Edie Lacey

A photo of Edie Lacey

Edith Lacey, affectionately known as “Edie” passed away with her favourite person in the world, Iris by her side on April 2, 2024.  Born in Germany on July 26, 1924 to the late Gertrude & Wilhelm Schunke, Edie was the last member of her family having been predeceased by her sister Elly Wehrmann and her brother Horst Schunke in Germany.  She was also predeceased by her husbands Werner Helass in 1981and Sean Lacey in 2016.

Edie’s captivating personality, doubled with a smile that lit up a room let you know you were loved.  She was the best friend of her daughter of Iris Keating (Jim Knowles) and “Omi” to her grandchildren Jason & Tara McKinnon and Ryan & Laura McKinnon, her great-grandchildren Lucas, Lincoln, Leela and Sunny and their friends as well.  She will be remembered by many nieces and nephews.

After emigrating to Canada from Germany in 1960, Edie went to night school to learn English.  She got jobs with Sears, Cockshutt Farm Equipment and finally retired from Zimmer Biomet, a company that manufactured the replacement parts for knees and hips that she would eventually receive herself.

Edie was quite the trendsetter, especially when it came to procedures, and a trailblazer who always put her family first.  She was the “hostess with the mostest”, entertaining anyone who sat at her well  dressed table that included all the bells and whistles or who joined her for a walk through her gardens that she spent many hours manicuring.  She was one of those people who had a certain twinkle in her eye and smile on her face that let her get away with many things, including tossing all filters aside and speaking her mind.   The staff at the retirement and nursing homes described her as “cute”, “a firecracker”, “spicey”, “happy”, “affectionate” and “feisty”.

Many thanks go out to the caring staff at the Village On The Ridge in Ridgetown and Riverview Gardens in Chatham for their patience, guidance and great care of Mom.  Also, we want to give a shout out to Angelo at the Venus de Milo restaurant and Fred Burchiel at the Blenheim Legion, who Mom affectionately referred to as her “boyfriends” for giving her all of the special attention that she so enjoyed.

Mom was seldom without a pet dog.  If you would like to remember her with a memorial donation, please consider the Pet & Wildlife Rescue https://pawr.org/funds/  That would have made her happy.  Her wish at this time was for us to remember her privately (with a glass of wine)!

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Iris, Ryan, Jason and families. I was so saddened to read of Edie's passing. I was friends with Edie for many years and have so many happy memories. She was a very special, caring person with that wonderful smile. Please accept my condolences. Thinking of you. Finola and family.

Iris, I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

I am sorry to hear of Edie’s passing. She for sure could light up a room with her happy, outgoing approach to life. Iris, I see those same qualities in you. Please accept my sincere condolences and remember happy thoughts of the long and prosperous life she lead. Sherry Fsrquhar

Iris,Jim Ryan,Jason and families. So very sorry to read of Edie’s passing. Fondly remember her at family events. Love to you all

IRIS and family. So sorry to read of your loss. Edie was a happy person. Always a big smile. Prayers and hugs for you and family

Sincere condolences Iris and family.

Sincere condolences Iris and family thinking of you at this sad time🌹

Iris, Jay, Ryan & family….. I have many fond memories of Omi, starting from way back in our Dealtown days. She always treated me as one of her own grandchildren and it was always nice to see her over the years. She will be missed. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

Iris. .. sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of you, Jim and the family.

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom Iris! My thoughts are you with you. I can still remember her smile and laugh!

My sincere condolences to you Iris and Jim and family in the loss of your beloved Mom. You always talked about her so highly and everyone knew the love you felt for her. Memories will sustain you now and in the future.

Iris and families my condolences in the loss of your dear,sweet mother. I know you will truly miss her. Thinking of you .

Iris & Jim, Jay and Ryan and families. Sorry to hear of Eddie's passing. Please accept our condolences. The Butler Family

So sorry for your loss Iris .

Iris & family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just adored your Mother.

Iris and family, the love you shared and the love she shared with so many, shines through this beautifully written obituary. Sending hugs!

Edie was a one of a kind lady. One of the sweetest ladies I have known. Always enjoyed her company at the Blenheim Legion. My deepest condolences to the family. Karen Cofell--Blenheim Legion

Iris, Jason and Ryan. So very sorry to read of the passing of your Mom and Omi. She was a wonderful, fun-loving person. Always a joy to see her. Had many memorable times with her, in particular the time spent in Frankenmuth with our Moms, Iris. Cherish your many memories of a life well lived. She will be missed by many.

To Iris and family, Saddened to hear of your mom's passing, our thoughts and prayers. RIP Edie Sincerely, Pat & Barry

Well that picture of your Mum says it all, a woman who knew how to have some fun. She lived a long, great life , thanks to fabulous daughter to help her through. Condolences to the entire family, she will be missed. ❤️

So sorry the hear of the pit fire’s passing. Eddy was a sweet loveable person but she had a side that well gave her the name of fire cracker. Her smile was so warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure to know her. Condolences to the whole family.

So sorry the hear of the pit fire’s passing. Eddy was a sweet loveable person but she had a side that well gave her the name of fire cracker. Her smile was so warm and welcoming. It was a pleasure to know her. Condolences to the whole family.