Obituaries

Jessica Stoehr

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Service:

A Celebration of Life will be held on
Friday July 12, 2024 from 2:00 - 4:00
in the Community Room of the
Blenheim Community Funeral Home

It is with great sadness we announce the very sudden and tragic passing of Jessica Stoehr.

Loving mother of Elena Stoehr-Yeo.  Loving sister of Melissa Stoehr and Jordan Zimmerman.  Loving aunt of Ryker Stoehr.  Loving daughter of the late Tawnya Stoehr-Stevens.  Granddaughter of Albert and Joanne Brown, the late Wayne Stoehr and Debra Stoehr.  Loving niece of Trina Hrdlicka, Scott Brown, Brian and Tammy Brown aw well as many other distant aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jessica passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident in Valley View, Alberta, just months after her thirtieth birthday.  Jessica always had the biggest, most contagious smile on her face!  She was an amazing mother and friend.  Jessica also loved her daughter more than anything in this world!  No matter what Jessica was going through or faced, Elena was always the first thought in her mind and she loved her unconditionally.  Jessica also loved her kitty cats and they always brought her comfort when she was sad.

Jessica loved being anywhere near the beach or any running water as it brought her peace and tranquility.  She was also an avid gamer and could be found playing video games in her free time, as well as spending time with friends and family.  Jessica spent the last seven years living in Alberta, but was born in London, Ontario.  We all know Jessica as being a very loving but stubborn lady who always had your back and could definitely make you laugh.

Cremation has taken place.  Jessica’s family will be hosting a Celebration of Life in the very near future which will be posted on Facebook through her sisters, with interment to follow at a later date.

If friends would like to make a donation in Jessica Stoehr’s memory, a Go Fund Me account has been created and is located on the go fund me website under her name.

May she rest in the sweetest peace.

Joyce Bliss

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Service:

Celebration of Life
Monday July 29, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.
Following the interment in Evergreen
Cemetery, a reception will be held at
the Blenheim Legion

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joyce Ellen Bliss at Brantford General Hospital on June 29, 2024.

Joyce is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Elwyn Bliss.

Also mourning is her family:

Mother to:  Jeff (Marg), Eric (Kandace) and Sharon (Kim)

Grandmother to:  Drew, Erica (Mike), Karla (Stu), Dan (Alexandra) and Bianca (Shawn).

Great Grandmother to:  Atticus, Estelle, Charlotte and Lily.

Sister to Anne (the late Bob) and Sister-in-law to Corienne (the late Gary) and Connie (the late Galen).

Predeceased by Brothers:  Gerald (the late Priscilla), Donald (the late Eileen), Lester (the late Judy), Graydon (Wendy).

Joyce’s loving and determined attitude will be greatly missed by innumerable brother and sister in laws, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Over 100 kids had the privilege to call Joyce “Mommy Bliss” and spent their preschool and after school hours with her.  Many kids learned to count by helping her count the cups of flour going into the bread or bun recipe.

Joyce was very active in the Blenheim United Church for many years.  She also      co- ordinated and organized the Christmas Basket Program for the Blenheim Ministerial Association for 23 years.

Our family is grateful for the support received from friends and family during this time.  We are also very thankful for the care that our mother received at the Brantford Hospital, especially from the nursing staff on the 7th floor palliative care unit.

A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday July 29, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.  Following the interment in Evergreen Cemetery, a reception will be held at the Blenheim Legion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Blenheim Ministerial Association Christmas Basket Program or the Hatley Cemetery Association c/o Dorinne McIntyre, 1035 Ch Descente-Cass, Ayers Cliff, Quebec J0B 1C0 or to a  charity of your choice.

Robert Howe

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Robert Howe, affectionately known as “Pickle Bob” announces his passing on Friday June 28, 2024 at the age of 76 years.  He was predeceased by his wife of almost 50 years, Betty Ann (Shaw) in December of 2022.

Bob will be missed by his children Mark (Vicki), Donald (Betty-Anne) and Michael, by his grandchildren Dennis, Wendy (Jared), and Paulie (Al), great grandchildren Joan, Bryce, Braydon, Gracie and Crystal and his great-great grandchildren Amaya and Nevaeh.  He is survived by his brother Larry and his sisters Mary Lou Houston and Dianne Johnson (William).  He will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a long-time resident of Wallaceburg and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chatham whose members he considered to be his second family.

A private family service will be held.  Bob will be laid to rest with Betty Ann.

