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GIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-19 published
WILSON, Florence Georgina Mildred (formerly HARES, née ORSER)
On March 16, 2006, Florence Georgina Mildred WILSON passed away at her home in Birch River, Manitoba, with family and Friends at her side. Florence was born in Capreol, Ontario on February 15, 1918, the daughter of Louis and Clara ORSER. She is predeceased by her husbands Percy HARES and Reeford WILSON, son David Edward HARES and grand_son Christopher David HARES. Her smiling face, wonderful sense of humour and her love and support will be greatly missed by her many Friends in Bracebridge, Magnetawan and Birch River and by her family: daughter Leona and son-in-law Kenneth McKAY; David's wife Gillian and husband Donald CRESSMAN; granddaughters Terry-Lynn SHERLOCK (Stuart,) Colleen HARRISON (Rick) and Margaret McKAY (Gary GIN;) grand_sons Keith RUSSELL (Heather) and Jeffery CRESSMAN; great-grandchildren Allie, Madelaine and Kristen RUSSELL, Cooper and Morgan SHERLOCK, David and Ethan HARRISON and Alana and Lilian GIN. Florence is also survived by her brother William ORSER (Margaret,) her sister Altreata BAKER and many beloved nieces and nephews. Florence lived in the Bracebridge and Magnetawan area of Ontario for many years before moving to Birch River, Manitoba, in June of 2004, to be closer to her daughter Leona and her son-in-law Ken. In her time in Birchwood Place, she was very happy, enjoying the love and support of the residents of Birch River as they visited her and as she knew them through her passion for cards. The family thanks them all for welcoming her so warmly and completely. Special thanks to her caregivers at Birchwood Place, Delores Hrycyk and Mary Kroeker, for the unmeasured care, love and support given over the past two years, and to Doctor Singh, Ken Wai, and the Home Care staff for the incredibly fine professional care and support extended. A funeral service will be held at All Saints' Anglican Church in Burk's Falls, Ontario, on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2: 00 p.m. The family will receive Friends at the Dempster-Allair Funeral Home, in Burk's Falls, (705-382-3222) from 7: 00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21st and 10: 00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 22nd. If desired, donations in Florence's memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Diabetes Association, to North Mountain Handi-Van or to a charity of your choice.

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GINDER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-11 published
ROCK, Stephan
After a 12 year battle with Alzheimer's disease and 84 years of dancing with old man time himself, Steve ROCK passed away quietly on Saturday, December 31, 2005. He leaves a loving son, Volker, daughter-in-law Brenda, granddaughter Morgan and grand_son Adam, sister Rosina and brother-in-law Helmut KENZEL, nephews Alfred KENZEL, Stefan GINDER and their families, along with many current and former "Allstream" companions, all of whom will miss him dearly. Our dear Stefan was privately cremated on January 3, 2006. A memorial service, alongside his recently departed wife Hilde, is being scheduled (in Georgetown) in the spring. Date and location details will be announced, once finalized. Please feel free to offer donations in Steve's memory to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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GINDIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-03-28 published
STERN, Benjamin
Died March 25, 2006 at his home in Florida. Ben STERN was born in 1924 in Zamosc, Poland, into a prominent and respected Jewish family. After the outbreak of World War 2, he and his family were sent to Siberia. The family escaped from Siberia back to Poland, and were interned in the Wlodzimierz Ghetto. All his family, save he and one sister, were murdered in 1942. Through a series of narrow escapes, including some with the Partisans, Ben survived the war. He and his wife Frieda emigrated to Canada in 1950. Ben STERN was successful in a series of Winnipeg businesses, most recently at the Marlborough Hotel. He, with his partner Meyer GINDIN, invested in properties across Canada and the U.S., both traveling tirelessly to look after their business interests. Ben retired in 1996 after suffering a stroke. He was an avid card player, and a member until 1996, at the Montefiore Club. He and his wife were supporters of Israel, Hebrew University, and local causes. He was a great reader of history and politics. Benjamin STERN is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frieda; by his sister Fay GUTTMAN; and by four children and their families: Bella and Mark GREENE, Anne and Charles MARMAR, Norman STERN, and Susan STERN and Yankee LEVINSON. He was the beloved grandfather of eight and great grandfather of one. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29th at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel in Toronto. Shiva will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans, 1133 Broadway, Suite 232, New York, New York 10010, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 1920 Yonge Street, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4S 3E2, or a charity of choice.

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GINGELL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-12-27 published
GINGELL, M. Claire
Passed suddenly in the comfort of her daughter's home on December 25th 2006. She was surrounded by her loving family and Friends after a wonderful Christmas Day. Predeceased by her husband Warren. Loving mother to Susan DUGAL and her husband Paul and Penny and her husband Norm NEUFELD. Proud Grandmother to Travis, Jeff, Julien, Matthew S. and Matthew J. Cherished childhood friend to Dorothy Elliott. A private family service will be held. Cremation in lieu of flowers, donations to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the Scott Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel" (905-451-1100).

