St. Catharines

Welcome to the St Catharines Branch of RWTO!

We are a branch of about 400 members and we feel we have much to offer to the retired women teachers of St Catharines. We run five luncheons every year, each with an engaging program and lots of opportunity to chat with old friends. Our members participate in a variety of interest groups that include physical activity, card-playing, dining, reading, travelling, and computer use. For more information about luncheons and interest groups, please see the links below.

Caring and sharing are an important part of our Branch. Our Goodwill Convenors send cards to members who are ill or have experienced bereavement. They also send cards regularly to our over-80 and over-90 members, and arrange flowers and visits to the over-90’s. In terms of community outreach, St Catharines Branch participates in four primary activities each year, including the Arthritis Society Christmas Wrapping Campaign, the Christmas drive for Community Care, the Rankin Cancer Run in May, and an on-going Volunteer Link that informs members regarding volunteer opportunities in the community.

Come join in the fun at St Catharines Branch! Our yearly membership fee is $45; fully paid members of other branches may join us in St Catharines as social members for a fee of $15.

If you would like to join us or wish for more information, please contact:


 Welcome to the new Executive for RWTO St. Catharines 2022-2023, under the direction of our President Linda Gaudet. 

Although we aren’t having our usual luncheons we are still working during this difficult time! Please feel free to reach out to for help with any questions or look at the website for the Newsletter which has lots of information about cancellations and interest groups that are still meeting during Covid19.

Stay well and keep smiling! 


  How the RWTO-OERO St. Catharines Branch responded to the CoVid-19 Crisis in 2020

( click on the image or the title)

Introducing the Table Officers for 2020/2021

Annual Report

Annual Report 2021-2022

Proposed Schedule of Executive Meetings-General Luncheons 2021 – 2022


Interest Groups

   Click here to download  the Interest Group file

 Activities and Planning for September 2021 

Before sharing this information, a heap of gratitude is in order. Thank you, Interest Group Leaders, for your dedication to your role during the pandemic. I am sure that our members were well-informed and felt that safety and health precautions were always in place. 

A number of our interest groups are at capacity or are missing leaders. This makes it difficult for our members to join a smaller group or to get to know others. If you are enjoying being part of our Branch activities, please consider volunteering to lead a group. Ideas for new groups are always welcome. 

Remember that to participate in these Interest Groups, your membership fees for 2021-2022 must be paid. 

Interest Group Convenor -Cathy Terrio-Lakeit 905-932-0775 

BEADING: Leader – Geneviève Habib 

We are looking for members who are interested in forming a beading class in September, run by our talented Geneviève. The group will meet at Geneviève’s studio at a time and date to be determined by the participants. There is a fee for each project that includes all materials. 


Revolving Book Club: Leader – Patt Chivers 

The Revolving Book Club has an active membership of 80 members once again this year. The books will be chosen in mid-August using the input of the owners of “Someday Books” on King St. in downtown St. Catharines. Pat Wilcox and I will be meeting with Graham and Alicia to decide on a variety of books. We aim to stretch your reading comfort zone as well as introduce you to new authors and some of the latest books on the shelf. 

As was the case last Fall, I have a team of members who will help me hand deliver your book to you personally. Each book will come with a chart on the inside cover telling you to whom you pass your book and who will pass to you. Remember that each book should be passed on at the end of each month in its own zip lock baggie. Calling ahead of your delivery would be helpful, especially if you deliver to an apartment or condo. 

Our intention is to have your first book in your hands by the last week of September. 

I hope you find a book or two to enjoy that is new and exciting to you this year! 

P.S. If you are interested in joining this Interest Group sometime in the future, please contact Patt Chivers, 905-934-6636 in the Spring of 2022. 

Let’s Chat About It: Leader – Marg Pulford 

Marg has kept in touch with her group of 10 throughout the pandemic. They are willing to meet again when things open up. This group is at its maximum. If you are interested in starting another discussion book club, contact Cathy Terrio-Lakeit. 

BOWLING: Leaders – Barb West Bonnie Leistner 

We are optimistically hopeful that we will be able to resume bowling on September 9. We play Thursday mornings at 10:00AM at Pla-Mor Bowling Alley in Port Dalhousie. No set teams. New members welcome. 

BRIDGE: Leaders – Alvine Robinson Helen Self 

Sharon Thorne 

Well, it’s been a different 2020-2021 bridge year for all of us. Hopefully, many of you have been able to play Bridge on the computer either by yourself or on Zoom. We are quite willing to organize a Bridge schedule for 2021-2022 but we need to be cognizant of any COVID safety issues during this time. We can set up the schedule to begin play at the end of September. However, if we are delayed, we can make any changes that are necessary. Those of you who wish to sign up to play this year, please send your name and your partner’s name to Helen Self as soon as possible. New members are welcome. 

CREATIVE COOKS: Leader – Linda Thiessen 

This group has stayed in touch with each other through monthly emails. They plan to resume their activities during stages 3 and 4. 

DINING DIVAS: Leader – Kathleen Bradley 

Hi Divas! It has been an interesting year for those of us used to enjoying dining out in a group. The pandemic with lock downs, stay-at-home orders and reduced numbers when the restaurants were actually open, curtailed our ability to meet and share a meal. However, as we all receive our second dose of vaccine and develop herd immunity, new possibilities will open up. It is my hope that while you’ve been supporting local businesses and ordering meals in, you have discovered new eateries and we’ll have a list of fabulous places to visit once we are able to do so. I look forward to dining with you all again. Fingers crossed that with Stage 3 reopenings, we may dine out this August! 


If anyone is interested in organizing this group for the 2021-2022 coming year, please contact Cathy Terrio-Lakeit. 


Group 1: Leader- Elaine Reimer 

This group has gathered together in groups of 4 for awhile during COVID 19. Now that things are opening up we will be ready to resume this Interest Group in September. More information will be sent out at the end of August. 

Group 2: 

The Euchre club is excited to be getting back together in August when we are fully vaccinated in order to socialize safely outside. Our numbers need to remain small until we are allowed to meet with more people. We have a wonderful group of women who love to laugh and support each other while playing cards. In order for this group to continue, we need a leader. Please contact Cathy Terrio-Lakeit. 

GOLF: Leader – Linda Holmes 

The Golf Interest Group continues to meet on Tuesday at the Garden City Golf Course. We are not able to accept anymore new members to the 2021 golf group. Golf has become very popular this year, so our roster is full. Consider joining next spring. 

LUNCH BUNCH: Leader – Peggy Allen 

The Lunch Bunch is expecting to start up in November where good food, good friends and good fellowship are enjoyed by all! 

SINGING FOR FUN: Leader – Laurie Benson 

During the pandemic our group has reinvented itself with singalong Zoom meetings. We choose a theme each month and gather a list of You Tube songs with lyrics that we can sing together. We take time to have a good chinwag before and after singing. We sometimes jazz up our virtual rendezvous with costumes and libations. However, the best part is our camaraderie and laughter. 

We look forward to non virtual sing-a-longs next year, if possible, but thankful that we have been able to Zoom. We are definitely part of the 21st century. 

TRAVELOGUE: Leader- Marilyn Weber 

Despite COVID restrictions, we have managed to meet on the usual schedule, but in a very adaptive manner. In the Fall we met outside, socially distanced, at Charles Daley Park, Queenston Heights and Grimbsy Beach (Painted Ladies). In January we began to meet virtually via Zoom. Attendance has ranged from 8-18 members. We watched travel presentations of Croatia and Cinque Terre, Italy. We shared souvenirs from around the world and learned how to make Power Point presentations and then store them virtually on You Tube. 

In September we will return to our rental room at First Grantham United Church if it is allowed. The alternative will be similar to this year with some outdoor and some virtual meetings. We are always looking for people who would like to make travel presentations. The Travelogue group meets on the second Monday of the month at 1:30 PM starting in September. So, mark your calendars now! More information will be distributed by email as we get closer to the date. 


Morning Walkers: Leader – Susan Burnison 

Our group walks at 8:30 every Monday and Thursday morning taking in the beauty of Port. On Mondays we meet at the Lakeside parking lot and walk the piers, Jaycee Park or surrounding subdivisions. On Thursdays we meet at the Lions Club and walk through Port, the Green Ribbon trail or the trail along the water. On both days we bring chairs and water and sit out for a chat, following Covid rules. Coffee can be purchased on Monday at the cafes. It’s a great group of ladies, who choose to walk at a fast or slow pace, depending on your need and who show up for most types of weather. Lots of great conversations too! 

Afternoon Walkers: Leader – Christine Honsinger 

We walk Friday afternoons at various trails in Niagara. In the Fall we were able to follow our schedule of nature walks. We enjoyed refreshments after our walks in many wonderful parks right into December. January onward brought many starts and stops to our walking. We also changed the schedule to keep with the regulations set out by the province. Regrettably, we had to stop our group walks in the spring. We were able to switch back to part of our schedule this summer. See Fall schedule below. New members welcome. Please contact Christine for more information.

