Windsor-Essex Branch News

My Dear Members,

Not everything is cancelled…sunshine is not cancelled…spring is not cancelled… love is not cancelled…relationships are not cancelled…reading is not cancelled…naps are not cancelled…devotion is not cancelled…music is not cancelled…dancing is not cancelled…imagination is not cancelled…kindness is not cancelled…conversations are not cancelled…HOPE is not cancelled!

“ Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships.”

I am very grateful for all of the incredible conversations  with you, our members, throughout the month of May. I truly appreciate the shared thoughts and feelings, experiences and  laughter . Our connections have inspired and  warmed my heart.There is no doubt that we are a strong, smart and resilient group of women. We are alive to one another’s struggles and in taking one day at a time we move forward to a new tomorrow. Thank YOU for your support and friendship.

A little ingenuity can help make everyone more physically and mentally connected, comfortable and motivated while staying safe at home. Many have welcomed the change and slowed down their lives to face the challenges of today.  Some of you are baking like never before, some are meditating, some are learning new hobbies, taking quiet moments for reflection, doing yoga, golfing, -organizing, connecting with old friends, gardening, and walking.

Everyone is focused on taking care of mind, body and soul.

Thinking of you…Caring about you… wishing you strength and joy.

“May every sunrise bring you hope. May every sunset bring you peace.”

In Caring and Sharing

Linda White

Windsor-Essex RWTO President

Windsor-Essex Board 2019-2020

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Honorary PresidentJanice Murphy
Past PresidentArlene Veitch519-735-0306
PresidentLinda White519-969-7345
First Vice- PresidentPatricia Wales
Second Vice-President
Recording SecretaryDeirdre Palamides
Treasurer Karen Clark-Lauzon
Insurance ConvenorMarilyn Harvey519-944-3481


Membership ConvenorArlene Veitch519-735-0306
Issues and Concerns ConvenorRuth Molzan
Goodwill ConvenorVal Luscott519-839-5128
Goodwill CommitteeShirley Dicker 519-839-4666
Pat Desmarais519-735-2314
ArchivistTrep (Rose Ann) Marentette 519-727-5648
Newsletter Convenor
Website ConvenorKathy Gallagher519-984-5963 ( text or call)
Social ConvenorLowanna Closs519-735-0403
Social CommitteeDebbie Powell
Genny Rudzinski
Gayle Broad519-984-9477
Anna Campigotto
Deirdre Palamides
Rosemary Kyryliuk
Assistant Social Gayle Broad 519-984-9477





LUNCHES IN 2020: @ 12:30


Thursday March 5th

Tabouli By Eddy’s – 1614 Lesperance Rd. Unit 5 Tecumseh

Thursday April 2nd

Nicco’s Taverna – 501 Erie St. E.


Tuesday Feb. 11th 5:30 pm Valentine’s Celebration

Mandarin Buffet Restaurant  – 3100 Howard Ave, Windsor, ON N8X 3Y4

Thursday Mar. 12th 5:30 pm St. Paddy’s Gathering – O’Maggio’s Kildare House, – 1880 Wyandotte E.


( Click the link below and check the Newsletter for details)

Winter Newsletter

When Tuesday December 3, 2019

Social Hour 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Lunch 12:00 Noon

Where – Ciociaro Club 3745 N. Talbot Rd., Oldcastle

Cost – $32.00

Entertainment Nil-A-Nova Band

Annual Fall Luncheon

When: Tues., September 24, 2019, 11am – 3pm
Where: St. John’s Parish Hall, Woodslee (map)
Description: Fall Luncheon Tues. Sept. 24th 11 am Fall Luncheon — St. John’s Parish Hall, Woodslee


When: Thurs., August 1,

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Where: Armando’s (3202 Walker Rd., Windsor) (map)
Description: Join Us For Lunch 12:30 pm Armando’s (3202 Walker Rd., Windsor)


When: Thurs., July 4, 11am – 2pm
Where: Kelseys Original Roadhouse, 4115 Walker Rd, Windsor, ON N8W 3T6, Canada (map)
Description: Join Us for Lunch 12:30 pm Kelseys (4115 Walker Rd., Windsor)

RWTO Convention 2019

When: Jun 4 – 6, 2019
Where: St.Catharines
The Holiday Inn and Suites- Parkway Conference Centre
327 Ontario St., St. Catharines

80+ Tea 2019

When: Mon, June 17, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Seasons Royal Oak Village, 2400 Sandwich W Pkwy, LaSalle, ON N9H 2S8, Canada (map)

When: Thursday, March 14,2019

Time:  5:30 pm

Place: Thompson House (5370 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor)

Please arrive adorned in green.



