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McKAY, Beverley E. McKay - Obituary | Print |

McKAY, Beverley E. -

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Mathews House Hospice in Alliston.

Loving Mother of Dennis Ellis (Sofia) and Jimmy Ellis (Christopher). Special Grandmother of Charlee.

Dear sister of Tony Hastings (Cindy) and Garry Hastings (Barb). Fondly Remembered by her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to gather in Brampton on Thursday, July 31st.

In memory of Beverley, donations may be made to the Mathews House Hospice.

SHIPLEY, Betty Shipley - Obituary | Print |

SHIPLEY, Betty -

Passed away on Monday, July 28, 2014.

There will be no visitation prior to the Funeral Service, however all are invited to remain after the Service for a reception and a time of fellowship to offer support to the family and share some of your fondest memories of Betty.

The funeral service will take place at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Friday, August 8th at 11:00 am.

Memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe would be appreciated by the family.

STANTON, Ruth Marie (Payne) Stanton - Obituary | Print |

STANTON, Ruth Marie (nee Payne) -

Passed away at the Trillium Manor, Orillia on Monday, July 28, 2014 in her 89th year.

Ruth, beloved wife of the late E. Albert Stanton. Loving mother Blaine and his wife Lorna and Beth both of Orillia.

Loving grandmother of Blaine and Brian. Dear sister of the late Melville, Blake, Kenneth, Norman and Lloyd. Step-sister of the late Ida, Gordon, Kenneth and Jennie. Sister-in-law of Helen.

At Ruth's request there will be no visitation or service. Private Interment.

WESSER, Manfred Wesser - Obituary | Print |

WESSER, Manfred -

Passed away at the Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ontario on July 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

Cherished husband of Ingeburg Wesser. Loving father of Angela Wesser and her husband Alain Denjean.

Dear brother in law of Gisela Staerker. Manfred will be fondly remembered by his friends and also by his extended family in Germany.

Cremation has taken place.

ADAMS, R. Colin Adams - Obituary | Print |

ADAMS, R. Colin -

Adams_ColinPassed away peacefully at Hillcrest Village in Midland on July 27, 2014 at the age of 85.

Beloved husband of the late Rhea Adams.

Cherished father of Jo-Anne Adams, Jane Wood and her husband Dan and Paul Adams and his wife Shelly.

Dear grandfather of Kelly Moss, Ken Moss (Jessica) and Kevin Wood (Lisa).

Great-grandfather of Ede, Macy and Jaxson.

Dear brother of Jean Adams and the late Hector, Betty, Sally, Doris and Roger. Colin will be fondly remembered by his nephews, nieces and friends.

Cremation has taken place. Interment at a later date.

BACHTOLD, Pauline 'Paula' (Osolinsky) Bachtold - Obituary | Print |

BACHTOLD, Pauline 'Paula' (nee Osolinsky) -

Pauline Bachtold passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Village in Midland, ON on July 27, 2014 at the age of 84.

Daughter of the late Isodore and Polly Osolinsky. Sister to the late Jean, Ricki, Mary, Stanley, Larry, Johnny and Roy.

Paula will be sadly missed by her surviving siblings Helen Renault (Frank), Isabel Osolinsky and Maurice Osolinsky (Pat).  Many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends, especially Louise and Angeline will remember fond memories with love.

Born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan to a farming family, Paula became a psychiatric nurse in the early 1950’s. Eventually moving and settling in the Town of Renfrew, Ontario during the ‘50s and ‘60s and later the City of Ottawa.

Paula enjoyed nature to the fullest, and became an avid bird watcher and enjoyed her vegetable gardens. Paula was well versed in classic literature, poetry and visual arts. In addition, her keeping up-to-date in current news and politics always made for many lively debates.

Paula eventually moved to Midland and was cared for by her niece Sylvie Huntley while residing on the Centennial floor of Hillcrest Village.

Her family wishes to sincerely thank all the staff who cared for Paula over the years. She enjoyed keeping the nursing staff engaged, in a variety of topics.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place in Midland on Tuesday, August 12th.

