Obituaries

Bernice Fiala

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Service:

Private

M = Magnificent

E   = Eversmiling

M = Monumental

E   = Eternal Sunshine

Bernice Fiala went to be with the love of her life on the same day they were united in marriage sixty-one years ago. She married Edward Fiala and together they owned a farm and raised their family. Bernice was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Beulah(Griffore) Benoit. Loving mother to Joanne (Kris) King, Kathy-Lynn Stennett (partner Joe Gillier), Anne-Marie (Rick) Embury, and Eddie Fiala (fiancé Karri Vermeulen). Devoted Mémè to Tara King and partner Dean Youchezin and children Dominic and Desmond; Adam King and daughter Severyn; Rachel King; Lisa (Jeff) Stonehouse and children Brady, Abby, and Brett; Bryan (Dana) Stennett and son Blake; Joshua Embury, Erica Embury, Nicole (Adam) Iannetta, Sarah (Joel) Pepper and children August, Julien, Addison, and (late) Benjamin; Jordan, Evan, Joelle, and Jocelyn Fiala. Mémè had a special place in her heart for Jenn and Kai Kristianson.  Beloved sister to the late Omer (Rita) Benoit, the late Don (Anna) Benoit, Doreen (late Donald) Alexander, Diane (late Robert) Myers, Leo (Adrienne) Benoit, Annette (Peter) VanDeHogen, Jeannnette (late Frank) Fiala, Roland (Connie) Benoit, Lucille (Jean) Laprise. Sister-in-law to the late Vera (Fred) Engl. She was known as Aunt/Tante Bernice or Aunt Bis to many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Family was at the centre of Bernice’s life. Even if you weren’t related, you were instantly inducted as an honourary member of the family upon your first visit. She graciously welcomed people into her home with that vibrant smile and you rarely left her place without having a coffee, tea or drink of your choice, along with a delicious baked good she had prepared.

Bernice enjoyed watching sports, particularly hockey and baseball, which many of her family members participated in. She was an avid supporter of local hockey teams, baseball leagues, and a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Other interests included spending time on the deck admiring her beautiful flowers and listening to the backyard birds singing, Thursday night Dinners (also known as “Bread and Butter Day”), Coffee Club with her sisters hosted at her home, and playing cards with her “Good Ole Neighbours”, Mac and Marg Allison.

Grandchildren and great grandchildren will fondly remember Mémè for times spent with her in her rocking chair, comforting them with her lullabies and nursery rhymes, and her version of The Chicken Dance. Most importantly, Bernice’s loved ones will always remember her advice to treasure each day God blesses you with and to “KEEP SMILING”. 😊

Bernice’s service will be private.  Friends wishing to remember her with a memorial donation are asked to consider Meals On Wheels or the charity of your choice.

Kenneth Anderson

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Service:

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

It is with heartfelt sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Kenneth Marshall Anderson of Blenheim, Ontario at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Son of the late Percy and Sybil (Cameron) Anderson, Miramichi, N.B.  Beloved husband of Lynda.  Proud father of Bruce (Jane), El Segundo, California and Dr. Glenn (Susie), Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Lindsay, Emily, Jack and Alec.  Missed and loved by his sister Nancy Anderson.

Also lovingly missed by his mother-in-law Betty Tustin, brother-in-law Stephen Tustin, sisters-in-law Sandra Edwards and Susie Tustin (friend Gayle Downard), as well as his nieces, nephews and great nieces.  He will also be missed by his many friends.

Ken had a wonderful full life.  He graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and had an extensive and brilliant career in Sales and Marketing, lastly Allegretti Manufacturing.  He retired as a Real Estate Broker in Chatham, Ontario.

Ken and Lynda spent many vacations skiing in Lake Tahoe and spending time with his family over the past 45 years.

Ken was cremated in Henderson, Nevada, as were his wishes, and a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider Chatham Goodfellows, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation or Charity of your choice.

Mary Faulkner

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Service:

A private graveside service will take place in Evergreen Cemetery

Mary Ellen Faulkner of Chatham and formerly of Blenheim passed away on Thursday April 2, 2020.  She was born 97 years ago to her late parents Hazel & Charles Karn and is survived by her brother Chuck Karn.

