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Elva Baker

A lifetime resident of the area, Elva Baker passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Monday, November 7, 2011. She was 91.

Elva was born in Winchester Township, on February 22, 1920, to her parents Samuel and Carrie De Clare (nee Jannack).  Because Elva’s mother was a live-in housekeeper for the Honorable George Challies, MPP, Elva lived north of Morrisburg with her aunt and uncle Elmer and Gladys Jannack during her public school days. During her  high school years, she lived with Maria Murdock in Morrisburg. 

On March 22, 1938, Elva married Merne Baker, and together they were blessed with the arrival of two sons, Ray and Dale.  Her husband, like many of the husbands back then, served his country as a member of the Canadian Army during World War 2.  

With her husband serving in the war, Elva was left to raise her two young sons.  She worked at the Tack Factory in Morrisburg to support her family until Merne returned.  

After the war, Merne returned home, and he and Elva were blessed with the birth of their daughter Debbie in 1946, and their son Dennis in 1952.  

Merne resumed his job as salesman for Wonder Bakeries and Elva began her retail career in the York store in the old town of Morrisburg. Then after the Seaway, she continued her sales career for many years in the Beamish store in the new shopping centre.  

She later worked for Mac Wilson at the Rexall Drug store until she stopped to care for her mother who had become ill. After her mother’s passing, she went to work at McGillis Hardware and remained there for many years until she retired in 1982.  

Elva was a very active member of the community.  She enjoyed playing darts, bowling and cards.  In the winter months she excelled at curling and shuffle board until her health problems forced her to retire from sporting activities.  She also enjoyed many bus trips to Florida with her family and friends.  

Elva was an active member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Branch 48, Morrisburg for many years, having held several different offices, including president.  She was also the catering coordinator for the Ladies Auxiliary for many years, until her health prevented her from fulfilling those duties.  

Following Merne’s death in 1979, Elva lived alone in her home at 54 Loyalist Street until moving to the Hartford Home in November of 2009. She lived for two years at the Hartford, until she moved to the Dundas Manor in Winchester, in August of 2011.   

Elva is survived by her children Ray (Charlene) Baker of Morrisburg, Dale (Sylvia) Baker of Gananoque, Debbie Helmer (Bill Renshaw) of  Morrisburg, and Dennis Baker (Fran Guindon) of Morrisburg. 

She will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Joanne (Brian) Carolen, Sean (Beth) Baker, Angie (Dan) Hamilton, Laurie (Martin) Kuchirka, Jamie (Shelley) Helmer, Penny (Dave) Powell, Gerald (Donna) Baker, Kathy Fernetich (Dave Redmond), Larry Baker (Jamie Murry) and by her great-grandchildren Lexi, Ryan, Matthew, Zachary, Robin, Sierra, Kai, Stefanie, Bradley, Amanda, Taylor, Paige, Jade, Dawson, Jarred, Marissa and Ethan.

She is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

Elva was predeceased by her brother Arnold DeClare, her daughter-in-law Margaret Baker and her son-in-law Bill Helmer.   

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. A Legion Ladies Auxiliary Service was held on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.  

Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Friday, November 11th at 3 p.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.  Pallbearers were grandchildren Sean Baker, Angie Hamilton, Laurie Kuchirka, Jamie Helmer, Penny Powers and Larry Baker.  

 Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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Dwayne Casselman

Dwayne Robert Casselman died suddenly at his home in Blackie, Alberta, on Thursday, October 27, 2011. He was 70 years old.

Dwayne leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Myrna, his daughters Linda and Laura and his step-daughters Shawn and Kelly. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered by his sisters and brothers: Betty (Fred) Hutt, Anne Thompson, Shirley (Jack) Nelson, Barbara Benson (Bill Barnett), Charlotte (David) Froats, Gordon (Shirley), Marian, Karl (Brenda), Susan (Mac) Lewis, Janet, Janice Bradford, Sandra, Cathy, Darlene (Martin) Vanderbruggen and Donna (Karl) Billings. He is survived by his sister-in-law Tilda (Arnold) and by many nieces and nephews.

Dwayne was predeceased by his parents, Ken and Margaret Casselman; by brothers, Delbert Arnold, and Allen; by brothers-in-law John Thompson and Ron Bradford.

A Celebration of Dwayne’s life was held at High River, Alberta. The Honour Guard was the Sam Steele’s Scouts Association.

Donations to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Association at 200, 119 14th Street NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6 or the Heart and Stroke of Ontario Branch in memory of Dwayne Robert Casselman will be gratefully acknowledged.


