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Leslie Anne Wright


A former resident of Cardinal, Leslie Anne Wright, passed away at the Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home in Toronto, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. She was 77.  

The daughter of the late Frederic and Maizie (nee Abel) Jackson, Leslie grew up in Ottawa.  

She was the dearly beloved wife of the late Ian Wright and dear companion of the late Carl Duquette.  

She was step-mother to Alexander (Sandy) Wright and Lalage Hackett and is survived by her sister Linda Barbara McLeod. 

Leslie will be sadly missed by grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.  

An avid golfer, Leslie was proud of her seven hole-in-one trophies, some achieved at the Iroquois Golf Club where she was a member.

A celebration of Leslie’s life will take place at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Cardinal this Saturday, May 12 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.  

For those wishing, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  

Online condolences may be made at



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Sue Anne Helms


A native of Williamsburg, Ontario, Sue Anne (Black) Helms of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, passed away May 3, 2012, at the Dartmouth General Hospital.

Born in Williamsburg, Sue was the daughter of Anne (Becksted) and Lawrence Black.

Sue attended business college in Montreal where she started working for Trans Canada Airlines. She eventually transferred to the Maintenance Base of TCA in Moncton, where she met her future husband Philip.

Over the years, Sue continued to work as a secretary for The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, CHNS, Saint Mary’s University and Nova Scotia Power.

Sue is survived by her husband of 61 years, Philip and by her daughter Jean (Albert Mills), her son Stephen (Monica), and her grandson Christopher, all of Dartmouth.

She will be fondly remembered by her brother Frank (Shirley) of Manotick, Ontario, and her sister-in-law, Pauline Helms of Halifax.

Cremation has taken place.

Visitation was at the JA Snow Funeral Home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Monday, May 7, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass was held in Saint Peter’s Church, in Dartmouth on Tuesday, May 8. Interment is to follow at a later date in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Donations may be made to the CNIB, Hope Cottage or Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation.

On-line condolences may be made at 


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Marion Hart


A lifetime resident of the Chesterville area, Marion Hart passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, following a brief illness. She was 86.

Marion was born at the family farm in Gallingertown, Nov. 15, 1925. The youngest of three children born to John Montgomery McConnell and Beatrice Higgins, she was sister to Roy and Charlie McConnell. 

She attended Gallingertown Public School and began work at the age of 15. She worked for several area families for some time, before joining the house keeping staff of the Ballantyne Farm at Colquhoun in the early 1940s.

While there she met a young farm worker by the name of Roy Hart and eventually they were married in 1942. 

Roy’s parents, Ernest and May Hart had bought a small farm nearby. In the first year of marriage Roy and Marion owned a Jersey cow and they’d walk daily to the Hart farm to do chores, milk the cow, separate cream for sale and then walk back to Ballantynes for work there. 

In 1943 they moved to the Hart farm and began their dairy farming life at the family home where Marion would live for the next 70 years. 


Marion and Roy raised three children, Mark born in 1944, Brenda born in 1950 and Lee in 1951. 

In the early ‘50s Marion, worked for a brief time at Gillard’s Grocery Store in Chesterville and then stayed home to raise the family. In the late ‘50s, work began on developing the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Harts took in three boarders during the construction years. 

In 1961 Marion was offered a temporary, two-week job as a guide at a new tourist attraction known as Upper Canada Village, which was developed as part of the Seaway project.

The rest as they say was history, as that began a 30-year career for Marion at the Village — five years as a guide, and 25 years as craftsperson in the spinning and weaving department in the McDermid House. 

Her 30 years at the Village provided a tremendous opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and talents, meet a whole community of people and develop many life long friendships.

After retirement Marion and Roy never slowed down. They were always involved in the community, were active visiting friends and relatives, enjoying bus trips and travel and spending time with a growing family of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marion was an active member of Colquhoun United Church, and later Williamsburg United Church as well as the United Church Women. For many years she was also an active member of the Carmen Forward Weavers Guild. 

