Parish Life News

Marion Nuxoll

On, May 24th, 2020, Marion (Mariana) Nuxoll (nee Laub), loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother passed away at the age of 99. Marion was born in Vizejdia, Romania on April 2, 1921 to John (Hans) and Katherina Laub. She left her sister and grandparents behind and made the long journey to Canada on her own at 17 to join her parents and new brother who had been in Canada for 10 years. Here she learned a new language and experienced a totally unfamiliar lifestyle from that of the old country. There was many a time in the beginning that she asked her parents to go back to Romania but in the end she stayed and was happy with her decision. She started working at Forsyth Shirt Factory in 1938 and eventually moved up to a Supervisor position which she held for 20 years. On May 29th, 1943 she married her true love Herman Nuxoll. Together they raised one child, a daughter, Mary Jane. Marion is predeceased by her husband Herman, daughter Jane (Vince) McQuabbie, her parents John and Katherina, her sister Maria and brother Joe. She is survived by her grandchildren Jason (Heather), Tina, Lena (Glenn) Herold, her great grandchildren Eric (Aftan), Jessica, Nolan, Tye, Shayla, Jayden, and Shane, her great-great grandchildren Emma, Joey, and Aurora, her nieces and nephew and many cousins. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. Marion had a love of gardening and cooking. She was often found in the kitchen and her cabbage rolls were a family favourite at holidays! She loved spending time with people – talking and reminiscing – and enjoyed visiting with her extended family whenever she could. Marion was a member of the Ladies Group at the Schwaben Club, the Happy Gang Seniors Club, and also enjoyed bowling and playing Solo regularly for many years with a group of wonderful friends. Her family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Lanark Heights for making her last months comfortable and safe for her. Please be advised, due to the current protocols enacted to protect public health safely, a private service will be held at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre Wednesday, May 27th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to support the family by viewing the service via livestream at https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=westmount%20memorial%20celebration%20centre&epa=SEARCH_BOX As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Canada would be appreciated by the family.


Madeline Agnes Heughan (nee Lynes)

Passed away peacefully into her eternal rest, on Sunday May 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s General Hospital in her 95th year. Madeline (Mandy) was born in Kenilworth on September 4, 1925. She trained as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Guelph graduating in 1946. She had a flair for travel and took up her nursing duties in various cities such as Ottawa, Toronto and Sudbury. She attended Western University where she obtained her Public Health Diploma in 1955. Madeline worked as a Public Health nurse in the school system for the next two years in London and while there she joined 2420 AC&W Squadron (Auxiliary) R.C.A.F. Madeline was a nursing sister with the R.C.A.F. from 1955 to 1961. She had two tours of Regular Duty from 1957 to 1961, in Zweibrucken Germany and St. Hubert Quebec. While overseas, she spent every spare moment off duty touring the continent. On her discharge, Madeline joined the nursing staff of the Children’s Service Centre in Montreal, caring for youth and those less fortunate. She had a caring nature and was passionate about helping others. She married William Gordon Heughan (Flight Lieutenant, WW2 Veteran), in St. Hubert, Quebec and together they enjoyed 40 years of travel, friends and family. Madeline and Gordon where long time members of the R.C.A.F. 404 Wing Association. Madeline was predeceased by her husband Gordon, her parents James and Mary (nee O’Reilly) Lynes, her siblings Helena (Patrick) Kloepfer, John Lynes, Daniel Lynes, Dr. Frank (Maria) Lynes, Margaret Coffey (Wilfrid), nephew John Kloepfer and niece Kathy Kloepfer. She leaves many nieces, nephews and very dear friends including Alison LaPlante, Annie Rybicki and Diane Fritz. Many more longtime friends will be grieved to hear of her passing. Madeline was also a talented and dedicated watercolourist. She loved to sing and dance and lit up a room with her smile. She had a great sense of humour and love of life.

A sincere thank you goes to the staff of St. Mary’s General Hospital and Luther Village for their kind and compassionate care.

As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to the C.N.I.B, The Canadian Nurses Foundation, or The Lynes Blacksmith Shop, Kenilworth and may be arranged by contacting Westmount Funeral Home at 519 743-8900.