RSVP required…… Spago requires the numbers attending because of seating arrangements in the restaurant

Click on the link below and please fill in the form

Halloween Themed Dinner

When: October 29, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Cramdon’s 2950 Dougall Avenue, Windsor
Wear a costume if you dare!!! (map)

For the fillable luncheon form click on the link below:

RWTO Windsor-Essex Spring Luncheon 2018 Form

Day Trip:

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

RWTO Windsor-Essex Spring Newsletter 2018

 Blyth Festival & Bayfield Trip

Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018


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

Blyth Festival Flyer

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

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

Sandra Menard Exhibition

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RWTO/OERO Windsor-Essex

Membership and Privacy Legislation Authorization Form

This is a fillable form which allows you to type in your information when opened in Adobe Reader. After filling in the information mail your cheque and form to:

Karen Calrk-Lauzon

266 Ramblewood Dr.

LaSalle ON N9J 3B3



Important Information For Members

There has been a change of address to the claim form.
The new address is;
P O Box 670 Stn,Waterloo
 Waterloo, N2J 4B8.

                      Tax Receipts for Hospital and Home Care Plan 

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

Click here to see a Comparison of RTO-ERO Insurance Plans 


RWTO/OERO’s Hospital & Home Care Plan.



For More Information Contact
Marilyn Harvey 

 Windsor – Essex RWTO/OERO Insurance Convenor

Summer Newsletter 2020

Click on the link below to download the RWTO Windsor-Essex Membership Form

Windsor-Essex Membership Form

You can fill in the form one of two ways.

  • download the file and print in the information
  • open the file and type in your information

Note: No matter which way you fill it in you will still need to send the form and your cheque to:

RWTO Windsor-Essex Branch

Karen Clark-Lauzon

266 Ramblewood Dr.

LaSalle, Ontario N9J 3B3

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Windsor-Essex  Area 3

Arlene Veitch

Pat Mulvey on the left, Arlene Veitch centre, Linda White on the right

 After putting her hand up at an RWTO luncheon over 6 years ago, because as she said to me then “they need our help”, Arlene became second vice-president and threw herself headlong into just about every RWTO activity. One of the first events she became very involved with was the luncheon. She visited different venues personally to ensure that the choice was “just right”, she tried different menus (one of the perks of the job), she hopped in her car to go to Costco or Colasanti’s to purchase beautiful flowers for our centrepieces, bought sweet treats to scatter on the tables, and even scouted out new speakers and entertainers. Certainly, all that check, check and double-checking paid off! During our Windsor convention, Rally by the River, Arlene was here, there and everywhere. Her love of hosting, even 200+ of her closest friends, didn’t phase her.  She especially loved making the venue look beautiful for our guests. Arlene purchased the whiteboard, the mirrors, and beautiful vases used not only at our convention, but subsequently at our many luncheons. And it was her idea to make these items available for our members to borrow. So thorough and thoughtful! Well done, Ms. Check Check Double-Check, it was a beautiful convention! As President, Arlene directed many valuable updates for our branch. She updated every aspect of our membership list, even calling many members personally to ensure that all their information was correct. This will help our branch to stay current and keep in touch with our members. In addition, Arlene oversaw the revision of our memorial service and our library book donations honouring, in a respectful and relevant way, our deceased members. Arlene worked diligently on the newsletter and helped streamline its format. To save our branch costly postage, she tried and succeeded to get many more members to receive their newsletter online. Also, she served with others on the initiative committee attempting to involve our members in new and interesting activities. Finally, she spearheaded new initiatives to help the broader community such as working with the gleaners in Leamington and collecting knickers for Haiti. Excellent effort, Ms.Check Check Double-Check!I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how Arlene spiced up our executive meetings with treats like flavoured coffee, homemade scones and tiny gifts of special pencils, and of course, chocolate goodies. Always so thorough, so thoughtful. And yet, after every luncheon and many meetings, Arlene sent special thank-you notes to each member who contributed in any way.

