Obituaries

Art Wardle

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Service:

Private

Arthur Earl Wardle of Rondeau Park passed away on Wednesday December 1, 2021 with his family at his side.  He will be missed so much by his wife Patricia, by his children Diane Mazan (John), Lynda Quick and John Wardle, by Patricia’s children Sheri Peltier (Richard) and Rodney Phillips and a long-time friend Cindy Phillips.

Also missing Art are his grandchildren Justin Brideau (Erica), Jeremy Brideau (Vicky), Janine Ferguson (Steve), Richard Reeves (Tonya), Arthur Reeves (Catherine), Victoria Morton (Chris), Johnathan Wardle, Shaylene Greevink (Peter), Curtis Peltier (Malerie), Kayla Micallef (Matt), Ryan Phillips and Alyssa Phillips as well as all of the great-grandchildren.

Being a part of a large family is what Art knew all of his life.  He was one of thirteen children born to the late Ora & Earl Wardle and was given the nickname “Buck”.  He is survived by his sisters Hildred Hillman, Nancy Crow, Brenda Ritchie, Becky Brideau (Romeo) and Wanda Chesney-Travis as well as his brothers Gary (Carolyn) and Harold “Butch” Wardle.  He was predeceased by his siblings Betty DeLeeuw (Bud), Carris Wickwire (Ernie), Marjorie Formosa (Maurice), John “Bo” Wardle and Bob Wardle (survived by Deb).  He will be remembered by Pat’s siblings Frank Pullen (Heather) and Ann Beatty (Ernie).

Art’s working career began at an early age.  After grade 8 and his father’s early passing, he quit school and began working in the cement business to help support his mother and his siblings.  In the late 1950’s when Southwestern Regional Centre was being built, he helped with it’s construction.  When it was finished, he got a job in the dietary department, eventually passing provincial examinations and earning the designation of chef and the nickname “Red”.  He also farmed just outside Ridgetown where he raised his three children and then in the early 90’s purchased his own restaurant, The Family Café in Blenheim.  When retirement at 65 left him discontent, he returned to the Centre as a chef until it closed.  To this day he had one of his cook shirts still hanging in his closet.  He was proud of his accomplishments in life.  The things that made him smile the most were his family, his work, a great view of the lake, the Montreal Canadiens and a cold beer.

Because of the current COVID situation, only Art’s immediate family will remember him privately at a service at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday.  Following the service, he will be laid to rest with his Mom and Dad in Evergreen Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society, the Cancer Society or by grabbing a cold beer and gazing at the full moon over the lake on a warm summers night.

The family would like to thank Art’s PSW’s Kayla, Lindsay, Jen and Becky for his excellent home care and the staff at Riverview Gardens in Chatham where he spent the last two months for their compassion and care.

Patricia Broughton

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Patricia Ann Broughton passed away peacefully with her daughter Lisa and her husband Melvyn by her side on November 25, 2021.  Patricia was one of two children born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to the late Ann & Joseph Kennedy and is survived by her brother Brian Kennedy.

She was predeceased by her first husband Raymond Lawrence Deakins.  Together they raised three children, Lisa Uher, Ryan Deakins and Trevor Deakins.  Patricia (Granny) will be remembered with love by Lauren, Emily, Claire  Craig, Tieler and Mikayla and by her two great grand children Sawyer and Jonathan.

In 1993 Patricia married Melvyn Broughton.  They were the love of each other’s lives, with Melvyn’s love and commitment to her never wavering, only growing stronger in the last years.

Patricia graduated from the St. Joseph school of nursing in Glace Bay Nova Scotia in 1964.  In her career as a nurse she touched many lives with her compassion and care, working primarily as a labor and delivery nurse.  She retired from the Chatham Kent Health Alliance and after a few years her desire to nurse again led her to care for the elderly at Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham.  Patricia had the honour of being present and providing loving support to those taking their first breath in life and those taking their last.

Patricia’s greatest gift to those who knew her was her ability to make you laugh.  Her sense of humour and wit was like no other.  Her legacy is to be held in the many stories and unbelievably humorous moments that she created with friends and family.

Our family would like to send our love and condolences to the staff at the Blenheim Community Nursing Home.  They have become our family over the years of her residence there.  They walked a beautiful balance of professionalism, compassion and love for Patricia.  Our thanks to them for the hard work they do in giving grace and dignity to all those they care for.  Thank you to Dr. Perkin and Deylynn Teetzel for holding all of our hands through this journey.

Those wishing to remember Patricia with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Blenheim Community Village Recreation Department.  We would like these funds to go to enhance music therapy for the residents.

Patricia’s life will be celebrated and remembered through stories, music food and wine in a small family gathering as was her request.

