Obituaries

Tom Attewell Jr

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Service:

Pardoville Union Cemetery
Thursday October 19, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Thomas Attewell Jr of Charing Cross passed away on Saturday October 14, 2017. He walked these parts for 78 years; 56 of them with his best friend and wife Gail (Grey) Attewell.  Tom and Gail raised two daughters; Pamela Attewell and Carrie Stobbs (Mark) who they have always been very proud of.  And then there is Sebastian, the one and only grandson who made Tom’s eyes light up whenever he walked into the room…

Her husband.  Our dad. His grandpa. Your uncle.  Best friend. Tom touched many of our lives in many different ways. If you were around him for any length of time you were soon graced with his sharp wit and sarcasm. You always left with a smile and catch ya on the flip side kind of warmth. He was a hard working man his entire life and was always willing to help out whenever asked. Dad fought off cancer 4 times without any conventional treatment.  Last year he went through 4 major surgeries on his face and surprisingly died cancer free! A lover of animals and of his gardens he could be found outside with his cats, in his workshop with his grand puppy or on his porch with a rum and crossword.  And all the while he had his tunes going in the back ground. Usually Elvis. So friends and family the next time you go by a garden with zinnias or hear Elvis singing How Great Thou Art think of Tom. Rest in peace Tommy 2 Tone You are forever loved and greatly missed.

Tom will be forever remembered by his sisters Beverly O’Phee (Ron), Sandy Gardiner and Nancy McCorkell and by his in-laws Jan (Hurrell) Attewell and Brock Robinson. He was predeceased by his parents Helen (Huffman) & Thomas Attewell Sr, his sisters Sharon Faflak and Rosemary Robinson, his brother Bud Attewell and by his brothers in law George Faflak, Bob Gardiner and Bruce McCorkell.

He will also be remembered by Gail’s family Betty (Grey) McKillop, Wayne & Beryl (Carr) Grey and Betty (Momette) Grey.  Predeceased by William Grey and Donald McKillop.

Uncle Tom will be remembered by his many treasured nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to gather at Pardoville Cemetery on Thursday October 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. where Tom will be remembered at a graveside service.  Friends wishing to remember Tom with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or P.A.W.R.

Irene Wildgen

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Service:

St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church, Chatham
Wednesday October 18, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday October 17, 2017
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Parish Prayers will take place prior to the visitation at 1:45

Irene Wildgen of Blenheim passed away at the Blenheim Community Village on Thursday October 12, 2017. Irene was born 94 years ago to Walter & Catherine (McGugan) Knott. She was one of four children and is survived by her brother and sister in law Raymond & Pat Knott of Pickering. She was predeceased by her sister Marie and her husband Jack Hebblethwaite and her brother Maurice Knott and his wife Florence. She is survived by her sister in law Jane Everitt and by her nieces and nephews who she thought of as her own children.

Irene was born in London. At the age of 6 her family moved to a house on Jane Street in Blenheim and her dad took a job as a butter maker at the Blenheim Dairy. Irene followed her father’s footsteps in the dairy business, working for 30 years in a clerical position at the Kent Dairy and Purity Dairy. She also worked for a time at Zellers in Chatham.

Irene met a young man named Bob Wildgen and in 1951 they began a journey as husband and wife that would span over 59 years before Bob’s death in 2010. In their semi-retirement years, from 1975 – 1981 Irene and Bob ran the store inside the gates at Rondeau Park. During that time, they lived in a trailer at Wildwood Park during the summer months and spent their winters in Florida. Irene was a hard working, organized and determined lady who lived life to the fullest and believed in God.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon where visitation will take place from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Parish Prayers will take place at 1:45 p.m. A Funeral Mass for Irene will be celebrated in St. Ursula’s Church, Chatham where Irene was a member, on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow with a private family interment in St. Anthony’s Cemetery at a later date.

The family would to thank the staff at Blenheim Community Village for the care and compassion that they showed to Irene over the last four years. We especially want to thank you for going above and beyond taking care of her in her final days.

Friends wishing to remember Irene with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Arthritis Society or the CNIB.

Jeanann Sheeler

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Service:

A private family interment will take place.

