Windsor-Essex Branch News
June Message to Membership
Half a year is gone– it’s a new month with new opportunities, new experiences and renewed energy.
Our 65th. AGM & Convention was the first completely virtual Convention. The leadership, determination and vision of our very own Kathy Gallagher, Provincial Webmaster and Convention Convenor ,with her very competent committee engineered it masterfully. It was a huge success with approximately 130 delegates participating. We listened to reports, we discussed and shared ideas and we voted. There was even a Hotline set-up to help delegates take care of minor glitches. The evening entertainment lightened the spirits and brought laughs with comedian, Joe Pillitteri and singing and dancing with “The Liverpool 4—Canada’s Beatles Tribute.”
Our two resolutions provided for healthy discussion – the first resolution re: increasing the Provincial Rebate resulted in an Ad Hoc committee being formed to investigate and present at next year’s Convention. Our second resolution re: President’s visits to local branches was amended and carried.
Members will now be available to view the presented workshops on our website – cooking demonstration, hospital and homecare, genealogy research, public relations, Canadian wine and cheeses. One of the highlights of the Convention was the Honorary Membership Award which is the highest honour that RWTO/OERO bestows. It is given annually for outstanding service at the Provincial level. The outgoing President receives this honour and our 2020-2021 President, Nancy Papiez’s dedication to caring & sharing since 2013 made her a worthy recipient. The second recipient this year was Kathy Gallagher who served as Communication Website Convenor since 2016 and has shared her ingenuity, technical talents, and vision. She also served as this year’s Convention Convenor.
It was with profound sadness that we said goodbye to one of our long standing members, Mary O’Neail this past week.
May she rest in peace.
Our Book chats continue – this Wednesday at 10:30 am and through the summer on July 14th & August 11th.
You have until June 30 to pay membership fees via e-transfer—contact Karen Clark-Lauzon, our Treasurer at RWTO.Treasurer6@gmail.com. There will be an opportunity with our Summer Newsletter to forward your fee payment in an enclosed stamped return envelope. We are attempting to ease the process for you to maintain our numbers. We are also attempting to increase our membership by connecting with new retirees. Please pass on information about RWTO/OERO to any female educators retiring this year.
May every day in June bring you inner peace ,
2021-2022 RWTO/OERO President
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Virtual Spring Lunch, May 5, 2021
The Easter Draw for our 80 + members was draw on April 1st…. no fooling !The Treasure Chest brimming with Spring Surprises will be delivered today to our winner , Ruth Hicks ! Congratulations!
Happy Easter to all of our members !
Valentine’s Day Draw Winner
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!
The winner of our Valentine’s Day draw for our 80+ members is Jo Skuza.
Jo’s winning number was 13 !
Our president, Linda White did us the honours of drawing .
Jo will receive her Valentine’s Chest today and we sure hope she enjoys the treasures within !
Our next draw will be at Easter, so good luck to all of our special ladies .
Christmas Draw Winner !
Our Social Committee recently sent out special Christmas Cards to all of our 80+ members . Enclosed within the Card was a numbered wooden Christmas Star ⭐️. On December 20, 2020, we held our Christmas Star Raffle.
Our president, Linda White drew the winning star number, which was # 79. Congratulations go out to Judy Kreibich , who won a Christmas Treasure Chest filled with all kinds of Christmas goodies, delivered to her that afternoon . Enjoy !
Stay Safe.. Stay well… Stay Connected
Your Social Committee
Christmas Cards and Treasure Chests for 80+ Members
Despite all the restrictions posed on us by the Coronavirus pandemic the RWTO/OERO Windsor Essex branch has found ways to honour our more senior members .The Goodwill Committee and the Social Committee have sent cards and gift,ensuring them they have not been forgotten especially in this Christmas season.A big thank you to those members who have helped in these endeavours
Lowanna Closs with the help of four Committee Members wrote and mailed 20 cards each to our 80+ Members December 5th 2020. Treasure Chests which included some tasty treats were made with donations from many friends and delivered.
Shovels in the Ground
I want to drive
Down Highway North 42
See shovels in the ground
Windsor’s new Regional Hospital
Foundations strong and deep
Walls rising in the sun
A plan for single rooms
Where patients can rest
Recover day by day
Now there are fields
Open to the sky
They wait for a blessing
Warmth of summer on walls
That rise to embrace
City and county both
To offer hands of healing
Words of comfort
Appreciation Luncheon 2019
Appreciation Luncheon for the ladies who visit our RWTO/OERO members in nursing homes, retirement homes and homes.