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-20 published
TIGERT, Bernadette
Of Lions Head, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18th, 2006 in her 85th year. Beloved mother of Lynette and her husband Jim TAILOR/TAYLOR of Lions head and dear grandmother of Jennifer (Willy) WEATHERHEAD of Lions Head, Patricia TAILOR/TAYLOR of Waterloo and Glenna MILLER of Owen Sound. Cherished great-grandmother of Cassidy, Dillon and Erin WEATHERHEAD, Trichia and Bronson TAILOR/TAYLOR and Crystal PETERS and great great-grandmother of Natalie WEATHERHEAD. Bernadette is also survived by her brother Ken ROUSE of Waterloo, sister-in-law Bonna ROUSE of Owen Sound and sister-in-law Helen (Ross) WRIGHT of Meaford. She was predeceased by her husband Seaman TIGERT in 2000, brother Wayne ROUSE, sister-in-law Grace ROUSE and her parents Ernest and Ettie (WEST) ROUSE. The family will receive Friends on Tuesday, March 21st from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. at the Davidson Chapel, Lions Head. The funeral service to celebrate Bernadette's life will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2: 00 p.m. at Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lions Head, with Pastor Charles GINGERICH officiating. Spring interment Eastnor Cemetery. Donations to the Golden Dawn Nursing Home or Lions head Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.georgefuneralhome.com

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-20 published
TIGERT, Bernadette (née ROUSE)
Of Lions Head, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18th, 2006 in her 85th year. Beloved mother of Lynette and her husband Jim TAILOR/TAYLOR of Lions head and dear grandmother of Jennifer (Willy) WEATHERHEAD of Lions Head, Patricia TAILOR/TAYLOR of Waterloo and Glenna MILLER of Owen Sound. Cherished great-grandmother of Cassidy, Dillon and Erin WEATHERHEAD, Trichia and Bronson TAILOR/TAYLOR and Crystal PETERS and great great-grandmother of Natalie WEATHERHEAD. Bernadette is also survived by her brother Ken ROUSE of Waterloo, sister-in-law Bonna ROUSE of Owen Sound and sister-in-law Helen (Ross) WRIGHT of Meaford. She was predeceased by her husband Seaman TIGERT in 2000, brother Wayne ROUSE, sister-in-law Grace ROUSE and her parents Ernest and Ettie (WEST) ROUSE. The family will receive Friends on Tuesday, March 21st from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9: 00 p.m. at the Davidson Chapel, Lions Head. The funeral service to celebrate Bernadette's life will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 2: 00 p.m. at Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lions Head, with Pastor Charles GINGERICH officiating. Spring interment Eastnor Cemetery. Donations to the Golden Dawn Nursing Home or Lions head Hospital would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.georgefuneralhome.com

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-23 published
TYNDALL, Norman
Passed away at Lions head Hospital on Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Wynelda (Nellie) TYNDALL and dear father of Norma (Fred) BARLOW of Earlton, Ernie (Brenda) of Rimbey, Alberta and David of Onoway, Alberta. Cherished grandfather of grandchildren David (Sheryl) BARLOW, Dennis (Chantal) BARLOW, Carrie (Colin) KENDREW and Regan TYNDALL and great-grandchildren Katlin, Jasmine, Jessica and Megan BARLOW and Darci and Zach KENDREW. He will be sadly missed by brothers Bert (June) of Lions Head, Jack (Audrey) of Lions Head, Vic (Dorothy) of Wiarton, sister Lottie SHOULDICE of Lions Head, mother-in-law Lottie WEST of Lions Head, brothers-in-law Jim (Marlene) WEST and Cliff (Mary Lou) WEST and sisters-in-law Frances (Delbert) BLAKE and Gwen (Gabe) GUITARD. Norman was predeceased by two brothers, one sister, one brother-in-law, father-in-law Earl WEST and his parents Mabel (MOORE) and Charles TYNDALL. The family will receive Friends at the Davidson Chapel, 71 Main Street, Lions head on Sunday, March 26th from 2: 00 to 4:00 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Norman's life will be held on Monday, March 27th at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Charles GINGERICH officiating. Spring interment Eastnor Cemetery, Lions Head. Donations to the Golden Dawn Nursing Home or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family as expressions of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-04-20 published
BENDER, Rufus John
Passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Durham on Monday, April 17th, 2006. Rufus John BENDER, of R.R.#3 Durham, in his 88th year. Loving husband of Ellen BENDER, formerly Ellen ROTH. Cherished father of Sandy BENDER and his wife Bonnie of Wroxeter, Karen and her husband Harold FLAMING of Guelph, Gloria and her husband Ron MacDONALD of Hanover, Paul BENDER and his wife Barb of Mississauga, and John BENDER and his wife Carol Ann of Durham. Fondly remembered by his 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Survived by his sisters Viola ROPP and Ruby WEBER. Brother-in-law of Agnes GINGERICH. Predeceased by his sister Rosetta BENDER and his brother Chris BENDER. A Celebration of Life for Rufus will be held at the Listowel Pentecostal Church (5629 Hwy 86 East, Listowel) on Saturday, April 22nd at 2: 30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the New Tribes Mission - Durham would be appreciated by the family and may be made by calling the McCulloch-Watson Funeral Home, Durham (519)369-3837.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-11-14 published
