Catherine Margaret Raithby (nee McCormick) passed away, at home and in the arms of her husband, on 14 March 2020 after a long and courageous battle with MS. She was a truly remarkable woman, greatly admired and loved by her family and many friends. Cathy leaves her loving and still-smitten husband George, her daughter Heather Doyle and husband Peter, her son Daniel and wife Kirsten Reinhardt, and her grandchildren Sarah, Jacob, and Riley Doyle and Lauren and Grant Raithby. She also leaves caring siblings Neil McCormick (Kelly MacDonald) in Winnipeg and Paul McCormick (Elizabeth) in Ottawa. Cathy was born in London, Ontario on October 18, 1940 to Donald McCormick, an actuary, and Margaret Johnston, secretary to the President, both at the London Life Insurance Company. Early in the war, Donald was welcomed to the Army for his mathematics skills, and moved the family to Ottawa where they remained after he was transferred to England. Once when Cathy was being walked by her mother they encountered Queen Juliana, who peered into the stroller and pronounced Cathy to be a beautiful child. After the war the family resettled in London where Cathy showed promise as both a scholar, where she skipped a grade, and a budding athlete, as captain of the softball team. In high school at London Central Collegiate she was a gifted athlete in many sports, but especially tennis. In her final year, she was Queen of the Graduation Ball, and elected President of the Girls’ Athletic Assoc. Borne of her life-long ambition to help others, and reinforced by the untimely death of her father, she registered in the Nursing program at Western University. It was on the steps of the Victoria Nursing Residence, with another date, that she met her husband-to-be, George. When she finished her degree, they married and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined the Neurosurgery unit of the University Hospital where she soon became Head Nurse. Following the birth of their first child, Heather, she resigned to join a research team so she could provide a more nurturing start for her daughter by working mainly from home. From Minnesota the family moved to Munich, Germany to study and travel. From there, and much to the relief of her Mother that her husband finally had a real paying job, the family moved to Waterloo, Ontario where they welcomed their second child, Daniel. Cathy helped the budding KW Symphony Orchestra by serving on the Volunteer Committee, including a term as President, where she focussed on adding new revenue streams. She was later appointed as the first ever female President of the Symphony’s Board of Directors where she achieved her goal of balancing the budget. In parallel, she completed her MBA at Wilfred Laurier University. For her community work, she was elected KW Oktoberfest Woman of the Year – Culture. With Dean Alex Murray she started the first Newsletter for Laurier’s Business School, and started another Newsletter for a budding technology company in Waterloo. She also worked at Mutual Life. It was during this period that she developed her first symptoms of MS, and was formally diagnosed in 1987. For the next 33 years, she courageously fought this horrible condition, examining every possible means to slow its progress. She never complained, and lived life to the fullest. Summer months were spent at the cottage she helped build on Lake Temagami and winters, recently, in Florida. At home in Waterloo she continued to enjoy the company of friends from her high school class, Bridge group, Symphony, nursing class, and church. Family and friends from around the world gathered in Florida, at the cottage, and at home. Cathy was a long time Raptors fan and thrilled to see them win the Championship. She taught her grandchildren card games, including the fun of fierce competition and grace in victory or defeat. Cathy’s early experience at Camp Inawendewin in Dorset, ON gave her an endless supply of camp songs and camp spirit shaped her life. She was a model for what her children, grandchildren, and husband could become as an ethical, caring and altogether beautiful human being. A celebration of Cathy's life and faith will be held by invitation only. A live-stream of the service will be available on Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 pm on this website by clicking the "photos/videos" link. If it would help in the grieving process by making a donation, Cathy requested that these be directed to the KW Symphony through the Erb & Good Funeral Home at www.erbgood.com
Lilly passed away on September 5, 2020 at the Grand River Hospital - Freeport campus at the age of 96. Born on February 10, 1924 in Wilkow, Poland, Lilly was the youngest and the last of the 10 children of Karl and Auguste (Stuermer) Hartstock. Lilly immigrated to Canada in 1948 where she met and married Michael Intschert (predeceased Jan. 2013). Lilly had a wonderful, active life traveling and entertaining. She was a renowned donut maker and shared her skills with many family and friends. Lilly was a charter member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church and the Transylvania Club. She will be greatly missed by son Michael (Linda) and daughter Angela (Bob Guenther); grandchildren Christie (Ian Tysick), Dan Guenther, Vanessa Montalvo, and Michael Intschert (Tabitha); and great-grandchildren Sophie and Sydney Tysick, Alex Montalvo, and Marley Intschert. Cremation has taken place. A memorial visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:30 – 10:30 am with the service beginning at 10:30 am. To attend the visitation and/or service, personal face coverings are required, and relatives and friends must register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519-745-8445. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com. Condolences for the family and donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Grand River Hospital Foundation are appreciated and can be arranged through the funeral home.
