Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Obituaries

MacLean, John Ronald

Funeral service for the late John Ronald MacLean, 76, Antigonish, was held April 19 in St. Ninian Cathedral.
Mr. MacLean died April 16, 2016, at home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Thomas Sampson, Avery MacLean and Kevin MacLean. Luke and Avery MacLean presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by James MacPherson and Margaret MacDonald.
Active pallbearers were Shawn Chisholm, Alex Chisholm, Stevie MacInnis, Jack Teasdale, David MacDonald and Ronnie MacDonald.
Honorary pallbearer was Berkley Cameron.
Born January 31, 1940, in Antigonish, he was a son of the late James and Catherine MacLean, Hawthorne Street. He worked primarily in the construction industry and later with the Department of Highways. He enjoyed playing guitar, singing and card games. He also enjoyed summer, fishing and the outdoors, with his wife at their cottage at Xanadu.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne; daughter, Shannon; four sons, Paul, Bryan, Sean, Trevor; 14 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brother, Jim; two foster brothers, John L. MacDonald, Murdoch MacDonald; foster sister, Mary Margaret Rowe.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation (http://smrhfoundation.com/donate/)
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca

Fraser, Frank Douglas

Funeral service for the late Frank Douglas Fraser, 74, Monastery, Antigonish County, was held April 19 in St. Peter’s Church, Tracadie, with Father John Barry officiating, assisted by Deacon Art Riley.
Mr. Fraser died April 12, 2016, at home.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Sarah MacNeil and Cindy Bishop. Music was provided by Stephen Comeau, Anne Marie Long and Christopher Fraser.
Born April 17, 1941, he worked as a carpenter and made wood carvings. He was an accomplished guitar player, as well as cook and baker. He loved animals, especially horses.
He is survived by his wife, Francine (Clément); three sons, Christopher (Cindy), Montreal; Matthieu (Ralene), Antigonish; Simon, Castlegar, British Columbia; two daughters, Marie-Eve (Kenny) MacPherson, Monastery; Joannie, Montreal; three grandchildren, Allan, Alek, Arthur.
He was predeceased by his mother, Florence; two sons, Timothy, Anthony.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society or to a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Cleary, Shirley D.

Funeral service for the late Shirley Delphine (Campbell) Cleary, 64, Antigonish County, was held April 18 in St. Joseph’s Church, St. Josephs, with Father Alphonsus Iwuji officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Cleary died April 13, 2016, in St Martha’s Regional Hospital.
Born October 31, 1951, she was a daughter of Lawrence Campbell, Ohio, and the late Shirley (Dunbar).
Readers at the funeral Mass were Sheila Best, Margie Campbell and Ashley Campbell. Nadine Campbell and Darlene Campbell presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald and piper Michael Campbell.
Pallbearers were Gary Campbell, Jake Johnstone, Larry Campbell, Vernon Best, Tony MacDonald and Elwood Cleary.
Besides her father, she is survived by her daughter, Amanda, New Glasgow; two sons, Lawrence, Robert, Antigonish; three grandsons, Jordan, Nathan, Dylan; four brothers, Francis (Trish) Oshawa; Larry (Darlene), Havre Boucher; Gary (Margie), Lower South River; Michael (Heather), Sydney; four sisters, Hughena (Gunther), Toronto; Arlene (Jake Johnson), New Glasgow; Rita (Tony MacDonald), Antigonish; Sheila (Vernon Best) Trafalgar.
She was predeceased by sister, Christine.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Randall, Anne Marie

Funeral service for the late Anne Marie Randall, 59, South River Road, Antigonish, was held April 18 in St. Ninian Cathedral with Father Donald MacGillivray officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Randall died April 13, 2016, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Loresa Chisholm, Jessica Swinkels and Matt O’Shea. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald.
Pallbearers were Keith Trenholm, Steven Randall, Martin Swinkels, Wes Mattie, Glen Randall and Everett Mattie.
Born October 13, 1956, in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late John F. and Agnes (Feltmate) Gillis. She loved cats. She enjoyed playing bingo, camping and watching horror movies. She also enjoyed getting a Timmies and going for drives. She volunteered at the Opportunity Shop for more than 15 years.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell; two sons, Christopher (Connie), Bryce, both of Antigonish; two sisters, Theresa, Antigonish; Rose (Everett) Mattie, Monastery; three brothers, John Edward (Valerie), New Glasgow; Angus (Tena), Antigonish; Anthony Francis, Sheet Harbour; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Cathy’s Place; Holy Redeemer Convent, Sydney; or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Van de Sande, Shawn R.