Mary and her late husband Kenneth Faulkner (2002) were the proud parents of four children; Ann Banfield (Howie) of Florida, Ken Faulkner of Chatham, Bob Faulkner (Donna) of Manotick and Jim Faulkner of Windsor.  Grandma will be remembered by Lane (Larry Clark), Laura (Tim Outtrim), Amanda (Myles Peter), Lesley (Ryan Blakey), Erin (Trevor March), Austin, Emerson, Taylor, Brynn, Ayla, Beau, Frankie and Ollie.

Mary loved to play Bridge and will be hosting a few games soon.  She was renowned tole painter who enjoyed spending winters in Florida.  She was an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan.

Cremation has taken place.  A private graveside service will take place at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.

Wendy Sykes

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Wendy Sykes, much loved mother of Gabe and Gigette passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Wednesday April 1, 2020.

A complete notice will be posted when it is available.

Sue Newman

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Service:

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

Sue Newman of Cedar Springs passed away peacefully in the still of the night on Monday March 30, 2020.  She was 75 years old.  She leaves behind the two people who looked up to her most in life; her daughter Leanne Crawford (Steven) and her son Mike Newman.  She will be missed by her grandchildren Evan Vaughan (Marie-Philip), Daniel Vaughan (Teneshia), Matthew Crawford (Jayde), Josh Crawford (Alison), Stevie Crawford (Mackenzie), by ten great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.  In 2001 she was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Lorne Newman.  She was also predeceased by her parents Dorothy & Lee Thomas and by her only brother George Thomas.

Sue drew strength in life through her faith in God.  She was a long-time member of Cedar Springs United Church until its closing and then became a member of the Fourth Line United Church.  It was that faith that allowed her to face the future unafraid these past few weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.  She was very grateful for the kindness that was shown to both her and to her family by the doctors and nurses at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.

Sue will be remembered as a kind and caring neighbour, a great friend and a person who left this world a better place.  She mastered the art of making butter tarts and always had some on hand in the freezer…just in case.

Cremation will take place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.    Friends wishing to remember Sue with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Westover Treatment Centre.

Jim Luke

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Service:

Private

Jim Luke of Blenheim passed away on Sunday March 29, 2020.  He leaves behind his soulmate of over 37 years Jane Pope, her daughter Karen & Mike Parren and their daughter Marla of England, his brother Richard & Bonnie Luke of Newmarket and his sister-in-law Janice Smith & Terry Fiala of Blenheim.  He was predeceased by his parents Reginald & Mabel (Herman) Luke, his sister Elizabeth Mortlock and his brothers Jack and Wayne Luke.

Jim was a quiet man in life who wished for the same when his time was done here on earth.  His family will remember him privately.  Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Jack Osborne

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It is with great sadness we share the news that Robert “Jack” Osborne has passed away shortly after his 83rd birthday.  He passed peacefully, embraced in love by family and all of the wonderful people who have cared for him the last 3 ½ years at the Blenheim Community Village.

Jack was born March 14, 1937 and was predeceased by his parents Charles and Gladys (McKay-Gosnell) Osborne, by his wife Jane (Holdaway) Osborne and by his siblings.  He is survived by his brother Hal Gosnell.

Jack was an extremely quiet and private man who lived his life on his terms.  He was a truck driver, a skier, a sailor, an amateur pilot and skydiver, a fisherman and a traveller…  He loved animals, he loved a cold beer and he loved living in Erieau which he affectionately called his “drinking village with a fishing problem”.

As per Jack’s wishes, NOTHING was to be done after he passed.  So those wishing to honour him…

RAISE A GLASS TO JACK!

CHEERS!!!

Lyle Drewery

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Service:

A private graveside service will take place at Pardoville Cemetery.