Helga Eleonore Rosekat (nee Hirsch) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday September 7, 2020 at the Freeport Hospital, Kitchener, ON. Predeceased by her husband Charles Rosekat and parents Kurt and Charlotte Hirsch. Survived by her loving children Brian Rosekat, Ronald Rosekat and Karen Chambers (Robert). Helga will also be remembered by her six grandchildren: Heidi, Jonathan and Holly Chambers; Carmen (Taka), Christian (Nina), and Katrina (Graeme) Rosekat, and three great grandchildren: Charlie, Roux and Tristan. Helga was born December 16, 1928 in the Free City of Danzig (now Gdansk). She survived World War ll and met Charlie, a Canadian Soldier, after the war; she immigrated to Canada as a war bride. A longtime employee of Sears, she retired as Assistant Manager of Customer Service. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church for more than sixty years. Condolences to the family and memorial donations to a charity of your choice may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445. Helga’s family will receive relatives and friends at visitation from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo. The funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 136 Margaret Ave., Kitchener on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2 pm. To attend the visitation and/or service, everyone must wear a facial covering, observe physical distancing, and RSVP to the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or by calling 519-745-8445.
Mary passed peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2020 at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener at the age of 84. Beloved wife of Lucien Guillaume for 51 years, loving mother of Kevin and Jennifer Daniele (Simon), cherished grandmother of Fiona, and dear sister of Anna Barnum (Kerry) of Waterloo and Susan McLean (Ken) of Sault Ste Marie. Mary is predeceased by her parents Scoffield and Norma (Grigg) Watkinson and her sisters Jane Richards (Sault Ste. Marie) and Carol Chadwick (Thunder Bay). Mary was born and grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, she lived in Montreal between 1969 and 1997 and returned to Ontario to spend her last 23 years in St. Jacobs and Waterloo region. She was an artist from an early age and continued to pursue her passion for colour, line and composition for her whole life. She inspired many of us to look at the world in a beautiful and different way and mentored and encouraged artistic vision in all its forms. Her long association and commitment with the Uptown Gallery in Waterloo gave her great joy and friendship as did her time with Colour Wheel and the artists at the 404. Her curiosity and courage allowed her to travel and enjoy different countries and cultures and cuisines. She and Lucien had many wonderful adventures together. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her compassion, her amazing culinary skills, her love for music, her inimitable organizational skills and her ability to bring out the best in people. A memorial gathering to celebrate Mary’s life will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. At that time, we will have some of Mary's art to view and take home if any one chooses to do so. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests must wear facial coverings, observe physical distancing, and RSVP to the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
Born Medicine Hat AB Sept 1, 1954. Died West Montrose, ON, Sept 3, 2020. Laurie died peacefully on the eighth anniversary of the funeral of her beloved father Harald Lloyd Gunderson. Waiting patiently for her will also be her mother, Shirley Lorraine Gunderson (nee Maguire), many aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends. Laurie will be able to hold again her firstborn daughter Cheyenne in her arms. The time and place of Laurie’s death was of her own choosing. She had just celebrated her 66th birthday with close family. Knowing that Christmas was her favourite season, the 10-foot tree was set up before her, and decorated to her exacting specifications. Laurie was loved and admired by many people in Alberta, Ontario and across North America. From lifelong personal friends, to friends of her children as they grew up in Mount Forest, to friends and colleagues in publishing (Limousin Leader, World of Beef, Canadian Emergency Services News, Canadian Funeral News, Canadian Homes & Cottages, to name a few). She graduated in 1972 from Lord Beaverbrook High School in Calgary AB. Her working career took her from cashier at the Willow Park Safeway to hostess at Calgary’s first Keg & Cleaver, and eventually, into publishing. She is predeceased by her first husband, Charles John Watson of Wat-Cha farms, in 2006. She met her second husband James Dean McInnis, in 2012, and shared his love of the peace and quiet of the small village of West Montrose. Their home sits 260m from the famous “Kissing Bridge”, recently featured on Canada Post stamps. In their years together, Laurie filled Jim’s home and heart with warmth and memories, making it feel like Christmas all year round. Laurie loved fast cars, rock ’n’ roll, nicknames, gardening, home decorating and entertaining. But she loved being a mother and a grandmother even more. She is survived by son Charles H. “Digger” Watson (Montana Roddick) and their daughters, Kennedy (Cookie) and Rook (Rookie). Laurie is also survived by daughter Cierra (Cie) Watson (Jeffrey Brown) and their son Rhone. In addition to James Dean (Mr. Jim), she is survived by her older brothers Eric “Rock” Gunderson (Nicola Macpherson) of Maple Ridge, BC and S. Lee “Lee-Lee” Gunderson (Louise) of Calgary, and younger sister Coral “Coats” Paul (Brent) of Spruce Grove Alberta. And Laurie is survived by surrogate sisters Dorothea “Dort” Schaab and Andrea “Phyl” Stewart as well as Jim’s daughter Jaime-Lynn Proulx and her children Emma, Chas and Mila. The family would like to thank the many people and organizations who made it possible for Laurie to remain at home with comfort and dignity. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday September 8, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m and Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. A private family interment will follow at West Montrose United Church Cemetery. To attend the visitation and/or service, personal face coverings are required and relatives and friends must register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com In lieu of flowers, Laurie requests donations in her memory to Defeat Multiple System Atrophy Canada, My Friend's House (Collingwood, ON) or the SickKids Foundation
It is with great sadness that the family of Denny announces her sudden passing at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at the age of 79. Denny was a loving wife of Randy for 58 years, dear mother of Brad Klawitter (Merna Wooley), and Stacey Klawitter and cherished grandmother of Alex Sherman and Madison Sherman. She is survived by her brother Roger (Sally) Ball and sister-in-law Karen (Bud) Helwig and predeceased by her parents Langdon and Ruth (nee Wahl) Ball. Denny was a valued member of her community. She had a kind-hearted, selfless nature, constantly putting others before herself. She devoted her time throughout her life to her family and friends. Denny also gave back to her community by volunteering for organizations including May Court and the Canadian Cancer Society. She was an incredibly strong woman, who constantly held a smile through all of her battles throughout life. While going through extremely tough times, Denny was able to persevere and continue to give her unconditional love to everyone around her. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. Denny was the light of everyone’s life. She touched the lives of many individuals, so much so, that she was even considered a mother to some. She will be deeply missed and forever remembered by her many friends. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service for Denny will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation or Grand River Hospital Foundation may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
Ruth lived a fulfilling life as a mother, sister, wife, grandmother, aunt, nurse and friend. She was the devoted wife for 62 years to Ronald. Adored mother to Peter (Heidi) Wagner of Waterloo, Barbara (Phil) Jones of Ohio and Joan (Jim) Hall of Guelph. Joyful grandmother to Kevin, Molly, Sarah, Tommy, Christine, Olivia and Nicholas. Loyal sister to Hans Lass and Louise Robinson. Special aunt to Stephen and Bruce May. Predeceased by her beloved parents, Henny and Max Lass and her dear sister, Christine May. Ruth is a proud graduate of the Nursing class of K-W Hospital of 1955. Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church New Hamburg during her youth, then was an active member of First United Church Waterloo in her family years. She loved gardening, baking pies, and gathering around the table with loved ones. Her contagious laugh, fun-loving nature and gentle, loving, generous spirit will be missed by many. Thank-you to those devoted friends who continued their friendship with Mom when she was no longer herself. In keeping with Ruth’s nature, a private service with immediate family has taken place. A larger memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Condolences for the family and donations to Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington may be arranged by contacting the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
It is with great sadness and unbounded love that we announce the death of Kenneth Francis O’Driscoll. Ken passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Ken is survived by his wife Patricia Mary Burns O’Driscoll. He is the father of five children: Teresa (and Bob Minty), Kenneth (predeceased, and Darline Besselt), Daniel (and Marj O’Driscoll), Carolyn (predeceased), and Michael (and Cecily Devereux). He is the grandfather of eleven wonderful young adults (Alana, Wesley, Janelle, Michelle, Bryanne, Ben, Jazz, Casey, Lauren, Dylan, and Bryn), and great grandfather of ten precious children (Jackson, Cooper, Sebastian, Cameron, Charli, Hannah, Jackson, Vaughan, Patrick, and Madeleine). Ken was born July 22, 1931 in Staten Island, New York City, where he grew up in a rural paradise, playing on the beach and sailing a dingy in New York Harbor. At the age of 13, and on the advice of a caring teacher, he challenged a highly competitive exam to attend Regis High School in Manhattan. After four years of commuting 90 minutes by boat and train in both directions, Ken was ready for a life of success. He received advanced degrees at Pratt Institute (B.Ch.E. 1952) and Princeton University (M.A. 1957, Ph.D. 1958). Ken pursued an outstanding career in Chemical Engineering, serving as professor at Villanova University (1958-66), SUNY Buffalo (1966-70), and the University of Waterloo (1970-92), where he was both Professor and Department Chair. He took great pride and delight in working with his students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and often remarked on the thrill of collaborating with these