August 24th, 2007
Mr. Wesley John Kaufman of Listowel passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at the age of 85. Wes is survived by Marjory (Illman) Kaufman, his loving wife of 64 years, and will be sorrowfully missed by his brother Harry and Audrey Kaufman of Listowel. He was dearly loved by his entire family, including nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues. Wes was born in Mornington Township. At the age of 21, he and his only brother, Harry, enlisted in the Canadian Navy and served for four years in the Second World War. While on leave he married the love of his life, Marjory Illman, on Dec. 12, 1942. Wes was a dedicated employee of Ideal Supply in Listowel for 32 years. His love for life and nature was reflected in his beautiful flowers. He spent a lot of time at the cottage at Point Clark where many a fish was caught. Wes was also a gifted woodworker and spent hours in his basement workshop, often making wonderful gifts for family and friends. Anyone who knew Wes loved his sense of humour and his caring way. Many who were unrelated knew him as ‘Uncle Wes’. We will all miss him, but will cherish our fond memories always. A private family service was held at Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Saturday, Aug. 18, with Rev. Ian Johnston and Rev. Mark Davidson officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel. Memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, or North Perth Community Hospice would be greatly appreciated.
August 24th, 2007
With sadness, the family announces the peaceful passing of Hendrik, with his family by his side, on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at the Grace Hospice, Winnipeg at the age of 84. Hendrik will be lovingly remembered by his children, Mia Roorda (Clarence) and Bernie Immink (Julie); his grandchildren Kevin, Andrew, Jon, Blair, and Jenna; and his niece and nephews, Anna, Adam and Jake. He was predeceased by his wife Jenny. The family would like to thank the Grace Hospice for their exceptional support and care. Visitation took place on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, Winnipeg, where the funeral service was celebrated on Monday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Romas officiated. Interment followed in Thomson In the Park Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice, 260 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3R5.
August 24th, 2007
Walter Pirker passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 at the Columbia Forest Long Term Care Centre at the age of 87. Walter was the loving husband of Anna for 57 years. He will be deeply missed by his sons John Pirker, and Wally Pirker and his wife Rita MacIsaac; and was the proud Opa of David and Caitlyn. Walter and Anna immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in Toronto, where Walter worked in construction. Later, he and Anna moved to the Listowel area and started a dairy farm. They enjoyed dairy farming for over 20 years. Walter was a very hard worker who was dedicated to his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Visitation took place at the David MacLeod Funeral Home, Waterloo on Friday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by words of inspiration with Fr. Robert Hetu. A time of fellowship followed in the funeral home reception centre. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully appreciated by the family.
Beatrice Jean Mayberry
August 16th, 2007
With great sadness the family announces Beatrice’s passing at Listowel Memorial Hospital on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, just two weeks after her 90th birthday. She was born in Mornington Township, the eldest daughter of the late Lockie and Jean Turnbull.
Beatrice married Clifford Mayberry in 1941, and they spent 57 devoted years together before his death in 1999. She will be forever missed by her loving daughter Elaine Mayberry of Springhill, Nova Scotia, her devoted son-in-law Joseph Sharpe of Cambridge, granddaughters Corina and her husband Peter O’Brien of Springhill, Nova Scotia, and Jana Smalley of London, great-grandchildren Kyle and Ashley O’Brien, and her former son-in-law Harry Steeves. She is also survived by her daughter Joyce.
Beatrice was the sister of Lenore Stone of Listowel; sister-in-law of Grace Turnbull of Kitchener and Dr. Earl Coxon of Wellesley; and will be fondly remembered by the many who called her aunt, great-aunt, and great-great-aunt.
She was predeceased by her brother Delford Turnbull (1995), sisters Bernice Coxon (2005) and Della Mayburry (2007), brothers-in-law Lyle Mayburry, Jack Stone, Clarence Mayberry, and Ural Mayberry, and sister-in-law Ilene (Mayberry) Gibson.
Beatrice lived a life in which humility, honesty, hard work, and honour were of utmost importance. She was a very private and gentle lady, and had unwavering faith despite much turmoil and suffering in the last year of her life. She was a long-time member of the Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, and a member of the Britton Women’s Missionary Society and Britton Women’s Institute.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, where the funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.
Memorial donations to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca.
Very special thanks to Janice Hackbart and the staff at Caressant Care, Listowel, for their compassion and wonderful care, and to the chronic care nurses at Listowel Memorial Hospital who went above and beyond their duties to assist Beatrice and the family.
