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Marjorie Droppo

 

A longtime resident of this area, Marjorie Jean Droppo of Morrisburg, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 26, 2011, following a brief illness. She was 93 years old.

A resident of 64 Park Avenue, Morrisburg, since the Seaway project, Marjorie was the daughter of the late James Hanna and Ethel Dean. She was born March 28, 1918, at Wheatley, Ontario.

On October 11, 1941, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Burlington, she married her beloved husband, Hosea Droppo, who predeceased her in 1969.

A former resident of Chesterville, Marjorie was employed at Morrisburg Public School for a time as librarian and also as the school’s secretary.

Forty years ago, a big part of her real life ended. She and Hosea lived their lives for the good of others. They were a team. Together their entire focus was on their kids, other people’s kids, dogs, birds and anyone or anything that needed anything they had to give.

Through the 50’s and 60’s, together they coached every kid in town how to swing a bat and how to slide into second base.

Once Marjorie plunged into a life of her own, with her husband gone and her children gone, she filled her winter void with skiing. But cross country skiing was too girly for her–she downhill skied until she was near 80!

Marjorie also golfed well into her 80’s, until she couldn’t find anyone who could walk the course with her. Golf carts are for old people. Nobody would ever see her riding in a golf cart, not even for the second 18 of the day.

Years ago, winter in Florida helped to extend the golf season for her–until she even outlived all of the 20 other people who she first started that diversion with.

Marjorie was a woman of devotion and strong faith. She served her church through several decades as the organist both in Morrisburg and in Chesterville. She was a member of St. James Anglican Church in Morrisburg and a former member of Signet Chapter #272 Order of the Eastern Star in Finch.

Marjorie was indeed a very private person, insisting to the end on living alone in the house where she raised her family, a home that had been moved in Seaway times.

She had many past time activities to help her get through the lonely days, but her real focus never wavered from her three boys, and then their wives and families became her family too.

And, oh yes–did anyone ever notice that she was opinionated?

The beloved wife of the late Hosea Droppo, Marjorie was the loving mother of Gary (Jane) of Kingston, Rick (Kelly) of Cambridge and Bob (Pam) of Hill Island.

She was cherished grandmother of Kelly (Chris) Van Beilen of Morrisburg, Kevin (Carla) Droppo of Bradford, Dan Droppo of Bolton, Gina (Josh) Beavers of London and Jamie Droppo of Hill Island.

She was dear great-grandmother of Tiago, Maia, Reyen, Kade, Halle and Mikayla.

So many people are linked to the life of Marjorie Droppo in one way or another. Her sons, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren will be part of the legacy that she leaves behind. They will carry on telling of the family history, just as the other people whose lives have been inextricably altered by Mrs. Droppo will continue telling stories of her as they have known her.

Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home, in Morrisburg, on Wednesday, December 28, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service, performed by Rev. Susan McCullough in the chapel, at 11 a.m. Spring interment will be at St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery, Long Sault.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledge. Condolences and donations may be made at www.parkerofmorrisburg.com

 

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Helen Baldwin

 

A lifetime resident of the area, Helen Baldwin (nee McIntosh) passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, December 22, 2011.  She was 86.

Helen was born in Winchester Township, on July 25, 1925, to her parents Garfield and Viola McIntosh (nee Strader).

In her earlier years she liked to fish, and she worked at the Iroquois cold storage. She also  enjoyed crocheting, playing scrabble and doing crossword puzzles.  

Helen is survived by her sister Nina (Carl) Pemberton of Elma.  She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth, her sisters Pauline Fowler and Ola Froats and her brother Mahlon McIntosh.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

A Graveside Funeral Service was held at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston, on Saturday, December 24th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.  

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.  Arrangements  were entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.

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Olga ‘Ollie’ Slipchenko

 

On December 27, 2011, Olga ‘Ollie’ Margaret Slipchenko (nee Shermeta) passed away suddenly at home after a lengthy debility, caused by a condition of neuropathy, combined with a short term bout of breast cancer. 

Ollie was predeceased by her parents, Dmitriy and Nellie (nee Palamarchuk). She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Walter; son, Andrew; brother, Eugene; and several cousins. 

