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"LUR" 2005 Obituary


LURCH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.strathroy.age_dispatch 2005-01-18 published
VAN DUN, Geraldine (née BENS)
Gerrie VAN DUN (née BENS) of Petrolia passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, in her 56th year at Blue Water Health Palliative Care, on Friday, January 14, 2005 with her family by her side. Cherished wife of Joseph for 36 years. Beloved mother of Joanne and Steven PERCY and Linda and Andrew CHWIECKO. Loving Oma to her grandchildren Cierra, Aidan, Jayna, Ryan, and our special angel in Heaven, Nathan. Geraldine was the proud owner and operator of 21 Shell and Variety of Petrolia for over 28 years. Gerrie was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, in 1949. She is also survived by her mother, Wilhemina and the late John BENS, sisters Nellie and Bill LERCH, Tina and Leo VERBERNE and brothers Henry and Janis BENS and John and Harriet BENS. Will be sadly missed by her father and mother-in-law John and Elizabeth VAN DUN and their family as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitors were received on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Needham-Jay Funeral Home, Petrolia, where parish prayers were offered at 8: 45 p.m. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Philips Church, Petrolia, on Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. with Father Dan VERE as celebrant. Cremation followed, with interment in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. The pallbearers were Owen and Martin QUINN, Jason and Charlie FREER, David and Brian VERBERNE, and Rick SAUVE. The flower bearers were Nellie LURCH and Lorie LAFORET. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Josephs Health Care Foundation, London, the Sarnia and District Humane Society or the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital Foundation. Memories and condolences may be left online at

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