Archived Reports

Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019 -2020

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2016-2017

Annual Report 2015 – 2016

St.Catharines Branch Executive 2021-2022

Honorary PresidentChereen Osborne
Past PresidentSusan Lewis
PresidentLinda Gaudet
1st Vice President
2nd Vice PresidentMelanie Kelch
SecretaryViolette Hagerty
TreasurerLinda Foster
MembershipLinda Foster
Clara Warden

Convenors -Working On Your Behalf

ArchivistJessica Thomson
Communications NewsletterFern Lackenbauer
Communications WebsiteJessica Thomson
GoodwillJanis Harlos
InsuranceChris Graham
Interest GroupsCathy Terrio-Lakeit
Issues & ConcernsMarg Newby
ProgramMelanie Kelch
Linda Gaudet
Social Lou Farquhar
TelephoneSheila Benger
ETFODonna Painter
OECTAClara Warden
OSSTFMargo Smith
Provincial Representatives
RWTO/OERO Area 13 Director Kathy Smith
RWTO/OERO Provincial Program Coordinator Judith Bennoch
RWTO/OERO Provincial Communications: NewsletterJan Murdoch

April 2022 Meeting

Our April meeting was held at the Delphi Banquet Hall in Niagara Falls. Although we continue to struggle through the pandemic a spring luncheon was planned and carried out successfully. Amongst our members we were pleased to have Mary Bell (Provincial President) and Cathy Smith(Regional Chair) who helped our President Kathie Dussome and Susan Lewis(past President) present several awards.Firstly our new members were presented with a lovely rose. Nice to meet you ladies!!
Two Cora Bailey recipients were recognized. Patti Malkiewich and Nadine Martin both received the Cora Bailey award! Congratulations and thank you to them for their commitment to RWTO.
We also presented flowers to several members who demonstrated extra effort with continuing the interest groups during the pandemic. This award will be presented every year.
A Greek style lunch was enjoyed by the members and although the Greek dancers were not able to perform due to illness, a short video of Greek dancing was shown. Thank-you to Violette for putting together the agenda and visual schedule for us to follow!
Here are some pictures of our successful luncheon!

Our Annual Outreach Program

 Reported in the NOTL Local Newspaper

Retired Women Teachers Group Fill Welcome Kits

Retired teachers Melanie Kelch and Monica Forbom
drop off 75 welcome kits
for Jane Andres of Niagara Workers Welcome,
at The Farm Workers Hub in Cornerstone Church.
A group of retired teachers in Niagara have enthusiastically embarked on a project to help farm workers as they arrive in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Melanie Kelch, vice-president of the St. Catharines branch of Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO), and also a St. Davids resident, says members decided, as one of their outreach projects, to fill welcome bags that are distributed through the Niagara Workers Welcome organization. Tuesday afternoon, 75 brightly coloured green bags, filled with all sorts of necessities and goodies for the men and women as they arrive to work on local farms, were delivered to The Farm Workers Hub at Cornerstone Church, filled by retired women teachers. “Our motto is caring and sharing, and it’s not just about each other, it’s about other communities,” she says. Kelch taught for 30 years, mostly elementary schools, in many different communities, all over Ontario. When she and her husband settled in St. Davids, after years of moving about, living in big cities and small communities — she and her husband both preferred a smaller community for their retirement — she began to learn about the offshore workers who are so important to this community. She read the articles Jane Andres writes for the NOTL Local, and she heard her speak at a Newcomers Club meeting. That piqued her interest, and made her want to get involved to help in some way. When she heard about the welcome kits, she took that idea to her group of retired teachers, and they were quick and eager to come onboard. At a meeting just before Christmas, when the group was able to meet in person, she was able to distribute the bags, and recently, the women who had filled them dropped them off so she and another member of the group could get them to the hub in Virgil. The retired teachers organization has an interesting history, starting out in the mid-50s with a small group of women in Toronto known as the Rendezvous Club. At the time it was formed, its purpose was to persuade the Ontario government to raise the level of pensions for retired women teachers to the same level as their male counterparts — women’s pensions in the ’50s were not even adequate, says Kelch. For years, the Toronto women met with government officials to lobby for improved pensions, until they realized they could present a stronger case if they brought women throughout the province onboard, and many new branches were formed, becoming the Ontario Association of Superannuated Women Teachers. That eventually gave rise to the Retired Teachers of Ontario, representing both men and women, with the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario continuing to exist to represent the special interests and well-being of retired women teachers. “There are still women who like to hang out with other women who were teachers,” says Kelch. “There are groups all over Ontario, and five branches just in the Niagara Region.” Her branch really liked the idea of helping offshore workers, she adds. “It connects us to an international community. And they’re coming more to the forefront of our community. People are starting to better understand the importance of the work they do. It feels humbling to be able to do something for this group of people.” They also like that there are more and more women who come to Niagara to work on local farms, she says. “We’re starting to see more women, but we get the feeling that the public is not as aware of them, and it’s important for us to see them recognized as well.” Kelch says the more she learned about the offshore workers, the more she wanted to do something to help, and she was very pleasantly surprised by the response she received from her group when she shared what she learned. “This project turned out to be bigger than I thought it would be,” she says. “As teachers we always want to educate others. Once a teacher always a teacher.” And teachers are people who are caring, giving and generous, she says — they are used to giving their time to help their students in need, and often spent their own money on classroom supplies to benefit their children. “The caring and sharing in our motto, that doesn’t stop when we retire.

Christmas Luncheon

  December 2021

The St. Catharines Branch had a lovely luncheon at Coppola’s Restaurant this month. We had ample time to catch up with friends before our delicious lunch. We had a short meeting initiated by our new president Kathy Dussome. Our district president, Kathy Smith attended and welcomed all the retired teachers after such a long time of cancelled events during Covid. We also received two bookmarks which were given to each attendee. One bookmark was intended for the retiree and one is to be given to a friend in the education field. This is a way to reach out to other educators and let them know of our association.
Our other presenter was Melanie Kelch who is starting an outreach program for Niagara Migrant Workers. Melanie handed out bags to our retired teachers to fill with items to help the Migrant Workers until they get settled.
Lastly and very importantly our local representative from Community Care, Betty Lou Souter accepted a cheque from the St. Catharines branch for $11,000.00 She was very thankful for our generosity during a time when so many people are struggling to make ends meet.
Although singing was not allowed, recorded Christmas carols were enjoyed along with the traditional candy canes!

Merry Christmas to all the St. Catharines members and their families!





RWTO St. Catharines thanks  the Veterans who served to protect our rights and our freedoms.

Click here to download the “Friday Afternoon Summer Walking List 2021” 


The RWTO/OERO Virtual Convention 2021 is fast approaching and they are looking for people interested in dancing-much like Zumba.

It is going to replicate the Jerusalema dance challenge, a line-dance done by all ages. It originated in Africa and has blossomed into a dance challenge that is circling the world. After learning the dance at home, RWTO participants will join a Zoom session where we can practice first and then record a few takes.  The result will be viewed at Convention 21 with members joining in from their homes.

If you like to move, this line-dance is for you. There are included 3 YouTube versions of groups doing the Jerusalema.  The first 2 show the dance with many upscale international variations and up to speed.  Don’t let that scare you off.  The 3rd video shows an instructor breaking down the simple form of the dance.

  3. Easy Demonstration of the Jerusalema  Dance Challenge Steps –

If you like to have fun, come and dance with us.  Bring your RWTO buddies along on this adventure. As a thank you, a special prize will be drawn for one dancer and the branch that she represents.

If you’re interested please contact Jessica Thomson at or call 905-687-7510.

The St. Catharines Branch donated $12,000 to Community Care to assist with food donations for the Thanksgiving holiday. Community Care reserves are very low this year because of the increased need during Covid-19 and the fact that the usual campaigns of donations during the Grape and Wine Festival was cancelled.
The cheque for $12,000 was greatly appreciated by Betty Lou Souter from Community Care.
Thank-you to all the St. Catharines Branch members who generously donated to this worthwhile cause!



Christmas Luncheon at St.Catharines Golf and Country Club

December 4, 2019 

A review told through pictures. 

I’m told pictures are worth a thousand words!

This years’ Christmas luncheon was another hit! The ladies looked wonderful in their Christmas sweaters and seasonal clothing.
The ladies had fun being silly with Christmas props in our photo booth!
Top Row left to right:
  • Susan L(our vice president) gave a blanket to someone in need, as part of our Out Reach Program. It happened to be the mother of one of our members, Susan. She was touched by the kindness.
  • A Christmas donation was made to Community Care! The members gave approximately $6,800.00  and the branch was able to make another donation to make a total amount of $8,000.00. The chairperson of Community Care, Betty Lou Souter was there to accept the donation from our president, Janis Harlos. She was so grateful for this donation and we all felt proud to be able to help such a worthy cause.

Bottom Row:

  • We welcomed a new member to the St. Catharines branch with a rose.

Of course we had a wonderful Christmas dinner with all the fixings!!

We enjoyed some entertainment from our entertaining members. They performed Chain of “Yules” (sung to the tune of Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin)! Hahaha!!
Lastly, we had some time for singing Christmas Carols with piano accompaniment by Ruth McVicar. It sounded wonderful!

Fall Luncheon

The fall luncheon was held at Lookout Point Golf Club. The well attended group enjoyed fellowship, good food, a stimulating speaker about genealogy and a beautiful view of fall colours at the golf club.Our Vice President for St. Catharines, Kathie D. was installed by Judith B from the provincial RWTO.

