab-1089723127<![CDATA[

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You passed eight years ago. You are still alive in my heart. Wanda

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/madeline-schwab-1089723127
<![CDATA[ROSE ALTMAYER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rose-altmayer-1089723135<![CDATA[

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You are our beautiful everyone's Mom.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rose-altmayer-1089723135
<![CDATA[JACOB (JAKE) LOEWEN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jacob-jake-loewen-1089723147<![CDATA[

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Jacob (Jake) Loewen, went home to be with his loving Lord on May 1, 2024, at the age of 94. He was the loving husband of Helen Loewen (Kasper) for 69 years and children Jennifer Bilenki (Steve) and Dave Loewen (Kelly). Jake is survived by his precious grandchildren, Fiona, Brittany (Scott), Brody (Anna), Bailey, Parker and Lincoln (Jon). Jake is also great-grandpa to their very dear great-grandchildren, Tatum, Kaylee, Peyton, Coleton, Brooklynn, Evan, Emily, Alayna, MaKai, Kainen, Parker, and Silas. Funeral service will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Fredrick Street., Kitchener, ON (519)749-8467 on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jacob-jake-loewen-1089723147
<![CDATA[BARBARA ARLEN MCCUAIG]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-arlen-mccuaig-1089723248<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (65)

Barbara Arlen McCuaig, a cherished mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2024, at the age of eighty-eight. Born in Brantford, Ontario, on June 15, 1935, she was the first-born child of Allan Walker Shaw and Edna Marie Shaw (Plant).Barb grew up on her parent's farm, alongside her two younger brothers, deeply connected to the Shaw and Plant clans. On top of a farming heritage, creativity flowed through her family; her dad was an actor/singer, her mom a writer, and she inherited their creative flair.Barb was the first in her family to attend University, studying Physical and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She was an active member and later president of the Tri Delta sorority. At U of T, Barb also met the love of her life, David Roderick McCuaig.Barb and Dave married on December 7, 1957. Barb started work as a physiotherapist, working with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the Red Cross. After living in Toronto and Windsor, Barb and Dave ultimately made their home in Kitchener-Waterloo. Family was at the centre of Barb and Dave's lives. Over the span of nine years, they welcomed their seven children, including two sets of twins. Barb often jested with a smile on her face that she had wanted two children, while Dave had wanted four, so they had "two for her, four for him, and one for good measure." Barb ("Nan") and Dave also thrived as grandparents, blessed with twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Barb's passions were diverse, ranging from a talent for baking and cookingher kitchen perpetually filled with the smells of freshly baked pies and rolls to gardening, crosswords, painting, music, sporting purple and turquoise fashions, playing euchre, nightly viewings of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, and cheering on her beloved Blue Jays. She enjoyed travelling with Dave and their children, with annual trips to Marco Island, Florida, and special adventures in South Africa, Scotland, Portugal, and Hawaii. Barb was a deeply curious person. She read the newspaper every day and had informed opinions on world events, natural medicine, and more.In the wake of Dave's passing in 2020, Barb remained a pillar of strength and resilience, living independently in her home throughout the pandemic, all the way until her passing.Barb will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, intellect, quick wit, and deep love for her family. She is survived by her seven children and their spouses (Jeff/Kris, Kevin/Janet, Stewart/Kelly, Lisa/Bruce, Todd/Gwen, Bradley/Mike and Wendy, Murray/Judy), twenty grandchildren (Sarah, Jennifer, Steven, Julia, Katelyn, Laura, Scott, Anna, Jessica, Olivia, Evan, Stephanie, Matthew, Sam, David, Mackenzie, Cameron, Katie, Ryan, Ben), three great-grandchildren (Hazel, Isla, William), two brothers and their spouses (Larry/Carol, Nelson/Linda) and her many nieces and nephews. Her legacy is one of strength and love.Join us to honour Barb's life on June 15, what would have marked her eighty-ninth birthday, at Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre for a 10 AM visitation and 11 AM chapel service. For donations, condolences, and webcast details please visit beckettglaves.com.Rest in peace, dear Barbara Arlen McCuaig. You worked tirelessly to build this beautiful family, and for that, we will all be forever grateful.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-arlen-mccuaig-1089723248
<![CDATA[MILLER, JOY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joy-miller-1089723253<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (66)

Passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Grand River Hospital (Freeport Campus) in Kitchener at the age of 87. Beloved wife of the late D'Arcy Miller (2001) for 45 years. Loving mother of Dean (Angela), Dale (Tammy), Dave (Linda) and Jodi Marshall (Gord). Cherished grand- mother of 14. Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends. Predeceased by her parents Karl and Dorothy Snider (Wannamaker) and four siblings. Joy lived a life worthy of her name. Her working life was spent at ShopRite, Loblaws, and Canada Post. The Lake Huron shoreline was always a beacon, whether Sauble Beach, Bayfield or Grand Bend. Joy loved the years of wintering in Florida and travelling and sitting by the pool with family and friends. She was the quintessential hostess, always ready with food and drink. She was rarely without a canine companion. She will be deeply missed. As per her wishes there will be no service or visitation. The family is exceedingly grateful for the amazing Complex Continuing Care staff of the Freeport Campus of Grand River Hospital for the genuine and gentle care of Joy in her final months. Private arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joy-miller-1089723253
<![CDATA[BALOG, PETER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/peter-balog-1089723500<![CDATA[

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Balog on April 25, 2024 surrounded by his family at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Peter will be missed by his loving wife of 65 years Anne (nee Coltman) his daughters Kimberley Kelly (Frank) and Heather Bentham (Rob) and his grandchildren Danielle, Josh (Jenn), Peter and Holly Lamarche (Jordan) and his great-grandchildren Jolene and West Kelly. Peter enjoyed a rewarding 35 year career with the Ontario Provincial Police, proudly serving the last 17 years on the Ontario Premier's Security Detail. He was a devoted family man, whose favourite hobby was cooking beautiful meals from recipes he collected throughout the years and put into his special cook books. Peter loved hosting extended family gatherings around his pool, cruising and family vacations. He had a jovial demeanour and was known for his wit, amusing sayings and "kabitzing" as he would call it. A service was held on May 6, 2024 at Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home, Newmarket. Special thanks to Dr. Anglin, Dr. Liauw and the caring nursing staff in the Emergency, Cancer and Palliative units of Southlake. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation on Peter's behalf to Southlake Regional Health Centre Cancer or Palliative Care Units.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/peter-balog-1089723500
<![CDATA[JOHN BUCHENAUER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-buchenauer-1089723503<![CDATA[

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At Innisfree House Hospice on Thursday, May 9, 2024 John Buchenauer of Kitchener passed away at the age of 91.Beloved husband of Olga (Held) with whom he celebrated 65 years of marriage this past fall. Devoted father of Ron and Gina (Bing) Buchenauer, Rob and Carmen (Alexy) Buchenauer and Perry and Belinda (Petzke) Buchenauer. Loving grandfather of Cody (Andrea), Jesse (Brittany), Ben (Renee), Emily (Sam), Amanda (Adam), and Liam (Maddie). Great-grandfather of Deacon, Vanna and Jacob. Brother of Helmut (Ingrid) Buchenauer and Elizabeth Buchenauer. Brother-in-law of Ella Kurtz, Freida Wilderman, and Richard Held. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews.Predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Buchenauer, and Elizabeth's husband Irvin, as well as brothers-in-law Alfred Kurtz, Ernst Wilderman, Rudy Held, and Eric Held and sister-in-law Lynn (Wallace) Held.John moved to Canada from Germany in 1953 at the age of 18 (with only a suitcase he still has to this day) to begin a new life. He settled in Ontario. He and Olga started and raised their family in New Hamburg and Kitchener. He proudly worked for Canadian Blower and Forge as a pattern maker for many years. He enjoyed exploring new places and sightseeing on his many travels with Olga. John loved woodworking, helping family with various projects, going to the casino and dancing. He was never happier than when he was surrounded by loved ones, especially his grandchildren who will all sadly miss their wonderful "Opa".Private arrangements have been entrusted to Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, New Hamburg.Final resting place, Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Innisfree House Hospice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-buchenauer-1089723503
<![CDATA[DUGUID, WAYNE 1943-2024]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-1943-2024-duguid-1089723532<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that the family of Wayne Duguid announces his sudden passing on Saturday May 4th, 2024 at the age of 80. Beloved husband of 61 years to MaryAnn (nee Hoffos). Cherished father of Les (Marcela), Shana (Larry) and Cheryl. Loving grandfather and train conductor to Nelson (Talea), Nathan, David, and Matthew. Dear brother of Stuart and Helen. Predeceased by his parents Jim and Jean (nee Holt). He will also be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews and his furry companion, Max. Wayne was the proud owner of Top Tech Electronics for over 30 years. Wayne was an avid enthusiast of model trains and remote control airplanes. He would often be found with one of his grandchildren driving trains or making his many beautiful wooden creations. At Waynes' request there will be no service and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as expressions of sympathy.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-1943-2024-duguid-1089723532
<![CDATA[EDWALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edwald-george-1952-2024-bruyn-1089723551<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (69)

Passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at the age of 72. George is survived by his loving wife Maria for 35 years. Fondly remembered by Maria's daughter Jennifer Haslett and her husband Paul Wright and their son Sam. Cherished brother of Domi (Karen) and Ron (Sue), brother-in-law of Brenda Bruyn Predeceased by his parents Wilhelmina (nee DeReus) and Dominicus Bruyn, dear brother of Eleanor (Al) and Reg George retired from the Waterloo Regional Police Services after serving the residents of Waterloo Region for 27 years. He began his policing in 1973 as a Constable. Special thanks to Dr MacEachern, Dr Alfonzo Michelangeli and the nursing staff at Grand River Hospital for all the care given to George. Your care and compassion will not be forgotten. Special thanks to Karen and Robert Doerner, Julianna Martin, Lorna Fenton, Kim Gingrich, Jim Kaufman and friends from the Waterloo Christian Reformed Church for their love and care given to George. Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Trees for Woolwich may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, Waterloo at 519-745-8445 or www.erbgood.com

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edwald-george-1952-2024-bruyn-1089723551
<![CDATA[KENNETH (KEN) BUHLMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kenneth-ken-buhlman-1089723718<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (70)

A fighter to the very end, Kenneth Francis Buhlman passed away with his loving family by his side, on May 9, 2024, in his ninety-first year. Ken is reunited with his beloved wife, Rita, and was the fun-loving patriarch to a family that cherished his love for life and sports. He will be sorely missed by his children, Mark (Erika), Michelle MacDonald (Paul), Michael (Louise) and Kevin. Papa's laugh and wry sense of humour will be missed by his grandchildren Courtney Buhlman, Katrina Buhlman, Justin Buhlman, Colin Buhlman (Brittany), Nick Buhlman (Michelle), Alyx Cantwell (Jamie) and Simon Buhlman (Jessica). Papa was also blessed with great-grandchildren Henley, Braelynn, Aubree, Nolan and Annika. Survived by his devoted sisters Pat Schnell and Diane Lane. Ken was born and raised in Waterloo and followed in his own father's footsteps, enjoying a long and proud career as a Milk Man and later on, truck deliveries with Maple Lane Dairies/Beatrice Foods. His passion for sports was unparalleled and "Bully" tended goal for the Waterloo Hurricanes, Waterloo Siskins and Elmira Polar Kings, during which time he and several teammates were hired to work at Bauer Felt in Waterloo. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football were his most cherished team, as was the Boston Bruins and Toronto Blue Jays. Papa loved coaching in baseball and hockey throughout his life and took great pride in watching his children and grandchildren play their own sports. Spending time each winter in Madeira Beach, Florida with Nana was what he looked forward to the most, but horseshoes, shuffleboard and card games at the cottage in Kincardine was always highly anticipated. Papa was a devout and faithful man with a heart of gold. His love for family will live on in all of us.The family would also like to extend thanks to Dr. Dawn Yew and her palliative care team. Ken's family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467.The Liturgy service will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home on Tuesday, followed by a reception. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed via livestream at www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stoke Foundation of Ontario and Grand River Hospital-Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kenneth-ken-buhlman-1089723718
<![CDATA[JAMES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-1942-2024-gehl-1089723760<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (71)

Jim passed away peacefully, at the age of 80 years, in the early hours of Thursday, May 9, 2024 at Waterloo Hospice. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Anne (Dietrich) Gehl and sons, Trevor (Tracey) and Chris (Susan). His three grandchildren William, Wesley and Danika held a special place in his heart. He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Ida Gehl, in-laws Bob and Lorraine Dietrich and sister-in-law Pat Henhoeffer. Survived by his brother Ron (Rita) Gehl, sister Christine (Dave) Heipel, sisters and brothers-in-law John Henhoeffer, Len (Joan) Dietrich, Norb (Laurie) Dietrich, Bob (Theresa) Dietrich, Steve (Lisa) Dietrich, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-nephew. Jim worked for Zehrs Markets all of his working years, was an active member of St Agatha RC Church and carved at Wilmot Senior's Woodworking and Craft Shop, Baden.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Sunday, May 12, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Parish Prays offered at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Agatha RC Church, 1839 Notre Dame Dr., St. Agatha on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 11 a.m., followed by the interment at St. Agatha RC Cemetery. A reception will be held in the Parish Hall. Cremation has taken place.

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Fri, 10 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-1942-2024-gehl-1089723760
<![CDATA[WAYNE HILKER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-hilker-1089714854<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (72)

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of Wayne Patrick Hilker. Wayne, 71 of Cambridge, Ontario, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, surrounded by family at Lisaard House. Wayne will be lovingly remembered by his wife Susan of 52 years. Forever be missed by his sons, Patrick (Michelle) and Michael (Juanita). Cherished grandpa to Marc, Austin, Noah, Alexis, Jesse, and great-grandpa to Jaxon. Wayne also leaves behind his sister Frances (predeceased by Albert) and his brother Gary (Joan). Predeceased by his parents, Pat and Mable Hilker and his grandson Ryan. Wayne was an avid lover of cars, especially Corvette's. He really enjoyed going to cruise nights and car shows with his many great friends. A visitation will be held at Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, on Sunday, May 19, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at Parklawn Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Lisaard House would be greatly appreciated.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-hilker-1089714854
<![CDATA[ROGER DRUDGE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/roger-drudge-1089714880<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (73)

Roger Amos Drudge passed away peacefully at his home in Wroxeter, on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in his 54th year. Husband of Martha (Horst) Drudge. Father of Lois and Gregory Good, and Logan, Kara, Chandra, and Lori Drudge. Son of John & Elizabeth (Baker) Drudge of Wroxeter, and son-in-law of Ervin and Erma (Wagler) Horst of Tavistock. Brother of Jerry and Juanita Drudge, and Jeffrey and Cindy Drudge, all of Wroxeter, and brother-in-law of Cathy and Ernest Eby of State College, PA, Cliff and Carolyn Horst of Stratford, Calvin and Sara Horst of Shakespeare, and Dale and Nicole Horst of Tavistock. Remembered by his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his maternal grandparents Amos and Edna Baker, and by his paternal grandparents Fred and Anna Drudge, and cousins Betty Baker and Ruth Garber. Visitation will be held at Maranatha Conservative Mennonite Church, 31 John Street, Drayton, on Sunday from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m., and again at Woodlawn Mennonite Fellowship, 6449 Wellington Road 11, Drayton, on Monday, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m., where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in Hollen Cemetery. Memorial donations to Christian Aid Mission or Oasis of Hope Hospital would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/roger-drudge-1089714880
<![CDATA[ABOUT OUR MOTHER, JANINE SHARP (GRESPAN) ABOUT OUR MOTHER, JANINE SHARP (GRESPAN)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janine-sharp-1089715010<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (74)

Our mom was and always will be a Kitchener-Waterloo icon. She is often remembered for her 25+ years in local news and broadcast presentation at CKCO/CTV News Kitchener. Even in everyday conversation, she always took a journalistic approach and sought your real story. But her successful career does not completely encapsulate who our mother really was.Beyond the camera, she was a compassionate, committed mother to two sons. We were her world, and no matter the paths in life we took or who we decided to be, she adored us as the crowning achievements of her life. She loved and protected us in a way we can only aspire to treat our own children someday.We have always admired our mom's natural gift of friendship. To her, making friends was never a popularity contest. It was a gift to create strong loyal and loving bonds—and have fun while doing so. Wherever she travelled across the globe—from Australia to Europe to Africa—she was never without someone to have fun with, because a friend was just waiting to be made. Our mom was also a woman of exceptional taste and culture, deeply ingrained in her community's arts and music initiatives. She could always be found in the front row dancing, even if she was there alone. She never once apologized for her uncompromisingly sociable attitude, and for that, we are so proud of her.Above all, we believe the most important thing to note about our mom's life experience is courage. She dared to live out loud and love without fear of being ridiculed. She took great risks and lived a life full of adventure. She made many friends from various backgrounds. She had the courage to fight cancer - twice.In 2007, the first time she was diagnosed, she stated on a TV broadcast that she "would be back." She fulfilled that promise and inspired many other cancer survivors in their own battles. Then, after her triumphant victory, she set her career in journalism aside, to enjoy 15 more wonderful years. We always believed in her strength, but could not fully comprehend her courage until we saw it for ourselves. She was the most courageous woman we have ever known.We have heard that people who have passed are never really gone if we keep them in our hearts. For us, we will remember our mom in every beautiful flower garden, every fishbowl glass of wine, every pink sunset cloud. So she will never truly be gone from us. We know her memory and legacy will be carried on by all of us in her community, including the many dear friends and acquaintances who had the joy of meeting her.Our mom peacefully passed surrounded by her family on Friday, May 3, 2024 at Grand River Hospital's Freeport Campus in Kitchener. She is predeceased by her parents, Fred and Enes Grespan, and sister, Claudia. She is survived by her two sons, Jesse and Bram, her daughter-in-law, Maliyah, her siblings, Paul (JoAnn), Peter, Michelle (Alan), Rebecca and Sonja and her nieces and nephews, Benjamin, Laura, Lakin, Sierra and Erica. Also by her dear friend and former husband of 35 years, David Sharp.Visitation will be taking place at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. both evenings. A Celebration of Life will follow at a later date still to be determined.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janine-sharp-1089715010
<![CDATA[BROCHET, BERNICE SYLVI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bernice-sylvi-brochet-1089715198<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (75)

Passed away on May 8, 2024, at Innisfree House Hospice, in Kitchener, ON at the age of 91. Beloved wife of Michael, who predeceased Bernice in 2009. Cherished aunt of Susan Williams (Alan) of Cambridge, Carol Brown (Cecil) of Bell Island, NL, and Tim Hussey (Alison) of Yarker. Pre- deceased by her siblings Betty, Ruth, Shirley, George and Audrey. She will be dearly missed by her numerous nieces, nephews and ext- ended family. Thank you to the staff and volunteers of Innisfree House for their loving care. Bernice's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Interment will be held at 10:00 AM, on Monday, May 13, 2024, at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau. As expres- sions of sympathy, donations to Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bernice-sylvi-brochet-1089715198
<![CDATA[SMERCHINSKI, ROBERT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-smerchinski-1089715218<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (76)

Passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 78. Loving Dad of Andrea Smerchinski (John Zizzo) and Chad Smerchinski (Chelsea). Cherished Grandpa to Gabriel and Theo. Uncle to Tammy Smerchinski (Kathy), Rick Smerchinski and Jon (Ally). Predeceased by parents, Walter and Sylvia (nee Gordash), brother Jerry. Bob was a teacher, hobbyist and dog lover. He was known as "Mr. S" to the many students that he taught throughout his teaching career with both school boards. As a true hobbyist he had great ability to master many crafts. His love of dogs brought him much joy throughout his life. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As per Bob's wishes, a private celebration of life will take place at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-smerchinski-1089715218
<![CDATA[PATRICIA (BIEHN) ISRAEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-biehn-israel-1089715243<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (77)

Passed away suddenly at her home in Elmira on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, in her 77th year. Beloved wife of Archie Israel for 54 years. Lovingly remembered by her only sister Carolyn and her husband Carl Israel, many sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Graham and Nettie Biehn. Pat was a dedicated dental hygienist in Elmira for 29 years, was an avid reader, and travelled to many countries. At her request, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-biehn-israel-1089715243
<![CDATA[MATO ANDRIC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mato-andric-1089715368<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (78)

Beloved husband, father, and dida, peacefully passed away at the age of 92 on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at University Gates LTC. He is now reunited in Heaven with his loving wife, Zora Andric. Mato is remembered by his daughter, Donna (Dave) Wilton; his son, John (Melinda) Andric; his grandchildren, Shane, Tina (Brendo), Christian, and Ben; his extended family and many friends in Canada and Croatia. Mato's life exemplified the value of hard work, creating opportunities, and dedication to family and friends. He left his extended family in Croatia to start a better life for his family in Canada. He was proud of his Croatian roots and for many years ran Croatian Heritage, where he sold items at Croatian events across North America. We will miss his witty sense of humor and happy smile. The family would like to thank the staff at Hagey Hall for their compassionate care that was provided for Mato over the past 3.5 years. Mato's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. (vigil prayers at 7:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Holy Family Croatian Roman Catholic Church, 180 Schweitzer St, Kitchener. Interment Parkview Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Holy Family Croatian Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mato-andric-1089715368
<![CDATA[PATRICK FLYNN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patrick-flynn-1089715474<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (79)

Dad, This place isn't the same without you - it's entirely shabby and dull, missing your singular essence. What we wouldn't do to pick up the phone and tell you our news, the big and the small, the good and the bad. We appreciate your bird-visits, thank you for checking in on us in your cardinal form, always when we need it most. We still manage to feel your presence and guidance, every day. We love you to the moon and back.

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Thu, 9 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patrick-flynn-1089715474
<![CDATA[THOMSON, REID MICHAEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/reid-michael-thomson-1089689999<![CDATA[

Those we love don't go awayThey walk beside us everydayUnseen, unheard but always nearStill loved, still missed and very dear

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Wed, 8 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/reid-michael-thomson-1089689999
<![CDATA[HELEN MCMICHAEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-mcmichael-1089690541<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (80)

Family and friends of Helen McMichael are invited to her Celebration of 101 years of Life. This event will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo. A simple service will take place at 3:00.Please join us to share stories and happy memories.

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Wed, 8 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-mcmichael-1089690541
<![CDATA[DIANE BEKIROSKI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/diane-bekiroski-1089703025<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (81)

Bekiroski, Diane Elizabeth (nee Weir) - passed away at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie Ontario on Thursday May 2, 2024, at the age of 64 after a brief illness. Beloved daughter of Doreen Weir (nee Ross), sister of Donna (Geoff Sanders) and partner of Richard Mason. Diane will be dearly missed by feline companions Riley and Kobe. Predeceased by her father Ken Weir (2009) and an infant sister Janice Lynn (1957).Much of Diane's life and career revolved around the ski industry. As an accomplished instructor, she helped people learn to ski at Chicopee, Blue Mountain, and Georgian Peaks. Since she needed something to do in the summer, she also had tremendous knowledge to share in the pool and spa industry, most recently with Central Spa and Pool Supply in Penetanguishene.As per Diane's request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no funeral. A celebration of life is planned at a later date.Special thanks to Patty Mulligan for helping with medical appointments and being a wonderful friend.Donations in Diane's memory can be made to your local Humane Society.

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Wed, 8 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/diane-bekiroski-1089703025
<![CDATA[REINHART, TYRONE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/tyrone-reinhart-1089709043<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (82)

Nov 13, 1958 - May 3, 2024It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Tyrone Reinhart, 65, on May 3, 2024, at the Moncton Hospital with his loving partner at his side.He was born on November 13, 1958, to Cliff and Betty Reinhart. He was an avid vanner. He enjoyed customizing and travelling to van shows with his friends. Ty was great with his hands, fixing anything that broke with confidence and skill. His hard exterior and sarcastic manner often overshadowed his truly kind heart and compassionate ways. He was always available to help anyone with whatever they needed. Ty is survived by his partner Kori, daughters Nadine (Brett) and Andrienna (Steve), brothers Tom (Sue) and Tim, grandson Erik, and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.A celebration of life will be held on May 18, 2024, at his daughter's house in Guelph.

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Wed, 8 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/tyrone-reinhart-1089709043
<![CDATA[ANTHONY 'TONY' MATLOCK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anthony-tony-matlock-1089709363<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (83)

Tony was the beloved husband of Jean (née Tucker) for 71 years. He was a loving father to Dave (Lana), Mary Jane (Jim), John (Daiene), Ted (Mary), Chris (Shailla), a grandfather to Joel, Jessica (Wes), Robert (Meera), Michelle, Jenn, Andrew, Curtis, Claire, Aden (Aurelie), and a great-grandfather to Reid, Gracie, Kai, and Kiana. He was predeceased by his parents, Theodore and wife Maria Sagan-Matlock, brother Stephen Matlock, and step-brothers and sisters Walter, Stanley, Edward, Casey Sagan, and Mary Branniff.Tony exemplified the value of hard work, creating opportunities, and dedication to family, friends, and colleagues.During the Great Depression era, after losing his mother, Tony and his brother Steve assisted in operating a family farm on Mill Street in Kitchener while also taking on additional jobs to make ends meet. As his father's health declined, Tony left school at the age of 14 to work full-time at Budds Department Store and later at Doon Twines, while still managing the farm. At the age of 16, Tony negotiated with the City of Kitchener for housing on the farm, which was adjacent to Rockway Golf Course. By the age of 20, he purchased land on Ottawa Street South and constructed the 'Matlock Gardens' rental hall for dances, corporate parties, and weddings.The 1950s proved to be significant as Tony met Jean Tucker during night school classes, leading to their marriage at St. Mary's Church with the reception held at Matlock Gardens. Shortly after, Tony sold the land and building to the Concordia Club. During this decade, Tony found success selling appliances while starting a family with Jean. At the age of 30, Tony and his partners launched Washerama and Appliance Centre on King Street in Kitchener. The business flourished due to excellent customer service and provided support to fourteen employees and their families.Tony's passion for golf drove much of his competitive spirit. His fascination with the game began at the age of five, observing the construction of Rockway Golf Course and later working as a caddy. He not only mastered the game but also gained valuable life lessons from the industrialists and personalities he caddied for. Tony became an elite amateur golfer, winning tournaments, ranking high in Ontario, and playing alongside future champions such as Moe Norman, Gerry Kesselring, and Gary Cowan. Tony directed his enthusiasm for golf into developing Merry Hill Golf Course and later the Dundee Golf Club. He retired at the age of 60, enjoying time in Southampton and organizing reunions for caddies and golfers from the Rockway era. He and Jean traveled extensively, often visiting iconic international golf courses.Continuing his competitive spirit, Tony won the 1986 Ontario Senior Champion of Champions and represented Canada internationally for fourteen years in matches against Great Britain and the USA as a member of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association. In 2013, Tony was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, recognized not only for his sportsmanship but also as a community champion for creating two courses that continue to provide recreational and economic benefits to the region. He played golf well into his nineties, often using wooden-shafted clubs among friends from the Golf Historical Society of Canada.In his final weeks, Tony spent his days in comfort and peace with family at Hospice Waterloo Region, passing away naturally in his sleep as he wished, knowing he was loved. Tony's most treasured prize in life was always his family. Despite the hardships of his childhood and the loss of his mother during the Depression era, he remained grateful for his own family, whom he guided through hard work and dedication. From his upbringing on the Mill Street farm to providing opportunities for family, friends, and colleagues throughout his 96 years, Tony's impact will live on.The family extends their gratitude to all who cherished Tony Matlock, with special appreciation to the medical professionals at area hospitals and the exceptional team at Hospice Waterloo Region. For a more comprehensive history of Tony's life and accomplishments, please visit www.henrywalser.com. Tony's family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, (519) 749-8467. Prayers 7:45 p.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's RC Church, 56 Duke St. West, on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 10 a.m. Interment Parkview Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Henry Walser Funeral Home. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Waterloo Region, ST. MARY'S R.C. Church or the Carmel of St. Joseph would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Wed, 8 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anthony-tony-matlock-1089709363
<![CDATA[REAL ARSENEAU]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/real-arseneau-1089686568<![CDATA[

In loving memory of our father and papa, who passed away thirty years ago.Those we love don't go away,they walk beside us every day.Unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed every year.Loving you always, forgetting you never.Ron, Lorraine, Carol and families.

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/real-arseneau-1089686568
<![CDATA[MARIA OLIVIERI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-olivieri-1089705745<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (84)

Passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Hamilton General Hospital at age 86. Survived by her loving husband Giovanni "John" of 62 years, her best friend and love of her life. Devoted mother to Anthony and David (Mirianne), cherished grandmother to Miranda, Jordan and Rachel Beechey, adoring great-grandma to Damian Kruschat, Reese and Damaian Beechey. She will be remembered by sisters, Teresa, Antoinette, and brother, Francois of Belgium, as well as many extended family and friends. Predeceased by her parents, Pellegrino and Lucia Renzulli of Italy, and her sister, Anna of Canada.Maria was born in Serino, Italy. She was a long-time member of the Cortino Club, and a devoted member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Waterloo. She had a smile for everyone that knew her. The Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, with Father Pawel Jamroz presiding. A Reception will follow in the Fireside Reception Room.

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-olivieri-1089705745
<![CDATA[TROTTA, AGOSTINO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/agostino-trotta-1089705792<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (85)

Passed away peacefully on Friday May 3 at the age of 86, at the Grand River Palliative Unit at the Freeport Hospital and was surrounded by the love of his family. Gus was a loving and devoted husband to Josie (Giuseppina) for 61 years. and was a loving father to his four children, Angela, Tony, Mike and John. Gus will be remembered as a loving Nonno to five grandchildren., Dustin, Jessica, Nickolas, Lexi, and Matthew. Agostino will be remembered as a happy man, for his many jokes and for a love of music and great food, especially those prepared "Neapolitan Style". Agostino was fortunate to return to his beloved home country of Italy on ten occasions in his lifetime and enjoyed spending his winters in Sunny Mexico. Cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the St. Francis of Assisi RC Church 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener on Friday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Canadian Lung Association would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Memory Gardens Funeral Home 2723 Victoria St. N. Breslau 519-904-0400. If so desired a book of online condolences may be signed at memoryfuneral.ca

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/agostino-trotta-1089705792
<![CDATA[LOVINA RUTTAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lovina-ruttan-1089706133<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (86)

Lovina (Martin) Ruttan, of Listowel, passed away, peacefully, at Listowel Memorial Hospital, on Monday, May 6, 2024, in her 91st year.Wife of the late Leo R. Ruttan (2005). Survived by her brother, Mervin and Alma Martin, of Listowel; sisters-in-law, Erma Martin, Naomi Martin, Sharon Martin, and Dorothy Ruttan; and several nieces and nephews, and their families.Predeceased by her parents, Ezra and Louisa (Bauman) Martin; and by her siblings, Adeline (Orlan) Martin, Elmina (Jacob) Brubacher, Mary Ann (Sam) Martin, Milton, Onias (Emma), Wayne, Leander, Anson Martin (Betty), and Abner in infancy.Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Listowel Mennonite Church on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, and luncheon to follow. The service will be live-streamed and the link available on the funeral home website. Interment in Fordwich Cemetery.Online condolences may be left at

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lovina-ruttan-1089706133
<![CDATA[BRUCE TAWSE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bruce-tawse-1089706353<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (87)

Bruce Tawse, 84 of Kitchener, passed away suddenly on May 5th, after a brief illness. Bruce was born on June 9, 1939, to Norman and Gladys Tawse in Galt, Ontario. He was predeceased by his wife, Cecile in 2020 after 59 years of marriage. He is survived by his son, Dave (Janet); his daughter, Cathy (Dale); granddaughters, Nikki (Ryan) and Stephanie (Christian); great-granddaughter, Harper and his sister, Marilyn (Paul). Bruce was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to everyone. He was very active in the community in his younger days. He was the convenor and bowling coach for the YBC for 25 years and a minor softball coach for almost 30 years. Bruce was an amateur radio operator and an avid metal detector. He also enjoyed fishing and reading in his spare time. A visitation for Bruce will be held Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at T. Little Funeral Home, 233 Main Street, Cambridge. A funeral service will occur Friday, May 10, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at T. Little Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bruce-tawse-1089706353
<![CDATA[ANTHONY MATLOCK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anthony-matlock-1089706484<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (88)

Tony exemplified the value of hard work, creating opportunities, and dedication to family, friends, and colleagues. During the Great Depression era, after losing his mother, Tony and his brother Steve assisted in operating a family farm on Mill Street in Kitchener while also taking on additional jobs to make ends meet. As his father's health declined, Tony left school at the age of 14 to work full-time at Budds Department Store and later at Doon Twines, while still managing the farm. At the age of 16, Tony negotiated with the City of Kitchener for housing on the farm, which was adjacent to Rockway Golf Course. By the age of 20, he purchased land on Ottawa Street South and constructed the 'Matlock Gardens' rental hall for dances, corporate parties, and weddings. The 1950s proved to be significant as Tony met Jean Tucker during night school classes, leading to their marriage at St. Mary's Church with the reception held at Matlock Gardens. Shortly after, Tony sold the land and building to the Concordia Club. During this decade, Tony found success selling appliances while starting a family with Jean. At the age of 30, Tony and his partners launched Washerama and Appliance Centre on King Street in Kitchener. The business flourished due to excellent customer service and provided support to fourteen employees and their families. Tony's passion for golf drove much of his competitive spirit. His fascination with the game began at the age of five, observing the construction of Rockway Golf Course and later working as a caddy. He not only mastered the game but also gained valuable life lessons from the industrialists and personalities he caddied for. Tony was an elite amateur golfer, winning tournaments, ranking high in Ontario, and playing alongside future champions such as Moe Norman, Gerry Kesselring, and Gary Cowan. He directed his enthusiasm for golf into developing Merry Hill Golf Course and later the Dundee Golf Club. Tony retired at the age of 60, enjoying time in Southampton and organizing reunions for caddies and golfers from the Rockway era. He and Jean traveled extensively, often visiting iconic international golf courses. Continuing his competitive spirit, Tony won the 1986 Ontario Senior Champion of Champions and represented Canada internationally for fourteen years in matches against Great Britain and the USA as a member of the Canadian Seniors Golf Association. In 2013, Tony was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, recognized not only for his sportsmanship but also as a community champion for creating two courses that continue to provide recreational and economic benefits to the region. He played golf well into his nineties, often using wooden-shafted clubs among friends from the Golf Historical Society of Canada. In his final weeks, Tony spent his days in comfort and peace with family at Hospice Waterloo Region, passing away naturally in his sleep as he wished, knowing he was loved. Tony's most treasured prize in life was always his family. Despite the hardships of his childhood and the loss of his mother during the Depression era, he remained grateful for his own family, whom he guided through hard work and dedication. From his upbringing on the Mill Street farm to providing opportunities for family, friends, and colleagues throughout his 96 years, Tony's impact will live on. The family extends their gratitude to all who cherished Tony Matlock, with special appreciation to the medical professionals at area hospitals and the exceptional team at Hospice Waterloo Region. For a more comprehensive history of Tony's life and accomplishments, please visit www.henrywalser.com Tony's family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 and from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519) 749-8467. Prayers 7:45 p.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's RC Church, 56 Duke St.West, on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 10 a.m. Interment Parkview Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Henry Walser Funeral Home. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Waterloo Region, St. Mary's Catholic Church or the Carmel of St. Joseph would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 7 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anthony-matlock-1089706484
<![CDATA[LLOYD BECKER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lloyd-becker-1089703118<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (89)

Born on December 7, 1933, in Carrick Township. Grew up in Ayton, Ontario. In his later years, Lloyd resided in the Kitchener area. Passed away at the age of 90, on May 1, 2024. Loving husband to Lorna. Beloved father of Pauline (Steve) Rupke, Bruce (Jane), and Dave (Diane). Cherished grandfather to Scott, Brian (Pam), Kevin (Amanda), Jennifer (Jared) Ayton, and Jason (Cait). Great-grandpa to Ella, Preston, Seth, Wesley, Lynnea, Franklin, Micah, and Ethan. Remembered by cousins, nieces, and nephews.He was predeceased by his parents, John W. Becker and Emma Koenig; sisters, Viola (George) Lantz, Irene (Ernest) Banks, Hilda (Art) Burberick, Dorothy (Elmer) Fischer; and brothers Wilford (Mary), John Jr. (Mary), Eldon, and Lincoln. Predeceased at birth sisters Vera and Florence.In his younger years, Lloyd travelled to the west and worked on various wheat farms and a ranch. He was the owner of L.R. Becker Construction in the Kitchener area. His hobbies were restoring vintage vehicles, including Indian motorcycles.He was a member of the HASC for several years Lloyd also enjoyed many years of hunting in the Trout Creek Ontario area. He was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bridgeport.Resting at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, where the family invites friends and relatives to join for a visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow. All are welcome to join for a reception after the graveside service.As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Paul's Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lloyd-becker-1089703118
<![CDATA[EDWARD SNIDER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-snider-1089703213<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (90)

If you are reading this obituary then you will know that I am now breathing easy and singing in God's heavenly choir.I am lovingly remembered by my wife Grace Snider, daughter Linda Weber and husband Steve, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren Kaleb and Angela, Ruth and Adam, Finnley, Elliott and Keller, my brother, Murray Snider and a sister-in-law Elizabeth. I am also dearly remembered by Alisha, Jason, Aiden, Colin and many nieces and nephews.I was predeceased by my parents, Roy and Saloma (Shantz) Snider, brother, Don, sisters-in-law, Ruth, Shirley, Mary Anne, Onolee, Doris, Aileen, June and Beatrice and brother-in-laws, Morgan, Edward and Jim.Visitation will be held at the Listowel Mennonite Church, 465 Maitland Ave. S., Listowel on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. with reception to follow. The service will be livestreamed and the link available on the funeral home website. Private family interment will be held at the Pioneer Park Mennonite Church Cemetery, Kitchener.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Listowel Memorial Hospital, Mennonite Central Committee or a charity of your choice would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel."My life flows on in endless song"

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-snider-1089703213
<![CDATA[MICHAEL PAWSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-pawson-1089703454<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (91)

Mike passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Annie O'Connor for 53 years. Loving father of Bill (Abby), Tom (Betsy), and Holly. Cherished grandfather of Meadow, Emery, Hayden, Renley, Pip, and Zach. Dear son of Pamela Pawson, brother of Debbie Dziuba (Ted) and Dave Pawson (Sherry). Mike was predeceased by his father George Pawson, brother Barry and sister-in-law Joanie Hudspeth. Dear brother-in-law of Mary Morell, Patricia O'Connor (David), Teri Dye (Syd), John O'Connor (Kathie) and Scott Hudspeth. Mike will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Mike dearly loved his family, grandchildren and many friends. Mike devoted his time to his children's hobbies through participation in Tom's many years of hockey, and his son Bill's passion for playing guitar. His creativity fostered a love of art and painting in his daughter Holly. Mike was loving and devoted to his grandchildren with whom he spent time regularly. They loved their grandfather whom they referred to as "Bubba". Their names were inscribed on many of his musical instruments. After a long career in the commercial adhesive business, Mike became an avid inventor and builder, designing and building amazing electric guitars. Mike designed numerous successful commercial products including inventing the world famous hard bottom commercial snow tube, and the travel size carbon fibre harp. Mike successfully sold these products worldwide! Mike was a loving devoted husband to Annie over their many years of marriage. They spent many summers on the shores of Lake Huron with family and friends. Mike and Annie loved to play the card game Solo with their dear friends. Over the years Mike could be found flying his model planes which he had built or messing up the kitchen while trying a new recipe. For almost 50 years Mike enjoyed his Thursday night Ping Pong club with the "PP Boys". Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at Golf's Steak House, Kitchener on Thursday, May 23, 2024 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sick Children's Hospital would be appreciated by the family and can be made through Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, but his memory and inventions will live on. We love you, Mike.

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-pawson-1089703454
<![CDATA[HAZEL KIENAPPLE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hazel-kienapple-1089703475<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (92)

Passed away on May 4, 2024 at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, at the age of 77. Beloved wife of 60 years to Neil Kienapple. Cherished mother of Terilynn (Ken) DeCloedt and Tony (Catherine) Kienapple. Loving grandmother of Natasha, Brianna, Tysen, K.J, Brennan, Corey, Michael and Jessica. Dear Great-Grandmother of Tabitha. Dear sister of Ann (the late Ray), Betty (the late Ray), Bob (Ada), Dave (Mary), Don and John (Debbie). Predeceased by her brothers Alf and Bill, and her parents, Lawrence and Gladys Osment.Cherished friends of Dave and Carol Pawelko. Hazel enjoyed her grandchildren, family, and friends and will be dearly remembered and missed by all who knew her. Arrangements entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Interment to take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, in Breslau on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 2 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Parkinson's Canada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hazel-kienapple-1089703475
<![CDATA[MINERVA HORST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/minerva-horst-1089703635<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully ay her home on Sunday, May 5, 2024, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of John M. Horst. Mother of Earl and Fern Horst of Elmira, Loreen and Vernon Frey of Wallenstein, Clare and Luella Horst of Arthur, Willard and Irene Horst of Drayton, Elaine and Lester Gingrich of Listowel. Remembered by 35 grandchildren and 128 great-grandchildren. Sister of Salema and the late Mahlon (1979) Martin, Amsey and the late Annie (2024) Martin, Alice and Aden Horst, Elsie and Amsey Weber, and sister-in-law Florence and the late Gordon (2017) Martin. Predeceased by her parents Ibra and Melinda Martin, daughter Lorna in infancy, brother Harvey and Velina Martin and sister Viola and Ion Gingrich. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 from 1 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. and on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 2 - 6 p.m. at the family home 7793 Rd. 116, RR 4, Listowel. Family service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 9 a.m. at the home then to Weaverland Mennonite Meeting House for burial and further service.

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/minerva-horst-1089703635
<![CDATA[TARCZEWSKI, ANNA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-tarczewski-1089703704<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (93)

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at Heritage House, St. Jacobs in her 100th years. Beloved wife of the late Tadeusz Tarczewski (1993). Loving mother of Barbara McClean and Bernadette Gordon (Bill). Dear Babci to Kevin McClean, Adam Gordon (Lynn Manders) and Michael Gordon. Great grandmother of Cade and Oliver Gordon. A private family service will take place at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 11, 024 at Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Sacred Heart Church, Kitchener would be appreciated. (cards available by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home 519-749-8467)

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-tarczewski-1089703704
<![CDATA[ROSELLA MARGARET MCCULLIGH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rosella-margaret-mcculligh-1089703781<![CDATA[

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rose on May 5, 2024 at the Wellington Terrace in Fergus in her 95th year. She will be greatly missed by her children Mike (Joan), Libby Darroch (Bryan), Jerry (Pam), Paul (Lisa), Tim (Gloria 2024), and Rob (Mary). She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Cal (2007), as well as her son, Peter (1958) and her grandson, Chad (2017). Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Andrea, Jeremy (Tammie), Amberleigh (Tim), Shelby (Eoin), Elise (Anthony), Jasmine, Richelle, Zachary (Meghan), Kristen, Brandon (Midian), Chantal, Charity (Scott) and Calvin. She will also be missed by her great-grandchildren Hope, Cole, Savannah, Peyton, Jayden, Tristan, Brooklyn, Hayes, Keira, Aria, Chloe, Oakley and her soon-to-arrive new great-grandson. Rose is survived by her siblings Jimmy Shortreed (Eleanor), Gerald Shortreed (Lynda Phillips) (Gladys 2007), Anne Testori (Bill Hingston 1993 and John Testori 2016) and Brian Shortreed (Lynda). She was predeceased by her parents, John (1996) and Mary (1993) Shortreed, her brothers Kenny (Rose), Jack (Barb) and by "The Best" mother-in-law, Gertrude McCulligh (1989). Friends will be received at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, Fergus Chapel, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Prayers with Father Robert Hetu will take place at 8:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial is to be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 760 St. David St. North, Fergus on Thursday, May 9, 2024, followed by burial at St. Mary/ St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Elora. Reception will be held at the Fergus Legion, 500 Blair St, Fergus. Memorial donations can be directed to the Wellington Terrace, Groves Memorial Hospital or St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

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Mon, 6 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rosella-margaret-mcculligh-1089703781
<![CDATA[KLANN, PERCY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/percy-klann-1089690385<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (94)

With sadness we announce that Percy passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, April 29, 2024 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Janice for over 46 years. Loving father of Patrick Klann (Julia) and Stacey Burgess. Proud Grandpa of Andrew, Oliver, Noah, Preston and Dawson. Son of the late Raymond and Rose Klann. Dear brother of Neville (Diane) and brother-in-law of Terry Peasley (Sheila) and the late Niles Peasley. Loving uncle of Rhonda (Randy), Janet (Ken), Terry (Tracy), Tammy (Andrew) and Terrina (Daniel). Percival loved his 5 grandsons and children dearly. He previously owned Kennedy & Klann Insurance and spent most of his career in that industry. In retirement, Percy loved to travel and spend time with his family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Percy's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 and from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467. Funeral Service in the chapel on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Those unable to attend may view Percy's service on Wednesday via the following live stream link:https://www.henrywalser.com/ live-streamingInterment Williamsburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region or Nutrition for Learning would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/percy-klann-1089690385
<![CDATA[SHERRY OTTMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sherry-ottman-1089698164<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (95)

There will be a Celebration of Life service for Sherry Ottman at Westminster United Church on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Community Room. The Reverend Andrea Allan will be presiding. Westminster United Church is located at The Cedars Worship Centre, 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2T 2S8.

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sherry-ottman-1089698164
<![CDATA[SCHMIDT, JOHN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-schmidt-1089690631<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully with family at his side, on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Lanark Heights Long Term Care at the age of 62. Beloved son of Marlene and John Schmidt. Lovingly remembered by his brother Jeff and his wife Beverly Schmidt, sister Leanne Schmidt and niece Sherri Schmidt and her husband Patrick McLaughlin. Remembered also by his uncles Bruce Reinhart, Richard Wendling and his cousins. John will be missed also by his special friends Ivy and Robert Hamel and Chris McElroy. Predeceased by his aunts, Kathy Wendling, Brenda Reinhart and Elizabeth Wigand, his uncles Bill Harmer and Henry Wigand, and cousins Zachary Wendling and Ronald Wigand. The family would like to thank the staff at Lanark for their compassionate care that was provided for John over the past 18 years in particular; Tracey, Sandy, Cassandra, Julia, Doug and Dave. John's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 2 - 3:15 p.m. John's memorial service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 3:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. Private interment in Breslau Mennonite Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the KidsAbility or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-schmidt-1089690631
<![CDATA[RYAN BRUBACHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryan-brubacher-1089698079<![CDATA[

Passed away suddenly on April 30, 2024 at the age of 36 years. Beloved son of Cleason and Ina Brubacher of St. Clements. Dear brother of Lorene and Raymond Martin of Listowel, Martha and Stuart Knicely of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Merlin and Jeanette Brubacher of Aylmer, Marie and Dan Thompson of Listowel, Laverne and MaryBeth Brubacher of Clifford, Luella and Benjamin Martin of St. Clements, Ray and Naomi Brubacher of Gowanstown, Lester Brubacher of Wingham. Friend of Casey Parker of Luray, Virginia. Lovingly remembered by 29 nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his paternal grandparents Ephraim and Viola Brubacher and maternal grandparents Samuel and Della Showalter. Visitation will be held at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 2 - 5 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 1 - 4 and 5:30 - 8 p.m. Private family service will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the funeral home, then to Martins Mennonite Meeting House for burial and public service. The family wishes to express their thankfulness for the overwhelming support shown to them in this difficult time.