HAYES, Milton
Of Lions head passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 12, 2006 in his 79th year. Cherished husband and best friend of Sarah for 54 years. Dear father of Barbara (Scott) MILLER of Calgary, Alberta, Doug HAYES of Cape Chin, Patricia (Scott) WILSON of Owen Sound, Roger (Sandra) HAYES of Wiarton, Sherry HAYES (Jim MILLER) of Hepworth, Tim HAYES of Lions head and Ted (Phyllis) HAYES of Lions Head. Milton will be sadly missed by 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and sisters Dorothy (George) MacDONALD of Wiarton, Marilyn (Don) STEWARD/STEWART/STUART of Wiarton, Hazel (Pete) MILNE of Pickering and Shirley (Larry) ADAM/ADAMS of Lions Head. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Ruth McLAY, Reta McLAY and Jean HAYES and brothers-in-law Bruce (Lois) HARDMAN, Alf MEYER and Murdoch McARTHUR as well as many nieces and nephews. Milton was predeceased by his parents Eliza (ROUSE) and Charles HAYES, brothers Cecil and Alfred and sisters Vera FORBES, Hilda McARTHUR and Freda MEYER. The family will receive Friends at the Bethel Missionary Church, 18 Ferndale Road, Lions head on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. where the funeral service to celebrate Milton's life will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 2: 00 p.m. with Pastor Charles GINGERICH and Rev. Jawn KOLOHON officiating. Interment Eastnor Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the George Funeral Home, Wiarton. As expressions of sympathy, donations made to Saint Margaret's Chapel, Cape Chin or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.georgefuneralhome.com

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-24 published
DEATH, Arthur Hector
Passed to glory quietly early Sunday morning, January 22, 2006 at Highview Residences London, Ontario in his 93rd year. Art was born in Dixie, Ontario, May 17, 1913, and moved to Brampton in 1936 where he raised his family and was an active member of the community for 65 years. He was an Ontario Land Surveyor whose name appears officially on thousands of Peel County property surveys. He was also a successful land developer who was part of the transition of a small rural community to a vibrant city. Art was a pillar of personal strength, always leading the way and showing determination and a strong will to live. Art leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Lois Helen (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.) Much loved father of (Dr) Barry and his wife Susan (BROWN,) Jamie and his wife Joy (Price,) Nancy and her husband Tom LAURIE, and Bette and her husband Dave DALZELL. Art was loved by his fourteen grandchildren Autumn (Steve) DEATH, Jennifer (David) DEATHE, September DEATH, Christopher (Miša) DEATHE, Ashley Brown DEATHE, Linden Brown DEATHE, Joshua (Danielle) DEATH, Sam (Jen) DEATH, Catherine (Chris) JONES, Claire DEATH, Thomas (Laure) LAURIE, Andrew LAURIE, Angus LAURIE, Krista (Chris) Dalzell GINGERICH, Lesley (Derek) DALZELL, and Dan DALZELL. He will be remembered through his sixteen great-grandchildren. Art was predeceased by his brother Ivan. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Dorothy DEETH; by his brother Lindsay and his wife Rae; and his sister-in-law Audrey PETRIE (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.) Friends and family of Art are welcome to attend a celebration of his life at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 44 Church St. E, Brampton Ontario, 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2006, which will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Brampton, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-06-07 published
ERB GINGERICH, Carol (née ERB)
Peacefully at South Huron Hospital, Exeter, on Monday, June 5, 2006, Carol ERB GINGERICH, of Zurich, in her 67th year. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Cyril K. GINGERICH (1999.) Dear sister and sister-in-law of Delphine and Melvin ZEHR, of Kitchener, Joy and Cornelius KLASSEN, of Vineland, Eleanor and Orland JANTZI/YANTZI, of Waterloo, Kathryn and Paul STECKLE, of R.R.#2 Zurich, Charles and Tanya ERB, of Zurich, Marjorie STECKLE, of Tavistock, Philip and Laurie ERB, of Zurich, Audrey GINGERICH, of Magnetawan, Cleve and Margaret GINGERICH, of Grand Bend, Gloria and Wally DIRKS, of Petersburg and Pearl and Andrew KIPFER/KUEPFER, of New Hamburg. Survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Mabel (JANTZI/YANTZI) ERB, brothers-in-law Gerald STECKLE, Victor GINGERICH and Gerald GINGERICH and one niece Connie STECKLE. Visitation in the J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. in the Zurich Mennonite Church. Pastor Phil WAGLER officiating. Cremation. Private family interment Zurich Mennonite Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carol Erb Gingerich Scholarship Fund, C.B.M.I.; or the Zurich Mennonite Church Mission Fund. Condolences may be forwarded to www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Carol ERB GINGERICH.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-12 published