We also welcomed three new members to our branch!

The ladies contributed generously to the Out Reach program for ladies at the Shaver hospital who are in need of supplies such as paper pads and pencils, socks, nail polish and nail files. These supplies will be put into tote bags and given to patients in need. Susan (V.P.) also has several ladies who have volunteered to knit shawls and lap blankets for our members that aren’t able to make it out to meetings. These shawls and blankets will be given to RWTO members accompanied with a visit from their friend.
We continue to look for ladies to help out with the Arthritis Christmas Wrap fund raiser and the Community Care Toy Bureau. These forms were circulated throughout the luncheon. Nominations for Cora Bailey were also collected.
Our guest speaker, Steve Fulton UE, spoke to us about his genealogy and how it traced back to the United Empire Loyalists. He gave us some ideas of how to become involved in this area of interest and some resources such as Brock University Archives to find important documents. Many people in the audience were interested in their family history and had started some research on their own.
After a great buffet luncheon of Asian foods, the meeting was adjourned.
The next luncheon will be December 4, 2019 at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. There will be a carol sing.


September 29,2019

The St. Catharines branch started another year at St. John’s Ukrainian Centre for their amazing pirogies and accompaniments. We had a full agenda with discussions about our interest groups, outreach ideas, insurance details and an entertaining speaker about handwriting analysis.
Our new president Jan Harlos introduced five new members to our branch with a beautiful yellow rose.
Chris Graham spoke about the opportunity to enrol in Manulife for uninsured members. Manulife currently has an “Open Window” for supplemental insurance. This is available now through November 15, 2019. Elaine gave examples about her positive experiences with Manulife.
We also recognized our over 90s group, many of which attended this meeting.
Karen Clark-Lauzon, our Provincial President,spoke to the group about many things and informed us about all the new RWTO materials like a postcard, brochure and promotional materials.
Susan Lewis, our Vice President, was encouraging members to nominate people in RWTO St. Catharines that would be deserving of the Cora Bailey Award. Forms were placed on the tables for members to fill out. The other area of discussion was Susan’s Outreach program for this year. Members are encouraged to donate items such as sugar free candy/cookies, nail polish and emery boards, blank notes or pens, hand sanitizer or hand cream, specialty teas, and kleenex packs, or soft top socks or socks with treads.
These items will be put into tote bags and will be given to patients at the Shaver hospital.
The other Outreach initiative involves knitting, crocheting or sewing a shawl or lap blanket for seniors. Susan is calling this program “We’ve Got Your Back”! We want to remember the women who aren’t able to attend our luncheons or interest groups. Ladies who would enjoy a shawl or lap blanket would be identified by our members and then would be visited with this kind gift.
The Arthritis Wrap program will operate again this year in December at the Fairview Mall. Ladies were asked to sign up for this volunteer work at our meeting.
Cathy Terrio-Lakeit is our new Interest Group Convenor and was reminding people to sign up for interest groups and was also looking for new leaders for several new groups. There is a new group called Eat, Live and Be Merry.
We thank Rose Stacey for starting us off for our National Anthem and our Grace.
After our wonderful lunch we enjoyed listening to Elaine Charal who is an expert on Hand Writing Analysis. She not only gave us some ideas about what to look for in someone’s handwriting but also was very funny and had us all laughing! Elaine is also available to speak at parties and other group settings. She certainly would be a lot of fun to have at a party.
Sheila B  kindly organized the 50/50 draw and one of members was able to take home a wonderful cash prize.
It was a wonderful start of a year that I think will be full of fun and worthwhile activities.

Members! 👀


Thank you for taking the time to find this form for nominations for the Cora Bailey Award!

Cora Bailey’s Nomination Form

( After downloading you can type in your choices before printing out the form or attach the filled in form to an email)

Please feel free to nominate a deserving member of the St. Catharines RWTO membership who has gone above and beyond to make our branch a caring organization! Our committee will examine these nominees and make a decision.

Keep reading our newsletters to find out what what members will receive this prestigious award!




Click on the link below for more information.

Membership Brochure

Annual Report 2020-2021


Manulife RWTO Hospital and Insurance Plan


  • Manulife has issued a Benefit Identification Card for ALL Hospital and Home Care participants.These were sent to insured individuals at the end of March 2021. ·
  • Manulife is simplifying ALL contracts to reflect “plain language”.The Hospital and Home Care contract became available on Manulife’s “SecureServe” April 1, 2021. ·
  • Paper claim Forms and Submissions will continue to be available. Members will be able to download their Tax Receipts from the Secure Serve, if they wish to do so. ·
  • Paper receipts will continue to be sent out as in the past.


As of 2021 our branch has initiated a Caring and Sharing Award. This award will recognize those members that go above and beyond the expectations within the interest groups.  A thank-you card will be given at the September luncheon.

Caring and Sharing Award 2021-2022

Chris Honsinger, Marie France Marcie, Patt Chivers, Bonnie Leistner
 Jean Munson, Jessica Thomson, Barb West, Laurie Benson, Marilyn Weber,

Cora Bailey Recipients

Congratulations to Janis Harlos, Susan Lewis, Louise Farquhar. 


Congratulations to Nadine Martin and Patti Malkiewich


Feather in Your  Cap – Patti Malkiewich, RWTO President for St. Catharines was awarded this award for our work with our “Free the Girls” project which donated used bras to help girls rescued from sex trafficking live a life of true freedom.
Cora Bailey Award Recipients:
Violette Hagerty
Judith Bennoch
Kathleen Bradley


BARABARA BAIN MEMBERSHIP AWARD: At the Convention in Nottawasaga in June, the St. Catharines Branch received this award for 3rd place in the Tier 1 (Largest Branches) for increase in membership. Susan McLaughlin (Branch Past President) is receiving the award from Barbara Bain (Provincial Past President).
Feather in Your Cap Award was given to Susan McLaughlin for her work with the Comfort Kits which were made with donations from the St. Catharines members and then donated to Start Me Up Niagara.
Cora Bailey Award Recipients:
Alice Bradnam
Marilyn Weber


Feather in Your Cap: St. Catharines was awarded Feather in your Cap for Repurposing of Tote Bags from the Convention- Susan Lewis coordinated this initiative to fill tote bags from the Convention with grooming items which were distributed to Shaver hospital patients by our executives. Ladies from our branch donated these grooming items at a couple of our luncheons. This initiative was recognized with A Feather In Your Hat award in 2020. This award was very special as it was the third year in a row that our Branch won this award! Congratulations to all that made it a successful Outreach Program.
Cora Bailey Award Recipients:
Patti Malkiewich
Nadine Martin


St. Catharines RWTO has a long history of fundraising for charities and we continue to have this a yearly focus. This website will begin documenting the charities that we work with from 2017. 
This Year’s Initiative:

                   Niagara Workers Welcome


We are excited to start a new charity this year. It is called Niagara Works Welcome.

Niagara Workers Welcome is a grass roots initiative in which Welcome Kits containing helpful items are assembled and distributed to farm workers when they arrive.  Every year Niagara Region welcomes about 700 farm workers from other countries. 

Until last year people could pick up empty bags to be filled at locations such as the library and return them filled. The group then worked with the farmers to arrange delivery times according to when workers arrive throughout the season. We will follow the direction from this group on how best to help this year.

Welcome Kits/Bags can include:

Heavy duty work gloves Thermal work socks
Mask, small hand sanitizer New washcloth, hand towel Toothbrush

Roll of toilet paper
Tylenol travel pack
Chicken soup packages
Granola bar
Band aids
A personal welcome note is always a special touch.

We hope to collect items and prepare the Kits/Bags. If this is not possible because of Covid protocols, we could fund raise and donate to the organization. 

From 2017-2o2o: Please feel free to look at all our past initiatives!


Free the Girls Campaign: Our branch collected gently used bras to help free women in third world countries from the sex trade. This charity won our first “Feather in Our Cap” award. 
Happy National Bra Drive month!!!
Rankin Run: A group of walkers participated in the large community fundraiser called Rankin Cancer Run. 
Community Care: Our branch donates to Community Care at Christmas time with a monetary donation and also helps out with the Toy Bureau.
Arthritis Society: Members of our branch wrap presents for shoppers at the Fairview Mall and their donations go to the Arthritis Society.


Start Me Up Niagara: Susan McLaughlin and Kathleen Bradley started our Outreach Initiative by collecting items such as toiletry items from the St. Catharines members. These kits were given to Start Me Up Niagara who then distributed them to those in need. This initiative also won a Feather in Your Cap Award.
Arthritis Society: During the month of December the Arthritis Society raise funds for their cause by wrapping gifts in the shopping malls. St. Catharines RWTO participate in this fundraiser by wrapping presents for shoppers. The ladies find this a fun way to raise funds and get in the Christmas spirit. 
Rankin Run:  May 2019 was a very wet but successful fundraiser for Cancer research and treatment facilities in the Niagara region. Our branch raised $5,230.
Community Care: Our members generously donated $8000.00 to Community Care. 
Habitat for Humanity: Our President, Patti Malkiewich arranged to have a lunch prepared by Eastdale S.S. students and delivered it to hard working women volunteers at WomenBuild, Habitat for Humanity Niagara.