Fall Luncheon 2019
Spring Luncheon May 2019
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
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
February 3 Invitation for Betty Lee Daigle’s Zoom presentation
February 5 Reminder Notice for Betty’s Invitation
February 8 1:30- Zoom presentation by Betty-free, enjoyable activities to do & learn during the Pandemic Beyond.
February 8 Reminder for Book Chat
February 10 Book Chat #2
February 12 Branch Message
February 14 Draw #2 for 80+ members
March 3 “Fraud Prevention“ Zoom presentation
March 5 Invitation for Book Chat #3
March 10 Book Chat #3
March 17 Executive Meeting
Zumba Class – Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
April 6 Spring Newsletter
April 9 Invitation for Book Chat #4
April 14 Book Chat #4
April 28 Spring Luncheon Invitation
May 5 Virtual Spring Luncheon
May 7 Invitation for Book Chat #5
May 12 Book Chat #5
May 28 AGM Invitation
June 1-3 2021 Virtual AGM
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.
CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON 2019
( Click the link below and check the Newsletter for details)
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
12:30pm – 2:00pm
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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Sandra Menard Exhibition
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266 Ramblewood Dr.
LaSalle ON N9J 3B3
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.
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Windsor – Essex RWTO/OERO Insurance Convenor
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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
266 Ramblewood Dr.
LaSalle, Ontario N9J 3B3
Honorary Membership Award
Barbara Bain Membership Award 2020
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
Passed away peacefully on May 29. 2021 at the age of 94. Dear daughter of the late James and his wife Catherine O’Neail. Predeceased by her twin sister Margaret Elizabeth, brothers James and his wife Mary Elizabeth, Thomas and his wife Therese and Edward. Also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, Kathie and Ed, Jamie, Eugene and Jody, Tari, Patti and Mark, Michael, Tom and Lisa, Tim and Christine, Emma and Adam, Sean and Nicole, Maureen and Bob, Daniel and Luz and many great and great-great nieces and nephews along with her great friend and honorary sister Ruth Ferris and too many wonderful friends to mention who were such an important part of her life.
Music was always an important part of Mary’s life from Sunday night ceilidhs in her childhood home on and she worked in music education for 35 years in London, Ottawa, Windsor and Germany. She was a Choir Director at St. Alphonsus Parish for 32 years and was a member of the CWL, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Women’s Education Society, Windsor Symphony Volunteer Association, Honorary Life Member of the Irish Canadian Cultural Club of Windsor, Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Music Educators Association, was actively involved R.C.C.O. – Windsor Centre and had several years of involvement with the Windsor Symphony Educational Concerts.
If you wish, please consider donations to the Windsor Symphony Volunteer Scholarship Programme or the maintenance program at St Alphonsus Parish.
Joyce E. Breault (Washburn)
Loving wife to Leo, since July 29, 1961. Treasured mother and best friend to Peter. Dear daughter to the late James Frederick and Isabel (Breckenridge) Washburn. Dear sister to Donald, late Larry, late Robert (survived by his wife Joan). Beloved sister-in-law to Joyce (late Raymond), Janet Romano (wife to the late Denis Breault and the late Bernard), Annette (Gerald) Lachine, Larry (Pamela), Sister Lucille S.N.J.M., Rita Sanborn (wife to the late Shannon). Elaine will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and friends. Special friend to Janice Coccimiglio.Elaine attended London Teachers College and taught at Dougall Avenue Public School for 35 years beginning in 1954. Elaine, a great role model, was blessed with the finest human qualities and dedication to her family as well as to her students stressing perseverance and unwavering paths to the most desirable outcomes in life. Always with a ready laugh, she enjoyed friendly meaningful conversations and sharing joyful experiences.If you so desire, memorial donations to the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.Due to COVID restrictions only those family members invited to attend the PRIVATE funeral service may attend visitation on Wednesday December 30, 2020 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. followed by the PRIVATE funeral service at 3:00 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave, 519-969-5841. A link to the LiveStream of the funeral service will be available through the Families First website. The Livestream will only be available for the time of the service starting at 3:00 p.m. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at www.familiesfirst.ca. Cremation to follow.