A private service will be held with interment at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kenilworth. Online condolences can be made at http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


Mary Carmella Bergamin

Quietly, on May 5, 2020, Mary left the earth to be re-united with her parents and brother in heaven. For several years, Mary struggled with multiple sclerosis, never giving up; although the illness deprived her of mobility and diminished her strength and vision. Bravely, she endured cancer, radiation, and pneumonia, never complaining. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Rose Bergamin, her brother, Robert, and his wife, Mary Barrie Hamilton, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in Canada and Italy. She is survived and dearly missed by her sister, Alvina Bergamin, her nephew, Peter Bergamin of Oxford, U.K., her niece Kimberley (Bergamin) Stecher and her husband, Karl. She will be deeply missed by her loving Degilio cousins: Brenda, Mary Anne, Eloise, Roseanne, Paul, David Donna and Donald Pellizzari and their families and be her Bergamin cousins: Linda, Lidia, Lisa, Nancy, Ron, and Adriano and their families. Mary was also predeceased by cherished cousins Ralph Pellizzari, Nida (Pellizzari) Barber, and Maria (Bergamin) De Simone, Clara (Bergamin) Cerantola, and Jeanne (Bergamin) Baldassare. Mary enjoyed art, music, theatre performances, and nature. A very spiritual person, she read and prayed the Psalms, was a faithful member of the Catholic Women’s League, a lector, and a member of one of the first Liturgy Committees at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Mary loved birds and butterflies, she planted the flowers that attracted them to our backyard. She admired the tenacity and endurance of the Monarch Butterfly. “Imagine,” she said “It can fly all the way to Mexico!” She wanted to save the bees and planted the colourful nectar-bearing plants like honeysuckle. Mary was a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she earned a degree in Economics and Political Science. For two terms, she was president of the Alumni Association and was Instrumental in founding the Gold Medal Award at U of W. She taught at St. Mary’s High School and wanted her students to do well; but, also, to be kind and caring. Dear Mary you can now trade in your wheelchair for a beautiful set of WINGS. Fly high, little sister: You are now FREE! The family thanks the staff of Walnut Grove at Trinity Village Care Centre for their compassionate care of Mary. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre on Thursday, May 14th, and will be streamed on Facebook Live at 1:00 p.m. Please log onto https://www.facebook.com/Westmount-Memorial-Celebration-Centre-1436327989933269/ to access Mary’s Service. A public Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Mary’s cremated remains will be laid to rest with her parents at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to; The Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph, 1127 Carmel-Koch Rd., RR#1, St. Agatha, ON. N0B 2L0, St. Francis of Assisi Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.


Gerry Lamers

passed away peacefully on Friday May 1, 2020.  He has gone to heaven to be with Dora, his wife of 62 years.

Gerry will be deeply missed by his brother Len, sister Rita and sister-in-laws Toni, Betsy and Dorothy.  His smiling face will be remembered by his many nieces, nephews and friends.He will be re-united with his parents; his brothers Harry, John, Henry, Albert and Martin; sister Maria;  sisters-in-law Gerarda, Wilhelmina and Louise and brother-in-law Neil.

While living in New Lowell, Gerry worked most of his career as a plumber at Base Borden in Angus.  After retirement, Gerry and Dora moved to Kitchener where they were both very active as volunteers for over 20 years at St. Francis of Assisi Church and St. Mary’s General Hospital.

The family is very grateful to the staff of Bankside Retirement Home, Forest Heights Long Term Care and Grand River Hospital – Freeport location.  Gerry’s journey over the last few years was assisted by many caring and wonderful people working there.

Due to the current environment, cremation has taken place.  A funeral service and celebration of life will take place when circumstances allow.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Mary’s Hospital or The Food Bank would be appreciated. Condolences and donations may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St., Waterloo www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

“When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free”


Violet Mary Bateman (nee Baty)

Passed away peacefully at Columbia Forest LTC on Sunday April 26, 2020 in her 97th year.

Beloved wife of the late Alton Edward Bateman Sr. Cherished mother of Candice (Steven) Stumpf, Rhonda (Stephen) Norris, Jeffery (Angie) Bateman, and Andrewene (Nick) Paulozza. Adored by her grandchildren, Todd, Jason, Sean, Robert, Tammy, Amy, Melissa, Katie, Victoria, Madison, Zackary, and Mackenzie. She will be missed by her many great grandchildren and her dear sister of Alma Wakeford. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She is predeceased by her sons Alton Bateman Jr, Bradley Bateman, daughter Jennifer Bateman, her grandson Douglas Ruchty, parents Robert and Teresa Baty and her siblings Shirley, Dorcas, Leone, Tessa, and Laverne.