WILLERT, Joyce Doreen (née AIKENHEAD)
Peacefully, at her residence, on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Joyce Doreen (AIKENHEAD) WILLERT, of Hensall, in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Harold WILLERT (1985.) Dear mother of Barb and Roy OESCH of Clinton, Richard and Susan WILLERT of Hensall, Pat WILLERT and John LANTZ of Saint Marys, Jerry and Joanne WILLERT of Hensall, Sharon and Earle ROSE of Stratford, Darlene GERBER and Rick RICHARDSON of Stratford, Bernice PETRIE of Stratford, Ervine and Ansberth WILLERT of Hensall, Barry WILLERT and Kerri GINGERICH of Zurich and Peggy WILLERT of Hensall. Loving grandmother of 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Sadly missed by a special family friend Jim COOPER. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Elizabeth FOSTER, Amy and Richard (Bud) HUNT, Jim and Eunice AIKENHEAD, Stew and Olive BROADFOOT, Freda AIKENHEAD and Beatrice RICHARDSON. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Reta (HARRISON) AIKENHEAD, one son-in-law Wayne PETRIE, one grand_son Doug RIMMER, brother Bill AIKENHEAD, sister-in-law Pearl KOEHLER and her husband Bruce and brothers-in-law Stan COLLINS and Ross RICHARDSON. Visitation in the J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, 49 Goshen St. N., Zurich on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Zurich. Pastor Ann KRUEGER officiating. Interment Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Elizabeth Health Care Foundation or Saint Peter's Lutheran Church. Condolences may be forwarded to www.jmmcbeathfuneralhome.com A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Joyce WILLERT.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-02-17 published
LAUGHARNE, Albert Charles " Alan"
It is with great sadness but gratitude for a life well lived that the family mourn the loss of husband, Father and Grandfather in Victoria, British Columbia. Alan was born in Rogerstone, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom now renamed Gwent. He died on February 15, 2006 after a long and courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He leaves to mourn, Elizabeth, his wife of 58 years, his daughter, Patricia (Trish), grandchildren, Carrie Elizabeth, Jonathon and Michael, goddaughter, Carolyn GINGERICH plus many kin living in the United Kingdom. He was predeceased by his only son, John David in 1994. Alan was a wartime graduate of the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Wiltshire and served in heavy anti-Aircraft artillery during the Battles of Britain, Coventry, North Africa, Iraq, India and Burma attaining the rank of Major. Following his coming to Canada, he qualified as a C.G.A. and C.M.A. and was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario's Advanced Management Program. He enjoyed a successful career in both the private and public sectors. As a volunteer, he served on a number of community boards including the Victoria Hospice Board in Victoria, British Columbia, the University of Victoria Lutheran Church Campus Ministry and the Swansea Municipal Library Board in Toronto, Ontario. The family is most appreciative of the dedicated quality care provided by Dr. Brian Welnerman and all staff at the leading edge Vancouver Island Cancer Centre, the Victoria Hospice and community health services. Private service, Saint Mary The Virgin Anglican Church, Victoria, British Columbia His ashes will be interred alongside his son in Ontario. For those who wish, donations in his memory to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation, Brian Welnerman Studentship Fund, Vancouver Island Cancer Centre, 2410 Lee Ave., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, V8R 6V5 would be most appreciated.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-07-15 published
Carol ERB- GINGERICH, Aid Worker (1939-2006)
To the fierce tribesman of Afghanistan, she was the 'vision woman' and was left to do her work unmolested. For years, she helped restore the sight of thousands of people in East Africa, Ethiopia, and Central Asia
By F.F. LANGAN, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S9
Toronto -- Carol ERB- GINGERICH left the security of life in small-town Ontario to help people in some of the most desperate places in the world. She chose to work in countries that were not only poor, but often destabilized by wars, famine and drought.
She spent 20 years in the field -- and another 13 in Canada -- helping tens of thousands of children and adults avoid blindness and curing people who were otherwise destined to lose their sight due to otherwise preventable disease.
Ms. ERB- GINGERICH lived most of her time overseas in Afghanistan and Ethiopia. In both places she found herself in the middle of a war zone and each time was forced to leave.
Her longest tour of duty was in Afghanistan. She first went there in 1975 with the Christian Blind Mission International. The group had an arrangement with Muslim authorities there: They could do medical work, but they must not to try to convert anyone to Christianity.
