Obituaries

Theresa Svec

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Service:

Private

Theresa Svec of Blenheim, wife of the late Henry Svec passed away at her home on Friday October 9, 2020.  She was the much loved mother of Lily Goodman (Gary), Annie Walukiewicz (Ed) and Dr. Henry Svec (Mary) and the grandmother of Henry, Jonathan, Joshua, Leah, Wesley, Hanah, Ben, Shelly, David, Zoie and Jackie.

Theresa was born in the Czech Republic 95 years ago.  She is survived by one sister Anne and was predeceased by her sister Maria and brother Fred.  She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Church.  It was her wish that her family remember her privately.

 

Eric Henderson

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Service:

A celebration of Eric's life will be held
once Covid-19 restrictions allow.

 

Eric Robert Henderson

June 1, 1958 – October 4, 2020

Eric Henderson passed away quietly, after a courageous cancer battle, on Sunday, October 4th, in Squamish, BC.  He was in caring hospice with his loving and devoted wife Kathleen, and beloved dog Chippy.   He lived life to the fullest and packed loads of adventure into his 62 years.  He was the older son of loving and proud parents, Ann and Robert M. Henderson (1990) of Blenheim.  In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his adoring mother-in-law Agnes Laczina of Vancouver, BC.  He will also be dearly missed by his sister Arlene (Terry) Koehler of Blenheim, and their children Alex, Sarah (Andrew) and Emma (Stafford); brother David (Rebecca) Henderson of Clearwater, FL and their children Hayley and Collin; sister Laura (Pat) Koehler of Blenheim and their children Graydon, Bryar and Greer. He is also survived by his only uncle and aunt, Jack and Donna Rigby of Blenheim and his cousins, Rick, Valerie, Pam, Carolyn and Steve.

Eric attended Blenheim District High School and graduated from the RCAT (University of Guelph) in 1980.  He found his calling in the mountains of Whistler in the early 1980s and grew to become one of the most innovative and well-respected home builders in the area.  The homes he designed and built in Whistler are a legacy of Eric’s quality workmanship.

Eric also had a childhood dream of flying helicopters.  He obtained his pilot’s license while wintering in Hawaii, and then went on to certify in private and commercial, both in Canada and the U.S.  In 2008, Eric, Kathleen and their dog Corky began flying many epic journeys all around North America, touching three oceans, discovering new places, and visiting countless and dear family and friends along the way.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Eric’s life will be held in Blenheim, once Covid-19 restrictions allow.

Memorial donations to the Blenheim Historical Society would be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Linda Uher

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Service:

Private

Linda Uher (Lawton) passed away peacefully at Chatham Kent Health Alliance, on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the age of 79.

Beloved wife of 58 years to John, daughter of the late Clarence and Lela Lawton (nee Johnston).  Dear mother of Kathy, Janice and Scott Vandehogen and Susan and Pete Van Mol.  Adored Gammie to Cora (Vandehogen) and Jordan Campbell, Rachael (Vandehogen) and Zach Shuian, Drew Vandehogen, Megan and Abby Van Mol.

Survived by siblings Ben and Becky Anne Lawton, John Lawton, sisters in law Barb Lawton and Janet Lawton. Aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by brothers Eldon, Beverley, Dowie and sister in law Margie Lawton.

Linda cherished her time with family.  An avid Blue Jays fan and supporter of local area sports teams, she instilled a love for trivia, history and gardening in her children and grandchildren. Linda started her career with Bell Canada in Chatham and after raising her three girls, joined Big V / Shoppers Drug Mart in Blenheim; retiring in 2005.  You could spot Linda and John in the stands or on the sidelines cheering on their 5 grandchildren in various sports and community activities.

A private family service will be held.  Online condolences and Memorial Donations in Linda’s memory to Blenheim Word of Life Soup Kitchen can be made at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com.

A tribute of Linda’s life may be viewed at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTCtqp9cM1wTNe3prBgHIKibCaH91sxszdUSfJR0RAo17YEU3yuH82AzE-FD8PYSiaYRuLmVWTPRgac/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000

Paul Leidl

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Service:

Private

Paul Leidl of Blenheim, Ontario, born in Hungary, emigrated to Canada on his 10th birthday,  passed away quietly at his home in his 79th year.  Beloved husband of the late Linda Leidl (1990) and Dianne Leidl.  Loving father of Brian, Dan (Cassie), Tim (Amanda), Lynn (Mark) and Eric.  Brother to Matt (Edith) of Simcoe.  Grandfather of Ally, Katelyn, Gage, Emily, Hannah and Isaac.  Devoted son of the late Paul Sr. and Elizabeth of Simcoe.

