Remembering Audrey Margaret Warner
Audrey Margaret Warner died peacefully in Wiarton, Ontario on February 5, 2023. She was 93 years young. She is survived by her husband, Alex Murchie; her stepchildren Jim, Mary Jo, Betty, Carolyn, Sandy, and their families; her nieces Kathy, Anne and Elaine and their families; her beloved great-niece, Alexandra and husband, Kegan. She is predeceased by her brother Ken and sister-in-law Bernice, and by her brother Doug and sister-in-law Geraldine.
Audrey was born September 26,1929 in Hamilton, Ontario. She was a graduate of Western, Toronto, and Cornell Universities. She taught secondary school in Tillsonburg, Hamilton, and Dundas, then worked as an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto. Audrey retired to Mallory Beach near Wiarton, spending winters in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and travelling with Alex to Europe and the United States. A person of many interests, Audrey was an honorary life member of OFSHEEA (Family Studies-Home Economics Educators), and a life member of AAFCS (American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences). She was active in many sports especially golf, skiing, curling and canoe tripping. She had a fine eye for design and colour and loved the furniture and textiles of Scandinavia as well as the art and sculpture of the Inuit of northern Canada.
In keeping with Audrey's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Audrey's Life will be held at St. John's United Church in Wiarton, the date and time to be announced later. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, Hamilton at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada, to St. John's United Church, Wiarton or to the Warner Cemetery, St. David's, Ontario. Condolences can be sent to Audrey's family by visiting her memorial at www.woodfuneralhome.ca
Obituary was originally published in The Hamilton Spectator.
Remembering Allison Towse
ALLISON B. TOWSE April 20. 1928 - February 2, 2023.
Allison passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, February 2, 2023, at The Teddington Retirement Residence, at the age of 94. She survived her late husband, John H. Towse. Allison was born, raised and lived her entire adult life in her family home in North Toronto. She was a career woman who always looked lovely. After graduating from University of Toronto, she worked as a food scientist testing and developing products. She worked with Canada Packers now Maple Leaf foods. Allison enjoyed her professional life.
Outside of work, Allison was passionate about healthy cooking and enjoyed hours in the kitchen. She was an enthusiastic reader, always with a book or two in hand. She was an avid gardener who delighted in every bloom with every season. Allison loved her home. She was a member of the Granite Club for 51 years. While at the club, she was a dedicated fitness member, using the gym regularly, aqua-fit, and curled for many years. She had also been a golfer enjoying the course and dinners at The Toronto Hunt Club. Allison had a great smile and was very appreciative to all of those who helped her along the way. Many Thanks to all those who made her feel comfortable and loved. A special thank you to her kind personal care assistants who were always by her side and the wonderful staff at The Teddington. 'A life well lived.'
Obituary was originally published in The Globe and Mail.
Remembering Mary Audrey Jarvis
MARY AUDREY JARVIS (nee Mahon) January 25, 1930 - January 9, 2023
Full of grace until the end, our beloved Audrey passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Predeceased by her husband, Keith, she leaves behind her children, Kathy Abels (Frank), Maureen (Kieran Foster), Jim (Brenda Jarvis) and Ted (Lisa Plow-Jarvis); thirteen grandchildren, Peter, Matthew, Jimmy and Katie Abels; Emily (James), Olivia and John Jarvis; Audrey and Mary Foster; Keith, Harrison, Luke and Isobel Jarvis; and her great-grandchild Birdie. Audrey is also survided by her sister-in-law, Kathy (Paul Meade). Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Edna and Tony; and her brothers, Larry and Jim; and her sister, Connie Corner. Her peaceful resolve and inquisitive nature made her a trusted confidant and mentor to nephews, nieces, and friends of her children.
A proud Winnipegger, Audrey attended St. Mary's Academy and the University of Manitoba, where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics. She continued postgraduate studies at University of Minnesota and became a Registered Dietitian, pursuing hospital work in Portland, Oregon, and later in life, teaching nutrition at George Brown College. An inspired leader, Audrey's University yearbook noted 'she has proven that the fairer sex is as capable as their opposites.' President of her university class, Audrey was valedictorian of every class from which she graduated. Her zest for life led to travel to Europe and work in Lake Louise, Minnesota, and Oregon, all of which inspired a sense of adventure in her children and grandchildren. Audrey and Keith enjoyed retirement, travelling to visit children in Japan, South Africa, England, and Australia.