She was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, on October 31, 1935, and educated in Winnipeg. Ollie first became an elementary school teacher, teaching in Winnipeg, Camp Petawawa, Ottawa (Barrhaven); and then as a real estate agent in Ottawa.

Upon moving to Morrisburg in the mid-80s, she became a very active supporter and worker at the Upper Canada Playhouse until the mid-90s when she was forced to restrict her activity because of her illness. Ollie continued with her active support by inviting many friends and acquaintances to the theatre over the last 26 years. 

Ollie will be sorely missed, especially her kindness, humour and sharp wit not only by her family and very close friends, but by all those who have come to know her over the years; all of whom wish her vichna pamyat’ (eternal memory)!

There will be no visitation or funeral service. A private service will be held for family and friends at a later date. 

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Action or any Research Foundations dealing with Neuropathy would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

Arrangements entrusted to the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois (613-652-4452). Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com. 

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Bernadette Ferguson

 

A resident of Morrisburg, Bernadette Mary Hannan Ferguson passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital, McConnell Site, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. She was 83 years old.

Bernadette was the beloved wife of the late Ross Ferguson. She was the loving mother of Gail Melvin (Daryl) of Cornwall, Sandra Ferguson of Morrisburg, Ross Ferguson Jr. of Alberta, Kim Ferguson of Long Sault, Jeff Ferguson (Kim) of Bonneville, Shelley Conners (Paul) of Spencerville and Donna Earl (Gary) of Iroquois. Bernadette was the dear daughter of the late Charles Hannan and the late Mary Primeau Hannan and dear sister of Maggie Tyrell. She was predeceased by one brother, Charlie Hannan. She will be lovingly remembered by her dear sister-in-law Grayce Sommerville (Ken).

She was proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, stepchildren and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of Lahaie and Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence may be left at hyperlink http://www.lahaiesullivan.com

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Frances Casselman

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Frances Casselman announces her passing after a lengthy illness, on December 10, 2011, at the age of 81 years. 

Frances was born in Matilda Township, on December 4, 1930, and was one of 10 children born to the late Irwin and Hazel Richmire (nee Ault). 

On December 21, 1949, Frances married Claude Casselman and together they settled in Morrisburg. Frances worked at the Knitting Factory and also the Linen Mill in Iroquois. 

Frances had a love for family and enjoyed traveling with them to places like Florida and Nashville. She enjoyed gardening, making preserves and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

Frances touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity. She will always be remembered and will always be in our hearts. 

Frances is survived by her children Cheryl Casselman of Morrisburg, Velma Plumadore (Roger Papineau) of Mariatown, Walter (Theresa) Casselman of Morrisburg, Graham (Bonnie) Casselman of Morrisburg, Valerie (Roger) Meunier of Kemptville, Joyce Casselman of Morrisburg and stepson Ronnie Richmire of Morrisburg. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Doris Welsh of Morrisburg and Sharon Richmire of Ottawa and by her daughter-in-law Dianne Casselman of Chesterville.  Frances was dear grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Frances was predeceased by her husband Claude; her son Eugene; her sisters Geraldine Crowder, Helen Tyo, Beatrice Richardson, Gladys Richmire, Lyla McCooeye and Verna Richardson; and brothers Darcy and Lyle Richmire.  

Family and friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 14th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brian Barr officiating.  Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.    

Pallbearers were Corey Casselman, Michael Casselman, Travis Casselman, Bill Meunier, Ray Plumadore, Arthur Plumadore, Pat Disotell and Nelson McCooeye.  

Donations to Carefor Hospice or Winchester Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

 

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Lee Madden

 

st 20 years, Lee Madden passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 3, 2011, following a battle with cancer.   He was 75.

Lee was born in Montreal on November 3, 1936, to his parents Alfred and Josephine Madden (nee Ryan).  He grew up in Montreal where he attended Loyola College (now Concordia University).   

After graduation he began teaching at Copper Cliff High School in Sudbury, and then at Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, before moving to Iroquois High School in 1962 which eventually became Seaway District High School.  

Lee’s booming voice and sense of humour added character to school life.  He was a conscientious, demanding teacher who exhibited a sincere concern for the overall growth of his students. 

Lee took students on field trips and coached hockey, football, softball and basketball up to and including his last year of teaching.  He was a strong supporter of extra-curricular activities such as the annual OAC trip to Stratford and university field trips claiming school was more than just books. 