Jeanann Sheeler died on Tuesday October 10, 2017. Jeanann is the loving daughter of Betty & Phil Sheeler of Chatham.  She is survived by her brother Jeff, her husband Chris Bonnici and her daughter Megan St. Amour.  Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place.

Friends wishing to remember Jeanann with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Windsor Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Ross Hoffman

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Service:

Graveside Service at Evergreen Cemetery
Saturday October 21, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Ross Hoffman of Blenheim passed away on Tuesday October 10, 2017. Born in Howard Township on the family farm 78 years ago, Ross was one of six children born to George & Berniece (Osborne) Hoffman. He is survived by his sister Hazel Tysick (Wayne) and his brothers Murray Hoffman (Bonnie) and Max Hoffman (Theresa) as well as his sisters in law Violet and Pat Hoffman. He was predeceased by his brothers Fred and Gary Hoffman and his sister in law Susan Hoffman.

Ross will be missed by his wife of 45 years Eleanor Malm and their children including Rosemarie Hamilton (Greg), Lorrie-Lynn Osmond (Martin), Carla-Jean Malm (Roy) and Cheryl-Leann Pardo, their grandchildren Amanda, Tara, Michelle, Amanda, Starla, Ginette (Henry) and Dayna as well as 7 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Ross worked for many years and retired from Thompsons in Blenheim. In his retirement years he drove cars between dealerships for Terry Linton.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Friends wishing to remember Ross with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Frank Talbourdet

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Service:

A Private Ceremony for family will be held in Toronto.

In his 101st year of life, Francis (Frank) Talbourdet passed away, with family by his side, on October 10th, 2017, at Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg, Ontario.

Frank celebrated his 100th birthday on March 1, 2017. It was a privilege for family to share this milestone, as it has been to experience a century of history through the stories of this articulate and insightful gentleman.

Raised on the hardscrabble prairies of the early 1900’s, Frank endured the hardships of the Great Depression, riding the rails in pursuit of work, and later served his country in the Second World War.

An electrician by trade, Frank was also a teacher of many life lessons. He demonstrated the importance of living in the present and keeping your world large. He taught the value of education, lifelong learning, and civic engagement. Frank audited courses at the University of Toronto and Ryerson after retirement, and regularly attended sessions at the legislature.

Frank settled in Toronto after the war and married Una Fletcher (1992) in 1946. Together, they had two children, Joseph (1997) and Jane Ablett, wife of Dr. Gary Ablett (2010). He is also predeceased by his second wife Shirley Kayes (1999) whom he married in 1995, and his brothers Peter (2008) and Guy (2008). Frank was the proud grandfather of Jeff (Kerri) of Vancouver and Greg (Anna Krangle-Long) of Edmonton, and four great grandchildren, Oliver, Oscar, Seth and Nina.

A private ceremony for family will be held in Toronto. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Simone Ameel

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Service:

Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown
Meet at the Ameel family plot
Friday October 13, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Simone Ameel of Ridgetown, loved wife of the late Marcel (April 1, 2017) passed away on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 90 years. Simone was born in Bermen, Belgium to Albert and Marie (Lootens) Galonde and was the last surviving member of her family. She was predeceased by her sister Annette and by two brothers who died in their childhood. Simone and Marcel farmed for many years just outside of Ridgetown where they raised their sons Dell Ameel & Kathy Miron who live in Dutton and Albert Ameel who passed away in 2002. They were the proud grandparents of Jodi & Justin Smith of Tilbury, Jeff & Amanda Ameel of Chatham, Todd & Jenn Ameel of St. Thomas, Tracey & Mike Vanderlip of Rushton’s Corners and Tammy & Dave Richards of Dresden. They were also the proud great-grandparents of Tyler, Colin, Riley, Sadie, Kyle, Peyton and Bentley. She will be missed by Odiel & Audrey Ameel of Ridgetown and by her nieces and nephews.

It was Simone’s wish that cremation would take place and that a graveside service would take place. Family and friends are invited to gather at the family plot in Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown on Friday October 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider making a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Gerdie Tol

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Service:

Private Graveside Service

Gerdie (Tuyp) Tol of Blenheim passed away suddenly at the age of 84 at her home.

Born in Holland September 26, 1933 she emigrated to Canada in 1956. Gerdie worked at Southwestern Regional Centre in Dietary for 32 years and retired from there. She was predeceased by her loving husband and best friend Hank Tol on March 3, 2016.

