Parish Life News

Sobisch, Dorothy

Passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday June 3, 2018 in her 91st year. Predeceased by her husband John (1987). Loving mother to J. Wayne (Karen), Mark (Eva) and Ann (Brent) Tanchuk. Dearest grandmother to Lisa, Agnes, Sandra, Matthew, Brittany and Maxine. Predeceased by her siblings Frank, Stanley, Vera (Rinehart), Joseph, Michael, Helen (Webb), Mary (Gardner), Edward and John. Family and friends may visit the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre (1001 Ottawa St. S. Kitchener) on Wednesday, June 6 from 6 -9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener) on Thursday, June 7 at 11:00 am with burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimers Society would be appreciated. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


LAMERS, Dora 

With loved ones by her side, Dora passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She and her husband Gerry were married for 62 years. They enjoyed a loving and wonderful life together, filled with family, faith and community. Dora will be deeply missed by her brothers Ted (Anne), Bill (Netty), and Tony (Sue) and her sister Toni and sister-in-law Diane. In heaven, she will reunite with her mother, father, brother John, and brother-in-law Albert. Here on earth, she will continue to be loved in the hearts of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, and many many friends. Dora’s volunteer work brought her endless happiness. She was active for over 20 years at St. Francis of Assisi Church and St. Mary’s General Hospital. She faced her cancer journey with great courage and faith. There were so many that helped along the way and special thanks go to: Dr. Johansen, the staff and volunteers at Grand River Cancer Center, the staff and volunteers at Lisaard House, and their neighbours, Mike and Mary. Your kindness, caring and support was precious and appreciated more than you know. The Funeral Mass will be held for Dora on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener, Ontario. There will be a time for final respects between 10 – 10:45 a.m. in the foyer of the church. A luncheon will follow the Mass. Please join the family to celebrate the life of Dora Lamers. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Mary’s Hospital or Grand River Cancer Center would be appreciated. Condolences and donations may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home,171 King St., Waterloo http://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”


Josephine Cote (Nowak)

Passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at her home at the age of 74. Beloved wife of the late Gaetan (2008). Loving Mom to Adrien (Gaby) and Marty (Carrie). Cherished Babcia to Simone and Noelle. Dear sister to Irene, Janet, Mary, Laura, Anne, Walter and John. Predeceased by her sister Clara, and brothers Stanley and Casimer. She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews.

She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. We will dearly miss hearing her passionately cheering on the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays, her love for a good chit chat, her ability to sing a song for any occasion, and most of all her presence. A devoted teacher for her whole career in Waterloo Region. Josie also spent much of her free time helping others by volunteering for charities including Canadian Food for Children and St. Vincent de Paul.

Josephine’s family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (parish prayers at 7:00 p.m.) on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue Kitchener, on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Williamsburg Cemetery followed by a reception at the church.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Food for Children would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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


Caddick, Shirley (nee Brohman)

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her daughters, on Monday, April 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital at the age of 85.
Beloved wife of the late Albert Francis Caddick (2017).
Loving mother of Luanne (Desmond) Hickey of Kitchener, Linda Caddick of London, Lorie Caddick of Kitchener and Lisa (Ronald) Lindner of London.
Cherished grandmother to Jamie and Jason Hickey and Christopher and Michael Lindner and great-grandmother to Garrett and Olivia Hickey.
Dear sister of Jim (Sharon) of Port Elgin, Harold (Wanda) of Kitchener, Ken (Donna) of Elmira, Larry (Paul) of Toronto and Diane (Don) O’Bright of Kitchener.
Predeceased by her parents, Walter and Clara Brohman and siblings, William, Helen Murdock and Betty Butcher.

Shirley worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s General Hospital for her entire career. Even after retirement, she continued to give back and volunteered at the hospital.

Shirley’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener, ON N2M 4E2 on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. Private family interment at Williamsburg Cemetery at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation – Cardiac Care would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Shirley’s memorial.

The family would like to thank “Mom’s girls” from CCAC and Chartwell Westmount – Rosemount Wing for their dedicated care.