A gathering of family and friends of the late Shawn Roderick Van de Sande, 32, Toronto, formerly of Antigonish, was held April 14 in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, Antigonish.
Mr. Van de Sande died April 3, 2016, in Toronto.
Born February 16, 1984, in Antigonish, he was a son of Bill and Rhodena Van de Sande. He was a gifted musician, who discovered and cultivated a love of music from a young age. He picked up his first guitar at the age of nine and pursued his natural talent relentlessly, attending music camps, concerts and jamming with friends throughout high school. For the past 10 years, he lived in Toronto, where he pursued his career as a Red Seal chef and harvested his love of music by joining the band The Appollo Effect. From there, he collaborated with his band mates to write an album, which took them on tour. He worked at various catering companies within Toronto, and more recently, Australia. He enjoyed traveling and was active within the Crossfit Community in Toronto, training hard and engaging in competitions.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Alicia Van de Sande (Lee Martin), Denise Van de Sande (Michael Hare); brother, Kyle Van de Sande; three nieces Ria, Hannah, Maya; two nephews, Simon, Liam.
Memorial donations may be made to a local food bank.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Sauber, Sgt. Thomas A.

Private burial of the late Sergeant Thomas Alfred ‘Tom’ Sauber, 81, Antigonish, will be held at a later date.
Born in Parkdale, Lunenburg County, he was one of 13 children born to the late Frank and Sadie Rafuse. His career began at the age of 18, when he joined the armed forces with the artillery division and served in Korea. Having an injury, he transferred to the Postal Corp., with postings in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Egypt and Cyprus. He also served two years on HMC Bonaventure. Retiring in 1985, with 32 years of service, he and his wife moved to Antigonish. He began his second career in 1986, as a barber with Henry’s Hairstyling, retiring in 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Melanson); three sisters, Winnie (Robert) Evanson, Elgin, Illinois; Betty (Murray) Isenor, Chester Basin; Connie (Jacob) Penney, New Germany; two brothers, Frank (Viola), Parkdale; Donald (Charmaine), Dartmouth; sister-in-law, Sarah Melanson, Antigonish; brothers-in-law, Joe (Marie), Pomquet; William (Doris), Ontario; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Rita, Angeline, Belle; four brothers, Max, Roby, Gerald, Calvin.
Online condolences: www.MacIsaacs.ca

Shayler, Sr. Marie A.

Liturgy of Christian burial for the late Sister Marie Albert Shayler, 102, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, was held April 13 in Bethany Chapel, with Father Gerard MacInnis officiating.
Sister Shayler died April 9, 2016, at Bethany, the Motherhouse. She was in the 79th year of her religious life.
Cross bearer at the funeral Mass was Sister Clotilda McIntyre. Pall carrier was Cheryl Oczkowiski. Readers were John Scott, Sister Mary MacFarlane and Sister Agnes McCrossin. Lynn MacDonald, Barbara O’Brien and Stasie MacGillivray presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by cantor Sister Joan Fultz, leader of song Sister Lillian Gaudet, Sister Catherine Ann MacGillivray, organist Sheila Redden and instrumentalist Sister Florence Kennedy.
Pallbearers were Jerome Sullivan, Kenny Gallant, Willie Westenenk, Wayne Farrell, Donald MacLellan and Connie Beaton.
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Sister Marie Albert, baptized Mary Louise Nora, was the oldest in a family of four children, the daughter of the late Harry Avery Shayler and Mabel Louise (Parry) Shayler. Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on February 8, 1936, and pronounced her first vows on September 3, 1937, and her perpetual profession of vows on September 3, 1940. Before she entered the congregation, Sister received her R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Lewistown, Montana. She worked in Alberta at Pincher Creek Hospital in Pincher Creek, and aSt. Michael’s Hospital in Lethbridge. In 1940, she graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish with her BSc. in Nursing. In 1963, she received her certification in Hospital Organization and Management (HOM) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
After entering the congregation, Sister Marie Albert ministered in the field of health care for 46 years, in addition to being a volunteer in the adult care program at St. Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge, for 11 years following her retirement from full-time ministry. She served in hospitals of the congregation in Nova Scotia at St. Martha’s Hospital, Antigonish; and St. Mary’s Hospital in Inverness. In western Canada, Sister ministered in Saskatchewan at St. Peter’s Hospital, Melville; St. Michael’s Hospital, Broadview; and Martha House, Regina; in Alberta, at Mineral Springs Hospital, Banff; and St. Michael’s Hospital, Lethbridge. Sister Marie Albert volunteered at a soup kitchen, while in residence at St. Monica Convent in Lethbridge. Because of failing health, she returned to Bethany, the Motherhouse, in 2000. However, Sister could be seen taking her walk each day outdoors, no matter the kind of weather she would encounter.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Sister Albert was predeceased by two sisters, Eunice Brown, Joan Fraser; brother, Stanley Shayler.