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryan-brubacher-1089698079
<![CDATA[ATCHESON, BRENDA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brenda-atcheson-1089698099<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (96)

Brenda Atcheson (nee Tees), beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, peacefully passed away at the age of 83 on May 2, 2024, surrounded by her family at Innisfree Hospice in Kitchener, Ontario. Born on May 28, 1940, Brenda spent her formative years in Kapuskasing, Ontario. She cherished her memories of her Northern Ontario roots and the close bonds she had with her extensive family. She is predeceased by her parents, Annie and Joseph Tees, and her brother, Ian. She will be missed and remembered by her surviving brother, Brian (Margie), and sister-in-law, Paulette. As a young adult, Brenda's passion for music and learning ignited a teaching career that began at the tender age of 19. Renowned for her dedication and enthusiasm, Brenda taught primarily 6th grade and, as a music teacher, orchestrated memorable performances through school choirs and theatrical productions. Brenda is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, John, her loving children, Dan (Melissa) and Jill, and her cherished grandchildren, Katelyn, Madison, and Carleigh. She epitomized the role of family matriarch, infusing her home with warmth, laughter, and cherished memories. Brenda will be remembered for her unwavering love, boundless generosity, and enduring legacy of kindness. In retirement, Brenda's thirst for new experiences led her to travel the world, passionately support her beloved Kitchener Rangers, express her creativity through cooking, scrapbooking, and reconnect with her high school friends, the "Kapsters." Her backyard pool was not only a haven for solitude, but also a gathering place for countless pool parties with family and friends. Beyond her family, Brenda's altruistic nature shone brightly through extensive volunteer work within the community. She touched countless lives through her contributions to Christ the King United Church, Stanley Park T-Ball Association, Sunnyside Alzheimer Day Program, and the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. group at Rockway Centre. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as well as Thursday, May 9th from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519-749-8467). A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9th in the chapel of the funeral home, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo-Wellington or the Heart and Stroke Association of Ontario would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brenda-atcheson-1089698099
<![CDATA[BURKHART, ANNIE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/annie-burkhart-1089698229<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at her residence at the age of 70 years. Beloved wife of Lorne Burkhart. Mother of Maynard and Dianne Burkhart of Holstein, Marilyn and James Martin of Alma, Dennis and Dorothy Burkhart of Holstein, Marvin and Marie Burkhart of Wallenstein, Grace and Leon Brubacher of Alma. Survived by 33 grandchildren. Sister to Orlan and Ella Martin of Drayton, Orvie and Eileen Martin of Wallenstein, Ernie and Sharon Martin of Alma, Eileen and Albert (2022) Frey of Palmerston, Melvin and Shirley Martin of Wallenstein, Wilma and Wayne Brubacher of Wallenstein. Sister-in-law of Amos (2021) and Elvina Burkhart of Wallenstein, Anna and Vernon Martin of Elmira, Leonard and Erma Burkhart, Paul and Esther Burkhart all of Wallenstein, James and Laura Burkhart of Hawkesville, Naomi and Allen Martin of Elmira. Predeceased by her parents Laverne and Elvina Martin and sister Mary in infancy. Visitation will take place on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 2-5 p.m. at the home of Lorne Burkhart, 5690 Buehler Line, RR 1, Wallenstein. A family service will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 9 a.m. then to Weaverland Mennonite Meeting House for burial and public service.

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Sun, 5 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/annie-burkhart-1089698229
<![CDATA[DIRSTEIN, REGINALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/reginald-dirstein-1089509109<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (97)

DIRSTEIN, Reginald Josiah at Southbridge Long Term Care Home, Owen Sound Wednesday, November 29, 2023. Reg Dirstein of Sauble Beach in his 89th year. Beloved husband of Ellen (nee Ceasar) for 62 years. Cherished father of David Dirstein (Jackie) of Kitchener, and Nancy Beaumont of Vernon, BC. Much loved grandfather of Taylor, Mackenzie, Jacqueline, and Madeline. Dear brother of Donald Dirstein (Janet) of Ajax, Shirley Schwartz (Jim) of Grand Ledge, MI, and Jackie Penfold (Allan) of Hanover. Missed by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Florence (nee Bluhm) and John Dirstein and sister Marie Beckberger (Dennis). The funeral service will be conducted at the Sauble Beach United Church on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Arrangements entrusted to the DOWNS AND SON FUNERAL HOME, Hepworth. Expressions of remembrance to Sauble Beach United Church would be appreciated. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family through www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/reginald-dirstein-1089509109
<![CDATA[RICHARD KENNETH HEIMPEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-kenneth-heimpel-1089595415<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (98)

In loving memory of a dear husband, father and papa, who passed away May 4, 2023 after a battle with cancer. Rich is very much missed by Cathy, his wife of 41 years. Also dearly missed by his daughters Mandy, Lisa (Mark) and granddaughters Allie, Anna & Claire.Someone Is MissingLet this be a loving reminderThat someone is missing today,Someone our hearts still hold on to,As we travel along life's way,Someone who made life so special,Who filled all of our days with cheer,Someone who won't be forgotten,But cherished from year to year,And now, as we pause to remember,Let us all fondly recall,How dearly each of us loved him,And oh, how he loved us all

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/richard-kenneth-heimpel-1089595415
<![CDATA[MARJORIE MAY DANCING QUEEN SEWELL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marjorie-may-dancing-queen-sewell-1089595754<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (99)

Marj Passed away on Friday, April 12, 2024 in her 96th year, having barely slowed down until her very last days. Born August 21, 1928, in Waterford, ON., she often reflected on her younger years tying tobacco leaves and picking strawberries for 10 cents a quart before meeting her husband George in business college. From her career as a legal secretary at a bustling law firm in Kitchener to her country house in the Wildwood Conservation Area, she ultimately retired in Stratford where she continued to thrive. In recent years, you could still spot her on the Razzamajazz river boat dancing and waving to Stratford Festival tourists, or on the dance floor at Lakeside Every Saturday night with friends Randy, Liz and Mac. Year-round she stayed ferociously committed to daily YMCA swims with an infamous swim crew and mingling with fellow neighbours at the Church St. apartments. If you knew Marj, you would have seen the ever-growing maze of antique treasures she collected over a lifetime of hunting and (seemingly less) selling. You may have grabbed a rosebud chocolate on your way out her backdoor, tasted her butterscotch sauce or been gifted a container of homemade fudge. But above all, to know Marj was to know her vast community made up of all ages and walks of life. Her spirit never wavered, forever socializing with warmth, a sparkle in her eye, and a spicy sense of humour. Marj in her purest form exemplified what it means to stay young at heart. If ever a choice, she always chose happiness. We'll remember her as she was in her element, on a sunny summer day sitting on her porch in a cheerful plaid button-up, sharing chocolate covered caramels with friends and family. Join us for a celebration of life on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m., at the Flour Mill, 6 Water Street, South. St. Marys. ON Predeceased by her husband George Gilbert Sewell (1998), brother Keith and sister Ola Van Wagner (Melvin 1989) and her nephew Wayne Van Wagner (2020) (Leslie). Survived by her daughter Carol Ann Miller (Tom predeceased 2017), son John David Sewell, brother Jim Maddeford (Judy), granddaughters Brooke Barber (Blake), Amy Brennan (Pat), Alex and Anne Sewell (Isaac), and great-grandchildren Emma, Reid, Niamh, Enya and Quinn, nieces and nephews Nicole Auld (Brian), Mike Maddeford, Glenn Maddeford, Anita (Van Wagner) Miller (Matt), Randy Van Wagner (Ann), and niece-in-law Leslie Van Wagner. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to The Razzamajazz (Cheques payable to The Razzamajazz or by email money transfer, made direct to this charity be email: Razzamajazz1992@gmail.com), or donations to YMCA of Three Rivers (Stratford) or Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth thorough the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. www.wgyoungfunealhome.com

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marjorie-may-dancing-queen-sewell-1089595754
<![CDATA[SHEILA BOSSAER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sheila-bossaer-1089621812<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (100)

In loving memory of our mother,grandmother and great-grandmotherwhose passing is five years ago onSaturday, May 4, 2024.Your memory is a keepsakeWith which we will never partGod has you in his keepingWe have you in our heartsWe think of you every day andwe miss you. -God Bless. Love from your children Karen, Blanche, Sylvia, Lorraine, Paul, Dianne, Joanne and their families. Special hugs from your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sheila-bossaer-1089621812
<![CDATA[LOFTUS, NORMA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norma-loftus-1089657527<![CDATA[

Norma Passed away peacefully at Innisfree Hospice on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the age of 94. She now joins her husband Frank who predeceased her in 1991. Dear sister of Larry (Phyllis) Ertel. She will be fondly remembered and loved by her many nieces and nephews, especially her cherished Goddaughter, Taralea Scammell (Mark), Bob Currie, Dana (Krystyna) Ertel, Judy-Anne (John) Barth, Joe (Bobbi Jo) Ertel, and Anne (John) Stern. Special thank you to her neighbours, Bruce and Karen Puttock for always being close by for Norma. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Amelia (Lantz) Ertel and her siblings Wilfred (Helen) Ertel, Eleanor (Carl) Long, Edna Ertel, Ken (Judy) Ertel, and Irene (Elmer) Hausch, her nephew Robert Hausch, Tom Ertel and her neice Donna Privatt. She was a longtime employee at Burns Meats and Plastic Prescriptions. She was also active in the retiree Club at Kuntz Electroplating. She enjoyed her morning coffee fellowship at McDonalds on Highland Road with her special friends. Norma's home was always a welcoming place to gather around the kitchen table enjoy a coffee with Baileys and good conversations. Norma's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 12-12:45 p.m. with the service in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. and a reception will follow. Private interment in Woodland Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Lissard and Innisfree Hospice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norma-loftus-1089657527
<![CDATA[BECKER, DELORA DAISY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/delora-daisy-becker-1089673326<![CDATA[

BECKER, Delora Daisy, Born October 23, 1926 in South Porcupine, peacefully ending her journey in Kitchener, Ontario, April 26, 2024. Predeceased by her husband George Becker, son Alfred Becker, mother Mildred Pearl Willard (Ouellette), father William James Booker. Predeceased by brothers William, Robert, Benjamin Booker, and sisters Gertrude (Wilson), Evelyn (Sproule), and Belle Booker. 97 years. Don't they go by in a blink. She was surrounded by the love of family and friends. Her daughters, Beverly (Kirk) Hall-Russell of Scottsdale, Arizona, Liz (Dave) Skene-Becker of Kitchener, Eva (Mike) Shaughnessy of Kitchener and Illinois, and mother-in-law Pat Skene-Knight of Dunnville. 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Many thanks to all who reached out in the many ways to support mom and family. The care team, Dave's co-workers, friends, and family. It takes a village. Mom did not want a funeral or memorial but rather appreciated all who loved on her while she was living, as this was her Hallmark for life.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/delora-daisy-becker-1089673326
<![CDATA[MAHER, BRYAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bryan-maher-1089677249<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (101)

Our lives go on without youBut nothing is the sameWe have to hide our heartacheWhen someone speaks your nameSad are the hearts that love youSilent are the tears that fallLiving without you is the hardest part of allYou did so many things for usYour heart was so kind and trueAnd when weneeded someoneWe could always count on youThe special years will not returnWhen we were all togetherBut with the love within our heartsYou walk with us foreverHow can we forget someone who gave usSo much to remember!Skip, Grace and Stacey

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bryan-maher-1089677249
<![CDATA[MOLLY MELISSA HUTCHINSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/molly-melissa-nee-green-hutchinson-1089677554<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (102)

A bright light has gone out but, oh, what brilliance and energy there was while she shone on us!In the much too short span of her life, there were dozens of paths crossed, hundreds of moments shared and thousands of memories created.Maybe you crossed paths in kindergarten at Meadowlane PS in 1976 with teacher Miss Bradshaw. Or perhaps you shared moments with her on Glen Avon Crescent where Molly and sister, Leslie, would scoot outside after breakfast to play on the jungle gym built by Dad (Gary), and play street games like Red Rover with the neighbourhood kids. Days were spent outside playing with friends for hours and tumbling in and out of neighbours' houses until dark when the street lights would come on to signal bedtime.Maybe you created memories with Molly once we moved to Hohner Avenue in 1980. Starting at Sheppard PS with principal Mr. Moses and favourite teacher Mrs. Romashina brought big changes for Molly as she was part of the first ever French Immersion cohort. Maybe your paths crossed at recess where one of her favourite games to play was "Girls Chase the Boys and Kiss Them!" Her summers were spent at overnight YMCA camps: Ki-Wa-Y to start, and then Wabanaki for counsellor training. Perhaps you shared moments with her there in the Pegasus or Orion cabins? Or maybe your paths crossed while we camped at many Provincial Parks with our family. Here is where Molly's fondest childhood memories were created while exploring nature, swimming for hours and telling ghost stories around the fire. High school was divided between GRCI and KCI. The latter suited Molly best where her almost Bohemian persona could shine. Were you there, too, in the mid-'80s? After graduating with a bi-lingual diploma, Molly put her love of language (a love shared by Mum, Georgina) to good use as an interpreter at two national historic sites: Kitchener's Woodside (home of William Lyon McKenzie King), and, Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. You will remember her as friendly, knowledgeable and eager to help.Molly's light shone brightest when she became a mother. Life with her as your Mama was one of love, wisdom, kindness, selflessness, understanding and fun! From the creation of her backyard Magical Creatures Forest Camp to carving out an icy luge for tobogganing, she was truly magical. If your paths crossed here, you truly shared the best moments with Molly. You will have thousands of memories of being pulled in for a warm hug, listening with an open heart and comforting with unconditional love.Please join us to celebrate Molly's life and to share your memories on Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Riverside Park in Guelph, ON (at the red pavilion). It's BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic). Just the kind of casual gathering Molly would have loved.Please RSVP to Molly's sister, Leslie Lang at langleslie5@gmail.com.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/molly-melissa-nee-green-hutchinson-1089677554
<![CDATA[WING, RONALD GORDON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-gordon-wing-1089680855<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (103)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Ron's peaceful passing on April 28, 2024 at Stirling Heights Long Term Care at the age of 73 years.Beloved husband of Brenda Marie Wing (nee Murray) for 45 years. Cherished father of Janine Casar (Bradley Whitford). Proud grandfather of Caitlin and Keera Whitford. Dear brother of Jim, Ricky, Terry, Steven, Debbie, Darlene and Gloria. Much loved brother-in-law to Robert Tomlin, Gayle McKeller, Don and Sherry Donkers and Paul and Debbie Murray. Sadly missed by many cherished nieces and nephews.Predeceased by his mother Gloria Dupe and his grand-parents Reg and Dorothy Wing.Ron was a Prestonian boy for most of his life. He was an avid bowler (both five and ten pin). His love of golf started at the age of 22. He attended annual Nascar races at the Indy 500 with his long-time friends Dennis Chamberlain and Dave Marston. Ron loved a good game of Texas Hold 'em or Euchre. He was a sports enthusiast who loved golf, the Raptors, the Blue Jays and the Buffalo Bills.He started working as a young boy, setting up the pins at Presto Lanes. He finished his high school education at PHS then began work at Westinghouse, first as a tow motor operator then on to production supervisor. The bulk of his working career was at Golden Books Publishing, finishing up at Bibby-Ste-Croix where he retired on his 65th birthday.Throughout his leisure pursuits and working career, Ron "Winger" made lifetime friends.I have gratitude and respect for the staff at Stirling Heights, for the warmth, caring support and friendship. You were there for us through the highs and the lows. Sincere thanks to the residents and their family members who became my friends as we helped support each other in these challenging times.Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Ron's Life will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 4 - 7 p.m. (this time was known as Ron and Brenda's "Miller Time") at Kressview Springs Condominium, 237 King Street West, Cambridge in the main level gathering room.In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-gordon-wing-1089680855
<![CDATA[GRACE KASTER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/grace-kaster-1089686067<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (104)

Grace Kaster, 1932 - 2024, passed away peacefully the morning of April 29, 2024 in Brantford General Hospital. She was born Grace Miriam Miller on November 18, 1932 in Rosebank, Ontario to Ross and Charlotte (Hilborn) Miller. Growing up in the country, Grace was happy outdoors, taking long walks, swimming, cycling, skating, and skiing. She enjoyed fishing year-round and was a very good trap shooter. Grace graduated from St. Mary's Nursing School in 1953. A proud and capable registered nurse, Grace cared for patients at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener Hospital, and as a private nurse. After moving to Kincardine in 1967, she worked for Oltman's Nursing Home and then part-time at her friend Mary Lou McKee's jewellery store. On July 3, 1954, Grace married the boy next door, Stewart Kaster, and together they continued their lifelong love story. Best friends and partners in a busy life that included three children, fishing, and travelling, they took pleasure in being good neighbours, loving parents and grandparents. Grace and Stewart were a support system for their many friends and extended families within the communities of New Dundee and Kincardine. Grace gave selflessly of her skills and energy to many good causes, including the Kincardine Hospital Gift Shop, and served as a Deaconess at the Kincardine Baptist Church. She contributed to the Salvation Army and to Rosebank Brethren in Christ Church. Grace was a savvy investor and managed the family finances, having taken several financial courses at the university level. Corresponding with her many friends and family was a life-long endeavour; writing letters in her flowing cursive and then emails on her Mac computer, she shared her sense of humour and sage advice. Family history and genealogy were very important to Grace and she was meticulous at researching and documenting the family ancestry. Grace leaves behind an adoring family and many friends; her loving husband Stewart, her children Dianne Heath (Jack), Tim Kaster (Kathie) and Jeff Kaster (Susanne), grandchildren Amy Heath, Tyler Kaster (Kayla), Declan Kaster and Sean Kaster, and her two great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Henry. She is survived by her brother, Perry Miller (Doris). Please join us in remembering Grace on Monday, May 13 at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa Street South in Kitchener. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., then a service at 11 a.m. (officiated by Reverend Michael Kuehl). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or your local food bank.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/grace-kaster-1089686067
<![CDATA[GROSS, ANNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-gross-1089686262<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (105)

Passed away peacefully at Nithview Home, New Hamburg on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at the age of 92. Loving wife of the late Frank (2020). Mother of Michael (Jane), Richard (Karin). Mother in law of Anita. Loved by her grand-furbabies Tessa and Dudley. Predeceased by her sons, Alan and Stephen and her parents, Frank and Maria Mileder. Retired after 22 years with Canada Post. She was a lifetime member of St. John's RC Church and CWL. She enjoyed gardening at home and her hard work paid off as she won the Kitchener Community in Blooms twice. Anne's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Friday, May 10, 2024 from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. The memorial service will be in the chapel at 11:00 with a reception to follow. Interment in Woodland Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the The Lung Health Foundation-SW Ontario or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-gross-1089686262
<![CDATA[BANDEROB, HELMUT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helmut-banderob-1089686941<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (106)

Passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 30, 2024, at Lanark Heights LTC, in Kitchener, ON at the age of 86. Beloved husband of 66 years to Christa. Cherished father of Ron (Jenny), Gary (Debbie), and Susan (Rick). Loving Opa of Todd (Melissa), Aron (Hailey), Amber (Dallas), Christina, Maddy (Tyler), Shawn (Sarah), Stephanie, and Noah. Dear brother of Harry and Christa. Predeceased by his parents Richard and Irma and brother Dieter, He will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and extended family. Helmut's family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, May 8, from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m., at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Memorial will be held in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Parkinson's Canada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helmut-banderob-1089686941
<![CDATA[DONNA ROOS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donna-roos-1089689853<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (107)

With family at her side, Donna passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 26, 2024.Survived by children Katherine, Patricia (Jim), Harriet, Rick (Denise) and Chris (Lori); brother Richard Gallant of St. Stephen, New Brunswick; sisters-in-law Antonia Buimer and Irene Roos-Blok of the Netherlands; grandchildren Madeleine, Aurora, Charlie, Abi, Jake, Blaise, Anna, Jasper, Naomi and Julia; and extended family in Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden. Predeceased by husband Frederik "Frits" Roos, parents Irene Martha and James Donald Gallant; brothers James Gallant and Gerald Gallant; brothers-in-law Willem Roos and Roel Buimer.Donna jumped at any opportunity to travel. She collected friends wherever she went and considered her children and grandchildren to be her greatest accomplishments.Donna was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick on May 31, 1937. Always an exceptional student, she attended Mount Allison University where she joined the RCAF Reserves, graduating with an Honours Degree in History and the 1959 Frances S. Allison award.Donna began her career in Europe, teaching high school in both England and Denmark. While overseas, Donna crossed paths with Frits in a Danish youth hostel - it was love at first sight. Donna and Frits were married in 1961.As a mom, Donna laughed easily and was always positive. She passed on her love of games as soon as a child could count well enough for Crazy Eights. She drew upon her military experience (!) to manage schedules and organize camping holidays. She was also the family bookkeeper, ensuring that everyone had musical instruments, sports equipment and went to camp annually. When she needed a break from family chaos, Donna escaped into a novel.In 1979, Donna returned to work, teaching English-as-a-Second Language for Conestoga College. Her perfect job, Donna travelled vicariously through her students.In retirement, Donna and Frits explored most of Europe and North America. In her last years, she is fondly remembered for connecting with neighbours, phoning and writing every day to her family members and the dozens of wonderful friends she had accumulated over her lifetime.Donna is now travelling with Frits once again.A memorial reception will be held at the Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 1 - 4 p.m. Family will share memories of Donna beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donna-roos-1089689853
<![CDATA[MITCHELL, NANCY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-mitchell-1089689945<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (108)

On May 1, 2024, surrounded by the love of her family, this most kind and gentle woman was called to join her Mom and Dad, whom she adored. Loved forever by David Mitchell (Heather Ferguson), Janet Uffelman (Scott), Karen Huber (Brian), Brian Mitchell (Jill), Marilyn Michael (Brad), Trish Piggott (John), 17 nieces/nephews: Evan, Patrick, Lexie, Emily, Kate, James, Andrew, Justin, Sarah, Thomas, Amy, Jonathan, Jordan, Laura, David, Paige and Ryan, and 16 grand-nieces/nephews with 2 more on the way. Our Valentine's baby brought love and joy to our family and her friends. She reminded us to be kind and compassionate. Nancy loved her family, dance parties, music, a good alcoholic drink, laughing, movies, Boston Creams, Christmas, The Young and Restless, and, of course, Snoopy. She enhanced our lives and filled our hearts by always joining us in wonderful celebrations and experiences, and in making memories. She volunteered at Little Bear Daycare and the YMCA. Her time at Parents for Community Living was joyful as she made many friends. Her care team was amazing. The impact beautiful Nancy made on her siblings, nieces and nephews was remarkable. She had a sweet presence and always wanted to enjoy life. We all learned so much from her. She was brave and determined, and there was nothing she couldn't do. She left a mark on all who were blessed to know her. Our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful caregivers at PCL and the entire PCL family. Nancy loved you and we will never forget the extraordinary care and love shown to her. Nancy spent her final days at Hospice Waterloo Region where she received compassionate care. For this we will be eternally grateful. Nancy was a most beautiful person because of the unwavering love and determination of her parents, Tom and Sandy Mitchell. Their courage and strength was an inspiration and a wonderful example for their children. We were so blessed to have Nancy in our lives. Nancy's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Celebration of Life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Marty Molengraaf to officiate. All are welcome to join the family for a time of fellowship and refreshment to follow. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to Parents for Community Living or the Hospice Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-mitchell-1089689945
<![CDATA[ANDERSON, DOROTHY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dorothy-anderson-1089689987<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (109)

Dorothy Louise Anderson, 92, peacefully ended her journey in this world in the presence of her family on April 29, 2024 following a short illness. The middle daughter of the late Louise and Charles Thompson, she shared her life with two sisters Betty Schaefer (Clifford) and Grace Hartung (George) and their families. With her husband Duncan Anderson (deceased 2014) she raised a blended family of 8 children: Linda Anderson, Barb Anderson, Nancy Germann (Dave), Lorie West (Craig) David Anderson, Gary Anderson (deceased 2018), Brenda Anderson Moroz (deceased 2023)(Paul) and Paula Anderson. She will be sadly missed by her 11 grandchildren Derek, Dylan (Lauren), Ian (Gabriella), Lynn (Aiden), Jackie (Wayne), Pam (Stephen), Amber (Scott), Matt (Sarah-Rose), Erica (Devin), Shannon and Brett along with 6 great-grandchildren Mikhail, Autumn, Wesley, Jaxson, Hudson, and Poet as well as many nieces and nephews. For all this family she provided knitting - hats, socks and sweaters as welcoming gifts. A life-long Kitchener resident, her pie baking, catering and cooking prowess made her a favorite addition to the Faith Lutheran Ladies Guild. Volunteering at Historical St Paul's added positive life perspective. Entering her retirement life chapter, she cherished her Snowbird lifestyle in Florida, travelling in the Caribbean and beyond. During the summers, family gatherings at the Anderson Clan cottage on Conestoga Lake occurred. The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the 7th floor medical staff at St. Mary's Hospital for the care and comfort provided for Dorothy. Visitation will occur at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Fredrick St Kitchener on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 5-8 p.m. There will be a short visitation period Monday, May 6, 2024 10-10:45 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church 247 Westmount Rd E Kitchener prior to the Funeral service at 11am. A reception lunch at the church will follow the interment service at Williamsburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church building fund (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dorothy-anderson-1089689987
<![CDATA[KUEHL, GARRY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/garry-kuehl-1089690012<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (110)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by love on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Beloved husband of Donna (Hargrave) for 53 years, they shared a special bond and he will be forever missed. He was predeceased by his parents Reuben and Isobel Kuehl (Hein) and his dear brothers Keith, Owen, Bill and Donald. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Olive, Laurie, Debbie, nieces and nephews Dana, Jessica, Sam and Dan and by great nieces and nephews; lovingly remembered by his in-law family Russel Hargrave (Darlene), Shirley Neff, Sherldine Forrest (late Bryan), and Robert Hargrave (Barbara) and their families. His roots shifted from Killaloe to Kitchener. Garry was a respected social worker with Family and Children's services and a graduate of WLU. He served in the Canadian Militia Reserve, was an officer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and a Life Member and Past President of the 404 K-W Wing, RCAFA. In 2002, he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Service. Garry was kind and thoughtful, a dedicated and resourceful volunteer who was always there when needed. We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. K. Mayer and the Alzheimer Society for their support in the early days of his dementia. We especially thank the PSWs and staff at Sunnyside LTC for their care and taking him into their hearts. The family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. A Celebration of Garry's life will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home followed by a reception. In memory of Garry, donations to the Sunnyside Foundation, 404 K-W Wing RCAFA or a charity of your choice would be appreciated (cards may be placed at the funeral home).

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/garry-kuehl-1089690012
<![CDATA[MAXINE ANGELINE HAMMELL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maxine-angeline-hammell-1089690048<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (111)

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the age of 94.Survived by her children, Bruce Hammell (Brenda), Cheryl Melnik (George), and Shawn Hammell (Monique); grandchildren, Andrea, Ryan, Arden, Anna, Stephen, Lucas, Larissa, Seth, Phillip, and Steven, and twelve great-grandchildren.Maxine was predeceased by her daughter, Janice; brothers, Allan Leadbetter, Richard Leadbetter, Graham Leadbetter; sisters, Joan Brierley and Claire Dowd; her husband, Kenneth Hammell, and her grandson, Kevin.Nothing was more important to Maxine than her family and friends in Waterloo, Hamilton, and North Bay. She especially cherished her social group from work, the "Zellers Girls." Maxine enjoyed music and singing, as well as needlepoint and knitting. She will be deeply missed.Special thanks to all the staff at Grand River Hospital, Freeport Hospital, Beechwood Manor, and Columbia Forest for your compassionate care of Maxine.Cremation has taken place. A Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held in the funeral home's chapel on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home's website for those who cannot attend in person. A reception will follow.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Children's Wish Foundation may be arranged through www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maxine-angeline-hammell-1089690048
<![CDATA[NICHOLAS BOYKO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nicholas-boyko-1089690070<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (112)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Nicholas Boyko on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener at the age of 94.Beloved husband of Patricia Boyko for 72 years. Loving father to Jim (Debbie), Beverly (Steve), Kathy (Dean) and Rob (Ann). Cherished grandfather to Niki, Stuart, Stephanie, Jackie, Carly, Kimberly, Emily and Nick and great-grandfather to Doug, Ceci, Leo, Brie, Gunnar, Lena and Tommy.Nick was very social and found immense joy in the company of his family and friends. Born and raised in Kitchener, Nick made lasting friends from his many years playing competitive baseball and hockey for Kitchener teams as well as through his upholstery business.Nick had a lifelong career in upholstering that began at Snyder's Furniture and eventually led to him and his business partner, Hank Zetting, to start their own business in the 1960's. Nick pursued his profession well into his 80's.Nick's family will receive relatives and friends for a celebration of his life with visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street, Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 11 a.m. Followed by a reception in the Fireside Reception Room. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. A livestream and recording of the service will be made available on Nick's tribute page at www.erbgood.com

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nicholas-boyko-1089690070
<![CDATA[WILLIAM DAVID SMYTH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-david-smyth-1089690092<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (113)

William (Wilmer) Smyth passed away suddenly on April 30, 2024, in Waterloo, ON, at the age of 82. Predeceased by his wife Ann Smyth (Cranston) and survived by his children Stephen Smyth, Sandra Leclerc (Jeffrey), Amanda Meesters (Nick); his grandchildren Garey, Meagan, Vanessa, Linzi, and Riley; and his 12 great-grandchildren. Also survived by his wife Karin McMillan; her children Rain (Laci) and Will (Amy); and their children Fahlyn, Declan, Noah, and Liam. Wilmer was predeceased by his parents Norman and Ellen Smyth, his brother Norman, his sister Eleanor, and survived by his sister Hilda, all of Northern Ireland. Wilmer enjoyed golf and telling a good joke. He was a talented watercolour artist. A funeral service will take place at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-david-smyth-1089690092
<![CDATA[OLESIUK, HELENA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helena-olesiuk-1089690219<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (114)

Passed away peacefully with the love of her family at her side on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto at the age of 73. Beloved wife of Eugeniusz (Eugene) for 50 years. Cherished mother to Malgorzata (Maggie) (Jason), Katarzyna (Kate) (Robert), Joanna (Chad), Piotr (Pete) (Steph) and Pawel (Pablo). Beloved Babcia to Lana, Olivia and Sammy. Helena will be missed and remembered by family and friends in Poland. Predeceased by her parents and brother. Helena's love for her husband and her children was immeasurable but the love for her grandchildren had no boundaries and set new definitions of love. The girls brought so much joy and sun into her life. Helena loved caring for her children and grandchildren, always sharing with them her passion for Polish traditions, her love of her garden and letting them mess up the kitchen making pierogies and other polish delicacies. Helena loved being a wife, a mom, a Babcia. Helena was a master chef always sharing with everyone delicious Polish food and loved holidays, or any occasion when all her family would gather together. Come springtime and into late fall, Helena would spend sunny days in her garden growing beautiful flowers, bountiful fruit and vegetables for all her family to enjoy. On gloomy winter afternoons and in her spare time, Helena would spend countless hours with her husband putting puzzles together, reading, sewing and doing crosswords. Helena left a void in our hearts that can never be filled. Helena's family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Parish prayers 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening. Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, 66 Shanley St., Kitchener.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helena-olesiuk-1089690219
<![CDATA[BECKER LLOYD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/becker-lloyd-1089690255<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (115)

Born in Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario. Son of John and Emma Becker of Ayton, Ontario. Passed away in Kitchener, on May 1, 2024 at the age of 90 years. Lloyd grew up in the Ayton area, then worked in Saskatchewan in the 1950's, also in Alberta at the ranches. He then settled in the Waterloo area and worked as a carpenter for the F.W. Voison and Howald Construction. Lloyd started his own business in the Bridgeport area developing Industrial prop-erties and renovations. After retiring, he enjoyed restoring Mercury pickup trucks and Indian motorcycles.Lloyd met his wife, Lorna at Victoria Park Pavilion at a dance. She was from Grand Valley Ontario. They raised three children; Pauline of Orillia, Bruce of Kitchener, and David of British Columbia.Resting at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, where the family invites friends and relatives to join for a visitation on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow. All are welcome to join for a reception after the graveside service.As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Paul's Luth-eran Church would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/becker-lloyd-1089690255
<![CDATA[MILDRED RUTH BURROWS,]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mildred-ruth-burrows-1089690408<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (116)

Millie Burrows peacefully passed away at Trillium Court, Kincardine on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in her 91st year. Millie is survived by her daughter Judy (Bill) Lackner, daughter Linda Schinkel and daughter-in-law Marg Burrows (the late Ed 2023). Also survived by grandchildren Rodger (Carrie) Lackner, Terri (James) Kieswetter, Michelle (Derek) Villemaire, Rob (Corby) Burrows, Robin Strohoff (Phil Minnie), Darrell (Amy) Schinkel, and Krystal Schinkel. Greatly missed by great-grandchildren Alex, James, Nicholas, Andrew, Brett, Justin, Nick, Payton, Matt, Ashley and great-great-grandchildren Milo, Ayla and Myles. Survived by brother-in-law Norman Liddle of Kincardine, sister-in-law Lea Ashton (Bob) of Port Elgin, sister-in-law Carol Burrows of Kincardine, brother-in-law Ron Burrows (Barb) of Kincardine, sister-in-law Sharon Chapel (Dave) of Port Elgin. Predeceased by parents William and Georgina Pinnell, brother Baby Pinnell (1937), brother Glenn (Bea Pinnell), brother Wray (Mae Pinnell), sister Dorothy (Ron Dishman), sister Ena (Jack Hill), brothers-in-law Donald, Wayne, Bruce, Bill, John, and Claire Burrows and sisters-in-law Margarite Burrows, and Kathryn Liddle. She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews. Millie was predeceased by the love of her life and lifelong partner Bob. They owned and operated Burrows signs for over 50 years. They also owned and operated Elmira Taxi and Millie drove a school bus for over 30 years. The school kids loved Millie and she loved them. Millie was also a proud legion member for over 50 years. She was the last surviving member of her generation. Many thanks to Trillium Court and their wonderful staff in Kincardine. Although she suffered from dementia the last few years of her life she loved the staff at Trillium Court and they loved her. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday evening, May 6, 2024 from 7-9 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by interment in St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Elmira. A reception will follow at the Elmira Legion, 11 First St. E., Elmira. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Research Aging (R.I.A) would be appreciated, and can be made through the funeral home.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mildred-ruth-burrows-1089690408
<![CDATA[GEOFFREY POWER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/geoffrey-power-1089690419<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (117)

Geoffrey passed away on Monday, April 29, 2024. He is survived by his wife, Ann Hervey Power, sons Michael (Deborah), Ian (Colette), grandchildren Geoff, Graham, and Amanda, and his sister Alison Sweetman (Gerald) in England.Geoffrey was born in Accrington, UK, and grew up in Lancashire. He received a BSc from the University of Durham (Kings College Newcastle) and a PhD from McGill University.In 1957, he was the first biologist hired by Waterloo College and Associate Faculties, which became the University of Waterloo. In the formative years at Waterloo, he was very involved in setting up the Biology Department, serving four years as interim chair.Over 46 years of research, Geoffrey made significant contributions to fisheries science and was widely recognized as an expert in the ecology of northern salmonid fishes, particularly Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr. Besides his scientific work, Geoffrey was known for his painting, for which he won several awards, and for his woodworking and love of gardening. A celebration of Geoffrey's life will take place at a later date.Condolences for the family and donations to the Atlantic Salmon Federation, CFUW-KW Charitable Fund (Ann and Geoffrey Power Award) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation may be arranged through Erb and Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Fri, 3 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/geoffrey-power-1089690419
<![CDATA[WILSON, JOHN FRANK JAMES (JACK)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-frank-james-jack-wilson-1089587429<![CDATA[

A wonderful husband and father who passed May 2, 2014.Via con Dios.- Loads of love, Carol and Christopher

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Thu, 2 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-frank-james-jack-wilson-1089587429
<![CDATA[SACHSE, HORST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/horst-sachse-1089686428<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (118)

Surrounded by his family, Horst passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital on Wednesday, May 01, 2024 at the age of 69. Beloved husband of Rachel Sachse. Loving stepfather of Paul (Nicole) Gauthier and Andrew Gauthier. Papa to Alex and Theo. Missed by his furbaby Rusty. Remembered by his daughter Jenna (Matt) Rose and his grandchildren, Colton and Remmie. Predeceased by his parents, Gerhard and Elisabeth (nee Liedtke) Sachse. He drove truck for over 45 years retiring from Kurtz Trucking. A special thank you to the entire team on the 4th floor at St. Mary's Hospital for their care and concern for Horst. Horst's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 12-12:45 p.m. His memorial will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. For those unable to attend his service, you are welcome to view his service at henrywalser.com/live-streaming on Sunday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SickKids Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Thu, 2 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/horst-sachse-1089686428
<![CDATA[RITA KLEIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-klein-1089686699<![CDATA[

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Passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus with Patsy by her side on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at the age of 93. Survived by daughter Patsy and her husband Steve Pond of Elmira, brother Bob (Julie) Ertel of Kitchener, and sister-in-law Betty Ertel of Elmira. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her husband Stanley Klein (2012), and parents Alma E. (Dorscht) and James C. Ertel, and siblings Laurine (Francis) Leinhart, Betty (Graham) Southcote, Jerome (Buster) Ertel and Margaret Frances in infancy. Rita will be greatly missed by Patsy's Furbabies Rascal, Rosie and Barkley for all the treats from the supper table, and Norman the bird as he would sing to her after supper while she sipped her tea by the fire. Rita grew up in St. Clements during the great depression and moved to Elmira where she met her love Stanley, whom she married on July 15, 1950. It took awhile but their family grew in late 1964 to three with Patsy. Rita was a woman of great faith and in her later years always had a rosary in her pocket for when she had a spare moment to stop and pray. She was a member of the St. Teresa of Avila CWL for over 60 years. Some of mom's favourite things were a Sunday night drive to Dairy Queen for a miniature Turtle blizzard, red twizzlers licorice, a game of crazy 8's (which she always won) and once moved to Barnswallow Place, playing Bingo. Patsy would like to thank all the dedicated staff of Pheasant Run at Barnswallow Place Care Community for all their love and support that was given to mom over the past year. Visitation will take place on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira with parish prayers at 8:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at St. Teresa of Avila RC Church, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira with interment in Elmira Union Cemetery. Reception to follow at the church hall. Donations to St. Teresa's Building Fund or the KW Humane Society would be appreciated, and may be made through the funeral home.dreisingerfuneralhome.com

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Thu, 2 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-klein-1089686699
<![CDATA[MICHAEL HIRN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-hirn-1089686852<![CDATA[

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Born in Gakova, Yugoslavia, he was the son of the late Jakob and Katharina (Spitznagel) Hirn.He worked in sheet metal for most of his life and was a lifelong member of the German-Canadian Hunting & Fishing Club in Mannheim, ON.Besides his wife, Margaret (Kunsch) Hirn, he is survived by three daughters: Kathy Hirn and Elizabeth Hirn-Crane (Jamie) both of Kitchener, ON and Christine Hirn (Stephen Stoyko) of Big River, NB. Two granddaughters: Sarah and Maddie. One sister, Maria Fairfield of Ajax, ON and several nieces and nephews.Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by his two grandsons: Liam and Ryan.Funeral services were held on Tuesday April 30, 2024, at St. George's Anglican Church in Bathurst. Cremation has taken place.A Celebration of Life will be held this Sunday May 5th from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the German-Canadian Hunting and Fishing Club in Mannheim.Donations in memory of Michael may be made to the St. George's Anglican Church in Bathurst, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), or a charity of your choice.

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Thu, 2 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-hirn-1089686852
<![CDATA[LILLLIAN KARLEY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lillian-karley-1089680169<![CDATA[

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Surrounded by her family, Lillian passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at PeopleCare AR Goudie at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late Gene (1985). Predeceased by first two children, Karen (1951) and William (1953). Loving mother of Wendy Hannenberg (Alfred), Donna Tiffin (Bob), Dianne Pletz, John, Eugene (Lori), Lisa Lott and Matt. Cherished grandmother of William, Steven (late Jenn - 2022) (Sierra), Christina McNally (Matt), Nicole Scales (Brendan), Alex (Hillary), Matthew (Michelle), Michael (Natalie), Tyler (Sarah), Brianna, Jacob (Liv), Sara (Brad), Cameron (Tayler), Gavin (Becca) and Elizabeth and great-grandmother to Benjamin, Aiden, Charlotte, Emilia, Isla, Colton and Nolan. Lillian was the last member of her Williamson family. Lillian was a volunteer for Canadian Food for Children and was a member of St. Anne's RC church. She was a foster mother for many while raising her own 7 children. Her hobbies were baking, knitting, sewing, quilting and gardening. A special thank you to the staff at PeopleCare AR Goudie especially the team on the third floor for their compassion and support. Lillian's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024 and 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2024. Her Funeral will take place in the chapel on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the live-stream at www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. Interment St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Macton at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre, Alzheimer's Society or Canadian Food for Children would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Wed, 1 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lillian-karley-1089680169
<![CDATA[ERB, MEGAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/megan-erb-1089680320<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (122)

On Friday, April 26th at 12:16 p.m., surrounded by her loving family. Megan Jessica Erb (Carere) went home to be in the loving arms of Jesus. Megan was taken home to heaven after suffering complications from a catastrophic stroke. As Megan's loved ones, our hearts are shattered and weeping that our beloved mother, wife, sister, friend and daughter got taken to her forever home too soon. Megan's 48 years on this earth were lived to the fullest. She lived her everyday life helping people in whatever way they needed. She loved spending time at home with her family, as well as anything outdoors, going for walks, creating her beautiful garden and vibrant flower beds every spring, or spending time at the family camping trailer at Bear Lake in Sprucedale. Megan's happy place was the trailer located at Bear Lake, any chance she got, she would pack up and head there with the whole family, or just her and her husband, Paul.Megan's positive attitude, kindness, and her caring nature will forever be remembered by her family and friends. Megan always put everyone else above herself and was said to be a mothering personality to many people. Megan leaves behind her five children, Kendell (23), Christina (21), Carlin (20), Clifton (18) and Cameron (17) and her adoring husband Paul (48), her loving future children-in-law, Kendell's fiancée Maya Deptula, Christina's boyfriend Austin Zettel, Carlin's girlfriend Emily Pizale and Clifton's girlfriend Mielle McKnight, her parents Fred and Christine Carere, her siblings and their spouses Rob and Pauline Carere, Norah Carere, Jonathan and Stacey Carere, Sarah and Chris Plein, Rachelle and Chuck Mckee, Paul Carere and April and George Stokic, her parents-in-law, Delmer and Mary Erb.Megan will be deeply missed by her brother and sister-in-laws as well as her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family and her dear friends.In her early years of her career Megan worked as a PSW in the home care setting, caring for clients with the utmost care and respect. She had her children and was a homemaker for the children's early childhood years, she home schooled each of them until they moved to their home in Ariss and the children went off to elementary school. Megan taught her children from an early age to love the Lord through hymns, bible verse reading and her faithful attitude. She taught each of them to be kind and care for the people around them. After her children went off to school, Megan then started her cleaning business, which she prided herself in. She enjoyed going from house to house cleaning for people and their families. Her clients soon became her friends and they all loved Megan as if she was their family. Megan was always happy to head off to work in the morning, and be home for the afternoon to tend things at home, decorate her new kitchen (which was her other happy place) and make her family's house our loving home.Megan will forever be remembered for her kindness, caring nature, cheerfulness, grace and love for her family and the Lord. Megan had a steadfast relationship with the Lord for her entire life. She and her family attended Elora Road Christian Fellowship, where she enjoyed worshipping the Lord and building relationships with her brothers and sisters in Christ. Megan's family and friends will love and miss her for the rest of their lives, until we meet her again in heaven.In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the outstanding medical team at the Guelph General Hospital, thank you to the staff at the ICU who treated Megan like she was their own loved one, with love and respect.Donations may be made to Guelph General Hospital- Intensive Care Unit.Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 and Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 - 3 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus. A private family interment will take place. Funeral service will be held at Elora Road Christian Fellowship, 5696 Wellington Rd. 7, Guelph on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

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Wed, 1 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/megan-erb-1089680320
<![CDATA[DAVID ALBERT HOLOWCHUK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-albert-holowchuk-1089680400<![CDATA[

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David was welcomed to his Heavenly Home by his daughter Kristen, parents, in-laws and friends on Monday, April 29, 2024. On April 9, 2024, David was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer- Central Nervous System Lymphoma. Forever loved by Fran Elliott and son Brett Elliott Holowchuk, sister Mary Ellen Beisel and family and brother Ron, Wendy Holowchuk and family. Loved by Anne Elliott and Walter McIlwain, Paul and Judy Elliott, Gene and Darlene Elliott, Dennis and Darlene Elliott, Mary Elliott Waring, Cathy Elliott and Jack and Joanne Elliott and their families. David loved his family in Ontario and in the Western Provinces. He loved cooking, classic rock, fine dining, entertaining, craft beer, playing pool and building and fixing anything that was broken. Throughout Brett and Kristen's growing up years, he loved swimming, vacationing and ensuring there was an educational component to every vacation. David taught at Grand River Collegiate for 20 years and was known to motivate, support and go above and beyond to help students be successful. He was the Tech Director and was on various committees ensuring that students had the best standard of education possible. In 2018, David and Fran moved to the Bruce Peninsula, on the water in an amazing community to a home David designed and built by his nephew Steve- Beisel Construction. David loved living on the Bruce- he enjoyed the seasons and loved watching nature from his favourite chair. David loved traveling and in February, enjoyed two weeks at The Excellence in Cancun where he and Fran celebrated 45 years together. Many thanks to the palliative care team at Owen Sound Hospital for their love, caring and support of David and his family. Relatives and friends are welcome to share stories with David's family at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, (519-749-8467) on Monday, May 6, 2024 from 5-8 p.m. The family will celebrate David's life in a private venue. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wiarton's Salvation Army or Kitchener's House of Friendship (cards are available at the funeral home).

