Obituaries

Cheryl Robinson (Haskell)

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Service:

To Be Announced

Visitation:

To Be Announced

Cheryl Marie Robinson (Haskell) passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Friday January 24, 2020 at the age of 60 years.  She will be missed so much by her three children Randy Haskell, Gerald Haskell and Terri Marie Haskell as well as her siblings Ron Robinson, Doug & Evelyn Robinson and Lynn Coll.  Cheryl was the daughter of Marilyn DeClerck (2013) and Richard DeClerck (2010) and Ronald Robinson Sr.

Funeral Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced on Monday.

Mary Kormendy

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Service:

To Be Announced

Visitation:

To Be Announced

Mary (Maria) Kormendy passed away at Victoria Hospital in London on Friday January 24, 2020.  Mary was born in Slovakia on December 25, 1936 to her late parents Zuzanna (Gregor) & Jan Mikulec and is survived by her sister Helen.

In 1938 Mary’s family moved to Canada which is where she would eventually meet and marry the love of her life Cyril Kormendy.  In November, 1954 Mary and Cyril were married, beginning a journey that would span another 50 years before Cyril passed away in 2005.  Together Mary & Cyril raised seven children; Paul who predeceased her, Bill & Trish Kormendy, Linda & Barry Jensen, Bob & Grace Kormendy, Brian & Leonora Kormendy (Ramirez), David & Sylvia Kormendy and Kenneth Kormendy.  Their family grew to include grandchildren Doug, Kaleena, Melissa, Eric, Shawn, Carly, Brianna, Renata, Meghan, Kylie, Clinton, Morgan and Daniella as well as great-grandchildren Brandi, Makayla, Jase, Charleigh, Kaedence, Kaleb, Kasey, Holden and Mia and Josh who affectionately called her Babka.

In 2007 Mary was given a second chance at happiness when she married Bill Parker and accepted his family as her own.  Mary will be missed by her best and longtime friend Mary Maydon.

Being a wonderful mother and an awesome cook were just two of the things that made Mary loved in life.  She was a long time member of St. Mary’s Church and a part of the CWL.  She and Cyril worked hard on the farm while they raised their children.  Mary was the St. Mary’s Hall caterer for over 25 years and eventually started her own business “Mary’s Catering” which made her well known in the area.

Visitation and Service times will be announced by Tuesday.

Friends wishing to remember Mary with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com  

Paul Kozlof

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday January 24, 2020
1:00 p.m.

KOZLOF: Robert “Paul” of Edmonton AB, formerly of Blenheim ON

It is with great sadness that Paul Kozlof’s family reports his unexpected passing at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, on Thursday January 16th, 2020, at the age of 66. Paul was the loving son of Mary Johnston (Kozlof, nee Beaubien) and the late Walter Kozlof; stepson of the late Clarence Johnston; dear brother to Larry Kozlof (Jane), Sharron Cooper (Brian), Patricia Hamelin (Tom), and Mary “Maggie” Engel (Rudi). Predeceased by brothers Richard Kozlof, Alexander Kozlof, David Johnston and sisters Karen Armstrong (Phillip) and Janice Yourex (Glen). Paul was uncle to many nieces and nephews.

A special thankyou to Ian Gillmore of Edmonton for his friendship to Paul and his help to the family.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday January 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Betty Gardiner

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Service:

Private Family Service
Tuesday January 14, 2019

Betty Jean Gardiner of Blenheim passed away surrounded by the love of her family on January 11, 2020.  Born May 8, 1948 to the late Glenn & Beulah (Jacques) Drewery, Betty was the proud mother of Mickey & Cheryl Gardiner, Jennifer & Rick Dulisch and Mike & Terry Gardiner.  She was equally proud to be the grandmother of Allan, Kristen & BJ, Kyle, Ryan, Alex, Abbie & Jesse, Rhys and great-grandmother of Lauren and Delilah.  Betty was anxiously awaiting the arrival of two more great grandchildren.