 

Johanna Houweling

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Service:

Blenheim Christian Reformed Church
Friday, June 28, 2024
11:00am

Visitation:

Blenheim Christian Reformed Church
Friday, June 28, 2024
10:00am-11:00am

It is with profound sadness that the Houweling family announces the passing of their mother Johanna Houweling who passed away at the Blenheim Community Village on Wednesday June 26, 2024 at the age of 88.  Johanna was the loving wife of the late Peter Houweling (2002) and the late Cor Bakker (2012).   Loving mother of the late Anthony Houweling, Rick (Pam) Houweling, Ken Houweling, Rob (Sandra) Houweling, Carol (Terry) Pepper, late Don (surviving Madeline) Houweling, Lisa (Dave) Robert, Chris (Melissa) Houweling, and Peter (Angele) Houweling.  Johanna was the loving and spoiling grandmother of many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.  Daughter of the late John and Gradda Onland and sister of many siblings.  Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Johanna will be remembered by her loving gentle spirit towards her family, raising 9 children, meeting the needs of others through her wonderful cooking, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting and enjoying her many trips to see family in Holland.  A funeral service will be held at the Blenheim Christian Reformed Church on Friday June 28, 2024 at 11:00am with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment at Evergreen Cemetery to follow the service.  Donations made in memory of Johanna to the Blenheim Medical Health Hub or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.  Online Condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Tze Hung Ma

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Service:

Monday June 17, 2024
3:00pm
Arnold Cemetery

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Tze Hung Ma who entered into rest on June 13, 2024 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 98. Tze Hung was the wife of the late Chiu Lit Cheung. Loving mother of Yuen Ho Cheung (Ma Suk Chun), Joyce Cheung (Chris Yip), Aishah Cheung (Nezam Alli), and Yonie Cheung (Ron Harding). Tze Hung was the loving grandmother of Nadia Abdulrahim, Ahmed Abdulrahim, Noorah Abdulrahim, Natalie Harding (Aidan Fehr), Felix Yip, Bryan Yip (Melanie Crume), and four great grandchildren. Tze Hung was a devoted mother who enjoyed taking care of her family throughout her whole life. She enjoyed gardening and making special meals for her children. An interment will be held at Arnold Cemetery on Longwoods Rd in Louisville on Monday June 17, 2024 at 3:00pm. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Jim Langford

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Service:

Graveside Service - Arkona Cemetery
Saturday June 22, 2024
11:00am

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jim Langford who entered into rest at home on Tuesday June 11, 2024 at the age of 53. He will be dearly missed by his loving companion Kelly Longley, his father John (Marlene Fields) Langford and the late Clara Ann ‘Chy’ (nee Deacon) Langford. He was the brother of Tracy (Steve) Paton and uncle to their children Leah and Sean. He will be fondly remembered by his step siblings and their families, Rhonda (Ian) Rumble and their children, Klare, Drew and Grace, Jeremy Fields (Hayley), Brandon Fields (Cassandra) and their son Jack, Quinn (Serene) Rumble, Abbey Tramble and her daughter Kamaya, and Ethan Rumble. Jim leaves behind his good friend Cheryl Maitland, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Predeceased by grandparents Charles and Edith Langford and Joseph and Hannah Deacon. Jim was a simple fun loving guy with a great sense of humour and he spent many years as a truck driver and enjoying the open road. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at the Arkona Cemetery, 8628 Townsend Line in Arkona on Saturday June 22, 2024 at 11am followed by refreshments and a reception at the Arkona Fairways Golf Club, 8562 Townsend Line in Arkona. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Larry Throsel

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The carpenter.  He begins work early, and he works late.  He looks at his plan, and he creates.  He is an artist, shaping his material into a masterpiece.  This masterpiece is a house.  Even better…a home.  He is driven by the smell of fresh wood.  He commands the tools in his hand to work with him to create something special.  Something strong, that will last.  He creates structures that will house newly married couples, sleeping babies, rambunctious children, holiday celebrations, rowdy teenagers and cozy winter nights.  He surveys his masterpieces year after year, wondering how his creations are holding up, always remembering his work.  It gives a carpenter great satisfaction to drive through the countryside admiring his creations, knowing he contributed to the development of his community.   Loving his legacy in the most humble way.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at the age of 86, we lost our patriarch, a former local carpenter, Raymond Lawrence (AKA Larry, Snard) Throsel, a resident of Erie Beach.  He was the son of the late William and Ivabel Throsel.  Larry was supported throughout his life by his ever devoted wife Maxine Throsel, who was not only his partner, but his strength and weapon to battle any health issues that arose.  He was the loving father of five children, Darryl (Penny) Throsel, Dave (Terri) Throsel, Darlene (Chuck) Lactin, Dennis Throsel and Denise Throsel.  He was a proud and caring grandpa of Devon (Emily), Nathan, Jayme (Nathaniel), Jarred, Matthew, Aidan, Jordan and Kailyn.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Betty Throsel and many extended family members, whom he cherished.

