Windsor-Essex Branch News


Windsor-Essex Board 2018-2019


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Honorary PresidentKaren
Past PresidentJanice
First Vice- PresidentLinda White
Second Vice-PresidentPat Wales
Recording SecretaryPatricia
TreasurerSuzanne De
Assistant TreasurerGenny


Issues and Concerns Marg Ferris
Goodwill Val
Assistant Goodwill Shirley Dicker
Assistant Goodwill Pat
ArchivistTrep (Rose Ann) Marentette
NewsletterDeirdre Palamides
Assistant Social Debbie Powell
Assistant Social Gayle Broad




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For the fillable luncheon form click on the link below:

RWTO Windsor-Essex Spring Luncheon 2018 Form

Day Trip:

Wed July 11, 2018, Grand Bend to see the play Cinderella at Huron County Playhouse. $139.00 per person.  Coach leaves from Devonshire Mall at 7:30 am. For Details check the Spring Newsletter:

RWTO Windsor-Essex Spring Newsletter 2018

 Blyth Festival & Bayfield Trip

Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018


Click on the link below for  more information and  the fillable form.

Blyth Festival Flyer

Lucky Lady Leprechauns
When: Thursday March 15, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
 Where: Thompson House
              5370 Wyandotte St. E., 
              Windsor, ON N8S 0A3, Canada (map)
 We will celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish with beverages and dinner.
All should be adorned in green.

RWTO Monthly Breakfast

Bring your ” punch ” card !!
Let’s Enjoy our Sisterhood !!
Sure hope you can join us ! Activities Committee

Sandra Menard Exhibition

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RWTO Windsor-Essex January 2018 Outing

Body, Brains and Balance


Do yourself a favour for the New Year !  Hear What’s New !
Make a small commitment… come out and get yourself off to a good start !
A New Year !   A More Informed You !    A Positive Outlook ! 
Only 1 1/2 hours of your time … you can do it ! And you will like it !!
Bring a friend … or two
Featuring an informative talk on “Women’s Health”
Door Prizes !!
Fellowship with your friends ( Beverages & Snacks )
What ?   Forum on ” Women’s Health “
When ?  Friday, January 26th,2018
Time ?   6:30pm –  8:00pm
Where ?  Tecumseh United Church
                    333 Lacasse Blvd,  Tecumseh
                Please Note : 
                The venue has been changed from Calvary Community
                Church to Tecumseh United Church on Lacasse Blvd.
                                           **** FORMAT ****
6:30pm – Arrive @ Tecumseh United Church … 333 Lacasse Blvd.
               – Check in and receive a ” punch ” on your Rewards Card 
6:45pm – 7:15pm –  Dr. Brian Nantais ( Wellness Doctor ) will speak 
                  About ” Body , Brains, Balance ” related to Women’s Health
7:15pm – Door Prizes 
7:30pm – 8:00pm  Fellowship & Refreshments ☕️
Sure hope you will mark this one on your January calendar!
See you January 26th !
Your Initiative Committee


2017 Events

Spring Luncheon



Quarter Auction Frenzy


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Important Information For Members

Tax Receipts for Hospital


Home Care Plan for 2017

As a convenience to insured members and their spouses, Manulife will be making tax receipts available online this year. They will be sending an email to insured members and/or spouses to the email address on file. The email will provide a link and instructions to follow to enable members to download their tax receipts. Tax receipts will be mailed to members and/or spouses where there is no email address on file. If a member and/or spouse wishes to have a tax receipt mailed to them rather than download one, they can request this by calling the Customer Service toll-free telephone number (1-800-268-3763) and speak with a Customer Service Representative.

Click here to see a Comparison of RTO-ERO Insurance Plans and RWTO/OERO’s Hospital & Home Care Plan.



For More Information Contact
Marilyn Harvey 

 Windsor – Essex RWTO/OERO Insurance Convenor

Newsletters 2018


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Click on the link to print out the Luncheon form. RWTO Fall Luncheon Form

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 Click here to download the fillable form for the Spring Luncheon 2018

  • after you download the file, type in your information and check off the appropriate boxes
  • mail your information and cheque to :

    R.W.T.O. Windsor-Essex Branch

    c/o S. DeFroy

    910 Ducharme St., Windsor ON N9G 1K9


Newsletters 2017





Cora Bailey Award Winners 2018

The Cora Bailey Award is presented annually to a member who has been an active contributor to the local RWTO/OERA Association and community. It is usually presented to someone who is in the forefront of activities. This year it is well deserved by a member who is active behind the scenes. She has been a member of the Issues and Concerns Committee, the decorating Committee for the 2016 Convention held in Windsor and now serves on the executive as a representative of the Membership committee. You might not know her name but she is one of the first smiling faces you see when you attend a RWTO/OERO luncheon. She is always ready to take your money for Share the Wealth tickets. This member began her teaching career with the Windsor District Separate School Board at St. Angela’s. She later taught St. Gabriel and finished her teaching career at Holy Name in Essex. She is an avid Spitfire fan, dog lover, bowler, golfer, a great aunt who lives on baseball diamonds and ice rinks watching her nephews and nieces play.
She also spends hours seeing to her mother’s care at Huron Lodge. As well as being my friend and neighbour she has been my rock for the last year.
It is a pleasure to speak in support of Christine Pastorius for this well-deserved Cora Bailey Award.


Previous Cora Bailey Winners

Click on each name for the full description of the winner.

