Vera Brown

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Tuesday August 31, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Please call the funeral home to schedule
a visitation time.
Face coverings must be worn.

Vera May Brown, loved mother of Susan Ward, Frank & Janice Ward and David & Joyce Ward passed away at Riverview Gardens on August 27, 2021.  She was predeceased in life by her husbands Elmer Ward (1979) and John Brown (1985).  Born in Fletcher, Vera is survived by her siblings Mildred Lane (late Jack), Syd Vince (late Louise), Jack & Marilyn Vince, Joyce Mott (late Bill), Bruce & Diann Vince and by her sister-in-law Lilly-Ann Vince.  Predeceased by Barb & Charles Moore and Stan Vince.  She will be remembered by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Riverview Gardens in Chatham for the many acts of kindness shown to Vera since her move there in March, 2020.

Visitation will be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Tuesday August 31, 2021 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Friends wishing to attend are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a time.  The Bereavement Authority of Ontario mandates that everyone must wear a face covering.

A private family service will take place in Pardoville Union Cemetery.

Beverly Shoemaker

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Beverly Maxwell SHOEMAKER

It is with profound sadness that the family of Bev Shoemaker announce his passing on Thursday August 26,2021.

Bev was born in Harwich Township April 28,1938 to the late Arthur and Jessie (nee Pickering) Shoemaker. Bev was the youngest of 6 children.

He will be forever loved by his wife: Shirley (nee Pepper). Predeceased by daughter Cheryl Gilman. Survived by son in law Zak Gilman; sons: Bob (Missy) Shoemaker, Art (Patti) Shoemaker; and daughter Diane (Buddy) McDonald.

Loving Pomp to: Ame, Brandi, Andii, Chris, Steven, Jessie, Telford, Cassie, Brett, Shaee, Brooke, Breanne, and Kristen. As well as several great and great-great grandchildren.

Bev first met the love of his life at a roller rink, they later married and celebrated 63 years of wedded bliss together. He worked for 30+ years before retiring from Siemens. He enjoyed dune buggy racing, air shows, collecting model trucks and tinkering with anything that needed repairs. He volunteered with Good Fellows, Good Neighbours, United Way as well as Loads of Love and had the honour of being recognized several times for his work including Volunteer of the Year in 2001 for United Way of Chatham Kent. If not at home Bev and Shirley could be found at a local restaurant/cafe enjoying good food and great conversations with many friends they met over the years.

In keeping with Bev’s wishes cremation has taken place; a private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Sharon Hope

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Evangel Community Church
76 Sandy Street, Chatham
Saturday August 28, 2021
11:00 a.m.



Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday August 27, 2021
2:00 - 5:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Please call the Funeral Home to reserve at time

Sharon Elaine Hope of Merlin passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday August 25, 2021.  She will be forever loved by her husband of 54 years, George Hope and her sons Jason Hope (Tammy Craeymeersch) and Jeff Hope (Marianne).  She will be remembered with fondness by her grandchildren Madison (Brandon and their son Zylen) and Preston (with their mother Sherry Hope) as well as Hannah and Aidan.

Sharon was one of six daughters born to the late Rev. John and Marjorie McDonald.  She is survived by Esther Elgie (Wes), Mary Ann Cook (Jack), Linda Stenman (Dwayne), Ruth Cook (Bill) and Jean Jolicoeur (Paul) as well as George’s sister Donna Skinner (Ken).  She worked for many years carrying out administrative duties at St. Clair Grain, Maple Leaf Mills and Cargill before retiring from Kent County Fertilizers.

Sharon was a member of Evangel Community Church in Chatham where she enjoyed volunteering her time and talents.  She enjoyed music, playing the violin, organ and piano.  She also volunteered at Loads of Love in Chatham.  She was a kind and caring soul who left the world a better place.

Friends and family are invited to the Blenheim Community Funeral Home for visitation on Friday August 27 from 2:00 – 5:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A Funeral Service for Sharon will be held in Evangel Community Church, Chatham on Saturday August 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Shanks Cemetery.  Those wishing to attend the visitation or funeral service are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a spot.  The Bereavement Authority of Ontario requires everyone to wear a face covering.

Those wishing to remember Sharon with a memorial donation are asked to consider Loads of Love or the Chatham-Kent Hospice.


Dieter Krause

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St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery
7081 Grande River Line, Pain Court
Monday August 30, 2021
2:00 p.m.

Dieter Albert Ernest Krause of Scarborough, dear husband of the late Dorothy (Allen) Krause passed away suddenly in his home on August 13, 2021.  He was 86 years old.  He will be sadly missed by his sister Ingeborg Pappenfuss, his nephew Uwe (Sabine) and their son Nico all of Germany.  In Canada he leaves his nephews Jim Knowles (Iris Keating) and his children Cindy, Joanne, James and Tracey; Neville Knowles (Charlotte) and their daughter Kate, Peter Knowles (Linda) and his niece Lisa Moxley (Geoff) and their children Erin, Emily and Bryan.  He was predeceased by his mother Helen Sryngel and his father Albert Krause.

