Gloria Ann Kressler
Gloria Ann Kressler, of Princess Street, Stratford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2011. She was born in Arthur, daughter of the late Norman Gray and the former Audrey Murdoch. Gloria trained as a bookeeper in Toronto and had worked in Guelph at General Electric, Rockwell International and the YMCA until 1980 when she met Jack Kressler on a hiking trip. The two were married December 9, 1980 and the couple lived in Stratford where Gloria worked as a bookeeper with the Canadian Red Cross until her retirement. Gloria and Jack are members of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Stratford and District Horticultural Society and life members of the Avon Hiking Club. Beloved wife of John Adam (Jack) Kressler, loving mother of Chris McCuaig and husband Brian, Whitby, Carolyn Hartlen, Kitchener and her children Emily Gastmeier and husband Jason, Kitchener and Ian Hartlen, Toronto. Dear sister of Allan and Lenore Gray, Guelph, Lloyd and Janet Gray, Brantford, Paul Gray (deceased), Lionel and Jean Gray, Barrie, Brian Gray, Guelph. Also surviving are several Kressler brothers in law and sisters in law and many nieces and nephews and their families. Friends and relatives may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Wednesday September 14 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Erie Street, Stratford on Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Doug Reble will officiate. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson Foundation or the charity of ones choice through the funeral home. 519 271 7411.
It is with sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Wesley August Noack, age 96, on Saturday, November 25, after a short illness. Wes was born in Killaloe, Ontario February 15, 1916, son of the late Matthew and Annie Noack Wes was a farmer all his life, first in Tavistock and then in Sebringville. It was in Tavistock where he met and married his wife, the former Pearl McGregor who predeceased him on March 12, 1985. A lifelong church attendee, Wes was an active member for over 50 years of Emmanuel United Church in Sebringville, Centennial United and Central United Church, Stratford. He was most proud of his 30 years as Sunday School Superintendent and his time serving as the Representative to Huron-Perth Presbytery. Besides his wife and son in infancy, Wes was predeceased by a brother Matthew Noack (Emma), sisters Wilehmine Macy (Charles) and Lena Tennant (Alfred). Wes is survived by many nieces and nephews and by his good friend Alice Coles (Michael) and family. Interment has taken place in Grace United Church Cemetery, Tavistock. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Wesley August Noack will be held at Central United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford on Friday, December 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. with reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Central United Church or to Cedarcroft Place through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford.
Mary Jane Hale
Mary Jane Hale, age 77, passed away peacefully at the Hillside Manor, RR# 5 Stratford on December 4, 2012. Mary Jane is survived by her brothers Michael Coombs, James Coombs and their families. She was predeceased by her brother Donald Coombs and by her parents James and Sarah Coombs. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday, December 8, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers: Donations to Parkinson’s Society of Canada 4211 Yonge St Suite 316 Toronto ON M2P 2A9 or to the Stratford-Perth Humane Society 345 Douro Street, Stratford Ontario N5A 3S8 would be appreciated and may be made through the funeral home.
Peacefully at home with family and his beloved dog Mac on December 6, 2012. Warner is survived by his wife Maggie; children Blair (Judi), Warner (Lisa), Jennifer Arsenault (Gary) and their families
Gladys Bryant, age 87, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on December 7th, 2012. Gladys was born on October 14th, 1925 at 14 Heald Street in Earlestown, Lancashire, England, to Fred and Ethel Mort. Cherished memories from her childhood include baking with her mother, watching her father tend his roses, listening to brass band music on the radiogram, and attending school, where she played many sports and was named Head Prefect. In 1943, at a friend's 21st birthday party, Gladys met Walter Bryant, a handsome sheet metal worker from nearby St. Helens. After a night of dancing, they began a long courtship that culminated in their marriage, January 10th, 1949 in St. John the Baptist Church in Earlestown. Walter and Gladys sailed to Halifax, Canada in January 1952 on the ship Franconia. They settled in Toronto and became proud parents to two sons: Stephen and Philip. The family moved to Winnipeg, Toronto, and Guelph before settling in Stratford in 1969. Gladys' life was marked by delight in her favourite activities, including tending her beautiful garden, baking, walking by the river, and a little amateur astrology. Above all, she cherished her relationships with her family, the "London Bryants" (Steve, Diane, Kate, and Mathew), the "New Dundee Bryants" (Phil, Chris, Drew, and Kale), beloved niece Jean and husband Jim, and other relations abroad, including her late brother Fred Mort and wife Edie, and late sister Mabel Lovatt and husband Ernest. She also had many lovingly tended connections with friends, neighbours, and fellow parishioners and craft group members at St. James Church. Gladys had a glowing spirit, a great passion for life, and a presence that brought light to all who knew her. Her selfless caring for others, quick wit, beautiful voice, and her bright smile and blue eyes will be always remembered and deeply missed. We love you Nana. A private family service will take place at St. James' Anglican Church, Stratford. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford.