Violet worked as an Occupational Therapist at Central Park Lodge for many years. She was a faithful member of St. Francis of Assisi RC Church and a longtime member of the CWL.

Due to Provincial guidelines a private family Liturgy service will be held at the Henry Walser Funeral Home . Interment Woodland Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Waterloo Regional Food Bank, St. Francis CWL or Carmelite of St. Joseph would be appreciated by the family (Henry Walser Funeral Home 519-749-8467). Visit www.henrywalser.com for Violet’s memorial.


Irene Ruscetta (nee Bomasuit)

Passed away peacefully after a brief illness on April 18, 2020 in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 90. Beloved wife of the late Michael.

Dear mother of Michelle (Frank) Scarpino and Patricia (Tom) Missere. Cherished Nana of Stephanie (Barry) Prescott, Matthew Scarpino and Aaron Missere and Nanny (Great-grandmother) of Sarah and Natalie Prescott. Loving sister of the late Angelo (the late Dorothy), Carman (the late Barbara) Bomasuit, Marie (the late Enio) Marinelli, Margaret (Fred) Overholt and Michael (Elizabeth) Bomasuit. Will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Irene will be lovingly remembered by her dear friends Marilynne Feeney and Elaine Shayler.

Irene was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario where her family owned and operated Allen’s Fruit Market on Wellington Street. Allen’s Ally which is situated right beside where the store was still stands as a covered walkway. The beautiful hand-painted murals have made it a beautiful historic land-mark in Stratford and namesake to Allen’s Fruit Market. Irene was very proud of her Italian heritage and that the Bomasuit family home served as the first rental accommodations to the many Shakespearean actors performing at the Stratford Festival. She was introduced to hand-making rosaries by her Philipino family and made over 100,000 rosaries which have been dispersed worldwide including Italy, Africa, the Philippines, military bases, palliative care in hospitals and First Communion Programs in Waterloo Region. Irene was a lector and active in church life at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church Stratford . She lived right beside the church and always liked to refer to God as her neighbour. At age 65 she was the proud graduate of Conestoga College with a diploma as an Educational Assistant. She will be deeply missed by many.

Private cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at a late date with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Irene’s memorial and where condolences and memories can be shared with the family.


Maria Jose Manso

At the age of 83, Maria Jose passed away on April 06, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Beloved wife of the late Manuel Manso (2007). Cherished mother of Isabel Manso and Ondina (Dennis) Bartke. Loving grandmother of Jordan and Kristin Bartke who are the joy of her life. Maria Jose leaves behind numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and all their families whom she loved so much. Maria Jose’s happiness came from family gatherings to celebrate each and everyone’s milestones in life, both here and in Portugal.
Due to the recent regulations from the Province of Ontario, there will only be a private family funeral and private cemetery interment. In place of visitation all extended family and friends are welcome to view her service by watching the livestream on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 1pm . Livestream of her Interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery at approx 1:45pm. (To watch Maria Jose’s services – please click here http://www.distantlink.com/henrywalsermobile.html).
Once provincial regulations have been lifted all will be welcome at a future church mass in honour of Maria Jose Manso.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary’s General Hospital Kitchener would be greatly appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Maria’s memorial.

Theresa Victoria Kelly (née Arab):

May 24, 1928 to April 11, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing our beloved mother, Theresa Victoria Kelly (née Arab) on April 11, 2020. She will be reunited in heaven with her loving husband of 51 years, Ron Kelly (2005). She leaves behind her three children, Teri Kelly (Henry), Sandra Paprocki (Dan), and Mark Kelly (Sue); grandchildren Laura Paprocki-Smith (Jason), Sean Palanyk (Maddison), and Allison Paprocki as well as great grandchildren Forrest and Jack. She is survived by her brother, Donald Arab; sisters-in-laws Dorothy Arab, Kathy Arab and Pat Kelly, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mum lived a full and meaningful life, growing up as the youngest daughter in a vibrant and loving Lebanese family during the Depression and WWII in Halifax, NS. It was there she met our dad, Ron, a dashing Englishman who had been seconded from the Royal Navy to the RCN in 1953. Mum was working as a stenographer for the RCN and when they met it was love at first sight. They married six months later and had many adventures together until Dad’s death in 2005.

