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Obituaries

AGNIDIS, Anastasia (nee Sideris)
BAIGENT, Gillian Margaret (nee Peet)
BREESE, Beryl Sarah (nee Howes)
BROWN, Ralph C.
CAMPBELL, Joan Elaine
COLMAN, Barry James
DeVRIES, Daniel James
FELSBOURG, Aidan “Felzy”
GAMMON, William Edward
GRAY, Lillian
HAMMOND, Helen
HARRIS, Stephen Paul
HAWKINS, Edward James
MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus
MacLACHLAN, David
PEARSON, Joseph Coulthard
RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy)
ROSZEL, Grace Margarette
STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler)
TOLLEFSON, Dan
WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess)
WITZEL, Mildred
WOODS, Margaret

 

AGNIDIS, Anastasia (nee Sideris)

AGNIDIS, Anastasia (nee Sideris), of Mount Forest, passed away at the Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre, Mount Forest on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 in her 92nd year. Beloved mother of Zoe Agnidis (David Wood) and John Agnidis (Karen Patrachenko). Cherished grandmother of Nikoletta and Dania. Friends called at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, Ontario N0G 2L0 on Friday, November 17th from 10 - 11:45 a.m., where a Legion Ladies Auxiliary service was held at 11:45 a.m. A service celebrating Anastasia’s life followed at 12 p.m. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 134 or VON Canada would be appreciated by the family.

BAIGENT, Gillian Margaret (nee Peet)

BAIGENT, Gillian Margaret (nee Peet) Peacefully with her loving family by her side on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the age of 73. Beloved wife of Victor. Dear mother of Mark and Darren (Cindy). Cherished grandmother of Kody, Daniel, Robert (Leanne), Dylan and Brayden. Loving great-grandmother of Alexis. Remembered by her brothers, Grant (Jill), Barry (Carol) and Clifford (Jane). Gillian will also be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends. Funeral Service will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville, Ontario on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Memorial donations to Princess Margaret Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted in memory of Gillian in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at
www.dodsandmcnair.com

BREESE, Beryl Sarah (nee Howes)

BREESE, Beryl Sarah (nee Howes) - Of Guelph, surrounded by loved ones, passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord, at the Guelph General Hospital on Thursday, November 16, 2017, in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late John Austin Breese (1995). Loved mother of Connie (Dave) Spencer, the late Herb Breese (1998) (Patricia), Jane Sheppard (Sid MacDonald) and Cheryl (Mike) Hendy. Loving grandmother of Michael, Shelley, Leanne, Pamela, Phillip, Jeffrey, Sarah, Stephen and Christopher. Cherished great grandmother of twenty-eight and great great grandmother of five. Predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Friends were received at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Monday 7-9 p.m. and at Parkview Church, 89 Speedvale Ave. E. Guelph, Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Funeral service was held at Parkview Church on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. Reception followed in the church hall. Memorial contributions to Noah’s Ark Ministries or the Gideon Bible Plan would be appreciated.

BROWN, Ralph C.

BROWN, Ralph C.  1957 - 2017 In deepest sadness, the family of Ralph Brown announce his passing at The Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus on Sunday November 12th in his 61st year. Ralph will be sadly missed by his loving wife Kim and sons Michael and Kollin. He is also survived by his sister Sandra of Mount Forest and predeceased by his parents Marion and Carman Brown. Ralph was a happy man who loved listening to and playing music. He found it easy to pick up almost any instrument and play it with ease. His spare time was filled laughing with his boys, family and friends. Visitation will be held at The Graham Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus on Friday November 17th, 2017 from 11am-1pm followed by a Celebration of Life being held in the funeral home chapel at 1pm that same day. The family has requested that donations be directed towards the Groves Memorial Hospital.  519-843-3100  www.grahamgiddyfh.com