Well, today it is our turn to thank and to acknowledge you, Ms. Check Check Double Check, as an exceptional executive member, past president and a wonderful friend by honouring you with the Cora Bailey Award.  It is so deserved!  Your daughter’s wedding is over as is your presidency. Time to relax. No need to check, check, double check anymore…. But who am I kidding… of course you will!

Patricia Mulvey

Pat Mulvey on the left receiving the Cora Bailey Award from Lowanna Closs

 When an RWTO /OERO member is also an inspiring role model, it makes us ALL proud.  When that member is Pat Mulvey, it makes ME extremely proud to announce her as the recipient of the Cora Bailey Award. My sister-in-law, Pat, was a true powerhouse throughout her extensive teaching career.  As Department Head of English for most of that career, she implemented great organizational skills, which she injected into her role as recording secretary for this RWTO branch. During our Executive meetings, Pat’s fingers literally flew over her keyboard as she intuitively formulated our thoughts into concise, clear reports. Before the night was over, every executive member had a polished copy of those minutes. Pat methodically edited each Newsletter as well as other written communication and correspondence that was forwarded to our membership. During the 2016 RWTO/ OERO Convention that our local branch hosted at Caesars Windsor, Pat’s positive creativity was a valuable asset to The Decorating Committee in a myriad of ways. She has always made it a point to arrive at each of the many branch functions exceptionally early. She would help in any way possible to prep the room before the guests arrived. With her winning smile and compassionate disposition, Pat became a visitation buddy to some of our members who appreciated her friendly in home visits and lunch outings.  Pat loved being another kind of buddy… a book buddy to younger grade school students. She tutored all ages in English and in French. A woman of deep faith, Pat has always demonstrated prominent involvement in her church community of Ste. Anne’s Parish. She continues in her role as lector, as well as being a productive member of their Fund Raising Campaign for the renovations to the church and contributes her time and expertise as part of their Bereavement Team. Pat is well grounded in what is truly important in life.  She values and welcomes the opportunity now to spend more time with family and in a variety of other interests. Grandchildren Gavin and Finn reside at the top of that list!  Our motto of “Caring and Sharing” is exemplified by Pat Mulvey, who I am honoured to recognize with The Cora Bailey Award.

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Congratulations to one of our own Mary Ann Mulhern.

We are so proud of you.

Previous Cora Bailey Winners

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

Annette Bezaire

Vivian La Croix

Chris Pastorius

Nancy MacDonald

Carol Petryshyn

Mary Lou Killen

Kathy Gallagher

Ethel Allison

Gayle Broad

Genny Rudzinski

Janice Murphy

Jo-Anne Duffy

Karen Clark-Lauzon

Karen Smith

Linda White

Lowanna Closs

Mary Jane Finn

Valerie Lefebvre

Valerie Luscott


Windsor-Essex Caring And Sharing

Hearts Together for Haiti 20th Gala

Saturday, February 8th, 2020

Sharing a story of charitable work being done by the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario


  ‘Knickers for Haiti’ is an idea that the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario embraced as a way to keep on giving even though we are retired.  Our motto is “Caring and Sharing” and we go about our charity work quietly and in small ways, usually focusing on the needs in our local community, which as you know are great.

But we became aware of the reality facing Haiti by one of our retired teachers, Marcia Spratt.  It is the poorest country in our western hemisphere facing hardship each day whether it be lack of clean drinking water, or living with the violent protests against corruption … or hurricane weather and earthquakes.

It is overwhelming when you stop and think about it.  At this fundraising event tonight, each of us in our own way are reaching out to a small corner in northern Haiti, the village of Deppe, where 99% of donations made will reach the 1800 villagers, one of the poorest communities in the nation.  It is amazing to realize that through your generosity during the past 20 years there is now an orphanage, a medical clinic, health and education programs plus many children are being sponsored to attend Heart Together for Haiti’s School of Hope.