EGER, Ruth Gladys (Lyons) Eger - Obituary | Print |

EGER, Ruth Gladys (nee Lyons) -

A Pioneer and Woman of Vision ( 1919- 2014 )Ruth Gladys Eger (nee Lyon), was born in West Selkirk, Manitoba in September 1919,
the second daughter of Albert and Anna Lyon. Albert Lyon (1896 -1985) or Bert as he was called, was of Scottish and English background, whose father had come to Canada from Scotland about 1883 to work for the Hudson's Bay company in Manitoba.

Anna Lyon (1896 -1996), nee Kamman, was of Dutch background and had emigrated with her family from Amsterdam in 1906. Her father was a Carriage Maker by trade. Bert was a Station Agent with the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in various small
communities across Manitoba, north western Ontario, and Saskatchewan. According to family lore, he and Anna met on a city street car in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

They were married in June 1916 and had five children; Verna, Gladys, Audrey, Norma and Joy. Gladys’ formative years were in Dinorwic, Ontario, a small hamlet in north western Ontario where Bert was the CPR Station Agent. The family lived in the CPR station which acted as a social hub for the community. Community residents would often come to the station to socialize and listen to the radio. The train was the only transportation link into or out of the community as the transcontinental highway had not yet been built through that part of north western Ontario.

Gladys started school in 1925 and remembered crying the first day and falling asleep the second day. She graduated from Grade Ten. She also studied the piano and as a young girl would take the local train to Dryden for weekly piano lessons. They cost 50
cents per lesson. She graduated with a Grade Eleven from the Royal Conservatory of Music and enjoyed the piano for her entire life.

As a young girl she often helped her father by running down the station platform to pick up discarded train order hoops. Bert would hold up the hoops containing dispatch orders, which were wired to the CPR agent for the train engineer who would slow the freight train in order to grab the hoop. After pulling the orders from the hoop, the engineer would discard the wooden hoop which Gladys would run to pick up.

Gladys first met her husband-to-be Fritz Eger in Dinorwic in the late 1920’s. His parents had emigrated from Germany in 1910. At one point she persuaded Fritz to make her a pair of snow skis.They become a couple in the late 1930‘s. Gladys' first job was that of a House Keeper for a family in Petersfield, Manitoba. Fritz and Gladys were married in September 1939 in Lenore, Manitoba, where Gladys’ father was then working. They went to Victoria and Vancouver, BC for their honeymoon and danced to “Let me call you
Sweetheart” .

While living in Dinorwic, Gladys and Fritz had three children; Albert (1941), Ronald (1943) and Judith (1946) and lived on a small farm. Fritz cut pulp wood for Dryden Paper Company, bought wild rice from the First Nations people of the area for the Hudson's Bay Company, made railway ties by hand, worked for the CPR on the section gang and as a Fireman shovelled coal into the steam locomotive's fire box on the Ignace to Kenora CPR freight train run. Fritz would wave his white handkerchief to Gladys and family when the train he was working on went through Dinorwic. Gladys and children would wave back. Before too long, other workman on other trains were doing the same thing as they steamed through Dinorwic!

As a young mother, Gladys was busy raising the children and looking after their home, as Fritz often worked in the bush or away from home. There was no running water or electricity. Water had to be carried from a neighbour’s well situated across the tracks or
melted from near-by snow, on the kitchen wood stove. Home made bread was always available. The older children started their education in a one room school. Gladys bought their butter from Fritz’s father, Frederick, whose family churned it by hand.
As Dinorwic had no high school, Gladys and Fritz decided to move to Dryden. In the fall of 1947 Fritz and his brother-in-law George Diem, a cabinet maker, built a shop at 123 Queen Street, Dryden. Diem & Eger, a Glass, Sash and Woodworking business was
opened in 1948. Fritz lived in Dryden and on the weekend, commuted to Dinorwic where the rest of the family still lived until the fall of 1949 when Gladys, Albert, Ron, and Judith also moved to Dryden. The family lived in an apartment above the shop. Tim was
born in Dryden in 1950 and Douglas in 1953. Gladys always encouraged the independence and creativity of her children. They built
wooden toys and forts of wood and snow. They played in the bush and even at a young
age were allowed to camp overnight and to swim in, and boat or canoe on various lakes near Dryden. They were taught to fish and how to cook a meal over an open fire. She also taught them the value of work and they learned to pick berries and mushrooms as children.