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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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Roelof ‘Ralph’ Bouwman

A resident of the area for the past 58 years, Ralph Bouwman passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, November 5, 2011, following a brief illness.  He was 85. 

Ralph was born in Nieuw Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 22, 1926, and was raised there on the family farm.

He served his country as a member of the Armed Forces, and he fought in the Indonesian war from 1945-49.  

On July 14, 1953, he married Jacoba Heuving, and three weeks later they boarded a boat to immigrate to Canada.  This, to them, was a land of opportunity even though they both had to learn to read and write the English language.  

Ralph and Coby started farming on the 2nd Concession, north of Iroquois, and eventually passed the farm on to their son Henry.  

Ralph was a devoted husband to Coby for 58 years and together they raised a family of five boys and one girl.  

Ralph loved a lot and got a lot of love in return.  He loved the Lord, he loved his family, he loved people, he loved to joke and tease, and he loved to play the harmonica and sing his favorite hymns.  

He was an avid soccer fan and was a loyal Toronto Maple Leafs fan.  

He was a faithful member of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church, and he walked and talked daily with his Lord until the end. 

Ralph is survived by his wife Coby Bouwman (nee Heuving), his children 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 and his sister Hennie (Walter) Heuving of Athens.  

Ralph will be fondly remembered by 21 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.   

He was predeceased by sisters Jantje Van Oenen and Jacobtje Boning and brothers Hendrik, Harm, William and Albert.    

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 Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday, November 9th at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating.  

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg. 

Pallbearers were grandsons Adam Bouwman, Jonathan Bouwman, Joshua Bouwman, Eric Bouwman, Jared DeVries, and Lucas Bouwman

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



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Helen MacKenzie


Helen Irene MacKenzie passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at the Seaforth Community Hospital on Thursday, November 3, 2011. She was just one day shy of her 92nd birthday.

Helen MacKenzie (nee Brown) of Seaforth, was predeceased by her husband, Gordon MacKenzie in 1997. 

She was loving mother of Sharon MacKenzie of London and Rick MacKenzie of Morrisburg, and dear sister-in-law of Dorothy Papple (the late William) of Egmondville.  

Helen will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews as well as her “adopted” family Walter and Rose, Sandra and Frank, Margo and their families.  

She was predeceased by her sisters, Olive Brown, Leeta Boxall (William), Doris Drever (Howard); by her brothers-in-law Kenneth MacKenzie, Leslie MacKenzie and Ross MacKenzie; and by sister-in-law Lillian Laing-Bayton (Robert Laing and Mel Bayton).

Helen was a member of Northside United Church in Seaforth as well as the Royal Canadian Legion.

Friends visited the family at McGlynn Family Funeral Home (formerly Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home) at 87 Goderich Street West, Seaforth on Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 2-4 p.m.  Visitation continued on Monday, November 7, 2011, at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of Helen’s funeral service to celebrate her life at 2 p.m.  Rev. Mary Fletcher officiated. Cremation followed.  

A luncheon was held at Northside United Church immediately following the service.

Memorial donations to the Seaforth Community Hospital, Northside United Church or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Helen’s memorial can be visited at



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Ranald ‘Randy’ Herbert Shaver


A resident of the Dunbar area, Ranald Shaver passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, October 16, 2011, with his wife of 48 years by his side.  He was 69.

Ranald was a cherished husband to Sharon (nee Montgomery).  They had three wonderful daughters Debbie, Shelley and Valerie.  He took great pride in their accomplishments especially with their choice in mates:  John Durant of Winchester, Benny Melenhorst of Mountain and David Brown of Brockville. 

Ranny was blessed with six special grandchildren: Jarrett, Randi and Mitchell Melenhorst, Mason and Evan Durant and Mackenzie Brown.  

Ranny is also survived by his dear brother Rick (Joanne) of Dunbar, his two amazing nephews Danny (Monica) Shaver and Derek (Tracie) Shaver, his dear mother in law Doris Montgomery, brother-in-law Colonel (Sharon) Montgomery, and sisters-in-law Janie Connelly, Gloria (Ken) Summers, Carol (Rod) Lafleur.  

Ranny is preceded by his parents, Reginald and Nellie (nee Presley) Shaver, grandparents Herbert and Buelah Shaver, Aunt Evelyn (Ebby) and niece Kemberley.  

Ranald was born on the 2nd concession in Aultsville on June 7, 1942.  With the coming of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project, the family was forced to relocate losing their farm land to the Goose Sanctuary, # 2 Highway, the railway and the 401.

In 1955, the family moved to a farm west of Dunbar.  Before the move, Ranny rode around in the big hydro trucks which were stationed on their property.  It was then that he began dreaming of driving a 18 wheeler.  