When I asked Marcia how our group could help, aside from the big almost insurmountable problems, she helped us realize that all the people living in Deppe are lacking BASIC life necessities.  When she said that new clean underwear could really make a big difference, it raised my eyebrows. Here in Windsor-Essex clean and new underwear are easily accessible.  We have nearby stores and access to washing machines.

But as Marcia pointed out, in Deppe, clean new underwear is critical for a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing improving hygiene, comfort, and a sense of dignity.  Most importantly underwear is a preventative measure against microbes and bacteria that cause dangerous infections.

Our hearts especially went out to the children who routinely sit naked on the ground making them susceptible to getting parasites.  So our 250 members managed to raise a $530.00 cash donation and enough knickers for all the families who live in the village.

Wisdom tells us that when we do small things, especially in love and compassion we will make a big difference.  So on behalf of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario we thank you for joining us in your own personal acts of kindness and generosity – no matter how big or small.


Forget Me Nots Committee

Arlene Veitch is preparing the Christmas gifts for the volunteer members to bring to our retired teachers in Long Term Care Homes.Thank you to the volunteers for taking the time to do this.

Two of our Forget Me Not members that were recently visited by Arlene.( Irene Di Domenico and Irja Ross )


 There will be 46 Christmas Cards available to be signed at the Christmas Luncheon. These cards go out to our 90+ members, shut-ins, those living in retirement homes and out of area, as well as our Honorary Presidents. I know the ladies enjoy and appreciate getting them. As always, please e-mail me at or phone me at (519) 839-4666 whenever you know of a member who could use a Get Well, Thinking of You or Sympathy Card. Thanks, Shirley Dicker (The Goodwill Card Lady) 


Apr. 19th, 2018 — 8 am

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

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

A Book of My Own

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


Mary Mason

Mary was a lifelong resident of St. Clair Beach. A woman truly devoted to her faith and active in her community. Mary was devoted to the daily rosary and had a great admiration for Father Solanus. Our dear mom was a founding member of St. Gregory the Great Church, now known as Good Shepherd Parish, a lifelong member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Catholic Women’s League, a Eucharistic Minister who at one time prided herself on visiting many nursing homes and hospitals. Mom was an active member of RTO and RWTO Teachers Association and the Kidney Foundation. Mom was a retired teacher from the Essex County Catholic School Board, where most of her 35 plus years were at St. Gregory School. While there, mom was known as ‘Mrs. Grammar.’ Mom truly loved her teaching career and students.
Mom left an amazing legacy of compassion, thoughtfulness and caring in her card sending. She was and will always be remembered as the world’s greatest card sender.

 Visitation Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm with CWL prayers at 4:00pm and Parish Prayers at 7:30pm at Families First 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor 519-969-5841. Funeral of Christian Burial on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00am at Good Shepherd Parish (462 Advance Blvd). Interment to follow at Victoria Memorial Gardens 

Click here for the full obituary.

Click here for the thank you card from Mary’s family in the Windsor Star March 28,2020

Frances E. ORTON

Chose to peacefully pass in her home on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the age of 84, surrounded by her most precious family and friends. Beloved wife of the late Jack Orton (1978).
Adored mother of Ruth Orton and her fiance Mark Currie and cherished Nana of Alex Orton-Meunier. Dearest sister of late Tom Warner (late Betty), late Jack Warner (late Gladys) and late Harry Warner (late Marian) and aunt of many nieces and nephews. Fran was a graduate of London Teacher’s College and taught for 32 years retiring from Gosfield North Public School in 1995. In retirement, she enjoyed swimming with her friends at the Essex Recreation Complex and birding at Point Pelee National Park.
She will be forever loved and remembered. In following Fran’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

Family and friends will be received for visitation at Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 11 a.m. until time of Funeral Service to celebrate Fran’s life at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations made to the Arthritis Society would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their memories online at

Published on February 19, 2020

MCCANN, L. Colleen

(nee Callery)
Passed away, surrounded by her family, on July 24, 2019 at the age of 80 years. Adored wife of Andy for 59 years. Loving mother of Chris McCann and partner Trish Martin, Kelly Panecaldo and husband Tony. Proud Grandma of Andrew, Matthew, Victoria, and Nicholas. Will be sadly missed by in-laws Jo, Roy (Violet). Predeceased by her siblings Gwen, Patricia (Bill), Jay (Betty), Tom, Germaine (Don), and Pat (Ron). Survived by many nieces and nephews. She had a great circle of friends including the Hob-Nob group, and her card friends. Colleen was an educator at primary schools for many years and loved to instill her passion for reading into her students. ‘Book of My Own’ was a cause that she was committed to, which is a literacy campaign providing new books to disadvantaged children through various service agencies.

