Parish Life News

Reverend Ernest “Ernie” Alexander Varosi, C.R.

The Congregation of the Resurrection announces the death of Father Ernie Varosi, C.R. on October 9, 2020, of Columbia Forest Long Term Care, Waterloo, Ontario.  He was 86 years old, in his 66th year of religious life and 59th year of ordained priesthood.

Father Varosi is predeceased by his parents Adam and Anna (nee Horvath) Varosi, and his brother John. He is survived and is lovingly remembered by his great nieces, great nephew and many friends.

Father Varosi professed his religious vows in the Congregation of the Resurrection on September 8, 1954 and was ordained to the ministerial priesthood on June 3, 1961.

He began his ministry as a Catholic educator at St. Jerome’s High School, Kitchener, St. Mary’s High School, Kitchener, St. Mary’s Seminary, Kentucky, St. Catherine College, Kentucky, St. John’s College, Brantford and St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto. From 1999 to 2004 he was administrator for St. Mary’s Parish in Kitchener. In 2004, Father Varosi retired to Resurrection Manor in Waterloo.  In 2018 he moved to Columbia Forest Long Term Care in Waterloo.

Father Varosi was a member of a number of committees within the Congregation and Local Superior for Resurrection Manor Religious House.  He was involved in the community acting as Pastoral Associate of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, Local Unit.  He was a member of the Seminary formation evaluation and liturgical program, served as group leader and Spiritual Director for seminarians, and assisted with the Permanent Deacon program at the Toronto School of Theology.  He also assisted in numerous parishes with preaching, catechetical teaching and faith formation.

A man of deep faith, hope and love, Father Ernie’s life of faithful service touched the lives of his many students, brother religious, parishioners, and family during his dedicated ministry.  His love of history, witnessed in his scholarly writings and classroom teachings, was eagerly adopted by his many students.

We wish to express our gratitude to Columbia Forest Long Term Care for the compassionate care they provided Father Varosi over the past two years.

Visitation of Father Varosi will take place at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Drive, Kitchener on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm with the Vigil Prayer Service at 8:30 pm.  The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church on Friday, October 16 at 11:00 am.  Private interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions, to attend the visitation or Funeral Mass, all must register by calling the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home at 519.745.8445. Personal face coverings or shields must be worn. 

Donations in Father Varosi’s memory may be made to the Congregation of the Resurrection for the care of their retired members and forwarded to 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo ON, N2L 3G7 or on our website at www.resurrectionists.ca or arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519.745.8445.


Elaine Agnes (Kocher) Meyer

JUNE 5, 1951 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2020

Passed away at Grand River Hospital on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at the age of 69 years.

Beloved wife of John Meyer for 48 years. Dear mother of Tawnya Bate (Steven) and Jolene Keyser (Chris). Loved grandmother of Avery, Hunter, Kaya, Kalea, Trayton, Pyper, and Berkley. Dear sister of Shirley Vorstenbosch (Bill), Mary Anne Molyneux, Garry Kocher (Mary), Nick Kocher (Pauline), Tony Kocher (Val), Anne Vorstenbosch (Tony), Tom Kocher, Ted Kocher, Bob Kocher (Gwen), and Cathy Ieritano (Frank). Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her sisters Betty Reid and Theresa Kocher, and her brother Gerard Kocher.

Cremation has taken place. Elaine’s family will receive relatives and friends at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900), on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 6 – 8 p.m. A private memorial service, by invitation only, will be held by the family.

Please note: In accordance with the regulations of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, due to COVID-19, all visitations, funerals and interments are restricted to a specified number of attendees. All visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering, provide name and telephone number to funeral home staff, and must maintain social distancing at all times. Please follow directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival. If you are feeling ill or have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, please do not attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to the Canadian Cancer Society, 12 – 380 Jamieson Pkwy., Cambridge, ON N3C 4N4. Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


John Richard Harder

Passed away on September 20, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener, ON at the age of 78. Dear husband of Elizabeth “Liz” Harder (nee: Miller) for 53 years. Loving father of: Melissa (David) Plouffe of Calgary and Richard (Andrea McKenna) Harder of Oakville. Lovingly missed by his grandchildren: Aidan, Christopher, Reigan and Matthew.

He is survived by his sisters: Donna Sills (the late Ron Sills and the late Bill Klopp) of Kitchener, Mary Joan (Clive) Rigby of Conestogo and Beth (Mike) Voll of St. Agatha. Predeceased by his parents: John and Anna Harder and his sister Marilyn Harder.

