Obituaries

Glenn Cleveland

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Warren Glenn Cleveland –
April 6, 1938 to September 20, 2022, 84 years. The year, 2020 was like few, if any, that have gone before it. PANDEMIC. But Glenn had his own issues to deal with. He was diagnosed early in that year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and endured many months of various chemo therapies, none of which accomplished the desired effect. The prognosis early this year was 3 to 6 months for Glenn’s life on this planet. Through it all, his faith in his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ has given him a sense of peace and a cheerful spirit that is beyond understanding. He was able to live out the rest of his days at home with palliative care checking on him, and his dear wife Mary, and extended family always at hand. He slipped peacefully into the presence of his Lord on September 20, 2022.
Glenn is predeceased by his parents Hilbert and Susanna Cleveland. He is survived by his two sisters, Pauline Lankin (late Ross), and Joy (Don) Hill, nieces and nephews: Debbie (Tim) Grigg, Steve (Julie) Hill, Patti Hill, Carol (Steve) Bannerman, David Lankin, Marianne (Mike) Diamond, Jon (Ann) Lankin, plus, many grand nieces and nephews.
The Lord blessed Glenn with 31 happy years with his dear wife, the late Mary. Her loving family received him as one of their own, and they were dear to his heart: Cherie McCallum/Ewert and Frank Ewert, and Jim and Sue McCallum, and their children and grandchildren.
Glenn farmed for many years in Harwich Township with his father. He also worked at building with his brothers in law, as well as for a local builder. In the 1960’s and 70’s he enjoyed travelling to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, the Holy Land, and Zambia. Five of his journeys involved volunteering as a missionary builder and maintenance worker on mission stations in Zambia and Korea. In retirement, he began writing poetry, and continued to pursue his interests in building, sailing, and enjoying family and friends.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and visitation will he held at the Blenheim Baptist Church on Monday September 26, 2022 from 10:00am until 11:00am at which time the funeral service will be held with Rev. Bill Terris and Rev. Mike Sealy officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. Donations made in memory of Glenn to Teen Challenge or the Erie Shores Hospice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunnityfuneralhome.com

A tribute to Glenn’s life can be viewed by clicking the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/4B37PQQKG4XSNYP5

Velma Rose Jones

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Velma Rose Jones who passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on September 19, 2022 at the age of 96. Velma was born in Raleigh Township on February 28, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Clinton and Ellen Bentley. Beloved wife of the late Dexter Gore and George Jones. Dear mother to Edna Jones, Gloria Stewart, Vada Thompson-Tait (Don), Philip Gore, Lisa Moore, Linda Sinclair, Roland Gore (Donna), Richard Gore, and predeceased by Douglas Gore, Gerald Gore, and Leatta Buschemeyer. Mother in law to Barb Gore and Brian Buschemeyer. Velma was blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sister to Betty Fiorentino, Sharon Kingwell (Lawrence), Doreen Jaques, Dianne Bentley, Sarah Rozee, Marjorie Hillis (Doug), John Bentley and predeceased by brothers Louis, Leonard, Harry, and William ‘Bill’ Bentley. Velma formerly worked at the Southwestern Regional Centre in Pediatrics, North American Plastics in Wallaceburg, and was a school bus driver for the Denure’s in Chatham. Thank you to all the kind supporting staff from Bayshore Community Care for their years of service. Visitation will take place on Friday September 23, 2022 at the funeral home, 60 Stanley St. in Blenheim from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. A service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 2:00pm with visiting one hour prior to the service. To watch the live stream of the service please click the following link to register: https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=255db177-fee5-4e23-8d5a-81dc677c1f1e.  Interment at Pardoville-Union Cemetery to follow. Donations made to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com  A tribute to Velma’s life may be viewed by clicking the following link: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/QY52YSJNRRHGC8XK

 

Patricia Ann Ryckman

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday September 23, 2022
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday September 22, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Friday September 23, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Surrounded by love, Patricia Ann Ryckman of Blenheim peacefully slipped away at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance on Sunday, September 18. While she would kindly remind you that a lady never reveals her age, she collected 71 years filled with love, loss, and a healthy dose of laughter.

She is survived by her son Jeff Dunlop (Candace), sisters Marie Smith (Leonard), Gloria Anson (late Ed), Stacie Beaton (Doug), Tami St. Lewis (Stacey), and brother Ken (late Linda). She is predeceased by husbands Michael Dunlop and Fred Ryckman, son Michael Dunlop, parents William and Dona Nealey, as well as siblings Fran Stothart, William Nealey II, and Dona Bechard. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews in the Nealey, Dunlop, and Ryckman families and by partner-in-crime Dorothy Ivison.

Born in a puddle, but eventually settling in Blenheim, she was the fourth child in the Nealey clan but was considered the glue that held nine siblings together. She lived briefly on the Jersey coast as a toddler, cementing her love for the ocean. A determined and resolute worker by inheritance, Pat worked at the Southwest Regional Centre for a time and was proudly employed at Mallory Industries for over 30 years. In her retirement, Pat enjoyed her time as a volunteer with New Beginnings.

