Obituaries

Marilyn Sterling

A photo of Marilyn Sterling

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday July 15, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday July 14, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Marilyn Sterling (Arthurton) of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 11, 2017. Marilyn was born 75 years ago to her late parents Ethel & Ernest Arthurton. She married Albert on February 3rd 1962 and they were together for 35 years until his passing July 13, 1997. Marilyn was predeceased by her sister Joyce Fnukal. She will be remembered with great fondness by her sons Allan & Deb Sterling of Pain Court and Steven & Ellie Voets-Sterling of Blenheim, her grandchildren Bryce Voets-Sterling & Bernadette (Benny) Sullivan, Zoe & Wade Vermeersch, Cameron Sterling, Kyle Sterling, Connor Sterling and Kurtis Sterling. She will be missed by her brothers Keith & Norma Arthurton and Loris & Sharon Arthurton as well as her brother-in-law Joe & Sharon Fnukal and sister-in-law Lillian & Art Huffman and their families.

Marilyn loved camping with her family and friends and was a 40 year member of the National Campers and Hikers Association and local club, Ruf-n-Redi. She was the Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge in Blenheim, Past Grand Matriarch of the Ladies Encampment Auxiliary of Ontario and a longtime member of the Rebekah Lodge in Merlin. She enjoyed her 35 years working at H & R Block in Chatham and Blenheim and driving school bus for Blenheim Bus Lines for 30 years.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Friday July 14, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Marilyn will take place at the Funeral Home on Saturday July 15th at 11:00 a.m. Cremation will follow.  A private family interment will take place at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.

Marilyn’s wish in lieu of flowers is to remember her by making a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association.

Wilhelmina Pieters

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Service:

St. Mary's Church
Thursday July 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Wednesday July 12, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m (Parish Prayers at 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday July 13, 2017
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Wilhelmina Isabella Pieters of Chatham and formerly of Blenheim passed away on Sunday July 9, 2017 at the age of 91 years. Wilhelmina was predeceased by her husband Machiel “Mike” Pieters in 1988 and is survived by her seven children; Adriaan & Yvonne Pieters  of Blenheim, Wilhelmina Dent & Hugh Pillon of Windsor, Ellie & John Weales of Oshawa, Gerry & Cynthia Pieters of Kaledon BC, Mike & Mariola Pieters of Edmonton AB, Vince & Louise Pieters of Chatham and Linda Lauzon of Chatham.  She was also proud to be the grandmother of 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister Door Schroevers-Folker of Holland and two sisters-in-law Truus Van’t Westende and Marie DeJonge-Pieters of Holland.

Wilhelmina enjoyed knitting, crocheting and needlecrafts. She made booties, mittens, bonnets and sweaters for babies and donated them to the hospital auxiliary.  She especially loved any time that she was able to spend with her dog Buddy.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Parish Prayers will take place at 7:00 p.m.) and again on Thursday morning from 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  A Funeral Mass for Wilhelmina will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Thursday July 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Friends wishing to remember Wilhelmina with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Dorine Fisher

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday July 6, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday July 5, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Dorine Fisher of Chatham passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday July 1, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Dorine was one of six children born to the late Claude & Ruby (Wood) Gould.  She is survived by her brother Bob & Diane Gould.  Predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Dillon (late Mark), Ruth Gould and her brothers Russell (late Ruby) and Raymond Gould.

Dorine was predeceased by her husband Lyle on November 20, 2016. While they were longtime residents of the Port Crewe area they raised four sons;  Allan & Nancy of Redbridge ON, Ed & Cindy of Beardmore ON, Dan of Fort McMurray AB and Kevin & Kim of Chatham.  They were also the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Dorine retired from Southwestern Regional Centre where she spent many years working as a Developmental Service Worker.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community funeral Home where visitation will take place on Wednesday from 3 – 5 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Dorine will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday July 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Rick Dressler officiating. Interment in Stewart Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Dorine with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society.

