Willard passed away quietly on Monday, September 7th, one month before his 102nd birthday. He began his life in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on October 7, 1918 -- the start of a long journey full of family, professional accomplishments and a devotion to fitness and sports. Willard completed his early schooling at St. John's College School in Winnipeg, later graduating in 1942 with a B.A. from Queen's University, Kingston. After serving in the chemical warfare branch of the Canadian army, he enrolled in the first MBA program offered by the Business School at the University of Western Ontario, earning his degree in 1951. Together, Willard and Jean (Spencer), his wife of 63 years, devotedly raised four children -- Nancy (John), Joan (Allan), Bryan (Leslie) and Pat (Nick). He was a caring, ever-present figure in their lives. For Willard as Grandpa, Mark (Joanna), Stuart (Mariko), Kimberley (Vic) and Jacquelyn were a constant source of pride and joy. He delighted in being Great-Grandpère to Ella, Spencer, Gavin, Angus, Shun, Ko and Miles. He was a confidant and friend to his surviving brother, John. Through his various activities, Willard developed a broad circle of valued friends and acquaintances. He thrived on a good workout at the "Y" , where even at 100 years of age, he inspired many to push a little harder. He enjoyed "good clean sports" and had an unwavering passion for golf. One of his favourite pastimes was helping with the many activities and tasks at Dawn Brook Farm, Honeywood. In his professional and personal lives, Willard was an initiator -- a doer who spiritedly took on a challenge. A consummate educator, he was always interested in young people and supporting their ambitions be it in informal conversation or as a professor with the Faculty of Management, McGill University. He always gave generously of his experience and wisdom. Willard impacted so many lives as a husband, father, brother, educator, mentor and friend. He was a force -- an enduring role model. He loved cookies, desserts, a smooth scotch and a good laugh. His blue eyes twinkled when he teased. We will miss him deeply but are forever grateful and richer for having had him in our lives. Rest in peace, Dad. We'll do our best to keep things "under control". A celebration of Willard's life will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S., Waterloo at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, to attend the 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. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation directly to the Tomorrow Stems from You initiative through Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation https://hamiltonhealth.ca/tomorrow-stems-from-you/ or to a charity of your choice. Willard’s family extends its sincere thanks to the many individuals who so caringly supported him. This includes close friends, care givers, health professionals and the staff at Doon Village Retirement Residence. For you, Willard often expressed his profound gratitude.
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
Paul Klassen, 90, died peacefully Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Parkwood Mennonite Home after a short illness. He was born at home, on William Street in Waterloo, on August 12, 1930. His parents, Abram P. and Katharina Klassen, brother John, sister-in-law Joan, and sister Trudy have predeceased him. Paul is survived by his much-loved wife and life partner Ruth (Peters). He was a loving father and father-in-law to Karen Klassen Harder and Jim Harder; Elizabeth Klassen and Gerry Steingart; Peter and Katie Klassen; Ruth-Ann and Rick Shantz. Grandfather to Annalisa and Jacob Brenneman, John Harder, Chris Steingart and Jillian Burkhardt, Joel and Danielle Steingart, Matthew and Leah Klassen, Nathan Klassen, Ben Shantz, and Jonathan Shantz. Great-grandfather to Rowan Steingart, Maya Steingart, Irene Brenneman, Margaret Brenneman, and Madelyn Steingart. Paul and Ruth were married on August 28, 1954 and lived a life focused on church, family, and friends. Paul was a believer and church member. He was baptized at W-K United Mennonite Church as a young person and remained actively involved until recent years. Within the church he served as a deacon, a boys’ club leader, and usher. His skills and readiness to help were well utilized within the church and in other church-related organizations. Paul was a family man. He took great joy in holding babies, attending sports events and concerts, hearing news of his children and grandchildren, and visiting them in far off places. He loved and supported each of them and was interested in learning about their lives. Together, Paul and Ruth created a home where family, friends and newcomers felt welcome. Paul was an explorer. As a youngster he took great delight in biking and camping adventures in Waterloo County. Later, he and Ruth would take leisurely drives in the country that would often end with a meal at one of many favorite restaurants. In recent years, his motorized wheelchair became his much-valued mode of transportation and he would go for “walks” as far as the battery would take him. Paul was a creator. He enjoyed his job as a machine technician in the engineering department shop at the University of Waterloo because he could build things that would enable the work of others. He loved to cook and was continually searching for the ideal cheesecake recipe. In his retirement he took pride in learning to bake the perfect Zwieback. He developed a serious interest in colouring in recent years. He combined the precision of an engineer with the eye of an artist to create works of beauty. Covid-19 restrictions have shaped our ways of connecting. A private family celebration of life will be led by Pastor Ben Cassels. At a later date, the family will gather for a service of committal at Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo. Memorial donations to House of Friendship or Mennonite Central Committee may be arranged by contacting Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
Winifred Elizabeth Sanders (nee Martin), age 93, passed away Tuesday September 8, 2020 at Lanark Heights Long-Term Care, Kitchener, Ontario. Winn is survived by her sons Paul and Deb, Neil, Donna (Doug deceased), their families, and Aunt Daisy Pittis. Predeceased by parents Absalom and Gertrude Martin, husband Donald Sanders, and sisters Barb, Margaret and Grace Martin. Winn was a faithful member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday September 16, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the Funeral Home Chapel at 12:00 p.m. and will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com. 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. Interment at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Breslau, ON will immediately follow the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Heart & Stroke Foundation, or Lupus Ontario may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