Lyle Clayton Drewery passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 under the continued loving care of The Village on the Ridge, Ridgetown, Ontario.  Lyle was born on January 24, 1921 to Gladys (Bennett) and Addison “Mac” Drewery in Charing Cross, Ontario, where he was raised and spent his life farming. He married the love of his life, Doreen Elenore Iles in 1945 and they made their home on his mother’s farm in Charing Cross until he retired.  He and Doreen then relocated to Blenheim, Ontario. They were married 67 years at the time of Doreen’s passing. Lyle & Doreen were members of the Kent Kennel Klub for a long time with Lyle being the Treasurer for many years. He and Doreen raised & showed Collies & Shelties under the name of Drewlane Kennels.  Lyle also greatly enjoyed many years of fishing, especially on the French River, playing hockey and curling in more youthful days, playing cards and being together with good friends. He had a quick wit and a great sense of humour, always sharing a good joke. Lyle was a member of the Century Masonic Lodge, Merlin, Ontario and was named Master of the Chatham District in 1986, which he greatly enjoyed.

Lyle leaves behind one sister, Audrey (Drewery) Card, of Fraser, Michigan, U.S.A., his beloved nephew Daniel Card and wife Mary (Lee) Card,  his niece Joy (Card) Robeson and husband Lafayette Robeson, his nieces Patricia (Mills) Frederick and husband Robert Frederick, Wendy (Mills) Scott,  and his nephew Graham Mills and husband Greg O’Neill, and several great & great great nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers at The Village on the Ridge who consistently provided such loving care to their beloved uncle, Lyle.   He will be greatly missed by all.

Arrangements are being handled by Blenheim Community Funeral Home.  Cremation has taken place. A private, graveside family gathering will be held at Pardoville Cemetery at a later date where Lyle will be interred beside his loving wife Doreen.

Arlene Majek

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday, March 14, 2020
1pm

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday, March 14, 2020
11am - 1pm

Arlene Anne Majek of Erie Beach was called home on Thursday March 5, 2020 at the age of 83 years.  Arlene will be missed by her children Randy Stoner (Katherine), Lindy Majek (Bob), Mary Kay McEachren and Todd Majek (Jennifer), by 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, by her sister Dianne Roelofs (Gerry), sister in law Fern Stoner and many nieces and nephews.  She will also be missed by her neighbour and best friend Barb Drew.  Arlene was predeceased by her parents Fred & Elizabeth Stoner, her sister Doreen (Victor) Newby and her brothers Roger and Kenneth Stoner.

In keeping with Arlene’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday March 14, 2020 where visitation will take place from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. A Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Bill Terris will take place at 1:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to remember Arlene are asked to consider Pet & Wildlife Rescue or the Big Fix Grassroots Cat Rescue.

Neil Wellwood

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Service:

Charing Cross United Church
Saturday March 7, 2020
3:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday March 6, 2020
2:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

It is with such sadness we share that our dad, Lloyd “Neil” Wellwood of Merlin passed away on Wednesday March 4, 2020.  He was born 80 years ago to the late Lloyd & Margaret “Elda” (Devlaminck) Wellwood and was raised beside his siblings who he loved very much Diane (late John) Halliday of Kingsville, Marlene & Brad DeLyzer of Merlin and Keith & Ann Wellwood of Merlin.

As a young man, Dad met the love of his life (and ours), Cheryl (Eldridge).  On February 26, 1966 they married and started writing chapters in a book that would span over 48 years before Mom predeceased him in 2014.  They were both great role models who gave us the tools and confidence we needed to raise five loving grandchildren Rebekah (Marius), Joe, Meg, Grace, Cole and one great-grandson Quentin.

Although we are biased, we believe that we had the best dad that two daughters could ever ask for.  He always gave 110% of himself and said that work came before play.  He taught us that huge tasks could be accomplished with ease when a family worked together.  He had the greatest respect for the land, for his neighbours, for his friends and for his church.  All through his life he remained humble, placing the needs of others before his own.  He always made sure to call people by their first name when he saw them because he wanted them to know how important they were to him.

Any good deed that Dad did in his life was not for fame or glory, but was done out of love and respect.  He accomplished great things and will be missed.  His determination will continue in us and in our families.  We will always remember the day Dad passed away, “March fourth” more as his legacy to us which will be to “March forth” and continue to make this world a better place.

As we prepare to write the last chapter of our Dad’s book, we invite family and friends to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home where visitation will take place on Friday from 2 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service will be held in Charing Cross United Church on Saturday March 7, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  Following the interment in Pardoville-Union Cemetery we ask you to please join us at the Merlin Hall for dinner.

We love you so much Dad,

Colleen & Dennis Garlough and Joan & Sandy Matthew