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GELBMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-31 published
NOLAN, Mary Frances (née HARPER)
Died Friday, March 28th, 2008 at Christie Gardens. Beloved wife of the late Wilfrid J. NOLAN. Loving mother of Marilyn McNEILL (Hugh CALDERWOOD), Patricia MALONE (Dennis), Catherine, Wilfrid, Norma, Anthony (Cathy DAVID), Joseph (Laura). Sadly missed by her grandchildren Colleen (Tommy GELBMAN,) Alex, Jessica, Brendan, Conor, Kieran, Kelly, Christian, Cameron. Dear sister of Doctor Jack HARPER and sister-in-law of Marnie HARPER. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Frances graduated from Saint_Joseph's nursing school in 1939 and loved her years of nursing at Saint_Joseph's Hospital, private practice, Baycrest and the Donwoods Centre. She enjoyed many summers spent at her cottage on Lake Simcoe, working around the yard, visiting her brother Jack and his family, and playing with her beloved granddaughter, Colleen. Mom retained her loving personality, compassion for others and great sense of humour while suffering from Alzheimer disease for ten years.
Many thanks to dear friend Muriel HINDS for her love and support over the years. Sincere thanks to the Christie Gardens staff for their loving care.
The Family will receive Friends at Trull Funeral Home, 2704 Yonge Street (5 blocks south of Lawrence), Toronto, on Sunday, March 30 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Monday, March 31 from 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 10: 30 a.m. at Saint Margaret of Scotland Church, 222 Ridley Blvd. (near corner of Wilson and Avenue Road). Internment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be appreciated to The Alzheimer Society of Toronto or the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver.

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GELDART 2008-04-25 published
GELDART, Geraldine " Gerry" Ann
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Saturday April 19th, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Geraldine (Gerry) Ann GELDART of Dorchester (formerly of London) in her 75th year. Dearly beloved wife of the late Ivan GELDART (2006.) Beloved daughter of Geshner (1971) and Martha Jonah (1975). Loved mother of Allen (Diane), Brian (Linda), Rick (Lorraine) and Daniel. Loved grandmother of Michelle, Jeff (Jasmina), Cody, Chad, Donna, Tammy, Tanya, Greg, Carrie, Adam (Kendall), Tarryn, Jessica and Christopher as well as many nieces and nephews. Dear sister of Junior (2008,) Blair, Howard, and Henry Jonah, Gywena LEWIS and Margaret ACHESON. Geraldine will be sadly missed by three great-grandchildren and many family and Friends. The family will receive Friends and relatives at the graveside on Saturday April 26th, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial, 1997 Dundas Street East (at Wavell) London Ontario. There will be a gathering for family and Friends at the Dorchester Senior Citizen Centre in Dorchester. Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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GELDER 2008-03-21 published
Went to be with her Lord, at Craigwiel Gardens, Ailsa Craig, on Wednesday March 19, 2008, Johanna Maria (DEWILDE) VANDERWAL formerly of Strathroy in her 89th year. Loving wife of the late John VANDERWAL (June 2007.) Loving mother of Bert and Mary, Rien and Betty all of R.R.#2 Ilderton. Proud grandmother of Sandra and Dale, Shelley, Laurie, Jim and Lisa, Terry and Marsha, Ken and Heather and Brian and Londii. Very proud great-grandma of Jacob, Tasha, Clayton, Tori, Carmen, Natalie, Kate and Leah. Survived by her sister-in-law Pietje VANDERWAL and two sisters in Holland. Visitation will be held at the East Christian Reformed Church, 476 Metcalfe Street, E., Strathroy on Saturday, March 22nd from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held on Monday, March 24th at 1: 30 p.m. with Pastor Andrew DE GELDER officiating. Burial to follow in Friends Cemetery, Coldstream. Donations to the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation Connecticut Scanner Fund would be appreciated. Denning Bros. Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Johanna.

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GELDERLAND 2008-02-29 published
ROOBOL, Maria Klazina " Mary"
Peacefully, at Queensway Nursing Home, Hensall, on Thursday, February 28, 2008, Maria Klazina "Mary" ROOBOL of Hensall in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Simon ROOBOL (1994.) Dear mother of Maja and Don DODDS, R.R.#1 Seaforth. Loving grandmother of Lynne and Ron GODKIN, Paul DODDS, Joan and Brookes PREWITT and great-grandmother of Scott, Brent, Laura and Heather GODKIN and Wilson and Rebecca PREWITT. Sadly missed by her sister-in-law Maartje ROOBOL and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by one sister Kryna LAGERWERF and one brother Tony GELDERLAND. Visitation in the Hensall Visitation Chapel, 79 King St. Hensall on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where the complete funeral service will be conducted on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. Rev. Keith LEWIS officiating. Spring interment McTaggart's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association. J.M. McBeath Funeral Home, Zurich entrusted with arrangements (519-236-4365) Condolences forwarded through A tree will be planted as a living memorial of Mary ROOBOL