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Wed, 1 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-albert-holowchuk-1089680400
<![CDATA[MARILYN JOY HILKER,]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marilyn-joy-hilker-1089680988<![CDATA[

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Peacefully passed away at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Cambridge on Monday, April 29, 2024, in her 84th year. Beloved wife of the late Randall, for over 58 years. Dear mother of Christine, Jeanette, and Craig (Sylvia). Cherished grandmother of Ethan. Survived by her sister-in-law, Lynne Misener (Don); brother-in-law; Jim Bradbury and sister-in-law, Linda Hilker. Predeceased by her granddaughter, Emily Hilker; her parents, William and Kerrison Mitchell and brother, George Mitchell; sister-in-law, Marie Mitchell; siblings in law, Allan Hilker and Donna Bradbury. At Marilyn's request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. In memory of Marilyn, donations to Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario would be appreciated.

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Wed, 1 May 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marilyn-joy-hilker-1089680988
<![CDATA[INGE GERICKE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/inge-gericke-1089668560<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 24, 2024 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 92. Predeceased by daughters Regine Gericke and Carola Gericke-Wagener, brothers Kurt and Manfred Andreas, and parents Max and Käthe Andreas. Loving grandmother of Regina Ali (Imam Ali II) and Ullrich Wagener. She leaves behind her brother Werner Andreas, niece Sabine Kirschbach, and sister-in-law Carola Andreas. She trained to teach Kindergarten in Berlin, Germany, where she also went on to study at the Institute for Psychotherapy and was certified to work with children with learning disabilities. She emigrated to Canada in 1957, where she then worked as a nurse-aide at the Freeport Sanatorium (Tuberculosis, Chronic, Chest Clinic Division). Eventually she went on to teach German at the German Language School Concordia in Kitchener. Inge's family will receive relatives and friends for a celebration of her life on Friday, May 3, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of any gifts or flowers, donations to the Cancer Research Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/inge-gericke-1089668560
<![CDATA[CHUTKOW, ABDULLA MAY 1, 1994, CHUTKOW, ZAITOON JUNE 3, 2002]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/chutkow-zaitoon-june-3-2002-chutkow-abdulla-may-1-1994-1089673058<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of our dear parents.These months come back with sad regrets, they bring back memories we'll never forget.- Always remembered and forever loved by your children and their families

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/chutkow-zaitoon-june-3-2002-chutkow-abdulla-may-1-1994-1089673058
<![CDATA[DEBORAH RAWSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/deborah-rawson-1089673511<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 24, 2024 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 66. Loving sister of Lynn (Alberta), David (Waterloo) and Christopher (Newfoundland). Predeceased by parents Jim and Joan Rawson. Will be greatly missed by her Roylco family and friends. Deb enjoyed canoeing and fishing on the grand. She also enjoyed playing bingo and going to the casinos. Cremation has taken place. Deborah's family will have a private celebration of life to honour her. Arrangements entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/deborah-rawson-1089673511
<![CDATA[MARIO FRANCESCUTTI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mario-francescutti-1089673520<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (128)

It is with complete sadness that the family of Mario Francescutti announce his passing on April 26, 2024, in his 95th year. Surrounded by his loving family; predeceased by his wife Laura Ann; survived by his daughter Marie and cherished granddaughters Elizabeth Avis (Chris) and Nicole Balsom. Dad was a self-made man, a gentleman, one who was sincere and true to his word. He lived a full and vibrant life and touched the lives of many people along the way. An avid reader, he had a curious mind and a willingness to pursue knowledge. A lover of music both classical and jazz, he enjoyed good conversation and a competitive game of crib. Originally from the mountains of northern Italy in the region of Friuli, dad experienced his first air flight in 1948, when he arrived in Canada landing on the east coast greeted by our unique Canadian winters. Very dear to his heart were summers spent north and winter vacations south. A charter member of Club Roma, memories of his many friends - Peter Greco, Ubaldo Tesolin and a group of other dedicated individuals would regularly gather in our family home to plan the realization of an Italian club in St. Catharines. And, they certainly did accomplish their dreams with lots of hard work, fundraising and dedication. A once muddy road and field of trees on Vansickle Road was slowly transformed into a beautiful landscape and club created by a dedicated group of volunteers/members. This was where dad devoted much of his free time. Since we lost mom in 2009, I had the pleasure of experiencing another relationship with dad, not as his child, but as his friend. So, I thank you dad, for allowing me to be part of this incredible journey that we shared over the last fifteen years. You became my dear friend and together we shared and created memories full of laughter, good stories and countless games of crib. To his many wonderful nieces and nephews living in New York, Belgium, Naples and Friuli, I thank you for regularly connecting with dad through telephone calls, letters and cards to mark special occasions - it always made his day, brought a smile to his face and warmed his heart. Dad, although you have left us, you will always remain in my heart - my father, my confidant, my friend. A private family ceremony will take place. As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Brock University https://brocku.ca/development/give/#1649165575546-ce4d6ca0-94ac

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mario-francescutti-1089673520
<![CDATA[KRATOCHVIL, JOSEF]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/josef-kratochvil-1089673878<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (129)

It is with great sadness that Josef Kratochvil passed away on April 25th, 2024 at the Wellington hospice. He was 94.His life was well lived. Married his high school sweetheart and they celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary last August.He was a painter, a brilliant engineer, craftsmen and a sailor. His love for animals had no limits. He was an amazing husband, caring father and a great friend.We miss him greatly wife Eva, and family Vit and Lenke Kratochvil

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/josef-kratochvil-1089673878
<![CDATA[GERALD WANKLIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-wanklin-1089676637<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (130)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gerald Leonard Wanklin on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Over the years, Gerald enjoyed five and ten pin bowling. Being on numerous leagues in Cambridge as well as travelling to Saginaw, Michigan for the Can-Amera special bowling games. He won many trophies and made many friends along the way. Anyone who knew Gerald, knew he loved to walk! He could be found walking all over the city. Gerald is survived by his loving sister, Eileen Dykeman and sister-in-law, Shirley Wanklin. He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Mary (Dietrich) Wanklin and siblings, Jack Wanklin (Shirley); Bernard Wanklin (Joan d.); Frances Dickson (Russell d,); Cecilia Palmer (Reginald d.); Ann MacDonald (Harold d.). He will be missed by his cousins, nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of Community Living for Gerald's care throughout his early life as well as all the staff of Hilltop Manor, where he has spent the last 15 years, for their excellent care, compassion and assistance with Gerald over the years. We know he will be missed by everyone. Resting at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas Street, N., Cambridge on Friday, May 3, 2024, with a service to be held in the chapel at 1 pm. Visitation one hour before service time in the chapel. Interment to follow at Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, ON. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Community Living would be appreciated by the family.

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-wanklin-1089676637
<![CDATA[MARILYN AMY POST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marilyn-amy-post-1089677395<![CDATA[

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Surrounded by her family, Marilyn passed away at the age of 93, on April 28, 2024. Cherished mother of Brenda Post, Donna Moss, Laura Butcher, and Linda Wolfe (Jeff); adored Grandmum of Rebecca Moss, Emily Muizelaar (Aaron), Jordan Moss (Leah), Sarah Romanick (Matt), Christopher Wolfe, Amy Dickson (Scott), and Emma Aucoin (Robin). Loved great-grandmum to Ava and Parker Moss, Addison and Violet Muizelaar, Maeve Moss, Callie and Mckenzie Romanick. Dear sister of David Clutton (Sandie). David passed away within hours of Marilyn, following his older sister into the presence of God. Aunt Marilyn will always be remembered fondly by her many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by her loving husband of 52 years, Donald Arthur Post, and her parents, Alec and Amy Clutton. Marilyn's deep faith shone out to all who knew her. She was a charter member of Glen Acres Baptist Church and had a heart for her church family, particularly the children and seniors. Marilyn served her community as a volunteer at Grand River Hospital for about 40 years and as a board member of YWCA. She found her greatest joy in her family, spending time together at home, the cottage, camping, traveling and at Casa del Mar. She had a fierce competitive streak which came out when playing games, and she often won. Marilyn treasured her many longtime friends and the adventures she shared with them throughout the years. She also loved her time with her Book Club, the 'Symphony Gang,' the Garden Club and the Art Group. She delighted in staying in touch with friends and family through phone calls, cards, and handwritten letters. Marilyn had many interests and talents. She was a wonderful musician, artist, seamstress and gardener and had the gift of hospitality. She was happiest when people were gathered around her table and was a mother to many. Marilyn had a lifelong love of learning, starting with her teaching career. Up until the last few weeks, she kept up with the news of the day, loved solving puzzles, and was interested in the activities of her family. Friends will be received at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Celebration of Life Service will be held at Glen Acres Baptist Church, 223 Hartwood Avenue, Kitchener, on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. Reception at the Church Hall will follow the service. Private family interment to be held Saturday morning. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, Glen Acres Baptist Church or Lisaard House Hospice would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445. Special thanks to the compassionate caregivers at Lisaard House Hospice.

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Tue, 30 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marilyn-amy-post-1089677395
<![CDATA[GATCKE, JOAN MARGARET]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joan-margaret-gatcke-1089668540<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the age of 74 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Joan was a graduate nurse from St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener in 1971 (from the 2+1 program). Many thanks to Shelley O'Keeffe for helping Joan achieve her goal of being a proud Walmart Associate until her final days. Joan enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She was a member of the Rockway Lawn Bowling Club in her early years, as well as a current member of Trillium United Church. She also found happiness in her final home in Woodstock, among her Peers Place family. Joan loved her animals, including rabbits, dogs, birds, and many other small creatures, especially her dearly beloved companion of 12 years, Bella. Joan was predeceased by her son Timothy in infancy, son Kevin Brenner, parents William and Inez Gatcke, and her sisters Phyllis Blomstrom and Patricia Gatcke. Joan is survived by her son Andrew Brenner (Jessica) and their children Julia, Sophia, Lydia, and Andrew; daughter Donna Gilbert (Shawn) and their daughter Zoe; daughter Sarah Whyte (Anthony) and their children Kevin and Jolynn; sister Lynn Nardari and her children Jason and Amanda-Jo; sister Susan Gatcke and her son Matthew; and her late sister Phyllis' children Billy and Karen. Friends and relatives are invited to a Visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S, Waterloo on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Trillium United Church, 450 King St. E, Cambridge on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener after the reception.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joan-margaret-gatcke-1089668540
<![CDATA[LORENE WEBER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lorene-weber-1089673119<![CDATA[

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Lorene (Lichty) Weber of Allenford, passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of Cleon Weber for 59 years. Loving mother of Brian (Joyce) Weber of Allenford, Donald Weber of Owen Sound, Douglas (Maria) Weber of Stratford, Rodney (Carolyn) Weber of Allenford, Randall (Marla) Weber of Allenford, and Lynette Weber of Wiarton. She will be missed by 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Wilma (Paul) Bauman, and sister-in-law of Oscar Martin and Amsey (Doris) Weber. Predeceased by her parents Oliver and Leah (Martin) Lichty, parents-in-law Amos and Ida (Diefenbacher) Weber, her sister Dorothy Martin, and her grandson Isaac Weber. Visitation will be held at Glad Tidings Mennonite Fellowship (54 Park Rd,. Tara), where she was a charter member, on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, from 1 - 3 and 6 - 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Owen Sound Canadian Reformed Church, (177551 Concession 5, Owen Sound), on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 11 a.m. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Tara. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Funeral arran-gements entrusted to Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lorene-weber-1089673119
<![CDATA[DANIEL WEBER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daniel-weber-1089673574<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at his home at the age of seven days. Beloved son of Abner and Verna (Weber) Weber. Dear brother of Kevin and Carolyn both at home. Lovingly remembered by his maternal grandparents Abner and Minerva Weber and paternal grandparents Amsey and Irene Weber both of RR 2, Wallenstein. Loved great-grandson of Elvina Gingrich of West Montrose. Predeceased by his infant brother Ryan (2017), infant sister Violet (2018) and infant brother Marlin (2020). Mourned by his aunts, uncles and many cousins. Visitation will take place on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the family home, 7310 Third Line, RR 2, Wallenstein. A family service will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 9 a.m. then to Peel Mennonite Meeting House for burial and public service.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daniel-weber-1089673574
<![CDATA[BERNICE REINHART]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bernice-reinhart-1089673577<![CDATA[

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Bernice Irene Reinhart (nee Hartman) was born April 28, 1923 in Galt Ontario, passed away peacefully in Barrie 3 days shy of her 101st birthday. She is survived by her sister Rose Meyer (nee Hartman) of Kitchener, her children Anne Marie Deslippe of Barrie, Mary Reinhart of Barrie, Therese Collins (nee Reinhart) of Barrie, Peggy Blackburn (nee Reinhart of Wallaceburg, William Reinhart of Barrie, and Jane Reinhart of Kitchener; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. Mom was predeceased by her husband Edgar, her daughter Patricia Reinhart, her Granddaughter Laura Collins, and Grandson Paul Szierer; her sister Helen Stumpf, brother Roy Hartman and brother John Hartman. Bernice's family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Henry Walser Funeral Home in Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467. A Funeral Service will take place in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. Burial at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation to your local Food Bank would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bernice-reinhart-1089673577
<![CDATA[ZLATKO HALAPIR]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/zlatko-halapir-1089673650<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 28, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital, in Kitchener, ON at the age of 87. Beloved husband of 40 years to Sharon Halapir who predeceased Mike in 2022. Cherished father of Dennis (Mona Abdallah) and David (Cheryl). Loving grandpa of Tommy, Jax, Addison, and Asia. Dear brother of Ivanka Preninger. Proud uncle of Deb (Carlos), David, Jason (Jess), Ange (Chris), Tabitha (Jason), Donna (Ben), Kevin (Erin), Peter, Tibor, Milan, Biserca, and Marina. Predeceased by his brothers Ladislau and Slavko, and by his nephew Damir. Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Winston Park and St. Mary's Hospital -Cardiac Care Centre. Zlatko's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stoke Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/zlatko-halapir-1089673650
<![CDATA[JOHN SPOLTORE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-spoltore-1089673737<![CDATA[

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Fourteen years without our Spotcat. We continue to celebrate your amazing life and relish in the memories. Play on, Johnny! #team23

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/john-spoltore-1089673737
<![CDATA[HEIDI PADARIC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/heidi-padaric-1089673797<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at Hospice Waterloo Region, at the age of 86. Beloved wife of Erich for 62 years. Loving mother of Elisabeth Orter (Alfred) of Austria, Klaus (Christine) of Waterloo and the late Eric (2008). Cherished grandmother of the late Kurt and Austin. Heidi's family will receive relatives and friends from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral service will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel followed by a reception. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Hospice Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/heidi-padaric-1089673797
<![CDATA[MARGARET]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-peggy-harris-1089673881<![CDATA[

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Margaret Harris (Gordon), known as Peggy, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at home in Waterloo, ON, with her husband/life partner of 65 years by her side. Peggy was born on January 6, 1940, in the Toronto Beaches to Herbert and Edith Gordon. Peggy is survived by her loving husband James, children Karen (Lance), Kathryn (Don), Kristin (Drew) and Jamie. Proud grandmother of Sarah, Emily, Stephen, Jessica, Hunter, Jacob, Chad, and Kyle. Great-grandmother to Charlotte, Finley and Cameron. Dear sister to Bruce (Donna) and Joanne (Terry). Peggy and Jim raised their family in the Beaches and east end of Toronto before moving to the Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo area. They traveled extensively with the Lions Club of Canada. Peggy was the recipient of the Helen Keller Award for her dedication for service from the Lions Club International. Her service of others continued where she volunteered with community services to deliver meals to meet the needs of others in the community of Cambridge. Peggy was known for her charitable work and her unwavering love and loyalty to her family. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the Doctors, Nurses, and care providers from Clair Hills and Home and Community Care Support Services for their exceptional care, compassion and kindness for Peggy and family. A celebration of Peggy's life will be held at Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, on Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Personal tributes will be made at 2:00 p.m.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-peggy-harris-1089673881
<![CDATA[BILL DUFFY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bill-duffy-1089673890<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, April 26, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Dianne (nee Hutcheon) for 53 years. Loving father to Shaun (Lahneen) and Kimberley (Paul). Cherished "Big" Grampa to Tyler and Ryan. Bill will be missed and remembered by a wonderful sister-in-law Mary and nieces and nephews. Bill was very social and found immense joy in the company of his family and friends. He had a sharp wit and you never knew what might come out of his mouth. He loved his Toronto Maple Leafs and loved vacationing as well as spending time at his cottages and boating for many years. He pursued many careers in his lifetime from Banking/Finance to donut stores to business appraiser for banks. Private cremation has taken place. Bill's family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467. Memories will be shared at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. In memory of Bill, donations to St. Mary's Hospital (Respiratory Unit), Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer Society of KW, would be appreciated by the family (cards may be placed by calling the funeral home 519-749-8467). Family wishes to thank the staff of St. Mary's 6th floor, EMS, Dr. Keleher and Community Home Care team.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bill-duffy-1089673890
<![CDATA[MARJORIE JEAN (REEVES) JOHNSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marjorie-jean-reeves-johnson-1089668484<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the Listowel Memorial Hospital, Listowel, just two months shy of her 95th birthday. Born on June 14, 1929, in Arthur, Ontario, a daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Botterill) Reeves. Cherished and loving mother of Barry Johnson and wife Julia, Wendy Johnson, all of Kitchener, Cheryl and husband Stewart Horton of Nova Scotia, Denise and husband Hamilton Ballagh of Palmerston and April Johnson of Listowel. Devoted grandmother of Shannon Johnson (Ryan), Michael Pratt (Cam), Trevor Pratt, Joshua Horton (Sarah), Mathew Ballagh (Holly). Proud great-grandmother of Isabella, Wesley, Hayden, Kamryn, Brayden and Audrey. Marjorie is survived by her brother-in-law Alan Johnson and by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased and reunited with her beloved husband Howard Johnson, son Brian Johnson, granddaughter Holly Ballagh, brothers George Reeves (Ruth), Bill Reeves (Caroline), Robert Reeves, sister Helen Beech (Earl), brothers-in-law Ken Johnson (Wilma), Harry Johnson (Connie) and sisters-in-law Betty Southen (Jack) and Shirley Johnson. Marjorie was a longtime member of both the Milverton and Listowel Legions. She served for many years on the Women's Auxiliary. Marjorie and Howard earned a professional status in Florida for shuffleboard. She enjoyed playing Cribbage, Euchre, Darts and attending all events at the Legion. Marjorie's wishes for cremation have taken place. A private family service was held with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. All are welcome to join the family for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 259, 565 Elizabeth St. E., Listowel, from 1 - 4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation and can be done through the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, Milverton.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marjorie-jean-reeves-johnson-1089668484
<![CDATA[KUDLIK, MARY GRACE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-grace-kudlik-1089668486<![CDATA[

It is with deep sorrow we announce the unexpected passing of Mary Kudlik on April 24, 2024 in Kitchener, ON. Loving mother to Carrie (David), Tracy (Rob), and Derek (Paula). Proud grandmother to her wonderful grandchildren. Cherished sister to John (Judy), Carl (Diane), Ruth (Larry), Jane, and Brian (Sue Anne). Predeceased by her mother Grace (1992), her brother Michael (1999), and her son Jeffery (2019). She will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, and all her extended family. Resting at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, where the family invites friends and relatives for a visitation on Tuesday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., followed by a service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Inurnment to follow. All are welcome to join for a reception. Cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kitchener Humane Society or the Heart Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-grace-kudlik-1089668486
<![CDATA[NOLAN, RITA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-nolan-1089668538<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 24, 2024, at St. Mary's Hospital, in Kitchener, ON at the age of 78. Beloved sister of Jim Nolan, Elaine Bellefontaine (Paul) and Cathy Cousineau. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Leo and Rita (nee Schell), brothers Robert Nolan, Roy (Audrey) Nolan, her sister Rosemary Nolan, brother-in-law Robert Cousineau, sister-in-law Colleen Nolan, and God Children Parry Bellefontaine and Stephen Cousineau. Rita's family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visiting will continue from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, at the funeral home. Funeral will be held in the chapel at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow until 12:30 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-nolan-1089668538
<![CDATA[DORIS ISOBEL DENNIS CURRIE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-isobel-currie-1089668542<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (142)

Died peacefully at Lisaard House on Saturday, April 27, 2024 after a short illness at age 93. Wife of William Raymond Currie (deceased 1992), mother of Janice (Kelvin Mutter); and Dianne (Glenn Myer). Beloved daughter of the late Clair and Reta Dennis. Predeceased by sisters Jean Leonard and Grace Crawford and son-in-law Robert Eades. Born in Toronto, Ontario September 23, 1930. Raised in Owen Sound in a loving extended family. Claimed faith in Christ at 11 years of age. Member of Calvary Missionary Church where she used her musical and teaching gifts to God's glory. Raised two daughters in various locations in southern Ontario. Joyful grandmother of six - Joshua (Michelle), Anna (Matt), Daniel (Amy,) Jesse (Sonya), Christopher (Cheryl) and Sara (Chad). Retired in Cambridge as a widow to be near her family who have valued her influence and modelling faith in Jesus Christ. For over 20 years she has been deeply involved in the life of Hespeler Baptist Church. She is Safe in the Arms of Jesus. The family will receive friends at Hespeler Baptist Church, 76 Adam St., Cambridge on Wednesday, from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, from 2 - 3 p.m. Funeral Service will take place at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the church after the service. Interment will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound. Donations to Ethnos Canada in memory of Doris may be made by calling 519-369-2622 or emailing finance@ethnos.ca for more information.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-isobel-currie-1089668542
<![CDATA[JANETTE (NEE JANTZI) KUEPFER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janette-nee-jantzi-kuepfer-1089668557<![CDATA[

KUEPFER, Janette (nee Jantzi) of Linwood-Dearly loved wife of Allan whom she married on August 30, 2001. Loving mother of Trevor (21) and special friend Irene, Toby (19), Lia (16), Kayleb (12), and Jody (seven). Much loved daughter of Ken and Susanne Jantzi. Fondly remembered by her brothers and sisters, Martin (Pauline) Jantzi, Shawn (Erma) Jantzi, Joanne (Paul) Jantzi, Julia (Jesse) Kipfer. Dear Daughter-in law of Lloyd, and Laura Kuepfer, and sisters and brothers-in-law of Catherine Kuepfer, Rachel Kuepfer, Sarah (Kevin) Kuepfer, Raymond (Dorothy) Kuepfer, and James (Laura) Kuepfer. Greatly missed by a number of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Predeceased by brothers and sister-in-law Joseph, Marvin, Ezra, Marie, Norman and David, Nephew Brodie and Nieces Melena and Kerrie Grace. Janette was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Family and friends may call at the family home at 7546 Road 116, Linwood, Ontario on Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the family home on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. followed by interment at the 7th Line Amish Mennonite Cemetery. Bishop Murray Kuepfer officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Futher-Franklin Funeral Home, Wellesley.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janette-nee-jantzi-kuepfer-1089668557
<![CDATA[ALVARO GOMES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alvaro-gomes-1089668568<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (143)

Alvaro Gomes, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and businessman passed away April 25, 2024 at the age of 85. He was born on the island of Flores in the Azores. He immigrated to Canada in 1960 eventually settling in Hespeler a few years later. He was the successful owner of C and G Solid Wood Furniture. Al is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Teresinha, his son and business partner Tony (Trish), his daughter Elizabeth (Nando) and his daughter and business partner Laureen (Sean). Al also leaves behind his grandchildren Holly (Aaron), Rachel (Enrique), Jacob, Emma (Ryan) and Abby and great-grandchildren Hailey, Violet, Zoe, and Astrid. He was predeceased by his cherished grandson Jason. Al was a fiercely proud man. And he had much to be proud of! Al often spoke of his children to others. He shared in their accomplishments and took great pride and comfort in knowing of their loving relationship with each other. Al was an idol to many. His mind was full of ideas and opinions on business, economics and politics. He was an endless source of support, not only to his family but also to his friends. His support was wide ranging whether it was financing someone's dream, providing a place in his home for you to stay, or dropping off eggs and sweet corn he had picked up from local farmers. He never talked about these acts of kindness nor did he ever ask for anything in return. Al's selfless acts of kindness and unwavering support touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of generosity and compassion. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Al's name would be appreciated. Visitation will take place at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge on Wednesday, May 1st from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral mass will occur at St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, 16 Cooper St. Cambridge on Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment at New Hope Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alvaro-gomes-1089668568
<![CDATA[DORIS MURIEL (NEE SMITH) RUNSTEDLER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-muriel-nee-smith-runstedler-1089668575<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (144)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Village at University Gates, Waterloo on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the age of 87 years. Doris was born in Normanby township on September 21, 1936. She was an RNA in Guelph and Kitchener hospitals. She raised a family and farmed with Andrew Runstedler (2013) in Linwood for 49 years. She retired to Elmira in 2008. Doris treasured her family. Cherished mother of Shirley and Bryon Hergott, Andrew J and Kim Runstedler, Eunice Schade, Joyce and Kevin Doerbecker, Glen and Robyn Runstedler. Loving grandmother of Lori and Tyler, Kyle and Stacy, Scott and Sarah, Jamie and Heather, Trent and Natasha, Cory and Danielle, Katelyn and Mike, Erica and Steve, Heather and Trevor, Nicole and Clark; and great-grandmother of Avery, Sadie, Hailee, Owen, Ethan, Lilly, Olivia, Walker, Kenna, Caleb (2023) , Liam, Myles and Miley. Will be missed by many nieces, nephews, their families, and godson Scott Runstedler. Survived by Elaine, Lorne and France, Ann, Theresa, Herbie, and Anne. Predeceased by her parents Florence (Carmount) (1988) and Ronald Smith (1995), sister Noreen (1935), one infant (1962), sister Marilyn, brother Lyle, and in-laws Floyd, Barb, Annie, Walter, Mary, Joe, Helen, Fernando, Wilfred, Vincent, Alvin and Ralph. Special thanks to the caring staff at University Gates. To Rose and Charlie, thank you for your regular letters. Special thank you to Claire for your care and support. Your friendship and love for Doris meant so much to her and the family. Doris has fond memories of friends in Linwood and Elmira, especially Amy, Wayne, Leroy, Nathan, Elsie, Veron, Betty, Sarah, Annie, Mary, treasured namesake Doris Irene Weber, and many others too numerous to mention. Doris' family will receive family and friends on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira and on Friday, May 3, 2024 at St Teresa of Avila RC Church, 19 Flamingo Dr., from 10-10:45 a.m., followed by the funeral mass at 11 a.m., with Father Peter presiding. A reception will follow. Cremation will take place, with interment in Maplewood Cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Woolwich Community Services Family Violence Prevention Program or Kiwanis Transit would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home.dreisingerfuneralhome.com

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-muriel-nee-smith-runstedler-1089668575
<![CDATA[RUTH JANTZI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-jantzi-1089668619<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (145)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth Arlene Jantzi (nee Lichti), who peacefully ended her journey in this world, in the presence of her family on April 24, 2024.Ruth channeled her energetic spirit into every aspect of her life. She was the secretary of the Kitchener Waterloo Council of Churches for many years and an active volunteer with the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club Turkey Drive. Ruth was also a dedicated member of Erb Street Mennonite Church, participating as song leader, in the sewing circle, helping manage the kitchen for social activities, supporting families who were new to Canada, and serving breakfast fare at the annual Mennonite Relief Sale in New Hamburg.A world traveller, Ruth journeyed far and wide, accompanied by her husband Ken who was her partner in life for over 55 years. Together they visited Scandinavia, South Africa, many parts of the USA, and numerous countries in Europe. This love of travel has been inherited by her children, who were introduced to the concept at a young age through cross Canada road trips.Ruth and her family received tremendous support during her time in hospital, by the many whose lives she had touched. She is described as caring, giving, a treasure, the keeper of family history, an inspiration, the Energizer Bunny, but above all, a dear friend.Ruth's memory will forever be held in the hearts of her husband Ken and her sons Darrell (Patricia) and Greg (Alison), her grandchildren Michael and Stephanie, her brother Jim Lichti (Jennie), and her sister-in-law Eileen Radstake (Monty Woodyard).The Jantzi family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the ICU staff at Grand River Hospital who provided wonderful care and comfort for Ruth and her family as she battled her health issues.Visitation will take place at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S, Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Erb Street Mennonite Church on Thursday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m. The service is preceded by visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with interment to follow the service at Erb Street Mennonite Cemetery. A reception will take place in the church hall following the interment.In memory of Ruth, donations to House of Friendship, Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario), Beyond Housing, or the Alzheimer Society may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Sun, 28 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-jantzi-1089668619
<![CDATA[COOK, ARLEIGHN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/arleighn-cook-1089586756<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (146)

A funeral service to celebrate Arleighn's life and faith will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Fireside Reception Room at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate donations towards the Holy Saviour Building fund through this link: holy-saviour.on.ca/give

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/arleighn-cook-1089586756
<![CDATA[WILLARD, PATRICIA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-willard-1089621573<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (147)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Patricia Kerr Willard of Cambridge (Galt) on April 14, 2024, in her 94th year. Born on March 17, 1931, in Truro, Nova Scotia to parents William and Margaret Kerr, she was recently predeceased by Gordon, her loving husband of 67 years, in October 2023, as well as her sisters-in-law Mary-Lou Kerr, and Rosemary Ambrose. Cherished mother of Gary Willard (Donna) and Lynn Willard and grandmother of Robyn and Brooke (Tyler), she is also survived by her brother Glen Kerr, brother-in-law Gordon Ambrose, and many nieces and nephews.Mom grew up in Nova Scotia and loved animals from an early age. There were always rabbits, kittens or other pets to be found around the Kerr household. Mom graduated from business school in Halifax as a stenographer and had a keen sense of numbers. She took on several jobs in Halifax and then briefly worked at the Willard Furniture Store upon arriving in Galt. Always wanting to keep herself involved beyond managing the family household, she enjoyed keeping books part-time.Mom met Dad at a YMCA dance while he was in the Navy and stationed in Halifax. They were married in Bedford, Nova Scotia in 1956 and then began their new family in Galt. She was a long-time and active member of First United Church until its amalgamation with Cedar Hill United Church and was involved with many church activities over the years, especially the annual bazaar. She was an avid bowler in her younger years and won numerous trophies. Having a passion for knitting, Mom created countless mittens, hats and scarves for charity. She also loved to bake and spend time with her family.Mom and Dad enjoyed collecting antiques together and could always be found hunting for treasure at Saturday morning garage sales. In later years, they had a booth at the Freelton Antique Market to sell their wares. Mom was bit by Dad's travel bug after their first cruise up to Alaska, and many trips followed to various dest-inations around theworld, often in the company of family or friends.The family is grateful for the compassion, care, and support she received while living at St. Andrew's Terrace for the last six years. She kept everyone on their toes with her sense of humour and quick wit and will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.A celebration of life for Pat will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2024, from 11a.m.-2p.m. at Coutts Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 96 St. Andrews St., Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cambridge Memorial Hospital or the Alzheimers Society.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-willard-1089621573
<![CDATA[DALE FREY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dale-frey-1089631339<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (148)

The Celebration of Life for Dale, will be held at the Elmira Legion, 11 First Street East, from 1 - 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Surrounded by the love of his family, Dale passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Groves Memorial Community Hospital, Fergus, just shy of his 63rd birthday. All are welcome to join Dale's family for a celebration of his life.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dale-frey-1089631339
<![CDATA[MARIA GRANIC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-granic-1089638571<![CDATA[

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In memory of a dear wife, mother and grandmother who passed away five years ago today.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-granic-1089638571
<![CDATA[BROOKER, (CLEM) HAROLD CLEMENT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/clem-harold-clement-brooker-1089639204<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (150)

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. It is with heavy hearts that the family of Clem Brooker say farewell to a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who passed on April 24, 2024. He was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick and came as a teenager with his parents to live in Ontario. Clem was married in 1955 to the love of his life, Anna. They were truly devoted to each other with eternal love. Clem worked in the dairy industry as sales manager for a great part of his life, then in 1989 became sales manager for Stewart-Warner Corp (Alemite) until retiring in 2004. After retiring, he was a golf marshal at several different golf courses. He was a man of many passions: hunting, fishing, hockey, baseball, camping and golfing. In his early years, he was on the hills skiing in New Brunswick. Clem was an outgoing, happy, bubbly person who loved being with people. Clem and his wife Anna loved snowmobiling on the trails with friends and family, but in later years, they spent winters at their home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Left to cherish Clem's memory is his loving wife Anna, and his children Douglas Brooker (Donna), Donna Stroh (Jim), Brian Brooker (Lisa), Stephen Brooker (Wendy), Sharon Heath (Paul) and Michael Brooker (Lynn). Clem will be missed by his beloved grandchildren, Cory Brooker (Leanne), Jenny Frayne (Joe), Krista Gawne (Joshua), Jason Brooker (Alexandra), Derek Brooker (Jen), Sarah Wells (Alex), Bob Brooker (Stephanie), Steph Chandler (Wes), Vanessa Heath, Tiffany Sran (Taje) George Heath (Ally), Bradley Brooker (Dara), Matthew Brooker (Ali) and Amy Brooker (deceased in 1978). Clem will also be missed by his 21 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Harold Percy Brooker (1974) and Elva Brooker-Kressler (2008). Family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 for visitation between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 248 Westmount Road East, Kitchener, ON. Funeral service to be held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Frank Szatmari officiating. Reception to follow the service, then interment at Parklawn Cemetery. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/clem-harold-clement-brooker-1089639204
<![CDATA[ABELSON, JEFFREY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-abelson-1089648082<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (151)

Jeff passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family, on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the age of 70. Beloved son of Barry (Marian) and the late Wanda. Loving father of Matt Abelson (Amy Wasylenki) and Ashley Keachie (Chris). Proud and devoted grandfather of Sophia and Hailey. He will also be sadly missed by Joanne Abelson. Dear brother of Laurie (Bruce Shantz) and Steve Abelson. Brother-in-law of Kathryn (late Cliff), Gary (Rose) and Sandy (Mike). Predeceased by his brother-in-law Phil. He will also be fondly remembered by his extended family and friends. Jeff worked as a salesman for many years in the Window and Siding industry. As a passionate hockey fan, he dedicated much of his time to coaching. In addition, he was a Convener for the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association for ten years. At one time he was a member of the Numismatic Society as he loved studying coins. He also had a love for nature and knew the name of every bird. His favourite place was at the family cottage, Bwana House on Crystal Lake where he spent countless hours fishing, playing games with family, sitting in the gazebo playing Solitaire while listening to the ball game and entertaining friends. But his greatest love was getting together with family! He had a great sense of humour and he always kept us laughing! We know he will be missed by many. Cremation arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. We welcome family and friends to join us for a Celebration of Jeff's Life, which will be announced at a later date. In recognition of his mother Wanda's battle with multiple sclerosis, donations to the MS Society of Canada would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-abelson-1089648082
<![CDATA[NANCY QUANTZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-quantz-1089648139<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (152)

Passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the age of 82.Nancy will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her three daughters Sharon (Simon Farlow), Carmen Abel, and Lisa Thompson (Chris), and her four grandchildren Andrew Abel (Alicia), Matthew Abel, Emily Yaeger (Luke), and Aaron Thompson. Nancy was also the beloved "Gigi" to three great-grandchildren Kieran Abel, Quinn Abel, and Walker Yaeger.She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, James Douglas Quantz in 2022.Nancy loved travelling, gardening, and crafting. She also enjoyed spending her summers at the cottage, and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Nancy was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Wiarton Branch #208, and retired from Bell Canada where she worked for many years.Special thanks to the amazing medical staff at Brightshores Hospital in Wiarton and Innisfree House in Kitchener for the exceptional care you provided to Nancy. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Wiarton Legion Branch #208, 330 Boyd Street. A light luncheon will be provided.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-quantz-1089648139
<![CDATA[CURRIER, DUANE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/duane-currier-1089656676<![CDATA[

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Passed away surrounded by family, on April 24, 2024, at Grand River Hospital, in Kitchener, ON at the age of 90. Beloved husband of over 65 years to Ann Currier. Cherished father of Kimberley (Don) Brenner and Kelly (Keith) Matthews. Loving grandfather of five. Great-grandfather of eight. Duane will be sadly missed by his extended family and friends. Thank you to the staff at Fergus Place Retirement Home and Grand River Hospital, for their continuous compassion and care. Duane worked at B.F. Goodrich for his whole career. After his retirement, he enjoyed his time doing nothing, he could be found reading and doing his word puzzles. He was an avid hockey fan cheering for the Kitchener Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will be remembered as a family man. In keeping with Duane's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/duane-currier-1089656676
<![CDATA[SHANTZ, GARY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gary-shantz-1089656686<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 23, 2024 at his home in Kitchener, ON at the age of 72. Loving brother of Linda Eccles. Cherished uncle of Gregory Eccles and the late Lori Lynn Eccles. Predeceased by parents Verle and Ruby Shantz (nee Mikel). Will be greatly missed by many friends and extended family. A celebration of Gary's life will be held at a later date. Arrangement entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gary-shantz-1089656686
<![CDATA[RALPH KEITH CLARK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-keith-clark-1089656721<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (155)

With deep sorrow, we share the passing of Ralph Keith Clark at the age of 83, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Ralph was a dedicated business owner and mobile salesman of Clark Tools & Equipment, specializing in mechanic tools and equipment for over 25 years. Additionally, he lent his carpentry skills as a handyman at McCollough Lake, finding joy in pursuits like hunting, fishing, woodworking and curling.Ralph was the cherished husband of Brenda Lynne (Shimens) for an incredible 62 years. As a loving father, he leaves behind Shellie Steffler (Brian), Tracey Clark (Mike), and Jason Clark (Marian). His legacy extends to his adored grandchildren, Krista (David), Brittany (Kyle), Brent (Kelsey), Kim (Bobby), Samantha, Mitch, Ethan, Ben, Nicola, and Allie. Ralph was also a proud great-grandfather to Evelyn, Theodore, Elaina, Paisley, Anna, Arlow, Cooper, Hayden, and Kolton. He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Ruth Clark, as well as his nephew, Danny Clark. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate and caring staff at Winston Park LTC, who provided unwavering support to Ralphie/Papa during his time there. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and we can imagine him sharing one of his warm, signature smiles with each of them. Resting at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, where the family invites friends and relatives for visitations on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. followed by inurnment. All are welcome to join for a reception after the graveside service. Cremation has taken place.As expressions of sympathy, donations to Parkinson Society Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences can be made on his memorial page at MemoryFuneral.com

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-keith-clark-1089656721
<![CDATA[LICHTI, EMMALIEN (NEE WAGLER)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/emmalien-nee-wagler-lichti-1089656894<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (156)

It is with both, sadness at her passing and gratitude, for her life well-lived, that the family announces the passing of Emmalien Lichti. She passed away peacefully, at Nithview Seniors Village, on March 21, 2024, in her 101st year. She was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, aunt, outstanding grandmother and great-grandmother, and a good friend to many. Emmalien was born on November 29, 1923, on the Wagler family farm, at Punkeydoodles Corner. Wife of the late Elmon Lichti, whom she married on November 28, 1945.Sadly missed by her children, Ruth Jantzi (d. April 24, 2024) and husband Kenneth, and Jim Lichti and wife Jennie. Emmalien was blessed with five grandsons and their spouses, Darrell and Patricia Jantzi (North York), Gregory and Alison Jantzi (Georgetown), Philip Lichti and Perri Lo (Vancouver), Timothy Lichti and Rochelle Lee (Kitchener), and Stephen Lichti and Jessica Walsh (Ottawa); as well as three great-grandchildren, Michael Jantzi, Stephanie Jantzi, and Simon Lichti.Emmalien is fondly remembered by her sister, Lydia; and husband, Glen Schumm; sister-in-law, Mildred Lichti; and by many nieces and nephews.Predeceased by her husband, Elmon Jacob Lichti (d. December 14, 2005); an infant daughter (1952); her parents, Daniel and Mary (Zehr) Wagler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Ruby Wagler, Lloyd and Ruby Wagler, Daniel and Audrey Wagler; and by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Erma and Merlin Bender, Alma and Ken Yantzi. Also predeceased by Lichti in-laws, Leona and Mervin Bender, Stanley and Erma Lichti, Lincoln and Maryann Lichti, Elroy and Loretta Lichti, Mervin and Geneva Lichti and Ken Lichti.Emmalien and Elmon farmed for many years, in East Zorra Township. She was a faithful member of Tavistock Mennonite Church. She was a volunteer during the early decades of the New Hamburg MCC Relief Sale, volunteered at the New Hamburg MCC Thrift Store for 35 years, and was active in the women's quilting group at church.Friends are invited to share their memories of Emmalien with her family during visitation, at the Frances Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock, on Saturday, May 4th, from 1-4 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, May 5th, at Tavistock Mennonite Church, 131 Wettlaufer St., Tavistock. Pastor Harold Schlegel will officiate. To view the Funeral Service online, live or later, click here or go to: https://boxcast.tv/channel/qxwaylrpfghjwtjdr4jb. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. There will be a private burial at 16th Line East, Zorra Mennonite Cemetery.In memory of Emmalien Lichti, donations to Mennonite Central Committee or Nithview Home Development Fund or Tavistock Assistance Program (TAP emergency aid) may be arranged through Frances Funeral Home, Tavistock, ON or by calling 519-655-2431.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/emmalien-nee-wagler-lichti-1089656894
<![CDATA[ELIGH, NORMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norman-eligh-1089657087<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (157)

Early on Monday, April 22, 2024 at University Hospital, London. Cherished by many, Norman was a family man and businessman, a dedicated volunteer and raconteur of shaggy dog stories. He was 76 years old.Born in Winnipeg to Jean (nee Kendall) and Gordon Eligh, Norman grew up in Ottawa and Edmonton. In Edmonton, he married Linda and launched a family and a 35-year career with Sears Canada that eventually took him to Toronto headquarters. Customer service was Norman's North Star, leading him to store management roles in Guelph, Kitchener, St. Thomas and London. He enthusiastically represented the company at countless high school productions for the Sears Drama Festival. Following retirement, Norman owned and operated a London UPS Store.Norman volunteered his time and leadership, serving as Commodore of the Guelph Lake Sailing Club, and President of the Royal City Kiwanis Club, Scouts Canada Wellington District and Probus Club of London. As an adaptive downhill ski instructor, Norman shared his love of the sport with skiers with disabilities, first with Waterloo Region Track 3, and then as President of the London Track 3 School.Norman championed his family, supporting all of Linda's endeavours and attending dance recitals, school concerts and soccer games. He took every opportunity to tell his children he was proud of them. As a grandfather, he delighted in finding gadgets and magic tricks to dazzle the little ones.He was a skilled handyman, dog lover and blues fan, and a top-tier pancake maker. He was happiest holding hands with Linda, basking in the sun poolside or on the dock at Whiskey Island, surrounded by family.He leaves Linda (nee Donnelly), loving wife of 56 years, daughters Blake (Jeff Phillips) and Meredith (Kevin Sexton), son Ryan (Amy), and grandchildren Tulia, Grace, Rowan, Ireland, Finnley and Juno.Lovingly remembered by siblings Peter (Connie), Gregg (Angele) and Jane Eligh-Feryn, brother-in-law Dave Elliott, and family and dear friends across Canada and around the globe.Predeceased by his parents and extended family, Pat Feryn, Jean Elliott, Jim and Doreen Donnelly, Tom and Geraldine Donnelly, and Helen and Elburne Donnelly.A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 3, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., Westview Funeral Chapel,709 Wonderland Road North, London, and by livestream link. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to London Track 3 Ski School, Scouts Canada or Almost Home. For further details, please visit www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norman-eligh-1089657087
<![CDATA[EMERY, CHARLES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/charles-emery-1089657115<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (158)

David passed away on Wednesday, April 24, at the age of 89. Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK, he was the beloved husband of Enid, whom he met due to a shared love of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Together, they started a family and began a new life in Canada, although they never forgot their Geordie roots. David was a man of many talents and interests. His analytical mind and deep love of books led to a satisfying career in library administration, culminating at the University of Waterloo. His affinity for music and powerful baritone voice made him a valued member of church and community choirs. He enjoyed gardening, genealogy and a glass of beer. We remember a quiet man who expressed affection not so much through words but through actions. David was a loving father to his five children and their spouses: Elizabeth (Bohnert), Tony, Katherine (died in infancy), Eleanor (Brown), Doug, Judith, Nicholas and Lisa. But it was his grandchildren — Lauren and her partner Cole, Sara, Olivia and Charlotte — who were his pride and joy. David will also be sadly missed by family and friends in Edmonton, the UK and France. Our family would like to thank everyone who visited David and supported us. Our appreciation also goes to the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their care. We are forever grateful to the staff and volunteers at Lisaard House for their guidance and compassion as David made his final journey. Finally, we'd like to thank our pastor, Preston Parsons, for his kindness and exceptional spiritual care. A funeral service officiated by Rev. Canon Preston Parsons will be held at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 23 Water Street North, Kitchener, on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the University of Waterloo Library, the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre in Midland, ON, the Church of St. John the Evangelist or Lisaard House. (Cards are available at HenryWalser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467).

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/charles-emery-1089657115
<![CDATA[JANTZI, RUTH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-jantzi-1089657162<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (159)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth Arlene Jantzi (nee Lichti), who peacefully ended her journey in this world, in the presence of her family on April 24, 2024.Ruth channeled her energetic spirit into every aspect of her life. She was the secretary of the Kitchener Waterloo Council of Churches for many years and an active volunteer with the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club Turkey Drive. Ruth was also a dedicated member of Erb Street Mennonite Church, participating as song leader, in the sewing circle, helping manage the kitchen for social activities, supporting families who were new to Canada, and serving breakfast fare at the annual Mennonite Relief Sale in New Hamburg.A world traveller, Ruth journeyed far and wide, accompanied by her husband Ken who was her partner in life for over 55 years. Together they visited Scandinavia, South Africa, many parts of the USA, and numerous countries in Europe. This love of travel has been inherited by her children, who were introduced to the concept at a young age through cross Canada road trips.Ruth and her family received tremendous support during her time in hospital, by the many whose lives she had touched. She is described as caring, giving, a treasure, the keeper of family history, an inspiration, the Energizer Bunny, but above all, a dear friend.Ruth's memory will forever be held in the hearts of her husband Ken and her sons Darrell (Patricia) and Greg (Alison), her grandchildren Michael and Stephanie, her brother Jim Lichti (Jennie), and her sister-in-law Eileen Radstake (Monty Woodyard).The Jantzi family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the ICU staff at Grand River Hospital who provided wonderful care and comfort for Ruth and her family as she battled her health issues.Visitation will take place at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S, Waterloo, on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Erb Street Mennonite Church on Thursday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m. The service is preceded by visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with interment to follow the service at Erb Street Mennonite Cemetery. A reception will take place in the church hall following the interment.In memory of Ruth, donations to House of Friendship, Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario), Beyond Housing, or the Alzheimer Society may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-jantzi-1089657162
<![CDATA[BARBARA HUTCHISON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-hutchison-1089657352<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully, on Monday, January 8, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, at the age of 71. Survived by her sister Cathy Hutchison of Peterborough. Predeceased by her parents, George and Jean Hutchison. All are welcome to attend a celebration of life in her honour on June 15, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name could be made to any pet charities.www.dreisingerfuneralhome.com

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Fri, 26 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-hutchison-1089657352
<![CDATA[DAVIDSON, DAVID]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-davidson-1089621845<![CDATA[

So your smile is gone forever and your hand I can not touchStill I have so many memories of the one I loved so muchYour memory is my keepsake which will never partGod has you in his keeping I have you in my heart

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Thu, 25 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-davidson-1089621845
<![CDATA[PHILIP ROY WEBER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/philip-roy-weber-1089630790<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (160)

You're not forgotten,father/brother,Nor ever shall you be;As long as lifeand memory lastWe shall remember thee.