While raising four children in Etobicoke, Audrey and Keith were a guiding force in the community. They ran spiritual retreats for hundreds of high school children, as well as the marriage preparation course at their parish. Audrey was the recipient of an Award of Merit from the city of Etobicoke for creating a reading program where local seniors tutored school children. She was an active member of the Catholic Women's League and the University Women's Club. Mom enjoyed her tennis, golf, and a good party. She created a warm family home where everyone was welcome and we felt secure in her unconditional love. She selflessly put family ahead of herself, supporting our lives to be the fullest they could be.
Mom's humour, humility and grace are gifts that will be felt for generations. A Mass followed by a Celebration of Life will be held at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Etobicoke at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Covenant House. Online Condolences may be made through: www.turnerporter.ca.
Published by The Globe and Mail.
Passed away at her home, on Saturday, December 24, 2022, at 81 years of age after a struggle with cancer. Louise was an avid traveler, sewer and crafter, and dog lover. She studied Food Science at Ryerson which sparked a life-long interest in food and nutrition. Her "retirement project" was to renovate the historic George Lawrence home in Virgil, creating both a home and an antique shop. She continued to work as an antique dealer until 2020 and was an integral part of the Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures Co-Operative.
Louise is survived by her children Susan (James MacAskill), Barb and Chuck (Mary Lacroix), and her brother, Warren Whale. She is predeceased by her parents, Helen and Bert Whale, her aunts, Dot and Mildred, and her uncle, John.
In honouring Louise's wishes, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2023, at her residence. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Memorial donations to Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold or the Lincoln County Humane Society would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be made at CCBSCares.ca.
July 5, 1922 - October 16, 2022
The death occurred peacefully at the Kings County Memorial Hospital on Sunday, October 16, 2022 of the Honourable Doris Margaret Anderson of St. Peter’s, age 100 years. She was born on the family farm in St. Peter’s on July 5, 1922. Loving sister of Dr. Alan Anderson and sister-in-law of Kathleen Anderson, Ann Anderson and Merrijoy Kelner. Treasured “Aunt Do” of 13 nieces, nephews and their families.
Predeceased by her parents William and Florence (MacSwain) Anderson, brothers Ken, twin David, Don, Dr. Robert N. (Marion), nephew Dr. John Anderson, and former sister-in-law Doris H. (McCubbin) Anderson.
She attended Prince of Wales College and graduated from Acadia University with a BSc in 1944 and from Cornell University with an MSc in 1951.
She founded the Home Economics program at UPEI where she was a professor from 1969 until 1988. In 1994, she was named professor emeritus.
Doris was a founding member of the PEI chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1982, in recognition of her expertise in celiac disease and her contribution to education and mental health in PEI.
She was appointed to the Senate of Canada and served from 1995-1997. She was conferred an Honourary Doctorate of Science by Acadia University, her alma mater, in 1997.
She was an avid gardener, a political junkie, a sports fan extraordinaire and a lifelong admirer of the Royal Family, especially Queen Elizabeth II. She lived a long life full of accomplishments, and she will be remembered by all who knew her for her unlimited kindness and unwavering generosity.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel. Funeral Friday at 2:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s United Church. Interment in Midgell Cemetery. If so desired, memorial donations may be made directly to St. Peter’s United Church, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation or UPEI Scholarship Fund. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at St. Peter’s United Church from 12:30 until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com
Remembering Marion Lorraine Magee
and Vicky Rombough, Garth and Julie Rombough, and Lynn and Michael Evans. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Ernie, with whom she enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Born on July 17, 1928, Marion grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1949. Marion met John Ernest (Ernie) Magee in her University days and on September 12, 1953, they were married in their hometown in Winnipeg. Marion and Ernie moved to Toronto in 1959 and enjoyed over 60 years there. Marion and Ernie loved traveling and visited many countries around the world on their annual trips. Her other love was their Haliburton cottage, where she and her family spent more than 55 summers. She was a Charter member of Donminster United, later to be Jubilee United. She was an active member of the University Canada West, her beloved Bridge Club and the Milne House Garden Club for nearly 30 years. Marion's special hobby was designing hasty notes and place cards with her pressed flowers. If you have been fortunate to receive one, you will treasure it as a keepsake from this fine lady who always showed a genuine interest in all her family and friends and their activities. Marion cared for them deeply and always thought the best of people. She was a special lady who loved life and was always there for others. She touched the lives of all she knew. She will be greatly missed by many. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jubilee United Church (jublieeunited.ca) would be appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at www.kanejerrett-thornhill.ca.