Arthritis Society:During the month of December the Arthritis Society raise funds for their cause by wrapping gifts in the shopping malls. St. Catharines RWTO participate in this fundraiser by wrapping presents for shoppers. The ladies find this a fun way to raise funds and get in the Christmas spirit. 
Community Care:A donation of $8,000 was raised at the Christmas Luncheon for Community Care. This money goes to their Food Drive.
Toy Bureau: Members assisted with the distribution of toys for needy children in association with Community Care.
“We’ve Got Your Back”: Susan Lewis coordinated a group of ladies to knit lap blankets and shawls as gifts for members (as identified through our Goodwill member). These shawls and lap blankets were taken to someone in need with a visit from one of our members.
Repurposing of Tote Bags from the Convention- Susan Lewis coordinated this initiative to fill tote bags from the Convention with grooming items which were distributed to Shaver hospital patients by our executives. Ladies from our branch donated these grooming items at a couple of our luncheons. This initiative was recognized with A Feather In Your Hat award in 2020. This award was very special as it was the third year in a row that our Branch won this award! Congratulations to all that made it a successful Outreach Program.


 Community Care – Niagara:  Past President Janis Harlos and other Executive members, Kathie Dussome and Violette Hagerty initiated a fundraiser to assist families who need help during the Thanksgiving season. Through email and phone calls the St. Catharines members were asked to donate to this worthy cause. We were pleased with the generous donations totalling over $10,000. The Branch Executive contributed more funds to bring the total amount to $12,000.
Soles4Souls: Linda Gaudet, Second VP informed the Executive of a new fundraising campaign called Soles4Souls which provides used shoes to those less fortunate locally and abroad. 
This program distributes new shoes to underprivileged children in schools and orphanages and provides disaster relief. 
Gently used shoes are placed in a micro-enterprise program, creating employment for women in developing countries and empowering them to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. This creates a sustainable hand-UP, versus a hand-out.
BioPed Footcare operates this program with an annual shoe distribution trip to Haiti. They have delivered 163,000 pairs of shoes to people in need and has kept these used shoes out of the landfill.
This year we will be asking St. Catharines RWTO member to donated gently used shoes which will be counted and then donated to BioPed Footwear.


Tolonen, Karen Florence

17-Jun-1940 – 02-May-2022

Passed away suddenly on May 2, 2022 in her 82nd year. Loving mother to Tracy (Scott) McCook and Eric (Kristy) Andersen. Cherished grandmother to Brady. She also leaves behind sister-in-law, Beverly Craig and extended family and friends. Karen was predeceased by her first husband, Karl Andersen (1994) as well as her sisters Ailsa Green (Ken), Inez Lewis (William) and brother Rodney Craig. Karen grew up in Welland, Ontario. She spent many years as a teacher in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines and was a long-time member of St. Columba Anglican Church. BUTLER FUNERAL HOME (424 Niagara Street) has been entrusted with arrangements. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with a funeral service following in the chapel at 11am. Interment will take place at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens with immediate family. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Autism Niagara would be appreciated by her family. Online condolences may be made at

Lynda Carole Gibson

January 1, 1943 – April 9, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lynda Gibson in the early morning of April 9, 2022 after a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 79.

Lynda leaves behind her niece, Rebecca and grand-nephews, Michael and Dyson, and many friends.
Lynda was a teacher at heart and this was reflected in her choice of career which spanned the District School Board of Niagara’s Kernahan Park and Laura Secord Secondary Schools, Brock University’s Faculty of Education and the St. Catharines’ Karate School (formally Seido-Kan Karate).
Lynda was a true innovator in special education, developing many strategies for colleagues and leadership to better help students with a variety of learning challenges.
Lynda’s kindness and generosity has been felt by individuals, learners and educators from Niagara to the Czech Republic where she also taught.
Throughout her life, she was a part of many groups and organizations including, the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario and was involved with many charitable initiatives.

In keeping with Lynda’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and funeral arrangements have been entrusted with GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. Guests are invited for visitation on April 14, 2022 from 2-4 PM and 5:30-7:30 PM. Animal welfare was important to Lynda, please consider making a donation to The Lincoln County Humane Society in her memory.

Frances Lovett

February 3, 1917 to February 26, 2022.
In her 106th year, Frances passed peacefully away at The Royal Henley
Retirement Residence, St. Catharines.Beloved wife of the late Gordon Lovett (2011), predeceased by her parents
Harry and Mary Worrall and her brother Douglas. She is survived by her sisters Margaret Beale and Elizabeth Richards.
Dear mother of Larry (Carole), and Lynne Hildebrand. Beloved grandmother of Kathleen Boychuck, Andrew Hildebrand (Kimberly), Christopher Lovett, Douglas Hildebrand (Katherine), and Alison Lovett. Also missed by great grandchildren Lauren, Kara, Aidan, Owen, Audrey, Kaylee, Jasmine, and Addison. Frances was a graduate of Delta Collegiate, McMaster University, and Dundas Valley School of Fine Arts.
Cremation has taken place. A private funeral will be held at a later date.
A long life, well lived, in love and service to others.

Frances Elizabeth Brodhurst

(October 8, 1938 – January 18, 2022)

Betty passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Daughter of the late Francis and Daisy Shuttler, beloved wife of the late Thomas Brodhurst (passed away 2016). Loving mother of Beth Brodhurst and Barb Janzen (Peter), and proud and devoted grandma of Nicholas, Noah and Justina Janzen. She will also be sadly missed by her sisters Lanee Tattersall, Hazel Scott (Peter), and Nancy Dumbrell, and her many nieces, nephews and friends.
A private ceremony was held at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens.
Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in Betty’s memory would be appreciated by the family.
Arrangements entrusted to the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel (905-684-6346).
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Norma Sinclair(Williston) Hintz

July 28, 1929-December 29,2021

Passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at the St.Catharines General Hospital at the age of 92.

Predeceased by her husband Kurt H. Hintz

In keeping with Norma’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private intermentt will be held at Victoria Lawn Cemtery. If desired, memorial donations made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

God saw you getting weary. He did what He thought best. He put his arms around you and said, “Come and rest.” He opened up His golden gates on that heartbreaking day, And with His arms around you, you gently slipped away. It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone. A part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

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Norma Poole 1935-2021

Born on March 12, 1935 in Verdun Quebec to Edward and Jessie Robertson, Norma spent her childhood in Niagara Falls. Norma attended Hamilton Teachers College, and began her teaching career at Diamond Jubilee School. She then taught at Port Weller and Glenridge Schools; ending her teaching career at Niagara College. Norma liked to sing, shop, golf, play cards, and travel, but her true loves were her son, her dear friends, and Mountainview United Church. Norma was creative and clever, spirited and silly, and put everything she had into everything she did. She was a true friend to many and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Norma’s life will be held at a later date, when friends can hug each other, share stories, sing, and cry.

In Norma’s memory, donations may be made to Mountainview United Church.


Mary Jane Tanner

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Mary-Jane Tanner (nee Harkness), on November 29 2021, at the age of 94. She is survived by Bill, her cherished husband of 72 years. She also leaves her two sons, Kenneth (Carol) of Squamish BC, and Scott (Linda) of Mahone Bay, NS. She was proud of her grandchildren Gordon (Michelle) and Allison (Scotty), Lindsay (John) and Dylan (Krista), and was delighted by her great-grandchildren Tanner, Kenna, William, Evelyn and Jake. She was predeceased by daughter Frances and grandson Bruce.

Mary-Jane was a long-time Kindergarten teacher in St. Catharines and area, and remained an active member of the Retired Teachers Organization. She was an even-longer-time volunteer for many groups, and amongst her honours was a provincial 25-year-volunteer award. Mary-Jane was a life-long member of First Church Christ, Scientist in St. Catharines.