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Thu, 25 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/philip-roy-weber-1089630790
<![CDATA[RANN, ROBERT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-rann-1089647311<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (161)

Robert Alkin Rann, known as Bob, passed away on April 22, 2024, in his 91st year, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Beloved husband of Margaret "Peggy" (nee Walters) of 62 wonderful years. Loving father to: Peter (Rhonda), Mary Beth, Jay, Meg Parsons (Jason), and Sarah. Proud grandfather to Jessica (Justin and his son Spencer), Amanda (John), Jacklyn, as well as a great-grandfather to Xavier, Zayden, and Maverick and dear brother to Jane Hall of Brussels, ON. Bob is predeceased by his parents: David and Aletha, his brother William, sister-in-law Sharon Walters and brother-in-law Jack Hall. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, and many good friends.Bob was born in Brussels, Ontario, and moved to Galt when he started his 44-year career as a draftsman at Babco*ck and Wilcox. He was a lifetime member of Galt Curling Club, member of the Lions Club, and parishioner of St. Ambrose Church. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling the globe, gardening, and cheering for his favourite Toronto sports teams. Bob was known for his charitable work and his unwavering love and loyalty as a husband and father. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.Relatives and friends will be received on Sunday, April 28, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at T. Little Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, Cambridge (519-623-1290). A Funeral Mass will be held the following day, on Monday, April 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Church, 210 South Street, Cambridge. Bob will be laid to rest at Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge. Friends and family are invited back to T. Little Funeral Home for a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service.A heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful doctors and nurses at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for your care and compassion. As expressions of sympathy, donations made in Bob's memory to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation or to the Lions Foundation of Canada - Guide Dogs would be gratefully appreciated.

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Thu, 25 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-rann-1089647311
<![CDATA[SUSAN PEAVOY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/susan-peavoy-1089647393<![CDATA[

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A Celebration of Susan M Peavoy's life will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at the Hillsburgh Community Centre located at 95 Main Street, Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0 from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Words of remembrance start at 3:30pm.Donations in memory of Susan can be mailed to the Hillsburgh Firefighters Association located at PO BOX 589 - 29 George Street, Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0 or to Special Friends at PO Box 248 - Hillsburgh, ON N0B 1Z0.

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Thu, 25 Apr 2024 04:34:07 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/susan-peavoy-1089647393
<![CDATA[GEORGE BARNARD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-barnard-1089631442<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (163)

Passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Monday, April 22, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Bonnie (nee Sage) for 49 years. Loving father of George (Natalie) and Kim Riehl (Trevor). Cherished Papa of Jaden, Sage, Seth and Hunter. Dear brother of Ed (Barb), Tim (Diane), Becky Hartman and Jennifer Devitt (Kyle). Lovingly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents, George and Donna (nee Clarke). George found immense joy in the company of family and friends. He had a passion for the green fairways, spending countless hours pursuing his love for golf. George enjoyed spending time casting a line whenever he got the chance. George also enjoyed spending time at the casino and travelling with the love of his life. He retired from the WRDSB as a Superintendent. After retirement he pursued another career as the Executive Director for ECNO. George touched the lives of many with his sharp wit and unwavering love. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We are deeply grateful for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Rebecca Guzar. Her compassion, expertise, and unwavering support meant the world to our family during George's illness. We will forever cherish the kindness and professionalism she showed. Private cremation arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Celebration of Life will take place in the summer. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer's Society Waterloo Wellington or the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-barnard-1089631442
<![CDATA[POSTMA, SHARON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sharon-postma-1089638495<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (164)

With her family by her side, Sharon was peacefully called to her heavenly home on Sunday April 21, 2024 at Innisfree House in Kitchener at age 62.Sharon will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 40 years Jerry, her children Chris (Leah), Ben (Vanessa), Karmen (Jake) Walsh, and Kurtis (Hanna Carroll), her very special grandchildren Alexandria, Evelyn-Anne, Jasmine, Casper and Jethro, her father James (Magda) Dykstra, her brothers, Gord (Joan) and Sid (Marilyn), and her step siblings, Clarence (Gianna) Dykema and Christine (Jim) Rorison. She will be remembered by her many family and friends.She was predeceased by her mother Hendrine (1987) and infant daughter Jocelyn (1994).Sharon grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She attended Edm-onton Christian School where she made lasting friendships. She married Jerry Postma on May 14, 1983 in Edmonton. Sharon and Jerry moved to Kitchener, Ontario in 1986, where they raised their family. They attended Community CRC where they made many good friends.Sharon filled up her days with gardening, crafting, sewing, and volunteering. Over the past 8 years, Sharon spent a lot of time at the Postma Farm near Meaford, where she would garden to her heart's desire and stand in awe of God's creation. She absolutely loved it there. We have no doubt that she is wandering the gardens in Heaven right now.Special thanks to all the caring staff and volunteers at Grand River Hospital and Innisfree House.Visitation will be held at the Community Christian Ref-ormed Church, 1275 Bleams Rd., Kitchener on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the Church on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 11 a.m., followed by a time for refreshment and fellowship in the church hall. A private family interment will be held at Williamsburg Cemetery.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sharon-postma-1089638495
<![CDATA[LUKE STROH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/luke-stroh-1089638531<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (165)

In loving memory of Luke, who passed away, April 25, 1996. 28 years ago you left us, your memory is as dear today as the hour you passed away. Forever remembered and always loved by Mom Janet and his late Dad, Keith, brother, Skye, and all relatives on both the Hamilton and Stroh sides of the family.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/luke-stroh-1089638531
<![CDATA[ROBERT DYNEROWICZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-sgt-dynerowicz-1089638536<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (166)

What we have once enjoyedWe can never loseAll that we have loved deeplyBecomes a part of us

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-sgt-dynerowicz-1089638536
<![CDATA[SELINDA MARTIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/selinda-martin-1089639156<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, at the age of 83 years. Sister of Sarah and Menno Brubacher of Elmira, Abner and Anna Martin of Fordwich, Nancy and Onias Martin of Holyrood. Remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Nelson and Lucinda (Weber) Martin and sister Lena and Ira Martin. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 1-5 p.m. at the home of Menno Brubacher, 1205 Tilman Rd., Elmira. A family service will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 9 a.m. then to Springfield Mennonite Meeting House for burial and public service.

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/selinda-martin-1089639156
<![CDATA[MORGAN, WAYNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089639455<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (167)

Wayne Morgan, 74 passed away at home on Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was cared for by his daughters through his battle with cancer. He leaves behind his "girls"; daughters Magen(Shawn) and Carly(Stephen). His granddaughters; Emily. Isabelle, Skye and Hannah brought so much joy and fulfillment to his life and he will be missed dearly by them.Also lefty to mourn are his beloved sisters; Diane(Glen), and Wanda (Gerald). He cherished their time spend together every week and were comforted by them near the end. He now joins his father Hedley, mother Elise and wife Brenda in a place where there is only happiness.Cremation has already taken place. Condolences can be left at

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089639455
<![CDATA[PAUTLER, MARY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-pautler-1089630699<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (168)

Pautler, Mary Josephine (nee Schell) - Passed away peace-fully after a brief illness at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday April 22, 2023, at the age of 93. Predeceased by her beloved husband Norbert "Bud" Pautler. Cherished mother of Mark, Jean (David), Barb and Patrick (Tina). Proud grandmother of Paul, David, Rachel (Geoff), Thomas, Erica-Lynn, Andrew and Emily and great-grandmother of Jocelyn Deignan. Mary will also be sadly missed by her sisters Maureen Elchorn (Matt) and Agnes Schell, as well as her nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Pre-deceased by her daughter-in-law Joanne Pautler, son-in-law John Young, sister Pat Brohman, brother Gerard Schell and her parents Mary and Arthur Schell. Mary will forever be remembered for her love of gardening, walking, golf, lawn bowling and playing Bridge. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St., Cambridge, on Saturday April 27, 2024, at 11 a.m., with the family receiving guests one hour prior to the service.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-pautler-1089630699
<![CDATA[WAYNE MORGAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089631368<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (169)

Wayne Morgan, 74 passed away at home on Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was cared for by his daughters through his battle with cancer. He leaves behind his "girls"; daughters Magen(Shawn) and Carly(Stephen). His granddaughters; Emily. Isabelle, Skye and Hannah brought so much joy and fulfillment to his life and he will be missed dearly by them. Also lefty to mourn are his beloved sisters; Diane(Glen), and Wanda (Gerald). He cherished their time spend together every week and were comforted by them near the end. He now joins his father Hedley, mother Elise and wife Brenda in a place where there is only happiness. Cremation has already taken place. Condolences can be left at www.tlittlefuneralhome.com

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Tue, 23 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089631368
<![CDATA[EARL ROBINSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/earl-robinson-1089616365<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (170)

Passed away peacefully at Chapman House on Friday, April 19, 2024. Born in Stratford on August 31, 1925, Earl Grant Robinson of Owen Sound, was in his 99th year. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Illeen Robinson (nee Cameron). Loving father of Grant Robinson (Sheila) of Guelph, Barbara Robinson (Dan Willard) of Windsor, Bruce Robinson (Betty) of Guelph and Liz Drimmie (Greg) of Owen Sound. Cherished grandfather of Adena (Greg), Noelle (Michael), Jason (Lauren), Danielle (late Chris), Katy, Abigale, John, Emily and Victoria. Loving great-grandfather of Ewan, Landon, Adelyn, James, Ava, Emmerson, Daisy and Ruby. Earl will be sadly missed by his niece Beth, nephew David, family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Malcolm and Lamotta Robinson (nee Weitzel). In Earl's early years, he was active in badminton and tennis, enjoying these sports both recreationally and competitively. Playing football in his high school years, Earl fondly remembered playing Quarterback. Earl loved playing the drums and the saxophone in dance bands in his young adult years. Music played a big part in Earl's life, bringing joy to him and to those who listened and sang along. After high school, Earl attended the University of Toronto studying mechanical engineering for one year, then returned home to join the accounting firm of Monteith and Monteith. After obtaining his Chartered Account designation in 1949, he worked for one year as an industry controller in Seaforth, Ontario. He decided to return to public accounting and purchased the firm Hallady and Company and moved to Guelph in 1951. Earl's business flourished and he brought in partners Russ Lott and Bill Brohman to form Robinson, Lott and Brohman, now known as RLB LLP Chartered Professional Accountants. Earl had great patience, was very good at training his staff and became a trusted advisor to his clients. Earl always enjoyed living in the countryside on the edge of Guelph, but as the city grew, he wanted more space. In 1969 he purchased a farm near Kemble, Ontario, and moved his family there from 1973-1977. He returned to Guelph in 1978 and continued his practice until his retirement in 1989 and moved back to the farm in 1994. Earl and Joyce became snowbirds for 17 years, enjoying the sun, swimming, music, sports and friendships in Florida. In the summer months, they enjoyed the farm, family, friends and fellowship at Kemble United Church. Earl's family would like to extend a very special thank-you to "Team Earl." Thanks to Trish Hawkins for her dedication to our father, especially through the Covid Crisis. Thanks to the "Woodley Care Team," Trinity Brewitt-Wood and Michelle Wallace, for their compassion and care they provided to Dad. Thanks to the caregivers Veepal, Sundie, Donnie, Shelley, Said and Michael. Thanks also to Dr. El Alabassi, who helped us navigate Dad's medical care. Many thanks to the many family members and friends who collaborated in assisting with Dad's journey.Visitation will be held at Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 14th St. W., Owen Sound, 519-376-7492, on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Earl's life will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Heather McCarrel officiating, followed by a reception at the funeral home. For those unable to attend in person, the service will be livestreamed and a recorded version will be posted online. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Owen Sound Hospital Foundation, Grey Bruce Residential Hospice - Chapman House, Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kemble United Church are appreciated. Online condolences can be sent to Earl's family by visiting his memorial at www.woodfuneralhome.ca

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/earl-robinson-1089616365
<![CDATA[EDWARD NEAR]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-near-1089621670<![CDATA[

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After a valiant fight with cancer, Wayne passed away at the Woodstock General Hospital, surrounded by family, on April 19, 2024. He was 79 years of age. He was predeceased by his first wife Joanne Near (nee Lambert). Beloved husband of Linda LeBourdais-Near (nee Day). Cherished father of Karen Nairn, and step-father to Lisa Bower (Matthew). Forever loved grandpa of Dr. Leah Nairn (Dip), Dayna Nairn (Trevor), Benjamin, Owen, Lily and Noah. Wayne will be dearly missed by his feline companion Dickens. He will be forever remembered by many extended family members and friends.Wayne was an avid hockey fan, and was a devoted life-time supporter of the Boston Bruins. He enjoyed a successful career as a mechanic, making all things cars an important part of his life. He spent many winters at his home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he made lasting memories with family and friends. He never missed picking up fish and chips on Friday's at the food truck. He enjoyed relaxing with a good puzzle, and formerly enjoyed a round of golf in his spare time liked to golf in his spare time. Wayne always cherished time spent with family and friends.The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Woodstock General Hospital palliative care doctors and nurses for their exceptional care and compassion during Wayne's final days.Friends will be welcomed at the DWAYNE D. BUDGELL Funeral home on Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, April 26, 2024 at 11 a.m. Rev. Adrianne Robertson will officiate. An interment at Preston Cemetery will be held following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Woodstock General Hospital in Wayne's memory would be appreciated by the family.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-near-1089621670
<![CDATA[MARGARET HOUSTON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-houston-1089621964<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (172)

Passed away peacefully with family by her side on April 21, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Ian Houston (2018) for over 54 years. Loving mother of Anna and Samuel (Mary Beth). Proud grandma of Mitchell, Helen and Charlotte. Dearest sister and best friend of Florence McBratney. Margaret was predeceased by her parents Joe and Annie McBratney and her late brothers Joey (Emily) McBratney and Jim (who passed in infancy). Margaret will be fondly remembered by her large extended family, including in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends in Canada and the U.K. Margaret was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Canada with her husband and children in 1973. As a family they planted roots in Kitchener. Margaret worked for Woolworth's for more than 20 years where she managed the lunch counter. After retiring, she dedicated herself to volunteering at St. Mary's Hospital where for over 2 decades she took every opportunity to make connections and build relationships. Margaret's faith was important to her; she was a faithful parishioner of St. Francis Church. She loved taking bus tours to the casino and day trips to the beach. Margaret cherished her many longtime friends and will be remembered for her good nature and humourous character. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Memorial Mass to celebrate Margaret's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with a reception to follow. Those who are unable to attend the service are invited to join the family virtually at www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St. Francis R.C. Church, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation or Carmel of St. Joseph would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-houston-1089621964
<![CDATA[JEAN BRUBACHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jean-brubacher-1089621991<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (173)

Jean peacefully went Home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at Pioneer Terrace Freeport, four days after her 93rd birthday. Loved sister and sister-in-law to Marie (the late Abner) Brubacher, Lena (the late Earl) Martin, Landis and Violet Brubacher. Lovingly remembered as a "Special Aunt" to her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents George and Elvina (Shantz) Brubacher, sisters Vera and Abner Wideman, Esther and Robert Bauman, Annie (Reesor) Bauman. Jean's sweet smile will be remembered by her many friends and acquaintances she made throughout her life's journey. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 4-6 and 7-8 p.m., at Crystal View Mennonite Church, 2167 Floradale Road, RR 1, Elmira and on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 12-1:30 p.m. with the service beginning at 2 p.m. Followed by interment in Elmira Mennonite Cemetery and a meal at Parkview Manor, 30 Florapine Rd, Floradale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, Moorefield. The family wishes to thank the staff at Age Care, Elmira, and the nurses at Freeport for their compassionate care.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jean-brubacher-1089621991
<![CDATA[LILLIAN MARGARET (NEE PAINE) MCKEE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lillian-margaret-nee-paine-mckee-1089622200<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (174)

It is with much sadness, that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Lillian, who died peacefully, in her sleep, in the early hours of Friday, April 19, 2024, at Barnswallow Place Care Community, in Elmira. Born in Elmira, at the home of her maternal grandmother, Mom spent the first 15 years of her life living with her parents, on a small farm, outside of Minesing, Ontario. After her parents separated, she and her mother returned to Elmira, where Mom finished high school at EDSS. After graduation, she worked for a time as a secretary, at Mutual Life, in Kitchener, then joined the Canadian army, toward the end of WWII and worked in the War Offices, in Ottawa. After the war ended, she was hired as an administrative assistant at the Elmira Medical Clinic. It is there, that mom got to know a certain patient, named Gerald McKee, a handsome young man she had met at a high school dance, several years earlier. In June of 1949, Mom married the love of her life, and she and Gerald enjoyed many happy years together, before his death in 2009, just a few months short of their 60th anniversary. Mom was deeply devoted to her husband and children, and was the best stay-at-home mom we could ever have asked for. Left to mourn her passing are three of her children, Brenda Luscott (Kevin), Kathryn Beisel-McKee (Randy Kirch), Stephen McKee (Patti); and son-in-law, Glen Martin. Mom was a much loved grandmother to Krista Formica (Peter), Bonny Basler (Jeff), Melody Brubacher (Randy Thompson), Marcia Bauman (Steve Nolan), Trevor McKee (Alison Forde) and Michelle McKee (Steve Dressing). Mom's life was richly blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Ella, Julia (Jeff), Evan, Emily, Raymes, Ethan, Katie and Ashton; as well as two great-great-grandchildren, Owen and Olivia. Mom will be fondly remembered by the Peebles, Seiling and Pain families, and by Emma and Cliff Nibbs. Predeceased by her parents, James Pain and Gertrude Peebles (nee Seiling), step-mother, Margaret (Peg) Pain, step-father, Arthur Peebles, beloved husband, Gerald, youngest daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) Martin, son-in-law, James Plant, and grandson, Colin Plant. Visitation will be held at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira, on Friday, April 26, 2024, from 11 a.m. until time of service, at noon. Interment will take place in Elmira Union Cemetery, followed by a lunch reception at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of our mom to Diabetes Canada or Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, would be most appreciated, and may be made through the funeral home.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lillian-margaret-nee-paine-mckee-1089622200
<![CDATA[BRICK, HENRY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/henry-brick-1089622300<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (175)

Passed away peacefully, on April 19, 2024, with his loving wife, Linda, of 60 years; and his daughters, Sheryl and Sheila, by his side.Henry was the husband and forever love of Linda (Schnurr); amazing and loving father of Terry (2023), Sheryl Kuepfer (Keith) and Sheila Lorentz (Mike), and father-in-law to Nancy CookLoving Papa to his grandchildren, Derek (Carra), Tori Lynn, Lauren, Ryan Kuepfer (Alison), Nicole Maruscak (Adam) and Shannon Moser (Mike). Great-Papa to Charles, Georgia, Kade, Hudson, Ben, Carson and Lila.Survived by his brothers and sisters, Phil (Cheryl), Clayt (Pat), Theresa Powers (Mike) and Rita Eller (Larry).Brothers and sisters-in-law, Barb Brick, Helen Brick, Marie Brick, Don Symonds, Karen Schnurr, Paul Schnurr (Clarine), Lucille Scott (Howard), Wayne Schnurr (Marion), Glen Schnurr (Lynn), Rose Ann Montag (Clare), Marilyn North (John) and Tim Schnurr (Diane); and many nieces and nephews.Predeceased by his parents, Anthony Brick and Gertrude (Kunkel); brothers and sisters, Kay Powis, George, Alf, Albin, Florence Symonds, Joe, and Richard and Raymond in infancy. Brother and sisters-in-law, Jim Powis, Elaine Al (Nick) and Cecil Schnurr.Henry's love for his family was forever present, when he would look and smile at Linda. He taught all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, a wonderful legacy of Love.Henry was a dedicated police officer, with the Waterloo Police Service, for 32 years. He enjoyed every aspect of his career, retiring as Superintendent of Operational Support.Special thanks to the amazing staff and volunteers of Hospice Waterloo Region, for their extraordinary care.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home, on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 10 a.m. Cremation will have taken place and an interment will be held, at Parkview Cemetery, immediately following the service. A reception will follow in the Fireside Reception Room of the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Waterloo Region would be greatly appreciated.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/henry-brick-1089622300
<![CDATA[JEANNETTE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeannette-jeannie-rettinger-1089616193<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (176)

Jeannette died peacefully at the age of 81 at Wingham and District Hospital. She embraced life in a long fight to recover from her spinal cord injury. In her retirement years Jeannette enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, gardening and quilting. Beloved wife of the late James (Jim) Rettinger (2017) for 52 years. Loving Mom to Jeff (Maureen), Joyce Craig and Jody (Tammy). Cherished Grandma to Victoria (Ben), Sarah and Michelle; Heidi (Kyle) and Jamie (Laura); Ryan, Rachael and Rose. Great-grandmother of Nora, Austin. Jeannette was survived by her siblings Ron Strauss (Marilyn), Marjory Hohn, Doug , Bernie (Diane) and Dolly Taylor (Bill). Jeannette will be missed and remembered by many nieces and nephews and friends. Jeannette graduated from nursing at St. Mary's Hospital and would have celebrated her 60th anniversary at a reunion planned in May 2024. Jeannette's family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2024. Visitation will continue from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, April 26th at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467. liturgy service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 in the chapel of the funeral home followed by a reception. Honouring Jeannette's care for people donations to Hospice of Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeannette-jeannie-rettinger-1089616193
<![CDATA[KEITH E HARTUNG]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/keith-e-hartung-1089616211<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (177)

Surrounded by family at the Stratford General Hospital on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from complications due to cancer, Keith, formerly of Wellesley at the age of 65 years. Beloved husband of Theresa (nee Knarr). Loving father of James (Matthew), Daniel (Lindsey), and dear grandfather of Lucas. Keith will be missed by his buddy Boe, sisters and brothers; Rose Edwards, Valerie (Doug Fink), Paul Hartung (Lynn), Dale Hartung (Deb), sisters and brothers-in-law; Rose Robinson (Doug), Clayt Knarr (Giselle), Kathy Hofstetter (Doug) as well as many nieces, nephews, and numerous friends. Keith was predeceased by his parents; Nile Hartung and Frances Faulhafer. Keith was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was well known to be a handyman, having a quick wit and sense of humour. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He worked for Erb Transport for 44 years up until the time of his death. Keith loved his pets and could always be found with one at his side. It was Keith's wish for cremation to take place and a Celebration of Life to be held at his home. On Sunday, May 19, 2024, friends, and family are invited to gather at 946087 Township Road 14, RR#1 Bright from 1 - 4 p.m. If desired, donations to the KW Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/keith-e-hartung-1089616211
<![CDATA[MARTIN JAMES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-martin-1089616227<![CDATA[

Passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at home, aged 76 years. Beloved husband of Mary Martin (nee Weber). Dear father of Randy and Sandra Martin of Harriston, Rose Mary and Richard Bowman of Listowel, Lorin and Ruth Martin of Westmeath and Joseph Martin of London. Missed by 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Leaves to mourn his siblings, Gladys and Gordon Bauman, Stuart and Fern Martin and sister-in-law Joyce Martin. Predeceased by his parents Noah and Loreen Martin, sister Pauline and Maurice Shantz, brother Earl Martin and three great-grandchildren. The Family will receive relatives and friends at the Fraser-Morris and Heubner Funeral Home, 5 Crawford St., Cobden, Ont. on Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., and Monday, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. Family Service in the Fraser-Morris and Heubner Funeral Home then to Beachburg Mennonite Meeting House (617 Zion Line) for Burial and Public Service.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-martin-1089616227
<![CDATA[SEIP, JAMES IRVIN "JIMMY"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-irvin-jimmy-seip-1089616240<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Stratford General Hospital, Stratford at the age of 78. Loving husband of Claudia. Jimmy is survived by his chosen brother Reg (Dolly) Tracey. Brother-in-law of Diane (Billy) Gillis. Also remembered and missed by Aunt Bernie Low, cousins Sandy McKenzie (Lisa and Leslie), Ken and Bonnie, Debbie and Dustin many nieces and nephews, and dear friends Tom, Ian, Roger, and Donnie. Predeceased by his parents Maxine and Irvin, step-son Jimmy Sherman Jr., and cousin Lori McKenzie, Jimmy loved to garden, cook and entertain for friends and family, enjoying a good glass of wine. No evening was complete without good conversation and a good shot of scotch. Jimmy was a longtime employee of the former Lear Manufacturing. Special thanks to Roger and Lisa and the staff at the Palliative Care floor at Stratford General Hospital. At Jimmy's request cremation has taken place. A celebration of life service will be held at the Moose Lodge, 655 Wabanaki Dr., Kitchener on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 1 -4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Children's Hospital, or the Cancer Society would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence for the Seip Family are welcome at www.falconerfuneralhomes.com

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-irvin-jimmy-seip-1089616240
<![CDATA[CRECHIOLO, JANET]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janet-crechiolo-1089616241<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (178)

Surrounded by her family, Janet's earthly travels peacefully came to rest at the age of 69. Janet will be dearly missed by her husband, Phil. Her beloved sons, Chad (Kristy) and Trevor (Sheree). Her grandchildren, Shawn (Kendra), Ashley (Damian), Paige, Nathaniel and Wyatt. And great-grandchildren, Delaney and John. Step mother of Tony (Beth), Philip, Angela (Barry). Step grandmother to Joshua. She was adored by seven sisters and her baby brother: Suzanne, Linda, Sandra (pre-deceased), Francine, Denise, Karen, Debbie and Ed. Along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Edward LaPierre and Catherine O'Keefe. She worked at Dares Food for nearly 40 years - where she found many lifelong friends before retirement. Janet's family will receive relatives and friends at the K-W Naval Association, 315 Weber St N, Waterloo on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 4-10 p.m. with tributes at 7 p.m. The family has requested that everyone wear Floridian bright clothing. Cremation has taken place and she will be laid to rest at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre may be arranged through Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener (519) 749-8467.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/janet-crechiolo-1089616241
<![CDATA[ANNA ANGLE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-angle-1089616256<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (179)

Passed away peacefully with family lovingly by her side at Innisfree Hospice on April 19, 2024 at the age of 89 years following an extended stay (admission) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital from kidney stone complications and losing her long battle against the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. Beloved mother of Steven (Annett Frost) Baker of Kitchener, Constance (Dave) Killion of Puslinch, Murray (Carolyn) Baker of Vancouver. Dear sister of Patricia (Paul) Duford of Orleans and Evelyn Stofko of Ottawa. Predeceased by her parents John and Victoria Stofko, brother, Jerome (Sandra) of Eganville, sister Margaret and brother-in-law Desmond Yolkowski of Renfrew, step sister Rose August (nee Gutziet) (Larry) of Sicamous, sister Cecilia (Jim) Jolkowski of Kitchener, brothers John Stofko, Lawrence Stokfo, and Leo Stofko of Renfrew, step-siblings Micheal, Mark, Edward Stofko, and Violet Pasco. Anna was the oldest daughter in her family and endured hard work in her early years on the family farm and raising her siblings in Renfrew, ON. She made many sacrifices and always put her family and others before herself. As she got older, Anna also worked for some of the neighbouring families (John and Betty Hoffman, Irene and Leonard Quilty, and Dr. Mackie and his wife Sherie). Dr. Mackie's wife, Sherie showed Anna how to iron a shirt and many years later Anna shared this story when she showed her daughter how to iron a shirt. She waitressed at the Hotel Renfrew, picked berries on a fruit farm in Beamsville, ON, and was a cashier (Loblaws at the Carlingwood Shopping Center in Ottawa), and ran the lunch counter at Loblaws (King St. in Kitchener, ON). As Anna gained her independence and found her way in the world she ventured further to larger venues. In April, 1960 Anna and her friend Betty Thiessen took the train from Kitchener, ON, stayed at the Henry Hudson Hotel, and attended the Easter Parade in New York City as well as taking in many other sites such as the Statue of Liberty while on a cruise on the Hudson River. Anna's middle sister Ceclia married and moved from home in Renfrew to Kitchener, ON but grew lonely for her other sisters. So, Anna left the Ottawa Valley and moved to a rooming house on Homewood Avenue in the West end of Kitchener. Anna married Michael Baker on October 12, 1963, and began her family in 1965. She was one of the 50,306,648 people in attendance at World's Fair Expo 67 in Montreal. Anna was a terrific cook and baker, sewed, did needlepoint, did gardening, enjoyed caring for fresh cut flowers, knit, and crocheted as well as doing quilting. In her late eighties while still in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease herself, Anna cut quilt pieces as her contribution to the lap quilts or larger quilts that were made to support others living in the community with Alzheimer's. Anna resided and worked in Kitchener for many years at various pursuits: as a cashier, waitress, PSW, and prepared meals for the priests at St. Daniel's Catholic Church until she retired in 1999. Prior to her retirement, Anna graduated from a cake decorating program at Conestoga College and pursued her love of baking long into her retirement years. At age 68 she met her second husband at a dance and they married in 2002. Anna was a member of the Rockway Seniors Center and attend the K-W Senior's Day Away Program in 2016. In 2017 after many years away from her siblings in Ottawa and Renfrew she made a successful car trip with her daughter to reunite with them to enjoy the Thanksgiving season. She was the only one to finish all of her Thanksgiving dinner and still had room for her favourite pie, which was pumpkin pie. She lived with the support of many agency PSWs and private carers in her condo in Kitchener until the age of 88. In November 2022 she relocated to her daughter and son-in-law's house in Puslinch. Anna remained active in her daily life as an elderly senior by doing gentle exercise as tolerated up to three times a day and kept her mind sharp (as the progression of her Alzheimer's allowed) with her passion for word search puzzles, variations of card and dice games, reading, chatting, listening to music, singing, reciting nursery rhymes, and examining her life in her memory book. She attended the Cambridge Alzheimer's program on Fridays for a year until the beginning of March, 2024. Her own willpower never let her succumb to defeat and she did her best each day to cope with her limited mobility, declining health, eye sight, and cognition. Anna was a beautiful person who lived an extraordinary life, had faith in herself, took pride in her achievements, chose happiness, had all that she needed, and was dearly loved and cared for. She remained gentle and responded well to the kindness of family, and others that cared for and supported her through her later years. Thank you to the Emergency Team staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, the doctors, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, PSWs, kitchen, and other support staff for your kindness and assistance. Special thanks to doctors: Yu Ming Wang, John Sehl, Shyla Mathai, and Sidra Zaidi. So many thanks too, to Dr. Dennis Kim and Trang. Thank you, Innisfree House. Many special thanks to Tammy, Christina, and Team Anna. A visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St., S., Waterloo on Monday, (today) April 22, 2024 from 7-9 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener on Tuesday, April 23 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener, and a reception will be held at the Dedication Centre in Williamsburg Cemetery. A livestream and recording of the service will be made available on Anna's tribute page at www.erbgood.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Alzheimer's Society or The Heart and Stroke Association of Ontario at www.erbgood.com

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-angle-1089616256
<![CDATA[TODD CURTIS ROES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/todd-curtis-roes-1089616269<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus, surrounded by the love of his family and friends at Hospice Waterloo, on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at the age of 43. Beloved husband of Erin for 14 years. Proud and devoted father to Lucas, Mark, Alli, and John. Dear son of Don Roes, and Caralee (Geoff) Angus. Brother of Chad (Tania) Roes, and Kricia (Brandon) Heyer, and stepbrother of Jordan, Matthew and Julia Angus. Grandson of Pearl and the late Mahlon Roes, and Laverne and Marjorie Schwartzentruber. Loving son-in-law of Dave and Sheri Murray and Darcy Franko-Felice and Al Felice. Brother-in-law of Kyle (Krista) Murray and Sydni Felice (Cody Jarcew). Will be missed by nieces and nephews Ellie and Simon Roes, Lewa and Toby Heyer, and Landon Murray, and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends and colleagues. Todd was a dedicated paramedic with the City of Guelph for 16 years. He was a committed member of Woodside Bible Fellowship and had a deep faith that he loved to share with others. He was also very involved in the Foundation Christian School community, having served on the Board of Directors since 2018. Above all else, Todd was a devoted husband and father, and could always be found cheering his kids on, whether it be on the field, rink or dance stage. Despite the challenges of his cancer journey, Todd's faith was unwavering, and his greatest wish was for others to share in his love and knowledge of Christ. Despite our sorrow, we rejoice in knowing Todd is now with Jesus. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 1 - 3 and 5 - 8 p.m. at Woodside Bible Fellowship, 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the church, followed by a private interment in Rushes Cemetery, Wellesley. The service will be livestreamed and can be accessed through Todd's tribute page on the Dreisinger Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, donations in Todd's memory can be made by etransfer to the 'Building Faith' expansion project at Foundation Christian School, which Todd was central to developing. A GoFundMe for Todd's children has also been set up. Links for both can be found on Todd's tribute page.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/todd-curtis-roes-1089616269
<![CDATA[EARL MARTIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/earl-martin-1089616270<![CDATA[

Passed into the presence of his Lord, surrounded by his family at Wellington Terrace on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the age of 90 years. Beloved husband of Lena (Brubacher) for 65 years. Cherished father of Marilyn (Larry) Shantz, Brenda (Clifford) Martin, Diane (Kevin) Martin, Dennis (Jill) Martin, Dwayne (Delphine) Martin, Sandra (John) Wideman, Derrick (Darlene) Martin, Sherri (Jake) Wiebe, and Darcy (Donna) Martin. Lovingly remembered by 34 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. Brother and brother-in-law of Gordon (Edna) Martin, Mary Martin, John Metzger, Leonard (Mildred) Martin, Orleon Martin, and Merle (Fern) Martin. Brother-in-law of Marie Brubacher, Jean Brubacher and Landis (Violet) Brubacher. Predeceased by his parents, Clayton and Susanna (Shoemaker) Martin, brothers Orvie Martin, Abner Martin, sisters Florence Metzger and Eileen Martin, brothers-and-sisters-in-law Abner Brubacher, Abner Wideman, Vera Wideman, Robert Bauman (Esther (Brubacher) Bauman, Annie (Reesor) Bauman), and great-grandsons Everett Freeman and Kody Martin. Visitation will take place on Monday, April 22, 2024 from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira. A private family service will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the funeral home chapel, then to North Woolwich Mennonite Meeting House for public burial and further service. The family wishes to thank Wellington Terrace for their excellent care, as well as for the support and prayers of family and friends. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Christian Aid Ministries would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/earl-martin-1089616270
<![CDATA[LOIS GABEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lois-gabel-1089616274<![CDATA[

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Lois Gabel (née Lavery) passed away after a brief illness on Friday, April 19, 2024 at Guelph General Hospital at the age of 89. Survived by her children Bruce Gabel (Katie), Lori Nash (Doug) and Brent Gabel; grandchildren Cameron Nash (Andra), Erica Slater (Jason) and Curtis Nash (Shane); great-grandchildren Parish, Amellia and Trenton Slater; sister-in-law Bernice Lavery, brother-in-law Ray Gabel; and her nieces and nephews and their families: Tom Chambers, Carolyn Smyth, Susan Buehler, Mary McMurran, Patti Dokas, Jonathan Lavery, Cathy Lavery, Sheri Weichel and Mark Weichel. Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Glen, parents Pem and Jean Lavery, siblings Opal Chambers (Roy), Lloyd Lavery, Verd Lavery (Betty), and Graham Lavery, father-in-law and mother-in-law Bruce and Norma Gabel, and sister-in-law Shirley Weichel. Lois was not only a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, but also a truly sociable soul who delighted in conversing with others, sharing a good joke, and having an opportunity to exercise her sharp wit. She was grateful for the many connections she made along the way and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date for immediate family with interment to take place in St. James Lutheran Cemetery, St. Jacobs. Memorial donations to St. James Lutheran Church, St. Jacobs or a charity of your choice may be made through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira. Lois wanted to thank all those who have helped her in any way throughout her life's journey for their many kindnesses and attention over the years, including the staff at her final residence Arbour Trails in Guelph and in the medical community as well.

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lois-gabel-1089616274
<![CDATA[WINTERMEYER, WARREN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/warren-wintermeyer-1089616336<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (182)

Passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the age of 86 years. Survived by his beloved wife Joanne with whom he celebrated over 66 years of marriage. Also survived by his brothers, Paul and Roy and his sisters, Donna, Barb and Nancy and all their families. Warren was predeceased by his parents Carl and Olivia and one brother Clare. Cremation will take place and condolences for the family and donations to a charity of one's choice may be arranged through the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at

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Sun, 21 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/warren-wintermeyer-1089616336
<![CDATA[ALLAN REOCH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/allan-reoch-1089550896<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (183)

A man of great integrity and quiet dignity, who passed away twenty two years ago.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/allan-reoch-1089550896
<![CDATA[BLANCHETTE, PAUL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/paul-blanchette-1089556356<![CDATA[

In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather so dearly missed.Always in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/paul-blanchette-1089556356
<![CDATA[JAMES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-kurt-1089556790<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully April 11, 2024 at home, at the age of 73. Jim was a loving husband of 42 years to Marilyn (Kocher). Loving father to Paul (Tina) and papa to Kaleb. Jim will be missed every day. He is survived by his sister Mary Jean (Kurty) Jackson (Jim), brother Bill Kurt and brother-in-law Jim Vandrick. Jim worked at Better Beef / Cargill for 30 years and retired to enjoy his passion of fishing and cottage life. Cremation has taken place, a private interment will take place at a later date. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Rachael Halligan, doctors and staff at Cambridge Memorial, Home and Community Care and Paramed for their compassion and care.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-kurt-1089556790
<![CDATA[NOBES, HAZEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hazel-nobes-1089556997<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (185)

Passed away on December 18, 2023 at Barnswallow Place Care Community, Elmira at the age of 89. A Celebration Of Life will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd. 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Sunday, April 28, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with memories shared at 2:00 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Food4Kids Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (https://food4kidswr.ca/ 10 Washburn Drive, #4, Kitchener, ON, N2R 1S2).

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hazel-nobes-1089556997
<![CDATA[ROBERT CORMIER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-cormier-1089571982<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (186)

At the age of 77, he passed away peacefully in his home on April 11,2024, in Elora, ON with his family and faithful companion Oreo by his side. Beloved husband and best friend of Gladys (Brosowski). Loving father of Cathy and her husband Tony. Step daughter Annette (Steve). He will be missed by his grandchildren, Carter, Amanda (Kevin), Jocelyn (Ummar), Rachel. Survived by his brother John, sisters, Rose (Helen) and Cecilia. Bob will be sadly missed by so many friends and family who celebrated life events with him. Predeceased by his son Ricky, parents Margaret and Zoel Cormier, his brothers Maurille, Francis, Alyre, Amie, sisters Doris, Catherine, Aline, Doreen and Paulette. Bob was employed by Lear Corp 1962-2002. Bob was actively involved with Broomball, he loved to play pool with his friends, enjoyed his guitar and loved to work with wood, especially making birdhouses. Cheering on the Montreal Canadiens was a must in his home. His heart was always in his home of Shediac, New Brunswick. Special thanks to the palliative care team. Robert's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel and will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend the service at www.henrywalser.com/live- streaming The family invites you to share memories and refreshments at the Cormier home 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Crohn's & Colitis Canada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-cormier-1089571982
<![CDATA[MICHAEL LAZARAKOS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-lazarakos-1089587257<![CDATA[

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Peacefully, with family by his side, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, Michael "Mike" Lazarakos passed away in his 86th year. Loving husband of Debbie (McReynolds) and father of George (Erica) Lazarakos of Sarnia & Marina (Jason) Childs of London. Loving Pappou to Sam (Kat), Zoë (Zac) & Elena. Dear brother of Tony (Marina) & brother-in-law of Fotoula. Predeceased by sister Dimetra (John) and brothers Dimetre (Maria) & Basile "Bill".Also survived by many nieces, nephews & cousins in Canada & Greece.Mike's upbringing instilled in him a deep appreciation for family values and the importance of community. These principles guided him throughout his life, shaping him into the cherished figure so many came to admire. His passion for culinary delights was evident to all who knew him. As the owner of several restaurants in Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, and Bayfield, he cultivated an environment where patrons were not just customers, but extended family members. Beyond his restaurants, Mike's commitment to service extended to St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Guelph and the local Greek school. He selflessly volunteered his time and resources, ensuring that both institutions flourished and continued to serve future generations. Mike was also famous for his backyard pig roasts. These legendary gatherings brought together friends, family, and neighbours for an unforgettable feast of succulent meats, lively music, and endless laughter. It was at these and other gatherings where Mike could see his family together, which were moments he truly cherished. His kindness, wisdom, and unwavering support were the cornerstones of his family's foundation, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts and souls. Visitation will be held in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 131 Southdale Rd. W., London, on Monday, April 22, 2024 from 10-11am. Funeral service will be conducted in the church at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London, Ontario. Mr. Lazarakos' service will be livestreamed. Please visit Mike's obituary on the Logan Funeral Home website at www.loganfh.ca for instructions. Please follow necessary instructions. Donations to the Alzheimer Society or London Health Sciences Foundation, in Mike's Memory, would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-lazarakos-1089587257
<![CDATA[MATTES, WILLIBALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/willibald-mattes-1089587416<![CDATA[

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Passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Luise (2017). Loving mother of Joe (Nancy) Mattes and Martin Mattes. Cherished Opa of Megan, Sam, Mercedes (Jesse Kroisenbrunner) and Jeremy. Great-grandfather of Mabel. Sadly missed by his loving companion Dorle. Survived by siblings and their families in Germany. Predeceased by his sister-in-law Gertrud Birle. Private cremation arrange-ments entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519) 749-8467.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/willibald-mattes-1089587416
<![CDATA[WILSON, SCOTT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/scott-wilson-1089587421<![CDATA[

Killed by an impaired driver,at age 15, on April 20, 1985.We love you and miss you.We will see you again.~ Mom and Christopher

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/scott-wilson-1089587421
<![CDATA[SCHNARR, ROSE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rose-schnarr-1089595394<![CDATA[

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Passed peacefully into life eternal, with her loving family by her side on April 16, 2024, at Lanark Heights LTC, in Kitchener, ON. She was in her 95th year. Rose trusted the promises of her Lord Jesus and she thanked Him daily for the blessings of family and abundance in her life. Her main vocation in life was to be a loving, caring and devoted wife and mother. Beloved wife of over 75 years to Clare Schnarr. Loving mother of Terence (Sue), Tim (Cindy), Kim (Gary) Schleicher, and Todd (Christine). Gram and Grandma of Trevor, Kristi, Kira, Kayla, Alec, Bradley, and Carmen. Great Grandma of Jaxson, Novelle, Charlie, Greyson, Roman. Dear aunt to Pat Hall (Bill). Predeceased by her parents, Stevetan Nichoff and Ancha Petrova, her son Andrew, who predeceased her at birth, and her sisters Victoria Graham and Mary Cudmore. She will be sadly missed by her extended family and her many friends with whom she created many incredible relationships with. Rose was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church. She was a valued employee at Birks Jewellers for over 24 years. Rose was also a member of Rockway Golf Club. She will be proudly remembered, for her two hole-in-ones a.k.a. her two aces. Rose's family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. The funeral will be held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 54 Benton St. Kitchener, on Monday April 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow in the church hall. Everyone is welcome to join the family after the reception, for Rose's interment, at Mount Hope Cemetery - Waterloo, 83 Roger St, Waterloo. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or St. Matthews Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rose-schnarr-1089595394
<![CDATA[KEHL, DOUGLAS ROSS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/douglas-ross-kehl-1089595663<![CDATA[

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Our brother Doug, passed away suddenly on March 20, 2024, born on January 25, 1960. Son of Ross (2010) and Stella (2016). Dear brother to Janet (Brad) of Cambridge and also to Alan and Wayne of Conestogo.He was a very gifted artist, graphic designer and always showed a passion for landscape design. People were always in awe of the beautiful properties that he kept and the well executed flower beds and gardens. Many a times you would find Doug in his element, with a smoke in tote, pulling weeds, riding tractors or operating lawn equipment. Just general puttering and that was his moment of Zen.While working at J.M. Schneider's, we always joked that a piece of white cardboard and a black marker in his hand, this became his easel for his drawing talent, that often lead to him getting in trouble, even though it brought a laugh to most. He went on to work at Franklin Covey and then ProMinent, where he put his true talent to a more useful purpose.He also liked cars, mostly classic vehicles, for the exceptional interior comfort and lines of design. It was all about the luxury ride. Of course Doug had many unique thoughts and out looks on life that only those who knew him, can attest to.In his wish, cremation has taken place. Doug will be interned along side of our parents, in a private ceremony in St Mathews Lutheran Cemetery, Conestogo.Those who wish to donate in Doug's memory can do so to the charity or cause of your choice or to St Mathews Lutheran Church Building Fund.Our family thanks Passages Cremation and Burial for their services.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/douglas-ross-kehl-1089595663
<![CDATA[KIRSOPP, SHARON ANN (NEE KOEGLER)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sharon-ann-nee-koegler-kirsopp-1089595789<![CDATA[

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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Sharon Kirsopp, on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Grand River Hospital, in Waterloo. She passed peacefully, with her husband at her side, ending her long battle with cancer. She was much loved and will be dearly missed.Sharon was the beloved wife and best friend of husband Sandy. She was a loving stepmom to son, Alex (Karen); daughters, Amanda (Bradley), and Tammy. Sharon is survived by her brother, Doug Koegler (Debbie); and nieces, Joanne Roberts (Mike) and Stephanie Schurr (Ryan). Predeceased by her parents, John and Merl Koegler.Sharon was kind, generous, and giving. She always had a smile, and as friends soon learned, a wicked sense of humour. Sharon enjoyed travelling, something she no doubt got from her parents, John and Merl Koegler. She often shared memories of their many family vacations as they explored our great country. Sharon was a nursing graduate at a time when there were few jobs for nurses. Instead, Sharon opted to pursue a career at Wilfrid Laurier University. Where she eventually retired as the Purchasing and Scheduling supervisor for Food Services. She loved dinners with friends, puzzles and almost any kind of craft project. However, her favourite place, her happy place, was her cottage at Hope Bay. She loved to spend her time there boating, gardening and walking with Teresa, Helen and her many other friends "on the Bay".Special thanks to the staff at Grand River Hospital, who fought so hard for her, and in her final hours treated her with such kindness and compassion.In keeping with Sharon's wishes, there will be no formal visitation or service. Cremation has taken place. To celebrate her life, an informal open house will be held at the Erb and Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 1 - 3 p.m.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Grand River Hospital Regional Cancer Centre may be arranged through Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sharon-ann-nee-koegler-kirsopp-1089595789
<![CDATA[GRACE ANNE ( HARDING / STARK) PRITCHARD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/grace-anne-harding-stark-pritchard-1089602022<![CDATA[

