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YAHNKE 2006-02-04 published
Elderly woman dies in blaze
Friends said the Platt's Lane resident was blind and barely mobile.
By April KEMICK, Free Press Reporter, Sat., February 4, 2006
An elderly woman is dead after a fire ripped through her ground-floor apartment in west London last night.
London police and firefighters wouldn't identify the victim of the blaze at 261 Platt's Lane, but Friends huddled outside said it was Ruby YAHNKE, an elderly woman who was blind and barely mobile.
"The poor lady -- she couldn't see anything and she could hardly walk," said an emotional Dianne EDWARDS, who visited the senior twice a day to help care for her dog.
"She was a wonderful woman. I just saw her today and everything was fine. Now this," EDWARDS said.
The fire, which started shortly after 8: 30 p.m., charred YAHNKE's first-floor apartment and sent smoke billowing out her windows, smashed by firefighters trying to contain the blaze.
Though YAHNKE herself did not escape the fire, her dog, a small Shih Tzu named Molly, was brought out by firefighters and handed to EDWARDS.
"She's okay, just a little black," EDWARDS said of the dog she walked twice a day.
"She's gonna miss her mom."
Dozens of residents of the five-storey building were forced to evacuate because of heavy smoke.
They huddled outside and in a nearby building for nearly two hours as police and firefighters investigated.
"The hallways and stairwells were full of smoke and it smelled really strong," said Ramsey SHUCK, who lives on the third floor.
"Smoke was just billowing out of the first-floor apartment," he said.
Deputy fire Chief Dave KITTERMAN said last night it was unclear how much damage the building sustained in the blaze.
He did say the first-floor apartment where the fire originated received "severe" damage.
KITTERMAN didn't know what sparked the fatal blaze, but neighbours said YAHNKE was a smoker.
"It's just so sad," EDWARDS said. "She's a beautiful person."

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YAHNKE 2006-02-06 published
YAHNKE, Ruby Priscilla (FOSTER)
It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden and unexpected passing of Ruby Priscilla YAHNKE (FOSTER) on Friday, February 3rd, 2006, in her 73rd year. Beloved wife of Richard YAHNKE. Dear mother of Bonnie (Bob,) Nancy (Jim,) Becky (Mike) and son Rick. Loving grandmother to Nicole, Joe, Jeff, Tara, Matt, Laura, John and Ryan. She will be sadly missed by her companion dog Molly. A special thanks to Ruby's caregivers who allowed her to live with dignity in her own home. Friends may call at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel, 520 Dundas Street, London on Wednesday, February 8th from 2: 30-3:30 p.m. Service from the chapel at 3: 30 p.m. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Tributes may be left at

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YAHNKE 2006-05-15 published
At Victoria Hospital, on Sunday, May 14, 2006, Francine LETHBRIDGE of London, in her 67th year. Beloved mother of Denise LETHBRIDGE- FEERE (Tim) and Brent LETHBRIDGE. Loving companion of Richard YAHNKE. Loving grandmother of William, Katie and Jessica FEERE. Dear sister of Mary MARTIN and Jean MORTON. Predeceased by Fred LETHBRIDGE. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Wednesday, May 17 at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Francine are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation or London Health Sciences Foundation Cancer Centre.

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