Mum unflinchingly followed Dad across the Eastern Canadian provinces as his work meant relocating a number of times over the years of their marriage; from Halifax to Georgetown (ON), Montreal, Kitchener, Ottawa, and then back to Kitchener. She raised three children away from her close-knit family roots, quickly making new friends wherever she went. She travelled with Dad to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and made one final trip on her own to visit her daughter in Australia at the age of 82!
Mum was a devout Catholic, and her faith sustained her throughout her life. She was an avid volunteer, holding leadership positions in the Catholic Women’s League in Montreal. After moving to Kitchener in 1978 she become an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and Blessed Sacrament where she continued to perform many roles of service. She was an avid and competitive bridge player, playing at least once a week until early this year, when her health began to seriously decline. As a lover of nature, Mum volunteered as a Brown Owl to the Canadian Girl Guides and Brownie community. She adored animals, particularly her many rambunctious dogs, and enjoyed spending time in the garden. Our Mum was the embodiment of love and courage, and her passing leaves a hole in our lives that will never be filled.

Donations can be made on Mum’s behalf to St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation, where she volunteered for many years and was cared for during her last days.
Due to COVID19 only immediate family members will be present at her funeral. The funeral will be livestreamed on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 3:30pm from the Funeral Home Chapel, there then will be a pause and again the burial will be livestreamed at approx 4:15pm.

A celebration of her life will be arranged as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, condolences can be sent via email to: mwkelly2@gmail.com or all are welcome to visit henrywalser.com for Theresa’s memorial.


John Thomas Paul Szozda

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, our father John left to celebrate the Easter Triduum in Heaven with his wife, Marg.

At the age of 87 the best bass-voice in the choir departed at 2:00 AM to make sure he got there in time for Holy Thursday, choir practice.

Beloved husband of the late Marguerite (nee Lackenbauer) Szozda (2007). Loving father of Terrianne (Peter) Moulton of Kitchener, Tom (Linda) Szozda and Dr. Timothy (Aggie) Szozda of Waterloo.

Dear Grandpa of Jennifer Moulton, Melissa Pearson (Mark) and Krystle Moulton and Tyler, Alisha, Katrina Szozda, Jonathan (Terri-Leigh) and Michael Szozda.

Great-grandfather to Abigail Pearson.  Brother of Elizabeth Sandlak of Florida.  Predeceased by his siblings Rudolph, Bertha, Sylvester, Michael, Edward, Vera, Felix and Florian.

John was the owner of Twin City Plastering from 1965-1990. He was an active member of St. Aloysius RC Church and was a member of both St. Aloysius and St. Francis choir. He was a honourary member of the Waterloo Potters Guild.

A private family funeral liturgy will take place at 1 pm on Tuesday, April 14th at the Henry Walser Funeral Home and interment at Woodland Cemetery to follow, with Fr. Tim Uniac CR officiating.

A public memorial mass will take place when permitted to do so. The time and date will be published in the Record and updated on the funeral home web site.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Hospice Wellington, St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation or a Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Cards may be placed by calling the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467.

Special thanks to his many PSW’s especially Abe, Cecile, Jason and Mary from Care Partners for their wonderful care of our father which allowed him to stay in his home until very near the end.

John’s service will be livestreamed at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming (please join the live-stream at 12:50 pm)  Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for John’s memorial.


Maureen Long (nee Horan)

After a lengthy illness, Maureen passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener, at the age of 83. Maureen was born and raised in Toronto. Predeceased by her parents Michael and Eleanor Horan. Loving mother of Mark Long, Michael (Janice) Long, and Meredith Long. Will be forever remembered by her cherished grandson Cole; her nieces and nephews, Sean (Jaquie), Sarah (Lance), and Gregory (Morgan). Dear sister of Michael Horan and Peter (Donna) Horan. Maureen worked for many years as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener. She had a deep love for her family and her door was always open for friends. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The funeral mass will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m., with Father Raphael Ma, CR as Celebrant. A private family interment will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family and in lieu of flowers donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at http://www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445.

