Windsor-Essex Branch News

 Message to Membership

Dear Members,
Just like that Summer falls into September – the first” ‘BER” month has arrived.
Let’s take a look at our Calendar :
                  Book Chat  Wednesday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m.
                  Gardening Tips on Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
                  Membership fees due
                  Thanksgiving Virtual Luncheon, Wednesday, October 6 at 11:30 a.m.

                  Convention 2022 Door Prizes Teams

                  We Need Your Help !!  *Collecting,*Wrapping and *Distributing

We hope to maintain our membership for the 2021-2022 RWTO/OERO year. We initiated the E-transfer process to accommodate more members and included a Membership form in our Summer/Fall Newsletter and have prepared stamped envelopes for returning your fees cheque if requested.$50.00 is a small price to pay for supporting our sisterhood  and community. Please be mindful of our motto : Caring & Sharing. Thank you to all early birds – your name will be entered in our special draw at the Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Make it a September to remember – enjoy the warmth, crisp mornings and colour.
May your September be filled with good thoughts, kind people and happy moments.
In Caring & Sharing
President Linda White

2021-2022 RWTO/OERO President 

Windsor-Essex Branch 

See the About Page for the Executives and Convenors for our branch.

President’s June 2021 Message

President’s February 2021 Message

President’s January  2021 Message

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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 Convenor
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

February 3         
Book Chat #2 invitation

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

March 23 and 30

Zumba Class – Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Click here for more information.

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.


( 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

For more information click on the link below:

Sign up and become a member of the Windsor-Essex Branch

Click the link below to download the form.

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




Contact Linda White – President at for more information



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 2021

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  2021  Area 3

Marianne Angus

     Sometimes people show up along one’s path at the most unexpected and needed of times.  Possibility opens up, when help to stand, arrives.

Our Cora Bailey Award winner is someone who makes things possible for others. You may see her going to assist someone.  Throughout her elementary school career, she worked with special needs students.  Patience and compassion were hallmarks of her daily practice.  At one point she travelled to communities in El Salvador to bring them supplies. Now, in retirement, the list of her community service fills pages.

Her membership and support of RWTO/OERO initiatives has been constant over many years of retirement.  She does these things not for recognition or acknowledgement but because her kind heart calls her to do them.  The Dalai Lama said: “Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.”  She sees those possibilities for others and is that kind, connecting agent.

She is an ambassador of RWTO and embodies our motto of caring and sharing and peace. One feels at peace and that all will be well because of her presence.  She volunteers at the hospital visiting the sick, works with Hospice giving respite, helps hold vigils and shows up for families when a shoulder is needed.  She visits the jail.  Meeting with other women, she works on peace, justice and a variety of women’s issues.  The plight of refugees, immigrants and those in need, are occasions where she demonstrates the power and possibility of kindness.

Although she sits on Boards, she also works on the frontlines of these organizations where the ideas for these programs are often conceived and definitely put into practice.  Currently, her volunteer work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society has her gathering and distributing food and necessities to those in need across our community.  Some of the funds and supplies collected at our luncheons have benefitted individuals and charities she works with.

Her contributions to these charities and understanding of where community needs exist are invaluable.  She is a transporter of goods and people and connects others to help realize important social goals consistent with the core values of RWTO/OERO.

For her quiet, unassuming, shining example of what it means to care and share with others, the

Cora Bailey Award is presented to: Marianne Angus.

Previous Cora Bailey Winners

Click on the names in blue for the information on the winners

2021 2013
Marianne Angus Valerie Lefebvre
2020 Valerie Luscott
2019 Carol Petryshyn
Patricia Mulvey Karen Smith
Arlene Veitch Linda White
2018 2012
Annette Bezaire Donna Cowie
Vivian La Croix Margaret Jennings
Chris Pastorius 2011
2017 Freddie Beekhuis
Lowanna Closs Carmen Eaton
Nancy McDonald 2010
Janice Murphy 2009
2016 2008
Kathy Gallagher Margaret Campeau
Mary Lou Killen Emily McBride
2015 Olive Triolet
Ethel Allison 2007
Karen Clark-Lauzon 2006
Jo-Anne Duffy Sheila Wright
Mary Jane Finn 2005
Genny Rudzinski Shirley Dicker
2014 2004
Gayle Broad

Honorary Membership Award

Barbara Bain Membership Award 2020

Congratulations to one of our own Mary Ann Mulhern.

We are so proud of you.


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

BONDY, Virginia Ann

April 15, 1927 – July 6, 2021
Passed away peacefully at the age of 94. Loving and devoted daughter of the late Oscar (1972) and Dona (2008) Bondy. Dear sister of late Joseph (Stella), late Robert (late Sandra), Leonard (Catharine), Thomas (Clarissa) of Nova Scotia, John (late Rhonda), Patrick (Kaye) of Port Bruce, Richard (Denise) of Chatham, Margaret, Paul (Angela), late Timothy (Debbie), and sister-in-law of Gail.
Also left to mourn are her many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She loved them greatly and leaves each of them with special memories.
Virginia retired from the ECRCSS Board in 1981 after 37 years of dedication to the teaching profession. She has always been fondly remembered by her former pupils and will be missed by them and her many friends.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Season’s Amherstburg for the kind and compassionate care that Virginia received.
As your expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Windsor Regional Cancer Center or to St. John the Baptist Church Restoration Fund.
At her request cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at St. John the Baptist Church, Amherstburg. Please phone the funeral home at 519-736-2134 to make a reservation to attend. Interment to follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
You may leave your condolences online at

Published on July 7, 2021

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)

October 17, 1935-December 25, 2020.
Passed away peacefully at Windsor Regional Hospital Metropolitan Campus.
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 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 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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Funeral Home

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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