Donna Stephens

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Service:

Charing Cross United Church
Saturday June 24, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday June 23, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Donna Stephens of Merlin passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 17, 2017. Donna was born 70 years ago, one of five daughters to the late Martin & Margaret (Laramie) Klie. She is survived by her sister Alice (Dean) Wigle and her brothers-in-law Donald Clark and Stan Johnson. She was predeceased by her sisters Irene Clark, Marion (Hugh) Gascoyne and Jean Johnson.

While she was still in high school, Donna met a young man named Glenn Stephens. A few years later they began a life as husband and wife for almost 49 years. Donna and Glenn farmed together and raised three children who she was very proud of; Dwane & Sarah Stephens, Sandra & Steve Turner and Chris & Kristi Stephens. They were thrilled when their family grew to include their grandchildren Valerie, Josh, Ryan, Emma, Prestyn and Averie Stephens and Kristin Turner.

Family meant everything to Donna and it would come as no surprise that she considered the residents and staff of Southwestern Regional where she worked for many years to be her second family. She was loved and respected by all.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday where visitation will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and then begin again at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Donna officiated by Pastor Eric Skillings will take place in the Charing Cross United Church on Saturday June 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.   Cremation to follow with a private family interment in Ouvry Cemetery at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Donna are asked to consider a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Dawn Ladore

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday June 14, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday June 14, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Dawn Lynn Ladore passed away at home on Friday June 9, 2017. Dawn is the daughter of Margaret Ladore and David Ladore (Heidi). She leaves behind two children; her daughter Celene Lynn Ceccacci and her son Blake Allen Casey and her brother David Ladore (Nadia). She will also be missed by many Uncles and Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her grandparents Jean Chadwick Ladore, David Richard Ladore, Sybil J Little (nee Marsh) and Percy Swan Little.

Cremation has taken place. Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday June 14, 2017 for visitation from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will take place immediately following the visitation. A private family interment will take place at St. Mary’s Anglican Cemetery, Walkerville at a later date.

Donations in memory of Dawn can be made to the Word of Life Soup Kitchen in Blenheim, Blenheim Food Bank, Pet and Wildlife Rescue or the charity of your choice.

Richard “Dick” Raine

A photo of Richard “Dick” Raine

Service:

Private

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday June 10, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Richard Allen Raine “Dick” passed away suddenly at his residence at the age of 71 on June 8th 2017. He was born in St Thomas and lived the majority of his years in Ridgetown and later Blenheim. He was the son of the late Harry and June (Claypole) Raine.

Father of Sam Raine (Jessie), Doug Raine (Peggy), Carolyn Powell (Dave), Christine Agla-Taylor and Missy Randall (Tim).

Proud Papa of Michael Raine, Keegan Shoemaker, Morgan Raine,

Amberlynn Trudell, Tiffany Roets, Dakota Raine, Arizona Raine, DJ Raine, David McPherson, Samantha McPherson, Steven Taylor, Ashley Taylor, Jocelyn Randall, and Megan Randall.

Great Papa of Tanner Laczo, Samuel Raine, and Brooklyn Kostyalik.

Survived by his brothers Bill Raine (Sue) and Robert Raine.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Saturday June 10th from 7-9 p.m.  In keeping with Dick’s wishes, cremation and a private family celebration of life will follow at a later date.

Friends wishing to remember Dick with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Lung Association.

Clarence Rodwell

A photo of Clarence Rodwell

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday June 9, 2017
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday June 9, 2017
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Clarence Fredrick Rodwell of Blenheim passed away on Tuesday June 6, 2017. Clarence was born in England and would have celebrated his 94th birthday in just ten days. He was one of four children born to the late Violet and Fredrick Rodwell and is survived by his sisters Elsey Martin (late Albert) and Jean Little (late Ken). He was predeceased by his brother Harold.

In 1943 Clarence married his sweetheart Leora Ward and began a journey that would span almost 74 years. Their only child Marilyn Jean predeceased Clarence and Leora as an infant. Clarence worked for 21 years with the Department of Highways doing road maintenance. In his retirement years he and Leora enjoyed travelling and making new friends. He was a true gentleman.