Haid, William (Bill)

Passed away peacefully at home on February 6, 2020 at the age of 93. Predeceased by his loving wife Joan (Zister) in 2016, his parents Joseph and Theresa (Logel) Haid, his siblings John, Charles, Anthony, Lawrence, Alfred, Theresa, Emmilene, Mary, Agnes, Rosella and Margaret. Loving father of Dennis, Paul (Marilyn), Angela (Jim) Sinclair, Lisa (Jim Shantz predeceased 2013) and Alan (Claudine). Cherished grandfather of Sarah (Alex) Krynicki, Benjamin, Joshua (Sarah), Victoria (Brian) Malecki, Jacob (Emily), Krista Sinclair, Amy (Mike) Woroch and Brenda (Justin). Devoted great-grandfather to several great-grandchildren. Survived by his siblings Jerome, Stanley, Kathleen, Rita and sister-in-law Rosemary Kopf. He was a long time employee of J.M Schneiders. He enjoyed socializing and assisting neighbours with lawn mowing and snow blowing. Friends are invited to share their memories of Bill with family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home (171 King Street South, Waterloo) on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Parish prayers at 8:30pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis RC Church (49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener) on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11am. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Cremation and interment at Parkview Cemetery will take place at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart & Stroke Association can be made though the funeral home at http://www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

Edissi, Jan

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of family and friends on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the age of 58. Beloved wife of Brian for 26 years. Loving mother of Dante and Dario.

Dear daughter of Grant and Evelyn Gammie and daughter-in-law of Dennis and Kay Edissi and Colleen and Peter Bisset.

Dear sister of Elaine Martin (David), Ruth Fox (Michael), Bill Gammie (Sherry) , Keith Gammie (Debbie), Ross Gammie (Kath) and her late infant sister Margaret Ellen Gammie.

Jan will be missed by her brother-in-law Clark Edissi (Kim Westermann) and Paul Edissi (Wendy Forwell) and many nieces and nephews.

Jan’s family will receive relatives and friends from 3-5 and 7-9 pm on Friday, February 7, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. Parish Prayers 8:45 pm Friday evening. Funeral Mass 11 am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Francis R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener followed by a reception in the church hall.  Cremation to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).  Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Jan’s memorial.


Mahn, Luann Mary (Siegfried)

Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Innisfree House at the age of 63.
Beloved wife of Bryan for 41 years.
Loving mother of Ryan (Jessie), Scott (Kyla) and Tyler (Courtney).
Dear sister of Rosemary (Larry), Beth (Ross), Billy (Nancy), Margie, Florence (Randy), Carol (Mike), Michael and sister-in-law of Glen.
Will be greatly missed by her chosen sister, Jane (Bill) Meyer and dear friend, Bernie.
Loved and remembered by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Predeceased by her parents, Willy and Betty Siegfried, siblings Anne Marie (Harvey), Leon and Eileen.

Luann worked for 32 years with Saint-Gobain Abrasives (Canada Sandpaper). In her spare time, she enjoyed swimming, reading, puzzling and gardening. Luann had a passion for decorating her home for special occasions.

Luann’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 8:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener, on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at 11 a.m. Interment at Williamsburg Cemetery. Reception will follow the interment in the church hall.

A special thank you to Dr. Valdes and the 4th floor staff at Grand River Cancer Clinic, Dr. Tan and the home care team and the staff at Innisfree House for the care and support given to Luann and the family during this difficult time.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Centre or Innisfree House would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Luann’s memorial.


Ritchie, Annabelle Catherine (Massel)

Formerly of Lawrence Ave., Kitchener, passed away peacefully in her 94th year at Rockwood Terrace, Durham, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Lloyd Elwood Ritchie (1994). Loved daughter of the late John and Lucy Massel. Survived by her sister Dolores as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Helen and Jodie. She will be missed by Mary and Larry Ritchie and all her friends at Rockwood Terrace, Durham. Annabelle’s family will receive relatives and friends at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900), on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Parkview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 10 Bell Manor Ct., Brantford, ON N3R 6P2, or to the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society, 250 Riverbend Dr., Kitchener, ON N2B 2E9. Online condolences at http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


SMITH, Theresa Eleanor (nee Murphy)

Of Kitchener, passed away on December 15, 2019 at Hospice Wellington, Guelph at the age of 90.