He is dearly missed by his brothers-in-law: Donald (Louann) Miller, Joe (Marjorie) Miller and his sisters-in-law: Marilyn (the late John) Foster, Anne (Don) Brubacher, Angela (Paul) Beckner and Pat (Mike) Ennis. He is sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

John worked in the electrical department at Sutherland-Schultz for 36 years.

John’s first love was his family. He enjoyed fishing, canoeing and going camping at the lake. John also enjoyed golfing, trips to Florida, and in recent years, time spent at the K-W Seniors Day Program, where he continued to participate in his love of games, dancing and music.

A private family service will take place at the Henry Walser Funeral Home (507 Frederick St., Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467), with Very Reverend Monsignor Edward Sheridan officiating. John’s family invites you to join the service via livestream on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming
There will be a memorial Mass at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo/Wellington or St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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


Jim Christopher

Passed away suddenly at Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto, on Monday, September 7, 2020, in his 58th year.

Beloved son of the late Anthony and Mary Christopher. Dear brother of Mary Anne Malcolm (Grant), Catherine Bradshaw (John), and Frank Christopher (Flora). Loving uncle of Lesley, Nicole, and Christopher, and great uncle to Maddie and Jackie. Jim worked for over 30 years for Hilton Toronto and will be missed by his former colleagues. His love of Toronto extended to his diehard allegiance to the Maple Leafs, the Blue Jays, and the Raptors. A private time of remembrance will be held by the family with interment to follow at Williamsburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations would be appreciated to a charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900). Online condolences at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


Thomas Anthony McCauley

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Tom McCauley, in his 90th year. He died peacefully at home in Baden, Ontario on April 6, 2020 from kidney failure.

Beloved husband and best friend of Marjorie (née Weiler) for 63 years and cherished father of Mary Lynn Winkler (Paul); Greg (BJ); Kathleen (Mitch Wilson); Joan (Greg Strocher); and Robert (Marjorie).

Pre-deceased by his parents John (Jack) and Henrietta (Moloney) McCauley and his brother, Reverend Fr. Alex McCauley, C.R.

Survived by his brothers Jack (Rita); Peter (Jeanne) and Jim (Patricia) and his sister Elizabeth Ann (J. Douglas) Snedden and by his brother-in-law Bill (Sandy) Weiler.

Will be sadly missed and remembered by his 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Tom moved to Preston (Cambridge) and then Waterloo, where he met and fell in love with Marjorie. A loving husband, devoted family man and a career-chartered accountant, Tom was a well-respected business leader and active community volunteer in Waterloo Region. After merging the accounting firm, McCauley, Robertson, Bissell and Holman with Peat Marwick, Mitchell and Co. he steered the firm through many name changes and mergers, retiring fromKPMG in 1992. Tom was a people person and was fiercely dedicated to all of the firm’s clients. After retirement, he joined Home Hardware head office, St. Jacobs as special assistant to the president in roles that included chairman of the audit committee and, briefly, as CFO as well as general manager of the company’s paint plant in Burford. He proudly wore the Home Hardware red jacket, freely distributed the Home Hardware pencils and, even on his travels across Canada, would make an effort to visit store owners.

Tom personified the word generosity. He volunteered his time for many not-for-profit organizations over the years, including his roles as chairman of St. Mary’s Hospital board, treasurer for St. Francis Catholic Church, Kitchener; and served in an advisory capacity for the Congregation of the Resurrection as well as for the Sisters of St. Joseph. He received many awards and acknowledgements for his community work.

Tom had a great sense of humour and the gift of faith. Prayer and laughter were important aspects of his family’s culture. He instilled in his children a wonderful sense of family through his unwavering commitment, strength of character and unconditional love that will be passed down for generations. Especially memorable were reunions with extended family, when he and his siblings spun the most mundane slices of life into hilarious tales as were summer vacations when we all witnessed his amazing fishing skills — catching and cleaning. Tom provided his family, friends and community with sage advice and his qualities of self-discipline, caring and calmness in the face of crisis made him a positive role model to all.

He loved to travel, play golf and was a long-time member of Westmount Golf and Country Club. He was an avid fan of the Blue Jays and Leafs and, later in life, came to enjoy curling and crossword puzzles.

A very special thank you for the care and compassion shown to Tom by home care providers, the health professionals, especially family physician Dr. Kent Bauman, and the prayers of the parishioners of St. Agatha Catholic Church during Tom’s roller coaster ride with kidney disease.

