Born into the arms of the Angels on December 31st, 2012. Son of Jason and Allison Horst. Grandson of Gary Horst (Julie), Dave Harwood (Janet). Loving nephew of Lynn (Derek), Michelle (Jay), Leanne (T.J.), Lindsay (Kevin), Mark. A private family service will take place.
Teresa Agnes Hughes, age 87, in the presence of her family, passed away peacefully at her home in Stratford on Friday the 4th of January, 2013. Survived by dear husband Whittington W. (Bob) Hughes of 61 years. Cherished mum of six children: Aidan (Norma), Brantford; Paul (Deb), Stratford; Bernadette McPherson, Stratford; Cecilia Smith (Paul), Port Lambton; Michele Kehna (Jim), Sebringville; and Yvonne McManus (Brad), Overland Park, Ks. Beloved Nana to 17 grandchildren: Ian, Stephanie, Katie, Stephen, Leam, Carolyn, Brock, Leanne, David, Jeremy, Tyler, Ashley, Reilly, James, Jonathan, Thomas and Simon. Great Nana to William, Benjamin, Chloe, Andrew and Olivia. One of ten children she was born May 13, 1925 at Ushaw College Farm, Esh, Durham, England. Teresa was predeceased by her parents John George Dixon and Annie Snowdon; two sisters, Dorothy and Winifred and three brothers George, John and Cuthbert. Survived by sisters Monica Carhart-Harris and Joan Sedgewick; brothers Thomas and Edward and many nieces and nephews. Teresa served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force from 1944-1950, during which time she met her husband ‘Nobby’ (Bob) Hughes, while stationed at the RAF hospital Nocton Hall, Lincolnshire. They were married at St. Michaels, Esh Laude, County Durham, on the 22nd of November 1951. The family emmigrated to Canada in 1958, where they settled in Stratford, Ontario. Teresa’s loving, gentle nature and sense of humour were appreciated by her family and all who came to know her. There will be no funeral home visitation. Requiem Mass to be held Tuesday, January 8th 2013 at 11:00am, St. Joseph’s Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford. Luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Special thanks to Dr. Bandey, his colleagues and staff, as well as caregiver Julie for their compassion and support to both Teresa and her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St.Vincent de Paul Society, the St. Joseph’s Church Restoration Fund or the Rotary Club of Stratford through W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford.
Hans Ludwig Gimber, age 76, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Victoria Hospital, London on January 4, 2013. Hans was born in Lampertheim, Germany, a son of the late Ludwig and Elisabeth Gimber. Beloved husband of Brenda (Douglas) who predeceased him October 27, 1992. Loving father of Dawn Mattell (Jeffrey). Grandfather of Samantha and Ryan. Dear brother of Wilhelmine Krawczyk, Liselotte Hamm (Jakob). Also survived by sisters-in-law Bonnie Hlusiak (Bill), Barbara Johnson (Bill) and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife he was predeceased by a sister Katharina Herweck (Adam), a brother-in-law Wladyslaw Krawczyk and his mother-in-law Dorothy Douglas. Hans worked as an electrician with FAG Bearings until his retirement. he was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Stratford. A private family graveside service will take place. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford.
Thomas Stilling, age 85, of Stratford passed away peacefully at home on January 6, 2013. Tom is survived by his best friend and companion of 25 years Olive Siemon. Loving father of Tom (Wanda) and their children Jesse and Kaden. Also survived by Olive's family Murray Siemon (Jean) and their children Sabrina, James and Nathan. Dear brother of Jean Schweitzer. Brother-in-law of Mildred Stilling and Jan Stilling. He was predeceased by his parents Marinus and Elsa Stilling, his wife Helen (Barclay), a sister Anna Reid (Jim), brothers Walter Stilling, Leonard Stilling, Albert Fick (Margaret) and by a brother-in-law Charlie Schweitzer. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom was born in Cochrane but lived most of his young life in Millbank, Ontario. He was an Electrician by trade and was a member of the I.B.E.W. #804 Kitchener. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 565, Milverton and Tom enjoyed all his summers with Olive camping at Family Paradise. At Tom's request cremation will take place. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, January 8, from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, January 9, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Stratford General Hospital or the charity of one's choice through the funeral home.