She was a dedicated and proud mother to her two sons, and “mom” to many who made short visits or extended stays. After the tragic loss of her husband Michael, fate intervened and she reunited with her high school sweetheart Fred. Together, they finished a beautiful love story and discovered a thirst for travel. One of her favourite places was the Lido deck of a cruise ship, surrounded by friends and family, with a boat drink in her hand.

Family and friends are invited to gather around her once again at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday, September 22, 2022, where visitation will take place from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will take place again on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 12 p.m. until the time of Patricia’s funeral service, officiated by Pastor Bill Terris, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends wishing to remember Patricia with a memorial donation are asked to consider New Beginnings ABI and Stroke Recovery Association http://newbeginnings-cksl.com/donate/ or Chatham-Kent Hospice https://chathamkenthospicefoundation.com/donations/

Theresa Henderson

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Theresa Maria Henderson (nee Huybers) peacefully passed away on September 15, 2022 at the Sun Parlor Nursing Home in Leamington at the age of 88. She was the daughter of the late Barend and Maria Huybers (nee Bernaards) and predeceased by 17 siblings. She was the loving wife to the late Reg Pardoe and the late Peter Henderson.
Sadly missed by her large extended family. Theresa worked many years as a housekeeper and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cross stitching and a variety of crafts as her hobbies. As per her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment was held at Evergreen Cemetery. Donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory of Theresa would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Kathy Callow

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Service:

Celebration of Life
Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday September 24, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Words of remembrance will be shared at 11:30

In loving memory of Kathryn (Kathy) Lynn Callow who, after a second battle with cancer passed away peacefully on September 10th at the age of 68 with both sons by her side.

A most generous loving soul gone too soon, Kathy was a fiercely devoted mother who was loved by many friends and family.  She was born March 5, 1954, daughter of the late Marvin & Marion (Henderson) Callow.  Loving mother to her oldest son Jamie (Tasha) and her youngest son Jason (Ashley).  Proud Nana to McKenna, Hali, Destiny, Riley and Jackson.

Kathy is survived by her siblings Bob & Olga Callow, Sherry Callow, Linda & Brian Pickering, Barbara Callow, Maryann & Marce Grossutti, Donna & Rob Mailing, Murray & Jane Callow and Brenda & Ernst Burri, by her brother in law Jim Ellis, her cousins Marion Callow and Amy Callow and her dear friends Brenda & family, Sue, Kathy and all others blessed to have known her.

In our hearts you’ll always stay the best Mum and Nana, the best friend and sister.  Your playful laugh and beautiful smile are now at home in the Heavenly sky.   

A Celebration of Kathy’s life will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday September 24, 2022 from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.  Words of remembrance will be shared at 11:30 a.m.  Kathy’s urn will be taken to Evergreen Cemetery where she will be interred with her Mom.

Friends wishing to remember Kathy with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Cancer Society.

David Brown

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David Garfield Brown peacefully passed away at the Chatham- Kent Health Alliance on Saturday September 17, 2022 at the age of 74. Dave was the son of the late Alice and John Brown. Loving husband of Vera ‘Lynn’ Brown of Cedar Springs. Father to Jeff Brown, Greg Brown, Chrissy Brown, Shannon (Sherri) McTavish, and Chad (Michelle) McTavish. Son in law to Patricia Atkinson. Dave was a proud grandfather to 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Brother to Ruth Anne (John) Telford and the late Jean Brown. Brother-in-law to Elizabeth Atkinson (Jim Ranney), William (Marlene) Atkinson, Glenda (Kurt) Prisner, and Sheila McTavish (Dave Armstrong). Sadly, missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. Dave will be remembered by many for the Dave Brown Enterprises Inc. where he spent countless hours trucking long hauls. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and being with family and friends. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will remember him privately. Donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommuityfuneralhome.com

Richard (Dick) Pollock

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Saturday September 17, 2022
10:00 a.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday September 16, 2022
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Peacefully at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance Palliative Care Unit on September 11, 2022 in his 84th year, Richard Wesley Pollock (Dick) started his new life.

Beloved husband of Donna (Rucker), loving father of Raymond (John) & Rosemary (Kersten), Pat Pollock & Julie (Birkenheuer), and Mike & Anne Marie (Wells).  Grandpa of Fraser and Brittany, Marly and Taylor and Jason and Jillian Catton, a niece of Rosemary’s who Dick treated like his own granddaughter.  A brother to Louise Claeys.  Predeceased by his Father (John), Mother (Edna), Brother (Murray) and  Brothers-in-law (Laird Holdaway and Dunc Claeys).  Dick will be deeply missed by his family, friends and community.