Marion is survived by her children Brenda Hart (Walter Conrad) of Carp and Lee (Angie) of Calgary, her daughter-in-law Connie Hart of R.R.# 1 Chesterville and her sister-in-law Keitha McConnell of Iroquois.

She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Chris (Dawn) Hart, Debbie (Dwayne) Pirie, Greg Hess (Jackie Schultz), Shannon Hess, Amanda Hess, Allison Hart (Ryan Ellis), and Nathan Hart (Kenna Morris) and by her great-grandchildren, Jasmine Hess, Madison Hart, Dylan and Austin Pirie. She is also survived by a nephew Kevin McConnell.  

Marion was predeceased by her husband Roy, her son Mark and her brothers Charles and Roy McConnell.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church on Monday, April 30th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ralph Taylor officiating.  Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.  

Pallbearers were Chris Hart, Allison Hart, Greg Hess, Nathan Hart, Shannon Hess and Amanda Hess.  

Donations to the Williamsburg United Church or Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at 



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Kenneth “Gary” Foss


Kenneth “Gary” Foss passed away suddenly at home on March 29, 2012, after a three year bout with cancer. He was 76 years old.

Gary was born in Ottawa, on September 10, 1935, to the late Wilfred and Amy (nee Workman) Foss and attended school in Morrisburg. He was employed for a short time on the “Lakers” before moving to Sudbury, where he worked for Bell Telephone and met his wife to be, Cynthia Jarvis.

Gary and Cynthia were married in June of 1955, and one year later, their oldest son, Gregg was born. In 1958, they moved to 70 High St. in Morrisburg, where they resided until the present day. Three more children were born here…..Tim in 1959, Jennifer in 1962, and Jill in 1965.

Gary loved, not only his own children, but the neighbourhood kids as well. The house usually rocked with the sounds of kids, cats and dogs.

He was a proud grandfather and will be sadly missed by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild

He was very active in his younger years, building an addition to the family home with the help of his dad, serving as a volunteer firefighter, attending the Masonic Lodge, coaching hockey and playing for the Morrisburg Oldtimer’s Hockey Team.

Gary retired in 2000, after working as manager at the Crysler Park Marina for 12 years. After retirement he took up the hobby of making fine inlaid wooden boxes. 

In 2009, Gary began his first bout with cancer. He accepted his illness and all the accompanying treatments with grace and dignity while accepting the inevitable outcome. 

He and his love of life will be missed by all who knew him well.

Gary is survived by his loving wife Cynthia and by his children  Gregg of Morrisburg, Tim of Stittsville, Jennifer (Clare) Tatton of Iroquois and Jill (Rick) MacDonald of Orleans.

He was cherished grandfather of Shannon Foss of Ottawa; Richard Foss of Calgary; Andrew Foss of Ottawa; Caitlin and Adrianne Foss of Manterville, Minnesota; Michael Tatton of Sydney, BC; Kiersten and Bradley MacDonald, both of Orleans.

He is survived by one great- grandchild Francis Blackmore of Ottawa and will be sadly missed by sister-in-law Helen Foss of Carrying Place and brother-in-law Don Jarvis (Sue) of Morrisburg.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, by an infant daughter, Leslie and by his brother, Glen. 

Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home in Morrisburg on Wednesday, April 4, from 7-9 p.m.

Gary was a member of Lakeshore Drive United Church where a memorial service to celebrate his life was held on Thursday, April 5, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.

Memorial donations to the Lakeshore Drive United Church Memorial Fund will be gratefully acknowledged.  

Condolences and donations may be made at


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Theona Hope


A long-time resident of Morrisburg, Theona Hope, was granted her angel wings on March 25, 2012.  Her final days were surrounded by loving family, comforted by the wonderful caring staff at Carleton Lodge in Ottawa.  

Rest in eternal peace dear mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. Your happy smile, big hugs, amazing energy will be with us forever. We love you and will miss you so very much.