Adrian Van Nynatten
On January 8, 2013 we said our final goodbye to Adrian Cornelius Van Nynatten, age 87, of Kinkora, at Stratford General Hospital. Adrian was born in Holland on June 7, 1925. Beloved husband of Mary Van Nynatten (Vrints) for over 60 years. Dear father of Mary (Henk) Nyenhuis, Anne (Jim Avery) Van Nynatten, Josie (Francis) d’Avernas, Peter (Valerie) Van Nynatten, Frank (Marina) Van Nynatten, Adrian (Christine) Van Nynatten, Sylvia (Bert) Groenestege, Angela (Terry) Wright, Lydia (Philip) Rose, Walter (Kathy) Van Nynatten. Dear grandfather of 25 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Dear brother of John (Nellie) Van Nynatten, Rosa Van Bergen, Rika Brosens, Dien Vrints, Belgium, Marie Suykerbuyk and Lena Van Bergen, both of Holland Predeceased by his parents Pieter and Johanna Van Nynatten, brothers and sisters Toon, Naan, Cor and Piet and a grandson John Nyenhuis. Adrian always said he lived a good life. Farming and family were near and dear to his heart. His rewards were many. Joys abounded from his devoted wife and loving children and grandchildren. He found peace and pleasure in hard work and nature. There are no words sufficient to thank Stratford General Hospital’s incredible CCU and palliative care staff. Their skill, kindness and compassion made his last days peaceful and ours bearable. We ask that you hold Adrian in your heart and his family and loved ones in your prayers. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Friday, January 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Kinkora on Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Stratford General Hospital, St. Patrick’s Church, Kinkora, Right to Life or Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Foundation through the funeral home.
In sadness without measure, we would like to announce the passing of Kent William Abbott, January 7th, 2013 in his 32nd year. He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Kent had a passion for music and had played at venues around the world. He acquired a super sense of humour, was always attracted to people and would make them laugh. Beloved son of Mary and Denis Flanagan and Frank and Janice Abbott. Dear brother of Cole Abbott (Amie) and Shanelle Abbott. Dear Uncle of Cullen and Callie Abbott. Grandson of Helen Repasi and the late Steve Repasi, Clarence and Faye Abbott, Dinny Flanagan and the late Joan Flanagan. Also survived by Aunts and Uncles Veronica Kielesinski and Rick Verhegghe, Christine Balasz (Tom), Debbie Greenfield (Alan), Bill Abbott (Darcy Drinkwater), Jane Flanagan (Greg Beresford), Mark Flanagan (Joan), Jean Flanagan (Andrew Rodgers) and many cousins. Friends and relatives may call at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford on Friday, January 11 from 6-9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 96 Huron Street, Stratford on Saturday at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick Bester - Celebrant. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Mental Health or the charity of your choice through the funeral home.
