Windsor-Essex Branch News
Windsor-Essex Board 2018-2019
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Nil-A-Nova takes its big band sound to Mackenzie Hall
It’s a bit tough for the Nil-A-Nova band to get paying gigs these days even though there’s nothing like them in Windsor.
The 15-piece ensemble with five saxophones, three trumpets, three trombones and a rhythm section is keeping alive the melodic songs composed in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the big band era.
“There’s no other big band. We’re it,” trumpet player and band leader Kevin Masterson said Tuesday.
Masterson, 84, has been a member since 1991. Members range in age from their 60s to age 90 and meet every Monday to practice. He said it’s an accomplishment to have a group that keeps the big band sound alive in Windsor.
St.Patrick’s Day Celebration At The Thompson House
Lots of fun and great food as we celebrated St.Paddy’s Day. The dessert was exceptional.
Christmas Luncheon 2017
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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:
Blyth Festival & Bayfield Trip
Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018
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RWTO Monthly Breakfast
Sandra Menard Exhibition
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RWTO Windsor-Essex January 2018 Outing
” Body, Brains and Balance “
Quarter Auction Frenzy
Important Information For Members
Home Care Plan for 2017
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Windsor – Essex RWTO/OERO Insurance Convenor
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R.W.T.O. Windsor-Essex Branch
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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
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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
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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Families First Funeral Home
1065 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3M8
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.
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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3260 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 23, 2017
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
James H Sutton Funeral Home – AMHERSTBURG
Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 9, 2017