Ferguson, Brad

Passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the age of 54. Loving husband of Debbie. Beloved father of Sarah. Son of the late Ron and Genny Ferguson and son-in-law of Shirley and the late Neil Graves. Dear brother of Rhonda Nolan (Dan), Lorrie Cronin (late Bob), Cathy Binnendyk, Mike Ferguson (Dawn) and Jody Henderson (Dwayne). Fondly remembered by his Uncle Ken Partridge (late Aunt Lee). Brother-in-law of Steven Toole (Mary), Ed Toole and Dale Graves (Daniela). Uncle Brad will be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and their families. As an organ donor, Brad will be proud to know that his gifts will allow other lives to go on.
Brad’s family will receive relatives and friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday March 25, 2018 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Christian Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., on Monday March 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation (Intensive Care or Cardiac Unit) or KW Humane Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Brad’s memorial.


TILMANS, Anne

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Anne Tilmans on Monday, March 19, 2018, at the age of 90 years. Loving wife for over 63 years to the late Matthew Joseph Tilmans (2017). Dearest mother to Joanne (Paul) Schumacher and Gerald (Kim) Tilmans. Beloved Oma to Leanne, Holly, Riekie, and James. Anne and Matthew emigrated from Holland in 1953 and were welcomed into the growing Dutch community in Hamilton. In the early 1960’s, they moved to the KW area. What started as a part-time job in 1968 became their full-time business until retirement with The Dutch Janitor Service, whose motto was “Clean the ‘Dutch’ Way”. Anne was a longtime volunteer and fundraiser for Freeport Hospital, donated over 100 units of blood to Canadian Blood Services, and also volunteered at Sunnyside Home and with Christmas gift wrapping at the mall. Anne’s family will receive relatives and friends at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900), on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Williamsburg Cemetery. If desired, donations would be appreciated to Freeport Hospital, 3570 King St. E., Kitchener, ON N2A 2W1. Online condolences at http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


HERZOG, Dorothy Matilda (nee Buckle),

Peacefully at Luther Village on the Park on Friday, March 2, 2018 in her 98th year. Predeceased by her husband Leo (1997), her five brothers and sisters-in-law; Edward (Flora), Albert (Adena), George, Wilfred (Stella) and Joseph (Rita), her late husband’s family; Edwin Herzog, Alfred Herzog (Genevieve), Rose Fischer (Reinhold), Clarence Herzog, Anna Hahn (Ralph), Tony Herzog (Claire) and Betty Reidel (Joseph). Dorothy is lovingly remembered by Kathy Herzog, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Dorothy was a long time member of the Catholic Women’s League and Carmel of St. Joseph. Heartfelt thanks to the loving care of her many friends and staff at Luther Village on the Park. Family and friends may call at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S. on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be at 2:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Ave. on Wednesday at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of choice are greatly appreciated.


LaFlamme, Reverend Father William, CR

The Congregation of the Resurrection announces the death of Father Bill LaFlamme, CR on January 30th, 2018 of Resurrection Manor, Waterloo, Ontario. He was 88 years old, in his 62nd year of religious life and 68th year of ordained priesthood.

Father LaFlamme is predeceased by his parents Eugene and Elizabeth (Zimmer) LaFlamme, and his brothers Donald, Jack, Robert and David. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his two sisters Jeanette (Nelson) Hofer and Yvonne (Gerry) Boland, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Father LaFlamme professed his religious vows in the Congregation on September 8, 1949 and was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on June 4, 1955. He began his ministry as a Catholic teacher at St. Jerome’s High School, Kitchener. Fr. Bill served as Administrator at St. Theresa’s Cathedral, Bermuda and at St. Mary’s Parish, Kitchener.
He also ministered as Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Hamilton, St. Francis Parish, Kitchener, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Burford, and in Bermuda at St. Michael Parish, Stella Maris Parish, and St. Anthony’s Parish, Rector at St. Theresa’s Cathedral. From 2003-2005 Fr. Bill semiretired to Fort Myers, Florida and acted as Assistant Pastor at St. Andrews’ Church, Cape Coral, Florida. In 2006, Fr. LaFlamme retired to Fort Myers, Florida, and in 2012 moved to Resurrection Manor in Waterloo. Fr. LaFlamme held a variety of leadership roles within the Congregation as Novice  Master and Vocation Director, and Rector of St. Thomas Scholasticate, in London. Fr. Bill was very involved in the community acting as Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in Kitchener, Hamilton, Bermuda and Fort Myers, Florida.

Fr. Bill was an eternal optimist with a jovial personality; he was a man of deep faith, hope and love. Father Bill’s life of faithful service touched the lives of his students, brother religious, parishioners, and family during his life of dedicated ministry.