Paul was teacher and department head for the Physical Education department at the Blenheim District High School for 33 years and a school bus driver for the Norfolk and Kent County boards for a sum of 50 years.  Paul’s goal was to be apart of education for at least 50 years, and he accomplished his goal.

Paul had 3 loves in his life, his family, teaching/coaching and golf.  Paul attended the Blenheim United Church for many years.

Paul will be resting at the Blenheim Community Funeral home and there will be a private family-only service Monday, October 5th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to be made in his name through the London Health Sciences Foundation to the London Regional Cancer Program or a bursary Memorial Trust Fund at the Blenheim District High School.

The Leidl family will be making a memory book, for which we have set up an email address where individuals could share teaching, coaching or impactful memories of Paul.   Please share these memories at [email protected]

Christina Lynn Butson

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Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday October 5, 2020
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitation times
must be scheduled and everyone in attendance
must wear a face mask or face covering. Please
call the Funeral Home to reserve a time to visit.

Christina Lynn Butson

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter Christina Lynn Butson. She is survived by her son Joseph of Blenheim, Parents Patricia & Roderick Butson, and dearest sister Sarah (Jocelyn Caron). Cherished niece of Rick & Pam Kendall of Chatham; Paul & Marie Kendall of Woodstock; Julie Kendall (Late Glenn Brunelle) of Chatham; Alan & Sheila Kendall of Windsor; Donna Mazerolle of Chatham; Connie Stewart (late Bruce Stewart) of Stratford; and William & Rory Butson of Waterloo. She will be dearly missed by her many Great Aunts, Great Uncles, and her many cousins.

She was a graduate of St. Clair College, and had been living in Ridgetown. Christina is safe and unafraid now, wrapped in the arms of her late grandparents Leonard & Florence Butson, and Patrick & Evelyn Kendall.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday for visitation from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitation times must be scheduled and everyone attending must wear a face mask.  Please call the funeral home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a time for visitation.

Friends wishing to remember Christina with a memorial donation are asked to consider Chatham-Kent Mental Health or the Chatham Kent Hospice https://www.chathamkenthospice.com/donate/

 

John Nauta

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Service:

A private family service will be held.
Interment in Pardoville Cemetery.

John Nauta passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

John was born in Surhuizum, the Netherlands on August 24, 1933 to the late Jacob and Wietske (Houwink) Nauta. Loving and faithful husband for almost 60 years to Hermina (Lam) and father to Wendy (Adrian) Weesjes, Aylmer; Evelyn (John) Leistra, Mount Brydges; Jim (Janet), Blenheim; Marcia (Harry Vanderveen), Burlington; and Rose (2019) and Andy Boyd, Brisbane Australia.  Dear Opa to Erica, Rachel, Julie, Nicholas (Laura), Alex (Sam), Lianna (Nicholas) and Matthew.

John was pre-deceased by siblings Abe, Harry, Dick, Jake, Ronnie Timmermans, Joan Sonneveld, Diane Gracey and four infant brothers.  Survived by his brother Ralph (Margaret) Nauta, and sisters Clara (Hank) Woudenburg, Hilda Berghuis, Catherine Verbeek, and Ruth Oden.  Also survived by his sisters-in law Marie, Hilda and Lisa Nauta, brother-in law John Timmermans and cousin Corrie Blommers as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews in Canada, Holland and New Zealand.

John immigrated to Canada in 1947 with his parents and siblings.  He farmed in Blenheim and Ridgetown until retiring in 1990 and then enjoyed a second career as a bus driver for DeNure’s in Blenheim for 17 years.  He enjoyed seeing his granddaughters at Harwich Raleigh School and soon all the kids called him Opa. His third career was as the janitor at Blenheim Christian Reformed Church for 10 years, finally retiring in 2017.

John was a hard worker and his garden was his pride and joy; he was always ready to share its abundance with family and friends.

A private family service will be held with interment in Pardoville Cemetery.

Donations to UCB Radio Chatham https://www.ucbcanada.com/donate or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.

Rest in peace, Opa.

Bill Revie

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Service:

Glad Tidings Community Church
Monday October 5, 2020
11:00 a.m.

A Private Family interment will follow.

Bill Revie of Blenheim passed away at his home on Sunday September 27, 2020.   Born in Hamilton 59 years ago to the late Jean & William Revie, Bill is survived by two sons Lucas and Justin as well as his brothers James & Wendy Revie of Bothwell Ontario and Pastor Eric & Jenny Revie of Blenheim.

Bill spent the majority of his life in the Hamilton area.  After a reunion with his brother Eric in 2016 he moved to Blenheim where his family grew to include his niece Sarah, his nephews Matthew, Timothy and Daniel as well as his new brothers and sisters at Glad Tidings Community Church.  He was happy living in Blenheim and felt welcomed here.