He somehow found time to supervise the production of Seaway’s yearbook for many years. Lee enjoyed Seaway staff social events and initiated more than his share of good times with the staff.

Lee married fellow teacher Judy Ing in 1973. One of their highlights was the five years they spent teaching for the Department of National Defence in Lahr, Germany.  They made many good friends, traveled extensively and made many memories while in Lahr. 

Lee retired in 1993, following 33 years of teaching, 25 of which were spent at Seaway District High School.  

Following his retirement Lee and Judy enjoyed many trips, both in North America and abroad.  They enjoyed spending time at their chalet at Mont Tremblant, and Lee enjoyed playing a game of golf with his friends. His unique golf swing will continue to be a topic of conversation amongst his friends.  

Lee loved to have a good time and his unique personality and sense of humour made him a central figure at any social event he attended.  

His generous, fun loving nature will be dearly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to be able to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with him and call him their friend.  

Lee is survived by his wife Judy, his son Paul and his wife Marlene of Manotick, his granddaughters Jenny and Stephanie, his siblings Marilyn Chevalier and her husband Paul “Chuck” of Sun City Center, Florida and John Madden and his wife Barbara of Clifton Park, New York.  

He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law Betty and Jack Mulvey of Arnprior.  

He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews and their families.  He will also be fondly remembered by his many colleagues and students from Copper Cliff High School, Central High School of Commerce in Toronto, Iroquois High School, Tagwi Secondary School, Seaway District High School, and Lahr Senior School.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family funeral service was held on Friday, December 9th and inurnment of cremated remains was at St. Lawrence Valley Union Cemetery, Long Sault.  

For those wishing, donations to the Ottawa General Hospital Intensive Care Unit or the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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David Howarth

 

A resident of Winchester for the past 11 years, David Howarth passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 27, 2011, following a valiant 14 month battle with cancer.

Dave was born in Thunder Bay on January 13, 1963, to his parents the late Ronald and Sylvia Howarth (nee Hostikka).

From an early age, Dave’s goal was to be a soldier and a paratrooper in the Canadian Armed Forces.  He joined the PPCLI in 1980, and in 1982 transferred to the Canadian Airborne Regiment.  

While in Petawawa, Dave became intrigued with the Intelligence operations of the forces and in 1985 he remustered to the Intelligence Branch.  Dave served as Intelligence Operator for the next nine years, with postings to Ottawa and Lahr, Germany.  

In 1994, Dave retired from the CF as a Warrant Officer and began his next career as a Private Investigator.  He worked for several years for Profile and then opened his own company, Pathfinder Investigations.  

On December 28, 1985, Dave married Elizabeth Crober and together they had two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.

Although extremely successful in his careers, Dave’s primary focus was his family.  He always put his wife and children first.   Dave, Liz, Alex and Nick enjoyed many family vacations together, a good number of them to their second home, Walt Disney World, always accompanied by extended family!  

Dave was extremely social by nature and was always there to lend a hand to others, including several years of service to his community as a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Winchester.

Dave is survived by his wife and best friend Liz, and his treasured sons Alex and Nick, both at home.  He was the younger brother of Scott of Ottawa.  He was a dear son-in-law of Charlie and Anne Crober of R.R.#1 Morrisburg and dear brother-in-law and friend of Katherine and Ray Blewett of Ottawa and Rob and Wendy Crober of Winchester.  

He was a cherished uncle of Laura, Marina, William and Madison.  

Friends may call at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, December 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the home on Saturday, December 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Bob Williams officiating.  

Private internment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg.  

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  

 

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Eugene Casselman

 

A lifetime resident of the area, Eugene Casselman of R.R.# 1 Chesterville, passed away at the Carefor Hospice in Cornwall, on Friday, November 18, 2011.  He was 56.

Eugene was born in Winchester, on October 28, 1955, to his parents Claude and Frances Casselman (nee Richmire).  

On July 23, 1977, he married Dianne Hutt and together they had one son Cory.  

During his lifetime Eugene worked at several locations including Kingston Dunbrick and Brown’s Foundry.  He also worked as a construction labourer and auto body repairman.  

Eugene loved to party with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed working on cars and playing cards, especially euchre. 