ROSS, Irja Sylvia (nee Maki )
Passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020 at 90 years of age. Loving wife to David Ross for over 60 years. Irja will be sadly missed by many friends and family in Canada and the United States. She was a devoted educator for 35 years teaching in Windsor and Timmis. A private family service was held. Arrangements entrusted to Families
3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor
Published on August 1, 2020
Marie Antoinette Monette
Marie Antoinette Monette (née Bondy). Died peacefully on May 25th, at the age of 94 with her beloved husband of 64 years, Marc Monette, by her side.
Loving mother to Pierre Monette (Debbie), Monique Spinarsky (Carl), and Nicole Baillargeon (Patrick). Grand-maman to Marc Daniel Mazur (Jo-Elle), Chantal Monette, Alexandra Mazur (Ciaran Browne), Danielle Baillargeon, Kelly Spinarsky, and Adam Spinarsky (Vanessa). Predeceased by sister Marie-Thérèse McGuire and brother
Ernest Bondy. Fondly remembered by nieces, nephews and close family members. Antoinette was, above all, devoted to her family. She was also a passionate educator, teaching in the public and separate school systems as a French as a Second Language teacher and French coordinator for 47 years. Throughout her long career, she taught thousands of students, many of whom remembered her as “Madame Monette”. She also influenced many teachers in the Windsor area during her time at the Faculty of Education and with the various school boards. She was quick-witted, a force to be reckoned with, and an amazing baker. Her family will always remember her for her generosity, her unflinching support and her love of a well-told joke. Antoinette has asked for visitation to be reserved for family members only. In kindness, Antoinette’s family asks for memorial donations to be made to the Assumption Restoration Fund. A special thanks to the LHIN Palliative Oncology Team and all staff at Amica for their professional and compassionate care.
On t’aimera toujours maman…Repose en paix, ta mémoire restera vivante en nous qui t’aimons de tout cœur.
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
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 www.reidfuneralhome.ca
Published on February 19, 2020
MCCANN, L. Colleen
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.
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 www.FamiliesFirst.ca
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,
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Families First Funeral Home
1065 Lauzon Road Windsor, ON N8S 3M8
Published in The Windsor Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 26, 2018
Burton, Edna F. (nee Fox)
April 12,1924 – January 2, 2018 at the age of 93
The anchor of Edna’s life was her steadfast faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Today, our mother truly rests in peace. She was born the devoted daughter of Stanley and Anna Fox of Kingsville Ontario. Edna was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Bob Burton. Daughters Martha Chobrda (Steve) and Karen Wilcox (Rob) were tremendously blessed to have such a mother. All children brought joy to Edna, but none more so than her grandchildren Mandy Johnson (Steve), Jeremy Chobrda, Theron Chobrda, Grant Wilcox, Mitchell Wilcox and greatgrandchildren Jessica Johnson, Seth Chobrda, Adam Johnson and Sarah Johnson.
Edna began her teaching career with the Essex County District School Board in a one room school house at the age of 19 and worked in the profession she loved for 38 years. She embraced teaching and was never more comfortable than when surrounded by the precious children in her classroom. Edna was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario which was an enormous accomplishment for a woman from her era.
Following retirement, Edna dedicated many years volunteering at Leamington District Memorial Hospital as a porter. She always saw the best in others and, without fail, extended patience, gentleness, generosity, kindness and forgiveness to all.
Gracefully, surrounded by her loving family on December 22, 2017 at 85 years of age. Loving mother of Neil Showers and wife Brenda Robertson, Catherine and husband Robert Schmitt, David Showers and wife Janet. Treasured GG of Allie, Zachary, Kate, Tim, Ben, Thomas and Jacob. Proud 3G of Lukas, James, Dylan, Liam, Katie, Drew, Lady, Charlotte and Tilly. Cherished aunt of Paul and Gwen Robertson. Great-aunt of Susan and Jeffery Robertson. Dear friend of Krys Breen. Former wife of the late Roger Showers. Lenore was a beloved teacher who taught elementary school for many years in the Windsor area. If you so desire, donations to Downtown Mission would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. Memorial visitation Tuesday 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at
3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor,
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Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre
3260 Dougall Avenue Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
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