She worked for almost 10 years in Afghanistan, living in Kabul near the mission's main clinic, but also travelling to remote parts of the country where she saw hundreds of people a day for treatment of eye diseases.
"She would go out into tribal areas, which were quite dangerous. The tribes knew she was the vision woman and left her alone." said Dave McComiskey, the executive director of Christian Blind Mission International Canada. "She was very brave."
The Christian Blind Mission describes itself as "the leading agency in the world preventing and curing blindness as well as enabling people with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world, regardless of race, gender, age or religion." It has performed six million cataract operations and runs 1,000 programs in 102 countries.
Although untrained in medicine, Ms. ERB- GINGERICH learned how to help patients in the clinics. While she made her opinions known if she disagreed with how the organization was being run, she went out of her way to be kind to the people she was helping.
One day in Afghanistan, a widow invited her to her home for dinner after Ms. ERB- GINGERICH had treated one of her children. However, the Canadian aid worker had to put off the visit for two or three days. Ms. ERB- GINGERICH later told her family that the woman was poor beyond the imaginings of Canadians, but had spent her money on an egg. She had cooked it and put it aside on a window ledge. When the Canadian aid worker arrived days later, it was still there, covered in flies.
"She prayed that she wouldn't be sick as she ate it, not wanting to hurt the woman's feelings and knowing what a sacrifice she had made to cook her the meal," her brother, Phil ERB, said. "She managed to get through it."
In 1979, the former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and many aid workers packed up and left. Ms. ERB- GINGERICH was determined to stay, and continued her work. However, in 1981, after two of its workers were slain, the charity recalled its staff and Ms. ERB- GINGERICH returned to Canada.
Carol ERB was born into a Mennonite family near Goderich in Southwestern Ontario. Her brother said the family was religious, but not strict. "We're of Amish descent but we have cars, use electricity and drive tractors," Mr. ERB said. "Carol didn't force her beliefs on anyone, but she was a religious person and had an extremely strong faith."
Young Carol lived an idyllic rural life, working on the family dairy farm. She went to high school at Clinton Collegiate Institute and afterward started work at Gingerich Sales and Service, an appliance dealer in nearby Zurich. A Gingerich son would become her husband several years later.
One Sunday in 1972, Ms. ERB went to the Mennonite service at her local church and heard a sermon about how people should try to make a difference in the world. She was so moved by the message that, first, she volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee in Canada, and then worked for the Christian Blind Mission overseas.
Her first overseas job came in 1975 when she was made an assistant to the medical director of the Noor Eye Institute. Funded in part by Queen Noor of Jordan, the agency helped people in poor countries, many of them Muslim. She soon started working in the clinics in the field.
Most eye diseases people suffer from in poor countries are easily treatable, such as river blindness, which is caused by a parasitical worm that is spread by a fly, which breeds in fast-flowing rivers. The fly transmits the disease when it bites humans, inserting the eggs under the skin that produce thousands of larvae, which spread throughout the body, including the eyes.
Another disease is trachoma, which spreads easily within families. Infection commonly occurs in childhood and eventually causes the eyelashes to turn inward, scarring the cornea.
Cataracts are also commonplace. One of the basic treatments for children is a capsule of vitamin A, which lasts for three months and protects against cataracts.
Through the charity, Ms. ERB- GINGERICH would arrange for cataract operations at a cost of $33 for a lens, an impossible amount for most people in countries such as Afghanistan and Ethiopia where the average person earns about $3 a day.
While Ms. ERB- GINGERICH was in Muslim countries she tried to keep to local customs, dressing modestly and covering her hair. For all that, she did allow that some of attitudes toward women bothered her.
"She was a little bit of a rebel," said her brother, remembering his sister's quick wit. "Once, an Afghan man asked her why her face wasn't covered. She said she felt like telling him if she had a face like his she would cover it up."
On another occasion in Kabul, a taxi driver was taking her to an eye clinic when he was stopped by a policemen who threatened him and took his receipts for the day. Ms. ERB- GINGERICH, who spoke the language, asked the officers to stop but they ignored her. Later, when she arrived at the clinic she paid the taxi driver his fare, plus the amount the police had taken from him.
The taxi driver burst into tears and asked her, "Why are you doing this for me?" She replied, "Because God loves you."
After she returned to Canada from Afghanistan in 1981 she renewed her Friendship with Cyril GINGERICH, whose family ran the store where she had once worked. The couple married in December of 1983. Rather than return to life at the store, Cyril joined his wife on her missions to combat blindness and in January of 1984 they spent their honeymoon travelling to Ethiopia.
Once there, the pair worked out of Addis Ababa as regional representatives of the Christian Blind Mission International. With Ethiopia as a base, they supported and worked in clinics throughout East Africa, helping more than 40 Christian Blind Mission International projects. They remained until 1991, when rebels overthrew the Ethiopian government.