Betty was one of seven siblings and is survived by Ruth Anne & Eric Bennett, Ivan & Bonnie Drewery, Marie & Murry Sykes, Nancy & Bryan Keith, John & Lorrie Drewery and Neil Drewery.  She will be remembered for her love of animals and her dedication to her family.  Friends will remember Betty from her time working at the Blenheim Community Village.

A private family service, officiated by Rev. Wanda Burse was held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday January 14, 2020.

Friends wishing to remember Betty with a memorial donation are asked to consider Pet & Wildlife Rescue.

Paul Melanson

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Service:

Private

Paul Melanson of Blenheim passed away at Riverview Gardens in Chatham with his family beside him on January 1, 2020.  He is survived by his wife of 35 years who he swooned over with his roller-skating abilities, Jean (Pearce) Melanson, his daughter Susan & Kevin Passwaters, by his step children Cindy & Wes Girard, Denise & Terry Walker and Kim Giannini as well as 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his step-son Kevin Bailey in 2017.

Paul was born in Moncton, New Brunswick 84 years ago.  He was one of seven children born to the late Emma & Zeno Melanson and is survived by his sisters Janette & Ron Cormier and Lorett & Aurile Lavigne.  He was predeceased by his siblings Lena Ludee, Irene & Paul Melanson, Raymond & Marie Melanson and Doris & Roaul Lalonde.

Paul retired from the maintenance department at Southwestern Regional Centre.  Many of his retirement days were spent puttering in his garage where he made toyboxes for his grandchildren while listening to his favourite singer Hank Williams.  He and Jean spent summers between Wildwood Park and New Brunswick and winters at their home in Florida, sometimes making side trips to Texas.  He enjoyed being Jean’s chauffeur to anyplace she wanted to go but would spend his time doing puzzle books while she shopped.  He was kind and he was patient.  Most of all he was loved.

It was Paul’s wish for cremation to take place and for his family to remember him privately.  His family extends many thanks to the staff of Riverview Gardens on 6 West and 5 West for their commendable care over the past few years.  Your kindness did not go unnoticed and will be remembered.

Betty Beattie

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday January 4, 2020
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday January 4, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Betty Beattie passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday January 1, 2020.  She was born in Chatham on October 18, 1929 to her late parents Vanessa & Gordon Beattie.

Loving mother to Shirley (Jamie) Brandie, Barbara (Jim) Houston, Jane (Dave) Kirkland, Judy (Ben) Casey, Lorie (Jack) Burk, Ron (Cheryl) Holmes, Darlene (Greg) Swance and Michael (Dave) Beattie.  Loving Grandmother to Melissa, Jimmy (Laurie), Jason, Cari, Ryan (Andrea), Tyler (Amber), Brandy (Larry), Shawn, Dawn (Boyd), Michelle (Jeremy), Matthew, Jesse, Lucky (Carrie), Derek (Jeanette), Colin (Nadja), Kelsey (Stephen), Kim and Jordan.  Predeceased by grandchildren Justine, Michael, Jason, Jane and Todd.  Also survived by numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by her brothers Ted and Mike Beattie.  Predeceased by her sister Emma.

Betty was an avid knitter who knit and donated over 100 knitted hats to the homeless every year.  Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her left feeling blessed and joyful.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday January 4, 2020 where visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and will be followed immediately by a Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Eric Revie.  A private family interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery after which the family will meet friends at Glad Tidings Community Church for a luncheon.

Friends wishing to remember Betty with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

Janet Hart

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Service:

Greenlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery
1525 Highway #3, Oldcastle
Tuesday December 24, 2019
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Greenlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery
1525 Highway #3, Oldcastle
Tuesday December 24, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Janet Main (Paterson) Hart, dear wife of the late Robert McCaig Hart passed away at the Huron Lodge in Windsor on December 21, 2019.  Born in Airdrie, Scotland 93 years ago to the late William & Jeanie Paterson, Janet was raised alongside her sister Helen and her brothers William, Tim, Alex, John and Jimmy.

Janet was the proud mother of Jim Hart (late Nancy) of Morpeth and William Hart (Karen) of Windsor.  She loved being a grandmother to Brodie, Ashley and Liam.

As a young lady, Janet helped build Spitfires, a single seat aircraft used during WWII for the British Government.  She loved to cook and bake and especially enjoyed her family.

