Upper Canada East

UCE met at the Cardinal United Church in Cardinal on Friday May 20th, 2022. We were pleased to have Nancy Bell, the Provincial President there when three of our valued members were presented with the Cora Bailey award for their contributions to our branch. (Right Photo)- Colleen Howard, our Treasurer, Sandie Decker, our Insurance Convenor, Nancy Bell P. President, and Lynda Leader, past Secretary. The photo on the left shows the recipients of the gift sharing items. Thanks to the Iroquois, Cardinal group for donating such lovely gifts for this occasion. 


Upper Canada East Branch
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RWTO Upper Canada East continues to Thrive!

Our group is enthusiastic and generous in giving time, talent and monetary gifts to the needs of the community.

2022-2023 Program


The UCE Executive met at Diana McKendry’s house in July and August to discuss future plans during this pandemic. We will be in contact with our members by internet and telephone so we can keep connected during these unprecedented times. A newsletter will follow soon. Stay posted!

Meeting September 2017

Social Time before the meeting

Left-Right: Barb Mackey, Marsha Moulton, Annette Angus, and Rosemary Rutley


Left-Right-Marg Reynolds and Marion DeGray

School Supplies brought in my members to be distributed to House of Lazarus, the Food Community Sharing and Naomi Family Resource Centre

UCE’s Children’s Storybook Author, Lynda Leader; holding up her latest book

“The Empty Bird House”

 UCE’s Editor- Bonnie Gaylord; holding her latest book ” Stones of Augusta” Her family homestead was chosen to adorn the cover of this book written by the late Sandra H. Robertson.

 UCE’s Humour Lady, Sharon Richardson, telling her usual funny stories.





Birthday Celebrations

Summer Birthday Gals receiving a carnation.

Left-Right- Marie Stephenson, Joan Casselman-Rutley, Alice Laushway, Beth Conlin, Annette Angus, Barb Mackey, Isabel Hume, Betty Lou Casselman, Bev Comfort, and Joyce Millard, our birthday Convenor.
 Another Birthday Gal, celebrating her summer birthday. Bonnie Adair

Quarter Frenzy

All of these ladies bid on items and won them at our annual Quarter Frenzy
Margret Lelievre, Bev Comfort, Anne Presley, Lynda Leader, Jean Mills and Sandie Decker
.Shirley Alguire, Lynn Gilmour, Sharon Bell, Betty Lou Casselman, and Jane Domanko.
Sharon Richardson, Barb Mackey, Pat Stewart and Eileen Webb
Brenda and Joyce Millard, Marg Reynolds and Rosemary Rutley

150th Celebration


These are the ladies who planned and worked hard

to make this 150th Celebration a very successful event!

Front Row L-R; Brenda Millard, MaryEllen Garlough, Diana McKendry, Wanda Sloan

Back Row L-R; Marion Degray, Betty Lou Casselman, Bonnie Adair, Karen Koivumaki, Lynda Leader, Colleen Howard, and Susan Williams 

Winners of the Gift Sharing; a Flower arrangement donated by Cardinal Flowers of Morrisburg. Playhouse tickets donated from Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg and four 150th Canada pins donated by the Chamber of Commerce also in Morrisburg.

Front Row L-R; Patsy Gillis-Playhouse tickets, Shirley Hodgins-pin, Sandra Shouldice-flower arrangement

Back Row- L-R; Lois Lannin-pin, BettyLou Casselman-pin, Linda Larkin-pin

Cora Bailey Awards

Colleen Howard, Treasurer; Lynda Leader, past Secretary, and Sandie Decker, Insurance Convenor.




Monday, January 24th, 2022 at her home at the Wedgewood Retirement Residence in Brockville, in the company of loved ones, Sandra Shouldice peacefully entered into rest. Survived by Brian, Jack and loving friend Carl. Sandra was predeceased by her parents the late Oliver and the late Phyllis Shouldice, a sister Marsha, and brothers Bob, Duane and Rick. Sandra will be long
remembered for her bright personality, her sense of humour, thirst for knowledge, passion for history and her unmatched ability to share it with humour and flair. Her students remember a master teacher, creative, kind and always creating a fun learning environment. Colleagues remember her professionalism, lively wit, love of teaching and learning, and her ability to mentor and bring out the best in others. Warm thanks to the loving staff of the Assisted Living Floor at the Wedgewood Residence. A Celebration of Sandra’s Life with interment in Blue Church Cemetery 1512 County Road 2 Prescott will take place in the Spring of 2022. Place a donation to Grenville County Historical Society 500 Railway Ave., Box 982 Prescott, ON K0E 1T0 or (613) 925-0489 or the family asks your participation in an online Celebration of Sandra’s Life by contributing a favourite anecdote, joke, experience or special memory you’ve enjoyed with Sandra at www.mackayfuneralhome.com