Often, during the summer, Gladys would drive the children 200 miles to Winnipeg to see a musical performance at Rainbow Stage in Assiniboine Park. She encouraged them to play the piano and sports. She would also take them by train to Saskatchewan to visit
her parents and to play Canasta. They too learned to love the sounds of passing trains and to run down the train station platform to pick up train order hoops, after the trains had rolled by.

Throughout her life in Dryden, Gladys was heavily involved with children in the community; initially through the Sunday School at First United Church of Dryden, then later as a Nursery School Teacher at the Dryden Cooperative Nursery School. To further
her education, she completed high school courses at Dryden High School and training in early childhood education at Seneca College in Toronto, in 1970. She helped with the establishment of the nursery school and became the Director circa 1968 . She developed one of the first integrated nursery programs in Ontario where handicapped children could attend the main stream nursery school. She was a regular attendee at Town council meetings in order to advocate for public financial assistance for Town children.

The Town of Dryden recognized her contributions to the community when in May 1992, the new Dryden Children’s Resource Centre was dedicated to her vision and work.

Gladys was always proud of her children who all graduated from Dryden High School and attended universities across Canada and the USA. Albert became a Professor at McGill University and returned to British Columbia to raise Andalusian horses at Robert’s Creek. Ron ( deceased in 2009) became a physician practicing in Port Alberni, British Columbia and then Beaumont, Texas. Judith became a Curator of Mammals with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Tim became a Public Servant specializing in Aboriginal Affairs with the Government of Ontario at Queen’s Park, Toronto. Douglas became an Energy Trader with Powerex, a BC Hydro corporation in Vancouver, BC. The children were always proud of their northern Ontario roots and thankful of Gladys’ and Fritz's determination that they obtain a good education.

In June 1977, Fritz and business partner George Diem sold their firm and subsequently retired. By that time, Gladys and Fritz had moved to their retirement home on Maple Road, on Lake Wabigoon, in Barclay Township. For a number of years they looked after
Gladys’ elderly parents, who lived with them. Gladys helped Fritz with his honey bees, was active in the United Church, took up painting and supported her sons and daughter living in Canada and the USA. They lived on Lake Wabigoon until Fritz passed away in March 1990. Gladys found solace in her art, poetry, family and faith.

In 1993 Gladys moved to Toronto to be nearer to her family. She lived with Judith and her husband James and helped with the raising of their young children in Leaside. She attended Leaside United Church. In May 2003, Gladys moved to Oakville, to live at
Sunrise Assisted Living of Oakville. Gladys always had the ability to make critical decisions with foresight. In May 2010 she moved to Collingwood, to the Collingwood Nursing Home to be nearer to Judith and James, Tim and Marilyn, and Douglas and
Jacqui who were moving there.

Gladys was blessed with thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and looked forward to their visits, letters, photos and phone calls. Her husband, children, extended family and faith were the foundations of her life. While in Collingwood, she enjoyed reminiscing about her life in Dinorwic, Dryden, Barclay, Toronto and Oakville. She also enjoyed her new adventures in Collingwood including shopping trips to Zellars, dinners at Swiss Chalet and at the Shipyards, church services at the Collingwood
Nursing Home, and picnics at Sunset Point.

She died peacefully on July 27, 2014. She is dearly missed.

FOGELS, Catherine 'Kathy' Fogels - Obituary | Print |

FOGELS, Catherine 'Kathy' -

Passed away on July 27, 2014 at Stevenson Memorial Hospital, Alliston in her 62nd year.

Beloved wife of Uldis Fogels. Loved mother of Jake (Heather), Erik, and Joel. Loving grandma of Niall, Natalie, Victoria, and Annika.

Dear sister of Louise, Giselle, and Steven. Daughter in-law of Ingrida Fogels. Kathy will be sadly missed by Egils, Aija, their families and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Alliston, on Saturday August 23rd.

In lieu of donations, flowers would be appreciated by the family.

HINDS, Mabel Edith (Calverley, Naismith) Hinds - Obituary | Print |

HINDS, Mabel Edith (nee Calverley, Naismith) -

Peacefully at Victoria House, Orillia on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in her 92nd year.

Mabel Hinds, loving wife of the late Bernard Hinds & the late Ross Naismith. Survived by son Dan Naismith & wife Jane (Orillia).