“In the blink of an eye everything can change.  So forgive often, and love with all of your heart.  Take no one for granted, for you never know what tomorrow will bring”. Anonymous

Linda Hunter

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Linda Louise Hunter passed away at Riverview Gardens, Chatham on Wednesday November 24, 2021. She was the loved wife of 50 years to Denis Hunter and proud mother of Chris Hunter, Shaun & Chrissy Hunter and Geoff Hunter.

Born 69 years ago to the late Dorothy & Elmer Moore, Linda is survived by her sister Fran Bilton and predeceased by her sister Barb VanGassen (survived by Maurice).  Although she part time in retail, Linda was content being staying at home and helping Dennis on the farm.  She also enjoyed spending time at their trailer in Clearville Park.

Linda’s family and friends will remember her privately at this time.  If you wish to remember her with a memorial donation, please consider the Alzheimers Society in Chatham.

Madeleine DeBruyne

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Service:

St. Mary's Church, Blenheim
Saturday December 4, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

St. Mary's Church, Blenheim
Saturday December 4, 2021
10:00 - 11:00

Madeleine (Sinnaeve) DeBruyne of Leamington and formerly of Blenheim passed away in the early hours of Wednesday November 24, 2021.  She was predeceased by her loving husband Alfred DeBruyne in 2016, having shared their lives together for over 63 years.  She and Alfred farmed for many years on the Front Line just outside Blenheim until their retirement.  Eventually they moved to Leamington to be closer to their children Jacqueline and Walter Clemente, Kathleen De Bruyne and David Lippett, Caroline and Richard Vandervecht.  They were blessed in life with seven grandchildren whom she loved to have visit; Matthew(Keith Wace), Sarah (Ivan Jakov), Michael(Laura Clademenos), Katlyn, Hailey, Ryan, Danielle (Kylie).

Madeleine was the daughter of the late Marguerite and Maurice Sinnaeve and is survived by her sister Diana Vanopdenbosch (late Peter).  She was predeceased by her siblings Julie and Camille Verstraete, Germaine Sinnaeve-Lewis, Irene and Romeo Martin and Charlie Sinnaeve.  She was the sister-in-law of Fred and Diane DeBruyne, Yvonne and Ed Marcus, Mauritz DeBruyne (late Rachael) and the late Willie and Leta DeBruyne-Elliott.

Friends and family will remember Madeleine for her years of service with the Catholic Women’s League, her love of baking and providing amazing family dinners.  In addition to farming and raising a family she spent her evenings making intricate crochet pieces which are now heirlooms treasured by her family.  The family remembers her strong stoicism and strength of character.  To her last day she was remembering and asking about her cherished grandchildren.

Madeleine’s family wish to thank Dr. Gow and the staff of 3W at the Sun Parlor Home for their care and compassion.

It was Madeleine’s wish that cremation would take place.  A time of visitation will take place at St. Mary’s Church in Blenheim on Saturday December 4, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., followed immediately by a Funeral Mass.  Following the Mass, she will be laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery with her beloved Alfred.

Friends wishing to remember Madeleine with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Sun Parlor Home for Senior Citizens in Leamington, the Erie Shores Hospice (Hospice Erie Shores Campus) in Leamington or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

Kim Wammes

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Service:

A Celebration of Life will be held
at a later date.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday November 25, 2021 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Friday November 26, 2021 from 2 - 9 p.m.
At the request of the family and in the spirit
of staying healthy, friends will be required to
show proof of both covid vaccinations before
entering the Funeral Home. 

Sometimes in life you have the privilege of meeting someone who will create a huge void when they leave you for awhile but who also makes you smile quietly whenever you think of them or hear their names.  That became a reality for us on Monday November 22nd when Kim Wammes passed away at the young age of 63 years.  She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend.  She was our world.

Born on June 8, 1958 Kim was the daughter of the late Ted & Geraldine Kelly.  She will be forever loved and missed by her step-mother Cathy Kelly, her sisters Jenny & Lee Attewell and Kristen & B.J. Griffith as well as her brothers Scott & Cheryl Kelly and Jay & Heather Kelly.

Kim was all about family.  Ed was her best friend and husband for the last 24 years.  She loved him to the moon and back.  Then there were her children who she took any opportunity to talk about…Darrell Lackie & Maria Antonieta Alanis Garcia, Dan & Lindsay Wammes, Jamie & Amanda Lackie, Chris & Kristin Wammes, Michelle Wammes & Billy Kaloyanis and Greg & Lindsay Lackie.  They were the ones who gave her a few grey hairs, but in the end, the sternness of her voice when they were in trouble in their younger days turned into laughter as she told those stories later in life.  And then there are her grandchildren who she loved more than anything in this world… she would spend as much time as she could with Jack, Dylan, Connor, Devin, Daelynn, Ben, Emmalyn, Katelyn, Quinnie and Noah.  And now Carter, who has been waiting patiently in heaven for Grammy to come is going to get his turn.