Born in Chatham to John and Edna.  Dick was proud of his family and all of their accomplishments.  He was also proud and loved talking about his farm and all the crops he harvested over the many years.  He enjoyed going hunting, having fish fries with his hunting group, riding horses, camping in Algonquin Park, watching a good hockey game, playing a game of crokinole, going to auctions and loved antiques.  He was passionate about the outdoors and being in the wilderness.  Dick obtained his auctioneer’s license.  We loved to hear him auction articles – he had the gift!  Dick was known for his kind soul and good sense of humour, sharing many of his jokes and making everyone laugh until they cried.

Dick and Donna raised their family of three boys in Blenheim, moving a few times and then moved one last time where they raised their sons on his childhood farm.  He was so happy being able to live his life on the homestead.

Dick’s family was his pride and joy, along with Toby his German Shepherd and Smokey his quarter horse.

Dick’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Medicine A West 4th Floor for their wonderful care of Dick during his final days as well as his family doctor, Dr. McCullough and specialist Dr. Martin (Sarnia).

Please join us for a time of visitation at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Dick will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday September 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery.

Those wishing to remember Dick with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation toward the Palliative Care Unit or the London Regional Cancer Program for research.

Online condolences and memorial donations may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

A tribute to Richard may be viewed by clicking the following link:https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/PSYT3FPLXGRZB877

Charlene Ireland

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Service:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday September 8, 2022
1:00 p.m.

Visitation:

Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Thursday September 8, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Charlene Joy Ireland passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Tuesday September 6, 2022.  She was loved in life by her husband and best friend John Ireland, her children Mark, Tiffany, Cassadi, Shea Lyn, Shannon, Shay, Shane and their families that includes 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren (plus one on the way).  She will also be missed by her fur baby Bingo.

Charlene was born 62 years ago to the late George & Mary Lou (Dawson) Thompson.  She was one of five siblings and will be remembered with great fondness by Lee & Earl Davidson, Ed & Sheri Thompson and Michael & Sharla Thompson.  She was predeceased by her sister Linda Breese (survived by Ken).

Charlene’s favourite time of the year was Halloween.  She put together many costumes over the years for both John and herself and hosted or attended as many Halloween parties as she could.  She surrounded herself with many long-time friends who will miss her spontaneity, her way of lighting up a party and just the way that she was her crazy loveable self.

Friends and family are invited to gather at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Thursday September 8, 2022 for visitation between 11:00 and 1:00.  A Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Eric Skillings will take place at 1:00 p.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery where Charlene will be laid to rest with her Mom.

Those wishing to remember Charlene with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham-Kent Hospice  https://chathamkenthospicefoundation.com/donations/ or C.V.I.D. (Common Variable Immunodeficiency) https://primaryimmune.org/idf-online-donation .

A memorial video of Charlene’s life may be viewed by clicking the following link:

https://youtu.be/p8iUbfRbkjs

Tom Pepper

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Tom Pepper of Blenheim passed away peacefully at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Wednesday August 24, 2022. He was the son of Marion (late Leonard) Pepper and is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Robin McCulloch. He was a father to Warren Pepper, Wade Pepper, and Hannah McCulloch. Dear brother to Cheryl (Scott) Kelly, Pat (Doug) Jackson, Cristy (Jeff) Wilson, and Mike (Karen) Pepper. Son in law to Clare and Roberta Curtis. Tom’s number one priority in life was the love for his family. Tom also enjoyed his old car and attending car shows. He will be remembered for his long career working at International in Chatham and for Syke’s Trucking. As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held on Saturday August 27, 2022 at 11:00am at the Pardoville-Union Cemetery (Corner of Talbot Trail and Bloomfield Rd.) with Rev. Eric Skillings officiating. Donations made to the St. Luke’s United Church would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.blenheimcommunityfuneralhome.com

Joan VanNeck

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Joan Jeannette VanNeck (St. Peter), born August 4, 1939 passed away peacefully at Riverview Gardens on August 15.  She was predeceased by her parents Anna (Boudreau – 2003) and August St. Peter (2000), husband James VanNeck (2016), brothers Lyle (2016) and Vernon (Bud) St. Peter (2019), brother in law Gary VanNeck (2016) and sister in law Barbara O’Brien (2018).

She is survived by her brother Marc St. Peter (Connie), sisters June MacAlpine (twin), Mary Anne Chevalier, brother in law Duncan O’Brien, sister in laws Agnes St. Peter, Theresa St. Peter and Charlotte VanNeck and her sons Chris (Jennifer) and Darren (Cathy) and her 6 grandchildren Ryleigh, Hayden, Quin, Kees, Noah and Blake.

Joan was very involved in the community over the years with the Catholic Women League, Canadian Cancer Society (Regional Rep), Chatham Women’s Shelter, Golden Acres Curling Club (past President) as well as an Elections Canada official.  However, most of the community will recognize her from her many years at Knechtels and Sobey’s, where she was always quick to make a joke or tease a child.

The family would like to thank the staff at Grand Retirement Village and Riverview Gardens for the care provided to her over her final years.

As per her wishes, there will be a private family service in Blenheim on August 20.  We ask that if you wish to make a donation in her honour, that you support her favourite charity, the Canadian Cancer Society. https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/personal-donation