Theresa Dubblestyne June 24, 1953- February 5,2013
With heavy hearts and tearful eyes, we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother, Theresa Anne Dubblestyne, age 59, on Tuesday February 5th, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener. Born in Toronto, she was the beloved daughter of Eleanor Bernier (nee Dowling) and the late Joseph Nelson Bernier, of Stratford. She was the cherished wife of the late Barry Dubblestyne, who predeceased her on January 20th, 2000. Family was the centre of her life. She delighted in spending time with family and friends. Loving and devoted mother of Erin (Matt) Verellen, Ryan (Julia) Dubblestyne and Evan Dubblestyne. Cherished sister to Bonita (Patrick) Batty, Joseph (Patti)Bernier, Michelle (Patrick) Daugharty, Danielle Wynne and Gregory Bernier. Special sister-in-law to Bev (Gary) Brady, Brent (Evelyn) Dubblestyne, Ken (Jennifer) Dubblestyne, Kevin Dubblestyne and Perry (Maria) Dubblestyne. She was pre-deceased by Gertrude and Harvey Dubblestyne, mother and father-in-law. Many nieces and nephews survive her. Theresa adored her profession and lived to improve the lives of others. She graduated from the Ontario College of Nurses in 1974, as a registered nurse. Theresa’s career started as the Director of Nursing at the Milverton Nursing Home, and included nursing with VON and finally a Case Manager with the Community Care Access Centre Huron-Perth. She was also the Bargaining Unit President of the Ontario Nurses Association. She was an avid reader with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Although she excelled in all of these roles, her true calling was being a devoted and loving Nana to her three grandchildren, Gracelynn Dubblestyne and Ethan and Emma Verellen. Theresa appreciated the simple things in life; a Lake Huron sunset, a walk on the beach, the sound of a wave on the hull of her sail boat and a hug from her kids. Anyone who spent any time with Theresa was a better person for it. Her quick wit, sense of humor, decisive nature and unwavering level of compassion will be sorely missed. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St. Stratford on Friday February 8th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. (Parish prayers will be held on Friday at 2:45 p.m.) The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday February 9th at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dick Bester will officiate. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Kitchener or the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the funeral home. 519-271-7411.
Scott John Diamond, age 42, of London passed away peacefully with family by his side at the London Health Science Centre - Victoria Campus on February 25, 2013. Scott is survived by his loving wife Tracey and his two sons Cory and Colton. Loving son of Russell and Jean Diamond. Dear brother of Tony (Sharon), Andy (Jennifer). Also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Gerald and Eileen Smithers, sister-in-law Tammy Fraser (Brad), brother-in-law Jerry Smithers (Lisa) and nieces and nephews Travis, Jack, Brittany, Jacob, Jamie, Sydney, Courtney and Emily. Scott was predeceased by his grandparents John and Alice Sword, George and Lillian Diamond. Scott graduated from Georgian College in Accounting in 1992 and has worked for Famme and Co. since. He had been a volunteer with Big Sisters of Stratford and Area, Stratford and Area Association for Community Living and the Stratford Home Builders Association. He was an avid golfer and loved to spend time at the trailer with family and friends. Scott, along with his sons was a dedicated Minnesota Vikings fan. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Wednesday, February 27, from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, February 28, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Clinic or the Canadian Diabetes Association through the funeral home. (519) 271 7411
Leeanne Marie Pauli, age 44, died suddenly at home on April 11, 2013. Leeanne leaves behind her loving husband Rick who cared for her with love and respect and their children Jordan, Brady and Molly the dog. Loving daughter of Dennis and Barbara Gaul; her sister Tammy Coffey (Murray). Also surviving is her sister-in-law Tammy Broughton (Tom), nephew Tyler, nieces Kylie, Taylor and Nicole, her mother-in-law Elaine Pauli, father-in-law Roger Pauli (Marietta), grandparents Elmer and Noreen Gaul and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Leeanne worked as an RPN at Spruce Lodge for the last 26 years. She will be dearly missed. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday, April 14th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 202 Erie Street, Stratford on Monday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation or to an education fund for her children (cheques made payable to Young Memorials) through the funeral home.
