Parish Life News

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.


Cameron, Carole Marianne (nee) Stoeser

Passed away on Wednesday February 20, 2019, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital at the age of 77 years. Loving wife of the late Donald Joseph Cameron ( Don ). Carole will be remembered by her siblings Judy Winterburn ( Dennis ) of Kitchener, Linda Rumig (Ronald) of Waterloo, Gregory and Donna Stoeser of Waterloo and Dolores McKenna (Gerry) of Summerland B.C. She will also be remembered by her sister in law Noreen Levesque (Rosaire) and her brother in law Gerald Cameron (Liz). Carole will also be missed by her nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Harry and Stella Stoeser. Carole was retired from the Insurance business and she was an integral part of the “ Magnificent Seven”

Friends are invited to share their memories of Carole with her family during visitation at the GRAHAM A. GIDDY FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL, 617 King St N. Waterloo. (across from Home Depot) on Monday February 25 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Parish Prayers will be held at 3: 30 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday February 26, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi R. C. Church 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener, ON. Rev. Tim Uniac, C.R. officiating. Interment to follow at Williamsburg, Cemetery, Kitchener. Condolences for the family and donations to the Carmel of St. Joseph and may be arranged through the GRAHAM A. GIDDY FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL. 519 888 7700. http://www.grahamgiddyfh.com


Fisher, Mildred

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the age of 95.

Beloved wife of late Kenneth Fisher (1970). Dear mother of Judith Nairn (Jim), Paul Fisher (Charlotte Johnston), Ruthann Fisher and Gail Fisher. Grandma to Joanna Nairn, Tracy Hilliard (Myles), Christina Harter (Larry) and the late Michael Fisher (2014). Mildred will also be missed by Michael’s wife Karen Fisher. Great-grandmother to Niko, Oliver and Gabriel. Dear sister to Jean Matlock (Tony) and Marie Galloway (the late Noble). Predeceased by her brothers Fred, Jack (Loreen), Bill (Mary) and sisters Dorothy, Alice and Anne Tucker and Rita Smiley (John).

Mildred was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a faithful woman who believed in God and her saviour,
She was a hard worker who believed in laughter and joy despite hardships. She was a young widow who cared for her family and made sure her children were strong, kind, caring individuals. She believed in helping in her community at her church, for the liberal party of Canada, as a member of the Irish committee which held charitable dinners,
as a member of the Knights of Columbus senior group, and the Catholic Woman’s League. She knew how to be a friend, especially with the late Helen Collins who was a great friend for over 90 years. Her favorite job before retirement was with the Centre in the Square where she worked in the box office before the building on Queen Street was even built. She loved selling tickets and meeting people and the stars who came to perform on the Centre’s stage. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Mildred’s family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener. Parish prayers 3:30 pm on Friday afternoon. The Funeral Mass will take place at 10 am on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Francis R.C. Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener. Interment Parkview Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy donations to St. Mary’s Cardiac Care or St. Francis Church or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).

Special thanks to the 5th floor staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Dr. Mel Cescon for all their care.

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


Jose Eduardo Amaral Gouveia

APRIL 21, 1950 – JANUARY 19, 2019

After a courageous battle with cancer, our hero passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Freeport Hospital on January 19, 2019 at the age of 68.

He is survived by his devoted wife Maria Dos Anjos, his adored children; Elizabeth Damaso (Richard), Sue Ferreira (Carlos), Chrestina Dawson (Roy), Derek Gouveia (Kelly), his beloved grandchildren, Katelyn, Sara, Nathan, Alex, Thomas, London, Levynn and Dominic. Jose is survived by one brother Domingos (the late Maria Dos Anjos), his in-laws; Beatriz, Jose (Margarida) Humberto (the late Fatima), Silverio (Diane) and Manuel (Mary Lou). Predeceased by his parents Agostinho and Maria Jose, his father and mother-in-law Humberto and Maria De Gloria, siblings Manuel, Ema, Beatriz and Maria and their spouses. He will be sadly missed by his precious nephews, nieces, godchildren, family and friends.

Jose will be remembered as the patriarch of the Gouveia Family that he worked so hard for all of his life. Jose was a dedicated employee of the University of Waterloo for nearly 30 years. He was a true Leafs fan and a strong family man. He will be deeply missed by all. The family would like to thank: Dr. Serrano (Juravinski Cancer Centre) for saving Jose’s life and allowing us extra precious time. Dr. Valdez, the entire nursing team at GRH and Freeport Hospital (Palliative Unit), and Dr. Schwartz. Thank you for taking such great care of Momma Maria and Poppa Joe. Family and friends will be welcomed at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S. on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be at 6:45p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Ave. on Friday at 10:30 a.m., interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Freeport Hospital Palliative Care Unit or the Juravinski Cancer Centre, all are greatly appreciated.


Mary Teresa Lyons,

née Walsh, passed away on January 19, 2019. She was born in Callan, Co Kilkenny, Ireland in 1929. Her family moved to Rossane in Tipperary when she was nine years old and she finished her studies in Clonmel. After the Second World War, she joined her father, who was working in London England, where she trained as a registered nurse. In 1954, she landed in Montreal Canada, for what she thought would be a six-month placement at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Québec, before continuing on to Australia, but the fates intervened: she met our father, Anthony Lyons there and wed in June 1956; they were married for 51 years, until his death in 2007. In 1963, they moved from Cowansville to Kitchener, Ontario.