Eugene is survived by his wife Dianne Casselman, his son Cory (Melanie) Casselman of Ottawa and his mother Frances Casselman of Morrisburg.

He will be lovingly remembered by is siblings Cheryl Casselman of Morrisburg, Velma Plumadore (Roger Papineau) of Mariatown, Walter (Theresa) Casselman of Morrisburg, Graham (Bonnie) Casselman of Morrisburg, Valerie (Roger) Meunier of Kemptville, Joyce Casselman of Morrisburg and Ronnie Richmire of Morrisburg. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Eugene was predeceased by his father Claude. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday, November 22nd, from 9 a.m. until time of service.  Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating.  

Interment of cremated remains followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  Pallbearers were his sisters Cheryl Casselman, Velma Plumadore, Valerie Meunier and Joyce Casselman.  

Donations to Carefor Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

 

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Bruce Stitt

With his family by his side, Bruce ‘Gussy’ Stitt, a lifetime resident of Morrisburg, passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 83.

Bruce was born in Morrisburg, on May 23, 1928, to his parents Douglas and Hilda Stitt (nee Smith). As youngsters, he and his brothers Wes and Glenn ‘Beanie’ were very skilled hockey players, and they played on several hockey teams in the area.  

In addition to hockey, Bruce was an avid member of the Morrisburg Curling Club and the Royal Canadian Legion.   

During his lifetime, Bruce was employed with the Seaway Authority, Brown’s Foundry,  and held various janitorial positions. He was also employed in the construction of the Morrisburg Arena.

Bruce retired from his working years with the Corporation of Morrisburg.  

Gussy, as he was known to many, was a die-hard Montreal Canadiens fan and very proud of the village that he lived and grew up in.  Even when he wasn’t working, you could catch him back on the mall picking up garbage and cleaning off the main mall. 

Bruce was a friend to everyone who knew him and always on the ready to lend a hand with any project that might occur.

On January 6, 1951, he married Betty Ruth Wallace and together they had three children,  Larry, Marilyn and Rosemary.

Bruce is survived by his children Larry (Brenda), Marilyn Hummel and Rosey Stitt all of Morrisburg. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Shawn (Kelly) Hummel, Crystal (Craig) Belanger, Robbie Stitt, Sarah (Daniel) Couto and David Patterson, by his great-grandchildren Morgan, Mason, Reagan, Nolan, Emma and Lyla, and his brother Wesley (Janet) Stitt of Canton, New York. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Bruce was predeceased by his wife Ruth and brother Glenn ‘Beanie’.     

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  Cremation followed.

 Pallbearers were Allan Bell, Bo Gale, Lee Kelly, Ron Lapier, Ron Hodgson and Lynden Casselman. 

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Cancer Society or CHEO would be appreciated by the family.

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Marian Smollett

Marian Smollett, in her 83rd year, passed away peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on November 5, 2011, following a brief struggle with cancer.

Marian (nee O’Meara) was the beloved wife of Ray Smollett and loving mother of Gail Flinn (David), Gwen McGill (Rod), Joyce Bartholomew (Wayne) all of Iroquois, Brenda Millward (Ian) of Morrisburg and Helen Hawley (Doug) of Kingston.

She was the cherished grandma of Melissa Flinn, Sarah, Kristy and Nicholas McGill (Lesley), Kelly Redden (Sean), Josh Bartholomew, Ty and Reagan Hawley and dear great-grandmother of Shayna, Sawyer, Madeline, Katherine, Quinton and Gavin. She was dear sister of Joan Williams of Calgary.

Marian will be missed by her nieces and nephews and by her good friends Marlene, Judy, Mary and Timmy.

Family was very important to Marian. She truly enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Marian was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for many years. She belonged to the Presbyterian Women’s Group and participated in many enjoyable activities. 

She was a volunteer canvasser for various charities for many years.

From a young age, Marian had a special love for animals. She also enjoyed watching and feeding the birds.

Friends visited the family at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home on November 7.

The funeral service took place at Knox Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 8, at 11 a.m. In honour of her Scottish heritage Marian was piped in and out of the church.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Sarah, Kristy, Nicholas, Josh, Melissa and Ty. Internment was at Knox Cemetery, followed by a luncheon in the Church Hall.

Memorial donations were made to the SPCA and Knox Church.

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