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Grace passed away peacefully at The Elliott LTC on Sunday April 7, 2024 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Grace was born in the east end of Toronto to parents Emest and May who immigrated to Canada from England in the early 1900's. Grace was the youngest of three children. Her father served in the 1st World War. After high school Grace became a hairdresser and at the age of 19 married Donald Stark (Ted). By the age of 25, Grace was the mother of three daughters. Grace wore many hats in her life. After she left the hairdressing field, she also became a social worker, a real estate agent, and sold insurance. She also owned a furniture store in Waterloo named Artisan Interiors. She eventually found herself in the food industry, opening up a restaurant, Mingles and an ice cream shop, The Cake and Cone in Elora with her partner James Pritchard. She also worked in several restaurants in and around the Kitchener/Waterloo area. Grace and Jim moved to Elora from Kitchener and started a construction supply store, Kitchener Fasteners, in Fergus. After many years in this industry, they retired in Belwood. Throughout Grace's life she maintained an open heart policy, listening counselling, consoling and doling out countless cups of tea around her old antique kitchen table. She will be remembered by many of her children's friends for her kindness and generosity of spirit. Grace owned many pets throughout her life beginning with her childhood German Shepherd Prince and so many more, along with cats and other rescued animals. A home was not a home without pets for Grace and her family. Beloved wife of the late James Pritchard (2012). Loving mother to Cynthia Dron (Doug), Dale Carere (Enzo) and the late Jennifer Stark (2015). Also loving stepmother to Christopher Muise (Heidi). Cherished grandmother of Callie (Nolan). Jordan (Bruce), Maggie (Adam) and Ian (Elizabeta). Predeceased by her parents; Ernest and May and by her siblings Robert (Thelma) and Patricia Dolman (Bob). Special thanks to the wonderful and caring staff of The Elliott LTC, your kindness will always be remembered by Grace's family. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at St. Johns Church in Elora on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. A private family ceremony will take place at St. John the Baptist Norway in Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Elliott Community (https://www.elliottcommunity.org/) or New Hope Animal Rescue (https://www.newhopeanimalrescue.ca/), both in Guelph.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/grace-anne-harding-stark-pritchard-1089602022
<![CDATA[STAFFORD, MICHAEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-stafford-1089602074<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden peaceful passing of Michael Barrie Stafford on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in his 86th year. Michael, born in Redruth, Cornwall, UK, cherished his British heritage and proudly displayed the Union Jack in his backyard.Beloved husband of Marilyn (nee Miller) for over 64 years and a loving father to Jennifer Hipel (Jim), Jason Stafford, and Todd Stafford. Michael was a proud grandfather to Aaron, Allison (Ryan), Jake (Kelly), Kadison (Laura), and Jayden (Abby); and great-grandfather to Paisley, Easton, Hailey, Maeve, Preston, Harrison & Natalie.He is survived by his brother Bob (Marlene) and lovingly remembered by Leslie, Bob, Paul and their families. Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Eva (nee Perrow).The depth of his connections and the memories shared by friends and extended family members highlight the significance of his presence in their lives. It's comforting to know that his memory will live on through the stories, laughter, and shared experiences of those who were fortunate enough to have known him.Cremation has occurred and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations to McMaster Neo Natal Unit are welcomed as expressions of sympathy.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-stafford-1089602074
<![CDATA[RUTH (NéE GRAHAM) MARTIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-nee-graham-martin-1089602442<![CDATA[

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Peacefully passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2024 surrounded by her family at Freeport Health Centre at the age of 86 years. Beloved wife for 66 years to Curtis. Dear mother of Cheri Frey, Doug "Duke" Martin, Laurie Martin and her husband Greg Triferis. Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Kristy and Zack, Scott; A.J. and Sherrie, and Nikki; Jakob and Samantha, Richard, Sasha, and Natalie, and by her great-grandchildren Brady, Ryder, Oakley; and Iris. Ruth will be missed by her nieces, nephews and their families. Ruth was the last surviving member of her family having been predeceased by her parents Thomas and Elizabeth (Scott) Graham, her stillborn son David, sisters Marg, Pat, Lil and Ev, step-brother Tom, daughter-in-law Lin Martin, and son-in-law Dale Frey. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 1310 King St. N., St. Jacobs followed by a fellowship meal. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington and may be made through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-nee-graham-martin-1089602442
<![CDATA[BOWMAN, ESTHER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-bowman-1089602528<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at the age of 85 years. Survived by her husband Solomon Bowman of St. Jacobs, daughter Erma and Maynard Martin of St. Jacobs, grandchildren Eugene and Irene Martin, Howard and Lucille Martin all of St. Jacobs, Reta and Maynard Wideman, Alma and Leonard Weber all of Elmira, Ruth and James Martin of Mount Forest. Will be missed by 14 great-grandchildren. Sister of Mahlon Kraemer of Harriston, Henry and Seleda Kraemer of Floradale, sister-in-law of Minerva Kraemer and Elvina Gingrich. Predeceased by her parents David and Lizzie (Bauman) Kraemer, brother Irvin Kraemer, sister-in-law Salome Kraemer, brother-in-law Ervin Gingrich and brother and sister-in-law Leander and Melinda Martin. Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 2 - 5 p.m and on Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 2 - 5:30 p.m. at the family home, 1847 Three Bridges Rd., RR 1, St. Jacobs. A family service will be held at the home on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. then to Conestoga Mennonite Meeting House for burial and public service. dreisingerfuneralhome. com

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-bowman-1089602528
<![CDATA[NORRIS, JACQUELINE LUCINDA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jacqueline-lucinda-norris-1089602557<![CDATA[

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NORRIS, Jacqueline Lucinda (nee McDonald UE - Dame Domhnall Mac Raghnuill of the Norse Gaelic Clan Donald (honoris) and Lady (honoris) - Of Guelph, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Health Centre on Thursday, April 18, 2024, in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Ernie Norris (2005) and parents Max and Elsie Duvall McDonald. Loved mother of Darryl A. Norris (Julie) of Kitchener, and Alanna N. Norris (Geoffrey Cutting) of Coquitlam, BC. Very special nana of Cameron and Colin Norris of Kitchener. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family for visitation at WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME and CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Friday, April 26, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at All Saints Lutheran Anglican Church, 210 Silvercreek Pkwy. N., Guelph on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Guelph, will be at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME and CHAPEL (519-822-0051). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to McCrae House, Building Fund of the Guelph Public Library of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. A tree will be planted in memory of Jacqueline L. Norris in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jacqueline-lucinda-norris-1089602557
<![CDATA[ANNA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-anne-marie-turnbull-1089602574<![CDATA[

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passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at the age of 96 after a full life, many years spent living on the shores of Colpoys Bay. Anne was born in 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents Dmytro and Katherine Kowalchuk. Anne was a big help on the family farm where vegetables were grown as well as mink and fox. She learned to drive her father's truck in the 1930s, in an era when women did not drive. When a jersey cow required medical aid on the farm she met the love of her life, the attending veterinarian Robert "Bob" Blake Turnbull, who would later become her husband. They moved to Ontario in the 1950s raising their two sons, Richard and Ken. Anne assisted Bob with his veterinary business answering the phones and talking with sales reps. To know Anne was to enjoy her unique laugh and many classic expressions like, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink!," "That's just not cricket" and "Ole' pappy time is picking my pocket." Her dedication to the Wiarton Hospital Auxiliary was inspiring. She volunteered for 35 years, starting as a candy striper, then working in the gift shop, followed by selling tickets in the grocery store. She loved taking care of her many gardens growing vegetables and flowers and made delicious homemade pickled beets and jams. She was strong, stubborn, and fiery, splitting her own wood into her 70s, taking the stairs two at a time into her late 80s and would throw a snowball at you if you ever doubted her abilities! Anne is survived by her son, Richard, daughter-in-law Diane, grandchildren Kevin (Kelly) and Lesley (Paul) and her five great-grandchildren Lucas, Miles, Ozzie, Willow, and Van. She is predeceased by her husband Bob, son Ken, and brother Stan. Thank you to the wonderful staff of Brucelea Haven Nursing Home, HCCSS, Alzheimer Society Grey-Bruce, Dr. Diodati, Maureen Smith and Wray Lamont who helped to care for Anne when she needed it most. The family would love to hear your personal stories about Anne, and encourage you to post them on her memorial page at www.cameronfuneralhomes.com. A celebration of life will take place late May in Wiarton. Details when available will be announced by Cameron's and published in the Wiarton Echo. A private family interment was held in United Church Cemetery, Grand Bend. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Wiarton Hospital Auxiliary or Brucelea Haven Activation Fund are encouraged by the family.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-anne-marie-turnbull-1089602574
<![CDATA[WAYNE MORGAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089602623<![CDATA[

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Wayne Morgan, 74 passed away at home on Thursday, April 18, 2024. He was cared for by his daughters through his battle with cancer. He leaves behind his "girls"; daughters Magen(Shawn) and Carly(Stephen). His granddaughters; Emily. Isabelle, Skye and Hannah brought so much joy and fulfillment to his life and he will be missed dearly by them.Also lefty to mourn are his beloved sisters; Diane(Glen), and Wanda (Gerald). He cherished their time spend together every week and were comforted by them near the end. He now joins his father Hedley, mother Elise and wife Brenda in a place where there is only happiness.Cremation has already taken place. Condolences can be left at www.tlittlefuneralhome.com

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wayne-morgan-1089602623
<![CDATA[LORRAINE AUSMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lorraine-ausman-1089602652<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (198)

Much loved and dearly missed.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lorraine-ausman-1089602652
<![CDATA[PATTERSON, SUZANNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/suzanne-patterson-1089602651<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (199)

With incredible sadness, and with too many experiences and trips still to be had, we say goodbye to Sue Patterson, our beloved wife, mom, and grandma. Sue had a recurrence of cancer before passing away with grace and dignity on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. She leaves behind her cherished husband and travel partner, David; their children, Sharon Butzke (Tyler), Heather Paes (Cristiano), and Brian Patterson (Jessica); and grandchildren, Julia, Lucas, Luciana, and Mia. Sue was devoted to her family and friends, and, above all else, valued time spent with those close to her heart. She was committed to helping those who were lucky enough to cross her path and always looked for ways to bring joy to those around her. Sue loved to gather people together and would regularly host bountiful meals. Sue was an avid baker and anyone who stopped by for a visit was greeted with a smile, an empathetic ear, a hot coffee, and a delicious treat. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home. Though she didn't make teaching an official career until later in life, Sue was always passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. She captivated her students with stories and demos, usually prefaced with, "this is so cool!" Her insatiable curiosity - especially about the natural world and all things science - was contagious. Sue and Dave were inseparable and enjoyed 44 amazing years together raising their family and travelling the world. She had seemingly endless energy and loved to play, especially with her grandkids. Sue was really just a big kid, who wanted nothing more than to laugh and make others smile. We are immensely grateful for the time we had with Sue and the lessons she shared of life, love, selflessness, and curiosity. She will be missed beyond measure and her absence will be felt by all who knew her. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener, ON. Family and friends are invited to drop in between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm and, if they would like, bring photos and/or written stories to add to a memorial book. In lieu of flowers, Sue requested that donations in her memory be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, which can be done at the following link: https://fundraisemyway.cancer.ca/campaign/Celebrating-Sue-Patterson.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/suzanne-patterson-1089602651
<![CDATA[ANGLE, ANNA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-angle-1089602697<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully, at Innisfree House, Kitchener, on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the age of 89 years. Survived by her three children, Steve Baker (Annette Frost), Connie (Dave) Killion, Murray (Carolyn) Baker. Predeceased by her first husband, Michael Baker and her second, husband William Angle. A visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St., S., Waterloo on Monday, April 22, 2024 from 7-9 p.m. Details of the funeral service, interment and reception will be confirmed in Monday's edition of the Waterloo Region Record and www.erbgood.com

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Fri, 19 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anna-angle-1089602697
<![CDATA[BISSON, MAURICE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maurice-bisson-1089470344<![CDATA[

A little tribute, sweet and tenderJust to say I still remember

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Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maurice-bisson-1089470344
<![CDATA[MARGARET (MAGGIE) (NéE HANSON) BRUBAKER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-maggie-nee-hanson-brubaker-1089595385<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (200)

On April 16, 2024, Maggie completed her earthly journey and passed into the presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to whom she committed her life when she was eleven years old. Born in the United Kingdom, on October 1, 1940, Margaret was the cherished daughter of the late Lilian (Kennedy) and Harry Hanson.Predeceased by her loving and much-loved, husband, C. David Brubaker, in 2022.Survived by their children, Timothy Brubaker; Stephanie Brubaker and her children, Mitchell, Matthew and Malcolm Colson; and Jonathan Brubaker and his wife, Tammy Brubaker (nee Schelter) and their children, Jacob Brubaker and Kate Brubaker. Also survived by her sisters, Helen, Dorothy, and Ginnie (George); and brother-in-law, Robert.Predeceased by David's sister, Marion (Robert).Margaret served in many volunteer positions in the community and later enjoyed employment at Christian Horizons until her retirement. Margaret's greatest joy came from living out her Christian faith. Her church involvement included teaching children and teens in Sunday School, leading adult bible discussion groups, involvement in overseas missions committee work, and singing in choirs. Lately she spent time visiting and phoning seniors in their home, in hospital, or in long term care residences.A service of thanksgiving to God for Margaret's life will be held at First Baptist Church, 306 Erb St. W., Waterloo, on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary United Cemetery at 44 Hawkesville Road, St. Jacobs.Memorial gifts to The Canadian Bible Society, Christian Horizons Waterloo, or to a church or charity of your choice may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, www.erbgoood.com.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-maggie-nee-hanson-brubaker-1089595385
<![CDATA[HUBER, HARVEY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/harvey-huber-1089595614<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (201)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harvey Huber - our loving Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in his 78th year. His passions included spending time with family and friends, tinkering around in his shop, supporting his grandkids' many activities, and watching junior hockey in the area. He is predeceased by the love of his life, Theresa Huber (Beitz) in 2001 after 35 years of marriage. He is a loving Dad to Sheri Huber (Darryl Gray), Brian Huber (Sherry) and Tracy Coutts (Rob). He will be forever remembered as an amazing Grandpa to Caitlin (Andrew), Brittany (Steven), Ashley, Jessica, Joshua and Lucas. He's also the beloved Great-Grandpa to Rylie, Braxxton, Bryce, Dexter, and Raelynn. He is the dear brother of sisters Doris Gutscher, Reta Heimpel, Verna Williams, and Betty Voisin (Rick). He is predeceased by his parents Cyril and Evelyn (Schefter) Huber, his brothers, Ross, Allan and Jerry, and sister, Madelyn, as well as cherished in-laws. He will be missed and forever remembered for his bright smile, cheerful laugh, and quick wit by the Huber and Beitz families, and countless number of dear friends. All who visited "Harvey's Shop" were entertained by his great sense of humour, and told "here, hold this for a minute". They also never left without some parting words of wisdom - "keep 'er between the fences!" or "don't do anything I wouldn't do!" Harvey enjoyed over 35 years as a crane operator with G&A Masonry in Breslau where he treasured the friendships and lasting bonds within the company and built a lifetime of acquaintances and memories along the way. As an active volunteer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Siskins Jr. B. Hockey Club, Harvey was just one season shy of an impressive 40 year run, which started back in 1984-85 with his love, Theresa. The family will receive relatives and friends from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street in Kitchener. 519-749-8467. A final visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2024. The liturgy services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday in the chapel of the funeral home followed by a reception. Interment will take place at Parkview Cemetery following the reception. As an expression of sympathy, please make a donation to the Hospice of your choice in loving memory of the brave cancer heroes who held a special place in Dad's heart.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/harvey-huber-1089595614
<![CDATA[JELLOE HAYNES (WICKHAM)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jelloe-haynes-wickham-1089596016<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (202)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jelloe Moiselle Haynes (formerly Wickham). After a 20-year battle with dementia, she passed away on, Friday, April 12, 2024. Jelloe was born on April 8, 1939 to Anton Haynes and Clarissa Wiltshire in St. Michael, Barbados and later resided in Montreal, QC, Kitchener, ON and Oakville, ON. Jelloe is survived by daughter, Robyn Wickham and son, Derek (Nelia) Wickham; grandchildren Rachel, Tristan and Hailey; siblings Angela (David) Haynes Nettleship and Vadney (Oonya) Haynes; niece Trisha Nettleship; 1st cousins: Eston, Amyas and Lubert Wiltshire and Shirley, Eddy, Berry and Jimmie Nurse and extended family. If you wish, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton-CCAH (registered charitable organization.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jelloe-haynes-wickham-1089596016
<![CDATA[DAVID SCOTT LUSH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-scott-lush-1089586697<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (203)

Passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Ramsay) for 57 years. Loving father of Kevin and Darrin. Dear brother of Alec (Linda). Remembered by nephews and niece. Predeceased by parents, Edna (nee Scott) and Cameron. Dave was a career salesman and eventual sale manager with the Wood/Wyant Company Ltd. for 42 years. Dave's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 and from 12-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024 in the funeral home chapel followed by a reception. Interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kidney Foundation or Diabetes Can-ada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-scott-lush-1089586697
<![CDATA[DICKSON, ED]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ed-dickson-1089586808<![CDATA[

A good friend, gone but not forgotten.~ Jim H.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ed-dickson-1089586808
<![CDATA[EBEL, LINDA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/linda-ebel-1089586933<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (204)

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the most loving and kindest soul, Linda Ebel after a courageous battle with Cancer on April 15th, 2024. She was the wife and soulmate of Gary, much loved mother of Christopher (Chigdem) and Jennifer Pitsch (Grant) and cherished Yaya to Macoda, Caden, Olivia, Emre and Cole. Dear sister of Alan Stauch (Megan) and aunt to Aaron and Daniel (Lea) Stauch. Daughter of the late Malcolm (2001) and Kathleen Stauch (2018).

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/linda-ebel-1089586933
<![CDATA[DOMM, DORIS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-domm-1089586970<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (205)

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in her 96th year. Predeceased by her husband Stewart Domm (2014). Cherished mother of Brian (Marianne) and Cheryl (The Late Jim) Loving grandmother to Branden (Kristann) and Colin Domm and great-grandmother to Haya and Henry Domm. Beloved sister of Stella Hurst and Alice Kroh. Predeceased by sisters Mary Smith, Anne Myers and brothers Bill Bewick and John Beswick. Doris will be remembered by her long-standing commitment as a lifetime member of Freedom in Christ Church, formerly known as the Doon Pentecostal Tabernacle. Family and friends will be received at Corbett Funeral Home, 95 Dundas St. N., Cambridge on Friday, April 19, 2024, from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Service to take place at Freedom in Christ Church, 1643 Bleams Rd., Kitchener on Saturday April 20, 2024 at 11 a.m. Reception will follow. Interment will take place at the Doon Presbyterian Cemetery at 2:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Freedom in Christ Church for their Pavilion Outreach would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-domm-1089586970
<![CDATA[LOUIS DOMJAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/louis-domjan-1089587368<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (206)

With heavy hearts we announce Louis' passing on Monday, April 15th, 2024 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital one week short and of his 90th birthday. He has now gracefully joined his loving wife Ann in God's arms.Predeceased by his beloved and devoted wife Ann (2021) of 65 wonderful years. Loving father to Louis (Anne Marie), Robert (Sherry) and Dave (Deborah). Proud Grandpa to Nicholas, Jocelyn, Amanda (Adrian), Bradley (Brooke), Emily, Ethan and Great-Grandpa to Aubree and Calleigh. Will forever remain in the hearts of Carolyn, Paul and Jordan Vasco as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by his parents Mary and Joseph , brother Joseph, brother-in-laws Don, Bill and Fred and sister-in-laws Margaret, Betty, Mary and Naeda.Louis had a love of hockey and played for the Galt Blackhawks Jr. team alongside Bobby Hull. This love carried over to his unwavering support of his boys and grandchildren in their sports and other activities. As someone deeply spiritual and devoted, his relationship with God was incredibly important and brought him great comfort; he would be grateful for continued prayers. More than anything, family meant everything to Louis, and he cherished the time spent with his loved ones.Visitation will be held at Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge on Friday, April 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with vigil prayers at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Clement's Roman Catholic Church, 745 Duke Street, Cambridge on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at Parklawn Cemetery. A reception will follow back at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes you to express sympathy through prayers or donations made in Louis' memory to St. Clement Parish.A special thank you to all our friends and family who have kept us in your thoughts and prayers, to Father Bradley, and to the wonderful staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Hilltop Manor, Cambridge.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/louis-domjan-1089587368
<![CDATA[NANCY ELEANOR KIRK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-eleanor-kirk-1089587371<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (207)

Nancy Eleanor Kirk of Waterloo died in the Lord at home on Monday, April 15, 2024, nine days before her 78th birthday, as a result of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Nancy was married to the Rev. Raymond V. Kirk for nearly 55 years. Nancy's family welcomes relatives and friends to the visitation at Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Sunday, April 21, 2024 from 3 - 6 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 30 Shaftsbury Dr. Kitchener on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Following the service there will be a reception in the church hall. The committal service will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens, 2250 Highway 20, Fonthill ON. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Nancy's honour may be made to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 400-185 Carlton St., Winnipeg MB, R3C 3J1. Online condolences and memorial donations may also be made by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.The family deeply thanks all who served Nancy during her illness.

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nancy-eleanor-kirk-1089587371
<![CDATA[VIOLA BETTY VYSE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/viola-betty-vyse-1089587380<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (208)

Passed away peacefully at St. Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener, on April 16, 2024, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 86 years. Predeceased by sisters, Madelina, Melita, Mae, Joyce, and brothers, Victor, John, Alton (Wilma) and daughter, Carol. Lovingly remembered by daughter, Dawn (Dave) Leslie; son, Robert Vyse, and daughter, Bobby-Joe (Chris) Benoit, her best companion, Teddy, her beloved dog, her baby; grandchildren, Shawn Rogers, April Rogers, Chad Henhawk, Amanda Henhawk, Alaina Henhawk, and Cadence Benoit; great grandchildren, Christian Morrow-Rogers, Brandan Morrow-Rogers, and Ashley Morrow-Rogers; and great-great-grandchild, Logan; sister, Barbara Nameth; and many nieces and nephews.Would like to give thanks to Vicky-Ann for her support to our family when we needed it, and thank you to the amazing staff at St. Mary's General Hospital for guiding us through our mother's journey.The family will honour her life with visitation at Styres Funeral Home, 1798 4th Line, Ohsweken, on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Where funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. rhbanderson.com

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Wed, 17 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/viola-betty-vyse-1089587380
<![CDATA[PETER HUGHES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/peter-hughes-1089550677<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (209)

In loving memory of Peter Hughes, born on September 21, 1943. Passed away peacefully on April 7th, 2024, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by parents John and Frida Myco*ck. Peter is survived by his loving wife Maxine Cobb Hughes. Forever loved father of Peter (Amber Lynn Koehler) Hughes and Darlene (Derrick) Hayes. Cherished grandfather of Damien Hughes, Samantha McCowan, Tamara (Kyle Bossence) Vandeweil and great-grandfather of Amelia Walsh and Lloyd and Charolette Bossence. Cherished brother of Rosalind (Roy) Marchington, Avril Oldham and Robert (Linda) Hughes. Peter will be dearly missed by his extended family, friends and former colleagues. We will forever treasure the many conversations had while fixing something in the shed. Friends will be welcomed at the Dwayne D. Budgell Funeral Home, 1105 Rest Acres Rd, Paris on Saturday April 20th, 2024 between 2-4pm. In accordance with Peter's expressed wishes, cremation has already taken place. In Peter's memory, donations to Shriners Hospitals Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/peter-hughes-1089550677
<![CDATA[HELEN SCHALLER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-schaller-1089553352<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (210)

In loving memory of our beloved daughter-in-law who was suddenly taken from us 5 years ago today... but not from our hearts. We miss you!!!

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-schaller-1089553352
<![CDATA[HELEN SCHALLER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-schaller-1089553354<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (211)

In loving memory to a Wife, Mother, Oma, Daughter, and FriendHelen Schaller taken from us suddenly, April 17, 20195 years have passed... your absence pains us... we miss you all the time. Sometimes, we can make out a glimpse of you around us, feel your touch like a gentle breeze, always knowing you watch over us.I still ask God to give us all strength to endure a life found very difficult without you.I... we miss and love you dearly,

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-schaller-1089553354
<![CDATA[SHANTZ, KEITH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/keith-shantz-1089572578<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (212)

It is with sorrow, that we announce the passing of Keith Wilfrid Shantz, peacefully, in Bracebridge Memorial Hospital.Keith was the beloved husband of Sheila, who misses him dearly. He is survived by his daughters, Sarah (Toshiyuki Natsume) and Laura (Craig Humphries); their mother, Elizabeth; and his grandsons, Martin and Max Humphries. He is missed by his sister, Catherine (Gary Schoger); as well as a niece and nephew, Heidi Bennett and Stephen Schoger; and their families. His brother and sister-in-law, Preben and Lucie Gustavsen, also mourn his passing. Keith is survived by his favourite uncle, John Donaldson; as well as a stepson, Stefan Grinsky; and his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Eleanor Shantz; as well as his second wife, Linda (Lorentz).Keith was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, in a Mennonite family. After finding his passion as an accountant and business advisor, he relocated to Belleville, where he joined Welch LLP as a partner. There, he found his niche and the community he wanted to serve. Keith enjoyed theatre, golf, and classic cars. His favourite place was the cottage in Muskoka, where he loved boating and tinkering with his many projects. He and Sheila loved their dogs, travel, cruising, fine wine, and good food.Keith's death leaves a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. His loving and generous nature gave him a profound concern for everyone he knew. Some found his attention to detail somewhat extreme, but it showed how much he cared. His ability to laugh and find joy at even the darkest circ*mstances, always gave us hope.Special thanks to all those who helped and supported him, after his most recent cancer diagnosis.Cremation arrangements entrusted to Cottage Country Cremation (55 Ann St., Bracebridge).A Celebration of Keith's Life will be held on Friday, April 19th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Dinkel's and Paulo's Restaurant, at 44 Bridge Street East, in Belleville.Donations to the Mennonite Central Committee, Fixed Fur Life, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated, in lieu of flowers.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/keith-shantz-1089572578
<![CDATA[BRUBACHER, NELSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nelson-brubacher-1089576392<![CDATA[

Died suddenly on Sunday, April 14, 2024, in his 19th year. He leaves to mourn his parents Oscar & JulieAnn Brubacher, his siblings, Ernest, Alma and Stanley Martin, Amy and Eugene Martin, Ella and Jacob Weber, Lewis, Elsie, Curvin, and Leona, all of Mount Forest. Nelson is survived by nine nephews and nieces. He leaves to mourn his paternal grandparents, Henry and Salome Brubacher, and his maternal grandmother, Gladys Vollmer. Predeceased by his grandfather, Nathan Clemmer, and one stillborn brother.Visitation will be held at the Arthur Mennonite Fellowship, 161 Eliza Street, Arthur on Wednesday, April 17th, from 1:00 - 4:00 and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a service at 7:30 p.m. Further visitation will be held at the home of Oscar Brubacher, 7234 Sideroad 7 West, R.R. 5, Mount Forest, on Thursday, April 18th, from 12:30 - 4:00 & 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Family service will be held at the home of Oscar Brubacher on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 9:00 a.m., then to Farewell Mennonite Meetinghouse, 9103 Concession 11, Wellington North Township, for burial and a public service. England Funeral Home, Mount Forest, entrusted with arrangements.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nelson-brubacher-1089576392
<![CDATA[ESTHER PENFOLD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-penfold-1089576454<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Esther Anne Penfold (nee Balzer) on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, Ontario. After a long battle with her health, Esther has gone home to be with her Lord. Esther is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Robert, their son Joshua (Rebecca), and daughter Johanna (Lucas), her brothers Edward (Beverley) and David (Violet). She also leaves behind four grandchildren whom she adored: Ellen, Jameson, Ruth, and Madison. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, April 18, 2024, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fireside Reception Room. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Mennonite Central Committee may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-penfold-1089576454
<![CDATA[ESTHER PENFOLD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-penfold-1089576571<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Esther Anne Penfold (nee Balzer) on Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, Ontario. After a long battle with her health, Esther has gone home to be with her Lord. Esther is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Robert, their son Joshua (Rebecca), and daughter Johanna (Lucas), her brothers Edward (Beverley) and David (Violet). She also leaves behind four grandchildren whom she adored: Ellen, Jameson, Ruth, and Madison. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, April 18, 2024, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fireside Reception Room. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Guelph, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to the Mennonite Central Committee may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-penfold-1089576571
<![CDATA[NORA KRONE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nora-krone-1089576673<![CDATA[

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Nora Krone (nee von Pistohlkors) passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 7, 2024 in her 97th year. Loving wife to the late Henry for 62 years. Beloved mother to Monica of Guelph, Michael (Julie) of Gananoque, and Patrick (Marika) of Saskatoon. Proud Oma to Megan (Jack) of Saskatoon, Kristin (Jesse) of Saskatoon, and Alyssa (Mike) of St. Paul Alberta, and Great Oma to Jenny and Erik of Saskatoon, and Sierra and Weston of St. Paul Alberta. Nora was predeceased by her brother Erik. Mom will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her loving family and all those lucky enough to have known her. She was a hard-working, determined, and resilient person whose positive outlook had a profound impact on the lives of all those around her. She touched the hearts of so many people. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ruddock and the staff of the Elliot Retirement Community for years of care and friendship. Arrangements entrusted to Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau. As per Nora's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Guelph General Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences can be made on her memorial page at MemoryFuneral.com

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nora-krone-1089576673
<![CDATA[MEYER, JEFFREY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-meyer-1089576802<![CDATA[

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Jeff passed away peacefully at the age of 69 in the Palliative Care Unit at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener. Beloved husband of Gail (nee White) for 37 years and "dad" to multiple much loved dogs over the years. Predeceased by his parents Howard and Margaret and his brother Paul. Survived by his siblings Peter and Christine Meyer and sisters-in-law Valerie Meyer (Tony) and Jane Casciato (Mike). Proud uncle of Adam (Stephanie), Sean (Jessica) and Taryn Meyer; Tina Casciato (Sean Gray) and Amy Casciato-Gray (Chad). Great-uncle of Logan and Whitney Meyer and Sloane and Dylan Gray. Will be greatly missed by aunts, cousins and friends. Jeff worked in the Industrial Supply business for 30+ years, followed by a stint as a Security Guard. An ardent fan of harness racing, baseball (Red Sox), football (Patriots), he enjoyed harassing his friends (Keith and Greg) who supported opposing teams. At Jeff's request, cremation has already taken place and there will be no visitation or funeral. A celebration of life may be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre or KW Humane Society (cards available at the funeral home). Arrangements entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener 519-749-8467.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-meyer-1089576802
<![CDATA[DISIMONE, NUNZIO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nunzio-disimone-1089576992<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 16, 2024 at peopleCare Hilltop Manor, in Cambridge at the age of 84. Beloved husband of 62 years to Marie (nee Lindert). Loving father of Catherine (Douglas) Calvin, John DiSimone, Nancy (Brian) Bauman, and Barbara (Kurt) Emrich. Cherished grandpa of Jennifer (Bruce), Brandon (Lisa), Brittany (Jeff), Paul (Jessica), and David (Shelby). Great grandpa of Georgia, Bryson, Auston, Owen, Winston, Mason, Molly, Emmett, and Mackenzie. Survived by his relatives and friends in Italy and Canada. Predeceased by his granddaughter Chrystal and his parents Paulo and Katarina DiSimoni. Nunzio came to Canada at the age of sixteen from Italy. He worked several jobs to earn his living and eventually met his future bride Marie at a dance. They settled down in Preston where they had their four children. He was a very hard worker and never failed to provide for his family. Nunzio loved life and was the life of every party. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening and watching formula one. Nunzio's family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 AM - 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral will be held in the Chapel at 10:30 AM. For those unable to attend, a livestream may be viewed at https://www.henrywalser.com/ live-streaming. Reception will follow. Private family interment will take place at Marymount Cemetery, in Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington or the would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/nunzio-disimone-1089576992
<![CDATA[DARYL RHODES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daryl-rhodes-1089577009<![CDATA[

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Daryl Rhodes, aged 69, passed away peacefully, at Grand River Hospital, on Monday, April 8, 2024. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Janice Rhodes (nee Hill); their children, Bryson and Zach; and his brother, Larry. Daryl was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Eileen Rhodes (nee Purdy).A Memorial Service to celebrate Daryl's life will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, at 400 Northfield Drive West, in Waterloo, on April 20, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. We invite friends, family, and colleagues to join us in honouring his memory.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/daryl-rhodes-1089577009
<![CDATA[CORPORAL JAMES STEPHEN HETHERINGTON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/corporal-james-stephen-hetherington-1089571710<![CDATA[

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On Friday, April 12, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, Jim is finally at peace. Born on February 9, 1941, in Coal Creek, NB. Left to mourn are his wife, Sandra; children, Stephen (Karen), Shawn (Laurie), Jennifer (Alan) and grandchildren, Grace, Mason, Quinn, Alex, Jessica, as well as many other family members and friends. Resting at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N. Breslau, ON, Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12-2 p.m. Service at 2 p.m. Private family burial.Donations to the Parkinson's Society sincerely appreciated.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/corporal-james-stephen-hetherington-1089571710
<![CDATA[HEATHER LEONA RENEA FAIRLESS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/heather-leona-renea-fairless-1089571841<![CDATA[

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Jan 28, 1949 - Apr 1, 2024It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Heather Fairless on April 1, 2024, at St. Joseph's Health Centre, at age 75. Predeceased by husband Wayne Fairless (2016); daughter Deidre Angus (1975); Nate Angus (2019). Leaving loving daughter Cheri Stevens (Jeff Maxwell) and beloved cat Pebbles. Special goodbyes to Laura Angus, Skylar Stevens and Dante Angus, grandchildren.Arrangements entrusted to Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, 252 Dublin St, N, Guelph. Private cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at Springfield Golf and Country Club, 2054 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON., on May 11, 2024, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Guelph Humane Society would be greatly appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences can be made online at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/heather-leona-renea-fairless-1089571841
<![CDATA[SHIRLEY LAW]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-law-1089572073<![CDATA[

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It has been 4 years since you have been gone. You are alwaysIn our hearts and on our minds.Your name is spoken often as memories are shared.You are loved and missed forever.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-law-1089572073
<![CDATA[DURNAN, DAVID]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-durnan-1089572185<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 13, 2024 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Karen. Loving father of Alison Branco (Angelo) and Catherine Durnan (Mark McCarvill). Grandfather of Sophia and Nicholas Branco and step grandfather of Garrett and Heather Wear. Predeceased by first wife, Victoria (1977) and sister, Diane Jennings (2018). Fondly remembered by nephews and their wives and families. David was the president of Encyclopedia Britannica for 35 years. David's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 with a funeral service at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel at the Henry Walser Funeral Home and a reception to follow the service, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Cremation to follow.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/david-durnan-1089572185
<![CDATA[HERGOTT, MARIE EDITH (NEE RANK)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marie-edith-nee-rank-hergott-1089572302<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at Cobble Creek Residence, on Sunday April 14, 2024 at the age of 87 years. She was born June 7, 1936 near Crosshill to Arthur and Mabel (nee Schmidt) Rank. Marie was the beloved wife of the late Bill Hergott (2016). Marie and Bill were married for 59 years and lived a life dedicated to farming and raising their children on the family farm in St. Clements. Marie cherished her grandchildren and always made sure they were well supplied with treats during their visits. For many years she enjoyed tending to her many flowerbeds and her large vegetable gardens. She will be also remembered for always having a place at the table for another guest. She is survived by her children Wayne (Holly), Kathy (Charlie), Murray, Darlene (Tom), Karen (Dennis), Roger (Laurie), Wilf (Vicki), Claude, and Rosemary (Johnathan). Marie is now reunited with her predeceased son Mark (1979) and grandson Joshua (1994) (son of Wayne and Louann). Adored and cherished grandma to 21 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Marie is survived by her sisters Grace (Ken predeceased) and Betty (John), brothers, Howard, Stewart (Carol), Bruce (Susan), and David. Predeceased by her brothers Bob (Diane), Richard (Deby). Survived by sisters-in-law Delores and Fran. Predeceased by brothers-in-law, Tony, Edwin, George, Jake, Pat and Len and sisters in law, Rita, Betty and Rosemarie and their spouses. Special thanks to Deb and Chelsey and the staff of Cobble Creek Residence, the staff of CarePartners and Paramed for their kind care. Friends are invited to share their memories of Marie with her family during visitation at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Clements RC Church, 3619 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Clements Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Community Centre, St. Clements. In lieu of flowers, as expressions of sympathy donations to the Starlight Children's Foundation Canada, Elmira and District Association for Community Living or St. Clements RC Church may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com, 519.745.8445.

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marie-edith-nee-rank-hergott-1089572302
<![CDATA[QUINLAN, RONALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-quinlan-1089572305<![CDATA[

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Ron passed away peacefully at home in Kitchener surrounded by the love of family on April 15, 2024 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Carolyn (Joseph) for 56 laughter and love filled years. Loving father of Christopher (Samantha), Sean (Shelley) and Kathleen (Tim Wilson). Papa Q as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren will be missed and remembered by Elijah, Patrick, Mackenzie, Maggie, Grace, James, Julia and Jonathan. Ron is predeceased by his parents Everett and Loretta (Janisse). Ron was born in Windsor, Ontario on November 27, 1942. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served for three years. Following his years of service, Ron began a career in the steel business. He owned and operated Service Steel (1982-1990) and Quinlan & Associates (1999-2016). He finished his career working at Ontario Steel with his good friend Keith Fetting (2016-2023). Ron continued working until last year finding enjoyment talking and building friendships with his customers. Blessed to be part of a large, close knit Irish family Ron was ever the entertainer. He delighted in telling stories and jokes. Making his family laugh was his greatest joy. Ronny will forever be remembered by his siblings Denise (Bill Proulx, decd.), Sister Donna CSJ, Colleen (Frank McMorrow), Beth (Dave Schmelfske), Barb (Bruno Mancini), Laurie (Chuck Bosnyak), Marm (Mike Hughes), Jim (Eve) and Jane (Philip Boots). Ron is also loved and remembered by the Joseph family, his many nieces and nephews, his friends at Bluewater Golf Course and Campground in Bayfield and the Lexington Grand Community. He was also a member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus. We wish to thank the Palliative Care Team from WWLHIN who allowed Ron to remain home in his final days. Special thank you to Khadija and Sanaa for their compassion and care. Ron's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in the funeral home chapel followed by a reception. Those unable to attend may join the service via live stream at www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming. As expressions of sympathy, the family would appreciate donations to St. Mary's Hospital Foundation - Cardiac Care (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 15 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-quinlan-1089572305
<![CDATA[JAMES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-albert-dundas-1089565533<![CDATA[

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DUNDAS, James "Jim" Albert, age 94, of Cambridge, Ontario, passed away of natural causes on July 17, 2021. Jim was predeceased by his best friend and wife of 62 years, Joycelyn "Joy" Helen Dundas (née Adamson). Jim was also predeceased by his devoted parents Robert "Bob" Anthony and Sarah "Sadie" Alvena Dundas (née Little), and his sister Dr. Ruth A. Dundas. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Michele (H. Gordon), Trevor (Nancy), and Angela (Kevin) and his sister-in-law Margaret Beatrice Beattie (Don) of Woodstock, New Brunswick. Jim will also be affectionately remembered and deeply missed by his grandchildren, Alex (Matilda), Amanda (Jesse), Sarah, Scott, Sean, Seth, Ryan (Natasha), Kristopher (Laura), and Brandon (Krystal). Jim had two very special extended families - a close knit group of passionate bridge players and his dear next-door neighbours, Troy and Jackie Patrick. He will be remembered fondly by all of them. Jim was born on March 6, 1927, in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up, Jim spent some of his favourite summers in Seaforth, Ontario on his uncle's farm. He lived through many interesting decades and made the most of the changing times as he transitioned from organizing the horses for his aunt and uncle, to learning how to 3D print at the Cambridge Library. He had numerous jobs over his lifetime, but one of his favourites was that of a deckhand, which afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout all five Great Lakes on cargo ships. He also enjoyed working as a cook on the railroad when the soldiers returned from WWII into Halifax and were transported to their homes across Canada by rail. He often told us that we should go diving in the Halifax harbour to see all the items the soldiers threw overboard as they disembarked. Jim had the warmest heart and was always there to lend a hand. He saw life through his own lens and was not tied to convention. Jim loved playing practical jokes, and many people knew Jim as a jovial prankster. He was incredibly lucky in contests and undoubtedly the most famous contest winner in Cambridge. Jim won prizes frequently, some spectacular - like the trip he won to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta where they met Silken Laumann. He also won a weekend learning to drive Formula 1 race cars in Quebec, landscaping projects, a go cart, a gigantic chocolate bar, and hundreds of other prizes. He was adventurous and always loved to travel whether it was camping, cruising, or flying to visit Las Vegas, or California to visit family. He was interested in a broad array of topics and read (and clipped) an enormous amount of news articles on topics including science and nature, outer space, GCI, universities (U of T, Waterloo, Stanford) duplicate bridge, stock options, teaching, travel, poetry, economics, business, The Challenge (Globe & Mail), Las Vegas, treasure-hunting, battlefields, Mike Filey, trains and model trains, stamps, coins, tech innovation, Renée Zellweger (favourite actress), Cathy comics, Canada, Cambridge history, the British monarchy, California, pirates, mysteries, westerns, game shows (Jeopardy), gardening, and much more. Jim also had a creative side. He was artistic and enjoyed painting and making home movies. The entire family got such joy from watching his home movies, which delightfully captured so many precious family moments. Jim's college education began at Victoria College at the University of Toronto (U of T) where he received his first bachelor's degree in Psychology. He continued his studies at U of T and went on to complete a second bachelor's degree in Education. He was involved in student government and was elected Vice President of the student council. While in college, Jim also enjoyed performing in musicals such as the Pirates of Penzance. Having a wide range of interests and affiliations he was both a Freemason at the Joseph A. Hearn Masonic Lodge 685 in Port Credit and also served as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. Jim began his career in education at Lyndwood Junior High School in the South Peel Board of Education, where he met Joycelyn "Joy" Adamson, his wife of 62 years. After they married, they moved to Cambridge, Ontario where Jim spent the next 25 years working for the Waterloo County Board of Education. He worked at Galt Collegiate Institute (GCI), and Forest Heights Collegiate and spent most of his career teaching math and counseling students. He was beloved by his students and made a huge impact on so many of them. Jim and Joy were fabulous dancers and went to NYC to dance in various dance halls. They took up square dancing and thoroughly enjoyed the dances and cherished the friends they made dancing in Cambridge and later at Stoney Lake where their children and grandchildren joined in. They also curled and attended many curling bonspiels in Galt. Jim and Joy spent time volunteering and raising money for Children's International Summer Villages (CISV), which promotes global friendship as a pathway to world peace. Their children and grandchildren made many lifelong global friends through CISV. Once Jim retired from teaching, he and Joy devoted themselves fully to a new activity, duplicate bridge. His son, Trevor, had become a duplicate bridge Life Master in the 80's and introduced his parents to duplicate bridge. Jim and Joy loved playing bridge and this hobby would be the focus of their next three decades. They met so many wonderful people that he and Joy decided to start a new bridge club in Cambridge. He subsequently received a 25-year Cambridge Volunteer Service Award for his tireless devotion to building the bridge community and club. Jim and Joy placed third in the world in the Instant Matchpoint Game played all over the world simultaneously. Jim assisted Joy when they directed bridge-themed cruises travelling to dozens of international destinations with members of the club. Jim was intelligent, supportive, kind, and fun-loving. He loved to host friends for card nights, and he made it a priority to teach his family various card games. All of his children have fond memories of Thanksgiving at Stoney Lake or weekend family game nights where the family played card games all night long, including the family favourite, "Ninety-nine." Jim will be remembered by his grandchildren for teaching them "Ninety-nine," cribbage, euchre, poker, and beginning bridge. Jim loved watching game shows and his grandchildren would watch right alongside him. A highlight for Jim's love of game shows was a trip to see the Price is Right for Jim's 80th birthday at one of Bob Barker's last recordings before his retirement. Jim supported his children in everything they did, even when it meant making some kind of sacrifice. As much as Jim loved to see the world, he was just as excited to hear about the travels and adventures of his children and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed. A funeral service was held at Corbett Funeral Home in Cambridge, Ontario on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Interment was held the same day at the Streetsville Public Cemetery in Mississauga where Jim was laid to rest with Joy and Joy's parents. The Cambridge Bridge Club made a significant donation to the Cambridge and District Humane Society (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cambridge-and-district-humane-society/) to honour Jim, Joy and his favourite dog Emily. Thank you very much to the Club for their donation. The Cambridge Bridge Club also honoured them with plaques located in the Ted Wake Centre and the David Durward Centre. The inscription on the plaques in part reads:"She [Joy Dundas] and her husband Jim were both world-class bridge players and Jim was always there by her side to help. With the passing of both of them, it is the end of an era. They will be greatly missed."

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Sun, 14 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-albert-dundas-1089565533
<![CDATA[PRESTON, BLANCHE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/blanche-preston-1089565537<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2024 at Trinity Village Care Centre at the age of 100. Beloved wife of the late Norman Preston (2006).Loving mother of Kathleen Warth (Anton) and Judy Preston (George). Grandmother of Jennifer Warth and Michael Winter. Predeceased by 10 siblings. The family of Blanche will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. The funeral liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home followed by interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Father Earl Talbot officiating. As expressions of sympathy, please plant a tree in memory of Blanche.