Dear sister-in-law to Louise Robillard (predeceased), Mary Calverley (Lindsay), Catherine Pilgrim (predeceased), Peggy Hinds (Welland), brother-in-law Lionel Hinds (Welland) and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by parents Robert & Edna Calverley, brothers Hugh & Robert Calverley, sisters-in-law Margaret Hinds, Irne Kirk, and brothers-in-law Joseph & Robert Hinds.

At Mabel's request, there will be no service. A graveside memorial will be held by family and friends at a later date. Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation would be gratefully appreciated by the family.

MAJOR, Norman Major - Obituary | Print |

MAJOR, Norman -

Passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Bradford Valley Long Term Care.

Beloved husband of Mary. Dear father of Steven(Angie) and Mark.

Loving grandfather of Ashley, Stephanie, Shelby and Madison. Loved brother of June Firth(Bertie) and Rona Reid.

The funeral service will be held in Alliston on Thursday, July 31st.

If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

MARTIN, Lois Marilyn Martin - Obituary | Print |

MARTIN, Lois Marilyn -

Martin_LoisPassed away peacefully on July 27, 2014 at Good Samaritan Long Term Care, Alliston.

Predeceased by her parents Clifford and Eileen Lovatt. Loving mother of Larrie (Cathy), Shawn and Brent (Catherine).

Grandmother of Samantha, Ashley, Sara, James, Elizabeth, Paisley and Mary Kate.

Lois will be fondly remembered by friends and family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the home of Susan Kordy, 21 Nelson St. W. Alliston.

Memorial donations in Lois' memory to the Integra Foundation (416-486-8055) would be appreciated by the family.

MURPHY, James Allan Murphy - Obituary | Print |

MURPHY, James Allan -

Murphy_JamesPassed away on July 27, 2014, after a short and courageous battle with cancer with his loving family at his side.

Jim is survived by his wife of 45 years Caroline, son Colin (Angela) grandson Jacson, sister Marion (Paul), sister in law Arlene (Bobby) and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Paisley Scotland on April 14th 1945, he married Caroline in March, 1969 and after his son was born immigrated to Canada in 1974. Jim worked as a maintenance manager in Collingwood. Barrie and Toronto until his retirement in 2008.

In his youth he loved to play soccer and his enjoyment of the sport continued throughout his life. He was the President of the Barrie Rangers Soccer Club. He loved to travel and enjoyed a round of golf. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

Special thanks to Dr. Emerson for the professional and personal care given. Thanks also to CCAC, St. Elizabeth Nursing, PSW workers and Hospice Simcoe who cared for Jim with gentleness and respect.

Funeral Service will be held in Barrie on Saturday, August 2nd.

Memorial Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

SHANKS, Patricia Marie 'Pat' (Cross) Shanks - Obituary | Print |

SHANKS, Patricia Marie 'Pat' (Cross)

At the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Pat (Cross) Shanks, beloved wife of J. Floyd Shanks of Beaverton.  Dear mother of Trina Kelly (Sandro Colavecchia) of Richmond Hill and Bill of Beaverton.

Survived by her brother Jerry Cross.

As per Pat’s wishes, there will be no funeral services.  Cremation has taken place.

If so desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

GARTSHORE, Marnie E. (Roberts) Gartshore - Obituary | Print |

GARTSHORE, Marnie E. (Roberts) –

At the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Barrie, on 26th of July, 2014.

Marnie E. Gartshore, age 95 predeceased by loving husband E. Boyd Gartshore, and survived by son Steve Gartshore (Lynn), daughter Sondra Jernigan (Doug) and grandchildren Rick and Carrie Gartshore.

She was born Margaret Eleanor Roberts, 1 March, 1919 in Toronto, to the late W. Victor Roberts and the late Elsie Turnbull and was sister of the late Bill Roberts and Bette (Roberts) Lang.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, golf and gardening.

Cremation has taken place. According to her wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marnie may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

MOWRY, Rickey Daniel Mowry - Obituary | Print |

MOWRY, Rickey Daniel -

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the age of 45 years.

Rickey Mowry, beloved husband of Debra Spears of Willow Beach.