RUSCICA, AUDREY MARGARET (nee FINCH) January 20, 1933 – August 14, 2022 Passed away at home in her 90th year. Sam, Audrey's beloved husband of over 60 years predeceased Audrey, or Aud, as he always called her, by four months. It's nice to think of them together again. Audrey is survived by, and will be deeply missed by, son, Chris (Tina); daughter, Lesley; grandson, Adam (Zeinab); and sisters-in-law, Joan (Art), Karen; and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her brothers, Donald (Robina) and Beverly. Audrey was born to the late Eardley and Anna (nee Davies) Finch on January 20, 1933, in Dorchester Township, Ontario, where she grew up on the family farm.
Audrey graduated from Branksome Hall in Toronto and then went on to obtain her diploma in Home Economics from the Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College, and was later awarded an Honorary Companion of the University of Guelph. Audrey always had a book on the go and carried one with her wherever she went. Audrey turned her love of books into a career when she returned to school at Seneca College to earn her Library Techniques diploma which she put to good use working very happily for the Toronto Public Library at several Toronto branches. Audrey had many hobbies and was an avid quilter and knitter as those who were lucky enough to receive a beautifully crafted quilt or a hand-knitted pair of socks can attest. Several beautiful samples of Audrey's quilts are hanging at home and the cottage, where many happy times were spent with family and friends. Audrey also enjoyed nothing more than a good British television show and was a Corrie fan for over 50 years. Audrey, loving wife to Sam, and devoted and caring mom to Chris and Lesley, as well as all of the family's beloved dogs over the years, will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Visitation will take place at the Pine Hills Cemetery and Funeral Centre, 625 Birchmount Road, Scarborough, ON, M1K 1R1 on Saturday, August 20, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Audrey to the Toronto Public Library Foundation https://tplfoundation.ca.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Sheila Elizabeth Anne O’Sullivan on July 4, 2022, at the age of 79. Sheila will be forever cherished and missed by her daughters Andrea Winarski (Ken) and Laura Pollnow (Matt), her sister Maureen Downie, her beloved grandchildren Liam, Aidan and Ava Fowler and Sean and Evelyn Pollnow, her nephews Matt and Ryan Downie (Heather), her great nephews, Owen and Sullivan and our Aunt Linda Dallman. Sheila is predeceased by her brother-in-law Bruce Downie.
Sheila was born in Niagara Falls on Jan 9, 1943 to Gertrude O’Sullivan (née Carlise) and John O’Sullivan. She graduated with Honours from Mimico High School in 1962, and was awarded a scholarship from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1966 she graduated from The University of Toronto with a BSc. She earned a Masters Of Education from The University of Toronto in 1987.
Sheila was a life long learner and passionate teacher. She earned her Honours Specialist in Home Economics, Science and Special Education and completed the Principal’s Qualification Program. She taught at Leaside Secondary School and then East York Collegiate, as Head of Science, until her retirement in 2003.
Sheila was an avid speed reader and competitive duplicate bridge player. She loved cryptic crosswords, jigsaw and Mensa puzzles. She was certified by the RCM in Grade 10 piano.
Sheila will be remembered for her acute intelligence, her strength of character, her steadfast friendships, her pragmatic nature and her unwavering devotion to her grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Friday September 30 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at Cedar Brae Golf Club, 55 Mac Frost Way, Scarborough, ON.
In lieu of flowers, donations to MSH would be appreciated by the family.
Remembering Christine Hindson
Opzoomer; and mother-in-law to Mark Opzoomer. Chris was born in Markham, Ontario in 1932, daughter of the late John and Mary Robb. Chris had three sisters, Marilyn Pardon (predeceased) Joanne Willoughby-Ray (predeceased), Myrna Robb (Greg Ludlow); and many admiring nieces and nephews. Chris was a true leader, sportswoman, gracious hostess, curious about the world, and true friend to many. She loved life and lived it fully with many accomplishments.