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Sun, 14 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/blanche-preston-1089565537
<![CDATA[FERRACCIOLI, JOAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joan-ferraccioli-1089565632<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the age of 87. Predeceased by her best friend and husband Guy Michele Ferraccioli (2008). Loving mother of Guy (predeceased - 2015), Patti (David) Gloor, Rob, Paul (Denise) and Maria. Survived by her daughter-in-law Joanne. Proud grandmother of Katie (Rémi), Laura (Doug), Jessica (Beau), Christopher (Kasandra), Rebecca (Szilveszter), Alicia (Kenny), Joey (Angel), Gwyneth, Liam, Emma and 7 great-grandchildren. Daughter of the late Murray and Betty Collier. Dear sister of Carol (Dennis), Peter (Lynn), Cathy and the late Larry. Survived by sisters-in-law Jean and Lucy. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, and their families. After raising her 5 children Joan worked at Sears in the Ladies Apparel department for more than 26 years. She had a love of learning - earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 from St. Jerome's University. She truly lived life to the fullest, whether she was travelling the world with her husband, riding the newest roller coaster, walking around the edge of the CN Tower, attending a Probus meeting, volunteering at a nearby elementary school or with various groups within her parish. She had the ability to see the good in everyone and everything. Her genuine kindness and humility was evident through her ministry work at St Francis Church in Kitchener, where she was an active member for many years. Her faith was insurmountable, and she was deeply committed to God. Joan was a devoted daughter and mother. She loved being a grandmother, saying that it gave her the opportunity to nourish her own inner child. She will be deeply missed. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 11 a.m., with Fr Paul Voisin officiating. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Francis of Assisi Church (cards available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home).

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<![CDATA[MARY JOAN SABOURIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-joan-sabourin-1089565633<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital on April 12, 2024, surrounded by family at the age of 82. Dearest mother to Jamie, Tina and Timmy. Mary was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to many. She is survived by her brother Lance Bracken and predeceased by her brother Michael Philmore. A service of remembrance will be held at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S. Kitchener, Ontario on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 12:00 p.m., with burial to follow at Memory Gardens, Breslau. Donations may be made to Grand River Hospital Foundation or St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.

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<![CDATA[WILLIAM BENHAM]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-benham-1089565706<![CDATA[

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Friends and Colleagues of ...William (Bill) Benham Please know Bill died quietly in residential care surrounded by family after a long battle with a progressive illness. We hope you will join us in reflecting with joy and gratitude on memories you shared with Bill during his wonderful life. Best wishes to all of you from his family.

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<![CDATA[VASIS, VICTOR JOHN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/victor-john-vasis-1089565642<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at Grand River Hospital on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Vic is predeceased by his parents Walter and Ann Vasis, and his older sister Lilia Anne Bergeron. A memorial reception will be held at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Monday April 22, 2024 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cremation will have taken place. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Food Bank of Waterloo Region may be arranged through the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo at www.erbgood.com

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<![CDATA[MAHARAJ, AMEELA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ameela-maharaj-1089565662<![CDATA[

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1955 - 2024Passed away peacefully at Hospice Waterloo Region on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the age of 69 after a long journey with cancer. Cherished sister of Leela Chevannes-Maharaj, Lynn Maharaj, Molly (Krishna) Ramgoolie, Colly (Harry) Sieunarine and Meena (Ramesh) Maharajh, and an aunt to many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Bhawandath and Sookdaye Maharaj, brothers Sieudath Maharaj, Deodath Maharaj, Bissoondath Maharaj, Mohan Maharaj and sisters Sundardaye Maharaj, Kaloutie Mohess and Indardaye Maraj. Ameela retired from the engineering department at Bell with over 30 years of service. She maintained a healthy, active lifestyle, and enjoyed soaking up the sun whether cruising, or at the beach in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. Spending time with her nieces and nephews brought her joy. Special thanks to Dr. Tan and the palliative care team at the hospice along with Ameela's dear friend Harold Arand for his love and support. Cremation has taken place, and a private Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Waterloo Region may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445

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Sun, 14 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ameela-maharaj-1089565662
<![CDATA[NORBERTO MACEDO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norberto-macedo-1089565700<![CDATA[

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Passed away on April 13, 2024 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 95. Predeceased by his beloved wife Idolina Macedo (nee Pereira Lopes) and brothers Valdomiro and Alfredo Macedo. Loving father of Leonor Macedo-Weaver (David), Dario Lopes Macedo (Leisa), Alberto Lopes Macedo and Alice Macedo. Cherished grandfather of Aaron, Caitlin, Kevin, Michelle (Evan) and Vanessa. Devoted visa-avo of Jax, Lexus, Bentley and Owen. Will be greatly missed by his sister Josefina Macedo Resendes from Acores, Portugal. Norberto had a great sense of humour. He loved listening to marching band music and learned to play the tuba at a young age. He played into his 80's, while living in Acores and Canada with the Portuguese community band. Norberto was an exceptional MacGyver who could fix or repair anything. He was very creative with his woodworking and loved all children, regardless of who they were. Norberto's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Prayers to begin at 7:30PM. Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Fatima RC Church on April 17, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Williamsburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kidney Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 14 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/norberto-macedo-1089565700
<![CDATA[BUGARSKY JEFFREY PAUL BUGARSKY JEFFREY PAUL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bugarsky-jeffrey-paul-bugarsky-jeffrey-paul-1089531107<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (232)

3 years of missing you3 years without your smile3 years without your sense of humor3 years without your hugs3 years without my son3 years without our father3 years without our brotherThree long years without you

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bugarsky-jeffrey-paul-bugarsky-jeffrey-paul-1089531107
<![CDATA[EILEEN MANNARELLI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/eileen-mannarelli-1089542202<![CDATA[

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Eileen Mannarelli (nee Phillips) was born on August 6, 1950, and passed away on April 3, 2024, shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Eileen was the fifth child in her family of thirteen kids. She was predeceased by her parents, Iris Phillips (nee Anderson), Thomas Phillips, her step-mum Edna Phillips (nee Tyler); and her siblings, Robert, Gwendoline, and Myra. She will be dearly missed by her surviving siblings, John, Pauline, Thomas, Christine, Josephine, Beryl, Rosemarie, Susan, and Trevor, and all of their partners, kids, and grandkids. Eileen will be most missed by her kids, Carinta (David), Marina (Michael), and Leonardo (Kirsten). Memories of Nanny will be treasured by her six grandchildren, Mason, April, Marcus, Emma, Russell and Abigail. When she was 17, Eileen immigrated to Canada from London, England, with her dad, step-mum, and 4 siblings. She spent her early years living in the Toronto area, then Hamilton, and eventually got married and raised her family in Kitchener. After spending years at home raising three kids, she trained as a bus driver and started working part-time for Shantz Coachlines. This later turned into a full-time career working for Grand River Transit. Eileen's family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Sunnyside for the loving care that they provided over the past year. Eileen was a strong supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and SickKids Foundation. In lieu of flowers, all are invited to honour her legacy by donating to these charities. Eileen's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 9:30AM-10:15 a.m. with a Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel. Reception to follow. Burial at Williamsburg Cemetery. Those unable to attend, may view Eileen's service via the following live stream link: https://www.henrywalser.com/ live-streaming.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/eileen-mannarelli-1089542202
<![CDATA[MAX AND JANE RAUSCH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/max-and-jane-rausch-1089546931<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of Max and Jane Rausch Please join us in celebrating the lives of our parents. Bring stories, memories or pictures to share with the family. Celebration of LifeSunday May 5, 2024Edelweiss TavernKitchener, Ontario2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/max-and-jane-rausch-1089546931
<![CDATA[RALPH JANTZI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-jantzi-1089550184<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (235)

In loving memory of our cherished husband, Father, Grandfather and friend who passed away 32 years ago on Palm Sunday April 12, 1992How rewarding is the life of our loved one who left us a heritage of loving memories that live on. We remember him with a love and a faith that never leaves us. Precious memories never fade. Love GIVES, Love Knows and Love Laughs. In the seed there is an apple....Ever loved and remembered

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ralph-jantzi-1089550184
<![CDATA[BRYAN WARNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bryan-warne-1089550266<![CDATA[

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It is with sadness we announce the death of our Bryan, on March 31, 2024 at the Huron Shore Hospice in Tiverton. He died peacefully after a lengthy battle with a malignant brain tumour. He is survived by his parents Rev. Rick Warne (Knox Tiverton Church, Tiverton) and Mary (née Jackson) Warne, brother Brad (Tracey) Warne and cherished nephews Aiden and Preston of Breslau. Also left behind are many aunts, uncles and cousins. We would like to acknowledge his best friends (family) Cheri Noseworthy and Terry Davis, whom were such a strength to Bryan and our family. Thank you to the Cambridge Hospital, Freeport Hospital, Listowel Caressant Care Retirement Living for the care he received. We especially want to thank Dr. Samawi, Dr. Ramos and their team of compassionate, skilled cancer specialists as well as Dr. Omar for his surgical skills at the Hamilton General Hospital. Mainly appreciated was having Bryan at Kincardine Hospital where Dr. Gunaratne and the staff where very kind and caring and attentive and it was so close to visit. We are so grateful Bryan was sent to Huron Shores Hospice in Tiverton, where every need was met with dignity, care and kindness, not only for Bryan, but our family as well. As per Bryan's request there will be no funeral. He has been cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life in Hespeler at a later date, details will be announced when finalized. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to Huron Shores Hospice of Tiverton, or The Hamilton General Hospital for brain research.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bryan-warne-1089550266
<![CDATA[BEILSTEIN, SYLVIA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sylvia-beilstein-1089550317<![CDATA[

Dear Mom,Well pretty lady, as we come upon the time of your death, we remember the love and care you gave each and every one of us.Love never dies and that's a good thing. We think of you often, we remember how you made us feel important in our own individual way. Being raise in a large family really was a perk, you made everyone one of feel good about ourselves. Always the mediator Always the mentorAlways there for everybody. Sometime we over looked how difficult it must of been for you.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sylvia-beilstein-1089550317
<![CDATA[JONES, ELBERT "GUS"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/elbert-gus-jones-1089550454<![CDATA[

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Elbert Angus "Gus" Jones, age 84, of Stratford, passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge (Milverton) on Sunday, April 7, 2024. Born in Chatham, son of the late Ira and Annie (McEwan) Jones. Gus is survived by his sons, Matt Jones (Annette Weeres) and Mike Jones. Also, his wife Elizabeth "Zibby" Jones. Much loved grandfather of Leah and Fischer Jones. Gus will be remembered by his siblings Gordon (Pat) Jones, Marjorie Cunningham, Dorothy (Luca) Riccio, Douglas Jones, Janet Jones (Andy) and his special friend Barb Dalrymple and his many nieces and nephews. Gus started out in London, Ontario as a butcher, changing his career to become a plumber for fifty plus years, working in London, Kitchener and Stratford. Gus had his own business in Stratford for years, then later working for Turner Plumbing before his retirement. He loved a good game of crib, bridge and poker, reading a book, fishing and hunting, but most of all he loved social gatherings with family and friends. He also always used to go to the Stratford hockey games on Friday nights. The Jones family would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful nurses and staff of Knollcrest Lodge for the exceptional care given to Gus. Friends and relatives are invited to a Celebration of Life for Gus on Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. in the Reception Centre of the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Knollcrest Lodge through the funeral home.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/elbert-gus-jones-1089550454
<![CDATA[WOODRUFF, DORIS EVELYN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-evelyn-woodruff-1089553668<![CDATA[

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On April 9, 2024, surrounded by her family, Doris Evelyn Woodruff (nee Cathcart), passed peacefully, in her 98th year.Doris was born at home in 1926, in St. George-de-Beauce, QC. She met and married Pilot Officer, Merrill Emerson Woodruff, in 1945, and they had a long and loving marriage until his passing, in 2005. She was deeply loved and is survived by her children, Mary Elaine Cadell, Ann Cathcart Woodruff, and Susan Emily Woodruff.Known as Nanny and Gramma GG, she will also be missed by her six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Special thanks and recognition goes out to her eldest grandchild, Kate Busse, for the wonderful love, care, and compassion provided to her grandmother.Doris was a lifelong learner, earning her BA in Geriatrics, from the University of Waterloo. She worked with seniors at the Breithaupt Centre, in Kitchener, for a number of years. Her life was filled with the joy of her family and friends, world travel, an insatiable appetite for books and antiques, and a heartfelt love of gardening.Doris' family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. John Stickney, for his extraordinary care of Doris and her family. They also wish to thank Tina, Megan, and the staff of Heritage River Retirement Home, Samantha and Leanne from Bayshore Homecare Solutions, and Brad Clark of Waterloo Wellington Care Partners, for their compassion and care of Doris during these last few months. Thanks also to Reverend Cannon Paul J. Walker.Cremation and interment have taken place.In memory of Doris, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice, through Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-evelyn-woodruff-1089553668
<![CDATA[LISA VANDONK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lisa-vandonk-1089553788<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of my soulmate, mother, grandma, and beloved friend, who passed away on April 15, 2023. We miss your words of love, understanding and wisdom.I heard your voice in the wind todayAnd turned to see your face;The warmth of the wind caressed meAs I stood silently in place.I felt your touch in the sun todayAs its warmth filled the sky;I closed my eyes and for your embraceAnd my spirit soared high.I saw your eyes in the window paneAs I watched the falling rain;It seemed as each raindrop fellIt quietly said your name.I held you close in my heart todayIt made me feel complete;You may have died... but you are not goneYou will always be a part of me.As long as the sun shines...The wind blows...The rain falls...You will live on inside of me foreverFor that is all my heart knows.Love always, Charlie and family.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lisa-vandonk-1089553788
<![CDATA[CHRIS GITTINGS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/chris-gittings-1089553927<![CDATA[

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It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Chris on March 30, 2024.After a childhood spent in Galt, Ontario, Chris attended the University of Guelph and pursued a career in academia. On completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Chris became a respected, dedicated, and passionate professor, researcher, and writer.He taught in and later became director of the Center for Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He also held teaching positions at the University of Alberta (Department of English and Film Studies) and Western University where he taught in, helped establish and served as chair of the Department of Film Studies. Chris made a variety of contributions to the study of Canadian cinema. His 2002 book, "Canadian National Cinema (Routledge)," offered a comprehensive exploration of Canadian cinema within the context of cultural nationalism and colonialism.Above all else, Chris loved and valued people. His amiable and unpretentious nature attracted people to him. Never afraid to speak his mind, he was an engaging and articulate conversationalist who was equally at home in impassioned debate on a myriad of subjects and in quiet conversation about literature, cinema, art, and life.All of us have been deeply moved bearing witness to his intense will to live while enduring an inexorable pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour that was deemed "inoperable" and "terminal" twenty years ago.Left behind to mourn are his wife, Julie; mother, Carolyn (the late Gord); brother, Gord (Christine); and nephew, Charlie; as well as friends and colleagues.We will sorely miss Chris' ever-present ability to embrace and disperse joy, his deep intellectual curiosity, kindness, warmth, empathy towards others and his epic sense of humour.Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Stan Van Uum, endocrinologist at St. Joseph's London, Dr. Monika Krzyzanowska oncologist, Princess Margaret and Dr. Mary Vachon, for their astute and compassionate care.As per Chris' wishes, a gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date.Donations in memory of Chris, if you so choose, can be made to one of the following:St Joseph's Health Care Foundation London, ON (519-646-6085), directed to Endocrinology.Wellspring Cancer Support (416-480-4440). Wellspring Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook, Toronto, ON. (choose 'Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation' then under 'Direct my donation to:' choose 'Westerkirk House')Sunnybrook Foundation - Odette Cancer Center (416-480-4483).

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/chris-gittings-1089553927
<![CDATA[GERBER, JEFFREY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-gerber-1089554321<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, with his wife Sherri by his side. He loved and admired his wife's strength, courage and the love they shared. Loving stepfather to Terry (Laurel), Scott (Jen) and Julie (mother of granddaughter). Loved by his grandchildren Christopher, Sammy and Brayden. Jeff will be missed by his mother Betty Gerber (Norm), sisters, Lorrie (Ken, deceased), Lisa (Stan), sisters-in-law, Sandra (Richard), Patricia (John), mother-in-law Irene Roth (Ken, deceased) and by his many nieces and nephews. Jeff enjoyed playing hockey and ball for many years until Pulmonary Sarcoidosis was diagnosed in 2021. Jeff loved planting his garden and tending to them. Watching baseball, hockey and football, harassing a few family fans of opposing teams. Jeff loved his time sitting with his wife Sherri on the deck enjoying the gardens, flowers and beverages. Jeff will be in the hearts of his friends, family and co-workers from near and far. At Jeff's request, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, 36 Cobalt St N, Milverton, with Pastor Kara Carter to officiate. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Stratford General Hospital or to the Listowel General Hospital and can be done through the funeral home website. Personal condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes. ca

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/jeffrey-gerber-1089554321
<![CDATA[STEPHANIE TOMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/stephanie-nee-west-toman-1089556371<![CDATA[

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Stephanie Ann Toman of Orwell Cove, born November 14, 1954, passed quietly with her family close in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 4, 2024. Predeceased by her parents Stanley and Dawn. Survived by her loving husband Wayne of 29 years. She will be deeply missed by her siblings Susan, Thomas Jr., Gregory, Jennifer and Terri and fondly remembered by her daughter Tiffany, two granddaughters Veronica and Jocelyn and nephew Jon. Steph will always be in the hearts of her extended family and friends coast to coast. Steph's journey took her to many places across Canada. Her early years were spent in the Montreal area and in Southwestern Ontario. From there, her young family settled in northern British Columbia. She eventually returned to Ontario where, with her sister, she managed and owned an art gallery in Waterloo. There her appreciation of original art and her unique style shone through and contributed to her success. Strongly influenced by her mother's love of dogs, Steph settled in Prince Edward Island with her husband, where she established her own kennel and bred Cardigan Welsh Corgis. Puppies bred by Steph have found their homes across Atlantic Canada and beyond. Her special friends Alex and Fran G. will complete the task of caring for the last litter of eight puppies born shortly before her passing.Steph will be remembered for her feisty spirit, curiosity and courage which took her on many adventures. She loved to cook and knew how to make a mean Caesar salad dressing and a great spaghetti sauce. To honour her wishes Steph has been cremated and there will not be a visitation or service.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/stephanie-nee-west-toman-1089556371
<![CDATA[HOUSSER, LAVERNE C.]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/laverne-c-housser-1089556304<![CDATA[

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C. Laverne Housser of Clifford passed away peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at the age of 89 years. Loving husband of Yvonne (Hoover) Housser. Father of John Housser of Kitchener, David and Joanne Housser of Thornloe, Brian and Linda Housser of Manitouwadge, Mark and Nancy Housser of Thurman, Ohio, and Stephen and Lisa Housser of Listowel. Survived by 26 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. Remembered by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Kathleen Cober, Luella Hoover, Betty Schiedel, Bruce and Ruth Hoover, Barb Hoover, David and Sherilyn Hoover, and Richard and Patricia Hoover. Predeceased by his parents John and Susannah (Byer) Housser, brothers Wesley and Rita Housser, Floyd and Beverly/Betsy Housser, and Glenn and Evelyn Housser, and by his brothers-in-law Don Cober, Paul Schiedel, and Karl Hoover. Visitation will be held at Palmerston Evangelical Missionary Church on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be livestreamed, and the link available on the funeral home website. Private family interment in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fordwich, will precede the service. Memorial donations to Christian Aid Ministries, the MRI Fund at the Palmerston Hospital, or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated, and may be made through the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/laverne-c-housser-1089556304
<![CDATA[MCINTYRE, MARY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-mcintyre-1089556332<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024, at 91 years old. Beloved wife of the late Karl McIntyre. Loving mother and best friend of Fred Hodgson. Mother of Catherine Sobczak. She will be missed dearly by her grandchildren T.J., Melanie (Elliot), Ashley and great-granddaughter Avianna. Survived by her sister Betty Riddell and her former husband Earl Hodgson. Predeceased by her parents Fred & Clara May (Zinkan) Rose, sister Doreen (Herbert) and close friends Marta (Buff) and Rosemarie. She was our guiding light. Mary was kind, generous and loving. She loved to travel and did so into her late 80's. She visited 45 countries and proudly documented her travel by taking many pictures. Private arrangements have been entrusted to Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William St. N, Plattsville with Interment later in Windfall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-mcintyre-1089556332
<![CDATA[GLENDINNING, WILLIAM GEORGE ALEXANDER "BILL"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-george-alexander-bill-glendinning-1089556369<![CDATA[

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A Celebration of Bill's Life will take place at the Plattsville Curling Club, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 1-4 p.m., with words of remembrance at 2:30 p.m. Food and refreshments provided. Inurnment later, in St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sleeping Children Around the World or Lisaard House would be appreciated by the family. Personal condolences can be posted at www.gffh.caFuneral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-george-alexander-bill-glendinning-1089556369
<![CDATA[ROBERT W.]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-w-bob-hobden-1089556381<![CDATA[

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HOBDEN, Robert W. "Bob"-Suddenly at the Listowel Memorial Hospital, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Bob of Millbank at the age of 61 years. Beloved husband of Diane (nee Greenaway). Loving father of Victoria, Alyssa, and Rachel (Brandon King). Dear grandpa of Lexi, Adeline, and Kody. He will be sadly missed by his mother-in law, Grace Greenaway; brothers-in law and sisters-in laws, Scott Greenaway, Dawna and Keith VanSoelen, John and Virgina Greenaway, Joy Greenaway, as well as his nieces and nephews; River and Megan, Kennisis, and Nahanni and Seth. Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Gloria Hobden and his father-in law, Herbert Greenaway. Bob operated a small engine repair company "Hobden Small Engines" in Kitchener, for 31 years. After retiring, he enjoyed raising chickens and ducks, boating and was a car enthusiast. Friends may visit with the family at Wallenstein Bible Chapel, 4522 Herrgott Road, Wallenstein, on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Funeral services will be held in the church on Monday, April 15, 2024, at 11 a.m. Interment at Riverdale Cemetery, Millbank. Conestoga Bible Camp has had a major influence on our family, and it is our wish that any donations in memory of Bob be given to the Conestoga Bible Camp for subsidizing children. The funeral service will be live streamed at this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/funeral-service-for-bob-hobden-onnfr81j933215neeitv

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-w-bob-hobden-1089556381
<![CDATA[RHODES, JAMES "JIM"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-rhodes-1089556468<![CDATA[

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Passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at Grand River Hospital at the age of 80 years. Beloved husband for 57 years of Nadine (Keane) Rhodes (2021). Dear grandfather of Ocean (Stephany); father of David, the late Janeen Rhodes (1999), and Jamie (Mary). Remembered by Quinton, Quaid, and Quary. Brother of Terry and Donna Rhodes. Jim will be missed by Lea-Ann, his many nieces, nephews and their families, and by the Keane family. Predeceased by his brother Bill (Brenda) and parents Cecil and Lilian (Leach) Rhodes. At Jim's request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no visitation or funeral. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated, and may be made through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/james-jim-rhodes-1089556468
<![CDATA[DERIK KIDD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derik-alan-kidd-1089556874<![CDATA[

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Poet. Philosopher. Troubadour. Warrior. Dak died a few weeks short of his 76th birthday, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at his home on Quadra Island, BC, after a long struggle with COPD and the after effects of childhood polio. Cherished son of his beloved mother, Marian and the late Andy Kidd. Treasured brother and best friend to Mike Kidd (Joanne) and Laurie Childs (Bruce). Much adored uncle of his nephews and niece, of whom he was immensely proud: Mark (Touran) and Trevor Kidd and Angela (Kris) and David (Mel) Childs and their children. He was their hero. We are left not to mourn, but to celebrate his unique and unconventional life. Dak was a genuine original, following the path that was true to him, even when it was hard. A gifted wordsmith, his songs and poetry were eloquent and poignant. He was a natural clown and we remember how he made us laugh. No matter his circ*mstances, Dak always had the time for a cheery greeting, a song, a hug or a smile. He radiated positivity and goodness and had the biggest heart. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends and his Island community on Quadra, where he was a much-loved local character. Cremation has taken place. Memorial plans are pending. Donations to the March of Dimes Canada or the BC Lung Foundation are welcomed."Please, don't ya sing me no sad song....."

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derik-alan-kidd-1089556874
<![CDATA[WILLIAM OSTAPCHUK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-ostapchuk-1089556514<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (248)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Ostapchuk on April 11, 2024 in Waterloo at the age of 91. Predeceased by his parents Teodor and Palagia (nee Zwarycz) Ostapchuk, he leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of over 71 years Josephine (nee Rucheski); dear younger brother Peter Ostapchuk (Nadia); his precious daughters Dianne Rouleau (Rob Hannah) and Kathy Mackowski (Robert); cherished grandchildren Jessica Rouleau (Jeroen van Heumen), Andrew Mackowski (Stephanie Baird), Kristen Mackowski (Steven Hatesohl) and Justin Rouleau (Beth Martin); treasured great grandchildren Reilly Rouleau, Chloe and Louis Hatesohl, Brinley and Bryson Mackowski, and Mackenzie and Brooks Rouleau. Born in Toronto on December 8, 1932, Bill attended Parkdale Collegiate Institute and University of Toronto before completing a Chartered Professional Accountant degree. His first and only employer for 39 years was Varity Corporation (Massey-Ferguson) where he held a senior financial position. After retirement, Bill and Jo made their Lakefield cottage their permanent home where Bill enjoyed fishing, golfing and family time. For several years, winters were spent at Maple Leaf Estates in Florida where, in addition to golfing, he took up lawn bowling, the art of stained glass and watercolour painting. Bill's volunteer career spanned over 50 years, starting in 1960 when he got involved with the BrantSkating Club and Skate Canada (CFSA). He worked tirelessly to improve figure skating in Canada. In 1990 he was elected President of Skate Canada and served for the next two years, during whichtime he also served as a director of the Canadian Olympic Association for two years. In total, Bill was a member of the Skate Canada board for 24 years. In 2011 he was inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame as a Builder. The family would like to thank Dr. Stephanie Wright, Dr. Yew and the palliative care team, as well as all the staff at St. Mary's Heart Function Clinic for the exceptional care provided to Bill over the years. At Bill's request, cremation has taken place. Interment will take place at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto. Celebration of his life will be held at a future date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre in Toronto, Diabetes Canada, or St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation - Heart Function Clinic would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-ostapchuk-1089556514
<![CDATA[WISSON,, DONALD (AKA 'DONNIE' OR 'WIS')]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donald-aka-donnie-or-wis-wisson-1089556548<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (249)

Wisson, Donald (aka 'Donnie' or 'Wis') 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Woodstock, Ontario on July 5, 1943, to Elvin and Florence Wisson and raised in Norwich, Ontario, young Don was an avid hockey and baseball player. He played for the local Norwich teams where he quickly became a talented athlete and played ball for decades past his youth. Don, married to Lynnette for 56 years, began their journey together during high school in Norwich and moved their lives to Hespeler to begin Don's teaching career. He spent the majority of his 35 years teaching at Hespeler public school and finished his teaching career with time at Manchester, Hillcrest and Clemens Mills public schools. Don was passionate about teaching his students, doing his best to ensure that every student succeeded and yet, still had fun along the way. This devoted approach built numerous relationships with generations of students, many of which he maintained until his passing. Above all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Lynnette (nee Lossing), his son Scott and partner Margie, his eldest son Aaron and wife Maureen (nee Leckey), their children Ainsley and Carter, his sister Nina Fullerton and brother-in-law Jim and their children, Cheryl (Claudia), Debbie and Colleen (Kevin). Don will also be deeply missed by Lynnette's siblings Deb (Frank), Barb and Bryce (Susan). While Don will no longer be around to share stories with us over coffee or tell us more of his corny 'dad jokes', the memories of his life will remain with all of us who had the privilege to know him and have him be a part of our lives. For those of us who were fortunate enough to love and befriend him, he will always be remembered with a kind and genuine smile. Our family would like to express our gratitude to the staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital for their selfless efforts. Visitation will be held at Forward Church, 55 Franklin Blvd, Cambridge, on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Forward Church on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Cambridge Memorial Hospital, would be appreciated.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donald-aka-donnie-or-wis-wisson-1089556548
<![CDATA[HART, ANN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ann-hart-1089556704<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (250)

After a brief illness, Ann passed peacefully away on April 10 with her family by her side. She is survived by Bob, her husband and best friend of 50 years, her children Lori (Paul), Steve (Aneta), and Mark (Ceilidh), and her deeply loved grandchildren, John, Owen, Patrick, Noah, Nathaniel, Anelieke, Theadora and Gracie, and her sister, Joanne Radstake and brother, Gert Wisselink. She is predeceased by her parents, Derk and Dora Wisselink, and her brother-in-law, Hank Radstake.Ann was a bright light in the lives of her family and friends. She was immensely generous and deeply caring. Her love for the simple pleasures of life and family taught us how to slow down, how to make time for one another, how to relish the small moments that make life worth living. In response to a sunny day, a good meal, a beautiful walk, or anything else that brought her joy, she used to say, "Aren't we lucky." Despite our grief, we will continue to carry the light she brought to us. She supported us in so many ways and loved us all so selflessly. Aren't we lucky. Our sincere thanks to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, especially the staff in the ICU and Medical Floor. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the RVH Foundation, Canadian Blood Services, or donating blood yourself if you are able.Arrangements entrusted to Gilbert McIntyre & Son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph.Visitation will be held on Thursday April 25 from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm.A Celebration of Life will be held at 44 Rickson Avenue, Guelph, on Saturday April 27 at 12:30pm. Come hungry! We'll be having all of Nanny's favourite things.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ann-hart-1089556704
<![CDATA[TERRANCE ORAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/terrance-oran-terry-burpee-1089556792<![CDATA[

At his home in Hamilton, on April 10, 2024, in his 82nd year. Loved father of Charmaine (Kent), Colette (Todd) and Cheryl. Dear grandfather of six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Terry was predeceased by his brother, Neil (Mary); and parents, Oren and Marion. Will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Judy (Wayne) and Heather (David) and their families. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held at a later date.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/terrance-oran-terry-burpee-1089556792
<![CDATA[HAYLOCK, PATRICIA JOANNE (NéE DODGE)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-joanne-nee-dodge-haylock-1089556848<![CDATA[

Patricia Joanne Haylock (née Dodge) passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.She is predeceased by her husband George and is survived by her daughters Christine Haylock and Bonnie Sutherland and their families.At Pat's request a funeral will not be held. A private family interment will be held at Memory Gardens in Breslau. Cremation has taken place.Condolences for the family and donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada may be arranged at www.erbgood.com

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Fri, 12 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/patricia-joanne-nee-dodge-haylock-1089556848
<![CDATA[DEREK WEILER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derek-weiler-1089550649<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (251)

Lovingly remembered,

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Thu, 11 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/derek-weiler-1089550649
<![CDATA[MARY JACOBS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-jacobs-1089550949<![CDATA[

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Mary Elizabeth Jacobs (nee Ogden) of Millbank, ON passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Stratford General Hospital on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024. Loving wife of the late Egbert Jacobs who predeceased her Feb. 17, 2020. Loving mother of Cheryl and Arnold Redegeld, Debra and Jim McCann, Karen and Casey Zeehuisen, John Hern, Bill Hern and Stacey Molenkamp. Grandmother of 13, great grandmother of 22. Predeceased by her parents Laura (Currie) and William Ogden, brother William Ogden, sister Jean (Ogden) Chodas, Niece Linda (Ogden) McCallum, Nephew Ken Ogden. Survived by sister-In-Law Betty Ogden and cherished nieces and nephews. A come and go gathering will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2024 from 2-4pm at the Mark Jutzi Funeral home, 7 Spencer St. Milverton. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Juvenile Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Personal condolences can be posted at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca A special thank you to the everyone in the Stroke and Telemetry Unit of Stratford General Hospital and Dr. Kara for the care given to Mary during her brief illness.

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Thu, 11 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-jacobs-1089550949
<![CDATA[SHEILA HILLIS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sheila-mary-hillis-1089553495<![CDATA[

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Sheila passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the age of 86 years. She was born in Toronto and grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario. She retired from a Truck Stop Restaurant, that she and her husband owned and operated in Shakespeare, Ontario and lived in Kitchener for the past 20 years, to be close to her family and friends. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Howard Hillis, who were married for over 67 years. Loving mother of Brian (June), Wayne, and Sherri (Mike). Cherished grandmother of Adrian (Emma), Justin, Samantha, Brandon, Kirsten and Jake. Great-grandmother to Ellie and Andersen. Predeceased by her parents. At her request, there will be no services and cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grand River Hospital, Freeport Campus as expressions of sympathy. The Hillis family would like to thank the palliative care team at Freeport Hospital, for making Sheila's final days comfortable. The level of care and support she and our family received from the staff was exceptional.

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Thu, 11 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/sheila-mary-hillis-1089553495
<![CDATA[ANNE RAHN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-rahn-1089554132<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (254)

Apr 3, 1927 - Jan 24, 2024And She Closed The Car DoorOn Duke Ellington's HandAnne Emily (Parker) Rahn April 3, 1927 - January 24, 2024 - 96 years old if you're doing the math! Hold those you love closely, we are not here a long time. Anne was born before the Great Depression. Her father, a survivor of WW1 mustard gas poisoning, died when she was only six months old. Since her mom was the oldest of seven sisters, she was cared for by her grandparents and many aunts. She was born with a musical spark, a gift that made her a musical being. To be her child was to sing or play an instrument. She attended Sir Adam Beck Secondary where she met the love of her life, Lou Rahn. She played the piano, Lou, the trumpet and bass in jazz band and of course, singing in the Glee Club. She was an excellent sight reader, accompanist and was gifted in chording. Over the years Anne and Lou played in large and small jazz groups and supplemented their income with gigs. Their groups always knew how to "swing." It was Anne's greatest musical compliment. She loved Tony Bennett, the Four Freshman, the Swingle Singers, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson and of course, The Duke! She continued to play in dance bands until she turned 80! Several Lutheran choirs: Trinity, Augsburg and St. Ansgar, thrived and enjoyed Anne's leadership and accompaniment. The residents at Riverside Glen in Guelph greatly appreciated her piano playing. Together they raised seven children and blessed them with music. Many was the dinner or car trip where song broke out with four part harmonies blending and joining together. Car trip favourites included I Love The Mountains, White Choral Bells and Dark Town Strutter's Ball. Anne and Lou had a song, Stardust, Harry James' 1943 version. That summer, Lou was away playing in the Stork Club Band in Port Stanley and Stardust with its mournful tune and lyrics of longing, became their song. The first hymn she learned and loved, Yes Jesus Loves Me was also the last hymn she heard on this mortal plane thanks to Andrea, Barb, Susan and Candace singing it for her as well as Goodbye Annie - in honour of the Rahn's goodbye tradition of singing Goodnight Ladies at the top of their lungs - in four part harmony - as people left the party! Lou developed Parkinson's Disease in 1970, she went back to high school in '77 to update her secretarial skills and her teacher was an old friend from Sir Adam Beck! When Lou was forced to take an early retirement she helped support the family by working full time in the Family Residences for Western University at Platts Lane. She told us, "If you can't say something good about someone then say nothing at all." "In any relationship if both people try to give two thirds to it and expect to get one third back then everything will work out." She loved to always wear nice outfits and have her hair and makeup just right, even to her dying days. Her children Andrew (Donna), Andrea (Lee), Daniel (Barb), Susan (Stephen), Aaron (Lisa), Matthew (Yvonne) and Candace (Darryl) begat 15 grandchildren and at last count, 19 great-grandchildren. Anne was respected and loved by all who knew her. She was intelligent, articulate, strong, a championship bridge player but most of all, she was a tremendously talented musician who used her gift of playing the piano for her whole life! The family wishes to express their deepest thanks to the incredible staff of The Village of Riverside Glen, Egerton Wing for the love and care they gave to Anne in the last years of her life. In Lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the Augsburg Lutheran Community Outreach Program in the name of Anne Rahn at office@augsbram.ca. A memorial service will be held at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 224 Mill St. S. Brampton, Ontario April 20 at 11:00 a.m. You can visit the family starting at 10 a.m. And now the Duke story. Duke Ellington was a Freemason. During one of the band's trips to Canada around 1950, they played at the Freemason's Hall in London, Ontario. Lou and Anne were part of the house band for the Hall. The house band opened for Duke's band. Anne and Lou being outgoing and fun invited the whole band to their house for a party after the show. As they arrived and the cars unloaded, Anne didn't realize that Duke still had his hand in the door frame, and so, She Closed The Car Door On Duke Ellington's Hand. When asked about it years later she said the Duke left shortly after but the band stayed for the party and jammed with Anne and Lou!

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-rahn-1089554132
<![CDATA[RITA BOULDING NEE MCCARY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-boulding-nee-mccary-1089550826<![CDATA[

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Jan 10, 1957 - Apr 5, 2024Passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on April 5, 2024 at Guelph General Hospital at the age of 67. Life partner to Lloyd Snyder for 25 years. Loving mother of Amanda Lewis and Shane Alexander. Grandmother to Samantha Lewis, Abby Lewis and Paigelyn Alexander. Dear sister of Alan McCarty, Daniel McCarty, and Judy McCarty. Predeceased by her sibling Patrick McCarty. A Memorial Service will take place at Woodside Bible Fellowship in Elmira at 4pm on April 15, 2024. Reception will follow.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-boulding-nee-mccary-1089550826
<![CDATA[ZONDAG, JOHANNA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/johanna-zondag-1089547197<![CDATA[

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Passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at St. Luke's Place in her 102nd year. Predeceased by her husband Jan. Survived by her son, John; daughter, Flo (Ron) and grandchildren, Jeff and Kara. Also missed by other family and friends. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. with a Memorial Service to follow at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service in the funeral home lounge. Parking is available at Hespeler Baptist Church, across the street from the funeral home.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/johanna-zondag-1089547197
<![CDATA[DORIS MARY ORR]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-mary-orr-1089547348<![CDATA[

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With great sadness, we announce our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, April 5, 2024. She is predeceased by her husband, Biff (2000); daughter, Lorraine (2018); sister, Elma (2024); and grandson, Peter. She will be sadly missed and cherished by her daughters, Leslie and Carol; sons-in-law, Gary Daniels, and Rick Williams; along with granddaughter, Heather Erwin (Kelsey); grandsons, Scott Williams, Patrick Daniels (Elizabeth), Stephen Daniels (Christy); great-grandchildren, Lucas, Owen, Faith and Hope. She will be sadly missed by many friends, neighbours, and most especially, her church family of the Willow Park Jehovah's Witness Congregation. Visitation will be held at Gilbert Macintyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph (519-821-5077), on Sunday, April 14, 2024, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and from 7 - 9 p.m., and on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Funeral Service will take place in the Hart Chapel, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at 12 noon. Cremation to follow with inurnment at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris' memory can be made to the charity of one's choice.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doris-mary-orr-1089547348
<![CDATA[HANK NYKAMP]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hank-nykamp-1089547409<![CDATA[

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In Loving Memory of Dr. Hank Nykamp (March 18, 1942 - April 8, 2024). A trusted friend, physician, and coroner, serving the community of Cambridge, Ontario for half a century, Dr. Nykamp passed away peacefully Monday April 8, surrounded by his loved ones. Dr. Nykamp dedicated his life to our community. Moving to Preston in 1971, he headed the hospital's laboratory services until returning to university to pursue his dream of medicine. Graduating McMaster medical school in 1980, he became the beloved family doctor to thousands of people in Cambridge. As coroner he supported hundreds more families during their darkest hours and was always there when Waterloo Region's police needed him. In his role as coroner, he became one of our community's leading voices addressing the fentanyl crisis. Dr. Nykamp's service to his community did not end at the hospital doors. As President of the Cambridge North Rotary Club, and Charter President of the Cambridge Sunrise Rotary Club, he led initiatives to further improve the lives of people in our community and help people around the world. Dr. Nykamp's passion was exploring the world with his wife and soulmate Beverley. In addition to travel, they cherished each other's company horseback riding, golfing, and camping. He left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege to know him. Preceded by brother John, he is survived by his wife Beverley, sister Willemina (Hugh), brother Albert (Lysje), children Stephanie (Mike) and Mark, and 2 grandchildren who shall deeply miss their Opa. A celebration of Dr. Nykamp's life will be held Saturday April 13th at Central Presbyterian Church, 7 Queen's Square, Cambridge, Ontario. Visitation hours: 10am - 11am; Funeral service 11am - 12pm, with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Central Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund in Dr. Nykamp's memory.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/hank-nykamp-1089547409
<![CDATA[MATTHEW LAUER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/matthew-lauer-1089550223<![CDATA[

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Matthew on April 4, 2024. Beloved son of Rose and Tom, devoted and loving father to Brayden (son of Matt & Chanelle), dear brother to Nicole (Colin Fraser), Uncle and mentor to nephew Sebastian. Lovingly re-membered by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Matthew was a wonderful, loving, caring and personable individual. He would always light up a room with his great smile. His passion for the outdoors led him into the construction sector, forming and pouring foundations for high rises and most recently, industrial facilities. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing and winter activities with his son and nephew. He will be deeply missed by all, leaving a void in our hearts, but fond memories will remain. Matthew's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Prayers to begin at 6:45 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Agatha RC Church, 1839 Notre Dame Dr., St. Agatha, on April 12, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Interment to take place at St. Agatha Cemetery with a reception to follow in the church hall. As expressions of sympathy, contributions to a trust fund for Matthew's son, Brayden, may be made in-person with cheque or cash at the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519-749-8467). Cheques can be made out to Thomas Lauer. E-transfers are appreciated, please contact the Funeral Home and the staff will provide Rose's email address.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/matthew-lauer-1089550223
<![CDATA[GAWLIKOWSKI, RYSZARD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryszard-gawlikowski-1089550243<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Ryszard Gawlikowski on April 8, 2024, at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener, ON, at the notable age of 86. A cherished husband, devoted father, extraordinary grand-father, and beloved great-grandfather, his absence leaves a void in the hearts of many. He will be profoundly missed. The family of Ryszard will welcome relatives and friends for visitation from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 12th, 2024, at Henry Walser Funeral Home, located at 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, (519-749-8467). Prayers are scheduled to commence at 5:00 PM. A Funeral Mass in his memory will be celebrated at Sacred Heart RC Church, 66 Shanley Street, Kitchener, on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, at 10:30 AM, followed by the burial at Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo. A reception will be held in the church hall thereafter.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryszard-gawlikowski-1089550243
<![CDATA[WILLIAM GEORGE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-george-bill-alexander-1089550683<![CDATA[

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A Celebration of Bill's Life will take place at the Plattsville Curling Club, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 1 - 4 p.m., with words of remembrance at 2:30 p.m. Food and refreshments provided. Inurnment has taken place in St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery, Kitchener.In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sleeping Children Around the World or Lisaard House would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/william-george-bill-alexander-1089550683
<![CDATA[MELVYN BROUGHTON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/melvyn-broughton-1089550938<![CDATA[

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Melvyn John Broughton, 85, of Chatham, Ontario, passed away peacefully, on April 9, 2024, at Blenheim Community Village. Mel was the oldest son of William and Alice Broughton (nee Reid) and devoted husband to his late wife, Patricia (2021). Predeceased by his brother, Garry Broughton; and his son, Michael Broughton. Survived by his daughter, Sheila McIntosh (David); stepdaughter, Lisa Uher; stepson, Ryan Deakins; grandchildren, DJ McIntosh, Michael McIntosh, Lauren Uher, Emily Uher, Claire Uher, Craig Church, Tyler Deakins; great-grandchildren, Danielle, Dakota, Cole, Jonathan, Sawyer, and Arlo. Mel was born in Pontefract, England and immigrated to Canada as a young lad. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1957, serving until his honourable release in 1962. He settled in Cambridge, Ontario with his family, and worked in sales until he found his true calling as an auctioneer and real estate agent. Mel loved selling everything from bicycles for the Police Department, to entire farms. He derived great satisfaction in helping clients find their forever homes. As an ex- Navy man, he loved to sail his boat and was a proud member of the Blenheim Legion. He and Patricia enjoyed travelling, taking cruises around the Caribbean and spending time at their timeshare, in Collingwood. He loved spending time with his good friend, Vince, going to the movies, out for lunch, or a coffee and chat at Tim Hortons. His absence will be deeply felt by those whose lives he touched. Over the course of his and his wife Pat's stay at the Blenheim Community Village, staff created a beautiful sense of friendship and family with many heart touching and humorous memories created. As per his wishes, Mel will be cremated. If desired, donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Blenheim Community Funeral Home.

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Wed, 10 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/melvyn-broughton-1089550938
<![CDATA[RITA BOULDING NEE MCCARTY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-boulding-nee-mccarty-1089546906<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on April 5, 2024 at Guelph General Hospital at the age of 67. Life partner to Lloyd Snyder for 25 years. Loving mother of Amanda Lewis and Shane Alexander. Grandmother to Samantha Lewis, Abby Lewis and Paigelyn Alexander. Dear sister of Alan McCarty, Daniel McCarty, and Judy McCarty. Predeceased by her sibling Patrick McCarty. A Memorial Service will take place at Woodside Bible Fellowship in Elmira at 4pm on April 15, 2024. Reception will follow.

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Tue, 9 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-boulding-nee-mccarty-1089546906
<![CDATA[MATTHEW LAUER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/matthew-lauer-1089546516<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (264)

It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Matthew on April 4, 2024. Beloved son of Rose and Tom, devoted and loving father to Brayden (son of Matt and Chanelle), dear brother to Nicole (Colin Fraser), Uncle and mentor to nephew Sebastian. Lovingly rememb-ered by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Matthew was a wonderful, loving, caring and personable individual. He would always light up a room with his great smile. His passion for the outdoors led him into the construction sector, forming and pouring foundations for high rises and most recently, industrial facilities. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing and winter activities with his son and nephew. He will be deeply missed by all, leaving a void in our hearts, but fond memories will remain. Matthew's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Prayers to begin at 6:45 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Agatha RC Church, 1839 Notre Dame Dr., St. Agatha, on April 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to take place at St. Agatha Cemetery with a reception to follow in the church hall. As expressions of sympathy, contributions to a trust fund for Matthew's son, Brayden, may be made in-person at the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519-749-8467). Cheques can be made out to Thomas Lauer.

