Obituaries

Elda Richmond

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Service:

Blenheim United Church
Monday November 18, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday November 17, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Elda Richmond, beloved wife of the late Alex Richmond (2004) passed away on November 14, 2019.  Born in Dahinda, Saskatchewan on November 10, 1924 Elda was the last surviving member of her family having been predeceased by her parents Charles & Naomi (Cundle) Morrow and by her siblings Clara, Ruby, Lloyd, Wesley, Gordon, James, Arthur, George and Fred.

Elda was a wonderful mother and mother-in-law to her seven children; Ruth & Glen Babcock, Gordon & Linda Richmond, Wayne & Barbara Richmond and Marvin & Carol Richmond all of Blenheim, Cheryl & Mickey Brooke of Morpeth, Gerry & Anita Richmond of Ridgetown and Tamara & Ian Toll of Blenheim.  She will be remembered fondly by all of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Elda and Alex farmed together for many years and raised their family at Huffmans Corner.  She was a long-time member and supporter of the Blenheim United Church and was well known for her baking and her talent as an upholsterer.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Sunday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Elda will be held in the Blenheim United Church on Monday November 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends wishing to remember Elda with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Nancy Crawford

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Service:

Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club
Saturday November 23, 2019
11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Nancy Crawford of Blenheim passed away at home on Friday November 8, 2019.  Nancy was born 76 years ago to the late Betty & Lloyd Crozier and was predeceased by her only brother Kenneth.

Nancy was a fun-loving wife and mother whose perseverance and faith was tested when her son Mark Crawford died in 1971, her husband Fred Crawford died in 1998 and her daughter Tracy Crawford died in 2018.  Despite that adversity, she somehow managed to smile and face the future unafraid.  She treasured the moments she had with her daughter Wendy Crawford (Gary Bechard), her granddaughters Myranda Rose and Kelsey Massender, her grandson Kody Massender, her great grandson Kayden and her son-in-law Donald Mason.

Nancy was a long-time employee of Southwestern Regional Centre, where she  made lifetime friends.  When she moved into her apartment in Blenheim she bought dog treats for all the dogs who were being walked past her door and made her home a second home for her neighbours cat.  She was just an all around kind and caring person who will be missed greatly.

Cremation has taken place.  A Celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at the Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club, Blenheim on Saturday November 23, 2019 from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Nancy with a memorial donation are asked to consider Craford Cemetery.

Special thanks are extended to the nurses from VON, Nurse Practitioner Jon-Ann Meko and neighbours Anita, Dwayne, Morgan, Taylor and Zelda Purdy for all you did to make Mom’s life that much better.

Irma VanLoon

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Service:

St. Mary’s Church
Friday November 15, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Irmgard “Irma” Gertrud Van Loon passed away quietly at her home, surrounded by family, on November 7, 2019. She was born 83 years ago in Germany, the daughter of Albert and Gertrud Griegoschewski, and immigrated to Canada in 1954 with her surviving siblings Dieter, Ursula, Jurgen, and Bernhard.
She is survived by her husband William Van Loon, who she married in 1957. During those 62 years she was a wonderful mother to, Alexander, Sabina, Renata, Torin, and Damian. She is succeeded by 10 grandchildren namely Derek, Sacha, Patrick, Vanessa, Joshua, Jordan, Cash, Race, Tate, and Makay. Also by three great-grandchildren namely Delilah, Emerson, and Kinsley.
Irma resided most of her life in Blenheim Ontario where she was a school bus driver who was greatly loved and respected. She babysat many children who still come and visit her. She was also a member of the Catholic women’s league at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic parish in Pardoville. Most recently a member of St. Mary’s parish in Blenheim.
Irma was deeply loved and respected by all of her family and friends and she will be dearly missed by all.
A Funeral Mass will be held for Irma in St. Mary’s Church on Friday November 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Terrance Argent

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Service:

Private

Visitation:

Private

Surrounded by the people he loved, Terrance Laverne Argent passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the age of 76 years.  Terry is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Marie (Silcox) Argent and by his three daughters who he adored; Terroleen Argent (Rick Turner), Debbie McLean (Darrell) and Dorinda Argent (Keith).  He will be missed by his grandchildren Pete (Kate), Neil (Steph), Tamara (Kevin), Quisha (Andrew), Joshua (Sam), Mackenzie, Zach, Lindsay, Hayden, Jaxx and Candace (Mike) and by his great-grandchildren Addison, Daiton, Terry, Xander, Josè, Ellie, Remi, Finn, Chase, Aubree, Riley, Keaton, Denver, Hadley and Alaia.