She will be remembered with great fondness by her brothers and sisters-in-law Henry & Sheila Wammes, Neil & Karen Wammes, Corrine & Steve Kochnowich and Dave & Sue Wammes who welcomed her as their own.  She was predeceased by her mother and father-in-law Marie & Gerry Wammes.

Kim was fortunate in life to be surrounded by many good friends.  She was also fortunate to walk beside her best friend Amy Dalton for over 50 years.  She and Amy were inseparable and for that we are grateful.  She made many friends over the course of working at Southwestern Regional Centre and then at CPRI in London where she retired.  She was a free spirit who made sure that everyone else’s needs were met before her own.  She volunteered her time to charitable events, the last event being “The Gift” just two days before she passed away.  She enjoyed her days playing hockey in Bothwell where her position was Goalie, her trailer in Erieau, she loved golfing twice a week and she is probably one of very few people who could boast about having a full size cut out of Elvis!

Visitation for Kim will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday November 25, 2021 from 6:00 – 9:00 and again on Friday November 26, 2021 from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.  At the request of the family and in the spirit of staying healthy, friends will be required to show proof of both covid vaccinations before entering the Funeral Home.  In that case, reservations will not be required for visitation but you will still need to leave your names and phone numbers in the event that you need to be contacted at a later date.

In keeping with Kim’s philosophy of helping others, memorial donations to the Youth Centre in Blenheim, the Alzheimers Society in Chatham or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Jean Melanson

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 27, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Please call the Funeral Home for a
scheduled visitation time.
Face coverings are mandatory

Surrounded by people she loved and who loved her back, Jean Melanson passed away peacefully at home on Saturday November 20, 2021.  She was the last surviving child of the late Irene & Ray Pearce of Leamington, having been predeceased by her sister, Maxine (Quinlan), and two brothers, Daryl and Murray.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Melanson, who she absolutely adored for over 35 years. As sad as we are to lose her, we feel comfort knowing she is resting with the love of her life.

Jean will be missed dearly by her daughters – Cindy & Wes Girard, Denise & Terry Walker, Kim Giannini (Lee), and her step daughter Susan & Kevin Passwaters.  She was predeceased by her son Kevin Bailey. Jean was loved by 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, who knew they would be spoiled the moment they walked into her home. She will also be missed by her tiny fur babies – Abby and Chica – who spent every day by her side.

Friends will remember Jean for her years working in the dietary department at Southwestern Regional Centre.  In Jean and Paul’s retirement, they enjoyed summers at Wildwood Trailer Park and enjoyed winters in their home in Sarasota, Florida. She was never a big fan of cold weather or snow. She was a member of the Blenheim Seniors Centre and a part of the Happy Gang that put on yearly shows to raise money for the operations of the Regional Centre.  She was a collector of many things, but especially loved dolls and belonged to a local doll club. Jean had an amazing talent of building miniature doll houses and proudly won many awards for her work. She absolutely loved to shop, and Paul always supported her habit by driving her wherever she asked to go, and waiting in the car for her (sometimes all day) while she filled up the trunk with countless shopping bags.

Jean was one of a kind- beautiful, tenacious, compassionate, and gracious. The love she had for her family was ferocious and undeniable. She would do anything for those that she loved and easily made friends wherever she went. Jean was a presence with expensive taste and will truly be missed.

Unlike Paul, whose favourite music was Hank Williams, Jean loved Bob Seger.  So if you’re missing her someday, follow her advice:  “Blare some Seger and make yourself a Caesar…extra vodka and a splash of clamato!”

If you wish to remember her with a memorial donation, please consider Chatham-Kent Hospice, as this was a charity that was dear to her heart and she has donated to in the past.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Cremation has taken place.  A time of visitation for Jean will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 2 – 4 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.  Friends wishing to attend are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to schedule a visitation time.  Face coverings are mandatory.

Margaret Doris Sikora

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Margaret Doris Sikora,  passed away on November 9, 2021, at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.   She was born in Chatham, Ontario on November 8, 1942 to Dr. Arthur and Mary (McMillan) Huffman.

