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ANTAYA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-11-18 published
Teaching nun loved by students and colleagues
By Tyler KULA, Special To Sun Media, Sun., November 18, 2007
Sister Mary Margaret FINN didn't have many other choices when she decided to become a nun and a teacher.
It was early in the Second World War, a time when careers for women were uncommon.
"Back in that day, in 1940, women only had three options: they could get married, they could become a nurse or they could become a teacher," said FINN's niece, Mary Grace Finn DEWEESE.
"She probably wasn't inclined to the sciences, so she decided she'd go into teaching."
It turned out that London-born FINN loved teaching and, in turn, was loved by her students and colleagues.
"She was just a delight," said Sister Anne ANTAYA, who knew FINN through the Sisters of Saint_Joseph in London.
"The kids loved her and she really worked hard."
FINN, who taught school in Southwestern Ontario and Alberta, died November 3 in London at the home for the Catholic religious order to which she gave 67 years of her life.
She was 87.
One of five children born into a Catholic family in 1920, FINN and two older brothers all entered religious life, service virtually unheard of today.
FINN's nephew, Peter DANDENEAU, remembers his aunt fondly.
"It was like still having a mother alive as long as she was alive," said DANDENEAU.
"With her death, it's the last of the London FINNs. It's the end of an era," he said.
Nicknamed " Bunny" by the other sisters, FINN entered the convent at 20 while finishing an education degree in Alberta.
During her career, she taught Grades 1 and 2 and specialized in reading.
FINN had a talent for making lessons fun, said Antaya.
"For the little people who found reading very difficult, she was able to help them."
"She must have taught children for about 50 years," said Finn DEWEESE.
After FINN retired from teaching, she volunteered as a tutor at Blessed Kateri and Saint Michael's elementary schools in London.
Her impact resonated with teachers, said Antaya.
"Even the other night, some of those teachers came back and were present at her wake service," she said.

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ANTHONY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-17 published
TINSON, June Lorraine
Peacefully, in her 76th year, on December 14th, 2007 at Centenary Hospital Intensive care Unit after a long struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. My best friend for 62 years since we were 14 and 16. She always tried to see the good in everybody and be happy and positive. She will be greatly missed by me, our son Jeffrey, granddaughter Sharyn and by all those that knew her. (Predeceased last February by our son Robert). She is and will be forever in my thoughts. She did the best she knew how and did no harm to anyone. Cremation. No service (at her request). Please remember her as you knew her in life.
Interment at a late date at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Whitby. Remembrances, if desired, to The Lung Association or The Salvation Army. Many thanks to Doctor John ANTHONY who helped her through this terrible incurable disease with great kindness and compassion.
She is now in God's garden.

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ANTILA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-07-24 published
LAAKSO, Raymond Kalervo
Geologist, engineer, bibliophile, writer, sportsman, husband, father, Finnish-Canadian. Born June 12, 1927, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Died March 25 in Toronto of cancer, aged 79.
By Leif Mark LAAKSO, Page L6
Raymond found his first love, hockey, in Kirkland Lake, where even the indoor rinks were natural ice and unheated.
Some Canadians feel that hockey is a metaphor of life but in Ray's case this was not true - hockey was the only activity in which he was a right-winger.
While the Laaksos attended cultural and athletic events at the Timmins Finnish Hall, Ray was drawn to the South Porcupine Hall, where he enjoyed listening to violinist Lila ANTILA accompanied by her sister Eila on piano.
In Timmins, Ray worked summers during high school for $18 per week at the co-op his dad managed. It is hard to imagine the scrawny teenager hauling 80-pound bags of coal.
Although she wasn't a baseball fan, when starting pitcher Ray LAAKSO was on the mound, Lila would not miss a game. She was taken with his stylish elegance, courtesy and resemblance to movie star James Stewart.
Dad owned, with his brother-in-law, a radiator and body shop and prepared an old Ford for stock-car racing - a fledgling sport at the time. While they never raced that Ford, it is difficult to imagine Ray as a NASCAR kind of guy.
In 1951, Ray and Lila were married in Toronto at Deer Park United Church by the minister who, decades earlier, had married Ray's parents in Sault Ste. Marie. Upon graduating from Queen's University with two degrees in geological engineering, Dad took a position with the provincial department of mines in Toronto, as head of X-ray analysis. He developed novel methods to analyze minerals and elements present in geological samples; his methodology was at the forefront of the field.
Dad was a notoriously quick study and a natural in most endeavours. Although only taking up golf at 40, he became an avid golfer, self-taught from paperbacks, and won two championships in his early 60s with scores in the mid-70s.
Dad lovingly built an innovative, beautiful sauna at his farm on Quinte's Isle; inserted in the southern wall were several large windows so we could view the fields and Lake Ontario while taking heat.
Ray enjoyed theatre, the symphony and the Toronto International Film Festival. He had a lifelong interest in the history and culture of Finnish immigrants, and completed an unpublished novel during his retirement. He read voraciously: philosophy, history, political science and literature. Raymond epitomized all that is loyal, generous and sensitive in the human spirit.
Leif Mark LAAKSO is Ray's son.