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GELFANT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-18 published
GELFANT, Maxine Shirley (née COHEN)
At home, surrounded by her family on February 16, 2008. Force of life and force of nature, passionately committed to her family, community and country. Dearly loved by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Harry GELFANT. Born October 16, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of the late Ben M. COHEN and Sophia (ASCRICAN) COHEN. Graduated from the University of Manitoba (B.A.: Political Studies) in 1948 while working for The Jewish Post, the first Anglo-Jewish newspaper in Canada founded and published by her father. In the years following World War 2, Maxine GELFANT taught pre-school and English to immigrant women. She was the first woman elected to the board of governors of the Sharey Zedek Synagogue in Winnipeg and launched adult education and interfaith initiatives to build understanding between religious communities. Inspired by Pierre Trudeau's vision of a "Just Society," Maxine GELFANT was an indefatigable soldier for the Liberal Party of Canada. She knocked on doors during elections, served on her riding association executive, chaired policy forums at conventions and was a remarkable fund raiser who organized elegant Gala events. In 1981, she was appointed by the Privy Council to the National Design Council of Canada. Her home is filled with the books, music, art and the aroma of great food that all reflect her hunger for life. Maxine GELFANT was an ardent supporter of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Symphony and Vancouver Opera Association and board member of all three institutions. She was an activist and fundraiser for The British Columbia Heart Fund, The Canadian Cancer Society, Saint Paul's Hospital, The Whistler Health Centre, The Canadian Jewish Appeal, and the Vancouver Jewish Community Centre. Her volunteer work spanned religious and socio-economic lines. She was a founding member of the Jewish Parliamentary Action Committee. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of confederation, Maxine GELFANT received "The Commemorative Medal" for her service to Canadian society. She celebrated her 80th birthday by raising $15,000 for a special fund in her name early detection of colo-rectal cancer. She is survived by her husband Harry, daughter Roberta (Brian MICKELSON,) sons Benjamin (Barbara GELFANT) and Daniel, grandchildren Max, Sam, Zoe, Sophia and Hannah, sister Arlyne GRUESNER (Los Angeles) and aunt and uncle Ethel and William MORRISON (Los Angeles). Funeral services begin at Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak Street, Vancouver, British Columbia Tuesday, February 19, 10 o'clock a.m., interment at Temple Cemetery, 14965 28th Avenue, White Rock, British Columbia. Shiv'a at 7 p.m. February 19, 20, 21 at 1510 West 36th Avenue, Vancouver. Special thanks to Doctor Barbara Melosky and all the staff at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, to Doctor Lyall Levy and to Evergreen Nursing and Pacific Spirit who cared for Maxine with compassion and respect. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation (2560 Heather Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 0A6) for a special fund for the early detection of colo-rectal cancer.

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GELINAS 2008-04-25 published
CLOES, James Russell
Of Saint Thomas, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008, at the Elgin Manor, in his 78th year. Beloved husband of 57 years of Helen (PETTIT) CLOES and dearly loved father of Jean and her husband Norman HILDER, Eva and her husband Wally THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON of Union, Patricia and her husband Philip ZELLMAN of Saint Thomas, Norma and her husband Jim GELINAS of London, Russell and his wife Elizabeth CLOES of Saint Thomas, Janet and her husband Wayne DADSON of Saint Thomas and Dan and his wife Michele CLOES of Saint Thomas. He was the last of his family. Sadly missed by 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by a grand_son Jimmy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON. Jim was born in Saint Thomas on August 27, 1930, the son of the late Norman and Ula RUSS) CLOES. Jim was a trucker and he also farmed. He was a member of the Sparta United Church and was a member of the Union-South Yarmouth Optimist Club and the Dexter Hunt Club. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St. Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Saturday at 2: 00 p.m. Visitation Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment to follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association or Elgin Manor.

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GELLATLY 2008-07-26 published
Peacefully and surrounded by his family, at Victoria Hospital, on Friday, July 25th, 2008, Steve GELLATLY of London in his 55th year. Beloved husband and best friend for 30 years to Donna. Proud and loving Dad of Jocelyn, Kelley (friend Josh) and Jeff. Dear son of Don and the late Phyllis GELLATLY (2007.) Also survived by his brother Terry (Lori) and by his sister-in-law Kathy MacARTHUR (Karl). Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, where the memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. Interment of ashes, Woodland Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Steve are asked to consider the Breast Cancer Society of Canada or the Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be sent to

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GELMAN 2008-06-12 published
POWELL, L. Kenneth " Ken"
Surrounded by loved ones, L. Kenneth (Ken) POWELL, 76 of London, Ontario on Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Greatly missed husband of Doris. Predeceased by wife Helen (1985). Much loved by daughter Janna MOS and husband Ken. Predeceased by brother William (Bill) POWELL (1969.) Sadly missed by sister Ruth GREENFIELD (Larry) of London and brother Bob POWELL (Leanne) of Cambridge, Ontario. Fondly remembered by stepchildren Wendy, Joel and Tim and their children Lindsey and Heather. Also missed by sisters-in-law Nora LONDON (Barry) of Texas, Karen BAYNE (Sanders) and Ricki GELMAN (Gerry) of Toronto, Ontario. Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Funeral service to be held at Or Shalom Synagogue, 534 Huron Street, London on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 11: 00 a.m. Interment Or Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice are appreciated. Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street in charge of arrangements. 433-6181. Online condolences A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ken POWELL.

