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STURGEON, Mary Sturgeon - Obituary | Print |


Passed away on September 6th, 2014.

Mary, loving and devoted wife of Robert.

Beloved Mother of Catherine and her Husband Mannie.  Cherished Grandmother of Claire.

Friends will be received at 11 am on Saturday, September 20th at St. Timothy's Presbyterian Church (97 Burcher Rd., Ajax.

VIEHL, Gladys (Hare) Viehl - Obituary | Print |

VIEHL, Gladys (nee Hare) -

After a long illness, Gladys passed away peacefully at home on September 6, 2014.

A loving and devoted wife to Rudolf for 55 years.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, son Stephen, daughter Eroica, her two granddaughters Dakota and Baileigh, family and friends.

In respect to her wishes. there is no public service planned.

In her honour, donations to the Ontario Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.


WATTERS, Christopher Watters Obituary | Print |

WATTERS, Christopher -

Passed away at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in his 99th year.

Beloved husband of Patricia for 67 years. Loving father of Ian Watters (Linda), Robert Watters and Anne Villa-Lewis.

Christopher will be missed by his grandchildren Ian Watters (Cathy), Bob Watters (Jamie), Nadina (David Reguidel), Kris Villa (Natalie), Trevor, Brian, Gillian and Jason Watters and 5 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his granddaughter Christina Villa and brother Frank.

Funeral service in Milton on Friday, September 12th.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Milton District Hospital Foundation in Christopher’s memory would be appreciated.

WEBB, Anne Webb Obituary | Print |

WEBB, Anne -

Webb_AnneOn the evening of Saturday, September 6, 2014 Anne met Jesus face to face.

She is survived by her son Mel Webb.

She is predeceased by her parents Michael and Mary Litowski, her sisters Ruby Dolinski, Eva Chernishenko and her brother Walter Litowski.

She is survived by her sister in law Patricia Litowski and nieces Darlene Huibers (Al), Cheryl Perlaki (John), Janice Mayer (Andy). Nephews Greg Litowski (Jenny), Kevin and Brian Litowski and Ron Cherney (Krista) and her many great nieces and nephews. They will all miss her love.

Whatever she did, she did it to honour her Lord. She worked in many places including Canada Packers, Toronto; English Electric, St. Lawrence Seaway, Calvary Church & School St. Catharines.

Funeral service will be held in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 10th. Private burial.

If so desired, memorial donations to Crossroads Ministries or the Alzheimer Society would be greatly appreciated by the family.

WHITESIDE, Mary Patricia 'Pat' (Pearce) Whiteside - Obituary | Print |

WHITESIDE, Mary Patricia 'Pat' (nee Pearce) -

Passed away peacefully at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the age of 81.

Beloved wife of the late Clifford Sandy Whiteside and Bill Newsome.

Loving mother of Patricia and Nancy and the late Dennis and Michael. Cherished grandmother of Sean, Serryna, Sarah, Amy, Brianne, John, Peter, Nigel, Yarrow. Step- grandchildren of Sabrina, Sheldon and Elizabeth. Great-grandmother of Leah, Liam, Calam, Nina, Chantelle, Ryan, Mason, Emily, Cole and Paige. Great-great-grandmother of Chase and Ben. Dear sister of Frank Pearce and the late John "Jack" Pearce and Maud Edwards.

Predeceased by her parents John H. McD. and Emily Pearce (nee Dorgan). Pat will be dearly missed by her Santa's Village family, many nieces, nephews and good friends.

A special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and support staff that took such good care of our mother in her time of need, you know who you are.

A Celebration of Life to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Please wear something colourful, as she was never drab or dour.

Donations to the Humane Society, World Wildlife Fund or South Muskoka Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.


WILLERDING, Peter William Willerding - Obituary | Print |

WILLERDING, Peter William -

March 5, 1934 - September 6, 2014

Peter passed away suddenly at Ajax-Pickering Hospital.

Peter was born in Sopron, Hungary and in 1950, at 16 years of age, led his family to escape from Hungary through the Iron Curtain and make a new life in Canada.

He worked as a cost accountant for Johns Manville for over 30 years before retiring and starting his own tax business until this year. He was an avid bridge player, loved watching the Leafs and Blue Jays and was intensely passionate of our family heritage . He will be sadly missed by his two sons Andrew (Patricia) and Michael along with his two beloved grandchildren Katrina and David, his brother Stephen (Nelly Joy), nieces Christina and Stephanie, nephew Charles and Kathy, the mother of his children.

On September 18th at 10:30 a.m., a funeral service will be held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Toronto (432 Sheppard Ave. E.), followed immediately by a luncheon reception at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Peter's favoured charity, The Covenant House for Street Kids.