Theona was the beloved wife of the late Stewart Hope (March 25, 1980).  She was the cherished mother of Roy of Chesterville and Dianna LeBreton of Ottawa, and loving grandmother of Ronii, Carol and Ryan.  

She will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.   

She was predeceased by sisters Aurore Lalonde, Eva Viau and brother Donat Leger.   

Theona was active in the Morrisburg Curling Club, United Church Bazaars and the Horticultural Society. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers and watching her beloved birds; picnics and watching the boats pass through the locks.  

Theona enjoyed cooking and baking, and was famous for her crème candy.

Friends and family were received at Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg, on April 7th, 2012. The funeral service was performed at the home by Rev. Arlyce Schiebout.  

Organist, Ann Langabeer, played one of Theona’s favourite hymns, “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”.

Pallbearers were:  Ronii Hope, Ryan LeBreton, Matt Lay, John Hope, Roch Billard and Luc Billard.



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Wing Shee


A well known, former restaurateur and resident of Morrisburg, Wing Shee “Kwan” Lee passed away peacefully in Ottawa on Monday, April 16, 2012. He was in his 85th year.

For many years, Kwan was the owner of Lee’s Restaurant in the Morrisburg Shopping Plaza.

Kwan was the beloved husband of the late Seto Han and loving father of Paul (Diane), Jean (Benson), Michael (Mai) and Amie (Robert).

He was cherished grandfather of Liza, Lou-Ann, Alexander, Andrew, Brenden, Jorden, Arielle and Isabelle and dear brother of Joe and the late Yu How Lee.

Friends visited at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry at 315 McLeod Street in Ottawa on Friday, April 20, from 2-5 p.m.

The funeral service was held in the chapel on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m.


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Betty J. Serviss passes


Betty June Serviss, 75, of Govenor Hunt Road, in Vernon, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Cape Coral Hospice House following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Serviss was born in Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, on July 3, 1936, the daughter of Harold and Pearle (Feeley) Canning. She was raised and educated in Morrisburg and later resided in Gouverneur, New York, before moving to Vernon with her family in 1970.

She had been employed as a claims taker for the Vermont Department of Employment and Training for almost 25 years working in the Brattleboro office. Previously she had worked for H&R Block where, initially, she opened and managed the Brattleboro office. She continued to work for H&R Block on a part-time basis up until 1998.

Mrs. Serviss was a past member of the Dennis Rebekah Lodge in Gouverneur and was a member of Vernon Union Church where for several years she served as Sunday school superintendant. 

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, bowling, dancing and time shared with her family.

On July 14, 1951, in Cardinal, Ontario, Canada, she was married to Francis Serviss, who predeceased her on February 16, 2006.

Survivors include three sons, J. Allen Serviss and Donald G. Serviss, both of Vernon, and Scott L. Serviss of North Fort Myers, Florida; two daughters, Jan L. Whittle of Brattleboro and Debbie J. Savage of Vernon; one brother, Ralph Canning, of New York; a sister, Beverly St Pierre of Ontario, Canada and nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Additionally she leaves many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Donald Canning.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Vernon Union Church with Pastor Steve Dunklee officiating. Burial followed in North Cemetery in Vernon.

Friends were invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. 

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Serviss’s name may be made to Rescue Inc. P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT,  05302.

To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit

Atamaniuk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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Lifetime resident Gerald Westervelt passes

A lifetime resident of the Brinston area, Gerald John Westervelt, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.

Gerald was born in Winchester on July 24, 1961, to his parents Gerrit and Johanna Westervelt (nee Geurkink). He attended Timothy Christian School in Williamsburg and Seaway District High School. Following high school, he worked for his dad on the family farm.  

In 1994, Gerald and his brother John purchased the farm from their father. 

On April 4, 1986, he married Pamela Wind and together they had five children: Rebecca, Kimberly, Christopher, Larissa and Jillian. 