Visitation of Father LaFlamme will take place at Resurrection College, 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 9 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, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Reception to follow at St. Francis Parish.
Donations in Fr. Bill’s honour may be made to The Resurrectionist Missions and forwarded to Congregation of the Resurrection, 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G7 or on our website http://www.resurrectionists.ca or arranged through Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467 http://www.henrywalser.com


Barnes, John:

Surrounded by the love of his family, John died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the age of 71.

John was predeceased by his wife Margaret and grandson Benjamin.
He will be remembered by his 6 children and their spouses as well as his 14 grandchildren: Laura Barnes (Jessica and Zachary), Jennifer and Russell White (Charlie, Danny and Abby), Mary Jo and Ben Raslovetzky (Madison and Carter), Sarah Ramon (Nolan, Meghan, and Adam), Joseph (J.R.) and Jennifer Barnes (Sally and Samantha), and David and Jennie Barnes (Johnny and Claire). Brother of Mary Anne Barnes, Jim Barnes (Julianna), Teresa Snider, Monica Vallor (Bruce) and Madeline Atkinson (Jack). Brother-in-law of Jackie Camier (Bill), Helen Plati (Vince), Maurice Plouffe (Eileen) and Marcella Perry and also remembered by his aunts, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

John was a teacher with the Waterloo District School Board for over 30 years. It was through his strong faith, John served his church and community. The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Mary Anne, Jim and Julie Barnes for their love, care and support not only for John, but for his children.

John’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Monday (today) and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Fr. Tim Uniac C.R. will lead Parish Prayers on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Celebration will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11 a.m., with Fr. Tim Uniac presiding. The reception will follow in the Church Hall immediately after Mass. Private family interment in Williamsburg. Instead of flowers, John requested donations be made to POGO or Cerebral Palsy. (cards may be obtained at the funeral home)
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for John’s memorial


Hoshooly, Helen Maryann

Died peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener after a brief illness in her 89th year.
Helen has gone to be with her Lord Jesus, to whom she devoted her life and all that she did. Born in Guelph Ontario in 1927, Helen is survived by her sisters Mary Lapshinski of Guelph, Jenny Burjoski of Kitchener and pre-deceased by her parents Michael and Annie, brother Alex Hoshooly and sister Annie Olynyk. She will be missed and very fondly remembered by her 8 nieces and nephews, many grand-nieces and nephews. Helen spent her life as the owner of Baby Point Beauty Salon in Etobicoke and was more than 40 years in her location there. She was a devoted member of St Cecelia’s Catholic Church and will be missed by her friends and members of her prayer group. Helen was a true character, friendly and welcoming, ready to strike up a conversation with anyone. She lived a humble life and believed in helping the poor. She was a vibrant soul who leaves behind a lifetime of memories and stories.
Helen’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 7-9 pm at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467. Parish prayers 8:30 pm Tuesday evening. Funeral Mass 11 am on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at St. Francis R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener. Fr. Tim Uniac C.R. officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener followed by a reception at the funeral home.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Vincent dePaul would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Helen’s memorial.


Oeser, Anna-Maria

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Anna Maria Oeser (nee Kerber) who died peacefully at home on September 22nd 2017, with her family by her side. Born August 1925, in Heidelberg Germany her life was full of faith, service, gratitude, adventure and most of all caring with love. Anna Maria immigrated to Canada in October 1953 to work as a physiotherapist and assist those suffering from the polio epidemic. It was here in Kitchener Waterloo where she was blessed to find her beloved John Oeser (predeceased) to whom she was married in June 1954. Their union created three children John Peter, Eva Straus (Dan) and Thomas (Laura). She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren to whom she will forever be Oma: Danielle Straus (Kevin Stordock) and their children, Rayvenne and Korbin, Anthony Straus (Meaghan) and their children, Oliver and Ava, Jessica Straus (Dylan MacDonald), Tyler Straus (Mehrnoosh) and Katlyn Ziegler. She is predeceased by her brother Gregor Kerber, survived by his wife Anneliese and their children Elisabeth Kerber (Ullrich Mall), Johannes Kerber (Brigitte), Martin Kerber (Daniele), Maria Kerber (Axel) and Clara Kerber.
Anna Maria’s personal philosophy was always that when you give you will receive in the most unexpected ways and that caring is at the centre of every relationship. “How can I help?” was how she started almost all of her relationships. As an accomplished physiotherapist her devotion to healing kept her working well into her eighties. As young parents Anna Maria and John were passionate about travel, packing the kids up in their converted van and driving across the country, to Alaska and even Mexico. Anna Maria never lost her sense of wonder and continued to travel on her own after John passed. She made great friendships around the world, exchanging ideas about faith, history and seeing the great wonders of God’s earth. From Cairo to Sydney, Johannesburg to her beloved Germany, the list goes on and on. It was her immense and devoted faith that guided her through the deepest valleys and greatest mountains that she encountered and survived in her ninety two years. Anna Maria loved to laugh and saw great value in the smallest of moments. She often remarked that with family, all you need is love. We will hear her laughter in our dreams, long for the wisdom of her touch and cherish the love she so generously gave.
Anna Maria’s family will receive relatives and friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St. Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church hall. Private family interment at Woodland Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation – Integrated Stroke Unit, Kidney Foundation of Canada, or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home)
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Anna Maria’s memorial.
Wir lieben dich Mama, Anna Maria order einfach Oma. Bis wir uns in 2,000 jahren wieder Treffen.