Clarence will be remembered by Leora’s family Blanche Burke, Shirley & Jim Green, Doris Ward and Jackie Ward. Predeceased by Jean & Byron Tole, Frank Burke and John, Sidney, Earl and Raeburn Ward.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday June 9, 2017 where visitation will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. A Funeral Service, conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Clarence with a memorial donation are asked to consider Trinity Anglican Church in Blenheim.

Brenda Breault

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Brenda Joyce Breault, passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Friday, June 2, 2017. Brenda was born 64 years ago to her late parents Clifford and Dorothy (Pepper) Wilson.  Beloved wife of the late Roger Breault (2000) and loving companion of Hector Lapointe.  She was the very proud mother of Colleen Breault.

She will be remembered by her brothers Arthur and Guy Wilson and is predeceased by her sisters Lana Chef and Anne Arsenault. She will be sadly missed by her niece Darlene Opasky.

In keeping with Brenda’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment of her ashes will take place in Pardoville Cemetery at a later date.

Donations in memory of Brenda can be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

Muriel Dale

A photo of Muriel Dale

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday June 6, 2017
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday June 5, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Muriel Isabelle (Maris) Dale passed away peacefully at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance with her family at her side at the age of 96 on May 29th, 2017. She was born in Raleigh Township and lived her whole life in the South Buxton area. She was the daughter of Watson and Isabella (Pratt) Maris. Beloved wife of Oliver John Dale (1976).

Loving mother of JoAn Dale, Richard (Mary Martha) Dale, Alice Dale, Isabelle (Wayne) Gagen, Elinor (Carl) Mifflin, Marilyn (Paul) Bright, William (Sharron) Dale, Donald Dale and Ronald Dale.

Proud grandmother of Dr. Suzanne Dale (Lori Dey), Keith (Stacey) Dale, Sarah (Mike) Cowley, Kevin (Vanessa) Gagen, Jeffrey (Nicki) Gagen, Amy (Marc) Sills, Steven (Sarah) Mifflin, Heather (Fred) Vaughan, Jason (Kristie) Bright, Jamie (Andrea) Bright, Shelly Duquette, Amy Duquette and Eric Dale.

Great Grandmother to Seth, Hunter, and Emma Cowley, Chloé and Mia Sills, Vincent and Nicholas Vaughan, Brayden and Noah Bright, Jessa and Brennon Bright, Mathew and Madison Cowgill. She was looking forward to Great-Grandchild number 14 in July.

Survived by her brother Donald Maris and sister-in-law, Dorothy Maris (late William). Predeceased by her sister Marjorie Keast (1965), her brothers Thomas, Watson and Oliver in childhood and her grandchildren Jon and Cheryl Bright.

She will be missed by her nieces and nephews and their families.

Muriel was the oldest member of St. Andrew’s United Church, South Buxton, a life member of the United Church Women and a faithful worker at all church events when able. She was a Charter member of the S.S. #7 Raleigh Home and School Association and the South Raleigh Women’s Institute.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Monday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. A Funeral Service for Muriel will be held in the Funeral Home on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Eric Skillings officiating.  Interment in Pardoville Union Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Muriel can be made to the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, St. Andrews United Church, South Buxton, Heart and Stroke Association, or Charity of your choice.

Norman Nicholson

A photo of Norman Nicholson

Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday May 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday May 31, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Norman Nicholson, 88 years of age, passed away peacefully at the Blenheim Community Village on Saturday May 27, 2017. Norman was born in Annan, Scotland on July 16, 1928, the only son of Georgina (1982) and Thomas (1943) Nicholson.  Norman was a former employee of CIBC Canada.  In 1973 he married the love of his life, Lulu who survives him.  Norman and Lulu enjoyed 44 years together.

Resting at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, 53 Stanley Street, Blenheim where visitation will take place on Wednesday May 31, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 when a Funeral Service will take place with Rev. Mike Maroney of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.

Many thanks are extended to the staff of the Blenheim Community Village for Norman’s excellent care over these past few years. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Norman are asked to consider the First Presbyterian Church in Chatham.