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ANTLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-24 published
ANTLE, Tom Wilmot
96 years. Passed away peacefully at Scotia Nursing Home, Beaverbank, Nova Scotia on November 22, 2007. Formerly of Botwood, Newfoundland, Tom was the eldest child of Arthur N. and Victoria (PAYNE) ANTLE. He was predeceased by his daughter, Rosemary CANTWELL, wife Helen (Nell) PERRY, and sister Netta BAKER (who died November 2, 2007 at age 93 years). Mourning his loss are daughters and sons-in-law Kay and David McNAMARA, The Hague, The Netherlands; Mitz and Trevor MURRAY, Bedford, Nova Scotia; grand_sons Christopher McNAMARA and his fiance Felicity WILLIAMS, Melbourne, Australia; Doctor Robert McNAMARA, Darwin, Australia; sister Daphne ANTLE, Botwood; special nephew John BAKER (Wendy) and special niece Anne (Angus) NEWMAN, Saint_John's, Newfoundland. There will be a celebration of Tom's life at All Saints Anglican Church, Bedford, Nova Scotia on Tuesday, November 27th at 2 p.m. Donations in Tom's memory can be made to The Canadian Diabetes Research Foundation or Living Memorial Fund, Trinity United Church, Botwood, Newfoundland. Online condolences can be forwarded to www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com

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ANTONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-03 published
DOXTATOR, Tillie June (ANTONE)
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Monday, January 1st, 2007, Tillie June DOXTATOR (Antone) of Oneida, in her 75th year. Survived by her loving children James (Tracy), Hubert, Rosalinda (Larry) IRELAND, Margret (Don) PERKINS, Delphine (Arnold) DOXTATOR, Delores DOXTATOR, Christina DOXTATOR, Carrie, Barbara (Paul), Marian, John (Roxanne) and Joseph (Melinda). Dear sister of Ruby MARASTY. Also survived by 30 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the home of James and Tracy ANTONE, 2150 Ball Park Road, Oneida today Wednesday after 2 p.m. and on Thursday. Funeral service to follow on Friday from the House of Prayer Oneida, commencing at 11 a.m. Interment House of Prayer Cemetery. Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges, entrusted with arrangements.

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ANTONE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2007-01-05 published
ANTONE, Ryan C.
Suddenly in Fort Erie on Sunday, December 31st, 2006, Ryan C. ANTONE of Fort Erie and Oneida in his 20th year. Beloved son of Morris and Lori ANTONE. Dear brother of Tiffany and uncle of Kadence. Dear grand_son of Shirley ANTONE and predeceased by grandfather Morris Sr. Also sadly missed by his uncles Kim and Nathan. Friends may call at the home of Tom DOXTATOR Jr., 1934 Fairgrounds Road, today, Friday, January 5, 2007. Funeral service to follow on Saturday from the Longhouse (Riverroad) commencing at 11 a.m. Interment Longhouse Cemetery, Oneida. Elliott-Madill Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

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ANTUNES o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-29 published
BATISTA, Maria Alice Vieira Pereira
Surrounded by her loving family, she passed away after her long struggle with cancer on Friday, November 23, 2007 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Born December 26, 1938 in Colmeias, Portugal. She married Almiro on July 30, 1960 and together they raised their two children. In 1974 she dedicated her life to her God and Creator and in 1979 began working as a full-time minister.
Surviving are her husband, Almiro Rodrigues BATISTA; son, Carlos BATISTA and wife Maria Idilia BATISTA; daughter Lydia Pereira Batista ANTUNES and husband Victor ANTUNES and five grandchildren, Ashley, Sarah, Natasha, Alyssa, and Faith.
A memorial service will be held at 1: 30 p.m. Saturday, December 1st at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses: 846 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
Those wishing may make memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to support the worldwide work of Jehovah's Witnesses: at any one of the local Kingdom Halls.
Her faith, strength, and love will always be an example to us all. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

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