Mary worked at St Mary’s Hospital from 1964 until 1970 and from the early seventies until her retirement in 1991 at K-W, the present day, Grand River Hospital. In her retirement, she volunteered for the Hospice of Waterloo Region and the St. John’s Kitchen.

She is predeceased by her parents Concepta and Nicholas Walsh, her sisters Phyllis, Brigid and brother David. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Malcolm Pickles of England, her nephews and nieces on three continents and her children, Michael, Sean, Brendan (Lynda), Eileen (Tododjim) and her four, much-loved grandchildren, Shivonne (Daniel), Craig, Doran and Aine.

We thank her for the love she gave, the concern she had for each of us and all her hard work. Sincere thanks to her friends, colleagues and neighbours who supported her over the years. Finally, we would like to thank the staff at University Gates in Waterloo – where she resided from June 2016 until her last day- and in particular, the Wright neighbourhood team, for their kindness, diligence and professionalism.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Mary with her family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be held at 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave. Kitchener on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Uniac as Celebrant. Interment to follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener. Reception to follow in the church hall.

Condolences for the family and donations to Hospice of Waterloo Region or St. John’s Kitchen may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445.


Pereira, Joao Leal

Passed away at Grand River Hospital on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the age of 84 years.

Beloved husband of Rosalina (nee Lemos) Pereira. Dear father of Antonio Pereira (Cathy). Loved grandfather of Margaret, Jonothon, and Jessica, and great grandfather of Katyrina. Predeceased by his parents Pedro and Filomena Pereira, his brother Manuel Pereira, and his sister Maria Gonzalves.

Joao’s family will receive relatives and friends at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900), on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be appreciated to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, 835 King St. W., Kitchener, ON N2G 1G3.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all of the doctors and nurses at Grand River Hospital 5th Floor D South for all of their kindness and support given at this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Stevens at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre and also to Kathy, Supportive Care Coordinator. Online condolences at http://www.westmountfuneralchapel.com


Diemert, Barbara Anne

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at Lisaard House at the age of 81. Beloved wife of the late Marvin (2003). Loving mother of Brian (Monika Lee), Grant (Virginia), Darryl, and Mary (Sean Harrington). Cherished grandma of Anna, Natasha, Simon, Ellen, Joanne, Sarah, Carolyn, Laura and John.  Predeceased by her dear sister Bonnie (John) Malleck. Will be missed by her furry friend Rudy.

Barbara’s generous nature and her skill as a leader resulted in her avid participation in many ministries established to help others.  She will be greatly missed by so many in the community.  In addition, she was very fond of books, movies, live theatre and concerts, and eager to travel.

Barbara’s family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm  on Friday, January 18th, 2019 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church 49 Blueridge Avenue Kitchener on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 11:00 am.  Interment at Williamsburg Cemetery.  Reception to follow in the church hall.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Barbara’s caregivers at her home and especially those at Lisaard House.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Hospice of Waterloo Region would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).  Visit www.henrywalser.com for Barbara’s memorial.


Bechtloff, Heinz J.

On November 27, 2018 Heinz passed away peacefully at home at the age of 76. He is now reunited with his parents Wilhelm and Katharina, his brother Edward, and sister Lou. Heinz is survived by his dear wife Margaret, and his children Jason (Kathi) and Elizabeth (Jon). He was the proud and loving Grandpa to Michael, Oliver, Isabella, Carmen, and Angelina. He will be remembered by sisters-in-law Anneliese Bechtloff and Rosemary Sheehan (Francis), brothers-in-law Bill Small (Marg), Jim Small (Theresa), and Leo Small (Marie). He was predeceased by brothers-in-law Frank Small and Bernie Small (Debbie). Heinz will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Heinz was an avid fisherman spending many hours on Lake Ontario with friends as well as smaller lakes and rivers. Heinz wished everyone he met the best and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He cared deeply for his family and friends. Card playing will not be the same at family gatherings and his “voice” will be greatly missed. His joy of life and kindness to all will be missed. A memorial mass will take place at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 o’clock with reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers donations to the Grand River Hospital Foundation – Cancer Centre or charity of your choice can be made through the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467. Visit http://www.henrywalser.com to view Heinz’s memorial.


Mr. Ralph Joseph Strauss

Passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his loving wife Nellie (2006).  Loving father of Diane (Doug), Murray and Kathy (Tony). Grandfather to Greg (Jackie), Barbara, Alex (Jocelyn) and Michael and great grandfather to Ronin and Noah. Dear brother of Eileen Calzavara, Mary (John) Plunkett and Dick (Mary Jane).  Predeceased by his brothers Jim and Jerry. Ralph will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and his dear friend Renate Keller.  We would like to thank the staff at Cambridge Country Manor for the loving and compassionate care that they showed our father.  Funeral Mass will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church (49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener) on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11am. Internment of ashes at Memory Gardens Cemetery to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Association or the Parkinsons Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Cards available at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 2723 Victoria Street North, Breslau (519-904-0400) or online at www.memorycemetery.ca