At the age of 16, he started working at the Morrisburg Dairy, until he realized his dream by driving a dump truck for Manlo Construction filling the Cardinal canal.  

From there, he went to work in Brockville for Cooney Haulage and Harold Smith and Sons as well as other local companies.  His last 18 years driving were for A.L. Blair Construction where he took great pride in his job and had a great respect for Art and Terry Blair.  

He loved joking with and listening to his truck driving buddies telling jokes and laughing on the C.B. and two ways.  When not at work on the weekends, he would spend hours polishing his truck.  

Ranny had a witty and quirky sense of humour and liked to tease and play practical jokes.  

He had a passion for the great outdoors.  Every season Ranny did something he loved:  Construction work in the summer, moose hunting and deer hunting in the fall, fox and coyote hunting in the winter and fishing and planting his garden in the spring. 

Gardening and lawn care were his way of unwinding and relaxing after long hours of work, but hunting was his real passion.  

During his younger years, Ranny enjoyed playing Broomball.  Over the last two years of his life, he had a new best buddy named Scooter.  The two of them went for daily drives.  Wherever Ran went you would find his dog.  

His door was always open to friends and family.  He had many close friends particularly Bob, Wayne and Sheila, Janet and the late Rae Loucks as well as brother Rick.  

Ranny spent many hours socializing, playing games and listening to old time country music.  His favourite hockey team was the Montreal Canadiens, and over the last few years he looked forward to watching Nascar.  His favourite Nascar drivers drove Ford.  

Ranald was known by many names: Ranny, Randy, Ran, Dad, Grandpa, Monday and then came Uncle Monday.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Chesterville, on Wednesday October 19th  from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thursday, October 20th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ian MacLean officiating.  

Interment was held at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Danny Shaver, Derek Shaver, Aaron Wopat, Gordon McLaughlin, Jarrett Melenhorst and Wayne McHaffie.  Honorary pallbearers were Sheila McHaffie and Janet McCol, and Bob Lacelle.  

Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.


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Hugh Myers


A lifelong resident of Morrisburg, Hugh Myers passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor, Winchester with his loving family by his side on Sunday, October 16, 2011. He was 83.

The only child of the late John Frederick and Amy (nee Banks) Myers, Hugh was born on February 20, 1928, in Morrisburg.

On September 15, 1956, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, he married Doris Ruth McIntosh who survives.

The couple made their home for many years at 27 High Street in Morrisburg, and Hugh worked in the Forestry Division of Hydro One for 35 years until his retirement.

A member of the Indian River Hunt Club, Hugh loved to fish and hunt.

At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Royal Navy and served for five years. He then worked for two years on the boats in the Great Lakes.

In his spare time, Hugh umpired fastball and was a hockey referee, who travelled throughout the area.

Being an only child, Hugh spent a great deal of time in his younger years with the Jones’ family. In his later years, he enjoyed gardening and time spent with his grandchildren. He worked hard and provided for his family. 

A quiet, shy man, he was a homebody at heart, and a down to earth person. His family was most important to him.

He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #48 and St. James Anglican Church. 

Hugh is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Doris, and by his children Carol (Robert) Corry and David (Kathy), both of Morrisburg. He was cherished grandfather of Natalie and Kurtis Corry and Amy and Sarah Myers, all of Morrisburg.

Friends were received at the Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg, on Tuesday, October 18, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Susan McCullough in the Parker Funeral Home chapel on Wednesday, October 19 at 11 a.m.

Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.

Bearers were Doug Wilson, Bob Barclay, Grant McMillan, Bryan Dawley, Tom Dawley and grandson Kurtis Corry.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be gratefully acknowledged. Condolences and donations may be made at



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Elma Margaret Carr


A resident of Morrisburg for 20 years, Elma Margaret Carr (Youngs) passed away in Toronto on October 10, 2011, after a brief illness. 

Mrs. Carr recently said, “I taught many kids to swim. Maybe I kept a few kids from drowning. That’s not a bad legacy for a life.” 

Elma graduated from Toronto’s East General Hospital in 1941. In 1943, she met Langton Carr (deceased) in Kirkland Lake where she was nursing war veterans, and he worked in the office of a local mine. They were married in 1944. 

Elma and Langton raised six children in an old house on Lakeshore Drive. She joked that people would send her their children at the end of June and collect them in September. Many children learned to swim at the Carr’s dock which was a favorite place to congregate, to swim and to fish during the long summers. 