Gerald was a devoted husband and father.  Gerald loved farming.  He was a lifetime member of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church. He also enjoyed photography.  

He was passionate about helping others in need and had the farm participate for many years in the Canadian Foodgrains project.  

Gerald was a humble man, with a good sense of humour, always friendly and smiling.  He will always be remembered as being a courageous fighter, and an honourable man, who touched many people’s lives.

Gerald is survived by his wife Pamela, his children Rebecca, Kimberly, Christopher, Jillian and Larissa; his father, Gerrit Westervelt of Brinston; his siblings  Evelyn (Gerald) Van-Starkenburg of Pembroke, Margaret Westervelt of Brinston, John (Jana) of Brinston, Martin (Trudy) of Brinston and Calvin (Sheila) of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Gerald was predeceased by his mother, Johanna.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, April 6, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. 

Funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.  Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. 

Pallbearers were Bert Smail, Rob Smail, Albert Zandbergen, Ralph Tibben, Allan Freeland and Harry Van’tFoort.  

Donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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Elwin Thomas Brown


A retired Ontario Hydro employee, Elwin Thomas Brown passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Arbour Heights Nursing Home in Kingston.

Born in 1924, Elwin was the son of the late Thomas and Maria (nee Perkins) of Waterville, Quebec. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #560 in Kingston.

Elwin was the beloved husband of 67 years of Katherine (nee Smith).

He was loving father of Judy Skirrow (Jerry) and Thomas Elwin and proud grandfather of Allan Shaw (Joan) of Calgary and Jeff Shaw (Letitia) of Pakenham.

Elwin was cherished great-grandfather of Jesse, Ethan, David and Devan.

He is survived by his brother Russell (Irene) of Beebe, Quebec, James (Ruby) of Oshawa, William of Montreal and Gloria of British Columbia.

He was predeceased by his grandson Dale Thomas Shaw in 2002, and by an infant daughter, Donna Marie, in 1953.

He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews.

Friends were received at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home-Central Chapel at 49 Colborne Street, on Thursday, March 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Royal Canadian Legion service was held at the home at 7 p.m.

Visitation preceded the funeral service held at St. Paul’s Church, at 137 Queen Street on Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m. Rev. Kris Michaelson officiated at the service with Rev. Jack Bennett assisting.

Interment followed at Glenhaven Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations to the Leprosy Mission of Canada or St. Paul’s Church-Building Fund would be appreciated.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home.


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Jacoba ‘Coby’ Bouwman


A longtime resident of Iroquois and one year in Morrisburg, Coby Bouwman passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. She was 84.

Coby was born in Emmen, The Netherlands, on March 24, 1928, to her parents Hilliginus and Jantje Heuving (nee Hugen).   In July of 1953, she married Roelof (Ralph) Bouwman and three weeks later, immigrated to Canada.  Together they raised five boys and one girl.

Coby was a lifelong member of the Williamsburg Christian Church and was also a member of the Ladies Society and the senior’s group, Helping Hands at the Matilda Hall.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and crocheting.

Coby was dear mother of Ralph (Wilma) of Morrisburg, Henry (Elsie) of R.R.# 1 Iroquois, Bill (Wendy) of Merrickville, John (Amani) of Williamsburg, Andrew (Lori Ann) of Ingleside and Dorean (Garnet) DeVries of Smiths Falls.

She is survived by her siblings Gerda Joldersma of Williamsburg, Wick (Grace) Heuving of St. Catharines, Klaas (Elly) Heuving of Strathroy, Ginus (Grace) Heuving of Belleville, Frans Heuving of London and Hennie (Walter) Heuvel of Iroquois and also by her sister-in-law Hennie of Prescott.  Coby will be fondly remembered by 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her husband Ralph and her brothers Fred, Walter and John Heuving.   

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

Funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Friday, March 30th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. Pallbearers were Ralph Bouwman, Henry Bouwman, Bill Bouwman, John Bouwman, Andrew Bouwman and Garnet DeVries.  

Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.