MacDonald, Margaret

Funeral service for the late Margaret MacDonald, 93, Long Point, was held April 11 in St. Andrews Parish, Judique, with Father Allan MacMillan officiating.
Mrs. MacDonald died April 8, 2016, in Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston.
Born January 30, 1923, in Long Point, she was a daughter of the late James Joe and Cassie MacDonald. In her younger years, she worked for the Mayor of Halifax and Moirs Chocolates. Once married, she lived in other parts of Canada, following her husband’s career in the potash mining business. In 1969, they returned to Long Point and settled in the family home. She shared her Cape Breton hospitality through numerous cups of tea and conversation, and was well-known for her baking, especially molasses cookies. She had a strong Catholic faith.
She is survived by her son, David (Angela), Fort McMurray, Alberta; two sisters, Kay, Jessie (Red), both of Hamilton, Ontario; brother, John Alex, Long Point; numerous nieces, nephews, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Angus; three brothers, Jim, Joe, Duncan; sister, Florence.
Memorial donations may be made to Strait Richmond Palliative Care.
Online condolences: www.greensfuneralhome.ca

Tutty, William Donald

Funeral service for the late William Donald ‘Bill’ Tutty, 88, Antigonish, was held April 9 in St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Antigonish, with Father Joseph MacKenzie officiating, assisted by Father Dan MacDonald and Deacon Art Riley.
Mr. Tutty died April 5, 2016, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Jocelyn MacDonald, Joan Melanson and Lauren MacDonald. Grandchildren Seanna Morton and Karen Carey presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Margaret MacGregor MacDonald. Members Royal Canadian Legion Arras Branch #59, Antigonish, formed an honour guard.
Pallbearers were Gregory MacDonald, Howard Melanson, Brian Melanson, Gilbert Landry, Tony Lamers and Don MacDougall.
Born September 13, 1927, in Sydney Mines, he was a son of the late Sydney and Joseita (MacCormick) Tutty. He worked as a printer, first with The Casket Printing & Publishing Company, and later was employed with MacGillivray Press in Antigonish. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed reading. He spent many hours walking along Mahoney’s Beach. He was a veteran of the Second World War and a member of Arras Branch 59, Royal Canadian Legion, Antigonish.
He is survived by daughter, Marion (Bernie) MacDonald, Cloverville; four grandchildren, Christopher (Lisa), Dartmouth; Gregory (Jocelyn), Sackville; Karen (Chris), Sackville; Seanna (James), Halifax; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren, Grace, Claire, Lyla, Tavis, Brody, Raylan; two sisters, Joseita, Hawaii; Sandy, California; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Harriett (MacDougall); daughter, Monica; brother, Bobby; two sisters, Joan, Peggy.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

MacNeil, Margaret E.

Funeral service for the late Margaret E. MacNeil, 86, St. Peters, was held April 11 in St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, St. Peters, with Father Antolin Azor officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. MacNeil died April 7, 2016, in Strait Richmond Hospital.
Born October 3, 1929, in Grand Greve, she was a daughter of the late Laughlin and Bessie (Maher) Flaherty.
She is survived by sister, Lexcina (Louis) Groom, Grand Greve; two brothers, Richard (Freda) Toronto; Donald, Sydney; three nieces, Dorothy, Marsha, Peggy; four nephews, Philip, Stephen, Leo, Patrick; many great-grand nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, William; two brothers, James, John; sister, Mary Cassie.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.greensfuneralhome.ca

MacPherson, Bonnie E.