On Thursday, November 11th, 2021 at the Brockville General Hospital, Candace Alexander entered into rest at the age of 72 years. Candy Alexander beloved wife of the late Gordon Alexander. Dear Step Mother of Danny Alexander and Judy Cooper (Wayne). Cherished Grandmother of Sean, Ryan (Julia), Benjamin (Sherry), Geordie (Michelle), and four Great Grandchildren. Candy is survived by her sister Wendy Loucks (Geoffrey Barry) and was predeceased by a daughter in law Cathy Alexander.

In keeping with Candy’s wishes there will be no visitation, a graveside service and interment will be held in Blue Church Cemetery on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 2 PM. (Masking and Physical Distancing Required). Send flowers, place a donation to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 (Box 700, Prescott, ON K0E1T0, 613-925-2752) or Rotary Brockville (Box 255 Brockville, ON K6V 5V5) or share a special memory of Candy at www.mackayfuneralhome.com

Marian Michalicka
October 7, 1946 – July 29, 2021

Peacefully, Marian Louise (Cooke) Michalicka has gone to be with the light of her life, her husband and best friend, Milan “Jerry” Michalicka, who predeceased her on December 14, 2010. Her heart will heal when she is reunited with him and with her dearly departed family and friends. She was predeceased by her dad (Lorne Edward Cooke, 1993), her mom (Madeline Fossitt, 2005) and the best sister ever (Lorna Jean Barkley, 2000).
Marian’s earthly journey was blessed immeasurably by the sunshine of a mother’s life: a cherished son, Murray; a precious daughter, Myrna; a wonderful daughter-in-law, Patty; a favourite (truly) son-in-law, Jamie; and a ray of love and hope, Grandma’s treasure, Aidan. Her existence would have ended years earlier but for their love and support.

Those blessings included a beloved extended family and their loved ones: her sister by heart, cousin Sharon; in laws Marjorie (late Vlad), Wayne (Bessie), Gary (Vlasta), Pauline along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Friendships forged through her academic career both as a student and a teacher, through hobbies and interests shared with Jerry, as well as through church and community involvement which brightened her life. Too numerous to mention, she hopes that you, as true angels in the garden of life, know who you are.

“To those I loved and those who loved me,
“Miss me …. But let me go”

There will be a private graveside service for the burial of cremated remains. Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. If you are making your donation online or by cheque directly to the charity, please include the following note with your gift “please notify the family”. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

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Passed away peacefully at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, Ottawa on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Gusteva Mary Theresa (Friberg) Welch, at the age of 84 years. Beloved wife of the late George Welch and dear mother of Stephen, Thomas and Patrick Welch. Sadly missed by her three grandchildren Billy, Jerry and Kayla. Sister of Alfred, Claire, Lynn, Allen and Ozzie. Fondly remembered by her good friend Earla Anstes. Gus was predeceased by her parents Gustav and Florence Friberg.
Private arrangements are entrusted with the Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged.

Norma Ruth Davis (Perry)

Norma passed away peacefully at Bayfield Manor, Kemptville
on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the age of 96 years.
Beloved wife of the late Eldon Davis. Loving mother of Beth Vandermeer (Derrick) and the late Gary Davis. Cherished grandma of Tim (Andree), Jacquie and Craig. Predeceased by her brother Wayne Perry and her sister Joyce Calderwood. Special thank you to Dr. Greg Leonard and staff at the Bayfield Manor for their wonderful care and compassion.
A Celebration of Norma’s Life will be held at St. John’s United Church, 400 Prescott Street, Kemptville, on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11 am.
Donations may be made to St. John’s United Church, Kemptville or C.H.E.O.