"Carol and Cyril were in the middle of the fighting and, once again, she found herself forced out of a country where she wanted to work," Mr. McComiskey said.
Eight years later, her husband died suddenly and Ms. ERB- GINGERICH decided to return to work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She continued to work in clinics helping the blind, but also became more intensely involved in the lives of some Afghan families.
"She met some Afghan refugees who were frightened of the Taliban and had fled to Pakistan. One of them had been beaten because his beard wasn't long enough," Mr. ERB said. "She helped two families of refugees come to Canada. They are still here and leading productive lives."
Two days after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, Ms. ERB- GINGERICH was removed from Peshawar in Pakistan. The next year, she returned to Afghanistan and was shocked by what she found.
"As I write this report, I'm in Kabul, a city where 58 per cent of the people have not lived longer than five years. It's a city of refugees… It's over 28 years since I first arrived in this beautiful country. There are no landmarks that I recognize because so many areas are completely bombed out. As I walked through my former place of work, which was once a beautiful 100-bed eye hospital, I wept."
One of the last things Ms. ERB- GINGERICH did was to organize a conference in Kabul to launch an eye-care program aimed at abolishing preventable blindness in Afghanistan by the year 2020.
Throughout her decades of work in poor countries, Ms. ERB- GINGERICH lived a simple, austere life. Her brother remembered she had a favourite aphorism: "God will never ask you how many clothes you have in your closet. But he'll ask you how many people you helped to clothe."
Carol ERB- GINGERICH was born on October 23, 1939, in Stanley Township, Ontario She died of cancer in Zurich, Ontario, on June 5, 2006. She leaves five sisters, including her twin, and two brothers. Christian Blind Mission International Canada has named a scholarship fund in her honour.

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GINGERICH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-24 published
DEATH, Arthur
Arthur DEATH passed to glory quietly early Sunday morning, January 22, 2006 at his Highview residence in London, Ontario, in his 93rd year. Art was born in Dixie, Ontario, May 17, 1913, and moved to Brampton in 1936 were he raised his family and was an active member of the community for 65 years. He was an Ontario Land Surveyor whose name appears officially on thousands of Peel County property surveys. He was also a successful land developer who was part of the transition of a small rural community to a vibrant city. Art was a pillar of personal strength, always leading the way and showing determination and a strong will to live. Art leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Lois Helen (nee STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.) He was the much loved father of (Dr.) Barry and his wife Susan (BROWN), London; Jamie and his wife Joy (PRICE), Port Perry; Nancy and her husband Tom LAURIE, Toronto; and Betty and her husband Dave DALZELL, Hensall. Art was loved by his fourteen grandchildren Autumn (Steve) DEATH, Jennifer (David) DEATHE, September DEATH, Christopher (Miša) DEATHE, Ashley Brown DEATHE, Linden Brown DEATHE, Joshua (Danielle) DEATH, Sam (Jen) DEATH, Catherine (Chris) JONES, Claire DEATH, Thomas (Laure) LAURIE, Andrew LAURIE, Angus LAURIE, Krista (Chris) Dalzell GINGERICH, Lesley (Derek) DALZELL, and Dan DALZELL. He will be remembered through his sixteen great-grandchildren. Art was predeceased by his brother Ivan. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law Dorothy DEETH and by his brother Lindsay and his wife Rae, and his sister-in-law Audrey PETRIE (née STEWARD/STEWART/STUART.) Friends and family of Art are welcome to attend a celebration of his life at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Church Street, Brampton, Ontario, 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2006, which will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Brampton, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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GINGRICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-01 published
FITZSIMMONS, Wanda Marlene
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Tuesday February 28, 2006. In her 55th year, Wanda Marlene FITZSIMMONS, the loving daughter of Elva FITZSIMMONS (née RAYNER) and her late father Kenneth. Loved sister of Lynda and her husband David MUIR. Dear niece of Shirley FITZSIMMONS and Glen MORRIS, and Phyllis LONG and Al GINGRICH, Doreen BOALES and Patricia GIBBONS. Fondly remembered by cousins and Friends. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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GINGRICH o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-03-03 published
FITZSIMMONS, Wanda Marlene
Peacefully at the Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound on Tuesday February 28, 2006. In her 55th year, Wanda Marlene FITZSIMMONS, the loving daughter of Elva FITZSIMMONS (née RAYNER) and her late father Kenneth. Loved sister of Lynda and her husband David MUIR. Dear niece of Shirley FITZSIMMONS and Glen MORRIS, Doreen and her husband Clare BOALES, Velma (Mrs. Frank FITZSIMMONS) Bertha (Mrs. Angus FITZSIMMONS), Viola (Mrs. Norman FITZSIMMONS) Patricia GIBBONS and her husband Joe, Phyllis LONG and Al GINGRICH. Fondly remembered by cousins and Friends. Friends may call at the Breckenridge-Ashcroft Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to either the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
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GINGRICH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-05 published
WEITZEL, Nancy Elizabeth (née MOGK)
68, of Mitchell passed away at Stratford General Hospital on Wednesday, May 3, 2006. Beloved wife of Robert WEITZEL. Dear mother of Jason WEITZEL and wife Bonnie of London and Rebecca WEITZEL and friend Patrick KYLE of Seaforth; loving grandmother of Brandon, Kesha and Darian; dear daughter of Frieda MOGK of Mitchell and the late Harold MOGK; dear sister-in-law of Marie WEITZEL, Ruth GINGRICH, Pauline and Bud GRIFFIN, Doreen and John SULZER, Jack WEITZEL and friend Olga. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. Nancy was a former employee of Silverwoods in Stratford and Stovel-Siemon in Mitchell. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Mitchell and an active member in her community where she touched many lives. Friends will be received at the Lockhart Funeral Home, 109 Montreal Street, Mitchell on Friday 6-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, Mitchell on Saturday at 1: 00 p.m. with Pastor Mark STORY officiating. Interment in Grace Lutheran Cemetery, Mitchell. Memorial donations to Grace Lutheran Church or Stratford General Hospital would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.lockhartfuneralhome.com.