NOLAN, Mary (nee Bruce) 1922-2017

Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at Columbia Forest LTC on July 31, 2017 in her 95th year.
Mary was the wife of the late Simon Nolan (2016) and mother to their predeceased son Edward (1997). Left to mourn her loss are her 4 children Bruce (Gini), Barbara Pearce (Bill), Janet Armstrong (Don) and Bill (Patti). Much loved and admired by 11 grandchildren, Rob (Carolyn), Becky (Rob), Michael (Shanna), Steven (Breanne), Kara (David), Craig (Erin), Brent (Kelcey), Kyle (Erin), Lauren (Trent), Michaela (Patrick) and Liam and 6 great-grandchildren, Carter, Reid, Leighton, Hudson, Abby, and Grayson.
We will always treasure our mom’s commitment to family, all the wonderful sweaters she knit with TLC, delicious balanced meals and her outstanding baking, especially her homemade bread.
Mary’s family will receive relatives and friends from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., (519) 749-8467. Prayer Service 8 p.m. Thursday. Prayers will also be offered at the funeral home on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:20 a.m. followed by a procession to St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Sam Restivo C.R. officiating. Reception to follow in the church hall.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated (cards available at the funeral home). Visit www.henrywalser.com to view Mary’s memorial.

ZUPAN, Majda

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at K-W Campus of Grand River Hospital at the age of 83.

Beloved wife of 56 years to Josef. Loving mother of Joe Zupan (Tammy Hynes) and Helen (Nelson) Ribeiro. Cherished Mama of Porter, Jeremy, Emma, Zachary, and Ethan. Dear sister of Lencka (Pavel) Zupan. Also survived by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Sylvester and Helena, and her brother Janez Kosir.

Majda’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener (519-749-8467) on Friday from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be held in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1 p.m. Interment Williamsburg Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a Charity of ones’ choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Majda’s memorial.


METZLOFF, Jack

Passed away peacefully after a long illness, on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at Grand River Hospital at the age of 84.

Beloved husband of 60 years to Dianne (nee: Carlberg). Loving Dad to Randy (Jo-Anne), Penny (Paul) Grominsky , Jackie (Bill) Medeiros , Tammy (Carl) Boomhouwer, Jeff (Marlene) and Kerri (Marko) Paranosic. Will forever be remembered by his 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Survived by his siblings Betty (Gerry) Dietrich, Doreen (Lorne) Hogan and Sandra Roehrig. Predeceased by his parents Clarence and Priscilla. Jack was founder and president of A & A Paving Ltd. which was established in 1966.

Jack’s family will receive relatives and friends from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church (49 Blueridge Avenue Kitchener) on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Interment Williamsburg Cemetery. Reception to follow the burial at Henry Walser Funeral home.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation- Dialysis Unit or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Jack’s memorial.


CROLLA, Maureen Bridget (nee Donaghy)

Passed away peacefully, May 3, 2017 in her 83rd year at Freeport Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Survived by daughter Maria, son John, precious granddaughter Kyra Hardman (Caleb). Sister Rachel Donaghy, friend Claudette Pilon of Kitchener, niece Jacqueline Shaw and nephew Nathan of Hamilton. Dear friends Ian and Margaret Gordon of Waterloo and many relatives in Scotland. Predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Michael. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Freeport and St. Mary’s Hospitals. Mass 11 a.m. Thursday May 11 at St. Francis of Assis – 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener. Reception to follow 1061 Queen’s Blvd., Kitchener.


SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to all our young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation this past Sunday.