Parish Life News

VENETTE PADDEN (nee REINHART):

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Winston Park at the age of 104.
Venette is predeceased by her beloved husband Tom, her dear son Tom Jr. and dear grandson Sean Padden. Loving mother of Dan (Sharon) of Orton and Mary Howes of Picton. Cherished Grandmother to Michael Taylor (Danielle), Christopher Howes (Jennifer), Beau Howes (Genieve) Maureen Padden (Michael Fox), Chad Gregory (Cathy), and Laura Pethick (Rob). Loving Great-Grandmother to Jack, Shylo, Rhyse, Ethan, Katie, Erik, Ryan, Gavin, Caitlyn, Chloe and Avery. Dear sister to Fr. Boniface Reinhart O.F.M. Conv. and Margaret Sabiston and sister-in-law to Bernie Reinhart. Predeceased by father Edward Reinhart, mother Emma (Scherrer), and siblings Dorothy, Mary, Jim, Edgar and Wilbur.
Venette, a woman of strong faith, was an active member at St. Francis Church, many prayer groups and the Catholic Women’s League. We will all miss her many prayers. Venette will be fondly remembered by her family, her friends and her peers at Winston Park.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with prayers at 8:30 p.m. at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St Francis Catholic Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener. Interment at Woodland Cemetery. Reception in the church hall following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carmel of St. Joseph or Canadian Food for Children (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Venette’s memorial.


Rodzen, Genevieve “Jennie”:

Passed away on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at Forest Heights Long Term Care at the age of 86. Loving aunt to Tayler (Tyler) and Shane. Dear sister of Ed Rodzen (Louise) of Winnipeg and sister-in-law to Evelyn Rodzen of Calgary.
She will be remembered by her nieces Barbara (Ben) van Middelkoop, Marilyn (James) Williams and nephew David (Susan) Rodzen. Predeceased by her sister Linda Eaton and brother-in-law John, brother Stanley and a nephew Daniel.
She will be missed by her friends and church family.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church (49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery following the Mass.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. Francis of Assisi RC Church would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Jennie’s memorial.


Yanchus, Mary Louise

‘Mary Lou’ (nee Power) – November 11, 1934 – July 28, 2018
Passed away at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. Loving and devoted wife to the late Richard Patrick Yanchus (2012). Lovingly cared for by her oldest daughter, Helen, and her son-in-law, Bill McClenny, and grandson, Ben. Dearly missed and loved by her son, Patrick Yanchus, her daughter Christina Boutilier and husband Dean and grandsons Noah and Hunter, and her daughter Jennifer Tavares and husband Eddie and grandsons Jordan and Tristan. As the oldest daughter of John and Helen Power (Coulson) (predeceased) she will be fondly remembered by her brothers, Bill Power (Diane) and Jim Power (Eole), as well as her sister Gail Turow (Eddie), and sister-in-law Shirley Power and predeceased by her brother Jack Power and sister Wilma Power. She is also fondly remembered by her step-brothers George Krieger (the late Helen), Richard Krieger (Joan) and Arthur Krieger (Narelle) as well as her step-sisters Patricia Rooke and Mary Anne Glaab. Mary Lou leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews who were blest to have her touch their lives. Though she began her career as a secretary for the Guelph Paper Box, her real calling was as a wife and mother where she excelled as a fabulous cook, baker, homework helper, and all around guide. Mary Lou will be remembered by anyone lucky enough to know her as the sweetest, kindest, gentlest and most loving person, always the peacekeeper. She loved to laugh and kibbitz and always enjoyed a game of cards, a good comedy or some inspiring Celtic music. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Mary Lou’s family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener, 519-749-8467. Prayers at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Prayers will also be offered at the funeral home on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10:20 a.m. followed by a procession to St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave., Kitchener, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
Cremation to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Hearing Society, SickKids Foundation or Sunnybrook Foundation.
Visit http://www.henrywalser.com for Mary Lou’s memorial


Christopher, Mary Louise

Passed away peacefully at People Care – A.R. Goudie, on Monday, July 16, 2018 in her 88th year. Predeceased by her loving husband of 47 years, Anthony, on Thursday, September 26, 2002; loving mother of Jim Christopher, Frank Christopher (Flora), Mary Anne (Grant) Malcolm and Catherine (John) Bradshaw. Mary leaves precious memories with her grandchildren, Lesley Anne (Anthony) Papadopoulos, Nicole Malcolm (Derek Kat), Christopher (Katie) Malcolm, and her great grandchild Maddie Briere. Lovingly remembered by her sister Linda Angus, predeceased by her siblings Eva Fodor, and Jeanette Brown. The Family welcomes relatives and friends at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S. on Thursday from 7-9 p.m., and on Friday 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Mass from St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Ave., at 1:00 p.m. Vigil prayers Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at Williamsburg Cemetery. As expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are be appreciated.


Sobisch, Dorothy

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


LAMERS, Dora 

With loved ones by her side, Dora passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She and her husband Gerry were married for 62 years. They enjoyed a loving and wonderful life together, filled with family, faith and community. Dora will be deeply missed by her brothers Ted (Anne), Bill (Netty), and Tony (Sue) and her sister Toni and sister-in-law Diane. In heaven, she will reunite with her mother, father, brother John, and brother-in-law Albert. Here on earth, she will continue to be loved in the hearts of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, and many many friends. Dora’s volunteer work brought her endless happiness. She was active for over 20 years at St. Francis of Assisi Church and St. Mary’s General Hospital. She faced her cancer journey with great courage and faith. There were so many that helped along the way and special thanks go to: Dr. Johansen, the staff and volunteers at Grand River Cancer Center, the staff and volunteers at Lisaard House, and their neighbours, Mike and Mary. Your kindness, caring and support was precious and appreciated more than you know. The Funeral Mass will be held for Dora on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener, Ontario. There will be a time for final respects between 10 – 10:45 a.m. in the foyer of the church. A luncheon will follow the Mass. Please join the family to celebrate the life of Dora Lamers. In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Mary’s Hospital or Grand River Cancer Center would be appreciated. Condolences and donations may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home,171 King St., Waterloo http://www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445. “When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free”


Josephine Cote (Nowak)

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

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

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

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


Caddick, Shirley (nee Brohman)

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

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

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

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

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


Ferguson, Brad

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


TILMANS, Anne

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


HERZOG, Dorothy Matilda (nee Buckle),

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


LaFlamme, Reverend Father William, CR

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

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

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

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

Visitation of Father LaFlamme will take place at Resurrection College, 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 9 P.M. A Vigil Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 P.M. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018. Interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Reception to follow at St. Francis Parish.
Donations in Fr. Bill’s honour may be made to The Resurrectionist Missions and forwarded to Congregation of the Resurrection, 265 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G7 or on our website http://www.resurrectionists.ca or arranged through Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON, 519-749-8467 http://www.henrywalser.com