Parish Life News

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.