Theresa was born on a farm in Millvale, Prince Edward Island to Leaming Murphy and Alice May Carr on March 6, 1929. She was the youngest of eight surviving children. She moved to Kitchener where she married Carl Smith.  They raised five children in Waterloo, and she is survived by them, William, Ronald, Jeanie, Maureen, and Luanne. Mom was predeceased by Dad in 1998. She was the proud grandmother of thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She would truly do anything for her family.

Theresa was an independent, thoughtful person who was well-regarded by everyone she encountered. She was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Kitchener.  An animal lover, skilled knitter, family archivist and an excellent speller.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Hospice Wellington, Grand River Hospital, Cancer Centre and Father Raphael Ma for the excellent care and comfort which they gave to our mom.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Cremation will have taken place and interment will be held at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo.

Condolences for the family and donations to Hospice Wellington may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.


Krafchek, Stanley (Bunny)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a kind and gentle man. Stanley is predeceased by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Stan Krafchek and his brother Donald. He is survived by his wife Helen, sons Michael and John, grandson Francois and sister Joan Arnold. His many nieces and nephews affectionately knew him as Uncle Bunny. Stanley worked at MacDonald Westburn.

A lifelong learner and lover of libraries and books, his passion for reading included poetry, history and biographies. Writing, painting, listening to the radio and long walks in nature also brought him enjoyment.

Stanley’s family would like to thank the 4th floor staff of Grand River Terrace at Freeport Hospital for the loving care he received.

Donations to the Kitchener Public Library will be appreciated and can be arranged by contacting the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467 or by visiting http://www.henrywalser.com for Stanley’s memorial.


Martin, Suzanne

Passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the age of 81.

Loving mother of Michael. Dear sister of Roisin Grayson (Frank) and the late Michael O’Ryan (Aideen) and Liz O’Ryan.

Suzanne’s family will receive relatives and friends from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Memorial Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Suzanne’s memorial


David O’Farrell

Passed away peacefully with family by his side, on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital at the age of 58.

Beloved son of Nate and Alison O’Farrell.
Loving brother of Steve (Jenny) and Douglas.
Cherished uncle of Reese and Bryce.
Survived by many cousins.

David’s family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Prayers will be offered at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener, on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. Cremation will take place following the visitation.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Parents for Community Living (K-W) would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Special thanks to the Parents for Community Living staff for their care and support.

Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for David’s memorial.


Ramon, Sarah Anne (nee Barnes):

Surrounded by and with the love of her family, Sarah passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Innisfree House at the age of 42.

Cherished mom of Nolan, Meghan and Adam. Dearest sister and aunt to Laura Barnes (Jessica and Zachary), Jennifer and Russell White (Charlie, Danny and Abby), Mary Jo and Ben Raslovetzky (Madison and Carter), Joseph (J.R.) and Jennifer Barnes (Sally and Samantha), and David and Jennie Barnes (Johnny and Claire). Remembered by her many relatives and friends. Predeceased by her parents, John and Margaret Barnes and nephew Benjamin Raslovetzky. She was a dedicated employee of Rae Lipskie Investment Council.

Sarah’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Monday, July 29 from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with parish prayers at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis RC Church, 49 Blueridge Dr., Kitchener on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11 a.m. Fr. Raphael Ma C.R. officiating. A reception will be held in the church hall following the Mass. Private Cremation.

Thank you to the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand River Hospital and Innisfree House. A special thank you to the family at Rae Lipskie for their continuous support to Sarah and her family.

In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Innisfree House or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Sarah’s memorial.


Angela Margaret Gnepe (Hunt)

It is with great sadness that we announce Angela Gnepe, of Kitchener, Ontario has passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 in her 92nd year.

Angela was predeceased by her husband Joseph Gnepe (1974), her daughter Jo Anne Reed (2001) and her granddaughter Amanda Gnepe (2004). Also predeceased by her sister Doris Kloepfer, brothers Doug Hunt and Ronald Hunt, and her parents Mary and Leo Hunt.