brilliant and driven young scientists. He published more than 200 research papers on polymerization, polymer reactor engineering, hydrophilic gels, and bound polymer catalysts, with ten patents in those areas. He was the developer of the Hydrophilic Contact Lens (or what are known as “soft contact lenses”) in 1971 and Founding Director of the Institute for Polymer Research at the University of Waterloo. In 1996 Ken was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus, an honour that he greatly cherished. Ken and Pat were married on June 26, 1954 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and went on to live a life rich in adventure, travel, and family. They travelled the world, and spent sabbatical years in Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Australia, as well as a half-year trip through the great lakes and down the Intra-Coastal Waterway to Florida. They were avid sailors, and their ever-growing succession of sailboats (Fineen I, II, and III, named in honour of our pirate ancestor) were docked at Wiarton Marina, a launch point for glorious day-trips and extended stays in the North Channel of Lake Huron. Ken loved music, literature, and art—especially Pat’s own vast collection of water colours that capture so many of their special moments. A cottage on the Bruce Peninsula was the site of family gatherings over the decades, including a wonderful celebration of their 50th anniversary in 2004. That same year, Ken drafted his memoir, Making Big Ones Out of Little Ones: Memoirs of a Father and Polymer Chemist. The sense of humour behind that title is so typical of a man who loved life, family, and a good chuckle. The last eleven years of Ken’s life were spent living with Pat at Luther Village on the Park, where together they enjoyed lasting friendships and family visits in retirement. Ken will be loved forever and remembered fondly. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date, and we hope to bring family and friends together at that time. Condolences for the family and donations to Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre and HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre (or a charity of your choice) may be arranged through the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S in Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com, or 519-745-8445. To make a donation directly to The Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre, please click on Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre and select "I would like to make my donation as a business/organization/group or family" and enter The Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in the space provided.
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at home on August 19, 2020 at the age of 89. Proud Police Officer of the Waterloo Regional Police for 27 years. Loving husband to Geraldine (nee Gloor) for 67 wonderful years. Devoted father to Debbie Araujo (Doug) and Cathy (Glen) Shantz. Cherished Poppa to Steven (Nadia), Kenny (Kristy), Jackie (Mo), Rebecca, Tammy (Harty), Andrew (Melissa) and Julie (Matt). Great-Poppa to 8 grandchildren. Survived by his sisters-in-law Helen and Joanne Smiley. Predeceased by his parents Pearl and Esther Smiley and his brothers Ken (2011) and Garry (2010). Will forever remain in the hearts of his nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo on Monday, August 24, 2020 from 2–4pm, 7–9pm and Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm with interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, to attend the Visitation and Funeral Service, personal face coverings are required, and relatives and friends must register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519-745-8445. Thank you to Dr. Molckovski and her oncology team, Dr. Yew, Dr. McFarlane, Dr. Mayer, PSW’s from Paramed, The LHIN & Care Partners. A special thank you to nurse and friend Barb Schmidke and to the neighbours Mary, Kevin, Cliff and Jordan for their care and support. Condolences for the family and donations to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s General Hospital or the Grand River Hospital are appreciated and can be arranged through the funeral home.
Beloved Matriarch of the Scott Family, passed away peacefully with her loving family nearby on August 16th 2020 at Nithview Nursing Home in New Hamburg. The family is grateful to the incredible staff at Nithview for the loving joyful care they provided for Mom at the end of her life. She is predeceased by her mother, May Bunker (nee Binns), her father William Christopher Boise Bunker, her only sister Betty Prosser and her cherished husband Keith Logan Scott, who died on March 19th 2004. Keith and Chris were married at Davenport United Church in Toronto on July 21st 1951. They raised 3 children in Chapleau, Ontario and enjoyed a wonderful life together filled with many blessings. After retirement in 1983, they moved to Waterloo, enjoying family and travel while participating in many activities such as square dancing and bridge. They are survived by their son Donald, daughters Karen and Ellen and fondly remembered by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held in the Chapel of the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11am. COVID – 19 protocols will be in place to attend the service and relatives and friends must register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519-745-8445. A private family interment will follow at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo. Everyone is welcome to view or share memories at www.erbgood.com.