We close with his favourite quote from poet Robert Browning:
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

Due to the recent virus outbreak, there will be a Funeral Mass and reception held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, The Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice. Online condolences and donations may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at http://www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

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Judith Schlegel (nee Krafchick)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our dear Judy on September 1, 2020 at Palmerston District Hospital at the age of 70.
Loving mother of Kevin (Brianna) and Jennifer (Scott Koebel).
Cherished Gran of Brevin, Tanner and Kearan.
Dear sister of Barb (John) Strub, Dave (Ellen) Krafchick and Peter (Janice) Krafchick and her extended family.

Despite the health struggles that Judy encountered throughout her life, she always had an optimistic outlook and wouldn’t hesitate to share her knowledge about the world’s events. Judy had a deep relationship with her Catholic faith which included numerous visits from parishioners to share in prayer and stories of her life stemming from her days of teaching Catechism classes to young children. She impacted anyone she came in contact with, whether it was out for medical appointments, lunches/dinners, card games and gloating in the fact she would win against her siblings. Judy had a special love for the Royal Family, Christmas, family gatherings, trips to cottages and phone calls to friends and if you were lucky enough to receive the novel size text messages. To know Judy is to know that what brought her through the tough times was to see and hear the voices of her famous triplet grandchildren. She will be missed by many but forgotten by none.

Judy’s family will receive relatives and friends from 5-8pm on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Guests are required to RSVP to attend Judy’s visitation and service and face masks are mandatory. For those unable to attend, Judy’s service may be viewed via livestream at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming

Over the years Judy received a lot of compassion and attention from numerous health care professionals that we would also like to acknowledge. A special thank you to Dr. Philip Deacon, Dr. Murray Urowitz and the staff at Winston Park (Schlegel Villages) Retirement Home for the care and kindness shown to Judy and her family.

Donations to Lupus Ontario or Palmerston District Hospital would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Judy’s memorial and to RSVP.


Charles Bruder

Passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener at the age of 79. Loving dad of Joanne Pinkerton and Cheryl Hilker (Marc) and father-in-law of Paul Reiser and Jamie Pinkerton. Cherished grandpa to Ashley, Jake, Owen and Mary. Dear brother of Laura Voll. Predeceased by his wife, Mary (1981), daughter, Linda (2000), brother, Jerome Bruder (Joan), sister Alma Moser (Joe) and brother-in-law, Carl Voll. Fondly remembered by the Chester family, his AA friends, colleagues at Kitchener Hydro and friends at Tim Horton’s.

Charles’ family will receive relatives and friends from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Private funeral liturgy in the chapel on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. followed by interment at St. Boniface Cemetery, Maryhill. Relatives and friends must RSVP to attend the visitation and face masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Centre or 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 Charles’ memorial.


Judith Cecilia Van Ooteghem

Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of her family on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the age of 67.

Beloved wife of Jerry for 41 years. Loving mother of Kyla Buchholtz (Patrick), Kevin (Emily), Tyler and Craig. Adored Nana to Nolan, Avery and Liv Buchholtz and Joseph and Edie Van Ooteghem.

Dearly loved sister of Jim Miller (Bev), Mary Lajoie (Guy), Joan McDougall (Bob), Jon Miller, Maureen Kilbride (Paul) and Gerry Miller. She is fondly remembered by her mother-in-law Mary Van Ooteghem and her many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Judy retired as a Special Education Teacher with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in 2016 after a lengthy career as a dedicated, committed and compassionate educator. Her passion was working with students most in need and ensuring every child knew their worth and potential.

Her happiest times were spent with her family. She adored spoiling her grandkids with her time and love, decorating her beloved cottage in Port Franks, and cooking a big Sunday dinner for the whole family.

Judy’s family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, August 27, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener 519-749-8467.  If you plan to attend the visitation please register on the funeral home web site and wear a mask.

The Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 am on Friday, August 28, 2020 at St. Francis R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener. Please register for the Funeral Mass on the funeral home web site as seating is limited to 100.

You are also welcome to join the family via livestream at https://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming.

As an expression of sympathy, donations to Nutrition for Learning or the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Special thanks to all who provided care and comfort to Judy throughout her illness especially Dr. Welch and Dr. Lock at the London Regional Cancer Program, Dr. Al-Battran and the caring staff at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, and the Palliative Care Team at the WW LHIN.

Vist http://www.henrywalser.com for Judy’s memorial and to RSVP.


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.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for family and friends at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener, on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:30 am. Personal face coverings and an RSVP are required to attend the Mass. Please RSVP at http://www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener.

