Windsor-Essex Branch News
Windsor-Essex Board 2018-2019
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Thank you to KEVIN and his BAND for performing at our Christmas Luncheon
( The video below is a clip of their performance at St.Theresa Parish Hall )
Blyth Festival & Bayfield Trip September 2018
Nil-A-Nova takes its big band sound to Mackenzie Hall
It’s a bit tough for the Nil-A-Nova band to get paying gigs these days even though there’s nothing like them in Windsor.
The 15-piece ensemble with five saxophones, three trumpets, three trombones and a rhythm section is keeping alive the melodic songs composed in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the big band era.
“There’s no other big band. We’re it,” trumpet player and band leader Kevin Masterson said Tuesday.
Masterson, 84, has been a member since 1991. Members range in age from their 60s to age 90 and meet every Monday to practice. He said it’s an accomplishment to have a group that keeps the big band sound alive in Windsor.
St.Patrick’s Day Celebration At The Thompson House
Lots of fun and great food as we celebrated St.Paddy’s Day. The dessert was exceptional.
Quarter Auction Frenzy
Christmas Luncheon 2017
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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
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Halloween Themed Dinner
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Wed July 11, 2018, Grand Bend to see the play Cinderella at Huron County Playhouse. $139.00 per person. Coach leaves from Devonshire Mall at 7:30 am. For Details check the Spring Newsletter:
Blyth Festival & Bayfield Trip
Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2018
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RWTO Monthly Breakfast
Sandra Menard Exhibition
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RWTO Windsor-Essex January 2018 Outing
” Body, Brains and Balance “
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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.
For More Information Contact
Windsor – Essex RWTO/OERO Insurance Convenor
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Congratulations to one of our own Mary Ann Mulhern.
We are so proud of you.
Annette Bezaire receiving the Cora Bailey Award from Christine Pastorius
Today I am here to present the Cora Bailey Award to a member of RWTO/OERO who exemplified the motto
“Caring and Sharing”
Our recipient began her teaching career in 1964, teaching for one year at Holy Rosary School, and then, moving on to St. Angela School where she taught Grade 1 or a Grade 1/2 for thirty-tree more years. She lovingly taught the first and second generation of children.
Knitting and crocheting are her favourite hobbies. Many family members and friends have been fortunate to have received one of her special sweaters, blankets or afghans. She also knits and bakes, as she says, “for the Lord”, for the St. Vincent de Paul Bazaar. Her talents have also been shared with the Church of the Atonement Prayer Shawl ministry. You might have seen her at the Hotel Dieu coffee bar where she volunteered for a couple of years.
Our recipient is a proud member of RWTO/OERO, enjoying the luncheons and participating in the monthly breakfast and special dinners. She was a member of the decorating committee for the 2016 Convention. She is also my partner selling the Share the Wealth tickets, which she has done for several years. She has been selling tickets since Mary Jane Finn was President of the local Windsor/ Essex branch.
We have shared a wonderful friendship for over forty years. I am honoured to present the Cora Bailey Award to Annette Bezaire in recognition of her Caring and Sharing qualities.
Previous Cora Bailey Winners
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Windsor-Essex Caring And Sharing
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
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 www.Kendrickfuneralhome.com.
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. A.er 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 www.windsorchapel.com
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 www.northcuttelliott.com.
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 www.windsorchapel.com.
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
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 www.janissefuneralhome.ca
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,
Share memories, photos or make a donation at
Families First Funeral Home
1065 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3M8
Published in The Windsor Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2018
Burton, Edna F. (nee Fox)
April 12,1924 – January 2, 2018 at the age of 93
The anchor of Edna’s life was her steadfast faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Today, our mother truly rests in peace. She was born the devoted daughter of Stanley and Anna Fox of Kingsville Ontario. Edna was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Bob Burton. Daughters Martha Chobrda (Steve) and Karen Wilcox (Rob) were tremendously blessed to have such a mother. All children brought joy to Edna, but none more so than her grandchildren Mandy Johnson (Steve), Jeremy Chobrda, Theron Chobrda, Grant Wilcox, Mitchell Wilcox and greatgrandchildren Jessica Johnson, Seth Chobrda, Adam Johnson and Sarah Johnson.
Edna began her teaching career with the Essex County District School Board in a one room school house at the age of 19 and worked in the profession she loved for 38 years. She embraced teaching and was never more comfortable than when surrounded by the precious children in her classroom. Edna was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario which was an enormous accomplishment for a woman from her era.
Following retirement, Edna dedicated many years volunteering at Leamington District Memorial Hospital as a porter. She always saw the best in others and, without fail, extended patience, gentleness, generosity, kindness and forgiveness to all.
Gracefully, surrounded by her loving family on December 22, 2017 at 85 years of age. Loving mother of Neil Showers and wife Brenda Robertson, Catherine and husband Robert Schmitt, David Showers and wife Janet. Treasured GG of Allie, Zachary, Kate, Tim, Ben, Thomas and Jacob. Proud 3G of Lukas, James, Dylan, Liam, Katie, Drew, Lady, Charlotte and Tilly. Cherished aunt of Paul and Gwen Robertson. Great-aunt of Susan and Jeffery Robertson. Dear friend of Krys Breen. Former wife of the late Roger Showers. Lenore was a beloved teacher who taught elementary school for many years in the Windsor area. If you so desire, donations to Downtown Mission would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor,
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Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre
3260 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 23, 2017
December 4, 1935 – December 7, 2017
It is with saddened hearts the family of Maureen announces the sudden passing of our beloved sister. Maureen was the beloved wife of the late Lynwood Nye (1984), stepmother of Patricia Rogers (2016), Richard Nye (1988), Sandra Saunders and Keith Nye (2016). She was predeceased by her parents James (1977) and Elizabeth (2013) Finn and her sister Patricia Finn (2015). Maureen was the eldest and most cherished sister of Sheila Meunier (late Paul, 2000), Gloria O’Neil (late Patrick, 2008), Kathleen Vettorello (Guido), Eileen Steele (Ken), Tim Finn (Joan), Geraldine Finn, Monica Berko (Tom), Marian Cote, and Kevin Finn (Gail). She will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews as well as her step- grandchildren Heather and Kevin Rogers, Lindsey and Richard Nye and Julie, Devorah, Jesse and Alayne. Mrs. Nye was a teacher for 36 years in the city of Windsor and Essex County. She was a member of R.W.T.O and R.T.O. She was a devoted member of the Church, an active member of the Aquabelles and W.W. Social Club in Amherstburg, and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She volunteered for Red Cross and Meals on Wheels and she loved to travel and see the world. Visitation will take place at
James H. Sutton Funeral Home,
401 Sandwich St. S., Amherstburg
on Sunday, December 10 from 7-9 p.m., with Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. and Monday, December 11 from 2-5 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at St. Joseph Church, River Canard from 10 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Cremation to follow. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice, Heart & Stroke or to the Charity of your choice. You may leave your condolences online at
“If you had not loved so kindly, if you had not loved so blindly, we would not be broken- hearted now that we are parted”. Robert Burns
James H Sutton Funeral Home – AMHERSTBURG
Published in The Windsor Star on Dec. 9, 2017