Janet’s family invite family and friends to a time of visitation at the Victoria Greenlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 1525 Highway #3 in Oldcastle on Tuesday December 24, 2019 between 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  At that time, a graveside service will be held followed by a reception.

Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with Funeral Arrangements.

Mike Steel

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday December 23, 2019
4:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday December 23, 2019
11:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Michael Steel, best friend and beloved husband to Lori Steel (Speed), passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on December 20th, 2019 at the young age of 59. Born in Chatham, Michael was the son of Carol (Dave) McVicar and the late Gary Steel. He is predeceased by his brother Rick (Paulette) Steel and much loved by his sisters Kelly (Mike) Delong and Cindy Graves. Mike was a loving step-father to Aaron (Ashley) Armstrong and Michelle (Will) MacNaughton. He was also a very proud Papa to Olivia, Gwen, Everleigh and Maisie.

Mike worked for many years for the Lambton Kent District School Board as a custodian spending the majority of his years caring for Ridgetown Public School and Harwich Raleigh Public School. Mike enjoyed tinkering around the house and helping out whoever or wherever he was needed. He always looked forward to his yearly trips away with his wife Lori and could be found on Sundays enjoying Nascar.

He will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews as well as many life-long friends.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Monday, December 23rd from 11 a.m.  – 1 p.m. & 2 – 4 p.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at the funeral home. Cremation will follow. 

Donations made in memory of Mike to the Chatham-Kent Hospice in lieu of flowers would be appreciated by the family.

 

Gerry Baetsen

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Service:

St. Patrick's Church, Merlin
Monday December 23, 2019
11:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday December 22, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Gerardus “Gerry” Baetsen of Merlin, loving husband of Linda (Hopper) Baetsen, father of Tom & Lisa Baetsen, Gary & Kristi Baetsen and the late Jackie Baetsen and “Opa” to Ashley, Tyler, Amber, William, Natalie, Jaedyn, Jake and Ella passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday December 19, 2019.

Born in Holland on April 24, 1943, Gerry was one of fifteen children born to the late Anna Marie & Lambertus Baetsen.  He is survived by his siblings Christina Henrietha McDonald, William Renier Baetsen,  Johanna Petronella VanOirschot, Leonie Marie Sproule, Elisabeth Wilhelmina Foote and Petronella Maria Brouns.  He was predeceased by his siblings Marie Leonie Vroomans, Leonardus Antonius Baetsen, Antionette Maria Baetsen, Berta Maria Mann, Wilhelmina Gerarda VanDevl, Margaretha Henriette Mitrakos, Anna Matilda Consten and Antonius Lois Henrick Baetsen.

Survived by his brother-in-law Larry Hopper, sister-in-law Marilyn Cartier and his pal, Chase.

Gerry was a Millwright by trade and worked for many years at Dorssers in Blenheim.  His love of working followed him in his retirement as he continued to keep busy every day.  He loved his family with all his heart.  He and Linda enjoyed spending their winters in Florida where they made many good friends.

Family and friends are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Sunday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Mass for Gerry will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, Merlin on Monday December 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Cremation will follow.

Friends wishing to remember Gerry with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Joe Suk

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday December 19, 2019
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Wednesday December 18, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Joseph Frank Suk of Blenheim passed away at University Hospital in London on Monday December 16, 2019 at the age of 87 years.  Joe was born in Chatham on January 20, 1932.  He was married to his wife Virginia (Verstraete) Suk for 59 years and they had two children; Linda Suk and the late John Suk.  He is survived by his daughter in law Laurie, by two grandsons Colin and Evan Suk and by his sister Mary Rooney.  He was predeceased by his parents Frank & Anna (Marsalek) Suk, his sister Lillian Braet and his brother Jerry John Suk.

Joe worked at the Sugar House, Daymonds and Motor Wheel in Chatham before taking a job at the Blenheim Arena where he retired.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Visitation will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Thursday December 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Cremation will follow.  Friends wishing to remember Joe with a memorial donation are asked to consider a charity of your choice.  Online condolences for the family and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com