Cremation has taken place and burial at Snure Cemetery, Jordan, Ontario will take place at a later date.
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Pat Umbriaco

With broken hearts we announce Pat’s passing at home surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the age of 78. She has now been reunited with her husband the late Edward Umbriaco (2018) and her parents Ernie and Marion Barton.
Cherished mother to Patrick (Gaby) Umbriaco, Marci Umbriaco (John) and Natalie (Joe) Piergentili.
Special Gramma to Tanya, Elena, and Sonny.
Pat will be sadly missed by her sister Sue (Al) Wood, her brother-in-law Ernie (Jeannie) Umbrico as well as Maria and Pacifico Piergentili.
She is predeceased by her father-in-law and mother-in-law Camilo and Angela Umbriaco and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Helen and Ed Barilla.
She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
Pat was a passionate educator for over 30 years, passing along her love of reading and writing to many students as a Learning Resource Teacher. Pat cherished her 25 years at Alexandra Public School as part of a wonderful staff and student community.Her family extends a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the many caregivers that assisted Patricia over the course of her illness Dr. Levesque, Marlie, Mugs and team at the Walker Cancer Centre, Dr. Harb and his wonderful, caring team, Eileen, Liguaya, Flora, Carolina and all the hard working staff from the Paramed Team for their amazing care and comfort, Teresa, Raphael, Olivia and all of the caring Nurses from St. Elizabeth along with the very attentive and kind Case Managers at the LHIN Heather and Beth.
In keeping with Pat’s wishes cremation has taken place. Her family will receive friends and guests on Saturday, September 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Pleasantview Funeral Home (2000 Merrittville Hwy at the corner of Hwy 20)
A Private Family service to celebrate her life will follow, with reduced capacity by invitation only, due to current government restrictions.
Memorial donations to the Walker Family Cancer Centre or Wellspring Niagara will be appreciated by her family. You are invited to share valued memories and condolences on-line at

Pos, Mary Irene

Pos, Mary Irene – Passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Amica, Georgetown. Mary, in her 79th year, was the loving partner of the late Noel Knott for over 35 years. Dear sister of Rick Pos (Mary Jane Hardy) and cherished aunt to Sadie and Amy Pos. Friends willbe received at the Jones Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown on Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. A private family service will follow in the chapel. In memory of Mary, donations may be made to Parkinsons Canada or to the Charity of the donor’s choice. To livestream the funeral service or to send expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


Remember your compassion and love, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth, remember me only in the light of your love. (Ps 24:6-7)
The sunrise of a beautiful life commenced upon the horizon of St. Catharines, on March 9th, 1944. The sadness of dusk arrived on May 8th, 2021, when surrounded by family, with dignity and grace, and fortified by the Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church, Louise went to be reunited with her husband, Nick (2008). She is predeceased by her parents, Antonio (1977), Margaret (1978), and brother Joseph (1993).
She leaves to mourn her children, Renata (late Dan), Marisa (Phil) Rocco, Monica (Mohamed), and Gemma (Jake) Knuttila. A much loved “Ammie” to Anthony Rocco, her greatest treasure and joy. She will be remembered by her family sweetly in memories, sadly in tears. Sister-in-law to Joe (Pina) Minniti, Frank (Lorraine) Minniti, May (Al) Simpson, and late Antonio (late Carmela) Pisano. Loving Aunt to many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Louise will also be missed by many life-long family friends and colleagues.
Louise treasured her teaching vocation, spanning over four decades as an elementary school educator with the Niagara Catholic School Board. She will long be remembered for her kind and nurturing manner with students and family alike. She earned her B.A. (’78), Master of Ed. (’90) and B.Ed. (’95). She earned the Phi Delta Kappa Award of Excellence for her Master’s Project (’90) for having made a significant contribution to education.
She was a woman of great faith who led by example and shared her many gifts and talents at home, school, and with her faith community. A life-long member of St. Alfred Parish, Louise was active in many Ministries among them: Lector, Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharistic, Ministry to the Homebound, and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Louise served two terms as President of St. Alfred Parish Council of the Catholic Women’s League, served a term as Regional Chair with the St. Catharines Diocese Catholic Women’s League, and then served a term as Spiritual Development Chair also with the Diocesan League.
Her passing will leave an unbearable void in the lives of those she touched. As we grieve and mourn, we will gather strength by celebrating her life. When we feel abandoned by her loss, we will recall fond memories and be there for each other. We are comforted by our faith that she is in a better place. Her steadfast love and loyalty to friends and family will remain with us.
This is a journey, we all must take,
And each must go alone,
 It’s all part of the Master’s Plan-
 A step on the road to home.
Louise will be resting at George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. Due to current Covid restrictions, a private family visitation will take place. A private Funeral Mass at St. Alfred’s Church will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 11 am. For those who wish to view a livestream of the funeral, you can locate it on the St. Alfred’s Church website by clicking “Live-Stream–Masses”
Due to restricted attendance at the Mass, Louise’s family invites you to join the funeral procession following Mass to accompany Louise to her final resting place at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Once at the cemetery gates you will have the opportunity to wave farewell and receive a Mass card.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul–St. Alfred’s Parish, Hospice Niagara, Walker Cancer Centre, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Special thank you to Dr. Lee, Dr. Dooler, Father Hugh, and the nurses from St. Elizabeth for their care and compassion during this time.
On the day of your birth a bit of sunlight slipped to the earth. Through the years of pleasure and strife, your light and smile have graced our lives, for so much of our joy was born with you.
Lord, we do not question why You took her from us, but thank You for giving her to us to enrich our lives.

Diane Bradley 1942-2021

August 28, 1942- April 5, 2021 Passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer. She was the dear wife of Arnold (Gus) Edward Bradley, mother of the late Edward Alan Bradley (2005) and daughter of the late Leslie and Myrtle Silverthorn. She is survived by her brother James Silverthorn (Kathy), and sister-in-law Bernice Good (late Ross), and many nieces and nephews. Diane taught for 32 years for the Lincoln County Separate School Board before retiring to take up flower gardening and quilting. She also learned to golf and curl and joined her husband on many of those adventures. Diane enjoyed working at St. John’s Anglican Church whether it was the garage sale or working at the bazaar, serving lunches, or making pies and jams. When Diane and Gus weren’t travelling the world (or even when they were), their passion was golf and they made many great friends on the course and at the club house. Their hospitable nature, great conversation, delicious food and incredible stories will be greatly missed by all who had the fortune of their friendship and love. Their own love and adoration for each other will continue as they move onto their next adventure together. Cremation has taken place and a private family committal will take place in St. John’s Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of the flowers, a donation may be made to the Niagara Health Foundation (Walker Family Cancer Centre) or St. John’s the Evangelist Anglican Church.
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Published in Niagara Falls Review on Apr. 7, 2021.

Marlene DeRose 1950 – 2021

With profound sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Marlene, at her home with family on March 24, 2021 after a courageous journey with pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease. A true fighter, she tackled her treatments with relentless determination and optimism. Survived by devoted husband Rudy, loving daughter Carlissa (Morgan), proud Nannie of Madison, Dylan and Ella her “greatest gifts”. Sisters Brenda (Frank) Hogg and Carol Oxner. Sister-in-law to Bernie DeRose, Ruth Watt and Lynne Crowell, Margaret Cosentini and sadly leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Raised in Barrington Passage, N.S., she was the youngest daughter of the late George Baxter and Sarah Frances Watt (Smith). Predeceased by sisters Elaine (Carmen) Moore, Margery Radigan and Jean (John) Bell, brothers Bruce and Lee (Margaret) Watt and brother-in-law Don Oxner. Marlene met and married the love of her life and soul mate Rudy in Halifax, sharing over 52 wonderful years together. Their genuine love and devotion for each other was admired by everyone who knew them. A dedicated and supportive mother and an amazing Nannie, who gave the best hugs, loved without condition and was always there for her family. The family is heartbroken and grieving their loss, but we know Marlene will be in our hearts and minds forever. Marlene used to say “education is about learning how to make a life, not just about learning how to make a living”. She graduated from Dalhousie University (BPE/Sc) and Brock University (MEd). Her accomplishments in her 35 years in education were extensive and widely respected; an exemplary and dedicated teacher, principal, Chair of the Ontario’s Principal’s Association, System Administrator at DSBN and instructor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. She was particularly invested in encouraging and advocating for children of all abilities to reach their full potential. A leader, role model and contributor to her community, Marlene served as Chair of the Thorold Community Activities Group, Chair of Contact Niagara and Education Consultant for FACS. One of her most satisfying accomplishments was her involvement as a Chair and founder of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara. Marlene was also the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition, the Top 60 Over 60 and the YWCA Women of Distinction awards. Rooms lit up when she entered. Marlene’s appreciation for fine wine, skiing, golf, tennis, good books, bridge and passion for travel was surpassed only by her love for spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren creating wonderful memories. Marlene’s core was one of kindness, love and acceptance; her spirituality allowed her to live with hope and graced those who knew her. Whatever Marlene undertook in life was approached with determination and positivity. Marlene will be remembered and cherished forever as a strong, thoughtful and generous woman who valued relationships deeply and helped those in need. The family extends heartfelt thanks to her doctors, nurses and many friends for all of their incredible support. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life to honour Marlene will be held in the coming months. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson’s Rehab and the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara and may be made through the HAINE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 26 Ormond Street South, Thorold. Our shining angel will be greatly missed. The world is a much better place because she was in it.
In every heart she touched, in every life she changed, in every thought she inspired,
her love lives on. Keep her in your heart and memories and share her love with those around you.

Marie Dava MacPherson (Barrett) (November 3rd 1932 – March 3rd 2021)

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dearest Marie on March 3rd in her 88th year. Marie passed away peacefully at Tufford Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late Bob MacPherson. Dear mother of Jim MacPherson, the late Robert MacPherson. Mother in-law of Jill MacPherson. Loving grandmother of Kevin, Quinn, Jacob, Jenna and Julia. Sister of George Barrett and Carolyn Culp. Sister in-law to Sandy & Rosalee MacPherson, Jack and Marian MacPherson and Grace and Peter Bowslaugh. She had many nephews and nieces.

Marie was a retired elementary school teacher for the Lincoln County School Board. She had a passion for gardening and a love of sewing. She will be deeply missed by us all. Special thanks to the staff at Tufford Nursing Home and Dr. Luce.