With characteristic dignity and grace, Ilga Niedre Gravelsins, truly a Force of Nature, passed from us on September 8, 2020, in her Kitchener home and her son Davis’s arms, lucid as ever. Creative, always thoughtful and reflective, but certainly vigorous in her convictions, Ilga was at once marvellously level-headed and wondrously open-hearted. Loving each member of her family and extended family fiercely and generously, she used her natural sparkle and resolute drive to make sure each of them flourished. The youngest of Kārlis and Mārta Niedre’s four children, she was born on October 13, 1926 at Blomes skola, in rural Vitrupe, into the blossoming hopes and determination of newly independent Latvia. She began to read at age 4, and remained passionate about books and learning throughout her life. At the Riga Art Institute, she studied textile design, having learned hand-loom weaving at her mother’s side. Ilga left her parents and their beloved home sorrowfully, at age 17. Kārlis and Mārta insisted that their beautiful daughter flee the imminent Soviet military reoccupation of Latvia, staying behind themselves to await the return from German military conscription of their three sons. Two of Ilga’s brothers did return; they were promptly arrested by Soviet authorities and deported to Siberian gulag prison camps. Emerging, as if by a miracle, physically unharmed after Allied bombs levelled the building and entire district of Leipzig, Germany where she had stopped temporarily on her quest for a safe future, Ilga continued westward, to Munich and a United Nations camp for “displaced persons (DP’s).” After five years in refugee limbo, too often fed inedible “green monster” pea soup, Ilga jumped at the opportunity to leave war-scarred Europe and immigrate to Canada for a 12-month DP work contract as a domestic servant in an upper-class Montreal household. An assembly-line job at an apparel factory followed. Tipped to an opening at Montreal’s leading textile studio, there she quickly became the business’s chief designer and production manager, impressing clients such as Air Canada and the Bank of Montreal with custom-designed fabrics for upholstery and curtains. In November 1953, at a dinner party hosted within Montreal’s small Latvian DP diaspora community, Ilga met John (Jānis) Gravelsins. It literally was love at breathless first sight. John had finished his DP labour contract at a northern Quebec gold mine and, with an English dictionary close at hand, was pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, from which he would graduate with high academic honours. With a guest list of two – their witnesses – Ilga and John married in May 1954, in McGill’s non-denominational Birk’s Chapel; they spent their honeymoon in the backyard of their rented lodgings. Their bliss would bring them three sons, Rob, Davis, and Harald, whom they raised in leafy, suburban Roxboro, in a house whose 1959 purchase price, $18,000, stretched their finances for years to come. The limitless joy Ilga and John found in their life together, a life created entirely from perseverance, hard work, thrift, humility, dreams, and loving faith in each other and in their children, was particularly evident during August family vacations on Prince Edward Island, in celebrations of Ziemsvētkus (Latvian Christmas/winter solstice), during weekend day trips, for example to the Laurentian Mountains, and in the colours dancing and singing with so much delight in Ilga’s flower beds. In 1996, after John’s retirement, Ilga and John relocated to Kitchener, to be closer to their sons and grandchildren. After John’s passing in 2000, Ilga valiantly carried on by herself in their Kitchener home. Year-round in Kitchener, until two days before her passing, Ilga could be seen taking daily walks along Keewatin Avenue, down to the Grand River, and up Ottawa Street, always offering smiles and greetings to neighbours and passersby, and constantly awed by the changing seasons parading through the nearby Lackner Woods. The Monday and Thursday morning aquabics sessions at the Lyle Hallman pool have two fewer hands waving joyfully from below to the powers above. Ilga is survived by Rob, Davis, Harald, sons’ spouses Karen and Mandy, and grandchildren Steven, Laura, Jana, and Lukas. But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet, Lose but their show; their substance still lives sweet. (W. Shakespeare)
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.
It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of Antonel Angela Graham (nee De Cloet) at the age of 50. She passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Hospice Wellington, Guelph. Antonel was born in Toronto on November 11, 1969, and was the eldest of six children where she grew up on a tobacco farm in Tillsonburg, ON. She studied at the University of Waterloo and earned her Bachelor of Social Work (BSE), which served her well as she went on to have a long and fulfilling career in Social Work at the Region of Waterloo. Antonel volunteered with Cancer Connection for many years. She married the love of her life, Greg Graham, and together they welcomed two beautiful children into their lives, Garrett and Gabriella. Antonel enjoyed the simple things in life; like spending time with family and friends. She loved cheering and watching Garrett play rep soccer and spending “Mommy and Gabby” time. Antonel had a kind, calm and reassuring way about her, and was always there for support, advice, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. She truly was a lovely person who will forever be loved and missed. She is the daughter of Gabriel De Cloet (late Virginia De Cloet nee Walker); loving wife of Greg Graham and proud Mom of Garrett and Gabby. She will be held dearly in the hearts of her siblings Scott De Cloet, his children Tyson, Maja, and Sean; Steven De Cloet, his children Emerald, Max, and Dean; Melissa De Cloet (Rick Noble); Adam De Cloet (Ginny) and their children Madeline and Roman; and Sarah Seitz (Jeremy) and their children Jordan, Kade, and Riley. She will be fondly remembered by her mother-in-law and father-in-law Sheila and Eugene Graham as well as her sister-in-law Gayle Braun and her children Peyton, Addison and Claudia. Also survived by her aunts, uncles, and extended family. Antonel will be forever remembered and celebrated by her many friends. Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, 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. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.erbgood.com Condolences for the family and memorial donations to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre or Hospice Wellington (Guelph) may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
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.
George Charles Andrews passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2020. His loved ones are his wife, Cairine, sons Gregg (Helen) and Jeff (Michele) and grandchildren Caitlin (Jason), Carolyn, Mark, Genevieve, Matthew (Amy), Tyler, William and Elsbeth. Also surviving are his brother Don and sisters-in-law Dorothy Wilson and Lynda Andrews. In accordance with George’s wishes, there will be no service. Anyone wishing to show an expression of sympathy may make a donation to a charity of their choice.
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.