Nancy MacDonald

Carol Petryshyn

Mary Lou Killen

Kathy Gallagher

Ethel Allison

Gayle Broad

Genny Rudzinski

Janice Murphy

Jo-Anne Duffy

Karen Clark-Lauzon

Karen Smith

Linda White

Lowanna Closs

Mary Jane Finn

Valerie Lefebvre

Valerie Luscott



Apr. 19th, 2018 — 8 am

40 Industrial Drive, Leamington – off of Oak St. – County Rd. 48

Members helped the Gleaners by cutting fruits and vegetables that are dehydrated for fruit snacks and soups. They started working at 8:30 am  and worked until noon. Aprons, knives, gloves and hair nets were supplied. There was a break with beverages and snacks provided.

A Book of My Own

This year A Book of My Own is celebrating 20 years of servicing disadvantaged children with new quality books through our 29 agencies. Our annual used book sale, through the Windsor Star’s Raise-a-Reader program, will take place, once again, at Windsor Crossing. The sale dates are April 28, 29 and May 5. Looking forward to seeing some of our RWTO ladies there. Mary Lou Killen


Christina MENNA

MENNA, Christina
Slipped away peacefully on March 22, 2018. Cherished wife of the late Eric Emil Menna. Loving mother of Carol Van Eaton (the late Bill) and Bonnie Frederick (Jim). Beloved grandma of Kristi, Kerri (Tyler), Jonathan and Heather. Great-grandma of Thatcher. Survived by her siblings Norma Coumont, Ruth Greer, Maybelle Scheidl, Les Henry, and Judy Prescesky. Predeceased by her sisters Mona Gates and Jessie Eberle. Christina was a thirty-one year employee of the Essex County Board of Education, active member of R.W.T.O. and St. Mary’s Walkerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Department of the Riverside Public Library or Street Help Services for the Homeless. Memorial Visiting on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until a Celebration of Christina’s Life at 1:00 p.m. at
1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor,
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Funeral Home

Families First Funeral Home
1065 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3M8
(519) 969-5841

Published in The Windsor Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2018

 Burton, Edna F. (nee Fox)

April 12,1924 – January 2, 2018 at the age of 93

The anchor of Edna’s life was her steadfast faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Today, our mother truly rests in peace. She was born the devoted daughter of Stanley and Anna Fox of Kingsville Ontario. Edna was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Bob Burton. Daughters Martha Chobrda (Steve) and Karen Wilcox (Rob) were tremendously blessed to have such a mother. All children brought joy to Edna, but none more so than her grandchildren Mandy Johnson (Steve), Jeremy Chobrda, Theron Chobrda, Grant Wilcox, Mitchell Wilcox and greatgrandchildren Jessica Johnson, Seth Chobrda, Adam Johnson and Sarah Johnson.

Edna began her teaching career with the Essex County District School Board in a one room school house at the age of 19 and worked in the profession she loved for 38 years. She embraced teaching and was never more comfortable than when surrounded by the precious children in her classroom. Edna was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario which was an enormous accomplishment for a woman from her era.

Following retirement, Edna dedicated many years volunteering at Leamington District Memorial Hospital as a porter. She always saw the best in others and, without fail, extended patience, gentleness, generosity, kindness and forgiveness to all.


SHOWERS, Lenore Margaret
Gracefully, surrounded by her loving family on December 22, 2017 at 85 years of age. Loving mother of Neil Showers and wife Brenda Robertson, Catherine and husband Robert Schmitt, David Showers and wife Janet. Treasured GG of Allie, Zachary, Kate, Tim, Ben, Thomas and Jacob. Proud 3G of Lukas, James, Dylan, Liam, Katie, Drew, Lady, Charlotte and Tilly. Cherished aunt of Paul and Gwen Robertson. Great-aunt of Susan and Jeffery Robertson. Dear friend of Krys Breen. Former wife of the late Roger Showers. Lenore was a beloved teacher who taught elementary school for many years in the Windsor area. If you so desire, donations to Downtown Mission would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor,
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Funeral Home

Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre
3260 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
(519) 969-5841

Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 23, 2017

Maureen NYE

NYE, Maureen Christina (nee Finn)
December 4, 1935 – December 7, 2017
It is with saddened hearts the family of Maureen announces the sudden passing of our beloved sister. Maureen was the beloved wife of the late Lynwood Nye (1984), stepmother of Patricia Rogers (2016), Richard Nye (1988), Sandra Saunders and Keith Nye (2016). She was predeceased by her parents James (1977) and Elizabeth (2013) Finn and her sister Patricia Finn (2015). Maureen was the eldest and most cherished sister of Sheila Meunier (late Paul, 2000), Gloria O’Neil (late Patrick, 2008), Kathleen Vettorello (Guido), Eileen Steele (Ken), Tim Finn (Joan), Geraldine Finn, Monica Berko (Tom), Marian Cote, and Kevin Finn (Gail). She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews as well as her step- grandchildren Heather and Kevin Rogers, Lindsey and Richard Nye and Julie, Devorah, Jesse and Alayne. Mrs. Nye was a teacher for 36 years in the city of Windsor and Essex County. She was a member of R.W.T.O and R.T.O. She was a devoted member of the Church, an active member of the Aquabelles and W.W. Social Club in Amherstburg, and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She volunteered for Red Cross and Meals on Wheels and she loved to travel and see the world. Visitation will take place at
James H. Sutton Funeral Home,
401 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg
on Sunday, December 10 from 7-9 p.m., with Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. and Monday, December 11 from 2-5 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, River Canard from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice, Heart & Stroke or to the Charity of your choice. You may leave your condolences online at
“If you had not loved so kindly, if you had not loved so blindly, we would not be broken- hearted now that we are parted”. Robert Burns

Funeral Home

James H Sutton Funeral Home – AMHERSTBURG

401 SANDWICH ST S  Amherstburg, ON N9V 3K8
(519) 736-2134

Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 9, 2017

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