CAMPBELL, Joan Elaine

CAMPBELL, Joan Elaine June 12 1948 – November 13 2017. With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Joan Elaine Campbell (Snider) on 13 of November, 2017. She leaves behind her warm and wonderful love for a grief stricken family and many greatly saddened true friends. Born on June 12 1948 in Hamilton, Ontario Joan (Joanie) lived out most of her life in Guelph and Puslinch while raising her two children and teaching and guiding hundreds of others within what is now the Upper Grand District School Board as Mrs. Campbell. An enviably early retirement brought many new adventures, parties, travels and titles to her but none were so treasured as Grandma. Her cherished grandchildren brought her endless joy and her love for them can still be felt and will be forever. We cannot express how much we will miss her boundless beautiful love and endless warm smiles. We love you so much! A memorial website has been created in honoured memory of Joan our loving Life Partner, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Niece, Cousin, Best friend, Teammate and Teacher. Please visit www.joan-elaine-campbell.forevermissed.com for more information including her Celebration of Life and memorial details.

COLMAN, Barry James

COLMAN, Barry James, of Palmerston, passed away after a lengthy illness at Spruce Lodge in Stratford on Monday, November 20th, 2017. Barry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of fifty years, Ann (Paulsen) Colman. He will be sorely missed by his children, Sarah Colman and Glenn Cressman (Stratford), Jeff and Nicole Colman (Port Elgin), and Scott and Dana Colman (Woodstock). He is remembered lovingly by his grandchildren Julia, Jacob, Jennah, Devan, Desmond, Jude, Max, and Tyson, as well as by his sister Sandy (Colman) Wagter (London) and brother-in-law Andy and Joanne Paulsen (Cambridge). He is predeceased by his parents, Jack and Shirley Colman (London) and his brother-in-law, Fred Wagter (London). Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and friends. Barry was born on August 7th, 1942 in London, Ontario, where he grew up and attended Clarke Road Secondary School and Western University. Barry and Ann were married in 1967 and moved to Palmerston that same year, after Barry found a job at Norwell DSS. Barry was a teacher and, ultimately, Head of Guidance at the school for thirty years and developed many close friendships with his teaching colleagues. He played hockey and baseball, and later served as a coach and mentor to many students. Barry was also an active member of the Lions’ Club, serving as club President twice and Secretary/Treasurer many times. Barry contributed significantly to many Lions’ projects, using his woodworking, bricklaying and handyman skills to benefit our community. Barry’s handiwork can also be seen in many homes across town, and projects at his sister’s house. He built a cottage in Tobermory, with his sons and a few friends that has become a beloved retreat for the family. Barry will be remembered fondly for his generosity, his sense of humour, and the twinkle of mischief in his eye. To honour Barry’s wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Pastor Ralph Dwarika will conduct a Memorial Service of Remembrance in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wallace Township on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Palmerston Lions Park, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Society of Perth County would be appreciated by the family.  www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

DeVRIES, Daniel James

DeVRIES, Daniel James 1989-2017 Passed away unexpectedly on November 10, 2017. Beloved husband of Allie and loving father of Rowan and Eli. Dear son of Rob and Marian and grandson of Harold and Grace Jonker. He was brother of Alida (Ryan), Glen (Amanda) and Marli (James). Special son-in-law of Lorraine and Chris. Brother-in-law to Keenan. He was Uncle Dan to Craig, Lucy, Zachary, Levi, Celia and Burke. He will be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and a very big dog, Jackson. Family and friends visited on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus. A Funeral Service was held at Grace Christian Fellowship Church, 35 Farley Road, Fergus ON on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 11:00am. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home.  519-843-3100  www.grahamgiddyfh.com

FELSBOURG, Aidan “Felzy”

FELSBOURG, Aidan “Felzy” Aidan Gerrit Felsbourg, of Mount Forest, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at the age of 19. Beloved son of Gary and Juanita (nee Tobin) Felsbourg. Cherished brother of Robert, Tatiana and Noah Felsbourg. Dear grandson of Gerrit and the late Isabelle Felsbourg and Kathleen Boone. Dearest nephew of Jarred and Laura Boone, Jason Boone and Anne, Jessica Boone and Jay Lush, Martin and Kim Felsbourg, Neil Felsbourg, Kevin and Samantha Felsbourg. Felzy will be fondly remembered and missed by his many cousins, friends and team mates. Friends called at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Thursday, November 23rd from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, 230 Queen Street East, Mount Forest on Friday, November 24th at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to #GetInTouchForHutch would be appreciated by the family.