Doris worked in many occupations throughout her life,  but her favorite was when she graduated from Wayne County Community College in Detroit, MI and became a Registered Nurse.   While she enjoyed taking care of patients at many of metro Detroit’s hospitals,  Doris found her true calling when she was hired at Detroit’s all AIDS Hospice.  Her kind and caring heart was perfect for this position and she stayed there through the end of her nursing career.
After retirement,  Doris continued being a Hospice nurse but with a different population, she started rescuing Rottweilers. Doris fostered and adopted abused dogs that were terminally ill,  giving them a good home for the short amount of time they had left.  Additionally, she worked tirelessly to get dogs out of bad homes, kill shelters, and puppy mills all over North America.  Doris was still working on helping dogs up until the day she passed.
Even though Doris turned her energy to rescuing Rottweilers that did not mean she lost her interest in people.  According to her, no one was a stranger, she only had to start a conversation. There wasn’t anyone Doris would not talk to, and she was truly interested in you, and wanted to know you.  Doris did not want to talk about herself, your story was far more interesting.  With her disarming way and truly caring manner, within five minutes she would know your life story and you would walk away with a new friend.
Doris loved her family and friends and nothing made her happier than hosting parties or spending time with them at her home in Erieau.  There was nowhere else in the world that made her happier. Having bbqs in the summer or packing as many people as she could into her small house in the winter brought her so much joy.  Regardless of whether it was family, old friends or new, Doris’ love of Erieau and people shown through every gathering she had.
She is predeceased by her husband Hank,  her son John Lane, her daughter-in-law Suzy Lane, her brothers Joseph and Bruce Huffman and her sister-in-law Jane Huffman.  She is survived by her children Steve Lane (Suzy), Henry Sikora,  Natasha Sikora,  and York Sikora (Vanessa); her three beloved grandchildren Hank, Blake and Hazel Sikora; her sister Annabelle Salter (Charles), her brother Arthur Huffman (Margaret), and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held in spring 2022.  Memorial contributions can be made to Rottweiler Rescue at https://donate.rescueme.org/rottweiler or to the Erieau Fire Department Association.  The family is deeply grateful for the care given by the nursing staff of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 4th Floor, Med A., Dr. Andrew Lanz-O’Brien and Dr. Martha Clendenning.

Murray Mifflin

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Service:

Merlin Cemetery
Wednesday November 10, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday November 9, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friends wishing to attend are asked to
call for an appointed time. Face coverings
are mandatory.

Murray Mifflin of Merlin passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Saturday November 6, 2021.  He leaves behind his children Dave Mifflin (Lou-Anne), Susan Walker (Murray), Diane Mifflin (Keith), Greg Mifflin and Jeff Mifflin (Carey), his grandchildren Paul (Melissa), Steve (Laura), Tanya (Matt), Jodi (Darren), Vicki (Aaron), Gary, Devyn, Ashlyn and many great-grandchildren.  He will be remembered by his daughter-in-law Brenda Mifflin.  He has gone on now to be reunited with his wife Esther, his sons Kevin and Mark, grandson Stewart and great grandson Emmett.

Murray was one of three children born to the late Hannah & Gordon Mifflin and is survived by his sister Geraldine Delyzer (late Pete) and his brother Jack Mifflin (Sandy).

There are three things that can sum up Murray’s life; his family, his farm and his faith.  He was a kind and caring man who left the world a better place than he found it.

Visitation for Murray will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Friends wishing to attend are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a time.  Face coverings are mandatory.

A Funeral Service will be held in Merlin Cemetery with Pastor Eric Skillings officiating on Wednesday November 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Family and friends wishing to remember Murray with a memorial donation are asked to consider two charities that were meaningful to him; the Ronald McDonald House https://www.rmhc-swo.ca/how-you-can-help/online-donation and the Chatham-Kent Hospice https://chathamkenthospicefoundation.com/donations/.

Yvon Guay

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Yvon William Guay of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Friday November 5, 2021 at the age of 73 years.  Born in New Brunswick, Yvon made his way to Toronto at a young age where he became a part of the Toronto Police Force.  Together, he and his wife Sally (Warren) raised two children Tammy Guay and Jim Guay.  They were blessed with five grandchildren Brooke, Cody, Summer, Shawna and Anthony as well as two great-grandchildren Christopher and Elena.  He was the brother-in-law of Tom (Judy) Warren and the late Jerry Warren (survived by Audrey).

Yvon and Sally eventually moved back to Sally’s home town of Erieau, renewing old friendships.  Yvon took a job at Rockwell in Tilbury and bought a hobby farm outside Blenheim where he enjoyed farming, gardening and selling produce.  He will be remembered as a man of sheer determination when he envisioned what could someday become reality as well had a man who had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh.  It was his wish that his family will remember him privately.

Doug Storms

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday November 6, 2021
3:00 p.m.

A memorial dedicated to the celebration of the life of Doug Storms will be held at Blenheim Community Funeral Home, Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Opportunity will be given to share wonderful memories we have of him. There will be stories, grins and laughter  followed by words of encouragement. There is no need for formal, somber clothes, let’s keep this casual and enjoy sharing our memories of him.

Due to COVID regulations, the number of participants is limited.  Please call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 if you wish to attend.  Face coverings are required.