Larry was preceded in death by his brother Bob Throsel, by his sister Betty (Wib) Brown, and by his infant grandson Andrew.

Larry was a master carpenter, working with his father and brother to build many homes in and around the Blenheim area.  He also owned the Wash It carwash on highway 3 for several years.

Though some people may have considered him a quiet soul, he could stun with his quick witted humour and ability to come up with the best one-liners at just the right time!  His reassuring presence, his cheeky grin and his twinkling eyes will be sorely missed at family gatherings.

Cremation has taken place, with a Celebration of Life to follow at a later date in the summer.

We would like to thank Larry’s homecare staff, Christine, Cecilia and MacKenzie from CarePartners for their wonderful care so Larry could remain in his home as long as possible.  A heartfelt thank you goes out to the dedicated staff at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance for their exceptional care of Larry during his final days.  We would also like to thank Marc of the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for his compassion and support not only to our family, but towards the community as a whole.  Donations in memory of Larry can be made to Chatham-Kent Hospice https://chathamkenthospicefoundation.com/donations/, Parkinson Canada https://www.parkinson.ca/, or a charity of your choice.

Dale Nead

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday June 16, 2024
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday June 15, 2024
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father and Papa Dale Floyd Nead. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Sheila, children, Marc and Jen, Karen and Erick and Jaime and Shane, and grandchildren Lilly, Ryerson, Koen, Michaela, Maeve, Karah, Kaz and Oakley. He will be lovingly remembered by sisters Connie and Judy, and in laws Susan and Michael, Judy, Bob and Toni, Maureen and Ron, Christopher and Betty, Mary and Bill, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Thelma, in laws, Victor and Kathryn Connolly, as well as sisters Audrey and Linda, brothers Roger and Allan, brother in laws Chris, Ian, Bill and Larry and best friends Willy Woortman and Winston.

Dad worked in the grain business for 40 years and enjoyed his time with his Cargill family. He loved time spent with family in South Buxton, Corunna, and Ottawa and looked forward to summers spent at Aunt Maureen and Uncle Ron’s cottage in Magnetewan. Dad loved to putter in the garage, could fix just about anything, was a self-taught woodworker creating beautiful pieces that we all thought up, and loved being a spectator at all his grandkids activities.

We’d like to thank Dr. Athar at Tilbury District Family Health Team, the pharmacy staff at Tilbury Shoppers Drugmart, the doctors and nursing staff at CKHA ICU and most importantly Virginia and Janelle from Bayshore for all of their time, help and guidance through dad’s illness. We’d also like to say a special thank you to Dad’s friends for their visits, especially Kevin and Janice, Garry Watson and Al Drummond.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday June 16, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.  Interment to follow in Stewart Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Dad with a memorial donation are encouraged to consider the Hudson Manor Resident Council at Hudson Manor Nursing Home, Tilbury.

Lorraine Trinacty

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On June 6, 2024, Lorraine Trinacty left this life to start a new one, once again with the love of her life Lyle.  She always believed that there were bigger and better things to experience someplace and now she’s doing just that.  She’s going to be okay.  She made many friends from many walks of life during her time here, so there will be some pretty epic reunions going on.  We’re happy for her.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from mom during her 85 years, among them:

Always have a smile ready, even if it hurts.  Make other people smile because you never know what’s going on in their lives.  Be ready with a joke or a limerick.  If you haven’t read the Master of All Masters, read it, memorize it and be ready to recite it at the next family gathering and follow it with a hearty laugh.  People will remember that.

Make friends wherever you go with whoever you meet.  It doesn’t matter how much money somebody has or doesn’t have; we all need somebody to love us.

Be proud of your family.  Share photos of your children and grandchildren with prospective friends in a checkout line.

Never throw away old pantyhose.  You can use them to tie gutters, child-proof cabinets or hang Christmas ornaments.

Laughter is the best medicine, followed by getting a doctor’s prescription for 4 ounces of wine every day.  Either way, don’t dwell on mistakes and regrets.  Stay positive.

Do your best to accomplish one thing every day so that when you go to bed at night, you can look in mirror, like the person you see and say “I’ve done my best”.

Be kind.

We will celebrate the very special life of our mother every day, and when we are able to gather as a family we will raise a glass (probably of wine) and remember a life well lived.  She will be missed by her children Judith Phinney (late Jim), Kim Feduk, Kandace & Eric Bliss, Todd & Lisa Edmondson, Brian & Barb Trinacty, as well as her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and her brother Lawrence & Ingrid Monkhouse (predeceased by Anne Monkhouse).