Loving father of Shona Cranke of London and step-father of Breanne, C.J. and Justin. Loving Popa of Lennix and Jaxon.

Lovingly remembered by his brothers, sisters, their families and his many friends. 

Funeral Service in Sutton on Wednesday July 30th.  Cremation to follow.

Memorial donations to The War Amps would be appreciated by the family.


PETHICK, Allan Ernest Pethick - Obituary | Print |

PETHICK, Allan Ernest -

Pethick_AllanPassed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at the age of 85 ½.

Long time husband of Dorothy Pethick for almost 50 years. Father of Shawna Allinson, the late Ronald Pethick (2009), Nancy Boogaart and her husband James. Grandfather of Zachary, Amber, Lucas Allinson, and Cameron, Kayleigh, Breanna, Bryson, Briar Boogaart.

Allan is predeceased by his parents Levi Sr. and Elizabeth Pethick, and by his sister Mary Clare, and by his brother Levi Pethick.

A funeral service will be held in Orillia on Wednesday, July 30th. Interment in Orillia.

As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

SHIER, Rita Genevieve Shier - Obituary | Print |

SHIER, Rita Genevieve

At Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Orillia on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Rita (Mangan) Shier of Brechin was the beloved wife of the late Charles R. Shier.

Loved mother of Ron of Oshawa, Donna (John) Tripp of Fenelon Falls, Helen of Brechin, Nancy (Paul) Schafer of Markham, Gary, Glen, Leonard (Heather) of Brechin and Alan of Orillia.

Dear grandmother of Cindy, Heather, Stephen, Laurie, Charlene, Susan, Chris, Jon, Bret, Ashley, Jennifer and Jessica. Great Grandmother of Braydon, Larissa and Emma.

Sister of Catherine Fountain of Uptergrove and predeceased by five sisters and three brothers.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Brechin on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11 A.M.  Interment St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Brechin.

Parish prayers will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7 P.M.

If so desired memorial donations to the Brechin Legion Ladies Auxiliary or St. Andrew’s C.W.L. would be greatly appreciated by the family.

STOUTENBURG, Mary Elizabeth Stoutenburg - Obituary | Print |

STOUTENBURG, Mary Elizabeth -

Stoutenburg_MaryPassed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Bay Haven Nursing home in her 92nd year.

Mary moved with her family to Collingwood over eighty years ago. She married Collingwood native and WWII veteran, Leonard Lee Stoutenburg and raised their family in town.

She was an active volunteer at Sunset Manor and a longtime member and past president of the Legion Ladies Auxillary.

Loving mother of Gail (Bill) Middlebrook, Wendy (John) Redman & Kathy Kelly (partner Gary Worth).

Loving grandmother of Michael(Shelley) Middlebrook, Shelley(Rick) Wismer, Marcus Barber(Donovan), Devin Kelly, Meaghan Kelly and great-grandchildren Madison and Sydney Middlebrook, Jack Kelly and Isabella Wismer.

Predeceased by her loving husband Len and son Tommy.A service will be held at the Collingwood Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, August 17th at 1:00 pm. Rev Brian Goodingsto officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson's Society of Canada or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

ALSTON, Joan Audrey (Powell) Alston - Obituary | Print |

ALSTON, Joan Audrey (Powell) -

Passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014.

A celebration of Joan's life will be held at the Georgian Bay Retirement Home, 7 Harriet Street, Penetanguishene on Monday, July 28th at 2 p.m.

ANGUS, Marguerite Eleanor Angus - Obituary | Print |

ANGUS, Marguerite Eleanor -

Angus_MargPassed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Bowmanville on Friday July 25th, 2014 at the age of 91.

Dearly loved wife of the late Peter Edward Angus.

Much loved mother of Allan Angus and his wife Marianne of Orangeville and Christina Murphy and her husband Peter of Whitby. Predeceased by her son Scott.

Marguerite will be fondly remembered by her 11 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. Survived by her brother Robert (Bob) Johnston of B.C. Pre-deceased by her brothers Thomas and Arnold.

Friends and family are invited to BARNES MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby for visitation Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m.

Private burial will take place at Foley Cemetery, Sequin Twp, ON.

In memory of Marguerite memorial donations to the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville directly to Complex Continuing Care would be appreciated.

Messages of condolence are welcomed to


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