August 16th, 2007
Dorothy Thompson of Tillsonburg, passed away peacefully at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 at the age of 86.
She was the beloved wife of the late William Raye Thompson (1959); dear mother of James (Sharon) Thompson of Tillsonburg, and Robert (Shelagh) Thompson of Oyama, B.C.; loving grandmother of Leeanne Thompson; and dear sister of Isabel Wenzel of Listowel.
Dorothy was predeceased by her sister Inez MacDonald of Brussels.
Dorothy was a registered nurse for many years, and was an industrial nurse at Livingson Industries of Tillsonburg until her retirement. She was also a lifetime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tillsonburg.
The family received friends at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, Tillsonburg on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and the funeral service was held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 9 with Rev. Olwyn Coughlin officiating. A private family interment took place in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel on Friday.
At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tillsonburg.
August 16th, 2007
Our Janie (Linda), of Kitchener and formerly of Listowel, won her battle for freedom on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at the age of 60.
She was the dear daughter of Margaret (nee Newton) and the late Bertrand Abell of Listowel. Janie was dearly loved by family, friends and colleagues, far and near, young and old.
Her greatest gift was her friendship, for to be a friend of Janie’s was to bask in the sunlight of loyalty, generosity and laughter.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Janie’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, with socializing commencing at 10 a.m. and memories being shared at 11 a.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519-749-8467).
In lieu of flowers, donations gladly accepted to the Children’s Wish Foundation, since Janie had a true love of children and young people.
August 16th, 2007
Warren Edward Smith, of Kagawong, Manitoulin Island, died at his residence on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at the age of 59. He was born in Listowel, a son of Georgina Louise (Schade) Smith and the late Kenneth Edward Smith.
Warren is survived by his loving mother Georgina of Atwood, and was the loving and loved husband of Corinne (Horn) Smith of Kagawong; cherished father of Ted (Gayle) of Victoria, B.C., Susan (Bibber) Wenge of Cambridge, Ken (Shannon) of Kagawong, and Randy (Sonja) of Cambridge; and proud grandpa and “Papa 4-wheeler” of Kirsten, Hailey, Sara, Brenden and Ryan. He was the dear brother of Gary (Barb) of Monkton, Beth (Gary) Earl of Ether, Dale (Trish) of Monkton, Bev (Randy) Raycraft of Monkton and sister-in-law Gayle (Ken) Dewar of Monkton. He will also be missed by brothers and sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Warren was predeceased by his brother Wayne.
Warren and Corinne moved to Manitoulin 15 years ago, where he had been employed at Manitoulin Transport until his retirement nine years ago. Warren had a great passion for his teams, the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays. He enjoyed gardening and loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed hooking rugs, and was laughingly referred to as a “hooker” by family and friends.
Warren’s greatest love was his family. He loved each and every one, and in particular, was happiest when surrounded by his kids and grandchildren. He was a family man in every sense of the word, and many precious memories will be cherished by all.
A memorial service was held at Monkton United Church on Saturday, Aug. 4.
If desired, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and may be made through the Peebles Funeral Home by calling 519-356-2383.
August 3rd, 2007
Helen Marion Swift (Pearson) died peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her family, on Friday, July 27, 2007 at the age of 83. She was born in Grey Township on May 24, 1924, a daughter of the late Joseph and Annie Pearson.
Helen was the beloved wife for over 60 years of Donald Swift; and dear mother of Linda (John Callaghan) of London, Janice (Douglas Scott) of London, and Douglas (Elizabeth) of Oakville. She was the much loved grandmother of Timothy Scott (Stephanie), Sarah Scott (Todd Richie), Patrick and Geoffrey Callaghan, Matthew Scott, and Carey and Kaitlyn Swift; dear great-grandmother of Dylan and Adam Scott and Teaghan Richie; loving sister of Jean Elliott (Bert), and the late George Pearson (Isobel); and she also is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Helen was an active member of the Kinette Clubs of Listowel and Brampton, and a long-time member of the London Hunt and Country Club and the Prestancia Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. She enjoying golfing at both for many years and was a Ladies’ Nine-Hole Champion at Prestancia. Helen will be remembered for her quiet grace, warm smile and kindness to all, and especially for her devotion to her family.
The family will receive friends at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout St. S., London on Tuesday, July 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to noon. The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 12 noon. Cremation to take place.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Helen are asked to consider a donation to My Sister’s Place, 546 King St., London, Ont. N6B 1T5.
The family would like to thank Anita Stenning for her sincere kindness and gentle care of Helen during the last weeks of her life.