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”


Scott V. Schaefer

With great sadness we announce the passing of Scott on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the age of 52. Loving father of Noah. Beloved son of Carol and Vernon Schaefer. Dear brother of Christine, Steven (Paula), Sue, Greg (late Tammy), Shelly and Brad (Kim). Scott has gone to be with his son Cody, who died in infancy. Uncle Scott will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Arrangements entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. Cremation has taken place and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener, on Friday August 21, 2020 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow at Conestoga Place, 110 Manitou Drive. Please note that if you plan to attend the mass, masks are mandatory and you must RSVP your attendance through the funeral home website. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Tim Horton Children’s Foundation would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home and at the church on the day of the mass). Visit http://www.henrywalser.com to view Scott’s memorial and to RSVP.


Valeria (Valerie) Huget

Valerie passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital on Tuesday August 11, 2020 at the age of 78. Beloved mother of Ronald Gesell. Fondly remembered by Rudolf Huget. Survived by her sister Ingred Kraus Tryhorne. A graveside service will be held at Williamsburg Cemetery on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 10:45 a.m. Visit http://www.henrywalser.com to view Valeria’s memorial


June Edith Anne Germann

Passed away peacefully on July 29, 2020 at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 92.

June was born in 1928 in Trowbridge Ontario, living most of her life in Mitchell and moving to Kitchener in 1944.

Beloved wife of the late Jack Germann (1991).

Dear mother to Kathy Durst (Gary), Kristine Gibson (Ross), the late John Germann in 2015 (Ruth), Sharon Karai (John), Andrew Germann (Heather) and Kelly Macpherson (Stewart).

Loving grandma “G” to Corey Durst (Kelly), Emily Durst (Shane), Ross Gibson (Rachelle), Jennifer Finger (Greg), Ella Thorsmatz (Martin), Joey Karai (Olivia), Meagan Karai, the late Michael Joseph Karai (1992), Jordan Germann, Madison Germann, Caleb Macpherson and Liam Macpherson. Treasured “G.G.” to Spencer Durst, Simon Durst, Kaiuss Thorsmatz and Maxwell Everest.

Survived by sister-in-law Lynne Rosslignoli (Ed), sister Barbara McLean (Andrew), brother Tom Morey (Joyce).

Predeceased by her parents Roy and Evelyn Morey, her sisters Betty (Sam), Joyce (Jim), Pat (Bruce), brother Bob (Audrey) and brother Ken (Mary).

For 30 years June was a valued employee of Sears Canada. In retirement, she enjoyed travelling, participating and volunteering in the seniors programs at the Adult Recreation Center in Waterloo. She enjoyed all things crafty – especially her ceramics. Throughout her life she remained active playing basketball in her younger years, curling, seniors slow pitch and later in life bocce ball. No one could beat her in lawn darts – even at 92.

In 2007 she took up residence at Luther Village in Waterloo where she made many new friends and loved sitting on her front porch chatting with all who passed by. The family is grateful to Ray, Marie, Sylvia, Frieda, Otto, Velma, Frank, and Eileen for their friendship and support, making sure Mom was able to participate in all the activities she enjoyed.

June treasured every minute of her play time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her babies and her role as “G.G.” Above all June loved family get-togethers with great food and drink.

Due to current social distancing restrictions a private family service will be held at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario 519-749-8467 with a private interment at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Innisfree House would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

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


Stephen Joseph Zalobka

May 15, 1927 – July 4, 2020

Stephen passed away at 93 years of age peacefully at St Mary’s Hospital after a brief illness.   Beloved husband of 70 years to Helen (Dlugokecki) Zalobka.  Adored Daddy to his two dollies Patricia (William) Appleby and Theresa (Allen) Toews.  Cherished Grandpa to his grandchildren Kyle (Janet) Appleby, Kevin Appleby (Diane Bogias), and Katherine Appleby (David Wilson). Much loved Great Grandpa to Brooklynne Appleby (Jason Holden) and Dayton Appleby.  His world lit up when his Great Great Granddaughter Starla Appleby Holden was born in January 2019.  Special brother-in-law of Julie Dlugokecki. Dear uncle to Sigmund Zalobka (Teresa) and Cathy Weiler (Bill) and cousin to Peter Zalobka.Brother-in-law to Anne Dlugokecki.

Predeceased by his parents Adam and Sophie Zalobka, brother Zigmund Zalobka, sisters-in-law Stella Dlugokecki and Janine Ilowski, brother-in-law John Dlugokecki, nieces Kim Zalobka, Lucyll Fleras and Christine Fisher. He will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews in the Dlugokecki family.

Stephen was born in Poland and immigrated to Canada at a young age. His family settled in “Little Poland” in Kitchener across the street from Sacred Heart Church.  He met Helen and it was love at first sight and the rest is history. Stephen was a hardworking man spending his career as a component provider to the tire builders as head of that unit at Dominion Tire (Uniroyal) He was a great provider for his little family and although we were not rich we never did without and we were very blessed in every way.

