KRAFT: Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Saturday April 24, 2004, Gordon Ray Kraft, 78, of Grand Bend, formerly of Dashwood. Beloved husband of Ninia M. (Smith) (Wein) Kraft for over 40 years. Loved father of Bill Kraft and companion Vicki Kelders of Grand Bend, Robin and Richard McDonald of London. Loving grandpa of Mike Kraft and Jennifer Kraft, Kristen McDonald and Curtis McDonald, all of London. Special friend to Jeff and Matt Kelders. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Victor Kraft of Port Franks and Mona Kraft of Dashwood. Remembered by his nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his sister Lorna Wright, brother Ken Kraft, infant brother Vernon and parents Edward and Rose (Preeter) Kraft. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; where the funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III officiating. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society, or charity of choice would be appreciated. Gord farmed, drove school bus, was a long distance trucker and taught drivers education for many years.
BALTESSEN: Peacefully, with family by his side, at London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus, Tuesday, May 18, 2004, William "Bill" Baltessen,78, of RR 2, Grand Bend. Beloved husband of Bertha (Van Stiphout) Baltessen for 54 years. Dear father of Angela Stewart and friend Ken Blackmon of Durham, Mary Baltessen and friend Doug Ross of RR 2, Wingham, Betty Baltessen, Hank and Annie Baltessen, Lambert and Nelly Baltessen, all of RR 2,Grand Bend, John and Janet Baltessen of RR 3, Parkhill, Theresa and Eddy Wouters of RR 6, Forest and William and Tracey Baltessen of RR 2, Grand Bend. Loving grandfather of 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by daughter Antoinette "Annie" Baltessen (1979). Also survived by one sister and five brothers in Holland. Predeceased by one brother and one sister in Holland. Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Thursday afternoon and evening. Parish prayers at the funeral home Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by Order of Alhambra prayers at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Grand Bend, Friday, May 21, 2004 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father John Kulathinkal celebrant. Interment Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend. Bill was a lifetime member of the Order of Alhambra. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grand Bend Alhambra Caravan #168 would be appreciated.
FAHNER: Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Friday, May 21, 2004, Grace Irene (Ortwein) Fahner, 83, of RR 2, Crediton. Beloved wife of the late Clarence William "Toby" Fahner (1998). Loving mother of Nancy Dowson and fiancÚ Ron Cybulski of Kincardine, Margaret and Jerry Finnen of Kitchener, John Fahner and companion Linda Towton of RR2, Crediton, Ron Fahner of London and Don Fahner of Thamesford and friend June McKenzie of Huron Park. Loving grandma of Cheryl and Greg Becker, Todd and Wendy Fahner, Chris Fahner and companion Sarah, Andrea Finnen and great-grandma of Mathew Becker, Kelsey Becker, Kurtis Fahner, Ryan, Shawn and an expected great-grandchild in May. Dear sister-in-law of Violet Ortwein of Cambridge and Norma Fahner of Crediton. Loved by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her sisters Myrtle Dietz, Pearl Haines, Winnifred Anderson, Gertrude Flegman, Mildred Cora, brothers Clayton, Eldon and Ray Ortwein. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday afternoon and evening; where the Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 24, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Sheila Macgregor officiating. Interment Crediton Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Zion United Church, Crediton, Kidney Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated.
HAYTER: Peacefully at home, his birthplace, with his family, on Sunday, June 6, 2004, Thomas Henry "Harry" Hayter of Dashwood, in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Frieda Susanna (Rader) Hayter for 52 years. Devoted father and father-in-law of Joanne and Paul Maguire, Janice and Brad Oke all of Grand Bend, Tom and Elaine Hayter of Dashwood and the late B. Jayne Hayter (2002). Cherished grandpa of Dave and Jennifer Maguire, Tom Maguire, Sean Maguire, Chris, Jeff and Andy Oke, Justin, Adam and Lindsay Jayne Hayter. Loving great-grandpa of Abby and Emma Maguire. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Dorothy and Earl Vandahl of Grand Bend, Robert and Gloria Hayter of Dashwood, June Hayter of Goderich and Joseph Bruce of Exeter Villa. Loved by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Bertha (Willert) Hayter, brother James Hayter Sr., sisters Theada Bruce, Reta Snyder, and Grace Beavis, brothers-in-law John Snyder, James Beavis, Albert Rader and Milford Merner, sisters-in-law Martha Merner and Marion Rader . Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Dashwood, Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 11 a m. The Rev. John E. Trembulak III officiating. Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Zion Lutheran Church or charity of choice would be appreciated. Harry was the founder of Hayter's Turkey Farms and was committed to his community by serving on South Huron Hospital Board, Huron County Board of Education, Dashwood Medical Centre Board, Dashwood Men's Club, Grand Bend Probus Club and as a member of Zion Lutheran Church held many positions including Elder and Chairman. Always for the betterment of agriculture, Harry devoted his time as a member of Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Huron County Cattlemen's Association and Ontario Turkey Producer's Marketing Board.