All COVID restrictions remain in place for anyone who wishes to attend the graveside service to commemorate her life. The service will be held on Wednesday, March 10 that 11am in the North Pelham Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the North Pelham Presbyterian Church or Pelham Cares.

Pauline Claudia Bosco (nee Luciani)

Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the age of 80. Dearly beloved wife of Gino Bosco and mother of John (Andrea), Philip (Jennifer), and Andrew (Richard) Bosco. Survived by loving sister Jo-Ann Luciani (late Charles Arch) and uncle Albert (late Carmel) Moccio as well many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Cherished grandmother of Noah, Juliana, Adelyn, and Jack Bosco. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Antoinette Luciani, brothers Carmine and Leonard Luciani, and sisters Mary Mauro and Lina Covello. Pauline was a lifelong and dedicated parishioner at Holy Rosary church in Thorold. She was an executive member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for Holy Rosary Parish and an active voice of the Catholic Women’s League. A kindergarten teacher in the Lincoln County Roman Catholic Separate School Board for 35 years, Pauline will be fondly remembered by all her former students at St. Joseph’s and St. Theresa’s schools in Merritton. Pauline was Past-President of the Thorold Soccer Club. The family would like to give special thanks to the all the staff, PSWs, and Nurses at the Niagara LHIN, CBI Health Group, and Bayshore Healthcare for taking such great care of her over the past months. Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, a memorial mass and burial will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul would be appreciated by the family. Donations can be made online at Please indicate that the donation is to go to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Donations can also be made through regular mail (by cheque): Society of St. Vincent de Paul, c/o Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 21 Queen St. South, Thorold ON, L2V 3M7. (Donations can also be dropped off at the Holy Rosary Parish Office using the mail slot in the Parish Office door.) Funeral arrangements entrusted to the HAINE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 26 Ormond Street South, Thorold (905) 227-1732.


Marilyn Theresa MacDonald

MacDonald, Marilyn Theresa. – Passed away peacefully with her family at her side at Niagara Health Center on Wednesday, September 23rd at the age of 76. Marilyn was predeceased by her beloved husband, David of 48 years. Loving mother of Kirk (Elizabeth), Kim (Christian), Greg (Tara). Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Keonna, Breagh, Archie, Emily, Lauren, Liam, Fletcher, pre-deceased by her brother, Spencer, her parents Eldon and Pearl, grandson Jack, sister-in-law Velma, brother-in-law, John O’Brien, and brother-in-law, Kelly MacDonald. Marilyn is survived by her siblings, Clara O’Brien and Stan Keon (Donna). Marilyn was very close with David’s siblings, Colin (Kay), Ronald (Carol), Elaine (Kevin), Pat (Dave), Brenda (Dave), Karen (Ken) and Kevin and sisters-in-law, Judy Keon and Kelli MacDonald. She will also be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews and cousins. Marilyn cherished her many friends whom she considered family. Marilyn was with the Lincoln County Catholic Board as a well-loved and dedicated teacher for many years. The family wish to give thanks to the staff at the Royal Henley retirement residence. In keeping with Marilyn’s wishes, a visitation will be held at the George Darte Funeral Chapel, 585 Carlton Street on Monday September, 28th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A private family celebration of life will be held the following day, Tuesday September 29th at 12pm at George Darte Funeral Chapel. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.

Heather Schram

May 28, 1946 – September 18, 2020. It is with deep sadness the Schram family announces the passing of Heather on September 18, 2020 at the age of 74, following a brief illness. Heather is predeceased by her cherished mother Joyce in 1998. Following retirement after her tr
easured teaching career with the DSBN, Heather loved to winter in Florida and spent time at the cottage at Long Beach. Heather loved life to the fullest and had no regrets. Heather will be lovingly remembered by her brother Michael and his wife Jane, niece Kayla and her fiancée Alex, nephew Michael and his wife Karen, cousins Bev Liscum and her children Sarah and Victoria, Steven Brinton and his wife Nancy and their children Erin, Leslie and Christopher, Robert Sowery and his wife Lisa. She will be greatly missed by her dear friends Judy Veld, Carol Shore and Linda Walker as well as many close friends she kept in touch with from Florida and Ohio during her ‘winter vacations’ at Daytona Beach. A very special thank you goes out to the nurses, PSWs and volunteers at both Shaver Hospital and Henley House for their kind and tender care. Respecting Heather’s wishes cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Passfield Mortuary Services Inc. A memorial Celebration of Heather’s Life will be held at a later date. To honor Heather’s kindness and generosity to others, donations to the Cancer Society or Shaver Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left at
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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Sep. 23, 2020.

Anna Bernice Thwaites (nee Wilson)

Our beloved mother Anna Bernice Thwaites (nee Wilson) passed away in her sleep on July 31 at the age of 96. Anna was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Ronald Keith Thwaites, in 2003. The couple had two sons, John Reginald Thwaites (Jocelyn) and Ronald James Thwaites (Lori). Anna is survived by her sons, their wives, 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Anna had two brothers, the late James Wilson (his late wife Ruth) and Stuart Wilson (his late wife Helen). Anna was an elementary school teacher locally in the St. Catharines area until she retired. She was an active member of the Retired Teachers of Ontario. Anna worked with her husband Ron on the family farm for many years. She was an active member of First Grantham United Church as a UCW member. Anna moved to Upper Canada Lodge in 2017. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Anna’s name to First Grantham United Church.

Arrangements entrusted to the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL; 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346). Online

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Anne Marie Brady

We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Anne Marie on July 19, 2020. She passed away at home, with her husband and children by her side. Dear wife of Ron Brady. Loving and devoted mother of Todd Brady, Scott (Kyla) Brady and Steph Brady. Cherished and beloved grandma of Maeve and Quinn Brady. Lovingly remembered by her brothers Dan, Paul and Frank (Gloria) Ryan, nephews John Brady and Michael and Matthew Ryan, niece Kim Brady, and great niece Emily Koury. Anne Marie obtained her nursing education from St. Michael’s School of Nursing, the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor. She enjoyed a career both practicing and teaching nursing at St. Michael’s Hospital, Humber College, Niagara College and Shaver Hospital. Her time spent teaching nursing inspired her to obtain her teaching degree from Queen’s University. She was a wonderful and dedicated teacher and cared deeply for her students and colleagues in the Niagara District School Board. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her kindness and generosity and her ability brighten any room with her beautiful smile. Thank you to Dr. Jen Frendo, Shannon, Kayla, Aileen and the rest of the wonderful care team for their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME 585 Carlton St. In memory of Anne Marie, the family would appreciate donations to the Anne Marie Brady Fund for MSA Research (hosted by MSA Canada) per the Province of Ontario Covid-19 regulations – visitation is limited to 30% building capacity. Funeral attendance is limited to 200 guests at the church. All guests attending the visitation or funeral must bring a mask. 

Rosemary McNamme

On Saturday, July 11, 2020 Rosemary passed away peacefully at Henley House, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Frank McNamee (2000). Rosemary was the much loved Mother of Carolyn (Greg) Medland, Margie (Phil) Maloney, Bernie McNamee (John Gowling), Mary McNamee (Jim Salmon), Susan McNamee (Christian Bernard), Beth (Pierre) Delisle, Mark (Anne) McNamee, and the late infant Brian (1950). Loving Nana of Jennifer (Donnie) McArthur, Chris Medland (Michelle Iorio), Andrew Miotto (Cindy Smith), Katie (Andrew ) Powell, Mark Miotto (Amy Sararas), Patrick Maloney, Mathieu Delisle, Maryse Bernard (Solomon Krause-Imlach). Devoted GreatNana of Mitchell, Madelyn, Miller, Andee, Lucie, Alice and Frank. Predeceased by parents Neil and Agnes Donovan, and siblings Joe, Sister Inez, Leo, Tina and Father Gerald. Survived by sister-in-law Dorothy Donovan. Rosemary was a respected teacher for the former Lincoln County Catholic School Board for 37 years, long standing member of St. Julia’s CWL, volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Store and the Hospital Oncology Unit, and played the piano in a Band at Retirement Homes. Many thanks to the dedicated and caring staffs at Heatherwood, Henley House and Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehab, especially Sister Louise Dillon. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private Visitation at George Darte Funeral Home and a family Mass at St. Julia’s Church. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Catharines. “To be greatly loved by many is the sign of a life well lived.” “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

BRETT, Victoria

Passed away peacefully at the Village of Humber Heights nursing home, Islington wing, Monday, May 4, 2020, just a few days short of her 97 birthday. She will be missed by sister, Phyllis Grisdale (Gordon) and brother, Richard Brett (Pauline). Predeceased by siblings Alvin, Harold (Mary), Bob (Carol), Claude, Nora, David (Thomasine) and Betty Ann. She will be remembered by many nieces and nephews. She was a teacher for over 35 years in the Toronto area. After retirement she moved to St Catharines and had a summer residence at Sherkston. She then moved to Anchor Point retirement residence. She traveled extensively throughout her life, beginning with a family car trip across Canada in 1928 at age 5. She was a tireless advocate for all animals. A graveside service in Barrie will take place at a later date. The family thanks the staff who cared for Vicky especially in the last days when we could not be there.