Visiting Friday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
 Families First 
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.
On Saturday, visiting will continue at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (4401 Mount Royal) from 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery (Maidstone). Share memories, photos or make a donation at

LEWIS, Edithe Katherine (nee McGeachy)

September 6,1922-April 25,2019

Edithe, our mother, passed away April 25, 2019 surrounded by close family. Edithe was born in Chatham, ON September 6, 1922 daughter of John and Agnes (Wilson) McGeachy. Beloved wife of Alexander Jr Lewis for 65 years, Loving mother of Bonnie Eileen (d. 2015) (Paul) Carter, Rebecca Ashworth, Doug (Susan) Lewis, Brian (Kelly) Lewis; Cherished Grandmother of Melissa, Sean, Rene, Annie, Meagan, Victoria (Tori), Carson, Hayley; Proud Great- Grandmother of Dannika, Joshua, Emilee, and Max. Sister of Neil McGeachy (d. 2003) (Jane), and aunt to their three children Lynn, Scott, and Susan and their families. Sister-in- law of the late Jack Lewis (d. 2014) (Margaret d. 2016) and aunt to their four children Brad (Eva), Kim (Helen), Mary Beth (Ed), Tom (Terri), and sister-in-law of the late Mary Elizabeth Lewis (d. 1999). Edithe was a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto (1943), and received an M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1947. She taught at Kingsville High School, Mount Royal College (Calgary, AB), and Chatham Collegiate as well as Bathurst Heights Collegiate. Later she taught French at Kingsville Public School. An active member of Epworth United Church, lifetime member of the Epworth UCW, and a member of the Stephen Ministry. The Lewis Family will receive family and friends at the Kendrick Funeral Home in Kingsville on Sunday, April 28, 2019 with visitation from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m., with a service of celebration starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Epworth United Church, Kingsville. Interment to follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Kingsville.

If desired, Edithe’s memory may be honoured via donations to Victoria University, 150 Charles St W, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1K9 or Epworth United Church Memorial Fund.

Online messages of condolence can be left at

BRACKELL, Margaret

(nee VanBelle)

Passed away peacefully with her loving husband Howard and sister-in-law Vicky by her side on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the age of 78 years. Margaret was married to Howard for almost 57 years. She also leaves behind her brother Archie and wife Vicky VanBelle and in-laws Elizabeth VanBelle, Doug Brackell and Bradley (Dorothy) Brackell. She was predeceased by her parents Victor and Mary VanBelle, her brother Aimy VanBelle and sister-in-law Linda McKenzie. She will also be remembered and missed by her many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. more than 32 years of service, Margaret retired from teaching in 1991. In retirement, she enjoyed birding, swimming and gardening She looked forward to any time with her friends from swimming and the breakfasts with her retired teaching friends that she met throughout her career. For 36 years, she loved her summers spent with Howard and family at their cottage on Lake Nippissing where she caught many fish and walked many trails. She was also a faithful member of Trinity Anglican Church in Cottam. In following Margaret’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex from 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Trinity Anglican Church, 235 County Road 34 West, Cottam at 11:00 am. Officiated by Rev. Chris Brouillard-Coyle and Pastor Dusan Tillinger. Memorial Donations made to Trinity Anglican Church,

 PROULX, Jeanne Marie

May 19, 1931- April 7, 2019

Passed away peacefully at the age of 87. Predeceased by her parents George and Augustine Proulx and her brother Roland (the late Dorothy). Loving sister of Marcella Proulx and Robert (the late Irene). Will be remembered by her cherished and devoted nieces and nephews; Michelle Jones (the late Dale), Anita Proulx, Paul Proulx (Kim), Mary Ellen Renaud (Ken), Elise Proulx (Allan Parker), Yvette Henkel (George), Philippe Proulx (Marie) and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Also survived by many cousins in Quebec. Jeanne is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Teacher’s College and the University of Windsor. Jeanne was employed by both the Windsor Separate (Catholic) School Board and the Windsor Public School Board. Jeanne finished her teaching career as a counsellor at Riverside Secondary School. During her retirement, Jeanne did volunteer work at Metropolitan Hospital Pastoral Care; St. Vincent de Paul and is a member of the Catholic Women’s League at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish; and is also a member of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario and a member of the RTO/ERO District 7.

