Lautebach - Karen Elaine of St. Thomas, on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, in her 47th year. Wife of Rob Lautebach and loved daughter of Doug and his wife Dorothy Rickwood of Amherstburg and the late Beverly Speers and her husband Gerald Speers of London. Loved mother of Jamie Lautebach of St. Thomas and dear sister of Deb and her husband Wayne Moore, Mark and his wife April Rickwood, Sandy and her husband Mike Koola, Grant and his wife Kathy Rickwood, Liana and her husband Shawn Taylor, Sheldon and his wife Becky Speers, Colin and his wife Sheri Speers, Cliff Speers, all of St. Thomas, Robyne Speers and partner Jim and Mary Ellen Speers, all of British Columbia, Patti Speers and partner Will and Joe Speers and his wife Heather, all of Woodstock, Jerry and his wife Maryanne Speers of Port Stanley and the late Kenneth Speers (1984). Sadly missed by a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Visitation Friday from 12 - 1:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Marshall - John Henry of Sparta, on Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 80th year. Dearly loved husband of Julia (Demydowich) Marshall. Loved father of Susan and her husband Whit Allsop of London, Mary and her husband Jonathan Hart of Edmonton, Joan Marshall of Edmonton, Tom and his wife Tammy Marshall of Rodney and Allan Marshall of St. Thomas. Loved grandfather of Peter and Adam, James and Julia, Amanda, Eddie, Ryan and Julie. John was born in Elgin County on October 7, 1924, the son of the late Thomas Henry and Susan (Gilbert) Marshall and Ora Yeandle of St. Thomas He worked for Canadian Oil, which became Shell Oil. He attended Sparta Baptist Church and was an avid gardener and Collector. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Phil Butler of Sparta Baptist Church officiating. Interment to follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Stirling - The largely attended service of celebration of the life of Miss Sheila E. Stirling, Reg. N was held on Saturday, October 4th at Centre St. Baptist Church, St. Thomas. A retired Palliative Care Co-ordinator at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, she passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2003, in her 64th year. Rev. Ronald E. Watson officiated, assisted by Rev. Peter Bongers. Gerald Vreman presided at the organ and the pianist was Rev. Candace Stirling. The piper at the church and cemetery was Patrick Carroll. Don Stirling sang “How Great Thou Art”. Offering remembrances were Anne DeVries, Karen Palmer, Dr. David Stirling and Rev. Peter Bongers. The pallbearers were Robert, Stephen and Graeme Stirling, Ron Bishop, Lorne Jay and Jack Page. Acting as honourary bearers were Beverley Beswick, Merilyn Greenfield, Don Houghton, Sheila Lewis, Rev. James Lewis and Jessie Rosser. Members of the 8th St. Thomas Scouting Family formed an honour guard. Interment was made in Elmdale Memorial Park. The service was attended by relatives and friends from British Columbia and throughout Ontario.
Firby - The funeral service for the late Donald Firby of Iona Station was held Tuesday afternoon from Williams Funeral Home. Pastor Andrew MacLeod of the Living Hope Church, St. Thomas conducted the service with Maryanne MacLeod presiding at the keyboard; David Chamberlain gave the eulogy; Randy Dawdy sang “Amazing Grace”; the pallbearers were Jason and Brent Dawdy, Jim Patterson, Paul Chamberlain, and Doug and Gary Firby. The floral bearers were Krista and Sandy Wakeling. Interment followed in Shedden Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by friends and relatives presently from Toronto, Corunna, Dashwood, Exeter, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Shedden, St. Thomas and district.
Brown - Cora Agnes of St. Thomas, on Wednesday, December 24, 2003, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 76th year. Beloved wife of the late Norman Wallace “Dewey” Brown and dear mother of Larry and his wife Lana Brown of Mount Brydges, Joyce Fowler of St. Thomas and Linda and her husband John Fletcher of Kitchener. Dear sister of Raymond and his wife Ruby Falkins of St. Thomas, Jack and his wife Marg of Northern Ontario, Winnie and her husband Howard Johnson of St. Thomas, Maxine Porte of Strathroy, Lorraine and her husband Royce Charlton of St. Thomas. Predeceased by a sister Marilyn Hunt and by 2 brothers Leo Watcher and Bobby Falkins. Sadly missed by a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Cora was born in New York on March 10, 1923, the daughter of the late George and Mary Falkins. Rested at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where funeral service was held Monday at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Elmdale Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.
Craik - peacefully at St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Tuesday, December 23, 2003. Milton St. Clair Craik of Springfield. He was 88 years old. Beloved husband of Lahla Craik. Dear father of Ken Craik and wife Nenagh of Springfield, Bryon Craik and wife Sheila of Springfield, Janice Schroeder and husband David of Kingsville, Nancy Samoluk and husband Ron of Estevan, Saskatchewan and Norma Downie and husband Neil of Chatham. Loving grandfather to Adam, Sonja, Doug, Colin and Catherine Craik, Margaret and Susan Schroeder, Allison and Walter Samoluk. He will be sadly missed by a brother Ernest Craik of Kenora, a sister Edith Langdon of Indian Head, Saskatchewan and a number of nieces and nephews. Born in Dafoe, Saskatchewan on June 4, 1915 son of the late Ernest and Margaret (Lamb) Craik. He was an active Springfield community supporter. Milton formerly owned and operated Craik Lumber in Springfield. He was a member of St. John’s United Church, a Charter member and Past President of the Springfield Lions Club, Past Master of the Springfield Masonic Lodge #259 A.F. & A.M., a Past Chairman of the East Elgin Secondary School Board. He formerly served on Springfield Council and the Springfield School Board. Milt was an avid golfer and curler. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Golf and Country Club and the Aylmer Curling Club. Friends may call at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home, Aylmer on Sunday and Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. Cremation will follow. A family burial of ashes will be held at the Aylmer Cemetery. Rev. Janess Binns-Landell, officiating. Masonic Service was held Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Lions Service Monday at 6:45 p.m. Donations to the St. John’s United Church or East Elgin Support Services would be appreciated.
Gall - At Bluewater Health - Mitton Site, Sarnia, on Friday, December 26, 2003, GLADYS (LORIMER) GALL, age 88, of Sarnia, beloved wife of the late John Edward Gall and dear mother of Susan Isobel Uresti and her husband John of Shelby, Michigan, Peter David Gall and his wife Christine of Sarnia and John Howitt Gall and his wife Denise of St. Thomas. Loving grandmother of Stephanie, Ashley and Travis Uresti, Andrea and John Gall and Rick Gall and his wife Sarina and John Gall and his wife Tammy. Great-grandmother of Kylee, Katie and Tristan. Also survived by a sister Isabel Bowler. Predeceased by a brother James Lorimer, Mrs. Gall was born at Aberdeen, Scotland and had resided in the Sarnia area since 1969. Cremation has taken place with interment of ashes in Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Charity of Choice. Arrangements entrusted to the D. J. ROBB FUNERAL HOME, 102 N. Victoria Street, Sarnia. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family through firstname.lastname@example.org.