Mercer, Douglas William Douglas William Mercer died gently and peacefully on Thursday July 2, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener in his 82nd year. Douglas was predeceased by the absolute love of his life, Mabel, just last summer; now their 65 year love affair can continue for eternity! Douglas was also predeceased by his parents, Dorcas (Lundrigan) and Joseph Mercer, and his step-mother Mariah Mercer, and is brother Wayne. He is survived by his children, Paul, James (Cinda) and Susan (Michael); grandchildren, Riley, Stephen, David and Savannah; and by his siblings, Vivian, Betty, Jim (Eileen), Leona (Mike), Tom (Gladys), Evelyn (Rhodie), Mary (Wayne), Linda, Greta (Boyd) and Paula (Tony). He will be greatly missed by his extended family and friends in Ontario (Kitchener, Burlington, Bancroft), Calgary, Alberta and those down home especially in Harbour Grace and Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland. Douglas and Mabel were married in January 1959 and moved to the mainland soon thereafter. They raised many foster-children in the early years of their marriage until the mid-1970’s. Douglas worked at Weston’s Bakeries for 32 years and retired in 1992. He had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, and with great determination and perseverance, he started and grew a number of part-time businesses – from Montego Bags to Upholstery Repair to Miracle Maid Cookware – he was someone who never sat idle. In his last years Douglas began his most successful business “Mercer’s Line Painting.” Outside of work and running part-time business, Douglas was also a community volunteer. He drove buses for the Ventures All-Girl Drum and Bugle Corps and assisted with fundraising efforts for the corps. In 2015, Douglas was named to the Order of Niagara by Bishop Michael Bird for his outstanding volunteerism and faithfulness in the Anglican Church. He was a licensed lay-reader in two dioceses and served his various church families in Kitchener, Maynooth, Shelburne, Erin and Burlington. Douglas was a loving Christian who lived his faith day in and day out and in every circumstance. Douglas and Mabel travelled extensively with their young children and then their grandchildren, especially enjoying camping in their fifth wheel. They travelled by land to Newfoundland, Calgary, British Columbia and all the way up to Alaska. They even flew as far as Dubai and Kenya. It brings comfort to know that they are together again for eternity in their heavenly home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, to attend the celebration of life for Douglas Mercer, personal face coverings are required and relatives and friends must register (RSVP) at www.erbgood.com or by calling the funeral home at 519.745.8445. A brief visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at from 10:00 to 10:45 am followed by the memorial service at 11:00 am. Memorial donations to St. Peter Anglican Church, Upper Island Cove, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Amatruda, Dyna Ivy With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Dyna Amatruda at K-W Grand River Hospital, on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 68 years. Dyna is survived by her loving husband John, their children Michael (Colleen) Amatruda of London and Nicole Amatruda (Pieter Schuurmans) of Burgessville, and their two cherished grandchildren Nico Amatruda and Harrison Schuurmans. Also survived by her mother Ivy, brother Richard (Chris) Monty, sisters Debra Monty and Patsy Monty, brothers and sisters-in-law; Dan (Lexi) Amatruda, Gabrielle Amatruda (Sandy French) and Camilla Fallon. She was predeceased by her father Paul Monty. Dyna worked in accounting for over 30 years at Weber Supply until her retirement. She enjoyed many wonderful, fun filled summers at her family cottage in Quebec. Dyna’s grandchildren filled her heart with joy and were clearly the light of her life. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private visitation and service will be held by invitation. The memorial service will be recorded and friends can view the live-stream of the service on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00 am by logging in at www.erbgood.com Cremation will have taken place and in lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to a charity of one’s choice may be arranged at www.erbgood.com or by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445.