GAMMON, William Edward

GAMMON, William Edward of Mount Forest passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in his 81st  year. Beloved husband of Anna Marie (Raftis) for 21 years. Brother of Sharon and Gerald Keats of Newfoundland and Elaine Frazen (Rex) of Nova Scotia. Brother-in-law of Carol Gammon of Oshawa. Dearly missed by his sister-in-law Mary Raftis and Sister Paula Maria and Anna’s brothers as well as by his many nieces nephews and friends. Predeceased by his parents William and Evelyn Gammon, brother James Gammon and sister Joan Portsmith. To honour William’s wishes cremation has taken place followed by a private family interment in St. John’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Arthur. As expressions donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Arthur.  www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

GRAY, Lillian

GRAY, Lillian 1928-2017 Passed away peacefully at Twin Oaks of Maryhill nursing home on November 18, 2017 in her 89th year, with loving family by her side. Beloved wife of Donald for 61 years. Loving mother of Kelly (Doug) and Grandma of Ryan (Emma) and Stephanie. Predeceased by her mother and father George and Isabel Matthewson, and her brother George. Lillian was a very social person and loved to strike up a conversation with all. She will be lovingly remembered by extended family and friends near and far. Family and friends are welcome to visit at the Melville United Church, 300 St. Andrew St. West, Fergus on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm followed by a service starting at 1:00pm.

HAMMOND, Helen

HAMMOND, Helen of Moorefield passed peacefully at Barnswallow Place, Elmira on Friday, November 10, 2017 in her 97th year. Beloved wife of the late Keith Hammond (1998). Cherished mother of Greg and Shirley Hammond of Moorefield. Predeceased by her parents George and Margaret Murray and brother Gordon Murray and his wife Fran. Fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews and friends. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service of Remembrance at the Moorefield United Church on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Bethesda Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donation to the Moorefield United Church or the Palmerston Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Drayton.  www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

HARRIS, Stephen Paul

HARRIS, Stephen Paul (September 11th, 1951 - October 6th, 2017) It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Stephen, October 6th, 2017, surrounded by his friends and co-workers. Stephen was predeceased by his parents John and Georgina Harris and his companion of 27 years, Gloria Janicki. He is survived by his brother, Lawrence (Faye) and his sister, Lorraine Stevenson (Rob), his nephew Sean (Nancy) and their son, Hunter. Stephen was born September 11th, 1951, in Guelph, Ontario, the youngest son of John and Georgina Harris. Stephen graduated from Guelph Collegiate and Vocational Institute in the vocational program and later qualified as a machinist and tool and die maker. For many years he worked at the Bundy Plant on Edinburgh Road, Guelph, (now long closed) and later at Golden Valley Farms in Arthur, Ontario. He was known far and wide as a methodical and willing worker. Stephen’s greatest passion and mission in life was drumming and playing in the pipe band fraternity of Southern Ontario. Beginning in 1963, he played for the Guelph Pipe band and accompanied the band to Scotland in 1968. The culmination of these efforts was a first place in the World championships in Scotland in the 1970’s. In later years, he composed scores for the drum section, played for the Grand Celtic Pipe Band and instructed Army Cadets in the art of drumming at the Blackdown Army Cadet Training Centre, in CFB Borden. He is also fondly remembered as a family man, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and family dinners with his partner, the late Gloria Janicki. By good report, he was an attentive and handy grandparent. There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Stephen Harris at the Royal Canadian Legion, Watson Road, Guelph on Sunday November 26th 2017. Interment will take place at a later date. Expressions of sympathy and donations may be left to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