Dieter emigrated to Canada in 1953, taking up residence in Kitchener where he met his sweetheart, Dorothy Allen.  They were married in Dorothy’s hometown of Chatham on July 16, 1960 and in 1966 they moved to Scarborough after Dieter joined the Metro Toronto Police Force.  He was a proud policeman for 27 ½ years when he retired.  He and Dorothy always enjoyed summer vacations at the cottage in the Muskokas and winter vacations in Florida.

In his spare time, Dieter was an avid stamp collector who belonged to the Stamp Club of New York.  He was an avid reader, an aspired author and a pilot whose daily routines found him walking daily through Toronto parks and keeping up with current events on any news channel.  He will be missed.

A Funeral Service for Dieter will be held in the St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery in Chatham on Monday August 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. when he will be reunited with his sweetheart Dorothy.

Marjorie “Marnie” Latham

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Trinity Anglican Church
Tuesday September 21, 2021
1:00 pm

Please call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200
if you plan to attend as seating is limited.
Face coverings must be worn in the church.

Marjorie “Marnie” Latham peacefully passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Friday August 20, 2021.  Much loved wife of the late Rev. John Latham (2008).  Marjorie will be sadly missed by her nieces Linda Edwards (Robert Fulton), Vickie Campbell and family, great niece Tammy (Greg) Newman, great nephew Robert (Kathy) Edwards, great great nephew Troy Edwards and several other nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her siblings Jean Ward, Doris Jones, Helen Everett, Kathleen Campbell and George Target.

Marjorie was a true minister’s wife following John to St. John’s Anglican Church in St. Thomas to St. James Anglican Church in Park Hill to Trinity Anglican Church in Blenheim to St. John’s Anglican Church in Sarnia and then retiring to live in Chatham.

As per Marjorie’s wishes cremation has taken place.  A memorial celebration will take place at a later date.

Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.

Donations to Charity of your Choice would be appreciated by the family.

Bryan Keith

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Monday August 23, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Bryan “Buffy” Keith of Blenheim passed away with his family by his side at the Chatham Kent Hospice on Friday August 20, 2021.  He was the much loved husband of Nancy (Drewery) Keith, father of Belinda Keith, Jolene Keith (Bob Payne), Victoria Keith and Master Corporal Bryan James Keith (Crystal), grandfather of Justis, Charlie, Ryerson, Sawyer, Hudson, Denver, Devon, Ava and Everly and great-grandfather of Sigourney.

Bryan was born 69 years ago to the late James & Annie (McGinnis) (Keith) Van Lukawiecki.  He is survived by his siblings Danny Keith, Brenda Cuming (Roger), Diane Hooper, Sandy Keith, Bob Keith, Lori Meredith (Mike) and his sister-in-law Joyce Keith.     He was predeceased by his brother Rick Keith and his brother in law Larry Hooper.

Bryan was a painter by trade whose quality of life was determined by the amount of time he was able to spend on a golf course.  He loved Hallowe’en and probably would have made it a national holiday if he could.  His house was a favourite on Hallowe’en night; he always sat on his front porch and made sure that all of the trick-or-treaters who came left with more than they ever needed.  Even during COVID, he rigged up a way to keep his distance while at the same time, making sure that all of the neighbourhood kids left happy.

It was Bryan’s wish that cremation take place and that his friends have a chance to visit his family, because those were the people who were most important to him.  That time will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Mondy August 23, 2021 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Please call the funeral home to reserve a visitation time.  Face coverings must be worn.

Bryan was the “host with the most” when it came to entertaining.  From his get-togethers with the Slo Pitch ball teams to his annual family reunions he was the best and always made sure that everyone enjoyed themselves.  His last request was for his family to throw a party on the Eve of Hallowe’en (Saturday October 30, 2021) at the Willow Ridge Golf Course (his home away from home) since that day and that place were very important to him.  (Details will follow closer to the event).

For those wishing to remember Bryan in a special way, the family would appreciate it if you consider a donation to the Chatham-Kent Hospice in lieu of flowers.

James Earle

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James Lloyd Earle of Blenheim passed away at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance on Tuesday August 17, 2021.  The youngest of four boys to the late Stanley & Zoe (Tetreault) Earle, he is survived by his brothers Don, Doug and Ken and their families.

Forty seven years ago in Kitchener, James met his future husband Euri Anifantis.  The years that followed would find the two of them working hard, travelling far and wide, spending their winters in Florida, their summers in Ontario and most importantly, living each day without regret.  James retired from a long time career in Kitchener as a foreman in the furniture finishing industry.  He always managed to keep busy with daily projects in his retirement.  After living in Ridgetown for awhile, he and Euri built their retirement home in Blenheim.  He was a kind and caring person who will be missed by many people who he met along the way.

James’ family will remember him quietly.  For those who wish to recognize a life well lived, be kind to those around you.  Reach out, help your neigbours and leave the world a better place than you found it.