Despite some long-term effects of a stroke, Bill could always be found walking from his apartment just outside of Blenheim to his favourite place, Tim Hortons.  His determination saw him through many storms in life and gave him the courage to press on.  The last four years of his life brought him some well deserved happiness being surrounded by family and friends, making peace with God and enjoying a long awaited visit from his youngest son in British Columbia.

A Memorial Service for Bill will be held at Glad Tidings Community Church on Monday October 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.   Due to COVID restrictions, seating will be limited and guests will be required to wear a mask or face covering.  Please call the Blenheim Community Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a spot.  A private family interment will follow the service.

Friends wishing to remember Bill with a memorial donation are asked to consider a charity of their choice.  Online condolences for the family may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Donald “Dunc” Schives

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Service:

Private

Donald “Dunc” Schives passed away peacefully at the Blenheim Community Village on Thursday September 17, 2020 at the age of 91 years.  Born in Tilbury East, Dunc was one of six children born to the late Helen & Andrew Schives.  He was the last surviving member of that family having been predeceased by his sisters Dorothy Lecocq and Marva Dierckens and by his brothers Jim, Allan and Blake.

One day Dunc met a young lady named Anna Coulter and on January 30, 1954 they married and began a lifetime together that would span over 66 years.  They raised four children; Diane Schives (Brian Holdaway), Randy & Veronica Schives, Mark & Dawn Schives and Barry Schives.  They were also the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Dunc will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Dunc and Anna farmed for many years in Merlin.  He also worked for the Department of Highways.  After his retirement he and Anna travelled from the east coast of Canada to the west, took an Alaskan cruise and enjoyed drives in the country.

Family was Dunc’s greatest joy in life.  On Saturday they will gather to remember him privately at a service conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings.  Interment will take place in Stewart Cemetery, Merlin.  Friends wishing to remember Dunc with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Diabetes Association, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

Glen Everett Babcock

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In the early morning of September 10, 2020, Glen Everett Babcock of Blenheim, Ontario passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 75.

Born in Dresden, Ontario. Glen was predeceased by his parents, Leslie and Eva Babcock (nee McGee) and by his siblings Gordon and Larry.

Beloved husband of 40 years to Ruth Ramsden-Babcock (nee Richmond) of Blenheim, Ontario. Loving Father of Cindy Hill, Steven Babcock, the late Jeffery (Rachel) Babcock, David (Jacquie) Ramsden, Wendy (Gord) Kozlof, Deborah (Cory) Jinkerson and Harry Jr. (Joyce) Ramsden. He is also survived by his brother Donald (Lila) Babcock and his sister Marilyn (Murray) Wright.

Glen was a proud loving papa to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed and remembered with a smile on his face by many extended family members.

Glen was a hard worker and loved his time travelling as a truck driver for 35+ years. He loved spending his time up north in Kenora fishing with family, down south in Arizona for the winters or on his scooter riding around town. A gentle heart and kind soul. He will be missed by ALL.

Friends and family wishing to remember Glen with a donation are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society and Chatham-Kent Hospice.

At Glen’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service.

Theresa Marzetti

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It is with immense sadness that the family of Theresa Anne Marzetti announce the sudden loss of their beloved mother and grandmother. Theresa passed away on Wednesday September 2, 2020 in Ridgetown Ontario where she recently moved to be with her family.
Theresa was predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Victoria Marzetti, all of Sault Saint Marie Ontario. Theresa took great pride in their family business, City Meat Market where she worked alongside her family. Theresa was also predeceased by the love of her life, Ralph Murdoch Ross.

She will be forever loved and missed by her son and only child, Gregory Ross and daughter-in law Nicole. Gregg was her greatest joy and she was always his biggest fan.
Theresa has left lasting memories of laughter and love with her Grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas and Ann. She is also survived by her Brother Henry (Linda) Marzetti along with her Nephew Jamie and Nieces Tracey and Vicki.

Theresa will be missed by her lifelong buddy Margo (Ernie) Kells and her many friends at the Chapel Street Apartments. Special friends Merl, Jean, Valerie, Barb and Henry are among those that will remember Theresa. She was quick to make friends and was always ready to join in on trips to the Bingo and Casino or simply to chat over a meal.
For those that knew Theresa they would know of her love of all dogs especially her Jackpot and Niki who were waiting to greet her.

Family and Friends in Sault Saint Marie will have an opportunity to Celebrate the memory of Theresa as her Son will be bringing her home. Internment arrangements to be shared at a later date.

Theresa will also be honoured and Celebrated in a small gathering at her new home in Ridgetown.

Thank you,

Gregg and Nicole Ross