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GELTMAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-03 published
MELTZER, Garfield Theodore
Garfield Theodore MELTZER born in Saint John, New Brunswick June 29, 1922 passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008. Dearest husband for over 53 years of Jacqueline (RUBANOWICZ of Paris, France,) beloved father of Evelyne (Michael GARDNER, Halifax,) Richard (Shona GODWIN, Montreal), Stephen (Michaela LINCOLN, Montreal), and Michael (Linda SALNA, Toronto.) He was the much adored Zeidah of Theo and Michaela Meltzer GARDNER, Alexander and Marieke GARDNER, Sebastian, Aidan, Jacob, Spencer, Ariella, Elijah, Kendra and Alison MELTZER. Also leaving behind brother Murray (Eleanor, Montreal,) sister Mary (Walter NACHUM, Florida,) cousin Lillian Meltzer GOLDSTEIN, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand-nephews, and other cousins in Canada, the United States, France and Israel.
Will be greatly missed by Mary ROY MELTZER and Elizabeth BOSCO who provided loving home support over the decades.
Predeceased by his father Samuel MELTZER (who immigrated to Saint John from Vilna, Lithuania) and mother Alice {DRITZ} MELTZER (Vilna, Lithuania) who died in Saint John when Gar was only two, much-loved stepmother, Sarah BALAGENSKI (Warsaw, Poland,) and siblings Lillian (Sydney SCHOEN), Kaye (Barney COLTON), Edward, Anne (Jack LEVINE), Frances (Mischa GELTMAN) and Bill (Doreen.) He dearly loved his in-laws Simon RUBANOWICZ and Raymonde {GORDON} RUBANOWICZ who had also predeceased him. Gar was the kindest, most generous, fair, honourable, humble, optimistic, and evercourteous man who had an indomitable spirit to the very end, and had an irrepressible Gar Heart, that continued to beat long after the doctors thought it would. Gar always took the high road, always turned the other cheek, always had a good word with a smile for everyone. He was committed to promoting human rights, brotherhood, mutual respect, peace and community service throughout his life. He was active in the scouting movement, Akela for over 25 years with the Judaen and then the Eli Boyaner Cub Pack in Saint John. He considered each of his cubs as one of his boys. He delivered Meals on Wheels, offered pastoral care at the Saint John Regional Hospital, served on the Board of the Shaarei Zedek Synagogue, was a founding member and Commander of the Jewish War Veterans in Atlantic Canada, was a member of the Maritime Parkinsons Association, the North West Commercial Travellers' Association of Canada, Albion Masonic Lodge No. 1, the Saint John Multi-Cultural Association, B'nai Brith, RUSI, and past member of the Carlton Curling Club. Gar was a life member of the No. 2 Legion in Saint John having served in the Canadian army and then the airforce as an Officer Training Instructor during World War 2. After the war he was actively involved as an instructor with the air cadets. Gar believed in working hard, in doing one's best and realizing the fruit of one's labours for family and community. He was a ship chandler, the owner of Gar's Diner, the Gar Meltzer Sales, and a commercial salesman for over 40 years representing some 50 companies throughout Atlantic Canada. Six months on the road every year for decades, he developed a network of customers who became Friends who never forgot him for his acts of kindness and tzadkah. His good deeds were innumerable and we usually only heard by chance from those who were touched by his generosity and altruism. In 1992 he was awarded the Canada 125 Confederation Anniversary Medal for community service. And yet Gar never sought honours or recognition. Gar loved his family and he loved his home. He treasured his Friendship with life-long pal I. J. Davis. Thanks to caregivers Judy and Jackie who were so helpful and compassionate providing athome assistance in Saint John; special hugs to Donna who took such good care of him while visiting in Toronto. Much appreciation to the wonderful medical and nursing staff at Toronto East General Hospital where he spent his last days. Donations may be made to the Maritimes Parkinsons Association or to the Gar MELTZER Memorial Scholarship fund c/o the Toronto Dominion Bank, 78 Main Street West, Saint John, New Brunswick, E2M 3N3. Funeral was held at Brenan's Select Community Funeral Home, Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick (506) 634-7424 on Wednesday April 30, 2008. Interment was in the Shaarei Zedek Cemetery, Westmorland Road, Saint John, New Brunswick. The family sat shivah at 55 Goodrich Street, Saint John, New Brunswick following the interment. Condolences may be made in person, by phone, or via our website:

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