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Obituaries – July 21, 2010

Marion Baker

Mrs. Marion Grace (Graham) Baker passed away at her home in Listowel on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the age of 80. Beloved wife of the late Bill Baker. Mother of Darlene and Allan Leaver of Toronto, Cathy and Bob Gee of Elmira, Debra Gilkinson and Larry Pearson, and Michael and Theresa Gilkinson, all of London, and stepmother of Bonnie and Bob Leslie of Atwood.  Grandmother of Mark and Tracy McKechnie, Sean McKechnie and Cindy Leppington, Chris and Jenna Gee, and Ashleigh Gee. Great-grandmother of Connor, Megan, Cody, Amanda and Alex. Sister of Marg and Henry Grassi of Calgary, Alberta, and sister-in-law of Mary Graham of Walkerton. Predeceased by her brothers Jack, Fred, and Murray Graham.Visitation was held on Friday, July 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Listowel, where the funeral service was held on Saturday, July 17 at 11 a.m. Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.Memorial donations to First Baptist Church or the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.Online condolences may be left at www.eatonfuneralhome.ca.

Grace Verheye

Grace Lenore (Ferguson) Verheye of Caressant Care, Listowel, passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2010. A caring and concerning, devoted wife, mother and grandmother passed away from age related illnesses. Missed and loved, Grace leaves behind Henry, her husband of 59 years, her son Glen and his wife Irene from Kitchener, and her daughter Karen Furtney and her husband Alan from Stratford. Also loved by her grandsons Paul and Blair Verheye, Brent Furtney, and her one and only granddaughter Rhonda Furtney. Also survived by her sisters Ethel Reeves from Chippewa, Yvonne Zyta and her husband Adriaan from Britton, sisters-in-law Goldie Ferguson from Stratford, Margaret Small, Janet Shewfelt and her husband David Dickson, brothers-in-law Cyriel and his wife Pat Verheye, and Gordon "Shorty" Wayland, all from Kincardine, Robert (Bob) Verheye from Hamilton, cousin-in-law Marcella Jennings and husband Bob from London, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Grace will also be missed by many friends and neighbours and among those faithful friends are Dorothy Davidson, Colleen Bender, Jeff Bender, all from Listowel, and Bev Bowman from Elmira.Predeceased by her parents Jim and Jennie Bell (McCutcheon) Ferguson, brother Roy, an infant sister, aunt and uncle Mary and Russel McCutcheon, father-in-law and mother-in-law Cyriel and Angela Verheye, brothers-in-law Edward Reeves, Albert Verheye, Raymond Small, and Orville Shewfelt, sisters-in-law Marjorie Verheye and Shirley Wayland, and niece Elaine Wayland.Grace was born in Moorefield, Ontario and raised in Listowel at 496 York Ave, was primarily a housewife, but held part-time jobs at Chainway, and Spinrite Yarns and Dyers in Listowel and babysat for many of Listowel's youngsters over the years. Grace nurtured her family at the little house that once was at 755 Main St. E., Listowel.Visitation was held on Monday, July 12 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel, where the funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 13 at 11 a.m. Rev. Don McCallum officiated. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood.Pallbearers were Glen, Paul, and Blair Verheye, Al and Brent Furtney, and Jeff Bender. Flowers were carried by her granddaughter Rhonda Furtney.Memorial donations to Caressant Care Residents' Council, or Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, would be appreciated.Online condolences at eatonfuneralhome.ca.

William Leeming

William John Leeming, formerly of McKillop Township, passed away at Royal Terrace Nursing Home, Palmerston on Monday, July 12, 2010 at the age of 87. Beloved husband of the late Ethel (Watson) Leeming. Dear father of Tom Leeming of Dublin, Mary and David Brady of Fort McMurray, Alberta, John and Joanne Leeming of Dundas, Jane and Tom Robinson of Gilford and Bob and Carol Leemiong of RR 4 Seaforth. Loving grandfather and great-grandfather of Kathy Brady and Nancy (Sean) Fitzgerald and their sons Jacob and Ben; Jennifer and Tyler Leeming; Richard, James and Sarah Robinson; and Jessie, Laura and Troy Leeming. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Maude (Morrison) Leeming, his brother Robbie, his sister Kathleen (Jim) Clarke and dear friend Mary McClement. Family received friends at Duff's United Church, Walton on Monday, July 19 from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at the church at 2 p.m. Pastor Rev. Dr. Peter Kugvanyande officiated. Interment in Maitlandbank Cemetery, Seaforth. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Duff's United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy, c/o Jane Robinson, 249 Bayshore Road, Churchill, Ontario L0L 1K0. Arrangements entrusted to the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home, Seaforth (519-527-1390).Condolences at www.whitneyribeyfuneralhome.com.