WILSON: Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Tuesday, June 15, 2004, Harriet Elizabeth (Abrams) Wilson, 90, of Bayview Subdivision, RR 2, Zurich, formerly of Windsor. Beloved wife of Robert Wilson. Loved aunt of Frances "Sue" Wilson of RR 1, Thedford. Elizabeth was employed at Saks Fifth Avenue in Detroit for many years prior to her and Robert retiring to Bayview Subdivision. Private family arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.
FREITER: Peacefully, surrounded by love, at Blue Water Rest Home, Zurich, Wednesday, June 16, 2004, Katharina "Kaethe" (Janzen) Freiter, in her 80th year, of Dashwood, formerly of Leamington, born in the Ukraine and coming to Canada in 1950. Beloved wife of Erich Otto Freiter Sr. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Kurt and friend Ursula of Florida, Reiny and Lynda of Exeter, Erika and Robert Sterzik of Calgary, Erich Jr. and Cheryl of Dashwood. Loving grandma and "Oma" of Sonia Freiter and Iwan Smolders, Heidi Freiter, Ryan and wife Aimee Freiter, Andrew Freiter, Nathaniel and Melanie Sterzik, Byron and Katelyn Freiter. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Helena Stadler of Leamington, twin brother Peter and wife Margareta Janzen of Winnipeg, Elisabeth Janzen of Germany, Susanna Janzen of Leamington, Annie Zielman of Dashwood, Willie and Ellen Janzen of Leamington, Paula Luettel of Germany, Heinz and Hildegard Freiter of Lindsay and Herta Freiter of Germany. Cherished by her many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by her brother Heinrich Janzen, brothers-in-law Eduard Stadler, Dirk Zielman, August Luettel and Kurt Freiter. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at Zurich Mennonite Church, Monday, June 21, 2004 at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Phil Wagler officiating assisted by the Rev. Henry Dueck. Interment Zurich Mennonite Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society, Blue Water Rest Home, or in lieu of a charitable donation, show an act of service, kindness, or a reassuring word today to a stranger or a friend, as Kaethe would have done. Kaethe was well known throughout the community by all her acts of kindness and work not only through the service groups but also on a personal note with the Dashwood Women's Institute, Dashwood Optimist Club, Dashwood Golden Agers, Grand Bend Buccaneers, Ladies Coffee Club at Kaethe's Kaffee Haus and the many successful Dashwood Friedsburg Days. Kaethe was also a strong supporter of the Bluewater Tug-of-War Club.
BEIERLING: At London Health Sciences Centre, South Street Campus, Saturday, June 19, 2004, Norman Edward Beierling, 84, of London. Beloved husband of Betty Lorraine (Fischer) Beierling. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Herb Beierling, Elmer and Helma Beierling all of RR 2, Zurich, Dorothy and Doug Stephen of Exeter, Gladys Beierling of Parkhill, Lois and William Grady of Essex, Alma Fischer of London, Norman and Amy Fischer, Russell Fischer all of RR 1, Dashwood and Ivan Fischer of Niagara Falls. Remembered by his many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brother Lorne Beierling (2003), parents William Frederick and Edith Elanora (Heckman) Beierling. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; where the Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Voege of Our Saviour Lutheran Church, London, officiating. Interment Exeter Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to Our Saviour Lutheran Church, London Health Sciences Centre Foundation or charity of choice would be appreciated.