HAWKINS, Edward James

HAWKINS, Edward James On November 5th, 2017 at Groves Hospital, Edward (Ted) Hawkins, 83, passed away due to complications after hip surgery. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean Connor, his brother-in-law Jon Murray, of Fergus, his daughter Lesli Schelling, her husband Hank, Ted’s two grandsons Chris (Tasha) and Dylan, all of Thunder Bay. Ted’s sister and her family in California, along with other relatives and friends will miss Ted. Ted was predeceased by his parents, a nephew, sister and brother-in-law. Ted loved his family, gardening, woodworking, bird watching, dancing, playing pool and darts. Ted served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a member of the Fergus Legion. Ted was very clever (he was 11yrs old in gr 9), witty (“Whatever”!), dependable, friendly, honest, sincere and strong-willed. Ted was deeply devoted to Jean. For the last 16 years of his life, Ted was Jean’s caregiver. Special thanks to friends Shawn Bursey, Kim Lesperance and Nancy Manzer. Thanks to Ted’s surgeon Dr. Hoey and the nurses at Guelph General, GP Dr. Westendorp and the nurses at Groves Hospital. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Incitti, she and Kim were with Ted at the time of his passing. According to Ted’s wishes there will be no service. Cremation has taken place. Rest in peace my love, Jean.

MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus

MacGREGOR, John “Jack” Angus  1928-2017 Passed away on November 14, 2017 in his 90th year. Beloved husband of Joan Evelyn (nee Cantlon/Booker) and the late Bonita (nee Bleich) MacGregor (1991). Loving stepfather of Kent (Doreen), Rob (Christine), Randy (Karen) and Becky (Jason). Loving step-grandfather of Aaron, Serena (Joe), Danny (Holly), Jody (Jason), Jesse (Alison), Julie, Tim, Jessica, Jenna, Bryce (Jess) and step-great grandfather to Braden, Riley, Brinley, Isla, Bria, Xavier, Alyssa and Michael. Survived by sister-in-law Faye MacGregor, nieces Becky (Brad) and Robin (Philip) and nephews Stephen and Christopher. Predeceased by his parents James and Elva MacGregor, brothers Robert, Alan and sisters Gwen (Bob) and Elizabeth. Family and friends may visit at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 325 George St. West, Fergus. Donations may be made in Jack’s memory to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Wellington Terrace or the Alzheimer’s Society.  519-843-3100   www.grahamgiddyfh.com

MacLACHLAN, David

MacLACHLAN, David - David John MacLachlan, of Mount Forest, passed away at his home on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 in his 69th year. Son of the late Ivan MacLachlan and the late Vera Charter. Brother of the late Don MacLachlan, Terry Charter, Diane Charter, Robert Charter and the late Gordon Charter. David is remembered by his sister-in-law Marcy MacLachlan, his cousin Doug MacLachlan and his wife Margie and by his many nieces and nephews. A private service was held at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest. Interment was held at Mount Forest Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to March of Dimes or Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by contacting the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.

PEARSON, Joseph Coulthard

PEARSON, Joseph Coulthard Joe passed away peacefully at the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the age of 74 years. Beloved husband for 46 years of Linda (Cooper) Pearson of Elmira. Loved Dad of Matthew and his wife Jessica of Kitchener, and Stacey Hillis of Kitchener. Cherished grandfather of Rachel and William Pearson, Grace and Cameron Hillis. Dear brother of Joyce Hughes, Maureen Secord and her husband Harvey. Lovingly remembered by his in-laws Bob and Jane Cooper, Jim Cooper and their families, and mother-in-law Mary Cooper. Predeceased by his mother Rose Pearson, and brother-in-law Ralph Hughes. Joe was a man of faith and prayer, and was a member of Gale Presbyterian Church. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Gale Presbyterian Church, 10 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira. As expressions of sympathy donations to Grand River Hospital Foundation - Music Therapy Program, would be appreciated by the family.  www.dreisingerfuneralhome.com

RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy)