Mom was the most non-judgmental person you could have ever met in life and a firm supporter of providing safe places for both children and adults.  If you would like to remember her with a memorial donation, please consider the Blenheim Youth Centre in Blenheim or Bill’s Place in Chatham.  That would have made her happy.

Robert ‘Bob’ Fox

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Service:

Celebration of Life
Willow Ridge
Saturday June 15, 2024
1:00pm-4:00pm
Words of Remembrance at 2:00pm

Robert (Bob) Fox passed away on June 5, 2024 at Mount Hope in London, Ontario. Throughout his life, Bob enthusiastically embraced a personal philosophy of “Be There!”.

Bob was raised in the Northern Ontario mining village of Swastika (yes, it does exist). He loved the north, being outdoors amidst the wildlife, trees, wind, rocks, and the secluded bays and lakes that surrounded his hometown. Over his life, he cherished the poetry of Robert Service, and the paintings of the Group of Seven and other artists who profiled Canada’s north.

As a youth, Bob excelled academically and athletically, specifically in football, hockey and baseball. Bob was a skilled outdoorsman, canoeing rapids, fishing, cooking over camp fires, felling trees and clearing brush with an axe, spending his summers as a teenager in canvas tents working in Northern Ontario and Quebec. The “life lessons” Bob shared with his children and grandchildren generally involved analogies to his time living and working in the “bush”, as he forever described it.

Bob studied physical education at the University of Western Ontario. In the era of “two way” football, Bob played offensive and defensive line on the Western Mustang football team. He was a member of teams that won Yates Cups, and the first national championship in Canada in 1959, now known as the Vanier Cup. The teams and players were inducted into the Western University Athletic Hall of Fame.

After university, Bob was heavily recruited to play for the Hamilton Tigercats and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. However, he and his classmate and future wife, Lynn (nee Patterson), pursued long careers in education, both teaching and coaching primarily at Blenheim District High School. Bob completed a Master of Education degree at the University of Windsor as part of his progression through the educational ranks, ultimately retiring as the Interim Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board.

He believed that he had a duty to help rural communities like Blenheim, not simply survive, but thrive through community-based public schools, organizations, and facilities that were accessible to community members of all ages. This value drove his creation of, participation in, and/or leadership of, charities, educational, athletic and creative initiatives, programs, construction projects, and political organizations throughout his life.

Bob passionately believed that kids needed the chance to pursue as many different academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular avenues as possible and that schools must provide these myriad pathways and low-cost opportunities. He recognized that each student had gifts, academically, athletically, artistically, and believed that teachers must pro-actively encourage all students to try to identify a passion, increasing self confidence, and finding their “success” in life. He bore a responsibility to positively contribute to communities, schools, and students. He simply refused to accept that Blenheim should receive crumbs while larger centres got the whole pie.

Throughout his life, Bob was a good friend, advisor, mentor, and a forceful, but private, advocate, and confidante to many.

Bob was the proud father and lifelong champion of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed their various paths and successes, travelling for years over the course of weekends, to “Be There!” for their activities and events. Bob was a lover of the multitude of ill-behaved Fox family dogs, and barn cats. Privately, he often fed stray animals, and on many occasions, tried to nurse injured birds, squirrels, and turtles he came across.

Bob is survived by his sister Susan Stevenson (Bob), his children, Elizabeth (Scott Guidolin) and David, his grandchildren Thomas, Grace and Katie, sister-in-law Barbara Fox, nieces and nephews Catherine and Gwen Stevenson, Jason (Eileen) and Gavin (Jenifer) Fox, and families, and cousins Fred (Kathy) and Nancy Mallett. Predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Lynn, brother David, and cousin Joan (Al) McNabb. Lynn and Bob’s dear friend and confidante of many years, Noreen McLauchlin, suitably accompanied Bob back home to his beloved Blenheim on his final day. Bob will be missed by his long-time friends Denis, Jane, Jerry, Windy, Lyle, Doug, Ivan and Joe. Predeceased by close friends, Coop, Donny, Lach, and Paul. Elizabeth and David extend their deepest gratitude to Cathy Phipps and to Bob’s private caregivers Tammy Murphy-Lodewegen, Tilly DaSilva, and Tammie Matt-Barnes for their skilled and respectful care over the last years.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Saturday June 15, 2024 at Willow Ridge Golf Course in Blenheim between 1PM and 4PM (remarks at 2 PM). Those who can attend are encouraged to bring their favourite recollections of encounters with Bob. In lieu of flowers, those who are able are encouraged to donate to, either, the Western Fund, or the Chatham-Kent A.L.L. for Kids Program.