Dr. A. Kent Sorsdahl MD, FRCSC, FACS
Andrew Kent Sorsdahl, age 49, of Sebringville passed away suddenly at home on May 23, 2013. Beloved husband of Jane. Loving father of Andrew and Madison. Dear son of Larry Sorsdahl and his late wife Sharon. Brother Buddy to Carmen Brown and her husband, Kim. Uncle to Brianna and Keely. Also survived by his father-in-law Thomas McHattie, his mother-in-law Donna Mullin, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Kyle McHattie, Richard McHattie (Sally), Nancy Vear (Michael) and their families. Kent went to high school at Luther College in Regina, SK, where his son Andrew later followed in his footsteps. He went on to medical school at the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated magna cum laude. While interning at the Plains Hospital in Regina, Kent partnered with another resident to produce a research paper on throat cancer which he ultimately presented at a symposium in Paris, France. He completed his residency in General Surgery in London, ON, where he received awards for excellence in both teaching and research. Kent moved to Stratford and joined the partnership of Maciver and Gonser, to be joined later by Marcie McCune and Kevin Lefebvre, his close friends, and most recently Craig O'Neill. Throughout his 17 years at SGH, he garnered the respect and love of fellow colleagues and nursing staff alike. As a physician leader, Kent served as a mentor to his new partners in addition to serving as both Chief of Surgery and Medical Program Director of Surgical Services at Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. He was instrumental in establishing the Laparoscopic Colon Surgery Program at SGH, one of the first of its kind in a community centre like Stratford. Kent was known for his quirky sense of humour. He loved golfing and fishing, especially his annual father and son fishing trip that recently saw three generations of Sorsdahls in northern Saskatchewan. Kent was first and foremost a family man. He divided his summers between the cottage near Tobermory and Clear Lake, Manitoba. Kent was a man of uncommon patience and devotion to both excellence in medicine and a balanced family life. He and Jane, along with his parents, traveled to Italy and Scotland where he scored a hole-in-one at the Queen's Course at Glen Eagles. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Sunday, May 26, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. A Celebration of Kent's Life will take place at Central United Church, 194 Avondale Avenue, Stratford on Tuesday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. followed immediately by a reception at the Festival Inn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as expressions of sympathy and may be made through the funeral home.
Brian James Emery – B Sc., B. Mus., ARCT
September 1, 1953 – July 7, 2013
With great sadness and great love, the family of Brian Emery wishes to announce his sudden passing on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at his home in Stratford. A long time resident of Stratford, Brian (known affectionately as “Mr. E” to many of his students) was on any given day an organist, vocal soloist, music teacher, composer, choir and hand bell conductor, accompanist, and adjudicator from Toronto to Kincardine to London. For 23 years, he served as organist and music director for St. Mary’s Presbyterian Church in St. Mary’s. He is a former member of The Fagan Singers, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and (for almost thirty years) the Elora Festival Singers. Besides the steady stream of music students he taught, he also served as an accompanist with the St. Mary’s Children’s Choir and the Stratford Concert Choir and directed the Stratford Boy Choir. He liberally gave of his time, accompanying many students in their Royal Conservatory and university-level music exams, along with playing at many weddings and funerals over his long career. His lifelong passion for music and his gift for encouraging others in their musical development were hallmarks of his life. Best of all, he was a kind man of deep faith, who shared his talents generously, who loved to laugh and who counted every student and every friend of great importance. He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed. Brian is survived by his sisters: Kathleen (Joe) Wolford from Colorado; Marg (Phyllis) Emery from Pennsylvania and Lois (John) Francis from Burlington, Ontario. He also leaves behind his dear cousin Marjorie (Ivan) Wilson from Stratford as well as nieces and nephews Rebekah (Tim) Reeves, Rachel Reyes, Elizabeth Wolford, Hannah (Eric) Soukup, Sarah Wolford and Joy (Mark), Amy and Peter Francis.
Visitation will be held at W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford, on Thursday, July 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. and from 7 – 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Presbyterian Church, 147 Widder St. E., St Mary’s, Ontario on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. Refreshments to follow. Interment service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery, 493 Springbank Drive, London, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations either to the Elora Festival Singers Brian Emery Scholarship Fund OR the Brian Emery Music Scholarship / Training Fund (funds donated to this initiative of St. Mary’s Presbyterian Church will be matched by an anonymous donor dollar for dollar – thank you!).