YASUI, Sumi (Ota) Yasui - Obituary | Print |

YASUI, Sumi (nee Ota) -

1921 - 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sumi on September 6, 2014 at Bridgepoint Health at the age of 93.

Born in Vancouver and raised in Port Alberni, BC, came to Toronto in 1946 with her cousin Chiz.

Loving wife of the late Bill. Sumi will be sadly missed by children David and Marie and brother Bob.

Sumi was dearly loved and cherished by members of the Fukusaka, Ota, Ito, Yasui and Higuchi families.

Predeceased by brother Kazuyuki and sister Mitsuko in Japan.

She leaves behind dear friends Annie Sukunda, Miyo Masaki, Eiko Kiyonaga, Kimiko Jelec and Rhoda Lawder. 

Service will be held in Toronto on Saturday, September 20th.  Cremation has taken place.

In lieu of koden and flowers, donations to St. Andrew's Japanese Anglican Church or a charity of choice would be appreciated.


YU, Mamie (Leung) Yu - Obituary | Print |

YU, Mamie (nee Leung)

Passed away on September 6, 2014 at the age of 86.

Beloved wife of Brian for 63 years.

Loving mother of Teresa (Brian), Marian (Joseph) and Peter (Luchie).

Beloved grandmother of Christine and Catherine.

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Luke's Church (39 Green Lane, Thornhill) on Saturday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital or the charity of your choice.


ZANDER, Aldona Zander - Obituary | Print |

ZANDER, Aldona -

June 7, 1942 - September 6, 2014

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Aldona Zander, aged 72.

She passed away peacefully at home, in the company of Ray, her loving husband of 48 years.

Loving mother of Jeff and his wife Adrienne and Rick and his wife Lina. Proud grandmother of Maksimas, Matthew and Olivia.

Born in Toronto, she was a graduate of the St. Michael's School of Nursing (class of '63) and an avid supporter of the Toronto Lithuanian Folk Arts Community. 

Funeral Mass will be held at Lithuanian Martyrs' Catholic Church, 2185 Stavebank Road, Mississauga, on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10 a.m..

For those who wish, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


ZEAGMAN, Brian Edward Zeagman Obituary | Print |

ZEAGMAN, Brian Edward -

Zeagman_BrianIt is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Brian Edward Zeagman, who lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at the St. Catharines General Hospital.

Brian was Chairman of Seagulf Marine Industries. He also was past president of the Marine Club, member of the Grunt Club in Montreal and a member of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

Thanks to the doctors and nurses who supported and treated Brian. Thanks to his devoted staff, dear family and many friends. Also remembered by the Boys of Myrtle Beach, his golf friends. Special thanks to Valerie who kept his spirit up.

At his request, cremation has taken place. Arrangements out of St. Catharines.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Brian’s name may be made to the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton (905-575-6380) and would be appreciated by the family.

ANDREOLI, Muriel Andreoli - Obituary | Print |

ANDREOLI, Muriel -

Peacefully at Royal Victoria Hospital on Friday, September 5, 2014, Muriel Andreoli.

Beloved wife of the late John Andreoli. Loving mother to Frank (Dianne).

Muriel will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Michael (Stephanie), Mark (Julie) and her great- grandchildren Dakota and Mason.

Dear sister of Dorothy, Ruth and Elaine (Al).

A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date, as per Muriel's wishes.

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


BAKER, Ella May Baker Obituary | Print |

BAKER, Ella May -           "Express Condolences"

Baker_EllaPeacefully on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Fairview Lodge in her 95th year.

Loving wife of the late Charles.

Dear mother of Sharon (the late Raymond) Recalla and Paul (Terry) Baker.

Cherished grandmother of Jackie (Joe) Carvalho, Laura Recalla (Kevin), Barb (Jack) Thompson, Kelly (Kevin) Smoke, Kim (Sloan) Hedges and great-grandmother of Cristina, Mathew, Christopher, Rebecca, Trevor, Victoria, Madison and Gavin.

Predeceased by parents Joseph and Ella Caisse and by her three brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Tuesday, September 9th from 1:30 p.m. until time of Service in the Chapel at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at


BARKEY, Eileen (Lewis) Barkey - Obituary | Print |

BARKEY, Eileen (Lewis) -

Passed peacefully on Friday, September 5, 2014 (age 84).

Predeceased by her husband Lawrence. Will be missed by children Carole, Cathy (Dick, deceased), Larry (Glory), Jonathan (Julie) and grandchildren Sharon (Neil), Bobby, Shane, Katie, Jeremy, Mina (Emma), Ryan (deceased), Mikyla, Connor, Charlotte, Christian and great-grandchildren Sierra, Amy and her extended family.

Friends will be received at the EastRidge Church, 12485 10th Line, Stouffville, on Monday from 1 p.m. until time of Service in the church at 2 p.m.

