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WAECHTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-13 published
McNABB, Barbara Agnes (formerly WILKINS, née WAECHTER)
Of Owen Sound, passed away at home on Saturday, February 11, 2006 in her 55th year. Survived by her husband John; children Dan of Barrie and Tammy and Joe KELLY of Owen Sound; granddaughters Naomi, Meagan, Brittany and Ashley. Sadly missed by her sisters Betty and Jack CHURCH, Joan and Jim KROEPLIN all of Walkerton, Joyce WEBER of Mildmay, Rosemary WAECHTER and Marilyn BELL both of Walkerton; brothers Don and Helen WAECHTER of Hanover, Jim and Audrey WAECHTER of R.R.#1 Cargill, Wayne and Kathy WAECHTER of Wingham and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her first husband Ron WILKINS; niece Brenda WAECHTER; brother Joseph; brothers-in-law John BELL, Norman DOERR and Earl WEBER and parents Arthur and Rita (FRITZ) WAECHTER. Visitation at Saint Mary's R.C. Church, Owen Sound on Monday from 2: 00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 8: 30 p.m. Visitation at Cameron Funeral Home, Walkerton, on Tuesday 6: 00 to 9:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 8: 45 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m at Sacred Heart Church, Walkerton. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Community Living-Walkerton & District would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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WAECHTER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-18 published
O'REILLY, Kathleen Theresa
Age 88, of Stratford and formerly of Toronto, passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on Monday, January 16, 2006. Born in Chesley, daughter of the late John O'REILLY and the former Isabella WAECHTER. Kathleen was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Survived by sister Rita O'REILLY of Stratford and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives may call at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T7 (519-271-7411) on Wednesday, January 18 from 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Stratford on Thursday at 1 p.m. Reverend Fr. Dick BESTER will officiate. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Walkerton. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent dePaul Society through the funeral home. Parish Prayers will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 6: 45 p.m.

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WAESE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-05 published
WAESE, Mae
On Wednesday, January 4, 2006, peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. Mae WAESE, beloved wife of Lou. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Heather and Arnon GLATTER, Bradley and Karen, and Jamie and Matt. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Marcia and the late Sigmund LIGHTMAN, Barbara and Gerry RABER, and Ronnie and Sam HOFFER. " Mommy Mae" to Bobby, Elli, Sydney, Jory, and Cole. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) for service on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Beth Tzedec Memorial Park. Shiva 147 Old Forest Hill Road. If desired, donations may be made to the Mae Waese Memorial Fund c/o The Benjamin Foundation, 3429 Bathurst Street, Toronto, M6A 2C3, 416-780-0324.

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WAESE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-07 published
Educator challenged status quo
Veteran trustee Mae WAESE rose to head 2 boards
Fought for breakfast clubs, English as a Second Language classes in '60s
By Amy BROWN- BOWERS, Staff Reporter, Page B2
She was Mae the mensch -- tireless, inspired and good. She got under your skin and stayed there. She made you mad, then won you over.
"She pissed people off, but more than likely she made them her Friends. She was an amazing woman," said Maria RIZZO, school trustee in the Toronto Catholic District School Board who first met Mae WAESE in 1982.
WAESE, an educational Don Quixote who fought for creative and inclusive educational reform starting in the 1960s, died of a brain tumour Wednesday. Friends and family gathered yesterday to remember and celebrate her life.
Friends don't know how old she was and her family won't say, but WAESE was known to enjoy the annual celebration of her 39th birthday.
"Mae was an advocate for making sure that all kids were served well by the system," said Councillor Howard MOSCOE (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) who met WAESE in the early 1960s.
"She said there are kids who can't learn by traditional methods and we need alternatives.... It was her dogged determination that changed education in North York in the '60s."
WAESE was a stay-at-home mom with three young children volunteering for the Home and School Association in the early 1970s when she decided to go back to school herself.
Her youngest child, James WAESE, remembers getting a letter from his mom at summer camp with her report card from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education tucked inside.
After earning a degree in adult education, she became a trustee in the North York Board of Education in 1978 and served as chairman of the North York board from 1983 to 1986.
At the same time, she was a member of the Toronto Metropolitan School Board and went on to become its chair from 1988 to 1992. She stayed as a trustee until the amalgamation of the school boards in 1998.
"She always challenged the status quo," said Jon FILION, former chair of the North York Board of Education, and councillor for Toronto's Ward 23 (Willowdale). "She was always pushing, pushing, pushing for improvement and change and to make things better for students."
FILION met WAESE when he was an education reporter for the Toronto Star in the 1980s and remembers watching her at board meetings speaking her mind even while other trustees tried to shut her down.
"They would just flatten Mae. They'd knock her down and she'd get back up," he said.
She fought for alternative schools when money was tight and she fought to keep schools open when others wanted to close them. She fought for the rights of English as a Second Language students and for the breakfast club that provides meals for hungry kids.
"We have a moral responsibility to support our children when they are in need of financial help," she said in a 1992 Star article. "You just can't teach hungry kids."
WAESE talked about diversity long before it was buzzword -- she was a founding member of the North York Race Relations Committee. Her political instincts and people skills meant that her ideas were heard and often implemented.
She was known as a skilled mediator and negotiator who kept the gears turning in the deeply divided North York board.
"The very first words that she said to me were, 'Do you want to win the battle or do you want to win the war'?" RIZZO said.
"Her skills with other people were really amazing. Her ability to understand other people and to work with them was really extraordinary," FILION added.
Besides work, WAESE was deeply involved in the Jewish community, had a full social life and was the centre of her family.
"She had the energy of five people and the enthusiasm of 10," FILION said.
"The serious truth -- she never seemed to sleep," James said. He remembers seeing her up late at night reading briefs so that she was prepared for the next day's meetings.

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