Gordon Pfaff

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Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday August 22, 2021
2:00 p.m.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Sunday August 22, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Gordon Alfred Pfaff of Bradenton, Florida passed away on August 9, 2021 at the age of 90 years.  He was the son of the late Ernest Pfaff and Esther (Woofenden) Pfaff Ryckman.  He was the last surviving member of his family, having been predeceased by his sisters Norma (John) Campbell and Marjorie Charbonneau (survived by James) and by his brothers Edwin (Elizabeth) Pfaff, Robert (Geraldine) Pfaff and Clarence Pfaff (survived by Margaret).

Gordon’s first wife Marjorie predeceased him in 1998.  They were the proud parents of Rosemary & Dave Lingard, Suzanne & Murray Schnarr, Jeffery Pfaff, Bradley & Kat Pfaff, the late Grace Schnarr (survived by Jim & Linda Schnarr) and the late Daniel Pfaff.  He was the proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.  He will be remembered fondly by his special daughter Shirley Stoner.  In Florida, Gordon’s family grew to include his wife Estelle and her daughter Lisa (Jeff).

A man of great faith, Gordon will be missed by his church family at The Tabernacle in Sarasota Florida and the First Church of the Nazarene in Bradenton where a Funeral Service will be held on Sunday August 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.  The service can be viewed online at

A time to remember Gordon will also be held at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home.  Details will be posted when they are available.

In keeping with Gordon’s love of his Saviour, his family would prefer that in lieu of flowers, you consider making a donation to the Christian Church of your choice.  Beyond that, donations would be appreciated to causes that have affected his life; the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Cancer Society.

Helen Calder Sines

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A Memorial Service for Helen will be held
at Glad Tidings Community Church, Blenheim
on Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
The Church will be open at noon for anyone
who wishes to come.

Helen Dorothy Calder Sines, much loved wife of the late William Calder (1977) and the late John Sines (2009) passed away with her family by her side at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Friday August 13, 2021.  She will be missed greatly by her children Marion & Bob Thompson of Windsor and Robert Calder of Essex, by her grandchildren Chrisandra & Scott Rollins and Paul & Rachel Mardegan, and by her great grandchildren Brinlee and Avery Rollins.  She will also be missed fondly by John’s children Lynda & Don Deschamps, Stephen Sines and Jackie Kay (late Gordie) and their children Whitney Kay, Amanda Kay, Elizabeth Deschamps, Erica Deschamps, Christopher Sines and Gregory Sines (predeceased by Meghan Kay and Trevor Deschamps).

Helen was born 97 years ago in Walkerville to James & Georgina Lynd.  She worked for many years for Revenue Canada.  Her retirement years brought her from Sudbury to Rondeau Park.  After John passed away, she moved to Blenheim.  She was a kind and caring soul who made friends wherever she went.  She will be missed by her church family at Glad Tidings Community Church in Blenheim.

It was Helen’s wish that cremation take place with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date in Glad Tidings Church.

Friends wishing to remember her with a memorial donation are asked to consider Glad Tidings Church or a charity of your choice.

Annette Van De Hogen

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St. Mary's Church
Saturday August 14, 2021
11:00 a.m.

Friends wishing to attend the Mass should
call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to
reserve an appointed time. Face coverings
are required.


Blenheim Community Funeral Home
Friday August 13, 2021
2:00 - 4:00 & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Friends wishing to attend visitation should
call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to
reserve an appointed time. Face coverings
are required.

It is with great sa­­­dness that the family of Annette Marie Van De Hogen announces her passing on Monday August 9, 2021 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 77.  Born October 15, 1943 in Dover Township, Annette was the daug­­­hter of the late Wilfred & Beulah (Griffore) Benoit and was the 7th of 10 children.  She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Peter Van De Hogen, her son Jason (Elaine) Van De Hogen and her grandchildren Ian and Emily.  She was predeceased by her daughter Lisa Anne in 1964.

She was the beloved sister of the late Omer Benoit (survived by Rita), the late Donald Benoit (survived by Anna), Doreen Alexander (late Donald), the late Bernice & Edward Fiala, Diane Myers (late Robert), Leo Benoit (Adrienne) (late Florence Benoit), Jeannette Fiala (late Frank), Roland & Connie Benoit and Lucille & Jean Laprise.  She’ll be missed by many nieces and nephews.

Annette and Pete met at a dance at the CBD Hall in Chatham, and it was love at first sight.  Soon after wedding, they settled on Communication Road in Blenheim where they farmed and raised their family.  Attending weekly mass at St. Mary’s Church in Blenheim and being a member of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) were important to Annette.

Annette loved to cook and is fondly remembered for having baked and decorated many a loved ones’ wedding & birthday cakes.  Annette (aka the Bun Lady to many) enjoyed a good cup of coffee with family and friends catching up on the latest news.  Above all, she loved her family and was a very proud Mémé to Ian and Emily whom she generously spoiled, even devising a much anticipated and loved annual Easter egg hunt.

Visitation for Annette will take place at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday August 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Blenheim.

Family and friends wishing to attend either the visitation or the Funeral Mass are asked to call the Funeral Home at 519-676-9200 to reserve a time.  Everyone in attendance must wear a face covering.   Friends wishing to remember Annette with a memorial donation are asked to consider CNIB or Heart & Stroke.