If desired, donations to GRID ( would be appreciated.


BERNSTEIN, Harold (Scotty) Bernstein - Obituary | Print |

BERNSTEIN, Harold (Scotty) -

Passed away Friday, September 5, 2014 after a valiant struggle with cancer, surrounded by the love of his life, of 58 years, Arline.

Devoted and loved father to Ellen and David Turk and Barbara and Eli Grossman.

Adored by his grandchildre n Jordan, Ryen and Michael Turk, Adina, Avi, Suri, Miriam and Moshe Grossman.

Services were held on Friday, September 5th.  Shiva at 120 Promenade Circle.

Memorial donations may be made to Thank Israeli Soldiers.


BERRY, Donna Robson Berry - Obituary | Print |

BERRY, Donna Robson -

Died peacefully in Toronto on Friday, September 5, 2014, in her 94th year.

She was an accomplished interior designer and decorator, both in Montreal and Toronto.

She is fondly remembered by her dear friend Maria Stuijfzand and by her neighbours and other friends.

A private cremation has taken place.

Donations to SPRINT, 140 Merton Street, Second Floor, Toronto M4S 1A1 would be most appreciated.


CHEESMAN, Doreen Cheesman - Obituary | Print |

CHEESMAN, Doreen -   "Express Condolences"

Cheesman_DoreenOctober 19, 1925 - August 31, 2014

Surrounded by her adoring family, Doreen Cheesman (nee Corbett) passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the age of 88.

She leaves behind her devoted husband of 66 years, Edward (Ted) Cheesman, daughter Lesley Wiltshire (Kevin) and son Paul (Patti Lyn). Her legacy of warmth and laughter is proudly carried on by her grandchildren Elaine Kapogines (Chris), Elizabeth Wise (Scott), Simon and Emma Cheesman and great-granddaughters Anastasia (Kapogines) and Brooke (Wise).

A service of remembrance was held at ANDREWS COMMUNITY FUNERAL CENTRE in Brampton on the 3rd of September.

Condolences can be left for the family at

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospital for Sick Children can be made in Doreen's name at or by calling Sick Kids at 1-800-661-1083.



COATES, Katherine (Kay) (Sawchenko) Coates - Obituary | Print |

COATES, Katherine (Kay) (nee Sawchenko) -

May 5, 1922 - September 5, 2014

Passed away peacefully at Trillium Health Centre Mississauga on Friday afternoon, September 5, 2014 with family and friends present, at the age of 92.

Kay will be missed by her children, Calvin, Corrine, Karen and son-in-law Jim Harris; grandchildren, Rebecca and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Jasmine and Brianna.

Funeral Service will be held in Toronto on Monday, September 15th.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local church benevolent fund or to World Vision Canada.


COLASANTI, Rocco Antonio Colasanti - Obituary | Print |

COLASANTI, Rocco Antonio -

January 30, 1939 - September 5, 2014

Peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Beloved husband of Anna, loving father of Ronnie (Michelle) and Lori (Andrew) and proud Nonno to Michael and Rocco.

Rocco will be sadly missed by his brothers Pietro (late Antonietta) Colasanti and Emilio (Edythe) Colasanti, sister Giuseppina (Mario) Pizzicarola, many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral Service will be held in Etobitocke on Monday, September 8th.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice.


COSTELLO, Joyce Joan Costello - Obituary | Print |

COSTELLO, Joyce Joan -

Costello_Joyce(March 21, 1920 – September 5, 2014)

Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Friday, September 5th, 2014.

Predeceased by her husband Lloyd (1989) and her beloved son Ian (2006). 

Joyce will be sadly missed her only granddaughter Meghan and Daughter-in-law Mary. Cherished sister to Beryl Gaskin.

Loving aunt to Russell and his wife Trish.

As per her wishes, Joyce has been cremated.

Arrangements entrusted to McEACHNIE FUNERAL HOME (905-428-8488).

Donations can be made to any Royal Canadian Legion Branch.

Online condolences may be made at


DRYDEN, Jean D. (nee Gilmour) Dryden - Obituary | Print |

DRYDEN, Jean D. (nee Gilmour) -

September 7, 1922 - September 5, 2014

Passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of what would have been her 70th wedding anniversary.

Beloved wife of the late Robert (Bob) Dryden (December 11, 2011). Devoted mother of Janet, Linda Shaefer, Barbara Allen and John.

Loving grandmother of Allison Nickerson, Abby Remore and Robert Allen. Delighted great-grandmother of Luke and Tyler Allen. 

A service of remembrance will be held at Kingsway-Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway, Etobicoke, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1 p.m.

If desired, remembrances may be made to Kingsway-Lambton United Church or to a charity of your choice.


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