Entered into rest on Saturday, January 4th, 2020 at the Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus at the age of 87 years. Norma Bowers beloved Wife of Charles S. Bowers. Dear Mother of Craig Bowers (Mary), and Jan Bowers (Susan). Cherished Grandmother of Sarah (Jamie), Eva, Chloe Bowers and Rae Woodhouse. Great Grandmother of Johnny and Abigail. Norma was predeceased by her brother Victor Bartlett, and she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 from 10-10:50 AM at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road Kanata, ON. Funeral Service will follow in the church at 11 AM. A reception to follow in the Church Hall. Interment in the Spring at Prescott Cemetery 975 Edward St. Prescott, ON. Send flowers, place a donation to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road Kanata, ON K2L 4W1 or share a special memory of Norma at www.mackayfuneralhome.com

Margaret Reynolds

Peacefully with her family by her side at the Cornwall Community Hospital, McConnell Site, on Sunday, December 30, 2018, Margaret Reynolds (nee Woodrow) of Morrisburg, age 85. Beloved wife of the late Allard Reynolds. Loving mother of Rob Reynolds (Wanda) of Morrisburg and Jeff Reynolds of Morrisburg. Margaret will be fondly remembered by her granddaughters Bret and Drew Reynolds. Dear sister of Marie Schandlan (late Walter) of Orillia, Jean Horne (Howard) of Hawkestone, Donald Woodrow (Carolyn) of Coldwater and Alice Robinson (late Bruce) of Orillia. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Funeral Arrangements

A Memorial Service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Morrisburg on Sunday, January 13th at 2 p.m. A luncheon will follow in the Church hall. Donations to the Presbyterian Church Women’s Missionary Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. If you are making your donation online or by cheque directly to the charity, please include the following note with your gift “please notify the family”. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

Spring Interment of Cremated Remains
Hobart Cemetery

Poole, Ina Marie (Crump) (nee Brownell)

September 27, 1934 – October 20, 2018

Ina Marie Brownell grew up on a farm south of Finch with her parents Charles Brownell and Maud Eligh and her older siblings Keith, Lila, Boyd, and Neil.
She began her 37-year teaching career, just out of high school herself, at Riverside School with one room and eight grades. Following a few years at Finch Public School, she taught at Morewood Public School until her retirement.
Education was important to her. She completed a B.A. while teaching full time and contributing to farm life with her first husband, Carl Crump. She later pursued an M.Ed. She was a natural, lifelong teacher who loved children. Teaching English to her Schmid and von Kaenel next-door neighbours, and helping their children with homework, gave her pleasure and purpose and an extended family whose activities, growth, and development she followed with interest.
Having inherited artistic genes, her love of painting and drawing continued throughout her life. Early experimentation with colour in rugs and quilts with her mother found later expression in oils, watercolours, chalk pastel portraits of her grandchildren and great grandchild, landscape paintings at her cottage at Mink Lake, and most recently in artwork at Longfields Manor.
She was an active lifelong member of Morewood United Church, and Christ Church United in later years. The church was central to her life and sense of community. She cherished the friendships and purpose it brought her, and she was forever giving back by visiting community members at home, in hospitals, and in nursing homes.
Her interests brought her to horticultural judging, Historical Society events, bridge, and choir. She knew many in her community and liked to share what they were up to – and we all heard about it every time we visited.
She was keen to travel, an interest that was affected, but not thwarted, by the physical limitations of Parkinson’s disease in later years. She was never afraid to wield those walking sticks to get her where she wanted to be.
Ina was proud of her family. She was a treasured companion in their later years to her second husband Victor Poole. She was Mom to Lorna and Judy, mother-in-law to Andy and Catherine, Gram to Bryan and Colleen, grandmother-in-law to Patrick, GGMama to Saoirse. She was Canadian Mom to Anita, Joe, Pete, and Inge, and Canadian Grandma to Wayne, Leslie, Roy, Olivia, and Roxane.
She loved a good sunset, red licorice, euchre, a glass of sherry (or wine, or maybe a half pint), Andy’s coffee, getting her hair done weekly, her view of the farm fields, the flowers and birds in her garden, her grandchildren, and reading Jelly Belly over and over while Saoirse ate all her chips.
One of her students aptly exclaimed in her early teaching years, “If you weren’t so old, you’d be fun to play with!” Well, Mom, Gram, GGMama, you were fun to the end.
Friends and family are invited to an informal gathering in her honour to share memories at the Chesterville Legion on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Donations to the Dundas County Hospice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