Francis E. "Casey" McCutcheon

May 4, 1921-July 9, 2010Casey was the eldest of Harry and Hannah "Lottie" (Ward) McCutcheon's 11 children.  His early years were a beehive of activity and adventure as would be expected by anyone growing up in such a large family. They lived on the 6th of Morris Township and when he was old enough, he would do his chores and run into town to play soccer.  Somewhere along the line he met a mechanic in Brussels who was named Casey Hudson. He hung around with this man so much he eventually earned the moniker "Little Casey".Casey did brief military training during the Second World War before returning to Brussels to start his own car business with his brother Lorne, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1953 with another brother Bill. Casey kept working hard and built the business into a thriving establishment. He liked fast cars and decided he wanted to own a racecar. He looked around for places to run this fast car, and the dirt horseracing track at the Brussels fairgrounds became his practice track. After a couple years of traveling to London and Kitchener racetracks with his speedy racer and trying out different drivers, one of his younger brothers Jack took the wheel and a winning team was in place. Many of the mechanically minded young men in town lined up to form a great pit crew. He went on to take this team to Toronto, Hamilton, Ohio and New York state.After the racing bug subsided, he had his growing family's activities to keep him busy. He was a regular in the stands of many hockey arenas as his eldest son Blaine and eventually Darwin and Terry all showed their skills on the ice. Keeping up with these fast skating, goal-scoring sons took him all over Ontario and into the United States.He was never one to let moss grow under his feet as was evidenced by his many trips south, which began with traveling to California each winter. Several other destinations included visiting daughter Cheryl as she moved first to British Columbia, then Virginia, Arizona and finally Colorado. But Florida was the place that Casey and Betty would make their winter home for 34 years. He loved to walk miles, which was evidenced by his pursuit of the almighty bargain at the Swap Shop flea market every Sunday.Casey sure loved to dance! He and Betty were fixtures in dance halls throughout Southwestern Ontario and Florida. Even when he was in the hospital near at the end of his life he wanted to keep his feet moving to the music that was playing on the radio in his room. He also enjoyed a rousing game of euchre. It appears he had quite a knack and good luck at the card game.Casey will be sadly missed by Betty, his loving wife of 48 years, daughter Cheryl and husband Rodger Wilson of Centennial, Colorado, Blaine and his dear friend Deb Hamilton of RR 1 Walton, Darwin of Avon, Colorado, and Terry and his wife Wendy of Kitchener. He is remembered by seven grandchildren: Kaile and Quinn Wilson, Devin, Darcy, Max, Daniel and Ashley McCutcheon. He is survived by his brothers and sisters: George McCutcheon of Brussels, Berva Rice of Listowel, Jack and Esther McCutcheon of Brussels, Bob and Jeanette McCutcheon of Kelowna, BC, Marg and Bernell Smith of Listowel and Mel and Lois McCutcheon of Brussels.Casey was predeceased by his first wife Gwen Hugill in 1960, his parents Harry and Hannah, sister Anne Bryans and brothers Lorne, Fred and Bill McCutcheon.His four children and brother Jack led those attending the service at Brussels United Church through a celebration of Casey's life. Pallbearers included his sons Blaine, Darwin, and Terry as well as his  grandsons Devin, Darcy and Max McCutcheon.  Flowers bearers were granddaughters Kaile Wilson and Ashley McCutcheon, niece Debby Sommerville, and goddaughter Charlene Feltz. Carrying a checkered flag waving from a hockey stick was youngest grandson Daniel McCutcheon. Casey was laid to rest alongside his ancestors in the McCutcheon Cemetery, Morris Township.Memorial donations can be made to the Brussels United Church or Listowel Memorial Hospital.Online condolences may be made at www.schimanskifamilyfuneralhome.com.

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