Angela was a loving mother to Larry Gnepe (Hazel) of Kitchener, David Gnepe (Erika) of Kitchener, and Michael Gnepe (Barbara) of Mildmay. She was a cherished grandmother to 6 grandchildren, Christopher Gnepe, Steven Gnepe, Marty Massel, Gregory Gnepe, Michael Gnepe, Lindsay Gnepe, Mercedes McAmmond and 3 great grandchildren, Naomi Gnepe, Michael Gnepe and David Gnepe. Angela is also survived by her sisters Gloria Ringuette of North Bay and Margaret Culina of Pembroke, Ontario.

Angela was a very loving and generous person who gave of herself in many ways. For years she worked in downtown Kitchener at Englert’s Gift Shop, where she was always purchasing gift items to give to her friends and family. The friends she met and made in her lifetime are too numerous to list, especially the life long friends she made from living on Windsor Crescent for 65 years. We will all miss you mom!

Angela’s family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Funeral liturgy in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Reception to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St. Francis of Assisi RC Church or peopleCare A.R. Goudie would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Angela’s memorial.

“Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those is the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” John 5:28,29


Jeanette Elizabeth Reid (LaFlamme)

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Innisfree House at the age of 88.

Beloved wife of Nelson Hofer. Loving mother of Janyce Reid and the late Ken Reid.
Will be missed by her step-children Anne Hofer, Mike Hofer (Sima), Peter Hofer (Sharon) and Maggie Gaus (Ken).  Survived by her daughter-in-law Florence and her cherished grandchildren Nicole and Kyle.  Dear sister of Yvonne Boland (Gerry).
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by her first husband Allan Reid and her brothers; Jack, Robert, Don, David and Fr. William LaFlamme.

Jeanette began her teaching career with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Waterdown, and taught at various Elementary Schools until 1962 when she received a Mission posting to Bolivia. There she continued to teach young children until her return to Canada where she resumed secular life, married Allan Reid and began the next phase of teaching, this time at the High School level in Montreal, later in Cambridge and finally at St. Mary’s in Kitchener.

She loved to travel, frequently accompanying student groups to Mexico, England and Spain, and visiting with friends and relatives in Italy, Malta and Bermuda, and became an avid Florida snowbird for many years. Late in life she married Nelson Hofer and “wrote” the final chapter of her book on love, laughter and life here in Kitchener.

Jeanette’s family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Prayers at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener, on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus, 145 Dearborn Place, Waterloo. Cremation has taken place.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Innisfree House would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Jeanette’s memorial.


Margaret Julia Coffey

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving children, at St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019
Margaret is survived by her children Ann (Murray) Crawford, Maureen Coffey, Mark (Denise) Coffey, Andrea Craig, Carolyn Coffey, Sheila Coffey (Ian Newall), her grandchildren Mark (Kathleen), Daniel (Stephanie) and Patrick (Alex) Crawford, Yvette, Elise and Paul Coffey, Kevin, Kathryn (Ryan) and Erin Craig, Robert, Elisabeth and Gavin Newall, as well as her great granddaughter Margaret “Mae” Crawford.  She is also survived by her sister Madeline Heughan.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband Wilfrid Coffey, her parents James and Mary (nee O’Reilly) Lynes, her siblings Helena (Patrick) Kloepfer, John Lynes, Daniel Lynes, Dr. Frank (Maria) Lynes, and her brother-in-law Gordon Heughan.
Margaret was devoted to her faith and her family, and was a loyal parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Kitchener. She had a rewarding career as an educator with the Waterloo Region District Catholic School Board. Margaret remained a life-long learner who never lost her curiosity and yen for travel. Our mom will be remembered for extending her kindness to everyone.
Our family would like to extend a sincere thank you to mom’s private caregivers, the caring staff of Luther Village and the staff of the fourth floor at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Margaret with her family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be held at 7:45 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, on Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 am.  Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery and a reception will be held in the Parish Hall of the church.
Condolences for the family and donations to the Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario or the Historical Lynes Blacksmith Shop, Kenilworth may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445.