Visitation will take place atWINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel)

11677 Tecumseh Road E


 Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Parish Prayers with CWL Prayers at 3:30 p.m. Further visiting will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Anne’s Church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Anne’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Mass Offerings would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be left at

Frances Annette “Fran” Georgeff

Passed away with her family by her side on February 9, 2019 at 71 years of age. Beloved daughter of Rita and the late Larry Georgeff (1977). Frances will be sadly missed by her extended family and many dear friends. She was a retired teacher with the W.E.C.D.S. Board after many years of service. She was a founding member of the Associates of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters. Frances was involved with many charities and community organizations. Also, she was a past chairperson of the Assumption Parish Council.

If you desire, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with Prayers at 4:30 p.m. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. On Friday, February 15, 2019 family and friends are invited to meet at Assumption Church – McEwan Campus (711 McEwan Ave) after 10:00 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Procession to Assumption Cemetery.


It is with great sadness that we announce that Mary Elizabeth McClelland (nee French) passed away, at the age of 80, on Monday, January 14, 2019, after a courageous battle against cancer. Mary passed as she wished to in her room at Bowmanville Creek Retirement Community with her children by her side. Mary was born on December 18, 1938, and was predeceased by her parents Mary and Howard French. Mary is survived by her dear brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Gerry French; her children Todd (Wendy) McClelland, Bob (Laura) McClelland, Deb (Jim) Pimentel; her 7 grandchildren Jennifer and Julia McClelland, Amy, Eliza and Olivia McClelland, Michael and Matthew Pimentel, and several nieces and nephews. Mary loved her family and friends, being a teacher, hosting cocktail hours at the cottage, spending time with the card club, and getting to know new friends at Bowmanville Creek. Mom was an example of how to accept what life throws at us with dignity and humour. Two celebrations of Mary’s life will be held: The first celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19 at St. Paul’s United Church, 178 Church Street, Bowmanville, Ontario. Visitation with the family will be available in the church one hour before the service (10:00 to 11:00 a.m.). Donations to Durham Regional Cancer Center or Metropolitan Hospital in Windsor would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Donations, well wishes and sharing of memories for this service are being coordinated through Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home. The second celebration of Mary’s life will be held in Windsor, Ontario in May, 2019. Further details will be provided once the Windsor date and times are finalized. Mary’s children are eternally grateful to the many family members, friends and care-givers who helped make Mom’s last few years so wonderful!! Online condolences may be left at

Published on January 16, 2019

Gervais, Maureen Anne (O’Neil)

November 6, 1939 – November 11, 2018
Passed away peacefully at Hospice (Leamington). Loving wife and best friend to Paul for over 57 years. Much loved mother to Glenn (Vinka), Karen Johnson (Ian), Sheila Dietrich (Bruce), Denise (1994), Michael (Karen). Very special Grandma to Alex, Zack, Eric, Michaela, Kaitlin, Erin, Lauren, Annika, and Linus. Daughter of Charles and Evelyn O’Neil. Beloved sister to Edward, Jim, and Pat. Predeceased by siblings Shirley, Jean, and Gary.

Maureen retired from the Windsor Catholic School Board and especially enjoyed her many years as a Kindergarten teacher. Her retirement years were spent enjoying family, friends, wintering in Florida, and gardening. Maureen loved adventure and travelled the world with Paul. She spent many hours volunteering in the Children’s ward, the Stroke ward, and the Coffee Bar all at WRH Ouellette Campus Hospital. Nine special years were dedicated to the Windsor Hospice where Maureen was able to offer the same kindness, compassion, and care that was shown to her in her final days. Many thanks to Dr. D. Ziter, Dr. G. Annisette, and the Hospice team of Dr. Burgess, Paris, Seana, Monique, Janice, and Kate for their amazing care of Maureen. Visitation at WINDSOR CHAPEL (Banwell Chapel) 11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. 519.253.7234. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 2-5pm & 7-9pm with parish and Catholic Women’s League prayers at 4:30pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Our Lady of the Atonement Church (2940 Forest Glade Dr.) at 10am. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Catholic Cemetery. Donations in memory of Maureen may be made to the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. Condolences and cherished memories may be shared with her family at