Evelyn Workman (Code)

July 21,1945 -May 6, 2018

Peacefully at home on Sunday, May 6, 2018, Evelyn Workman (nee Code) of Spencerville, age 72. Loving wife of Garth Workman. Loving mother of David McNeely of Havelock and Jane McNeely of Jasper. Dear stepmother of Darryl Workman (Sherry) of Athens, Derrick Workman (Angie) of Shanly and Chrystal Workman of Spencerville. Dear sister of Edna Ruttle of Almonte, Elsie Bennett of Franktown, Allan Code of Carleton Place, Vera Deugo of Ottawa, Mary Johnston of Manotick and Lloyd Code of Carleton Place. Evelyn will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Tom, Ali, Levi,
Melissa, Katrina, Jordana, Jennifer, Destiny, Erica and John Carter. Predeceased by her sister Anna Avery and her brothers Stanley, Billy, Fred, and Gordon Code. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Arrangements

Friends may call at the Spencerville United Church on Wednesday, May 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the Church on Thursday, May 10th at 11 a.m. Donations to Spencerville United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

 Dolores Christine Prosser Morris

Peacefully at Winchester Hospital on Saturday, October 7, 2017 Dolores Christine Prosser Morris of Mariatown. She was born in the house where she was currently living in Mariatown. In her younger years “Do” went to S.S. #1 school in Mariatown and later high school in Morrisburg, participating in many school activities. Dolores graduated from the Brockville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. She and a friend (Carol Ann) worked in Medicine Hat, AB for a few years. Later she boarded with her Aunt Joyce, Uncle Bob, Cousin Mike and worked at the Montreal General Hospital specializing in open heart surgery. Then she graduated from Western University in London with her B.S.N. She taught nursing at the Brockville General Hospital until her marriage on March 13, 1971 to John Morris at Lakeshore Drive United Church, Morrisburg. She was then hired by John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC. where she taught nursing. In her last few years before retirement she taught Psychiatric Nursing at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal for the John Abbott College. Upon her retirement as a nursing professor, after fully enjoying her career, “Do” travelled and also spent many satisfying hours gardening. She was a very active member in her church, taking on numerous roles. The Bazaar there on Saturday, October 28 will not be the same without her present. She liked to spend time in her kitchen making jams, jellies and pickles. What friend didn’t receive her traditionally made chocolate goodies? She was also a member of the Morrisburg Legion Ladies Auxiliary and was a beloved comrade.

Cherished sister of Cheryl Miller of Long Sault. Dearly loved by nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Phyllis and Ralph Prosser, devoted husband John Morris, cherished friend and long-time companion, Charles Reid, and brother-in-law Chuck Miller.

Funeral Arrangements

The memorial service will be held at Lakeshore Drive United Church on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown. Memorial donations to Lakeshore Drive United Church or Legion Branch #48 Ladies Auxiliary gratefully acknowledged. Parker Funeral Home (613 543-2271) entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com

MELLAN, Freda J. (Nee Davidson)

Peacefully at the Garden Villa on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Freda Mellan in her 101st year, of Cardinal and formerly of Hulbert. Beloved wife of the late Howard Mellan (1997). Only child of the late John and Mabel (Jackson) Davidson. Cherished aunt of Christine, John, Archie, Maxine, Elaine, Willa, Donna, the late Donald and Murray Mellan and many great-nieces and nephews. Freda will rest at the Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church Street, South Mountain (613-989-3836) on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 12 noon. Interment Sprucehaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hulbert Valley United Church or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Online condolences may be made at

Published on August 29, 2017


On Saturday August 26th, 2017 at her home in Prescott, Marion Laton entered to rest in her 87th year. Marion Laton beloved wife of the late Bob Laton. Dear Mother of Chris (Marilyn), Cheryl Bernier (Paul) and Brent (Janet). She was the Cherished Grandmother of Shane, Chad, Jonathan, Jordan, Maggie and Kate. Marion is survived by her siblings Donald Stafford (the late Bette), Lawrence Stafford (Faye), Susan Stafford (the late Robert) and by her sister in-law Kathleen Stafford and brother in-law Maurice Young. She is survived by Bob’s sister Kaye Newton and brother Alex Laton. Marion was predeceased by her parents Edward and Violet Stafford (nee Trudeau), by siblings Mae Young, Elmer Stafford, Herbert Stafford, Wilfred Stafford (Ann), Edith Tanner (Elwood), Robert Stafford and by a nephew Michael Stafford and Bob’s Siblings Mary Collins (Leo), Joseph Laton (Dorothy), Elizabeth Collins (Gerald), Estella Boulton (Richard), Charles Laton, Pauline Ketcheson (Douglas), Gerard Laton and brother in-law Ted Newton. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mark Catholic Church 160 Dibble St. West Prescott on Thursday August 31st, 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in St. Mark Catholic Cemetery Development Drive. In lieu of flowers, light a memorial candle, place a donation to the B.D.H.F. (Palliative Care), the Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Mark Catholic Church or share a special memory of Marion at www.mackayfuneralhome.com