She will be sadly missed by her lovely daughter Fran Tol of Charing Cross and Roger McClatchey of Chatham, her lovely granddaughter Alicia Chartier (Tol) and her husband Jordan of Chatham and her great grand children Richard and Abigail Chartier.

Gerdie enjoyed weekly, visiting her favourite stores in Blenheim.  For years she made slippers, hats and mitten sand donated them to organizations in Chatham Kent.  She enjoyed Bowling on Thursdays and spending time with her family.

We would like to thank Dr. Tom Perkins and staff and the VON as they went above and beyond their duties.

Gerdie was predeceased by her son Richard Tol in 1989 and her daughter Deborah (Creamer) Tol in 2007. She was also predeceased by her Mom and Dad in Holland and by 9 brothers and 3 sisters also of Holland.

In keeping with Gerdies wishes cremation has taken place. There will be no Funeral Home visitations or services. A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Gerdie with a memorial donation are asked to consider the World of Life Church Food Bank in Blenheim.

 

William “Bill” Mantle

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Service:

A Private Memorial service for immediate family will take place at a later date.

William “Bill” Mantle of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 7, 2017.  He was born 82 years ago to the late Iva Marie (Rock) and Llewellyn Hiram Mantle.  He will be remembered fondly by his wife of 54 years Patricia (Shantz) Mantle, his children Crystal and Tom Tye of Blenheim, Laurie Mantle of Chatham, Bradley and Cristina Mantle of Texas and William “Bill” Mantle Jr. of Florida. He was the proud Papa of Marissa, Garrett, Brandon and Ashley, Kyle, Jessica and Joel, 14 great grandchildren and was predeceased by his great grandson Daeton (2006).  He will also be remembered by his siblings Bruce Mantle, Llewellyn (Sharon) Mantle, Roy (Ann) Mantle, Mary Lou Mantle and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister Ruby (2006) and brother Wallace (1997).

Bill was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed boating, smoking meat and traveling with his wife Patricia.

The family would like to thank the staff at Blenheim Community Village for their care and compassion for Bill over the last two years, and the special care that was given to him in his final days.  The family would also like to thank Dr. Perkin and Nurse Practitioner Jennifer for all their special care.

It was his wish that friends and family remember him quietly and if someone wanted to make a memorial donation that they would consider helping the Blenheim Baptist Church or The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Cremation has taken place.  A private memorial service for immediate family will be held at a later date. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Jim Gardiner

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Jim Gardiner of Blenheim passed away on Thursday September 28, 2017.  He was born 79 years ago to Gladys (Drury) Gardiner and the late Percy Gardiner.  He will be remembered fondly by his wife Cheryl (Johns) Gardiner, his daughter Wendy & David VanEerd and their children Keith and Victoria of Highgate and Mike Gardiner of London was well as his chosen family Kim Johns, Dana Hines (Gary), David Johns and John Johns all of the USA with their 12 children.

Jim was one of 7 siblings and is survived by his sisters Ruth and Donna both of Chatham, his brother Bill of Erie Beach and his brother Wayne of Chatham.  He was predeceased by his sister Darlene and his brother Bob.

Jim worked for many years as a linesman for the Blenheim PUC.  He enjoyed life to the fullest, especially if it included being on the lake.  It was his wish that friends and family remember him quietly and if someone wanted to make a memorial donation that they would consider helping the Lung Association.  Cremation has taken place.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

Arthur Huffman

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Arthur Huffman of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Friday, September 22, 2017. Arthur was born 88 years ago to his late parents Helen (Wilkie) and Blake Huffman. Beloved husband of Lillian (Sterling) Huffman for 58 years. He will be remembered with great fondness by his sons Ken, Gary (Cathie), and Don (Phyllis), his 2 grandchildren and his nephews Allan and Steven Sterling and their families. Predeceased by his brother-in-law Albert (Marilyn) Sterling.

Arthur was a member of Rondeau Bay Agricultural Conservation Corporation, The Western Ontario Angus Association and Beef Producers for Change.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.   A Funeral Service for Arthur will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 27th at 1:00 p.m. Cremation will follow. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.

Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.