Steve and Helen had many trips to Florida and Las Vegas over the years. He loved betting on live races, off track betting, playing cards and Casino trips. Our family dinners often ended with a game of poker after the dining room table was cleared. Nothing made him happier than spending time with the family and this is when he smiled the most.  He had a quirky sense of humour that cracked us all up but he never thought he was funny, which made us all laugh harder.

Any outing with his dollies was a special one, always looking out for us and insisting on buying our meal or giving us $20 for a slot machine. He shared many special times with his son-in-law Allen who had a special bond with Pops. Going to the Concordia for lunch or going to Brantford to play cards was always a special day for him. His grandson Kevin picked Grandpa up often to spend the day at the races and Grandpa would share his words of wisdom and life experiences. His sisters-in-law Julie and Stella were a constant in his life and they had many outings and Vegas trips together. Stephen developed a special bond with his “adopted ”son and grandson Ken and Joe Woodhouse and to this day the boys won’t share what actually happened in Vegas!

Over the past year Stephen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s which broke his heart and spirit.  Losing his driver’s licence and moving from their condo was a difficult challenge for him and the past year was filled with little joy for him, as the cruel disease took him to a dark place. But the husband, father and grandfather we knew and loved was always there hiding underneath. The last few months have been a trial for him indeed, being hospitalized three times and not being able to return to his new home Chartwell Terrace on the Square which he grew to love.

Many thanks to all the medical staff at Grand River Hospital, Freeport Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital. Your kindness and caring looking after Stephen during Covid-19 was over the top. The many phone calls and updates were so appreciated. Thank you to the kind staff at The Terrace on the Square, Clair Hills Assisted Living, and all the team at LHIN who worked so hard to find a safe place for Stephen to spend his last days, but it didn’t come to fruition. You are all amazing and deserve much credit.

Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life for family and friends will take place later in the year when we can unmask, hug and kiss and share our wonderful memories of a much loved husband, father and grandpa. Cremation has taken place and arrangements entrusted to Erb Good Funeral Home.

As an act of kindness donations to The Alzheimer’s Society of Waterloo Wellington or the St Mary’s Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

And as Daddy would always say “Kripes, let’s get this show on the road!” He is free at last of the Alzheimer shackles that cruelly bound him.


David Robert Milne
May 7, 1950 – June 27, 2020

Passed away peacefully, following a brief illness, at St. Mary’s Hospital on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the age of 70, 2 days before his 46th wedding anniversary. Beloved husband of Sandy (Alexandra) Milne (née Fischer). Loving father of Margaret Gwyn (Stephen), John Kintare (Cindy) and Andrew Milne (Andrea). Proud Grandpa of Edward, Mia, Aiden, and Ruth. Dear brother to Jennifer Robinson (Kent).

The family will host a vigil for David via Zoom on Thursday evening, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. You must register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/david-milne. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
David’s funeral Mass will be live-streamed at http://www.henrywalser.com/live-streaming on Friday, July 3 starting at 2:45 p.m.
A gathering to celebrate David will happen this time next year or post-Covid, whichever comes last.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the House of Friendship (www.houseoffriendship.org) or the Working Centre (www.theworkingcentre.org) would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467).

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


LIONEL B. CHRETIEN

November 10, 1937 – June 12, 2020
Passed away peacefully, at home, with his family at his side on June 12, 2020 at age 82. Survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Marita; his four children, Michelle (Lee), Monica (Juliet), David (Vagner), and Danny (Wendy); his ten grandchildren, Alex (Jamie), Joshua (Kei), Kai (Jessica), Leilani, Jordan (Lisa), Blair, Daisy, Ruby, Mac (Lauren), and Josie (Brayden); his sisters Denise, Claudette and Lorraine; sister-in-law Christine and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Flora and Albert and five siblings, Giselle, Richard, Fern, Lucien, and Johnny.
Lionel was well known for his love of life, a passion for positive thinking and his engaging smile. These attributes sustained him through a lengthy illness. He felt blessed to walk out of a hospice and enjoy the gift of four more years of a fulfilling life. He loved to meet people and was a friend to everyone, particularly those in his bowling and horseshoe leagues and his dinner group friends of fifty years. He was a champion bowler and horseshoe master. He always encouraged his children to “go for it!”
The family is grateful for the palliative care provided by nurses and PSWs. Special thanks to Lionel’s sister Claudette, Dr. Wilhem and Chester.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements Entrusted to the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Lionel’s memorial.


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.


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.