After she and Langton separated in 1958, Elma remained in Morrisburg for a number of years nursing at regional hospitals. In the early sixties, she moved to Long Sault and took a job at Cornwall General Hospital. 

Eventually she returned to Toronto, where she remained until her death.  There she practiced nursing until well into her seventies, and when she retired she volunteered for many years at Spectrum, a Toronto-based mental health organization. 

In August, family and friends joined her to celebrate her 91st birthday at a restaurant in Mississauga. 

To the last days of her life, Elma was happy and vivacious. She lived a long, good life.

Elma was predeceased by her former husband Langton Carr, his brother John Carr, her sons John Carr and Charles Carr,  and her niece Deborah Carr.  

She is survived by daughters Judith Johnson and Laurie Herman, sons Peter Carr and David Carr,  and by daughter-in-law Irene Tarnoweckyj. 

She will be remembered by nieces Janet McKay (Brian) and Linda Brown (Richard); grandchildren Tania Neptune (David), Natalie Tarnoweckyj, Amber Jamanka, Naomi Herman, Jaclyn Tarnoweckyj, Michelle Tarnoweckyj Reale (David), Amy Finlay (Sheldon), Ben Tarnoweckyj-Carr, Julia-Tarnoweckyj-Carr, Dylan Carr; great-grandchildren David and  Jacob Neptune, Jeynaba and Sahjo Jamanka and Erin Finlay. 

Condolences may be sent to the Carr Family, c/o Judy Johnson, PO Box 400786, Cambridge, MA 02140 or to


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Maxine Link


A resident of the Long Sault Villa since May of 2006, Maxine Link passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thursday, October 20, 2011. She was 89.

Maxine was born in Grantley on June 21, 1922, the eldest child of Willam and Velva Merkley (nee Todd). When Maxine was only six years old, her brother Gordon four and her sister Dolores 18 months, their mother died.  Maxine and Gordon were then raised by Grandma and Grandpa Merkley and Dolores was adopted by another family. 

Maxine and Gordon lived with their grandparents until she was 13 and her father re-married Alice Meyers. She and Gordon then went to live with them.  Maxine and Gordon were eventually blessed with seven half brothers from their father’s second marriage.

For three years, the family lived south of Finch on Roy Rupert’s farm. Maxine attended elementary school in Sandtown, and high school in Finch. The family then moved to a Crysler farm east of Morrisburg, for the next three or four years before they moved to Evergreen Hall farm which was owned by Edson Salmon.  Maxine worked for Mrs. Salmon helping to clean rental cabins.  

During that time she met and married Gerald Link on March 20, 1943, and they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Marie in December of 1944. 

After their marriage Maxine and Gerald lived in a home on Church Road owned by Gerald’s brother Russell. They then moved to Gerald’s fathers farm until the Seaway construction began and forced them to move to a home they had built on the north end of the property. They resided there until the early 1970’s, when they sold their home and moved to the bungalow next door. 

Maxine lived in that home in Riverside Heights until May of 2006, when she moved to the Long Sault Villa.  

Maxine was an active member of the Riverside community having served as a member of the Rebekah Lodge, the Riverside Sewing Club, and Women’s Institute.  She was a dedicated member of Lakeshore Drive United Church in Morrisburg, and she also helped quilt with the Lutheran church ladies which was important to her.  Maxine was a hard worker, a good cook and she loved to visit with her family.  

She and Gerald were fortunate to enjoy three winter months in Florida for 17 years prior to Gerald’s passing in 2002.    

Maxine is survived by her daughter Marie (Ralph) Marcellus of Riverside Heights and her siblings Jim (Barbara) Merkley of Morewood, Richard (Bridget) Merkley of Winchester, Howard (Betty) Merkley of Morewood, Francis (Louise) Merkley of Orleans, Doug (Beverly) Merkley of Winchester and David (Carol) Merkley of Courtney, B.C.  

She was predeceased by her husband Gerald, her sister Dolores Moffat and her brothers Gordon and Wallace Merkley.  

Maxine will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Bert (Sandi) Marcellus, Ron Marcellus, Cathy (Jason) St. Pierre and great-grandchildren Austin, Rayanna, Aleisha and Bryce.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.    

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 the home on Monday, October 24th at 10 a.m., with Rev. Arlyce Schiebout officiating.  Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.

Pallbearers were Bert Marcellus, Ron Marcellus, Austin Marcellus, Jason St. Pierre, Doug Hartle and Graham Link.  Honorary pallbearers were Cathy St. Pierre, Sandi Marcellus, Rayanna Marcellus, Aleisha St. Pierre and Bryce St. Pierre.  

Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Lakeshore Drive United Church would be appreciated by the family.