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REDICK, William " Bill"
Peacefully, at Bluewater Health, Charlotte Eleanor Englehart site Petrolia, with his family by his side, on Sunday, September 10, 2006, William "Bill" REDICK of Alvinston in his 65th year. Beloved husband of Diane (PAVEY) REDICK. Dear father of Brenda ELLIOT/ELLIOTT (Darryl) of Strathroy, Jim (Jen) REDICK, Judy DUPUIS (Raymond) all of Alvinston, Karen ROMBOUTS (Joe) of Strathroy and the late Brian REDICK (1990.) Proud Papa of 11 grandchildren. son of Ioleen and the late Charles REDICK, and brother of Bob (Ann) REDICK, Nina (Don) SUTHERLAND and the late Doug (Pat) REDICK and brother-in-law of Ralph (Velma) PAVEY, Edna (Mac) GROVER and Kay GINN. Relatives and Friends will be received at the Van Heck Visitation Centre, 3232 River Street, Alvinston on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 1: 30 p.m. Rev. Jim BREEN officiating. Interment Alvinston Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Terry Fox Run or Charity of your choice. Arrangements by Van Heck Funeral Home, 519-287-2831.

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GINSBERG o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-14 published
WATSON, Clare Alice McClafferty
(June 21, 1921-October 11, 2006)
Passed away suddenly at the Credit Valley Hospital. She was the beloved wife of George WATSON and loving family member to her sister Marion BOLES, brother James McCLAFFERTY (Rosemary) who predeceased Clare, and to other family members: Meghan COLE (Steve) and children Allison and Ryan; Kevin McCLAFFERTY and children Hanna and Kyle; John BOLES (Patty) and children Mark, Scott and Brent; Connie BOLES (Harris GINSBERG) and children Jennifer and Drew and great-grandchildren Kate and Alex; Margie Boles GORDON (Al) and children Kristen and Nicholas; her step-son Cameron WATSON (Susanne,) step-grandchildren Nicole UUSITALO (David) and great-grand-daughter Chelsea UUSITALO, as well as Erika, Lisa and Jessica. Clare served in the Canadian Navy in World War 2 as a decoder and had a successful business career with William M. Mercer Ltd., assisting with their prominent world-wide operations. She was a deeply religious woman. Clare was an active member of the Ladies Golf Club for many years, was an accomplished bridge player and an avid reader. Despite having many health problems she remained active, full of sparkle and was loved and admired by her many Friends and extended family. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (just north of Queen Elizabeth Way). Funeral arrangements to be announced subsequently. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, where Clare previously volunteered, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GINSBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-13 published
WATSON, Clare Alice McClafferty
(June 21, 1921-October 11, 2006)
Passed away suddenly at the Credit Valley Hospital. She was the beloved wife of George WATSON and loving family member to her sister Marion BOLES, brother James McCLAFFERTY (Rosemary) who predeceased Clare, and to other family members: Meghan COLE (Steve) and children Allison and Ryan; Kevin McCLAFFERTY and children Hanna and Kyle; John BOLES (Patti) and children Mark, Scott and Brent; Connie Boles GINSBERG (Harris) and children Jennifer and Drew and great grandchildren Kate and Alex; Margie Boles GORDON (Al) and children Kristen and Nicholas; her step-son Cameron WATSON (Susanne,) step grandchildren Nicole UUSITALO (David) and great grand-daughter Chelsea UUSITALO, as well as Erika, Lisa and Jessica. Clare served in the Canadian Navy in World War 2 as a decoder and had a successful business career with William M. Mercer Ltd., assisting with their prominent world-wide operations. She was a deeply religious woman. Clare was an active member of the Ladies Golf Club for many years, was an accomplished bridge player and an avid reader. Despite having many health problems she remained active, full of sparkle and was loved and admired by her many Friends and extended family. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (just north of Queen Elizabeth Way). Funeral arrangements to be announced subsequently. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, where Clare previously volunteered, or to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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GINSBERG o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-11-08 published
Big band leader boosted spirits in tough times
By Matthew CHUNG, Staff Reporter
Stan PATTON's poor eyesight kept him home during World War 2.