Terry was predeceased in life by his parents Norma & Dayton Argent and is survived by his sisters Marilyn Bonner, Susan Wasylyk and Kathy Armstrong as well as his brother Fred Argent.

As a truck driver, Terry was fortunate to see many places and meet many people in his life.  In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing with his family.  It was his wish that his family would remember him privately at this time.  Although his stay at the Chatham-Kent Hospice was brief, his family would like to thank the staff there for the tremendous care and compassion that was shown to both Terry and to them.  Friends and family who would like to remember Terry with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Hospice so that they can continue the great service that they provide.

Pete Segeren

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Service:

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
Wednesday October 30, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Private

Segeren: Pete, a resident of Blenheim passed away peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2019 at his farm at the age of 80. Born in The Netherlands, son of the late Bert and Anna (VanDongen) Segeren. Pete farmed all his life in Harwich Township. Loving husband and best friend of 59 years to Eunice. Loved dad of Brad, Tracey Lawrence (Andrew), Jeff (Fiona), Greg and Jackie Carr (Roy). Sadly missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Leo (Pauline), Bert (Annie), Toni Ouellette (Leo), Carol, Sue, Deanna and Jack Scoyne. Predeceased by brothers John, Joe, Willy and Bob; sister-in-law Alice (Segeren) Scoyne. A funeral mass will be celebrated from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Blenheim on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11 a.m. Private interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim. If desired, donations may be made to New Beginnings ABI & Stroke, Chatham. Funeral arrangements are entrusted the Blenheim Community Funeral Home, Blenheim.

Robert Parker

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday October 30, 2019
2:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday October 30, 2019
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Robert Midland Parker of Blenheim and formerly of Erieau passed away on Saturday October 26, 2019.  Bob was one of ten children born to the late Jennie & Byron Parker and is survived by his sister Jean Verstraete and his brother Bill & Mary Parker.  He was predeceased by his sisters Dorothy Bond, Bessie Turner, Hazel Tanner and by his brothers Harold, Gordon, Donald and Jack Parker.

One afternoon while playing catch with his cousin in Erieau, Bob was approached by a young lady named Alice Park who asked him where she could get a fishing license.  It was then that a long lasting friendship formed and Bob and Alice were married on September 8, 1956.  Over the course of the next 63 years they raised two children who they loved unconditionally; Jennifer Louise Pinkerton (Jeff) and Lawrence Ralph “Bud” Parker (Debbie Thayer).  Bob was especially delighted when his family grew to include his grandchildren Steve, Jamie and Kim.

Bob worked at Mallorys in Blenheim before taking a position with Northern Telecom in London until his retirement.  He will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, whether it included playing and coaching baseball, hunting, fishing or just appreciating a great sunset.  He enjoyed playing cards in Erieau and shuffleboarding in Blenheim.  Above all else, he enjoyed every moment he spent with his family and also with his dog Gracie.

Cremation has taken place.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Bob’s life on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.  Visitation will take place from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. followed immediately by a service conducted by Rev Fr. David Fuller.

Friends wishing to remember Bob with a memorial donation are asked to choose a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of the CKHA 4th Floor Medicine A & B for the kindness and compassion shown to Bob in his final days.

Rev. J. Lloyd G. Brown

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Service:

Private

Visitation:

Private

Rev. J. Lloyd G. Brown passed away with family at his side on Thursday October 24, 2019 in his 90th year.  He was lost without his beloved wife Shirley (April 7, 2014) and is now reunited with her.