Rita Aitken was born in Stretford, (Manchester), England, daughter to Jane and Stanley Edmunds. She passed away in her 88th year on May 13, 2020. Rita trained as a Primary School teacher in Ormskirk College, Lancashire. She taught a brief time in Manchester and acted as an assistant teacher in several schools while living in Brampton, Ontario. She married Warnock in 1956 and they lived in Dublin, Ireland until they moved to Canada in 1974. Rita was a devoted Mother to Hazel (Peter Trepp), Philip (Janis), and Elaine (Wayne Griffin), all born in Dublin. Proud Grandmother to Hazel's girls Alison (George) and Carolyn, as well as Philip’s family Clark (Katie), Wesly (Kylie) and Troy (Kelly). Recently Rita became a Great-Grandmother to Clark's son, Sam and Alison's daughter, Matilda. In addition to loving her family, Rita enjoyed water-colour painting and was an avid and competitive bridge player. Rita and Warnock enjoyed travelling and made frequent trips to England, France, and Germany while on their way to visit Hazel and family in Switzerland. A memorial service in honour of Rita is being held at Kitchener East Presbyterian Church on Saturday, 8th August at 11 am; visitation with the family before the service from 10 am. We appreciate your kindness and support, Warnock and family Link: We will be live-streaming this service on our church YouTube page for those who are not able to attend: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWg2BZ1kDFUl91k7XoeCivw In accordance with Covid-19 public health regulations, the building will be cleaned and sanitized beforehand and then afterwards. We will be observing the social distance requirements of 2 metres and there will be no physical contact, no singing by the congregation, and no reception. We encourage you to come only if you feel comfortable doing so; but please don’t come if you are feeling any symptoms of being sick. If you come, please bring a mask to wear; everyone will also be required to sign in. Thank you for your understanding. Please RSVP to the church, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 519-748-9786, to let us know if you are planning to attend this memorial service so that we know the numbers of people, as we cannot exceed the number of people we are allowed to have together. In lieu of flowers, condolences for the family and donations to either Canadian Cancer Society or Kitchener East Presbyterian Church may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445. The family are grateful to the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home staff for their assistance with final arrangements. Special thanks to the Nurses of ICU-A at Grand River Hospital and Pastor Mark Richardson of KEPC for his continued support as well as the ladies from the Hospitality team.
Obituary of Keith Gordon Hunt To participate in the livestream of Keith and Helen's service, Please click the "View The Webcast" button above. It is with great sadness that the family of Keith Gordon Hunt (AKA the Silver Fox) announce his passing following a brief illness Wednesday July 8th, 2020 in his 91st year. Keith was born in Pembroke Ontario to Wesley Whitfield and Evelyn Hunt. Keith is predeceased by his two older brothers Reginald and Garth Hunt. Keith moved to Kitchener Ontario and spent his career working at BFGoodrich. Keith met his true love Helen Graff in Kitchener and they spent the next 65 years together. Keith was a pretty good pool player in his day, enjoyed gardening and was always willing to help a friend. Keith and Helen shared their home with many relatives over the years. Keith was loved for his unique sense of humour and always enjoyed talking to any stranger he met. Both Keith and Helen enjoyed all their friends and relatives throughout their years and will be greatly missed by all who knew them. Keith is survived by his son Brian and daughter in-law Kim, 3 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, Brother’s in-law Elmer, Ron and Wayne, Sister’s in-law Von Stalkie, Doreen and Shirley and many nieces and nephews who thought the world of Keith. Special Thanks for the kindness and care provided to Keith by the staff at Promyse Home Care and the 6th floor Health care workers at St Mary’s Hospital and Bankside Retirement Home. Condolences to the family and donations to a charity of your choice may be arranged through the ErbGood Family Funeral Home 171 King Street South, Waterloo; www.erbgood.com; 519-745-8445. A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, July 24 at 11:00 am. All are invited to participate in the Livestream of the service by clicking the "View the Webcast" button. The livestream will be recorded if you cannot attend with the family at 11:00 am.
Elizabeth Margaret Rabb (nee Roscoe) on May 23rd, in her 94th year at Clair Hills Retirement Home, Waterloo. Born in Hespeler, Ontario, on September 22, 1926, she was a long time resident of Uptown Waterloo. She worked in the Dominion Woolen Mill in Hespeler during World War 11 and later on was an employee of Buck Animal Hospital in Waterloo. Elizabeth was the only child of William Roscoe and Sylvia Roscoe (nee Cutting) of Hespeler, Ontario She is prediseased by her husband Bruce Rabb, her mother-in-law, Evelyn Rabb (Schiedel), her mother Sylvia Roscoe, (Cutting) and her father William Roscoe. She is survived by her daughter Katherine Clark (NIgel Clark) of Oakville. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the autumn.