CARLETON: Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, after a valiant struggle against the complications resulting from heart surgery, at L.H.S.C. South Street Campus, Monday, June 21, 2004, Norma Patricia Joan "Pat" (Burley) Carleton, of Grand Cove Estates, Grand Bend, formerly of Pointe Claire, Quebec. Beloved wife of Frederick William "Bill" Carleton. Much loved mother and mother-in-law to Steven and Lorraine Carleton, Heather and Paul Lareau, Kathy and Henryk Puklicz, Tom Anderson and the late Debbie (Carleton) Anderson (1999). Will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Matthew Lareau, Shannon Lareau, Andrew Carleton, Garrett Carleton, Kaitlyn Puklicz, Kevin Puklicz, Jennifer Anderson and Mitchell Anderson, her special nieces, Colleen Ritchie, Doreen Wortham, brothers-in-law Harry Wexler, Brian Carleton and her dear lifelong friends Shirley Ross and Eleanor Quinn. Predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Percival Burley, brother Michael Burley and sister Peggy Wexler. A private family service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Sunday, June 27, 2004, followed by a Celebration of Life Reception for family and friends at the Grand Cove Estates Clubhouse, Grand Bend, at 3 p.m. If desired, memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Special thanks to Dr. Rutledge, nurses Donna and Julie, the Respiratory Technologists and numerous nurses and Dr.'s in the ICU at Victoria Hospital who's continued encouragement, support and loving care were appreciated by Pat's family.
WEAVER: Peacefully, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Tuesday, July 6, 2004, Alfred James "Jim" Weaver, 63, of Pinedale Subdivision, RR 2, Grand Bend, formerly of Mississauga (Lorne Park). Beloved husband of Mary (Barbisan) Weaver. Loved father of Kelly Weaver of Willowdale, Kerry Weaver of Ingersoll and Amy Weaver of Grand Bend. Loving grandpa of Jeffery and Michael Weaver. Dear son of Pearl (Oliphant) Weaver of Port Credit and the late Alfred Joseph Weaver (1997), brother and brother-in-law of Bill and Elizabeth Weaver of Aurora, Anne and Tim Hill of Burks Falls. He will be missed by special companions Bandit, Bubba and Peewee. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood (519-237-3532), with visitation Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; where the Funeral Service will be held Monday, July 12, 2004 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Keith Kiddell, Chaplain of Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services officiating. Cremation, Jim's service began with the Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department, followed by a career position in 1963 with the Toronto Township Fire Department, Lorne Park Division, which was amalgamated in 1974 and now known as Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, retiring as Captain with over 32 years service. Jim resided in Grand Bend for 16 years and was known as the "Bike Man". If desired, memorial donations to the Cancer Society or charity of choice would be appreciated.
McCANN: Peacefully, at Stratford General Hospital, Friday, July 9, 2004, Lillian M. "Sis" (Clarke) McCann, 83, of Crediton. Beloved wife of the late Joseph B. "Joe" McCann (March, 2004). Loved mother of Ruth Galloway and her husband Bob of Stratford. Loving grandma of Dan and Monika Galloway, Deb and Larry Nesbitt, Kim and Ken Nutt, Jeff and Shirley Galloway, Jodi and Mike Hillman. Also loved by 13 great-grandchildren. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Evelyn Hutchinson, Marie Dinney, Shirley Clarke, Russell Clarke, Howard and Jean Clarke, Donna Clarke, Margaret Clarke, Marlene Valender, Clem and Joan McCann, Leona Glavin, and Don Hartman. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by great-granddaughter Kari Nutt, brothers Ross Clarke, Jim Clarke, chosen brother Ed Valender, Roy Clarke, brothers-in-law Arthur Hutchinson, Donald Dinney , sisters-in-law Audrey Clarke, Eileen Gelinas, Evelyn McKeever, Alice Hartman, parents Margaret "Maggie" (Pfaff) and Henry Clarke. Resting at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, with visitation Monday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayers Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Father Ray Lawhead Celebrant. Interment Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations to the Diabetes foundation, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Restoration Fund or charity of choice would be appreciated.
HOTSON: Unexpectedly, at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, Sunday, July 25, 2004, Wendy Charlaine (Richardson) Hotson, 54, of Grand Bend. Dear mother and grandma of Ryan and Chantelle Shervill and their daughter Emily of Penetanguishene, Jay and Colleen Shervill and their daughter Lauren of Whitby. Lovingly remembered by her step-father Hans Sigmund of Grand Bend, sister-in-law Barb Richardson of Belleville, uncle, great-aunts, nieces, nephews and their families. Dear friend of Marilyn Holmes of Victoria, BC. Predeceased by her parents Ileane (Shildrick) Sigmund and Bud Richardson, brother Skip Richardson and her husband John Hotson. A Memorial Service will be held at the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood, Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Harry Disher officiating. Interment of ashes St. James Cemetery, Clandeboye. If desired, memorial donations to a charity of choice would be appreciated.