 West-Hobbs, Clarice Rosalie

It is with deepest sadness that we notify family and friends of the passing of Clarice West-Hobbs, age 79, on May 13, 2020 at the Hamilton General Hospital originally from Caterham, Surrey, England, the daughter of John and Elizabeth West. Predeceased by her husband Harold Wayne Hobbs (M. 92) and her sister Elizabeth West. Lovingly remembered by her son Andrew (Lisa) Hall and grandsons Carter and Maxwell, step-daughters Tracey and Tatiana Hobbs, brother Iain (Erika) West with their children Steven and Caroline and their families, and her goddaughter Kimberly Carson. Clarice graduated from Ottawa Teachers’ College in 1961 and worked evenings and summers to obtain Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from Brock University. For over 30 years, Clarice worked as an educator in various provinces, including Scotland, and finally for the District School Board of Niagara. For a time, Clarice led the Lincoln Women’s Teacher Association, winning their humanitarian award. She was also elected to the governing board of the Ontario College of Teachers, retiring in 2001. Clarice was an energetic leader of and contributor to many organizations in her community. After retirement she continued to volunteer with many groups including, St. Catharines Lakeshore Rotary Club, Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO), Retired Women Teachers of Ontario, and Canadian Association for Retired Persons. Clarice enjoyed travelling, meeting new people, and spending time with friends. She travelled the world as a member of Friendship Force Niagara. She cherished her friendships, maintaining contact with some for over half a century. Clarice, and her courage, character, and passion for life, will be missed by many. The family thanks each of these friends for their support. Special Thanks to the staff in the Cardiac Care Unit at the Hamilton General Hospital for their compassionate care. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date where we hope everyone will have an opportunity to share memories. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the RTO/ERO Foundation (Retired Teachers of Ontario, at or to the Rotary Foundation (
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Published in St. Catharines Standard on May 20, 2020.


Marion Caplan passed away on the morning of May 16th,2020 after a long battle with cancer. She was the finest example of her generation. An original Beatlemaniac, she came of age in a tumultuous time that honed her inner sense of justice, which was something of a family inheritance. Her student activism in the Sixties at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led into a lifetime instilling the skill and love of reading into disadvantaged children that the system would otherwise have left behind. Her skills in the creative arts were known to all. The quilts and stuffed animals she produced delighted children and adults alike; her folk guitar playing and singing was like a waterfall of music, a gorgeous cascade of rippling harmony. Cooking, sadly, was not one these skills, as evidenced by her sole original recipe creation known as “fruit chicken”. She will be greatly missed by her husband Frederick, children Kimberley (Tanner), Benjamin (Ida), Mikki (Trevor), and Robyn (Adam). Adored by her grandchildren Emma, Rylee, Xavier, Saydee, and Elliot, dear brother Hugh (Helen) and a vast constellation of beloved nieces and nephews, extended family, friends, colleagues, and former students. Predeceased by her parents Harold and Anestel Tucker, in laws Harry and Mary Caplan and brother in law Paul Caplan. Donations in her honour can be made to the Education Foundation of Niagara. 191 Carlton Ave St. Catharines, ON L2R 7P4 Executive Director (905)641-2929 x 37711. A celebration of her life will occur when circumstances allow.

Reeds, Katherine

Passed away peacefully with family by her side at Heatherwood Retirement Residence in St. Catharines on Thursday, January 16, 2020. In her 83rd year, Katherine Anne Reeds (nee Nolan), loving mother of Dean (Christine) and Nolan (Suzanne). Loved grandma of Carrson, Turner and Keaton. Fondly remembered by cousin Maureen, her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Katie Nolan, her brother Thomas and sisters Teresa and Mary, and by Guy Reeds. Katherine taught primary school at St. Theresa Catholic School and St. John Catholic School.


CUFF, Victoria (Tory) 

Passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the St. Catharines General Hospital at the age of 89 years. Beloved wife of Peter for 63 years. Loving mother of Jennifer (late Rick) Norquay and Barb (Dale) Hymanyk. Dear Grandma of Michael Norquay, Jessica (Jason) McDonald, Mat (Sam) and Christine Hymanyk, and Nana GG to her great-grandchildren Evaleigh, Sophie, Aiden and Bryson. Sister-in-law of David and Helen Cuff, Fred Mason and Don Hiron. Predeceased by siblings Mary, Barbara, Doreen and Albert and parents Robert and Jean Whyte. Tory was a career teacher and librarian primarily with the Lincoln County Board of Education. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences available at

Buchler, Mary Lou

A member of our branch, Mary Lou Buchler passed away last week. She retired from the Lincoln Separate School Board. Mary Lou and her daughter were recognized at the Thursday luncheon of the Convention in June. A card will be sent to her family.
There will be a service at St. Julius Church on Saturday, July 20th at 12:30.

FAST, Helen

Helen went home to Heaven on Sunday May 19, 2019 at Tabor Manor. She was predeceased by her husband Eric in 2005 after 59 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her parents Nicholas and Helena Hildebrand, and her brothers Nick and Jake. She is survived by her sister Betty (Hamm) Bright and brother Peter Hildebrand, her children Rod, Eleanore Joy Duerrstein (Henry), Miriam Bauer (David). She was beloved Grandma/Oma to Karen Fast, Chris Fast (Gwendolyn), Lisa Frey (Ian), Katy Cressman (Mark) and Michelle Bauer (Daniel Jaworski). Great Grandmother to Jacob, Kayla, Alexis, Eric, Ellis and Declan. Helen was born April 2, 1922 in Schoenau, Ukraine. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1925, living with relatives in Rosenort, Manitoba. In 1941, she graduated from Teacher’s College in Winnipeg. On June 26, 1946, she married Eric Fast at Southend Church in Winnipeg. Helen and Eric moved to St. Catharines in 1950. In 1961, Helen resumed her teaching career, teaching at Gracefield, Maplewood, Connaught and Carleton Public Schools. Eric and Helen were members at Bethel Baptist Church and Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church. Helen treasured all of teacher and church friendships. In 1995, Helen and Eric moved into the new apartments at Tabor Manor. In 2009, Helen moved into Tabor Manor as she was no longer able to live alone. A special thank you to all of the Tabor staff, including the nursing, dietary, housekeeping and laundry staff.

Visitation will be at Tallman Funeral Homes, 3277 King St., Vineland on Tuesday May 28, 2019 from 10-11am, followed by her funeral service at 11am in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either M.C.C. or Camp Crossroads.


Ruth Hulme 2017-18

BROWN, Bonnie-Jeanne 

Bonnie worked in the Special Education Department of the DSBN. Bonnie passed away peacefully at Stirling Heights Long Term Care, Cambridge on December 4, 2018 at age of 78. Dear daughter of the late Neville Fraser and Cristine Fraser. Loving mother of Monty Brown and the late Lisa Overholt (Oct. 2018). Cherished grandmother of Emilie Overholt. Dear sister of Bob Fraser and Ruth Latimer and aunt to Sandy (Kevin) Traynor, Lisa Fraser, Debbie Bickford, Robert (Christine) Fraser, Jane Latimer and Christine Latimer. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd., Cambridge at 1 p.m. with visitation from 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation or Stirling Heights Long Term Care.

HULME, Bernice Ruth 

Ruth passed away at the GNGH on November 13, 2018, with her loving family by her side. Devoted mother to Don (Sharon) and Brenda. Loving grandmother to Tammy (Mike), Mandy (Dave). Great-grandmother to Amanda (Clay), Riley, Noah, and Hailey. Great-great-grandmother to Claire and Oliver. As per Ruth’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a family grave side service.

PHILIPSON, Lola Heaton, 1929-2018

Passed away peacefully on Sunday July 22nd, at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital in St. Catharines. Lola was the widow of the late Ken Philipson (2006) and mother to David (Liz) Philipson, Lesley (Larry) Danks, Maureen (Rick) Sawicki, and Christine Philipson (BobSteadman). Grandma to 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Respecting Lola’s wishes, there will be no visitation, cremation has taken place and a small family memorial gathering will take place. If Desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346). Online tributes may be made at

KROEKER, Myrna Blanche (née Buhler)

KROEKER, Myrna Blanche (née Buhler) 74. Went to be with her Lord Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Hospice Niagara. Predeceased by her loving husband Charlie Battel and her parents Millie and Walter Buhler. She is survived by her sons Don and Brian and her daughter Sandra, her grandchildren Emma, Dean, Abbygail, Laura, Dalton, and Quintin (Bingley); her stepdaughter Megan and her stepgrandchildren Lily and Summer; and her long-time friend Larry Kroeker. She will also be missed by her sister Janet. Myrna was a member of the Friendship Force Niagara, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO), and the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO). Cremation has taken place. There will be a Visitation on Sunday, May 27th from 3-5 with a service at 5:00 p.m. followed by refreshments, at Bethany Community Church, 1388 Third St., St. Catharines. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Niagara or Bethany Church Benevolent Fund.