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Tue, 9 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/matthew-lauer-1089546516
<![CDATA[FERGIN, BRUNO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bruno-fergin-1089546729<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (265)

Bruno Fergin was born January 21, 1932. He was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pasieka, Poland and confirmed March 21, 1948 in the Lutheran Church in Holzminden, West Germany. Husband of Jean (née Zimmerman) whom he married on June 11, 1960. He is survived by his sons, Eric and his wife Tatiana Samila, and Kevin and his wife Christine. He was grandfather ("Papa") to Rachel, Jordan, Luke, Chantal and Braden Fergin. He was predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Alwine Fergin; his sister Elonia "Loni" Wendland and brother-in-law Richard and his twin sister Sylvia Schmidt and brother-in-law Ottmar. He was godfather and uncle to their daughter, Monica. Bruno was an ethnic German born in Wiktorowo, Poland. At 15 years old in 1947 he escaped from behind the iron curtain with his mother and sister Sylvia to join his sister Loni in West Germany. It was in West Germany he learned the construction trade over 3 years, becoming a bricklayer and a plasterer. In the spring of 1951, at 19 years old, he emigrated to Canada sponsored by Lutheran World Relief. He initially landed in a farm in Winterbourne, Ontario as a one-year contract of sponsorship. In 1952 he came to Kitchener to find work in his trade. This was very difficult at the time because of the lack of construction work. Finally, after three months he was successful. In 1960, along with a partner, he started his own construction company. In 1964, he and Jean branched out into home building with their firm, B. Fergin Construction. By the time he retired in 1998, he and Jean had built over 500 homes in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. After retirement, Bruno devoted most of his time to his family, serving the board of properties of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kitchener, gardening and investing. Bruno's family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 322 East Avenue, Kitchener. Visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13th at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Reception to follow in the church hall. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Holy Cross Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 9 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/bruno-fergin-1089546729
<![CDATA[IRENE (REITZEL) KUNTZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/irene-reitzel-kuntz-1089546856<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (266)

Passed away April 6th, in her 93rd year. She was born in 1931, on a farm near Bamberg, ON, to Bertha (Hoffarth) and Joachim Reitzel. Irene married Clarence (deceased 1992) and moved to St. Clements, where she raised 10 children. After living in her home for 60 years, she moved to Marian Residence in Cambridge, where she was given excellent care and later, she moved to Williams West (formerly The Westmount) Long Term Care Home and adored the Rosemont staff. Irene was the loving mother of Joe (Pauline), Bill (Chris), Ray (Dolly), Don (Loyia), Laverne (Pam), Rose (Joel), Julia (Reg), Chuck (Karen), Annette (Brian) and Carol (Dave). She was also the loving grandmother and GG to many. Remembered by her dear friend, RuthAnn. Irene was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Denise; and by great-grandson, Taylor.Irene made it her mission to help people throughout her life. Irene was a member of the Christian Mother's association for many years. She could be seen tidying up her neighbourhood, reading to the blind or helping an elderly friend.A visitation will be held Friday April 12, 2024, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at Futher-Franklin Funeral Home, 1172 Henry Street, Wellesley, ON. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Clements Roman Catholic Church, 3639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, at 12 noon. Followed by burial at St. Clements Cemetery. Donations may be made to The Alzhiemer's Society or St. Clements Catholic Church, 3639 Lobsinger Line, St. Clements, ON N0B 2M0, or the charity of one's choice.

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Tue, 9 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/irene-reitzel-kuntz-1089546856
<![CDATA[WALDEN, GEORGE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-walden-1089546876<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (267)

Passed away peacefully, at St. Mary's Hospital on Monday, April 8, 2024 in his 101st year. Beloved husband of the late Cynthia (nee Lovett). Loving father of David (Lola), Lesley and Robert. Devoted grandfather of Alison, Gregory (Christine), Michael (Jessica), Keidi (Tom), Jona (Zach) and Ina (Bailey). Great-grandfather of Brenna, Zeke, Seth, Courtney, Evan, Arianna, Jade and Zayn. George will be fondly remembered by the members of the various Bridge clubs he was involved with. George's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation or St. Mary's Hospital Foundation would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 9 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/george-walden-1089546876
<![CDATA[ALLAN CARNAHAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/allan-carnahan-1089534859<![CDATA[

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Sep 12, 1940 - Apr 9, 2019Although you are gone from our sight, you are remembered always by your family & friends. Loved and with memories forever, Dorothy, daughters Tracey & Tanya, son-in-law Tim, grandchildren Ben, Eric, Emma, Abby (Jamie) & Connor.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/allan-carnahan-1089534859
<![CDATA[YENDT, DONNA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donna-yendt-1089543664<![CDATA[

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Donna passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024 with her children by her side at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, ON, two weeks before her 93rd birthday. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years Robert "Bob" Yendt (2003), parents Albert and Myrtle Flowers, and siblings Roland Flowers, Doris Hoffman, and Carol Mayer. Dearly loved mother of Diane (the late Trent Karges), and Robert Yendt (Sheila). She was loved tremendously by her grandchildren, Lindsay Schalm (Daniel), Megan Karges (Alex), Madison Yendt (Jake) and Sarah Yendt (Justin). Her great-grandchildren, Benedict Schalm, Lincoln, Sophia and Amelia Dyet, Mabel and Phoebe Clouthier brought her joy and laughter. She will be greatly missed by her sister Edith Handy and many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were extremely important to Donna. Some of our happiest memories come from the antics that took place while elbow to elbow in her dining room during weekly Sunday dinners. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends. Donna looked forward to monthly gatherings of "Club," a group of friends who first connected at church in their teens. From birth Donna was an active member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church where she joined Luther League, the choir, and volunteered for the Loaves and Fishes program. Donna was vibrant, funny, kind, and compassionate. She was a fixture in our lives and will be deeply missed. We extend our deep gratitude to the staff at Sunnyside Home for their compassionate care, especially those on the Three Bridges floor. Donna's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 12:00-12:45 PM with a Funeral Service in the chapel at 1:00 PM. Reception to follow. Burial to take place at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Matthews Lutheran Church or the Sunnyside Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/donna-yendt-1089543664
<![CDATA[HELEN FREY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-frey-1089543999<![CDATA[

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Helen Frey passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on April 6, 2024 at Forest Heights Long Term Care in her 91st year. Dear mother of Bob Frey (Steve Bowden) of Cambridge, Wendy Petsch (John) of Kitchener and Chris Frey (Yvonne Diehl) of Stratford. Loving grandmother to Melissa (Garry), Eric (Paula), Duane (Cherie), Diana, Katie (Phil), Jonathan (Asma), Erica (Mac) and Tristan. Great-grandmother to Ethan, Max, Hazel, River, Rowan, Kai, Lincoln and Wyatt. Fondly remembered by her sister, Diane Ferrier (Roy), sisters in law Linda Schack, and Carole Frey and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her husband, Douglas Frey (2018) after 67 years of marriage, her daughter Susan Lehman (2001), her brothers Bob and Donny along with her parents Walter and Florence Schack. Helen retired after many years of service with Dutch Boy Food Markets in the non food / Pro Hardware department. Thank you to the staff on Gibbon House at Forest Heights for their exceptional care over the years for our mother with a special thank you to PSW Hewot for her loving care. She will be sadly missed by her room mate Mary. Helen was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed. Helen's family will receive relatives and friends at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at 171 King St. S, Waterloo on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Private family interment at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-frey-1089543999
<![CDATA[HELEN ANNETTE (BRUDER) KURTZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-annette-bruder-kurtz-1089544021<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Helen Annette Kurtz (Bruder) on Friday, April 5, 2024 at Riverside Glen, Guelph in her 94th year. Helen was the loving wife of the late Jim Kurtz, Sr (d. 2007) after 56 years of marriage. She was the loving mother of Judy (Bruce) McKague, Jim Jr (Pat) Kurtz, Gary (d. 2019) (Shirley) Kurtz, Gerry (d.2014) (Barb) Kurtz and Keith (Cathie) Kurtz.She is also survived by her 11 loving grandchildren Jennifer, Cathleen, Bryce, Veronika, Marisa, Greg, Ian, Kyle, Andrew, Becky and Brittney. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Her family was her everything. Also survived by her sister-in-law, Ruth Kurtz. She was the last surviving and youngest member of the Charles and Ida Bruder family of ten children. She lived her life to serve and nurture her family. She was a life member of the St Boniface Catholic Church and CWL. She was generous with her love and her time. She lived on the same road her entire life in Ariss until moving into Heritage River Retirement Home in Elora in 2020. She loved dancing, quilting, bowling, playing euchre, playing crokinole (she was the pro in this family and was unbeatable and had very strong fingers). She was a hard worker all her life and was always punctual and honesty was her main request from everyone she knew. One of her main joys was watching her grandchildren doing the Chicken Dance at the previous Black Forest Inn on special occasions. Her most favourite colour was Purple. She will be greatly missed by her nieces, nephews, family, friends and neighbours. Visitation will take place on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m., at the Gilbert McIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph, Ontario. A Funeral Mass will be held at St Boniface Catholic Church in Maryhill on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at St Boniface Cemetery. A time for friendship with the family will follow at Ariss Valley Golf Course for refreshments and memories. Donations if you choose can be made to: The Canadian Cancer Society, St. Boniface Catholic Church, Maryhill or a charity of your choice. The family would like to express our thanks for the care and attentiveness shown to Mom during her stays at Heritage River Retirement Home in Elora and Riverside Glen Long Term Care in Guelph and to Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus. Your kindness was so much appreciated.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/helen-annette-bruder-kurtz-1089544021
<![CDATA[TIM THORNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/tim-thorne-1089544053<![CDATA[

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Timothy (Tim) Thorne passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Grand River Hospital after a valiant but short battle with cancer. Tim leaves behind his loving spouse Gerry Gowland, brother John Smith (Joanne), sister Patsy Spindler as well as many cherished family and friends. Tim was born in London, Ontario on September 10, 1954. He achieved his Masters of Library and Information Science in 1989 and spent the bulk of his career serving the KW area. Tim was very involved in his community leading Tai Chi programs and teaching music. It has been said that practicing a Tai Chi set for Tim was the 'embodiment of grace.' Tim had an eclectic passion for and knowledge of all music genres and loved to tell stories and jokes, in fact he was known as 'Dr. Glib' in many of these music circles and his distinct laugh was truly infectious. He was an accomplished musician (guitar, mandolin, banjo, and several other instruments) songwriter, and recording engineer. His most recent bands include Home County Line, the Blues Hounds, Failte, Rantin' Rovers and Thorne'n the Sides. Tim's remarkable guitar-playing skills caught the attention of many fans and students. Tim will be dearly missed, remembered for his intellect, passion for music, and ease in sharing himself with others. His generosity and optimistic spirit touched the hearts of all who knew him. Special thanks to the ER team at Grand River Hospital lead by Dr. K. Famzam for their compassionate care. A Celebration of Tim's Life will take place Saturday, April 20, 2024, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home Fireside Reception Room, 171 King St. S., Waterloo. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged at www.erbgood.com

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/tim-thorne-1089544053
<![CDATA[MARGARET BORODAIKO]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-borodaiko-1089544131<![CDATA[

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Margaret May Borodaiko, age 95, of Cambridge, Ontario passed away peacefully at Hilltop Manor on Sunday, April 7, 2024. Predeceased by her husband Michael (1998), and her sister Lena Dunseith (2004). Priceless memories are left with her children Betsy Morton (Michael) and Tony Borodaiko (Lynn). Loving grandmother to David Morton, Eric Morton (Danielle), Jeff Borodaiko, Lisa Borodaiko (Vinnie) and Greg Borodaiko. Great grandmother to Charlie Morton, Ronin Morton and Silas Caskenette. Family and friends will be received at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road on Thursday, April 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of Margaret's life will be in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m., cremation will follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation are greatly appreciated.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-borodaiko-1089544131
<![CDATA[CLARE BOWMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/clare-bowman-1089544166<![CDATA[

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Clare G Bowman, 77, of Waterloo, Ontario, passed away suddenly on April 7, 2024 at Grand River Hospital. Clare was born in Kitchener-Waterloo to Orvie and Magdalena Bowman of Elmira in 1946. He went to high school at Elmira District Secondary School and graduated in 1965. Upon graduating, Clare started what would be a 33 year career at Bell Canada. Through his career, Clare made many lifelong friends whom he cherished and stayed close with into his retirement. More than anything, Clare enjoyed spending time with his wife, Susan, his family and many friends sailing in the North Channel on their much-loved boat, Sulika. Clare was the best dad ever. A devoted father who was a steadfast champion for everything his girls chose to pursue. From the t-ball diamond to the pool, Clare was there coaching, cheering and occasionally wiping away the tears with words of encouragement. Clare loved fishing, birdwatching, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors followed by rousing card games. An avid sports fan, Clare was devoted to his beloved Buffalo Bills and Blue Jays never giving up hope that next year would be the year. Clare was kind, caring and giving of his time, always willing to lend a hand or volunteering when needed. With his dry wit and keen sense of humour, Clare could always bring a smile or chuckle to everyone. Clare is survived by his wife, best friend and first mate Susan with whom he celebrated 55 amazing years of marriage, his adoring daughters Lisa (Jim) and Kara (Steve), cherished granddaughters Megan and Kate Ronald and grandpups Cooper and Cosmo. Clare is survived by his siblings Beatrice, Norma, and Ruth (Rich) and predeceased by his brother Willie (Maryann), nephew Roger and brother in law, Ron. Clare is also survived by his many loved nieces and nephews Lewis (Kathy), Gary (Cathy), Charmaine (Chris), Connie (Keith), Kelly (Scott), Cindy (Derek), Dionne (Jeff), Ryan (Christine), Allison (David), Ryan (Melissa), Breanne, Tim (Liz), Jason and many grandnieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. A celebration of life will be held in the funeral home's chapel on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00am, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Canadian Cancer Society through www.erbgood.com.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/clare-bowman-1089544166
<![CDATA[BORODAIKO, MARGARET]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-borodaiko-1089544256<![CDATA[

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Margaret May Borodaiko, age 95, of Cambridge, Ontario passed away peacefully at Hilltop Manor on Sunday, April 7, 2024. Predeceased by her husband Michael (1998), and her sister Lena Dunseith (2004). Priceless memories are left with her children Betsy Morton (Michael) and Tony Borodaiko (Lynn). Loving grandmother to David Morton, Eric Morton (Danielle), Jeff Borodaiko, Lisa Borodaiko (Vinnie) and Greg Borodaiko. Great grandmother to Charlie Morton, Ronin Morton and Silas Caskenette. Family and friends will be received at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road on Thursday, April 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of Margaret's life will be in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m., cremation will follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation are greatly appreciated.

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Mon, 8 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-borodaiko-1089544256
<![CDATA[ALVIN TOWNSLEY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alvin-townsley-1089501370<![CDATA[

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Alvin Perrin TownsleyBeloved Husband of Ruth for over 60 years, Father of Susan (Ian) of Brampton, and Bobby of Cambridge. Grandfather of Kelly (Sylvia) Hornblower -Cambridge, Katie (Jim) Hornblower Ruddy -Barrie, Emily (Matthew) Munro Loi -Kitchener, Sarah Munro -Brampton; also, Robert and Nathan Townsley of Woodstock. Predeceased by parents, Ethel Perrin and Robert Townsley of Hespeler. Proud lifelong resident of the area.A celebration of life will be held at Barthel 1:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m. on April 13, 2024, please come share your memories. lnterment Parklawn Cemetery April 15, 10:00 a.m.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alvin-townsley-1089501370
<![CDATA[BEN RIDER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ben-rider-1089526893<![CDATA[

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August 18, 1991 - April 10,2022You left us here so suddenly,No time to say goodbye,Gone before we knew it,And God alone knows why,It broke our hearts to lose You,You didn't go alone,For part of us went with You,The day God called You home. Love you to the moon and backLove from Mom, Dad and Family

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ben-rider-1089526893
<![CDATA[HERTA BODNARUK]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/herta-bodnaruk-1089538201<![CDATA[

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Mom sometimes we wish you to come back,but we won't want you to suffer again.We know you are with us,and we will always love and miss you, with all our hearts,Until we meet again.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/herta-bodnaruk-1089538201
<![CDATA[WILLIE KAUFMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/willie-kaufman-1089542326<![CDATA[

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If tears could build a stairwayAnd memories a laneWe would walk right up to heaven And bring you home againGone are the days we use to shareBut in our hearts, you will always be thereThe moments and memories will never be closedWe miss you more than anyone knowsIt has been a hard year since you left us to soonThank you for watching over us, in all that we doUntil we meet again, on God's golden shoreWe will love and miss you Willie, forever and moreLove always, your family

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/willie-kaufman-1089542326
<![CDATA[BRIAN MCCANN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brian-mccann-1089542266<![CDATA[

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A cherished husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away at home in Blenheim, Ontario on April 2, 2024, at the age of 64. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Brian was a man of Scottish descent whose life journey brought him back to Canada on his own, after spending his childhood years in Scotland. He was a beacon of love and strength for his family and all who knew him. Brian was the beloved husband and partner of Wendy for 23 years. Survived by Wendy's daughters, Sarah (Bridget), Samantha (Tyler) and their children Jackson and Jett, and Stephanie (Austin). Father of Sean McCann and Kenneth McCann and his daughter Jaidyn. Son of Kathleen Christine McCann (nee Duffy) and the late John Patrick McCann, Brian's roots were firmly planted in family tradition. Beloved brother to Margaret Robertson (Stuart), Maureen Keiller, Michael McCann, and Helen Crossan (Dave). His nieces, Amy and Kirsty Robertson, and nephews, Gary and Jack Crossan, will hold onto the fond memories they shared with their uncle. Brian's career spanned 34 years with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, where he was respected for his dedication and integrity. His recent retirement was a testament to his hard work and commitment to public service. An avid football fan, Brian's passion for the Glasgow Celtic was well-known among his friends and family. His generosity, kindness, and humor were the hallmarks of his character. Brian was the kind of person who would go out of his way to help anyone in need, and his presence guaranteed a good time. His friends, especially Jane and Tom, and Helen and Frank, with whom he and Wendy formed the "Three Amigos" and the "Golden Girls" will miss the joy and camaraderie he brought into their lives.Brian's memory will also be cherished by his fur companions, Bentley and Charlie, who were a source of comfort and joy throughout his life. Friends will be received on Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Brock & Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, Ontario. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. For those unable to attend, the service will be available via livestream on the funeral home website. For those who wish, donations in memory of Brian may be made to Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brian-mccann-1089542266
<![CDATA[HARRY BAST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/harry-bast-1089542268<![CDATA[

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It is with deep sadness that our family announces the peaceful passing of Harry John Bast at the age of 84 on April 5, 2024 at Highview Residences in Kitchener, Ontario. Harry was born November 29, 1939 in South Easthope Township, Perth County, and was the son of the late John and Rosetta (Helmuth) Bast. His family later moved to Baden, where Harry attended Baden Public School, and then Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate in Kitchener. Harry will be dearly missed by his children, Angela (Bast) Mercier and her husband Joe, Daryl Bast and his partner Carla Dutton, and Kevin Bast. Lovingly remembered by sister Iris (Bast) Wagner and Gregor. Predeceased by his loving sister, Floris (Bast) Kristoff. Much loved and missed Grandpa to Haley and Ethan Mercier, and Jessica and Daril Bast. Harry was a businessman for 42 years. He was employed with Waterloo Electronics Supply Company Inc., where he later became co-owner and president until his retirement in 2001. Harry was a dedicated worker and always had goals which he achieved with great commitment and integrity. In retirement, he remained active with ballroom dancing and applying his many DIY talents around his home. This included professional landscaping and gardening; designing the outdoor learning space at Hespeler Public School; building outdoor garden sheds ("Harry's Hideout"), interior decorating, and renovations. In his leisure time, Harry was a car enthusiast and enjoyed attending antique auto shows. He also spent many memorable summer days at his RV north of the city. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Highview Residences for the care that our father received, allowing him to thrive in the last 3 years of his life. A Celebration of Life visitation will take place at the Mark Jutzi funeral home, in New Hamburg, Ontario on Tuesday, April 9th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A private service for family will take place at another time. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hamilton General Hospital will be greatly appreciated. Personal condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes. ca

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/harry-bast-1089542268
<![CDATA[PAULINE SCHMIDT]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/pauline-schmidt-1089542287<![CDATA[

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Pauline (nee Hummel) Schmidt passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday April 5, 2024 at the age of 91 and is now in her Saviour's arms. Pauline will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her husband John, children Rosemarie (Jim), Ralph (Brenda), and Walter (Amy), grandchildren Nathan (Alice), Leah (Tyler), Sarah (David), Elizabeth (Cole), Megan (Andrew), and Christine (Sam), and great-grandchildren Blake, Breanna, Logan, Brennan, Frederick, and two more on the way. She also leaves behind her sister Gerlinde (Lou), nieces Kari (Laurence), Becky (David), nephew Bradley, and many close friends and extended family members. She is predeceased by her parents Friedrich and Magdalena, and sister Ava. Pauline was born on March 17, 1933 in Woilowitza, Yugoslavia. She lived a happy, normal childhood until 1945 when Serbian soldiers drove her, her mother, and infant sister out of their home (her father was working in Vienna, Austria at the time). With only the clothes on their backs and one pillow in hand they were herded onto a train to a concentration camp in Jabuka, Serbia. After six months, Pauline and her family boarded another train and were dropped off at an extermination camp in Rudolfsgnad, Serbia where they suffered for a year and a half. By the grace of God, Pauline's father was able to locate his family at the camp and persuaded a soldier to lead them across the Hungarian border. They took a train to Vienna, Austria where they stayed for three and a half months before moving to Salzburg to live in barracks for a year. Pauline and her family then boarded a ship to Canada and after nine rough days at sea they arrived in Halifax. After a short stay in Ottawa, Pauline and her family settled in Kitchener-Waterloo a town she would build her life in. Pauline met her husband John in April of 1953 and the two were married in November 1953. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary! Together, Pauline and John created a family of three children, six grandchildren, soon-to-be 7 great-grandchildren, and many spouses and friends that have become family. Pauline wore many hats and she wore them all very well. Pauline was a chef with enough specialities to fill a cookbook; a baker who could make anything with a yeast dough; a seamstress, always shortening pants and patching holes; a gardener, growing the tastiest raspberries in town; a painter specializing in landscapes using oil paints; a hairdresser, cutting the hair of clients, family, and herself; a construction worker, helping to build several houses and always painting the trim; a singer, participating in the Transylvania Club choir; and a landscaper, always clearing the land and picking up sticks. The role that Pauline was best at and took the most pride in was Mutti, Oma, and Uroma. She was a natural caretaker and was so proud of her family. Among too many things to list, the family will miss Pauline's strong, warm hands (especially when they were giving back rubs), her fresh bread with butter and honey, the never-ending milk refills, and her voice yelling "Papa" across the house. In her later years, Pauline found great joy in the simpler things like watching the birds and squirrels play in the backyard and sitting in the front window with John, their feet on each other's chairs. Visits from her family were always the highlight of her week and you were guaranteed a phone call from her shortly after arriving home thanking you for a wonderful time and reiterating how happy it had made her. Appreciating the simple things by in life and always telling your family how much you love them are two of the most important lessons Pauline has left us with. Many thanks to the staff of St. Mary's Hospital, Grand River Hospital, Warm Embrace Elder Care, and Hospice Waterloo Region for the compassionate care provided in Pauline's last weeks. A visitation has taken place at Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo on Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will take place in the chapel of the funeral home on Monday, April 8, 2024 (Today) at 10:30am. Followed by a reception in the Fireside Reception Room. Cremation will have taken place. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to Hospice Waterloo Region may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

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<![CDATA[MARY BEEMER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-beemer-1089542307<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully at Freeport Hospital, after suffering a fall at her residence at Winston Park Long Term Care, Kitchener. Mary was born 95 years ago in Millbank, Ontario, a daughter of the late James and Della Hewitt. Cherished and loving mother Tracey and her husband Jake Vandermolen, Tim Beemer and Kelly Blakeman and her partner Dusan Djordjic. Devoted grandmother of Jennifer and husband Matthew, Jaime, Matthew, Ryan, Shawn and Erika, great-grandmother of Landon, Chloe, Dominic, and Jordan. Mary is predeceased by her beloved husband John Beemer (1993), brothers Roy (Audrey), Melvin, and sister Margaret (Jack). Relatives and friends are invited to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, from 11am until the time of the funeral service at 12p.m. Rev Margaret Walker to officiate. Interment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery, Baden. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the KW Humane Society and can be done through the funeral home website. Personal condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-beemer-1089542307
<![CDATA[LYNN FORSYTHE BECKER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lynn-forsythe-becker-1089542308<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (283)

Passed away peacefully, with family by her side, on April 4, 2024 at University Hospital, in London, ON at the age of 74. Beloved wife of 12 years to Robert "Jeff" Giffels. Loving mother of Jennifer Forsythe (late Rick), Jeanette Forsythe (Mike), and Cindy Naylor. Step mother of Amy Smith (Steve), Shelley Weber (Mark). Grandmother of Coal, Piper, Mackenzie and Jordan. Dear sister of Ian Bruce (Patty), Wendy Mueller (Bernie), Lori Bruce (Scott Fairbairn), Nancy Reaume (John), Eric Bruce (Lisa), and Cameron Bruce (Marlene). Predeceased by her siblings Stewart (Cathy) and Keith Bruce. Lynn will be missed by her many beloved aunts, nieces and nephews. Thank you to the University Hospital, Sixth Floor ICU and Dr. Guo. Lynn's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Visitation will continue from 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Henry Walser Funeral Home. Memorial Service will take place in the Chapel at 10:30 AM. Reception will follow. Interment will be held at Parklawn Cemetery, 750 Fountain St N, Cambridge. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lynn-forsythe-becker-1089542308
<![CDATA[MARCELLA (ROTH) MARTIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marcella-martin-1089542322<![CDATA[

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Passed away suddenly at her home, Parkwood Retirement Suites, on April 4, 2024, 91 years of age. She was born in North Easthope Township to David and Sylvia Schwartzentruber. Marcella married Lester Roth in 1952. They operated a dairy farm near Millbank. After Lester's death in 1963, the family moved to Waterloo and she raised their three children. Marcella was employed at Wilfrid Laurier University in the library for many years. In 1982, she married Henry Martin and they enjoyed 31 wonderful years together and welcomed Henry's three daughters. Henry passed away in 2013. Predeceased by his daughters Nancy Snyder and Susan Martin. Marcella was a charter member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church. The church, along with the Parkwood retirement community, were very important parts of her life. Marcella touched so many lives during her lifetime. She will be remembered by many people in many different ways. Her open-minded nature and genuine interest in people made her a cherished friend to old and young. She was regarded by those who knew her as a woman with immense strength and integrity. Marcella found a balance between her adventurous spirit, with a touch of unassuming rebelliousness, and her practical and principled approach to life. She was not judgmental, was truly empathetic toward others and treated people with compassion and respect. Family was at the center of her life. She was a beloved figure in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, treating each as her own. Lovingly remembered by her children Gwen (Terry) Graber, Barry (Phyllis) Roth Chuck (Mary) Roth, Bob (Jane) Martin, Cindy (Greg) Curtis and her grandchildren Justin (Colene) Graber, Jonique (Nate) Yoder, Nicholas Roth (Alexia), Aislin Roth, Connor Roth, Alana Haggarty (Nesbitt), Lucas Martin, Ethan Curtis, Max Curtis and ten great-grandchildren. Survived by Marcella's siblings, David (Marion) Schwartzentruber, Marlene (Harold) Schultz, Orval Schwartzentruber (Caroline), Don (Maureen) Schwartzentruber. Also survived by brother-in-law Mervin (Gladys) Roth. Predeceased by brother Glenn and Katie Schwartzentruber. Marcella will be missed by many nieces and nephews.Visitation will be held at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo, on Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service. Interment will take place at Riverdale Mennonite Cemetery, Millbank Ontario.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marcella-martin-1089542322
<![CDATA[ISOBEL ELAINE SPAIN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/isobel-elaine-spain-1089542331<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Isobel (Izzie) Elaine Spain on April 4, 2024, peacefully at home, in her 94th year. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Pagett, her sister-in-law Laurine Ziegler and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband William Spain, parents Mesag and Aghavni Kirkorian, brothers George Kirkorian (Ann) and Richard Kirkorian (Gloria), sister Virginia Garraway (Harry) and brothers-in-law Robert Pagett and Wally Ziegler. A kind and loving person, Isobel was devoted to her family and friends, and cherished every moment spent in their company. Her open-heartedness and genuine love for people ensured that she was warmly embraced by all who crossed her path. Isobel's gracious and sweet spirit earned her the endearment of being a second mother to many. Her legacy of compassion and warmth will continue to inspire and uplift, a testament to the remarkable person that she was. A visitation will be held at Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, Cambridge, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at St. John's Anglican Church, 567 Queenston Road, Cambridge, at 1:00 p.m.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/isobel-elaine-spain-1089542331
<![CDATA[RUTH ISABEL PINZHOFFER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-isabel-pinzhoffer-1089542344<![CDATA[

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ruth Isabel Pinzhoffer (nee Kesselring), in Kitchener on Friday, April 5, 2024 at age 98. Ruth was predeceased by her husband Frank of 47 years and her six brothers and sisters. She was the loving mother of Pattie (Geoff) and Jane.Ruth was a spirited lady with a great sense of humour, who left a lasting impression on all who knew her. A memorial reception will take place in the Fireside Reception Room of the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 2-4 p.m. Cremation will have taken place, and a private family interment will be held at Bridgeport Memorial Cemetery.

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<![CDATA[VERONICA THOMAS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/veronica-thomas-1089542410<![CDATA[

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Veronica (Vera) Stewart Thomas, passed away peacefully, at the age of 96, in Cambridge, Ontario, on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Vera was predeceased by her husband, Roy; and her son, John; and survived by her daughter, Mary (David); daughter-in-law, Ingrid (Noel); her siblings, Eileen, Betty and Patricia; and extended family in Canada and Scotland. She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren, Megan (Ryan), Beth (Justin), John (Cara), Shauna, Emily, and Callum; and her great-grandchildren, Alice and Violet. Vera was born in Greenock, Scotland, on July 20, 1927 and immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties, where she met her husband, Roy. A fiercely proud Torontonian for over 50 years, she was an avid reader, a lover of fashion, and was deeply engaged in following current affairs. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. According to her wishes, a private family service has taken place.

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/veronica-thomas-1089542410
<![CDATA[GERALD GARLAND]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-garland-1089542416<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully with family by his side at Columbia Forest LTC on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of the late Sherrie (2013). Son of the late Marie and Bruce Garland. Loving brother of Judy Conrad. Uncle Jerry will be fondly remembered by Sherrie (Jack), Shelley, Laurie, Tracy (Chris) and by the rest of his extended family and friends. Jerry had an infectious personality whose positive outlook on life was visible to everyone who met him. He was proud of his local sports teams, loved the holidays and was a longtime fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Jerry retired from the KW Record where he made many friends. Jerry's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jen Sokolowsky officiating. Reception to follow. Interment Doon Presbyterian Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Parikh & the staff at Columbia Forrest LTC for their compassionate care of Jerry. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the House of Friendship or Cambridge & District Humane Society would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Sun, 7 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-garland-1089542416
<![CDATA[BARBARA ASHENHURST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-ashenhurst-1089398242<![CDATA[

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Two years have passedAnd we miss your presenceWhile treasuring your memory, We will love you alwaysWhile never forgetting youAs you will forever be in our hearts

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 22:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barbara-ashenhurst-1089398242
<![CDATA[DECARO, DEBORAH LYNN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/deborah-lynn-decaro-1089505243<![CDATA[

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I thought of youwith love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. All I have is memories, and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/deborah-lynn-decaro-1089505243
<![CDATA[KEVIN BRENNER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kevin-brenner-1089522634<![CDATA[

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In loving memory of a dear son and brother, who passed away so suddenly and tragically, 29 years ago, on April 7, 1995, at age 21 years. He had a nature you could not help lovingAnd a heart that was purer than gold And to those, who knew him and loved him, his memories will never grow cold.Just when his life was brightest,Just when his years were best,He was called from this worldTo a home of eternal rest.If we could have one lifetime wish,One dream that would come true,We would pray to God with all our hearts for yesterday and you.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kevin-brenner-1089522634
<![CDATA[FREDERICK P. STAHLBAUM]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/frederick-p-stahlbaum-1089531252<![CDATA[

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Frederick Percival Stahlbaum passed away peacefully at Guelph General Hospital on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at the age of 83. Fred was the beloved son of the late Frederick and Edna Stahlbaum (nee Cox) and a loving husband for over 51 years to Jean (nee Barclay). He is also survived by Kenny (Sue), Amber (Chris), Justin (Chelsea) and Drew and Waverly. He was a dear brother to Murray (Cheryl Plakholm), sister Jane Laur and sisters-in-law (Barbara) Jean Stahlbaum, Joyce Barclay, Helen Chester, Margaret Huntley, as well as several nieces and nephews. Also, cherished by John McKessock and many special friends. Predeceased by his sisters Joyce Sovari (Bill) Marilyn Brent (Doug), and brother Jim Stahlbaum. Mother-in-law Mary Barclay, brother-in-law Roland Laur and Bob Barclay and Dale Huntley. Sisters-in-law Cheryl Stahlbaum (Miller) and Heather Stahlbaum (Cherry). Fred was a Navy veteran and proudly served his country for five years. He was a longtime member of the Federation of Anglers and Hunters, a member of the Guelph Royal City Fishing Club, a member of the Hespeler Legion Branch 272, a board member for the Hespeler Heritage Centre, a member of The Wellington Stewardship and Mill Creek Watershed liaison, and a volunteer at St. Andrews Hespeler Presbyterian Church Thursday Night Social Dinners. Fred was a valued employee at General Electric/ABB in Guelph for 33 years until retirement. His commitment, kindness, and unwavering dedication to his community and nation will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. A celebration of Fred's life will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at the Hespeler Legion Branch 272, 26 Schofield St., Cambridge, Ontario, N3C 1Y3. The celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m., with a service in the hall at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred's memory may be made to the Poppy Fund c/o Hespeler Legion Branch 272, The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Hespeler Heritage Centre, or the Guelph General Hospital Emergency Department. Special thanks to Guelph General Hospital Emergency Department and Fifth Floor Staff.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/frederick-p-stahlbaum-1089531252
<![CDATA[MARY LONG]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-lang-1089531308<![CDATA[

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Mary Lang passed away peacefully at Edgewater Gardens, Dunnville, on Sunday March 31, 2024. She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Dorothy and Brent Biggar, her grandson Travis Biggar (Jenn Law), and her two great grandchildren, Ryder and Lawsyn. Mary will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her brother-in-law Al Lawrence from Roseville, California. She will also be missed by her niece, Linda Lawrence of Broomfield, Colorado, and her nephews Don (Mary Ann) Lawrence of New York City, Bob (Margaret) Lawrence of Grass Valley, California and Rick (Amy) Lawrence of Oregon City, Oregon. Mary was predeceased by her husband Howard Lang, her twin sister Florence Lawrence and her parents Frank and Dorothy Townsend. Mary was born in Montreal, Quebec on November 9, 1928. After attending business college in Montreal, she went on to work for Alcan until she married Howard in 1954. After their marriage they moved to Kitchener, Ontario. Over the years Mary was very involved with Girl Guides and CGIT. She was also very proud to have a life membership to Beta Sigma Phi. Mary's greatest joys were travelling and spending time at their cottage. Mary and Howard would spend the summer months at their cottage and would spend the month of May in California with her twin sister, brother-in-law and their family. These were special times for Howard and Mary. Mary was always knitting or crocheting. She loved doing crafts and took a great deal of pride in her work. She knit hats, gloves and mittens for local out of the cold programs in Kitchener. Mary's family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to everyone at Edgewater Gardens in Dunnville. She received exceptional care from all staff and her family is so grateful for the care she has received. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by her family. Arrangements entrusted to Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria St. N., Breslau, where a cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at a later date.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/mary-lang-1089531308
<![CDATA[MARGARET VIOLET FIDDES]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-violet-fiddes-1089534515<![CDATA[

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Sep 17, 1932 - Apr 6, 2022Dear Mum,Two years have passed since you left us. We miss you with every beat of our aching hearts. We are consoled by the bright and active life you lived, the love you gave during your time with us in this life and how you faced life's challenges without backing down. Continue to rest in peace, 'Lady Margaret'. Till we meet again. Your loving family

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-violet-fiddes-1089534515
<![CDATA[ANNE INNIS DAGG]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-innis-dagg-1089534658<![CDATA[

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Anne Innis Dagg (CM) on April 1, 2024 in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 91. Dr. Anne Innis Dagg was a pioneering zoologist, ground-breaking biologist, animal rights activist, feminist and professor. She earned her BA with Honours in Biology (1955) and her MA in Genetics (1956) at the University of Toronto as well as her PhD in Animal Behaviour (1967) at the University of Waterloo. Anne received worldwide recognition as the first western scientist to study giraffes in the wild in 1956. Her book Giraffe: Biology, Behaviour and Ecology (1976) is known as the bible of giraffes. The updated edition is still used by scientists to this day. She is the author of over 60 scientific papers and 26 books including, Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950's Adventure and The Fifty Per Cent Solution: Why Should Women Pay for Men's Culture?. Anne was appointed to the Order of Canada by the Governor General in 2019 and received an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, McMaster University and Mount Saint Vincent University. The incredible accomplishments and academic challenges in Anne's life are most brilliantly summarized in the award-winning documentary, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018), which brought her global attention as an advocate not only for giraffe conservation, but for gender equality in academia. Anne is remembered by her family, friends and colleagues for her unbreakable spirit, infectious laugh, and steadfast determination. In 2020, Anne established the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation with her daughter Mary to continue her passion for conservation of giraffe in the wild and support for the communities that surround them.In lieu of flowers, Anne has asked that people direct their donations to her foundation. As per Anne's wishes there will be no funeral but her cremated remains will be spread on the breeding grounds of her beloved giraffes when her daughter Mary returns to South Africa this summer.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-innis-dagg-1089534658
<![CDATA[MARIA JOANNA (JOANNE) SPENCER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-joanna-joanne-spencer-1089534684<![CDATA[

Maria Joanna (Joanne) Spencer (nee Fojcik) passed away at home, on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024, at the age of 98. Beloved mother of Gloria Faulkner (Roger) and Yvonne Pezzack (John-deceased). Loving grandmother of Chris (Debb), Jenny (Todd), Heather (Mark), Anne (Olivier) and Matthew. Proud great-grandmother of Spencer, William, Andrew, Anderson, Nicholas, Maverick, Isabelle, Maëlle, Malia, Arlo and Odin. Survived by her sister, Dr. Hilary Fojcik deAragon (José) and their sons, John (Anne) and Paul (Irene). Predeceased by her sister, Claire, and by her husband, Dr. Charles Spencer (1999).Joanne was born in Poland, and immigrated to Canada with her husband by way of England, British Guyana, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, finally settling in Kitchener-Waterloo in 1951. She was a remarkable woman who was grateful for her many blessings, especially her family, which she always put first. Her volunteer work over the years with St. Vincent de Paul, Meals on Wheels and Grand River Hospital and her many generous donations to various charities reflected her commitment to supporting those in need. Joanne appreciated classical music and volunteered countless hours over the years with the K-W Symphony Orchestra, especially the years when she was chair of the Women's Committee. Her favourite fundraiser was the Viennese Ball. Joanne's competitive spirit showed itself in the games she loved, namely badminton and tennis, which she played well into her senior years. She and her husband enjoyed travelling, the highlight being their world cruise on the Queen Elizabeth II. For many years they also took winter breaks at their condo in Freeport, Bahamas. Joanne had wonderful neighbours and we are very thankful for their friendship and support over the years. We are especially grateful to Diane Wilkinson, and the palliative care team, who made it possible for Joanne to remain at home until the end, as she had wished.Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Sunday, April 7, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Agnes Church, 75 Bluevale St. N, Waterloo, immediately followed by private inurnment at Parkview Cemetery. Everyone is invited to a reception at Joanne's house (nearby) beginning right after the Mass. Condolences for the family and donations to the Red Cross or Salvation Army would be appreciated and may be arranged at erbgood.com.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/maria-joanna-joanne-spencer-1089534684
<![CDATA[ALICE KINSIE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alice-kinsie-1089534821<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (296)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Nithview Long Term Care on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Alexander Kinsie (2015). Loving mother of Bob (Jane) Kinsie, Judy (Dan) Gingrich, Jennifer (Dominic) David and Patrick (Rhonda) Kinsie. Proud Grandma of Danielle (Alec), Jonathan (Kristy), Ben (Coral), Katie (Kyle), Marcus, Trevor (Grace), Lauren and Rebecca. Great-grandmother of Mackenzie, Parker and Elliott, Lucas and Bennett, and Rosie. Survived by her sister Wanda Litwiller, Wray Bender (Cathi), Paul Bender (Sherri), Grace Smith (Don) and sister in-law Frances Weber. Predeceased by parents Rachel and Milton Litwiller, brothers Newton (Nancy), Douglas (Ruby), Robert (Merna), sisters Lorna Brubacher (James), Carol Maltby (Clare), In-laws Archie Kinsie (Nellie) and Nyle Weber. Cremation to follow. Alice's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 and from 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral Service in the chapel on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. Those unable to attend may view Alice's service via the following live stream link:https://www.henrywalser.com/ live-streaming.Many thanks to the Nithview Long term care staff 2nd floor who so kindly and gently took care of our mother in her last days. Your kindness will not be forgotten. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the House of Friendship or Breslau Mennonite Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alice-kinsie-1089534821
<![CDATA[GERALD GARLAND]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-garland-1089535231<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (297)

assed away peacefully with family by his side at Columbia Forest LTC on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the age of 79. Beloved husband of the late Sherrie (2013). Son of the late Marie and Bruce Garland. Loving brother of Judy Conrad. Uncle Jerry will be fondly remembered by Sherrie (Jack), Shelley, Laurie, Tracy (Chris) and by the rest of his extended family and friends. Jerry had an infectious personality whose positive outlook on life was visible to everyone who met him. He was proud of his local sports teams, loved the holidays and was a longtime fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Jerry retired from the KW Record where he made many friends. Jerry's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Jen Sokolowsky officiating. Reception to follow. Interment Doon Presbyterian Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Parikh & the staff at Columbia Forrest LTC for their compassionate care of Jerry. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the House of Friendship or Cambridge & District Humane Society would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/gerald-garland-1089535231
<![CDATA[CONRAD HUTCHINSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/conrad-hutchinson-1089535244<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (298)

Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Tuesday February 27, 2024 at the age of 81 years, at Grand River Hospital- Freeport Campus in the City of Kitchener. Conrad was born and raised in South Porcupine, ON. He enjoyed the outdoors hiking in the bush, hunting small game, fishing, snowshoeing, target shooting, snowmobiling and driving the Argo. He was a skilled iron worker and welder, spending much of his career on different remote jobs, as well as in the mining industry. In his spare time, he liked working on vehicles and small engines. Conrad will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Hilary Hutchinson and Susan Steenson (Donald), his grandchildren Jessie and Jake Steenson, his brothers Jack, Robert, Paul (deceased) and David, his nephews Ryan (Jillian), Mark, Johnny (Christie) and Shawn, his nieces Sherry (Ken), Jamie and nephew Paul Jr. Many thanks to Dr. Spencer Ler and the caring staff at Freeport Palliative Care who created a warm environment and made Conrad's final days more comfortable. Also thanks to his family doctor, Dr. Quauum and her staff.Cremation took place on March 1, 2024. In keeping with Conrad's wishes, there will not be a formal service or celebration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grand River- Freeport Campus Palliative Care as expressions sympathy.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/conrad-hutchinson-1089535244
<![CDATA[SUSAN DIETRICH]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/susan-dietrich-1089535275<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (299)

If we could visit heaven,even for a day,maybe for a momentThe pain would go away.I'd put my arms around you,and whisper words so true,that living life without youis the hardest thing to do.No matter how we spend our days,no mater what we do,no morning dawns or evening fallswhen we don't think of you.From Joan and Family

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/susan-dietrich-1089535275
<![CDATA[CHRISTINE BARTLEY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/christine-bartley-1089537812<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (300)

In loving memory of our mother, Christine Margaret Bartley, who passed away on April 2nd, in Kitchener. Christine was predeceased by her parents, Ian and Kathleen McColl; and her husband, Jack, loving mother of Sarah and Ian. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.A woman of strong faith, she was a kind, caring and giving person, who adored her family and gave her life in service of others, as a nurse. She will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.Visitation will be held at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, on April 15th, from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Calvary Kitchener Church, on April 16th at 1 p.m., followed by interment and reception.Mom, you will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you. We love you so much. Rest in Peace.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/christine-bartley-1089537812
<![CDATA[KEVIN STOESER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kevin-stoeser-1089537708<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (301)

November 29, 1988 - April 9, 2011 Loving you forever,Remembering you always andThinking of you every day. - Love, Mom and Dad

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/kevin-stoeser-1089537708
<![CDATA[RYAN WHEELER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryan-wheeler-1089537793<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (302)

On January 20, 2024, surrounded by his family, our son, Ryan Guy Nicholson Wheeler, passed away at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Ryan was born on February 3, 1996, at the same hospital. He was 27 years old. Ryan was much loved and will be forever missed by his parents, Guy and Brenda (née Nicholson) Wheeler, who raised their three children on William Street in Waterloo, and now reside in Kincardine. He is also truly missed by his older brother, Robyn (Bryann) and sisters Rachael (Marina) and Florence (Matt) Pickoski, one niece, Kayla and one wee nephew, Bowen. Ryan was very lucky to have been surrounded by the love of many aunts and uncles from Waterloo, Kincardine and the Ottawa Valley, and to have grown up alongside his many cousins, who have fond memories of "the good old days." Ryan has joined both sets of his grandparents, as well as his uncle Delburn and auntie Lila Wheeler and his aunt Marion (née Nicholson) Emmerton. He has left a hole in the hearts of his many friends, young and old, that he met along his short journey. We would like to thank Stefanie Krug for "being there" for Ryan and the Staff at The House of Friendship in Waterloo. Ryan's life will be celebrated at a later date in Kincardine. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the House of Friendship - Shelter Care in Ryan's memory."Your wings were ready, but my heart was not."