Ruth Algire

 At the Brockville General Hospital on Thursday, August 24, 2017, Ruth Algire (nee Kennedy) of Brockville, formerly of Williamsburg, age 93.  Beloved wife of the late Clair Algire.  Loving mother of Jim Algire (Jane) of Williamsburg and Ann Chick (Bob) of Maitland.  Dear sister of Grace Longfield of Brampton, Elizabeth Marsh (Neville D’Eça) of Toronto and Frances Beames (Chris) of Morin Heights.  Ruth will be fondly remembered by 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Predeceased by her brothers Russell and Kingsley Kennedy.  Much loved by many nieces and nephews.

 Funeral Arrangements

 Friends may call at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Saturday, October 14th from 10 a.m. until time of the memorial service at 11 a.m.  Donations to New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg or the Brockville General Hospital Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.


Marion Gilmer

June 25, 1921 – December 13, 2016

Peacefully on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 95 years. Loving wife of 69 years to Dwight Gilmer who predeceased her in 2015. Loving mother of Richard (Debbie), Rodney, Carole Marriner, Reg (Charlene) and Anita (Greg Stubbings). Survived by her 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and her sister Shirley MacIntyre. Predeceased by her son-in-law Randy Marriner, her brother Frank Shaver and her in-laws Harry and Percy Gilmer, Della Hunter, Annie Adams and Irene Conley. Marion spent her first 65 years near South Mountain; her childhood on a farm west of town and her married life just south of town in Pleasant Valley. She enjoyed a successful teaching career in several Dundas county schools, following the educational transformation from one room school houses to the centralized Nationview School from which she retired in 1977. During this time she supported Dwight’s expanding farming career while juggling her family and community obligations. In 1985 they moved to Iroquois where she embraced the town life taking up new hobbies including bridge, golf, reading for pleasure, boating (reluctantly) and watching the ships go by. Marion and Dwight enjoyed traveling which took them to Cuba, Alaska, Europe, Panama, New Zealand, Australia and many times across Canada. She volunteered in church and community, and was always there to care for her children and grandchildren and cuddle her great grandchildren. Marion’s final 2 1/2 years were spent very contently at the Hartford Retirement home in Morrisburg where she could be found most days working on her word puzzles. The family thank Dr. Rivington, the caring staff at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, The Hartford Retirement Home and the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre for the wonderful care provided to Marion during her final years.
Funeral Arrangements
Friends may call at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home Iroquois, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Iroquois United Church on Saturday, December 17 at 11a.m. Donations to the Winchester Hospital or J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.
Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston, ON.

BURRELL, Patricia Gail

BURRELL, Patricia Gail – Suddenly on Friday, June 20, 2014. Gail Burrell (nee Summers) of Cardinal in her 76th year. Dearly beloved wife of Charles Burrell. Loving mother of Diane of Cardinal, Andrew (Donna) of Morrisburg and Timothy (Cynthia) of Iroquois. Dear sister of Cleo (John) Scarbino of Stittsville, Gordon (Sue) of Simcoe, Dean (Jill) of Iroquois, Arlene (Wayne) Anderson of Broomal, PA and Anne (Dave) Ellis of Vernon, BC. Cherished grandmother of Brandon, Nick, Amanda, Mindy and Isabell. Predeceased by her parents Ollie and Eva Summers and by her brothers Glenn and John. Sadly missed by many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service in Gail’s honour will be held at St. John’s United Church in Cardinal on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 11am. Donations to St. John’s United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Arrangements are entrusted to the MARSDEN MCLAUGHLIN FUNERAL HOME CARDINAL. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

Published on June 24, 2014