Marjorie Ovenden 1946-2018

Obituary of Marjorie Ovenden

After a tough battle with Kidney Cancer, Marjorie of Fonthill passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 71. Special wife and best friend of Jim for 49 years. Loving and caring mother of Andrew, Phil (Andi), and Amy (Rob) Granacki. Devoted grandmother of Naomi, Hudson, Raistlin and Alistair. Sadly missed by siblings Anne (John) Bebbington and David (Linda) Neff. Predeceased by parents Ron and Gladys Neff, and brother Jim Neff. Also remembered by her niece, nephews, extended family and many friends. Marjorie loved family gatherings, geneology and working with children She was a teacher at the District School Board of Niagara for many years. Thank you to Dr. Levesque; and the doctors, nurses and many volunteers at McNally House Hospice for your extra special care. Friends will be received for visitation at Wainfleet Brethren In Christ Church (corner of Perry Rd. and Hwy 3) on Thursday, January 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the church on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Burial to follow at Zion Cemetery, Wainfleet.

Joyce Montgomery

April 10, 1919-Feb. 25, 2018

Cathy Collins November 8,1944-October 17,2017

Cathy loved the community that she was a key part of, and shared her energy with many community groups including Queen St Baptist Church.  In retirement Cathy found her work at the Child Advocacy Center Niagara particularity rewarding. She was committed to supporting their work with children and youth who are the victims of physical and/or sexual abuse.  In Cathy’s memory, the Center has created a fund that will support a new children’s program that utilizes art therapy as part of the healing process.  Anyone who wishes to learn more about the center can find information at  Donations to “Cathy’s Kids” will be accepted by calling or mailing donations directly with the center.  This fund will be set up later this week to accept donations through the Center’s website.

Claire Cameron     1925-2017

Claire passed away peacefully on September 4, 2017 at the age of 92 at Niagara Gardens in St.Catharines. Claire Cameron was born in Merritton, Ontario in 1925 and was a respected educator and loved by many in the Niagara area. Claire began her thirty-seven year career as an elementary school teacher in 1943 with the Lincoln County Board of Education, teaching mostly at Virgil Public School and Port Weller Public School, before retiring in 1980. Claire was an active member of the Elm Street United Church in Merritton and enjoyed her walks around town. Claire loved to travel the world with her close friend Lois Eplett (2015) and visited many places like the United Kingdom, Spain, Florida and Hawaii. Family was very important to Claire, always spending Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving holidays with her brother John (Bud) and his family in Brampton. Claire will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family; her sister-in-law Colleen – Leslie Turner – Cameron of Brampton, her niece Helen Cheryl Cameron (Stephen Smith) of Ajax and her nephew David Allan Cameron (Dr. Jeff Kemp) of Guelph. Claire will be eternally reunited with her mother Bessie Bradley Cameron (1956) and father David Allan Cameron (1960) and also with her brother John Maxwell Cameron (2005). She is also survived by her Godson Glen Woodhouse. Friends will be received at the BOCCHINFUSO FUNERAL HOME, 2 Regent Street, Thorold, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 7, 2017, followed by a Funeral Service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. The family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the staff of Niagara Gardens for the amazing care that Claire received while living there. 

Barbara Mekbeb

Mekbeb, Barbara ~ Passed away suddenly on Friday,September 22, 2017 at the age of seventy- seven.

Barbara Cynthia Mekbeb (nee Willshire), dear mother of Krystyn, and Andrew (Christine), of St. Catharines, Ontario, loving grandma of Carmela and Lia Mekbeb, dear friend of Belay Mekbeb. Predeceased by her mother Maxine Franklin and a sister Elaine. Barbara’s family wish to thank the staff of Niagara Gardens for their care. She was employed by the DSBN as a teacher for thirty-five years. Barbara was involved the Niagara Folk Arts, and a member of St. George’s Anglican Church where she also volunteered. Visitation will be held at Patrick J. Darte Funeral Chapel, 39 Court Street, St. Catharines (905-685-6584) on Thursday, September 28, 20178 from 5pm to 8pm. A Funeral Service will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, 83 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-682-9232) on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2pm. Memorial donations to either the Ontario Diabetes Society or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.

Kathleen Fritz- February 24, 1916-July 19, 2017

Following graduation from Listowel High School, Kathleen tried a couple of occupations, but neither appealed as a lifetime endeavour and so following her mother’s suggestion she enrolled in Stratford Normal school. For her first teaching assignment, Kathleen taught mostly Amish children in a rural school near Milverton. She was paid $600.00 for the year and for the second year, $700.00. Here is one vivid memory from those early days. “One of the girls came to my school with what was whooping cough. I had to tell her that she could not attend class. When her baby sister dies of it, the couple with whom I boarded took me to the home to pay our respects. As we drove in the lane, we saw the grandfather making the coffin. It was so difficult to meet the parents and see their beautiful little lying on a table.” As her career progress, Kathleen acquired additional qualifications in Kindergarten- Primary, Speech, and university level courses. She even qualified as a radio broadcaster at Queen’s University, which she found to be so useful in English classes and speaking. And then too, she studied Bible courses at McMaster, useful also for the then prescribed course of study in Grade Eight. Her career has taken her to many different places and situation. In the Stratford area, Kathleen was hired to teach children with learning difficulties, where she also did IQ testing in the elementary schools. After the class class was disbanded she went to Ann Hathaway School for 3 years. After this she taught in Leaside for 8 years. Then Kathleen was married and she and her husband moved to St, Catharines, where she taught for 21 years in different schools before retiring in 1972. While summing up her teaching career, Kathleen points out that her thirty-five years of teaching, provided experiences in all grades, from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in a Senior School, She states I was fortunate to have special music supervisors in all my years and most principals who were great leaders. Did she have any famous or special students who stood out? Kathleen states, “I like all children and all were special.”  And what of Kathleen’s outside interests, beyond teaching? She worked as a volunteer, including with the Red Cross at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and Meals-on-Wheels. She enjoys Community Concerts, is an active member of the United Church and visited the elderly. Asked for what advice she would give to teachers just starting out in the profession today, Kathleen states “Respect-that starts with self-respect.” FRITZ, Kathleen – Kathleen Fritz (nee Beacom) of Brooklin, Ontario formerly of St. Catharines, passed away peacefully at Deer Run Retirement Home, Claremont on July 19th, 2017. Kathleen enjoyed a 35 year teaching career, the last 22 years in the St. Catharines area. Born in Mount Forest on February 24, 1916 Kay was in her 102nd year. She was the beloved wife of the late Elgin Fritz who predeceased her in 1988. She will be sadly missed by her niece Hope Fennell and husband Ron, their children Maeghan & Mike Rohwer and daughter Ava, and John & Christie Fennell and son Carter. Kathleen will be remembered by her nephews and nieces Gardiner (Joan) Beacom, Janet (Glen) Smyth, Betty (Paul) Thornton and Kirk (Delilah) Beacom. She is predeceased by her nephew Karl Beacom but will be fondly remembered by his wife Jackie and their children. Kathleen is predeceased by her parents Dr. George and Minnie Beacom as well as brothers Jack, Roy and Bill. A memorial Celebration of Life service will be held at the Court at Brooklin, 5909 Anderson Street N. Brooklin on Saturday, July 29th at 3:00 p.m. where Kathleen lived for the last 14 years. Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting What does the Lord require of you: Seek Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 13195926

JOHNSTON, Jean Marilyn (nee Stapleton), U.E. 

December 24, 1936- July 14,2017

Jean was born in Welland, Ontario, and raised in Hamilton. She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Murray, as well as many much-loved nieces and nephews. Jean also leaves dear friends, Joan Martin of Smithville, Rose and Ralph Carty of Hamilton, Anja Jokela of St. Catharines, and Irene and Ken Kadonaga of Cambridge, Ontario, as well as many highly regarded colleagues in the Retired Women Teachers’ Association of St. Catharines. Jean was predeceased by her mother Marietta Stapleton (Clement), father Leslie Stapleton and four older Stapleton brothers, Douglas, John, Lloyd and Bruce. Jean attended Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, graduating from there and then Hamilton Teachers’ College. She taught for 35 years, finishing her career in St. Catharines and, upon retiring, was awarded Honorary Life Membership in the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. While teaching, Jean ran for public office in St. Catharines and was elected as Alderman for Grantham ward for two terms. She served on a number of local boards and commissions, as well as provincially. Jean was a member of the Col. John Butler Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada and was proud of her family’s military service to Canada. Three great grandfathers, Lewis Coles Clement, Adam Crysler, and James Clement fought as Butler’s Rangers in the American War of Independence and James also served in the War of 1812. Jean’s father served in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in the First World War, and her brother Douglas was killed during the Second World War while training to become a fighter pilot. Jean was appreciative of the care she received from Sandra’s Home Health Care and the doctors and nurses at St. Catharines General Hospital. Thanks to all the friends and neighbours who called and visited, and who sent cards, flowers, and messages of support while Jean was in hospital. Special thanks and love to Rebecca Thornborrow and Russell Johnston for their thoughtfulness and caring love. Visitation will be held at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merrittville Hwy, Thorold, (289)650-1730 on Thursday, July 20th from 6:00-9:00 pm, and Friday July 21st from 10:00-11:00 am. A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held in the Pleasantview Chapel on Friday July 21st, 11:00 am, to be followed by interment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens. In accordance with Jean’s wishes cremation has already taken place. In lieu of flowers, please honour Jean’s memory with donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Society of Canada, the CNIB, or The Salvation Army.