Rev. Francis (Frank) Xavier Reitzel, CR

The Congregation of the Resurrection announces the death of Father Francis Xavier Reitzel, CR on April 2, 2019 of Resurrection Manor, Waterloo, Ontario. He was 95 years old, and in his 70th year of ordained priesthood.
Father Reitzel is predeceased by his parents Francis and Helen (Pelletier) Reitzel. Lovingly remembered by his brothers Mark and Clare (Arlene) and by his nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Fr. Reitzel professed his religious vows in the Congregation on September 8, 1943 and was ordained to ministerial priesthood on June 11, 1949 at St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario.
Fr. Frank ministered as a Catholic educator at Scollard Hall in North Bay, St. Jerome’s H.S., Resurrection College, University of Waterloo, University of Chicago and St. Mary’s College, Kentucky. He acted as Chaplain at the University of Calgary and taught part time in the English and Religious Studies departments. From 1979 to 1982 he was assigned to Brescia College – University of Western Ontario in London serving as Chaplain and teaching part time Religious Studies. Fr. Frank undertook the role of Associate Pastor and then Pastor at St. Francis Parish, Kitchener. Fr. Reitzel was assigned to St. Patrick’s Parish in Bermuda for 13 years. In 2001, he retired to Resurrection Manor in Waterloo.
Throughout his seventy years of priesthood, Fr. Frank served our Risen Lord as a teacher, professor, pastor, counselor, Chaplain to K.O.C. Cursillo, Better World movement, Charismatic Renewal, Marriage Encounter; he has been a Novice Master, counselor, spiritual guide, mentor and friend.
Fr. Frank was a word smith and enjoyed words and word play along with the pursuit of other intellectual endeavours and studies. William Shakespeare was in many ways Fr. Frank’s muse. No doubt they will have great discussions beyond the pearly gates.
We are grateful to all medical personnel who supported Fr. Frank during his last days.
Visitation of Father Reitzel will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener on Friday, April 5th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 P.M. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 6th. Interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Reception to follow at St. Francis Parish Hall.
Donations in Fr. Reitzel’s memory may be made to Resurrectionist Missions and forwarded to the Congregation of the Resurrection, 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G7 or arranged through Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON at 519-749-8467 or http://www.henrywalser.com


Dineia Pacheco

Passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the age of 68.

She will be missed by her husband John and daughters Diane, Christine and Anna. Sister-in-law to Maria and aunt to Lina (Chris) and Christopher (Vera). Predeceased by her parents Abilio and Ressurreiçaõ Amaral. Family and friends may visit Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre (1001 Ottawa St. S.) on Monday, April 1 from 4-8 pm with prayers at 4 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis RC Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue on Tuesday, April 2 at 11 am. Interment to follow at Williamsburg Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to Diabetes Association. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


Helena Mary Thibodeau

Passed away with her family by her side after a brief illness on March 19, 2019 at 94 years of age.
Predeceased by her husband Charles (2004) and her son Dale (1992). Loving mother of Janice Aubin and husband Richard; Wayne and wife Donna Thibodeau. Dear grandmother of Devin; Dustin and wife Emily Aubin; Adrienne Schnee. Sister of Albert “Kelly” (Vivian); Louis (Pat) Ganci. Predeceased by brother Peter and wife Gwen. Helena was a member of St. Francis of Assisi, C.W.L. and Knights of Columbus. If you desire, donations to the KW Humane Society would be appreciated. Visiting will take place on Friday March 22nd , 2019 from 6-8 pm at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre (1001 Ottawa St. S. 519-743-8900) Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019 at 10 am from St Francis of Assisi (49 Blueridge Ave. ) Interment at Memory Gardens. Share a memory at http://www.westmountfunerlachapel.com


Maurice Dowdall

Unexpectedly, Maurice passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, February 23,2019 at the age of 82.
Predeceased by his soul mate Marjorie (1997), dearly loved father to the late Paul Dowdall (1992), Darlene Vandenberg (Martin) and Terry Dowdall (Colleen). Gramps leaves cherished memories with his grandchildren Briana, Mitchel, Tara, Lexi, Sarah, and his great grandchildren Rosa and Theo. Loving brother to the late Pat Dowdall (Melva), Vernon Dowdall (Marlene), Audrey Budden (Len), Aileen Creaser (John), Bernice Green and Brian Dowdall (Nancy). Maurice lived a full life of golf, country music and a positive attitude. He will be missed by his Friday afternoon pool buddies, golf partners, and his “family” at the Commercial Tavern. Family and friends will be received at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Ave., on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Maurice’s Life at the Commercial Tavern, Maryhill. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are greatly appreciated.