RANSOM, Judith Ann (Judy) Passed away on Wednesday November 8th, 2017 at the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 79. She was a teacher at GCVI in Guelph and has had a long retirement in which she enjoyed many world wide trips with her loving friends and family. She is predeceased by her mother and father Wilson and Laura Ransom, sister Janice Ronald and niece Kim Dudley. She will be sadly missed by her sister and brother in law Yvonne and Fred Mueller. Judy adored her niece Laurie and nephew Jay Mueller and Jay’s wife Kim and Kim’s mother Verna Ouellette and Laurie’s friend Samantha Jones. Judy always treasured the youngest in the family so Kasey Mueller and Kyle Dudley were always the ones she doted on. Kyle and Kasey will also miss Aunt Judy greatly and treasured all the wonderful trips she took them on. All of Judy’s multitude of friends considered her one of their own family and are devastated by her death, Judy did not want a funeral so we are following her wishes. A donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in her name would be much appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home – Fergus Chapel.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com

ROSZEL, Grace Margarette

ROSZEL, Grace Margarette - It is with profound sadness that the family of Grace Roszel (nee Halliburton) announce her passing, after a brief illness, on Monday November 13, 2017, at the age of 91 years, surrounded by her family, at Hospice Wellington in Guelph. Grace will lovingly be remembered by her daughter Margaret (Donald) Good, son Richard (Beverley) Roszel and son Paul (Susan) Roszel all of Guelph. She will also be fondly remembered by her 5 grandchildren, Wayne Good, Kimberly (Robert) Markie, David (Kari) Good, James Roszel, Lisa Roszel (Li-Hsin Chang) and by 7 great-grandchildren, Zachary, Cassandra, Sophie, Colton, Archer, Imogen and Cohen. Grace is survived by her sister Mary Ellen Shea and several nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by many great friends. Grace was pre-deceased by her husband David Roszel (Feb. 2006), her parents Jack and Grace Halliburton, her brother Jackie and her sisters Dorothy, Barbara and Nancy. Our family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at the Elliott Community (Nottingham Retirement) for welcoming Grace over 8 years ago as part of their family, and for the wonderful support and care she received. Dr. Nicholas Ruddock and Dr. William Ruddock...thank you for many combined years looking after Grace. We would also like to express our heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Guelph General Hospital and also to Hospice Wellington for their exceptional care. The family welcomed visitors at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Service was held in the Chapel on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Wilma Welsh officiated. A reception followed in the Fellowship Lounge and then, interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Guelph. In lieu of flowers those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Grace to Hospice Wellington, to the Elliott Community or to a preferred charity of one’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home (519-822-4731) and condolences may be sent at
www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com

STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler)

STAMPER, Shirley Margaret (Keeler) Peacefully on Thursday November 9, 2017 at the Owen Sound Hospital. Shirley, at the age of 71 was the beloved wife of the late John Stamper (1992), loving mother of George Stamper (Scheri), Doug Stamper (Brooke) and Sherri Stamper, adoring grandma of Sean (Melissa), Justin (Nicole), Cal, Katie, Jake, Hugh, Gwen, Neve and Christopher and great-grandma of Skylynn and Teigan. Shirley will be remembered by her sisters Mary Marshall (Reg) and Lorna Hayes (the late Ralph) and is predeceased by her sister Brenda Keeler and brothers Jim Keeler (Cathy) and George Keeler (Reta). Shirley will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at Butcher Family Funeral Home, 5399 Main Street, South, on Saturday November 18. 2017 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Donations in Shirley’s memory can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Cards available at the funeral home or you may send the family a condolence at  www.butcherfamilyfuneralhome.ca  Butcher Family Funeral Home  519-833-2231

TOLLEFSON, Dan

TOLLEFSON, Dan 1935-2017 Passed away peacefully at home on November 17 2017 at the age of 82 with loved ones by his side. Beloved husband of Beverley for 56 years. Loving and supportive Dad of Bradley (Pamela), Dani and Kent (Bella). Grandpa of Candace, Lauren, Chad and Cara. He will be remembered by sister June Hanson, sisters-in-law Elaine, Doris and Sherri (Tony) and brothers-in-law Doug (Jo-Anne), Floyd (Lynne), Leonard (Shirley) and Art (Debbie). Dan will be missed by his grand dogs Chester, Winnie and Mattie. He will be lovingly remembered by extended family and friends. Family and friends visited at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 37 Church St West, Elora on Tuesday November 21, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00pm and at the Central Pentecostal Church, 7674 Colbourne St., Elora on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. A Funeral Service began at 1:00pm. Donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Gideons, the Central Pentecostal Church or Chapman Hospice Centre, Owen Sound.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com  519-843-5352

WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess)

WAGNER, Edith Lydia (nee Jess) January 7, 1935 - November 9, 2017 - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dear and cherished Mom and Oma, Edith Lydia Wagner (nee Jess) of Minto Township. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Heinz, her daughter Anne, her parents, Lydia (Meier) and Ernest Jess, her brother Sigismund (Bramsche, Germany) and sister Lilly Hoefner (Toronto). Edith was a loving mother to Karen, Rosemary (Sandeep) and Julie. She was an affectionate and devoted Oma to Ashwin, Maya and Sophia. Fondly remembered by her sister Anita and brother Siegfried, their extended families and many family friends. Edith was born with a sense of adventure and caring for others. She attended the nursing school at the University of Goettingen (Germany). When she immigrated to Canada in 1960 she worked as a nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. She met the love of her life, Heinz and they married on June 1, 1963. They lived in Hamilton where they started their family, and subsequently purchased a farm in Wellington County in 1972. Edith worked together with Heinz from one season to another in order to have a successful family farm. Mom was a strong, generous woman who always had a kind word for everyone. She devoted her life to her family and always put others ahead of herself. Mom had a remarkable memory for names and dates. She was the first to call family, friends and neighbours to congratulate them on their special day. She enjoyed the simple things in life – spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, Sunday afternoon drives throughout the countryside, taking walks to the hut in the back 50 and watching the birds come to the feeder during the winter months. At Edith’s request, a private family service will take place. As an expression of sympathy the family would appreciate memorial donations to your local Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. Interment at Lauderbach Cemetery, Normanby Township, Grey County.

WITZEL, Mildred

WITZEL, Mildred 1930-2017 Passed away on November 7, 2017 at the age of 86. Beloved wife and farm partner of the late Maurice Witzel (1992). Proud mother of Linda Lankin (Don) of Wiarton, Lisa Goodwin (Steve) of Waterloo, Laurie Hale (2001) and Peter Witzel (Karen) of Elora. Loving Nana of Caelen (Natalie), Lindsey (Neil), Jessica, Mackenzie, Sarah (Artem), Justin (Kasey), Jeffrey, Taylor (Emily) and Brianne. She was Great Nana to 3 great grandchildren. Mildred was special “Aunt Mimi” to nineteen wonderful nieces and nephews, their spouses and children. She will be remembered by her brother Grant (Evelyn). Predeceased by her parents Bruce and Ellen Gammie, sister Marian (Gordon) and brother Robert (Jean). Mildred’s life included her faith, family and friends. Her fondest memories depicted everyday life on the farm, family trips to the west coast and Florida, fifty plus years of brief holidays at the Sauble cottage. Her favourite activities included gardening, dancing, playing bridge, singing in the Elora United Church choir and with “the Singing Seniors.” Following husband Maurice’s death, Mildred joined the Elora Memoir Writing Group and wrote many wonderful stories of family memories. Family and friends visited on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Elora United Church, 75 Geddes St. Elora, ON. A Funeral Service was held at 1:00pm at the church with Rev. Greg Smith-Young presiding. Donations may be made in Mildred’s memory to Groves Memorial Community Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home.  www.grahamgiddyfh.com

WOODS, Margaret

WOODS, Margaret of Palmerston passed away peacefully at the Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in her 90th year. Beloved wife of the late Herbert Woods (2006). Cherished mother of Wesley and Marilyn Woods of Belwood, Shelley and Trent Stultz of Flesherton, and Ruth and Jim Banas of Brampton. Grandmother of Kelly Woods of London, Dale Woods of Fergus, Candice Stultz (Jim) of Angus, Brody Banas and Jade Banas both of Brampton. Great Grandmother of Ethan. Sister-in-law of Christine Genik of Windsor. A Memorial Service of Remembrance was held in the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Palmerston on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Cancer Society. www.heritagefuneralhomes.ca

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