October 22, 2018

ALEXANDER, Ann Webster
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ann on October 22, 2018 at 87 years of age. Predeceased by her beloved husband William (1959). Cherished mother of Jeanne and Brian Stocks, John and Karen, and Tim (2016) and Sandi. Adored “Gram” of Kristi Fortin, Brad and Brittany Stocks, Lauren and Ken Alexander, Kerri and Dwayne Lachance, Jarrett Alexander, William Alexander, and BethAnn Alexander. Special “G-Gram” of Liam, Ella, Kennedy, Carswell, Cohen, and Evie. Ann was a retired teacher with the Windsor Public Board, having spent the majority of her career at Northwood Public School. She enjoyed many summers at her family cottage, reading, walking on the beach and quality time with her family. If you so desire, donations to Westminster United Church would be appreciated by the family. Visitation Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor
Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Share memories, photos or make a donation at

Marguerite Marie Meloche

(nee Renaud)

3/5/1921 – 8/26/2018

Passed away peacefully on August 26th, 2018 at the age of 97. Beloved wife of the late Ernest Meloche (1993). Loving mother of John (Susan) Meloche of London, Ontario. Dear Grandmother of Laura and Linda. Daughter of her late parents Oscar and Clara Renaud. Dear sister of Clara DePape, Paul Renaud (Blanche), and Jane Brosius and sister-in-law Cecile Tournier. Predeceased by her siblings Rita Renuad (1923), Marie Hartford (1956), Irene Austin (1954), and Norman Renaud (2007). Marguerite was a retired teacher from the Windsor Separate School Board. Funeral Visitation will take place at Janisse Funeral Home, 1139 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor (519) 253-5225 on Thursday, August 30th, 2018 from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Visitation to continue on Friday August 31st at the funeral home at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Entombment to follow at Heavenly Rest Mausoleum. In Marguerite’s memory, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made to

Christina MENNA

MENNA, Christina
Slipped away peacefully on March 22, 2018. Cherished wife of the late Eric Emil Menna. Loving mother of Carol Van Eaton (the late Bill) and Bonnie Frederick (Jim). Beloved grandma of Kristi, Kerri (Tyler), Jonathan and Heather. Great-grandma of Thatcher. Survived by her siblings Norma Coumont, Ruth Greer, Maybelle Scheidl, Les Henry, and Judy Prescesky. Predeceased by her sisters Mona Gates and Jessie Eberle. Christina was a thirty-one year employee of the Essex County Board of Education, active member of R.W.T.O. and St. Mary’s Walkerville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Department of the Riverside Public Library or Street Help Services for the Homeless. Memorial Visiting on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until a Celebration of Christina’s Life at 1:00 p.m. at
1065 Lauzon Rd., East Windsor,
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Families First Funeral Home
1065 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3M8
(519) 969-5841

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

 Burton, Edna F. (nee Fox)

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

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

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

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


SHOWERS, Lenore Margaret
Gracefully, surrounded by her loving family on December 22, 2017 at 85 years of age. Loving mother of Neil Showers and wife Brenda Robertson, Catherine and husband Robert Schmitt, David Showers and wife Janet. Treasured GG of Allie, Zachary, Kate, Tim, Ben, Thomas and Jacob. Proud 3G of Lukas, James, Dylan, Liam, Katie, Drew, Lady, Charlotte and Tilly. Cherished aunt of Paul and Gwen Robertson. Great-aunt of Susan and Jeffery Robertson. Dear friend of Krys Breen. Former wife of the late Roger Showers. Lenore was a beloved teacher who taught elementary school for many years in the Windsor area. If you so desire, donations to Downtown Mission would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor,
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Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre
3260 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
(519) 969-5841

Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 23, 2017

Maureen NYE

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

Funeral Home

James H Sutton Funeral Home – AMHERSTBURG

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

Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 9, 2017

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