From a young age, she was passionate about figure skating, competed provincially for the Granite Club and became an Ontario judge. Following graduation from Markham District High School as an Ontario scholar, she attended University of Guelph in the 4-year Home Economic course where she continued her affiliation as a member of the Alumni, and later joined the board of directors of University of Guelph. Chris met her husband, Donald, then in 3rd year law at Osgoode Hall ,in the spring of 1956 and were married the same year. Chris continued with her career in home economics field with Swift Canada as a 'Martha Logan' conducting cooking schools throughout Canada, one of her more celebrated being working with Madame Benoit where they performed to packed houses at the Montreal Forum.
Following the birth of their children, Chris moved to freelance Television and radio work in home economics as well as teaching. She was a devoted mother and actively engaged in community activities and became president of the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Chris battled and was an early survivor of breast cancer. Her leadership skills were acknowledged in her many activities at the Toronto Granite Club, where she was invited to join the Board of Directors, eventually becoming President in 1994.
Chris and Don demonstrated true partnership in all their life activities. They enjoyed an active life including downhill skiing, golf, and travelling the globe for many adventures. They were founding members of the Hidden Valley ski club and later joined the Craigleith ski club in Collingwood. In the summer they escaped to their beloved cottage (Sanctuary) on Lake Rosseau where they were active participants at the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club. Chris became ladies golf captain, won many trophies, and initiated the annual ladies golf camp still held to this day. On rainy golf camp days, she was famous for providing participants with 'some liquid sunshine' in their coffee—She was great fun!
Chris will be greatly missed but remembered lovingly by her husband and family and by countless others who knew and associated with Chris during her active 89 years of life. A private service has been held and a Celebration of Life will take place this summer. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital who tried valiantly to assist Chris after a fall in mid-May. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Temagami Community Foundation directed to The Robb Hindson Memorable Fund, or the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Friends may visit Chris' online Book of Memories at http://www.fawcettfuneralhomes.com
Originally posted on Toronto Star—click here for the original post.
In Memory of Robyn Miriam Clare
loving nieces and nephews in Alberta, British Columbia and London, Ontario. She was predeceased by her father, Edward Pierce, mother Mayme Buchanan, and her sisters, Jocelyn and Marion. She leaves behind many adoring friends at Amica Bayview Gardens, who will miss her spirit and joy for life. In her final days, Robyn was blessed to be surrounded by the love and support of all her daughters and grandchildren. Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1922, Robyn graduated in 1944 from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Home Economics. Shortly thereafter, while working as a dietician at Vancouver General, Robyn met and married her handsome Harvey, who was struck by her dazzling looks and vivacity. They were married for 65 years. She and Harvey moved to Montreal, then subsequently to Sarnia, and back to Montreal (where her four children were born), finally settling in Toronto. Despite her move to the East, Robyn kept her prairie spirit and deep bond with the West. Wherever she went, Robyn worked hard to make a beautiful home for her family. She was a generous and active member of her community, serving on the board of Visiting Homemakers and volunteering at the Oriole York Mills United Church. She and Harvey enjoyed the theatre, symphony, and concerts in Toronto and loved their yearly outings to Shaw and Stratford. In their retirement years, their love for new experiences, sights and adventures kept Robyn and Harvey traveling together, and with lifelong friends, for many years. After Harvey passed away in 2011, Robyn, fiercely independent, continued to socially flourish in her wonderful surroundings at Amica. Robyn was a long-time member of the Donalda Club where she enjoyed golf, curling, dancing, and many social events. A consummate cook and hostess, she loved to entertain family and friends and she welcomed many family visitors from the West. Many Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners were attended by the whole family at her home, where all enjoyed her delicious cuisine. Robyn was a force to be reckoned with, gifted with boundless energy and strength. She embodied style and elegance in her dress and in her home. She was an accomplished pianist, a skilled bridge player and a spirited conversationalist who stayed current with political, social, and world events. She loved to laugh and was always the life of the party. Robyn lived each of her 99 years to their fullest. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
Published by Toronto Star on Mar. 12, 2022.
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