Lloyd was born December 15, 1929 to Melvin & Emily Brown in Egremont Township and is survived by his younger brother Victor (Edna) Brown of London.  He and Shirley were married in 1951.  Lloyd was ordained in 1954 as a United Church minister who served for 60 years starting in Radville SK, then Brussels ON, St. Thomas, Montreal, Kitchener, Brantford, Hamilton, Wheatley and Belmont.  When he retired and moved to Blenheim he continued to assist the parishes of Merlin, Fletcher, St. Pauls, St. Johns and Zion.

Lloyd and Shirley were blessed with their four children Shirley Anne & Jim Barth of Waterloo, Pam & Jim Prokop of Blenheim, Winston Brown of California and Tim & Heather Brown of Paris, Ontario.  Their family grew to include their grandchildren Carolyn & Adam Pachnik, Katherine & Chris MacDonald, Sherri & Rob Jones, Michael Prokop, Victoria, Stephen and David Brown, and Christopher and Nicole Brown as well as their great-grandchildren Aurelia, Victoria, Zoe, Hunter and Jaelyn.

Lloyd was the brother in law of Carson & Norma Rae, the late Norma & Ross Bradshaw, the late Delton & Fern Rae, Edna Jackson (late Donald), the late Betty Groff (Stan), the late Bob Rae (Eileen), Ormand Rae (late Alice), Arnold & Marilyn Rae, the late Mary Lou & Gordon Holliday, Lavern & Irene Rae, David & Ruth Rae and Gwen Bradshaw.

A private family service will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home followed by interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.  Friends wishing to remember Lloyd with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimers Society.

Frank VanTorre

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Service:

St. Mary's Parish
Saturday October 26, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday October 25, 2019
5:00- 8:00 p.m.
Parish Prayers will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Frank VanTorre passed away suddenly at his home on Monday October 21, 2019 at the age of 70 years.  He was one of three children born to his parents Yvonne (Verlinde) (1999) and Andy VanTorre (2017).

Frank will be missed dearly by his sister Judy (VanTorre) Gangle and his brother Wayne VanTorre (Sandra) as well as his nephews Ryan Gangle and Greg & Anna Gangle with their children Taylor and Shanel.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday night from 5 – 8 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be held at 7 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Frank will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Parish on Saturday October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a..m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Frank with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Cancer Society.

Donald Nead

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Service:

Stewart Cemetery
Saturday November 2, 2019
1:00 p.m.

Peacefully, surrounded by his family at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Sunday October 20, 2019, Donald Howard Nead passed away at the age of seventy-one.  He is survived by his best friend and the love of his life Bonnie Lou Nead.  Together for fifty-one years, they raised their children, Jeff (Amber) Nead, Gerry (Sue) Nead and Julie (Steve) Tellier.  He was a very proud Papa to his grandchildren Emily (John), Caitlin (Ron), Jordan, Warren (Emma), Jadyn (Lukas), Kyle (Brooke) and Sydney (Braden).

Also survived by his mother Betty Nead and his sister Diane (Graham) Adamson.  Predeceased by his father Howard (2017) and his in-laws Gene (1999) and Betty (2000) LeBonté.

Don was a jokester and loved to be surrounded by his family.

Cremation to take place.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday November 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Stewart Cemetery, Merlin.

Rose (Nauta) Boyd

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Service:

Christian Reformed Church
Sunday October 27, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

With profound sadness, the Nauta family says goodbye to their dear Rose.

Rosemarie Ann Boyd was born on August 8, 1971 to John and Hermina Nauta of Blenheim.  She was the youngest sister of Wendy (Adrian) Weesjes, Evelyn (John) Leistra, Jim (Janet) Nauta, and Marcia (Harry Vanderveen). Rose was teaching in Hong Kong when she met the love of her life, Andy Boyd.  They married in 1999 and moved to Australia where she became the most perfect mummy to Matthew. Rose was also an amazing aunt to Erica, Rachel and Julie Nauta, and Nick (Laura), Alex (Sam) and Lianna Leistra.

Rose passed away peacefully on September 28, 2019 only two months after being diagnosed with leukemia. Her smile, passion, energy and enthusiasm will always be remembered by everyone she knew.  Her funeral was held in Brisbane, Australia and a gathering to share memories and celebrate Rose’s wonderful life will be held on Sunday, October 27th from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Blenheim Christian Reformed Church, 286 Chatham Street S. in Blenheim.