So while other young Canadians were picking up their guns and fighting in Europe, Patton picked up his tenor saxophone and helped those who were here fight their worries.
They came to the dance halls -- decked out in gowns and tuxedos to dance away their fears while Stan PATTON and his Orchestra was swinging on the bandstand.
PATTON died October 20 in a Richmond Hill hospital at the age of 91. But even in his last days, he was boosting the morale of his daughter, Holly BRIESMASTER, 58, and son, Brooke PATTON, 57, with flamboyant tales of his time as a big band leader.
"Dad was definitely a star. And if you wanted to be affirmed of that, all you had to do was ask him because he would certainly tell you," his son said.
PATTON's career spanned more than three decades and saw him play from coast to coast.
A clarinet and tenor sax player, he was one of a group of Canadian big band-era musicians whose bands grew in popularity in spite of, or perhaps due to, the Depression and, later, the war.
He played Toronto's Royal York Hotel and Casa Loma, the Lakeview Casino in Grand Bend and the Brant Inn in Burlington.
PATTON also performed on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio's Sweet and Low, and wrote music and comedy for other Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programs, such as Happy Gang and Newsical.
With his death, few musicians remain from that swing era.
"We're all dying," said Murray GINSBERG, 84, a retired trombonist, and former member of the Royal Canadian Army Show and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. "I knew Stan for years. He always had a good band."
PATTON was born to Irish parents in 1915 in St. Boniface, Manitoba, the youngest of nine children. He grew up in Vancouver, where he became the leader of a band in 1935.
"The nickname my dad had was 'Jazz,'" his daughter said. "His orchestra called him that. It gives you a sense of the sparkling quality about Stan PATTON."
In his unpublished memoirs, typed out in 1997, he recalls chatting on a wet morning in 1940 with his friend, Mart KENNEY, who was known as Canada's Big Band King.
PATTON wrote, "Mart, if it rains one more damn day (in Vancouver,) I'm gonna pack my sax, clarinet and tux, then I'm leaving this town forever."
KENNEY asked PATTON to join his legendary band, Mart KENNEY and his Western Gentlemen, as they relocated to Toronto. PATTON went home and said, "Mom, I'm going to Toronto with Mart KENNEY."
With KENNEY, PATTON went on a national tour. But the late nights caught up with him in the Winnipeg Arena.
"While the muted brass were playing the first chorus of 'Stardust,' I fell asleep, and when the sax section stood up to play the second chorus, (I) sat slumped down on (my) chair in dreamland," PATTON wrote.
He didn't rest long. By 1941, he had started his own orchestra in Toronto. Two years later, PATTON married Patricia Jean DUNCAN. He remarried in 1975 following Patricia's death in 1973.
When the age of the big band faded, PATTON got into real estate and made more money in his first week than he had earned in a month with the band.
"He really had a magnetic personality and he transferred his on-stage persona into being a good salesman," his son said.
But PATTON had one last summer as "Jazz" when, in 1962, he auditioned and was booked into the Imperial Room at the Royal York Hotel.
And he never really stopped putting on a show.
"Nobody was ever with my dad that they didn't laugh. Ever," Brooke said. "Sometimes you were laughing at the same band stories and jokes you had heard a hundred times."
In addition to his children, PATTON leaves a granddaughter. His family plans to mark his life on January 29, 2007, on what would have been his 92nd birthday.

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GINSON o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-12 published
GALLOWAY, Beth (McDOUGALL)
Gone to be with her Lord, on Friday March 10th 2006, Beth (McDOUGALL) GALLOWAY, formerly of London. Dear mother of Ross CURRIE and his wife Rose of Moonstone and Barbara GINSON and her husband Archie of Saint Thomas. Also loved by her grandchildren Jason of California, Jeff of Toronto, Terry and Matthew of Saint Thomas. Dear sister of Margaret BERDAN of Hamilton and Donald McDOUGALL of London. Predeceased by her brothers Beverly McDOUGALL, Alex McDOUGALL and her sister Ruth DAVIS. Friends will be received by the family from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London (519-433-5184), where the funeral service will be held in the chapel on Wednesday March 15th, 2006 at 11 a.m. Interment in Memory Gardens, Breslau, Ontario. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Saint Thomas-Elgin, 146 Centre St. in Saint Thomas, Ontario, N5R 3A3 or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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