Wingham Obituaries - November 14, 2012
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Wingham Obituaries - November 14, 2012

Wingham Advance Times

Emma McKay

At Wingham & District Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, Emma Elberta McKay of Wingham, age 94 years.

The former Emma Krohn, beloved wife of the late George McKay who predeceased her in 1969. Dear mother-in-law of Joanne McKay of Wingham and Patricia McKay of Paisley. Loving grandmother of Billy McKay and Sue Jones of Calgary, Shawn and Karen McKay of Lucknow, Kathy and Lyle Campbell of Bluevale and Danny and Patricia McKay of Brussels.

Also survived by several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and by special friends Grant and Beryl Perks of Sebringville.

Predeceased by her sons David McKay (1990) and Charles McKay (2010), parents William and Caroline (Thom) Krohn and brother Charles Krohn.

Visitation was at McBurney Funeral Home Ltd., Wingham on Monday, Nov. 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Rev. Bernard Skelding officiated. Interment in Wingham Cemetery.

Memorial donations to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church or the Wingham and District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Online condolences at

Grace McDonald

Grace Emily McDonald of Braemar Retirement Centre, Wingham and formerly of Culross Township passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at the age of 96. Born in Culross Township on Sept. 13, 1916 to the late Joseph and Emily (Day) Dickson.

Beloved wife of the late J. S. (Stump) McDonald, who predeceased her in 1998. Dear mother of Bernice Porter and her husband Jack of Lucan, Karen Pamenter and her husband Ross of Orangeville and David McDonald and his wife Diane of RR 1 Formosa.

Missed by grandchildren Don Porter, Shawn Porter, Sara Pamenter, Scott Pamenter, Kelly Pamenter and her husband Rick Colby; and great-grandchildren Mackenzie Colby, Heather Colby and Brianna Pamenter.

Also survived by her sister Shirley McKague of Wingham, sisters-in-law Lorna Dickison of Glencoe, Dorothy Ross of Walkerton and Dove Dickison of Waterloo and brother-in-law Bert Sutherland of B.C. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her sisters Annie Sharpe and Audrey Sutherland, brothers Glen Dickison, Ford Dickison, Gordon Dickison and Earl Dickison and in-laws Evelyn Dickison, Walter Sharpe, Roy Ross, Ken McKague and Weir and Margaret McDonald.

Visitation took place at the Tiffin Funeral Home, Teeswater on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 5-8 p.m. The funeral service was held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Owen Kim officiating. Grandson Shawn Porter gave the eulogy. Floral tributes were carried by granddaughters Sara Pamenter and Kelly Colby. Pallbearers were Shawn Porter, Don Porter, Richard Field, Allan McDonald, Jim McDonald and Bruce MacDonald. Interment in Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Teeswater or the Wingham & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at

Mildred Holmes

Mildred (nee Fitzpatrick) Holmes passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at St. Mary’s General Hospital, Kitchener at the age of 88.

Devoted wife of the late Russell W. Holmes (2009). Loving mother of Terry Holmes and Barbara Lynch of Vero Beach, Florida, Tom Holmes of Invermere, B.C., Tim and Sharon Holmes of Perth, Ontario and Jayne Holmes and Kevin Krauel of Waterloo. Sadly missed by her grandchildren Randy, Jessica and Evelyn, and great-grandchild Xavier.

Mildred had a gift for teaching students of all kinds. Whether they were pupils at a one-room school where she began her career, generations of grade-schoolers trooping through St. Anne Catholic Primary School in Kitchener, or new Canadians freshly arrived at Conestoga College in Waterloo for language upgrading, Mildred had the knack. She sent them all down the path of learning and critical thinking.

At home, she fostered a permanent love of reading and music, while stressing her children should play hard outdoors until dark and then come home. At the family cottage in Point Clark, a good swim before breakfast was always encouraged and a good game of cards after dinner was habitual.

In later life, Mildred thrived on the care and support of her children, cousins, nieces, nephews and neighbours and always lived in the family comfort of home.

In keeping with Mildred’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. Burial will be in Wingham Cemetery.

Donations to St. Mary’s General Hospital would be appreciated by the family and may be arranged through the Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener (519-749-8467).

Visit for Mildred’s memorial.

Violet Purdon

Violet Myrtle Purdon, formerly of Palmerston and Culross Township, passed away at Caressant Care in Harriston on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the age of 90. Born in Venn, Saskatchewan on May 5, 1922 to the late Arnold and Mary (Mighton) Scott.

Beloved wife of Russell Purdon of Harriston. Dear mother of Richard and Betty Penner of North Cobolt, Garry Penner of Missouri and Diane and Richard Marshall of RR 2 Drumbo. Remembered by Russell’s children, Bryan and Jan Purdon of Goderich, Milton and Diane Purdon of Alberta, Thelma Dougherty of B.C. and Linda and Dennis Coghlin of RR 2 Listowel. Missed by eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.

Survived by sisters Ruby and Bonar Jarvis of Wingham, Bernice and Harold Neumiller of Saskatchewan, Loretta and Ross Krauter of B.C., Vivian Scott of Wadena, Margaret and Don Pashishnek of Alberta, brother Eugene and Ruth Scott of Saskatchewan and brother-in-law Roger Dillabough. Fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her husband Abram Penner, daughter Carol Penner, sisters Viola Scott in infancy, Ruth Taylor (Alvin), Vera Holderness (Edgar) and Dorothy Holmstrom (Norman).

A private family service will be held in the spring. Interment Culross-Teeswater Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Portrait and memorial online at

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