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ryan-wheeler-1089537793
<![CDATA[OTTMAN, SHIRLEY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-ottman-1089537798<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (303)

Shirley Ottman (nee Abernethy), age 95, of Cambridge, Ontario, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Predeceased by her parents, Russell Abernethy (1952), Helen Abernethy (nee Trull) (1988); husband, Roy (2003); son, Rodney (2004); sister, Gloria Hall (2010); brother-in-law, Don Hall (2009); and sister-in-law, Barbara Abernethy (1998). Survived by her brother, Russell Abernethy (Linda); and many nieces and nephews.Shirley will be remembered for her lively and spirited nature, as well as her love of jazz music, and treats from Reid's Chocolates.The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Queen's Square Retirement Home, Cambridge Memorial Hospital and Lisaard House Hospice for the kindness and support shown to Shirley.As an expression of sympathy, donations to Lisaard & Innisfree Hospice would be greatly appreciated.A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/shirley-ottman-1089537798
<![CDATA[DR. MARK MITCHELL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dr-mark-mitchell-1089538343<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (304)

Peacefully passed away on April 3, 2024, with his loving wife Karen by his side at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.Mark was born on November 3, 1962, to Andrea and Tom Mitchell at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. After graduating from Southwood Secondary School, he went on to graduate from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree followed by a four-year degree at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, graduating in 1989. That same year he opened his practice of 34 years serving his hometown community of Galt and surrounding areas as well as people who travelled from many other cities for his highly skilled adjustments. He was a very special, giving, serving man.Mark was a man with many passions. Family first, including pets here and gone, friends, Chiropractic, travel, football, hockey, baseball, working towards a blackbelt in Taekwondo, cycling, exercise, health and wellness of the body and mind, languages, world culture, historical movies and books, religion, and politics. He could be found washing the cars on Saturday mornings with his best canine friend by his side (training from his high school job at Littles Funeral Home), a fresh cut lawn followed by a craft beer or two then a dip in the pool in his backyard oasis. He was a teacher at heart and could tell a story like no other. He would have you laughing until your sides hurt.He was a man who had the ability to never make a person feel less than, no matter their background, race, or income. You felt equal in his presence regardless of where or who you were. Mark was a gift to this world, and he will be missed greatly by all that loved him. He will be held deep in their hearts, never to be forgotten.Mark is survived by his loving wife Karen (Morris), his daughter Alissa (Jooha) of Seoul, South Korea, his son Connor (Peyton) of Houston, Texas, his best pup Alfie, his father Tom Mitchell of Cambridge, mother-in-law and father-in-law Shirley and Bill Morris of Kitchener, brother-in-law Dave Morris of Kitchener, brother-in-law Randy Morris of Ottawa, and niece Michaela Mitchell (James) of London. Mark is predeceased by his mother Andrea Mitchell (d.2021) and his brother Alex Mitchell (d.2013).Visitation to take place at Coutts Funeral Home, 96 St. Andrews St., Cambridge, Ontario on Thursday, April 11th at 2-4pm and 6-8pm. There will be an hour of visitation on Friday, April 12th from 10am to 11am. Memorial service at 11am with Reception to follow.If desired donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dr-mark-mitchell-1089538343
<![CDATA[DOREEN WEST]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doreen-west-1089537948<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (305)

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Doreen West (nee Bauman) of St. Jacobs on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Doreen, affectionately called "DeDe," was deeply loved and respected by her husband, Robert (Bob) West, and they were looking forward to celebrating 64 years of marriage this coming November. She will also be missed dearly by her little white dog, Abbie. Doreen is survived by her brother Murray Bauman and her sister-in-law Joan (Joanie) Hazelwood. She was a special aunt to all of her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Ion and Ina Bauman, brothers Gerry and Glenn, parents-in-law Harold and Elsie Westenhoefer, and sisters-in-law Audrey, Mary, Carol and Shirley. Together, Doreen and Bob started West Custom Finishing, a very successful business that was finally sold to Westex Coatings. Shortly thereafter, they again proudly started Bo-De Foods and Bo-De Greenhouses. Bo-De Lane was named as a tribute to their enterprise's popularity. Doreen will also be remembered fondly and sincerely missed by so many close friends. Visitation will take place at Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville Rd., St. Jacobs, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., with the funeral service to follow in the sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. For those unable to attend the service in person, a livestream link will be available on Doreen's tribute page at www.erbgood.com . A reception will follow in the church hall. In Doreen's memory, donations would be appreciated to St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation - Cardiac Unit, or a charity of your choice, and may be arranged through Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/doreen-west-1089537948
<![CDATA[RUTH (NEE MACGILLIVRAY) BUCHMEIER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-nee-macgillivray-buchmeier-1089537974<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (306)

It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of their beloved Mother and Grandmother, Ruth Noreen Buchmeier, at the age of 86. On Thursday, April 4, 2024, at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, she entered into the presence of her Lord and Saviour. Ruth was a resident of the Court at Laurelwood in Waterloo, and formerly of Lucknow. She was predeceased by her best friend and husband of 57 years, Ray (2019). Survived by her loving, close knit family; mother to Carol and Bruce MacIntyre, adoring grandma to Janessa and Nathan Bauman, Jonathan and Rebecca MacIntyre. Also missed by five great-grandchildren who deeply loved their "G.G." Blakely and Brooks Bauman; and Harrison, Sullivan and Duncan MacIntyre. Ruth is remembered by her brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by her friends at the Court at Laurelwood. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Interment will take place in South Kinloss Presbyterian Cemetery, Lucknow. Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the South Kinloss Presbyterian Church or Woolwich Counselling Centre would be appreciated and can be made through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ruth-nee-macgillivray-buchmeier-1089537974
<![CDATA[HOPPE, RONALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-hoppe-1089537975<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (307)

Passed away peacefully due to complications from diabetes on Thursday morning, April 4th, at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener. Beloved son of Andraya and Jeffrey Hoppe, cherished brother of Alexander (Christine). He is fondly remembered by his aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ron was born in Fergus, Ontario, on July 9, 1972, and grew up mainly in the Kitchener Waterloo area. He was very creative, publishing two comics by the age of 20. Ron attended Sheridan College in the Arts program. He worked in the entertainment industry for most of his adult life. He organized and worked at many events/conventions, including Anime North and local Zombie Walks, and founded Kitchener Comic Con. Friends are invited to share their memories of Ron with his family during visitation at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467, on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Diabetes Canada would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ronald-hoppe-1089537975
<![CDATA[BERYL NICHOLSON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/beryl-nicholson-1089537989<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (308)

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Beryl, she passed away peacefully at the age of 91. Predeceased by her husband Peter. Cherished Mother of; Bryan (Nancie), Scott (Debbie), David (Claudia), Janet (John), Paula. Proud Grandmother of; Sandra, Craig, Ashleigh, Michael, Shane, Thomas, Krista, Peter, Isaac, Bailey, Blair. Great-grandmother to Sophie, Spencer, Makayla, Charlotte, Ryleigh, Max, Lucas, Aiden, Alexei, Rosie. She will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. She is survived by and will be missed by her companion of many years Robert Hooker. Private cremation has taken place and graveside interment in Nestleton, Ontario to be scheduled.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/beryl-nicholson-1089537989
<![CDATA[TSILOGIANNIS, HARALABOS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/haralabos-tsilogiannis-1089538005<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (309)

Passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 exactly 13 years after his beloved wife Stamatina. Loving father of John (Kristen), Georgina Cerisano (Frank). Dear Pappou to Alexis Stamatina, Bobby, Sophia and Rocco. Bob will be missed and remembered by his sisters Eleni, Zoe, and brothers Demitri (Amalia), Lakis (Georgina), the late Kostas (and his surviving wife Tasoula). Haralabos was a fun loving, full of life and well known in the community and will be missed by many. Bob's family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener. Trisagion 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening. The Funeral service will take place at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 8, 2024 at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 527 Bridgeport Road, Kitchener. Interment Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo from 11:45 - 12:15. As experssions of sympathy, donations to Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church would be appreciated by the family. Cards may be placed by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/haralabos-tsilogiannis-1089538005
<![CDATA[KREUTZKAMP, ROWAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rowan-kreutzkamp-1089538123<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (310)

Passed away on March 28, 2024 at his home in St. Clements in the loving arms of his parents. Dearly missed by his parents Myles and Katie Kreutzkamp, his sister Violet Kreutzkamp and his grandparents, Dan and Debbie Kreutzkamp, Lisa and Paul Robinson and Shane Schedler. Rowan is a also missed by his Uncle Ryan and Aunt Kasia Kreutzkamp and Uncle Zak Schedler. Rowan was born 9 weeks early at GRH, ready to be cherished and loved by his family and friends. Before he came home, Rowan spent some time at Sunnybrook before he came back to the NICU at Grand River Hospital. Rowan spent most of his days being snuggled and loved deeply by his Mom, Dad and big sister. Rowan's family welcomes family and friends to join them at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 at 1:00pm for a memorial service to honour Rowan. If you are unable to join Rowan's family in person you are invited to view his service via livetream on the funeral home website www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming.As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Neonatal intensive Care Unit would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rowan-kreutzkamp-1089538123
<![CDATA[GLENN, MARIANNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marianne-glenn-1089538295<![CDATA[

Marianne Glenn passed away on April 4, 2024, at Nithview in New Hamburg, Ontario. She was born on December 7, 1957, in Toronto, and was the beloved daughter of John and Rhea Van Bolhuis. She is survived by her children John and Amber Glenn, her sibling Hank Van Bolhuis, and her grandchildren Dana and Sarah Schoenemann. We honor Marianne Glenn for her kindness and generosity. May she rest in peace, cherished by many.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marianne-glenn-1089538295
<![CDATA[DIETRICH, MARIAN JEAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marian-jean-dietrich-1089538303<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener. Marian was born 100 years ago in Kitchener, Ontario, and was a resident of the Morningside Community, New Hamburg.Cherished and loving mother of Linda and partner, Alan Cook and Maureen and husband, Jerry Kappus. She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Devin (Gemma), Nicole (Scott Reid), Amy Kappus (Alexandre Brilhante) and Melanie Kappus. Devoted great-grandmother of Sullivan, Maclan and Sienna. Marian is survived by her sister, Anne and Mike Hammer. She is also survived by sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Grace, Gloria, Mary, Vern, and Carol as well as by her many nieces and nephews.Predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years Gordon Dietrich, Father, Malcolm Brown; Mother Cecilia Zimmerman; Stepmother, Christina Stephen; her siblings, Don (Marian), Maxine (Paul), Dorothy (George), Kenneth, Bruce, Gary and by Gordons siblings, Harold (Audrey), Clare (Olive), Alf (Loreen), Howie, Clayton, Lorraine (Elmer), Rita, Carl (Evelyn), Eddie (Shirley), Wilfred (Ellen), Hubert (Rosie) and Peter (Pat) and by Gordon's brother-in-law, Vic.The family would like to thank the staff at both Beechwood Manor and Sunnyside Home for their kind and compassionate care shown to both Marian and her family.A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish, New Hamburg. Father Robert Love to officiate. Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery with a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg.As expressions of sympathy, donations would be accepted to the Wilmot Family Resource Centre (Food Bank) and can be done through the funeral home.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/marian-jean-dietrich-1089538303
<![CDATA[VERONICA THOMAS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/veronica-thomas-1089538338<![CDATA[

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Veronica (Vera) Stewart Thomas, passed away peacefully, at the age of 96, in Cambridge, Ontario, on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Vera was predeceased by her husband, Roy; and her son, John; and survived by her daughter, Mary (David); daughter-in-law, Ingrid (Noel); her siblings, Eileen, Betty and Patricia; and extended family in Canada and Scotland. She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren, Megan (Ryan), Beth (Justin), John (Cara), Shauna, Emily, and Callum; and her great-grandchildren, Alice and Violet. Vera was born in Greenock, Scotland, on July 20, 1927 and immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties, where she met her husband, Roy. A fiercely proud Torontonian for over 50 years, she was an avid reader, a lover of fashion, and was deeply engaged in following current affairs. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. According to her wishes, a private family service has taken place.

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Fri, 5 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/veronica-thomas-1089538338
<![CDATA[LOIS MACDONALD]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lois-macdonald-1089523429<![CDATA[

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With tears of sadness and sincere feeling of loss, the family of Lois Ruth Macdonald, announces her peaceful passing on March 29, 2024, in her 98th year surrounded by loving family and friends. Lois is predeceased by her cherished husband, Charlie. Loving Mother of Catharine (Glenn), Brenda (Laurence), Donald (Eileen) and Janice (David). Also grieving Lois's passing are her nine grandchildren: Sergei and Anna Van Hardeveld, Jon and Fiona (Patrick) Tyler, Glen (Bethany), Ian (Eilidh), and Neil (Sarah) Macdonald, Sean (Halie) and Aidan Robinson, and her five great-grandchildren, Isla, Eden Grey, Finlay and Ramsay. A loving, caring, intelligent and beautiful person, Lois was dedicated to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Born in Ottawa, Lois graduated high school with Honors. She began her professional career as the Private Secretary to the British High Commissioner in 1944 at the age of seventeen. Lois attended the Second Quebec Conference as his Secretary in Quebec City where she met Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Alice and Clementine Churchill during the conference. Several years later Lois married Charles Donald Gordon Macdonald on June 21, 1952. She was the Mother of four children, Catharine, Brenda, Donald and Janice. Lois and Charles raised their family starting in Ottawa, then Hamilton, Brantford, London and finally in Kitchener as Charles's professional Management career took the family to various cities in Ontario. Lois's dedication to her family and husband was given with joy and heartfelt Motherly love. Lois acquired her Grade 8 in piano and became a piano teacher in her later years. Lois and Charlie chose to build a solar house in the country near Ayr on 98 acres. Their new life together on the farm started in 1979 and they enjoyed the farm for many decades until they decided to move back to Kitchener for health reasons in their later years. Lois and Charlie were also long-term members of the Ancient Mariners Canoe Club (Cambridge, ON). This provided them many years of fellowship and outdoor recreation. Lois was diagnosed with dementia in 2017 and subsequently also had major back surgery. Although Charlie tried to support Lois and care for her at home, the burden of care was too great and Lois took residence in a Long Term Care home. Charlie then devoted every day to being with Lois over the last many years until his passing on February 18, 2022.Through their loving generosity they created "The Lois and Charles Macdonald Music Bursary" to support students in the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. Lois's family will receive relatives and friends from 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519) 749-8467. A Celebration of Lois's Life will be held in the Chapel on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Those unable to attend may view the service via the following live stream link: https://www.henrywalser.com/ live-streaming The family would be grateful for any thoughts, memories or comments relating to Lois. These can be shared through the Henry Walser memorial website www.henrywalser.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to "The Lois and Charles Macdonald Music Bursary", Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University through https://give/wlu.ca/macdonald

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Thu, 4 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lois-macdonald-1089523429
<![CDATA[EDWARD B.SC., M.A., B.ED.]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-b-sc-m-a-b-ed-sommerville-1089531387<![CDATA[

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May 1, 1940 - Mar 28, 2024Edward Sommerville, affectionately known as Ed, of Waterloo, ON, passed away on March 28, 2024, at Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, ON, after a short illness.Ed was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Thomas and Jessie Sommerville. In 1962, after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Geography, he moved to Oakland County, Michigan, where he embarked on a career as an Urban and Regional Planner.In 1966, he moved to Ontario to work for Ontario's Department of Municipal Affairs. Ed transitioned into an academic and teaching career shortly thereafter, at the University of Waterloo, in the Department of Geography.In 1984, Ed changed course, earning a B.Ed. from Western University and accepting a teaching position at St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Breslau, Ontario. Ed was a much-loved and influential educator and coach, teaching Humanities and Social Science at the high school level, as well as sharing his love for soccer, or as he would say, "football".After retiring from SJK in 2001, Ed continued his vocation as an educator, by developing and teaching courses at VHS - the Virtual High School, based in Bayfield, ON.Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Bracebridge, ON; his sister, Catherine Castle, and extended family of Warwickshire in the United Kingdom; as well as by many cousins and friends in the UK, USA and Canada.A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to St. John's-Kilmarnock School, or to St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Elora, two organizations close to Ed's heart, may be arranged through Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.Edward Sommerville will be dearly missed, remembered for his intellect, passion for teaching, and the profound impact that he had on the lives that he touched. May he rest in peace."Fois dhut"

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Thu, 4 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-b-sc-m-a-b-ed-sommerville-1089531387
<![CDATA[EDWARD B.SC., M.A., B.ED. SOMMERVILLE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-b-sc-m-a-b-ed-sommerville-1089531418<![CDATA[

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Edward Sommerville, affectionately known as Ed, of Waterloo, ON, passed away on March 28, 2024, at Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, ON, after a short illness.Ed was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Thomas and Jessie Sommerville. In 1962, after graduating from the University of Glasgow with an honours degree in Geography, he moved to Oakland County, Michigan, where he embarked on a career as an Urban and Regional Planner.In 1966, he moved to Ontario to work for Ontario's Department of Municipal Affairs. Ed transitioned into an academic and teaching career shortly thereafter, at the University of Waterloo, in the Department of Geography.In 1984, Ed changed course, earning a B.Ed. from Western University and accepting a teaching position at St. John's-Kilmarnock School, in Breslau, Ontario. Ed was a much-loved and influential educator and coach, teaching Humanities and Social Science at the high school level, as well as sharing his love for soccer, or as he would say, "football".After retiring from SJK in 2001, Ed continued his vocation as an educator, by developing and teaching courses at VHS - the Virtual High School, based in Bayfield, ON.Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Bracebridge, ON; his sister, Catherine Castle; and extended family of Warwickshire in the United Kingdom; as well as by many cousins and friends in the UK, USA and Canada.A Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to St. John's-Kilmarnock School, or to St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Elora, two organizations close to Ed's heart, may be arranged through Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.Edward Sommerville will be dearly missed, remembered for his intellect, passion for teaching, and the profound impact that he had on the lives that he touched. May he rest in peace.

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Thu, 4 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/edward-b-sc-m-a-b-ed-sommerville-1089531418
<![CDATA[KATHERINE (RUPPERT) KRASOVEC]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/katherine-ruppert-krasovec-1089535168<![CDATA[

<![CDATA[KWC/Guelph Obits: All Categories]]> (316)

Katherine (Kathy) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Grand River Hospital in her 82nd year. Cherished mom of Evelyn Whigham (Tim Wadman) of Kitchener, Tony (Marty) of Kitchener, Rod (Samantha) of Crystal Beach. Beloved sister of Esther Censner (Allen); and sister-in-law of Joyce Ruppert. Loving grandma to Jamie (Jay Shaughnessy), Melissa, Zack (Janessa), Cam, Mitchell, Maxim, Jake, Josh, Rachel and Tyler; and great-grandma to Allianna, Braelyn and Hadley. Fondly remembered by her dear cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her son, Allan; daughter-in-law, Michelle; brother, John; and her parents, John and Katherine Ruppert. Many thanks to the palliative care team, ER and 5th floor nursing staff at Grand River Hospital for their compassionate care. Mom was born in Szarazd, Hungary and settled in Riedlingen, Germany, after the war in 1949, before immigrating to Canada with her family in 1952. She first lived in Simcoe, and moved to Kitchener in 1956. After she was married, they moved to Elmira in 1966, where she lived for 50 years, until moving back to Kitchener, where she recently resided at Lanark Heights Long Term Care. Fondly known as Mrs. "K" as she cycled around Elmira on her blue bicycle in her younger years, she always stopped to talk to everyone who knew her. Mom was the most loving, supportive, kind and giving person, and she cherished spending time with her family. When we were growing up, mom always welcomed our friends into our home and thoroughly enjoyed socializing. She loved hosting many wedding and baby showers, bible studies, and simply loved interacting with people. We will miss her smiling face and we will hold her in our hearts forever. Funeral arrangements are pending, and will be published in the Record when finalized. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society through the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

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Thu, 4 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/katherine-ruppert-krasovec-1089535168
<![CDATA[JOYCE HELEN MITTLEHOLTZ]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joyce-helen-mittleholtz-1089527819<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully, at Forest Heights LTC, on Monday, April 1, 2024, at age 86.Dear sister of the late Bob Mittleholtz (Erna) of Kitchener, the late Jean Seaton (the late Douglas) of Cambridge, Ross Mittleholtz (the late Lorraine) of Cambridge, Roy Mittleholtz (Linda) of Kitchener and the late Billy Mittleholtz. She was predeceased by her parents, Russel and Adele Mittleholtz; and by her partner, Robert Graf. She will be dearly missed by her many nieces and nephews.Special thanks to Forest Heights LTC, for the wonderful care and compassion Joyce received while she was in their care.Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 12-12:45 p.m. The Funeral Service will take place in the chapel of the funeral home at 1 p.m. Followed by an interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo.In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to a charity of choice, may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joyce-helen-mittleholtz-1089527819
<![CDATA[JOSEPH WALESA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joseph-walesa-1089530538<![CDATA[

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With great sadness we announce the passing of Joseph Michael Walesa born 02/14/1954, died 04/01/2024. Joseph Michael Walesa passed in his home surrounded by his family, daughter Susan Walesa Dylik, her husband Jack Dylik, his Granddaughter Lillian, his ex-wife Mariola, plus his brother Bob and his wife. Daughter Eva Ann Walesa, along with his brothers, parents and his Goddaughter have preceded Joseph. Joseph was a loving Father to his surviving daughter Susan and Granddaughter Lillian. Joseph had friends and family in Poland and Canada and will be greatly missed by all. There will be no viewing, He will have a private cremation service at a Woodland Cemetery in London Ontario. Prayers are appreciated. Donations of your wishes can be made to the Lung and Brain Cancer Association or an Academic fund for Lillian please E-Transfer to lillydylik@yahoo.com. Thank you to all in advance.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joseph-walesa-1089530538
<![CDATA[CARL SCHROEDER,]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/carl-schroeder-1089530727<![CDATA[

Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at St. Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener. Carl was born 95 years ago in Cambridge, Ontario, a son of the late Ferdinand and Freda Schroeder. Loving father of Mark Schroeder and wife Liz of Waterdown, David Schroeder and partner Kelly Shewan of Port Stanley, and John Schroeder of Port Rowan. Devoted grandfather of Brodie Schroeder, Todd Schroeder and wife Jenny, Helen Schroeder, Carl Schroeder and partner Kiley Jablonski. Proud great-grandfather of Deagan and Dylan Schroeder. Carl will be missed by sister, Lorna Struthers as well as by many nieces, nephews, and extended families. Predeceased by his beloved wife Lorraine (Bingeman) Schroeder (July 13, 2010), brothers, sisters and in-laws; Harold Schroeder, Morris and wife Evelyn Schroeder, Beulah and husband Lorne Grube, Norma and husband Robert Robichaud, and Harold Struthers. Carl was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hamburg. He had a great passion for the outdoors and wood working. Carl was an avid golfer and would be found on the course as often as possible. Relatives and friends are invited to a gathering in celebration of Carl's life on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home's reception room. Refreshments will be served. Please enter through the basem*nt doors at the garage. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg, for family members and relatives at 11:00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations would be accepted to the St. Mary's General Hospital Foundation - Cardiac Unit and can be done through the funeral home website.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/carl-schroeder-1089530727
<![CDATA[PHILIP MARION]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/philip-marion-1089531190<![CDATA[

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Passed away in the privacy of his own home, on April 1, 2024, at the age of 63. Philip was born in Kitchener on October 4, 1960. Was one of the middle children in a family of nine. He enjoyed working with his hands and being outdoors. He will be remembered for his love of camping, cars, woodworking, gardening, and animals, especially his cats. Survived by his partner, Sarah Farrow and separated spouse, Anne Marion. Father of Heather Cain (Steven), James Marion (Tania), Bethany Clark (Josh), Kelsey Marion, and Sophie Farrow-Marion. Grandfather of Ava and Emma Marion and Elijah and Noah Clark. Much loved brother of Theresa Markus, Eugene (Carol), Mary (Victor) Ostrowski, Louis (BJ), Louise Gomboc (Dave), Rose Syroid (William) and Emil. Reunited in heaven with parents, Patricia and Nolin Marion; brother, Joseph; and brother-in-law, Adri Markus. Family and friends will be received at the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington St. S., St. Marys, on Friday, Apr. 5th, from 6 - 8 p.m. The Funeral Service will be conducted at HOLY NAME OF MARY PARISH, 149 King Street North, St. Marys, entrance off Peel Street on Saturday, Apr 6th, 2024, at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow according to his wishes. If desired, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Visit www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca to share your memories.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/philip-marion-1089531190
<![CDATA[BARRY PARKER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barry-parker-1089531241<![CDATA[

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Jun 3, 1942 - Mar 30, 2024It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Barry David Parker of Guelph, Ontario on Saturday March 30, 2024, at Guelph General Hospital in is 82nd year. Barry was a cherished father to his three daughters, Pam, Gillian and Meaghan (Rob), Barry was a proud grandfather to nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Rodney and survived by his sister, Sheila.Barry was born June 3, 1942, in wartime England and immigrated to Canada in 1951, Barry was an avid car lover and backpacked through Europe and Ireland as well as Canada's east coast. Later he became a member of the comedy team Suns of Beaches. He fell in love with the game of lawn bowling and was an active member of the Kitchener Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club during the summer months and coordinated many months of indoor lawn bowling during the winter months.Cremation by Passages Cremation & Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Arthritis Society.A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday June 2nd at the Shakespeare Arms located in Guelph from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/barry-parker-1089531241
<![CDATA[ESTHER PRIESTLY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-priestly-1089531200<![CDATA[

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Peacefully surrounded by family at the Rotary Hospice Stratford, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at the age of 105 years. Predeceased by her husband Howard Doering (1978) and Bill Priestly (2008). Loving mother of Barbara Green and her husband Doug MacDougald. Dear grandmother of Lisa Lavender (Chris), Darrell Green (Tarra), Blaine MacDougald (Alison) and Clayton MacDougald (Justina). She will be sadly missed by her 8 great-grandchildren as well as her friends and staff at McCarthy Place in Stratford. Predeceased by her parents John and Almina Hohl, her sister Norma Doering (Earl) and her son-in law Don Green. Esther was an active member of the Wellesley community for most of her life. One might think that the death of a 105 year old would not come as a shock, but with every birthday Esther enjoyed, the more it seemed like the birthdays would just keep coming! Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3620 Nafziger Road, Wellesley from 10 a.m. till time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Andy Schroth officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth (RotaryHospice.ca) or First St. Paul's Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/esther-priestly-1089531200
<![CDATA[LYCHWA, ALEXANDER GEORGE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alexander-george-lychwa-1089531204<![CDATA[

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Alex 'Olie' Lychwa, formerly of Clifford and Guelph, passed away in Fergus, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the age of 75.Born in Salzburg, Austria on February 3, 1949, Alex emigrated to Canada as an infant with his Ukrainian parents, John and Stephania (Pysarchuk) Lychwa. Father to Andrew (Liz), George (Luanne), Rebecca (Rob), and Amy (Grant), and stepfather to Timothy Walker. Proud 'Dido' to Ava Peseski and Amelia Lychwa. Alex was predeceased by his long-time partner, Colleen Walker and her son, Sean Walker.Alex is survived by his sisters, Irene Hearn (Gary), Donna Lychwa (Rob Simpson), and Sandra Phillips (Michael). Uncle Olie will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.As a long-distance trucker and mechanic by trade, he enjoyed many long-distance adventures through Canada and the United States. He was most proud to finally own his own company "Silvercreek Transport' in Teviotdale, along with his partner, Colleen.Alex committed many years to AA programs in the Guelph and Hanover area, sponsoring many friends in their journeys. Since his cancer diagnosis in 2018, his caregivers at Caressant Care Retirement Home have provided a "quality of life", for which we are very grateful. Special thanks to Densie, Ellie and Barb at CCF, and to the palliative care team at Groves Memorial Hospital.A Celebration of Alex's Life will be held at Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston on Sunday, May 5, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., with words of Remembrance at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Guelph, Ukrainian Refugee Fund would be appreciated, and may be made at https://sapcguelph.churchcenter.com/giving/to/refugee-sponsorship.Throughout his journey, Alex found immense joy in the simple pleasures that brought him happiness: sitting in his rocking chair at his Clifford home, enjoying the view, and more recently, his unwavering love for Pepsi and creamhorns. Raise a glass of Pepsi in his honour and to remember."Little things I should have said and done,I just never took the time.But you were always on my mind." (Willie Nelson)Rest in peace Olie.Online condolences may be left at www.hardyleefuneralhome.com

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alexander-george-lychwa-1089531204
<![CDATA[JOAO LUIS PEREIRA DE MATOS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joao-luis-pereira-de-matos-1089531393<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully with his sons by his side at Grand River Hospital on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Isaura (1986). Loving father of Manny (Neav), Joe (Karen) and the late Maria. Proud Avo of Stephanie (James), Daniel, Zachary and James. Fondly remembered by his surviving brothers and sisters, and by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Dad loved hunting and the outdoors. His presence will now be felt in the land that grows his beloved grapes. Joao's family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519) 749-8467. Funeral Mass at St. Anne's RC Church, 268 East Ave, on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Interment Williamsburg Cemetery.

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Wed, 3 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joao-luis-pereira-de-matos-1089531393
<![CDATA[ERNEST RINGER]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ernest-ringer-1089526939<![CDATA[

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Ernest, we will never forget your smile that would light up any room. You are missed by many.

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/ernest-ringer-1089526939
<![CDATA[PARENT, LEON]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/leon-parent-1089520941<![CDATA[

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Parent, Leon Raymond Joseph passed away peacefully, on March 28, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario. Beloved husband of Darlene (Larabee) with whom he shared over 60 years of marriage. Proud father of Leon Jr. (Sylvie), Todd and Dawn Noel (Joel). Adored grandfather of Katherine, Paul, Nicole Pejicic (Srdjan), Alexandra Kay, Caroline, Julia and Michael. Great-grandfather to Milica. Leon's family would like to thank the entire 4th floor staff at St. Mary's for their exceptional care. The family will be receiving friends and relatives from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. Prayers to begin 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2024 at St. Louis R.C. Church, 43 Allen St. E., Waterloo. As expression of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's Tiny Homes Takeout would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/leon-parent-1089520941
<![CDATA[ALICE HENDEL]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alice-hendel-1089527286<![CDATA[

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Grandmothers are like stars, shining down on us with love and wisdom from above. Even though you may be gone, your light continues to guide us.

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/alice-hendel-1089527286
<![CDATA[ROBERT STILLAR]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-stillar-1089522953<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert Stillar at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 29th. Robert is survived by his wife Kathleen, son Todd (Deb), grandson Andrew, granddaughter Brooklin, nieces Kim and Karen. Predeceased by his parents Muriel and Edmund Stillar, and sister Dorothy. Bob worked for 30 years at Budd Automotive as a Quality Control Auditor. Interment will take place at New Hope Cemetery in Hespeler with family. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cambridge Humane Society would be greatly appreciated. Bob's love for dogs was legendary and friends who knew him well, always expressed the desire to come back as one of "Bob's Dogs."

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/robert-stillar-1089522953
<![CDATA[JOAN LUERY (PATRICK) JOAN LUERY (PATRICK)]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joan-luery-patrick-joan-luery-patrick-1089527037<![CDATA[

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Entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Bankside Retirement Home in Kitchener, in her 93rd year. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Douglas Luery, for over 63 years. Cherished mother to Chris and his wife Pauline, and Mark and his wife Melissa. Dear grandmother of Celeste, Monique, and Craig Luery and Kyle and Karissa Thomas. Joan was predeceased by her parents, John and Mabel Patrick (McCallum). Sister of Jake Patrick, Arlene LaFontaine, Marjorie Johnson, Judy Harris and the late Wayne Patrick. Joan will be dearly missed by those who loved her but will be happy to be reunited with her loving husband and best friend, Doug. Special thanks to the Telfer family for their love and care, great neighbours and good friends for many years. Visitation will take place at Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Salem Emily Cemetery, Omemee. If desired, memorial donations to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Donations and condolences may be made through Mackey Funeral Home via cheque or online

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/joan-luery-patrick-joan-luery-patrick-1089527037
<![CDATA[BRIAN LAW]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brian-law-1089527272<![CDATA[

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Brian Law. He will be deeply missed by Mary, his partner and best friend; sons, Michael (Jenna), Geoffrey (Rebecca), and Andrew (Laura); brother, Peter (Stephanie); brothers- and sisters-in-law, Robert (Liz) and Stephen (Debbie); nieces, Jennifer and Amy; nephew, William; and his much-loved golden retriever, Riley. Never one to let a bad knee or hip get in the way of a good tickle fight with Grandpa, Brian's absence will be truly felt by Emmett, Nixon, Theo, Nolan, Anneli, Benjamin, and Emily.Brian was a founding partner of Pavey Law LLP in Cambridge. Amongst his many service roles, Brian was deeply involved with the YMCA, both in Cambridge and on the national Board, and served on the Board and as President of the Galt Country Club. Together, Brian and Mary traveled the world and, in recent years, enjoyed golf and curling at the Galt Country Club. For Brian, though, canoe trips were his passion. He loved the adventure of a trip; the camaraderie of being with friends and family in the woods; and ending each day with a scotch and a story by the fire.A celebration of Brian's life will be held on April 7, 2024, at the Galt Country Club, 750 Coronation Blvd., Cambridge, ON, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Brian believed deeply in the YMCA's mission of promoting community and well-being for everyone. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the YMCA in his memory at bit.ly/HonouringBrianLaw.

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Tue, 2 Apr 2024 21:00:00 GMThttps://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/brian-law-1089527272
<![CDATA[ELIO SANTI]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/elio-santi-1089527476<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of Elio Santi, on March 31, 2024, age 89, at home, surrounded by family.Devoted husband to Bruna (nee Tartaggia). Predeceased by his parents, Marcello † and Antonia † Santi. Loving father to Lorena (Tony) Pellizzari, Luigi (Shelagh) Santi, Mirella (Ed) Cazzola and Gino (Cynthia Petersen) Santi. Proud Nonno of 10 grandchildren, Stephanie (Paolo) and Nicholas (Megan); Andrea (Ryan), Luke † and Janelle (Scott); Elivia (Braden) and Anita (Sam); Emily (Danny), Joseph, Meghan (Jacob); and three great-grandchildren: River, James and Soli. Dear brother of Dina (Luigi Rodato †), Giuseppina † (Lino Moro †), Cecilia (Serafino Lago †), Camilla (Lorenzo Cecchin †), Tiberio †, Suor Maria Grazia (Ginetta), Gino †, Maria (Guido Lago), and Tiziano (Carla Cecchin), all in Italy. Dear brother-in-law of Vincenzo † (Gigliola †) Tartaggia, Bertilla (Giovanni †) Coan, Silvio † (Luisa †) Tartaggia, Giovannina (Mario †) Peruch, Imelda (Ildebrando) Trentin, Maria Rosa (Mario †) Serafin, Paolo †, Paolina (Vittorio †) Pessotto, Graziella (Antonio) Breda, all in Italy. Will be missed by many nieces and nephews in Italy, and all friends and extended family around the world.Elio was born December 17, 1934, the eldest of a large farming family in Castello di Godego, Italy. He was raised with extended family. As a young boy, he helped his father in the fields and brought livestock to and from market, with a horse and cart. In July, 1954, he met 17-year-old Bruna Tartaggia, the love of his life, at his hometown's Sagra (yearly festival). He was so taken with Bruna, often describing her beautiful dark, wavy hair, that he later, rode his bicycle 70km to see her again and to meet her family. The third time they saw each other, Bruna went to see Elio off at the airport, as he was leaving on the adventure of a lifetime: immigrating to Canada at the age of 19 with $40 in his pocket.Speaking no English, Elio left his home and his entire family to begin a new life in Canada, completely unfamiliar with its climate and culture. His first job was dishwashing at the Green Rooster Restaurant in downtown Guelph, where one of the perks was eating cereal with cream, instead of milk! Meanwhile, he and Bruna regularly wrote letters over five long years. Bruna then, bravely left her home and family to join Elio in Guelph, where they were married in the Spring of 1959.Elio scrimped and saved and worked very hard to raise his family and build a beautiful life for them. Despite missing his family back home, he had many relatives and life-long friends in Guelph. He was blessed with four children, and was a very proud Nonno to 10 grandchildren and Bisnonno to three great-grandchildren. Over the years, Elio worked at Harding Yarns' Dye House, IMICO, Dow Corning and finally, Hammond Manufacturing, from which he retired in 1999. His employers were fortunate to have such a reliable, dedicated man, with an unshakeable work ethic. On his "time off," he and his friends helped to build each other's houses, and he was a part-time bartender at the Italian Canadian Club, his home away from home. He was a long-time member of the ICC, where he enjoyed playing Bocce, Scopa, and had many chiaccherate with his buddies every Friday night and Sunday afternoon.Elio was known to tell stories and quick-witted jokes. His memory for dates was uncanny and he would often recall details from memories long ago, including phrases like, "It was a Tuesday!" He loved calling his far-flung friends and family members on their birthdays every year, without fail.Elio meticulously tended his prolific, manicured vegetable garden, which nourished his family all year long. He was generous and shared his harvest with his neighbours.He was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Guelph, for 70 years. Elio loved to sing. In his early 20's, he performed at the Guelph Little Theatre as part of a choral group. He was a member of the Coro Cant'Italia for decades. Elio, his relatives and friends, would often gather to watch NHL hockey games, munching on bagigi (peanuts), after which they would have a coffee or glass of homemade wine at the kitchen table and sing Italian folk songs in four-part harmony. Every year, Elio made wine, delicious sausage, and salami, traditions which his family will carry on.In his retirement, Elio loved watching Price Is Right, Jeopardy, Let's Make a Deal, and Wheel of Fortune daily. He would often be seen sitting on his front porch, solving Sudoku puzzles, napping, or chatting with neighbours and friends. Elio was known as "The Mayor of Harris Street," always giving advice on how to trim a tree or prune grape vines. He was also known to give road construction crews some tips from time to time!For almost 90 years, Elio lived wisely and courageously, making sacrifices for others, and sharing good humour all the while. We are grateful to our father for the love, care and dedication to each of us, especially for our mother, his partner of 65 years. Our family wishes to thank Dr. Ul Haq, Dr. Atalla, the Palliative Care team, and the entire staff of the 7th Floor, at the Guelph General Hospital, for their attentive care.Arrangements entrusted to Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 98 Alice St., Guelph, on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. A live-stream link will be available on the funeral home website. Entombment and reception to follow at the ICC.As expressions of sympathy, donations made to Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation, would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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<![CDATA[VAN DER BURG, ANNE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/anne-van-der-burg-1089514964<![CDATA[

On March 28, 2024, Anne Marie van der Burg died peacefully at home with her partner June Drake at her side.

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<![CDATA[LORNE BOWMAN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/lorne-bowman-1089521017<![CDATA[

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Lorne Bowman of Floradale, Ontario (b. Woolwich Township, Feb. 23, 1945) passed away from several types of cancer in Elmira on Friday, March 29, 2024, several weeks after his 59th anniversary and 79th birthday. He is survived by his wife Elaine (neé Brubacher), son Durrell (Vicky), daughter Sheila; siblings Martha Gingrich, Ellen Clifford, Esther and Edgar Martin, Willard and Verna, and Lois Horst; sisters-in-law Cheryl Brubacher and Nancy Smith, and various nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Peter and Edna (neé Freeman), siblings Eva Brubacher, and Walter, parents-in-law Irvine and Lydia Brubacher (neé Kraemer), and brothers-in-law Leonard Brubacher, Elmer Clifford, and Aden Gingrich. Lorne worked for more than 41 years in the farm implement parts department of B and M/Stoltz Sales and Service. He served for a similar amount of time as a volunteer firefighter for the Floradale Fire Station, later also as a volunteer for Canadian Blood Services, and in many capacities at Floradale Mennonite Church and at the Parkview Manors seniors home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m., at Floradale Mennonite Church, 22 Florapine Rd., Floradale. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024, at Floradale Mennonite Church, with family interment prior to the service in the adjoining cemetery. The family thanks the staff at Barnswallow Place, various family members, and additional caregivers. Donations can be made to the Mennonite Central Committee and Canadian Blood Services.

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<![CDATA[MICHAEL NICHOLS]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/michael-nichols-1089522845<![CDATA[

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It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Michael (Mike) Nichols. On Friday, March 29th, 2024, at Hospice Wellington after a courageous battle with cancer, Mike entered into the presence of his Saviour. Mike will be so deeply missed by his dear wife Pam, his children Katie (Tom) Spinks, Bethany (Scott) Stephenson, Joshua (Rachel) Nichols, and his step-children Erin (Andrew) Melo, and Heather Baxter. Mike will be dearly missed and remembered by his nine grandchildren: Addyson, Graylynn, Cove, Makaila, Lyric, Everly, Peyton, Emersyn, and Tori. Mike was predeceased by his loving mother Barbara Nichols. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Mary-Beth (Ken) Kee, his niece Rebekah and nephew Nathan. Mike was born on June 5th, 1960 in Orillia, ON. He was a devoted husband, caring dad and grandpa, a great brother, and a friend to many. Mike valued hard work, providing exceptional care for his clients over the past 24 years as a financial advisor. Mike loved travel, music, and a good game of golf. He loved time at the cottage with the family and visiting his home away from home in Arizona throughout the years. Mike's first priority in life though was his faith in Christ. He has modelled a life of faith for which his family is forever grateful. Mike faithfully served in a variety of churches within the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches sharing his gifts in financial planning and leadership development. He also had a heart for Heritage Bible College and Muskoka Bible Center, where he served many years as a board member and even as interim director for a summer at MBC. Mike was first diagnosed with cancer nearly 11 years ago and was miraculously sustained by the Lord, having been gifted many more incredible years with his family and friends. The family is especially grateful that Mike could receive such great care from Pam at home for the past six months and for the wonderful care provided to Mike and his loved ones during his 10 day stay at Hospice Wellington as well. While Mike will be so dearly missed, his family takes great joy in the fact that he is now made well and at home with his Saviour. Family and friends will be received at Forward Church (55 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge) for visitation on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a funeral will be held there on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to one of the ministries that Mike was passionate about: Cedar Home Lebanon and Hospice Wellington. https://www.cedarhomelebanon.org/donatehttps://www.hospicewellington.org/donate

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<![CDATA[SCHAUS, RITA]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/rita-schaus-1089522924<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital - Freeport Campus on Sunday, March 31, 2024 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late John Ostell (1973) and Arnold Schaus (2015). Loving mother of Sue McClure (predeceased 2019), Julie McIntyre, Robert Ostell (Cindy), Sandra Wood (Shelley) and step-mother of Bonnie Bonham (Tom). Proud grandmother of Tyler, Kelsey, Ashley, Ryan, Brittany, Melissa, Andrew (predeceased 2013), Brady (predeceased 2013), Tori and Taylor and step-grandchildren Daniel and Darren. Great-grandmother of 14 great-grandchildren. Daughter of the late Edna and Roy Hutchinson. Dear sister of Don and the late Ron and Glenn. Rita's family will receive relatives and friends from 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener (519) 749- 8467. Memorial Service in the Chapel on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the KW Humane Society would be appreciated (cards available at the funeral home).

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<![CDATA[BONNELL, WILFRED NORMAN "WILF"]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/wilfred-norman-wilf-bonnell-1089522929<![CDATA[

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Passed away unexpectedly, on March 30, 2024, at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, with his beloved wife at his side. Born in Nova Scotia, 77 years ago, and a long-time resident of Waterloo Region. Devoted and loving husband of Susan "Sue" Cosgrove, for 21 years. Cherished father of Jason and wife Cora, Sean and wife Wendy, and treasured stepfather of Lisa and husband Mike Thibeau. Wilf was truly a proud grandfather of Mackenzie Bonnell, and Simon and Jack Thibeau. He will be missed by his two sisters, Shirley and Judy, as well as their families; and his many friends. Wilf was an Animal Control Officer for the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society for many years. He enjoyed his game shows, playing poker and socializing with family, friends, and neighbours. Cremation has taken place at Wilf's request, and a private graveside service will be held at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. As expressions of sympathy, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation and can be done through the funeral home website.Personal condolences and donation information can be found at

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<![CDATA[LEONARD SMYTHE]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/leonard-smythe-1089522930<![CDATA[

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Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Mildred (nee Kappes) Smythe for 70 years. Loving father to William Smythe (Kari) and the late Beverly Fitzgerald (Ronald). Cherished grandfather of Ann, Anita (Randy), Tanya, Tiffany (Les), Trevor (Tia), Patricia, Amanda (Matt). Great-grandfather of Delilah, Caley, Lillie, Alma and Arla. Dear brother of Bruce, Edward and Marianne. Dear friend of Brad Kennedy. Predeceased by his parents, William and Laura (nee Hoffman); grandchildren, William and Alicia; brothers, Douglas, Donald, Fred, Ken and Russel; sisters, Caroline, Gertrude and Shirley. Len retired from the City of Kitchener in 1995 after maintaining the ice-pads for 33 years at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. He volunteered for 10 years during retirement at the Heidelberg Park where he built and maintained the community ice rink and groomed the baseball diamond. He also volunteered at golf courses and would often be seen driving his lawn tractor around Heidelberg to the 12 properties he maintained up until the age of 86. Len masterfully blended his love of the outdoors and sports with his work, but his lifetime achievement was rooted in the selfless acts of kindness he displayed towards all the people he encountered along his path. Leonard's family will receive relatives and friends from 3:00 - 5:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, April 5, 2024 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener. Visitation will continue on Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 pm at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2925 Lobsinger Line, Heidelberg followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Pastor Olaf Poulsen officiating. Interment will take place in St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery, Heidelberg in May, 2024. You are welcome to join the family via live-stream at https://www.henrywalser.-com/live-streaming Please join the live-stream at 1:45 pm (EST) for a video tribute followed by the service at 2:00 PM (EST). As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary's General Hospital, KW Humane Society or St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family. Cards may be placed by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home 519-749-8467.

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<![CDATA[ROOKE, MARGARET LOREEN]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/margaret-loreen-rooke-1089522934<![CDATA[

Margaret Loreen Rooke in her 94th year, passed peacefully away, with family at her side, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, on Friday, March 29, 2024. Predeceased by her husband, Robert (2013), and her son, Thomas (2015). Lovingly remembered by her son, Richard (Tracy); her grandchildren, Kristina, Katrina, Zach and Rebecca; and her great-grandchildren, Khloe, Kayleigh, Zoey and Abigail. Family and friends will be received at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road, Cambridge, on Friday, April 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, April 6th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Parklawn Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the a Cambridge Memorial Hospital are greatly appreciated.

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<![CDATA[DOROTHY LILIAN (NEE MARTIN) LOWRY]]>https://obituaries.guelphmercury.com/obituary/dorothy-lilian-nee-martin-lowry-1089522978<![CDATA[

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Dorothy passed away peacefully at Grand River Freeport Hospital, on Saturday, March 30, 2024. She was 89. Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband of 65 years, Sean Anthony Lowry (2014). Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and Matriarch for our entire extended family. She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Carmel (husband Floyd Branston 2017); son, Kevin (wife Angela nee Renon); son, Edmund (wife, Bernadette Perryman); and daughter Helen (husband Luis Fonseca). Dorothy was extremely proud of all her grandchildren, Kyle (Kristen), Sean (Deanna), Shane (Katrina), Sarah (Yvan), Veronica (Taylor), Patrick, and Micheal. The great-grandchildren, Enzo, Nico, Cohen, Luna, Annabelle, Brooklyn, Abbigail, Brianna, and Rowan were a great comfort for her.Predeceased by her parents James and Evelyn (nee Cross) Martin; brother, Terrance Martin and half brother, John Jackson.Born in Cheshire, England, on July 20, 1934, Dorothy imigrated to Canada in 1953. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother who found joy in the simple pleasures of life. With a passion for literature and the arts, Dorothy immersed herself in storytelling and creativity, often spending her evenings lost in the pages of a captivating novel or attending local theater productions. An avid traveller, Dorothy made many trips with her daughters. Deeply rooted in her faith, Doro