MAEHLE, HILDE RUTH. (December 7, 2012).
Peacefully passed away at Stratford General Hospital, in her 93rd year. Born in Koblenz, Germany, February 13, 1920, and raised in Breslau and Wiesbaden, she was the eldest daughter of the late Bernhardt and Martha (Greven) Todt, and sister of Charlotte and Elizabeth. She was predeceased by first husband Heinz Kriesten (1945) and second husband Nikolaus Maehle (1972). Hilde was the loving mother to Barbara (d. 1958), Joan, Michael and Irene, and a doting and overly-indulgent grandmother to Alexander and Melissa (Whittaker), and Ariel. Hilde immigrated to Canada in 1956, and was a long-time employee and retiree of FAG Bearings. She also worked as an usherette at the Stratford Festival Theatre, was part-time admittance clerk at Stratford General Hospital, and volunteer at Rothman’s Art Gallery (now Gallery Stratford). She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and choir, and long-time member and past President of the Stratford Teutonia Choir. She was a founding member of the Stratford and District Association for the Mentally Retarded (now Community Living Stratford and Area). Hilde had been a resident at Cedarcroft Place since 2008. Hilde was well-known for her strength of character and the sense of humour that carried her through much adversity. She also had remarkable Scrabble skills, and made a mean meatloaf and rouladen. Her resiliency and determination was a hallmark to her family and friends. She will be sorely missed. Visitation for family and friends will be at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford Tuesday, December 11th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 202 Erie Street, Stratford. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to Community Living of Stratford and Area or Covenant House.
Jessie Arvilla Johnson, age 86, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on December 8, 2012. Jessie was born in Petrolia, daughter of the late Albert and Jessie Romphf. Beloved wife of the late Mervil Johnson who predeceased her July 30, 2011. Loving mother of Joan Walters (Ray), Vicki Dunseith, Pat Stears (Brian), Paul (Joyce), Cathy Johnson. She will be sadly missed by her 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Dear sister of Norman Romphf (Norma), Ray Romphf (Marilyn), Isobel Bullock. Also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Jimmy Johnson (Ruth), Alvin Johnson (Ruby), Pat Johnson and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by two infant granddaughters Tracey Stears, Erin Weber and sisters and brother Olla, Angela, Marjorie, Marion and Clarence. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, December 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice through the funeral home.
Elgin Lawrence Pehlke, age 89, of Stratford passed away at the Stratford General Hospital on December 9, 2012 with his special friend Pauline Meier at his side. He is survived by his children Gail Hodgson (Brian), Murray Pehlke (Elinor), David Pehlke and his step children Jim, Stuart, Dan, Cathy and Janice Keller and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Eileen (McNaught) in 1969, his second wife Lorraine (Mollard) in, his parents Reuben and Elizabeth Pehlke, sons Gary in 1957, Keith in 1981, Kevin in 2005 and a step son Clifford in 2011. Elgin served with in WWII with the Kent Regiment. He owned and operated a dairy farm on the 17th side road just outside of Monkton, Ontario. He worked at Campbell Soup for 25 years and operated Pehlke Upholstery moving to Stratford in 1974. He was an active member of the Legion and enjoyed going to dances and church suppers. He will be missed by friends and family. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Thursday, December 13, from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in North Logan Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the funeral home.
Lois Anne Milton of Stratford, age 62, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital early Monday December 10, 2012 with family and loving partner of 27 years, Vasil Henry, at her side. Loving mother of Lela Stairs Murphy and partner Richard and of Darren Stairs and wife Lee-Anne. Caring grandmother of Annan Stairs Murphy and Brooke Stairs. Beloved daughter of Lois Milton of Calgary and the late Joseph Milton. Sister of Marie Hosier and husband Steve and brother Robert Milton, Calgary. She will be missed by her niece Kathy Glover and husband Ryan and their children Oliver and Emmett and also by nephew William Hosier. Born in Brampton, ON December 3, 1950 she attended St. Joseph's School, Streetsville, Streetsville Secondary School, Erindale College, University of Toronto and Lakeshore Teachers College. She taught for 27 years ending her career at Anne Hathaway Public School, Stratford in 2008. At her request, cremation has already taken place and interment will be at a later date. Friends and relatives are invited to a time of celebration and gathering at the W. G. Young Funeral Home – RECEPTION CENTRE , 430 Huron St., Stratford on Friday December 14th from 2-4 p.m. As expressions of sympathy donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through the funeral home. 519-271-7411.