Funeral service for the late Bonnie Elizabeth Agnes (Rhynold) MacPherson, 49, Dartmouth, formerly of Whitehead, Guysborough County, was held April 14 in Whitehaven Community Centre, Whitehead with Reverend Sue Channen officiating. Burial will be held at a later date.
Mrs. MacPherson died April 10, 2016, in Dartmouth General Hospital.
Born in Oakville, Ontario, she was a daughter of Patrick and Flossie (Hendsbee) Rhynold.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Doug; son, Marshall (Erica), Dartmouth; brother, Herman ‘Bubby’ (Patty); two sisters, Lesa (Doug) Bastell; Michelle Rhynold (Clint), all of Ontario; many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the MacPherson and Rhynold families.
Online condolences: www.gwgiffin.com

Cohoon, Emily H. A.

Funeral service for the late Emily Helena Anne (Rogers) Cohoon, 103, Port Hawkesbury, formerly of Auld’s Cove, Mulgrave and Halifax, was held April 16 in St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, Mulgrave, with Father Allan MacPhie officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Cohoon died April 10, 2016, in Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home.
Born October 20, 1912, in Mulgrave, she was a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Catherine A. (Gillis) O’Neil. She enjoyed badminton, tennis and bowling. She also enjoyed many years of gardening and knitting socks. She was a 46-year member and past president of St. Lawrence CWL. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary MacAskill, Auld’s Cove; Annetta (Joe) Cripps, Fall River; Catherine (Fred) Johnson, Dartmouth; daughter-in-law, Nancy Rogers, Halifax; 13 grandchildren, Donnie MacAskill, Rose Richardson, Emily Hartley, Allen MacAskill, Cathy MacAskill, Suzanne Stewart, Bill Cooper, Louanne Cooper, Melfred Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Joseph Rogers, Catherine Brown, Dana Lingley; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty O’Neil DeCoste; many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Joseph Rogers; second husband, Lawlor Cohoon; her son, Joseph Vincent Rogers; daughter, Emily Patricia Cohoon; four sisters, Molly, Bernadette, Angela, Imelda, eight brothers, Samuel, Anthony, Eugene, Leonard, Elmer, Ignatius, Alphonsus, Angus; son-in-law, Allister MacAskill; grandson-in-law, Perry (Spook) Richardson.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Lawrence Parish Cemetery Fund, ‘Chalice’ or a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.haverstocks.com

Elms, Captain Edgar A.

Funeral service for the late Captain Edgar Atheling ‘At’ Elms, 90, Mulgrave, was held April 15 in St. Andrews Anglican Church, Mulgrave, with Reverend Evelyn Knorr officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Captain Elms died April 9, 2016, at home.
Born February 28, 1926, in Bay L’Argent, Newfoundland and Labrador, he was a son of the late William ‘Bill’ and Edith (West) Elms. At the age of 11, he would skip school to sail on a schooner with Frank Bond. He also took the local nurse across the bay in a small boat to see patients. He served in the Second World War with the Merchant Marine from 1942-1945. He and his family moved to Halifax, where he continued his career as a commercial fisherman. In 1956, they moved to Glace Bay, where he owned and operated his own fishing vessel, The Edith Jane. In 1961, they relocated to Mulgrave, where he was captain with Acadia Fisheries. He retired from National Sea Products, in 1988, as shore captain in Canso. Following retirement, he worked with East Coast Hydraulics, Mulgrave. He was an active member of the Masonic Temple Lodge and the Eastern Star, receiving his 50-year jewel with both. He was also an active member of his church.
He is survived by four sons, Eric (Carola), Bolivia; Wayne, Victoria, British Columbia; Ron (Sue), Mulgrave; Mark (Mary), Sarnia, Ontario; special daughter, Jane Wilneff, Mulgrave; nine grandchildren, Derek, Dawn, Erin, Eric, Karen, Heather, Ashli, Jeffery, Jonathan; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Emma White, Lewisporte, NL; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Alma (Moulton); grandson, Wesley; two brothers, Claude, Albert; brother-in-law, Lloyd; son-in-law, Douglas Wilneff; step-father, Martin Hickey; special aunt, Lizzie.
Memorial donations may be made to Strait Richmond Palliative Care, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Mulgrave, or Mulgrave and Area Resting Place.
Online condolences: www.haverstocks.com

Blake, Ruth Anne

Liturgy of Christian burial for the late Ruth Anne Blake, Houston, Texas, was held March 31 in St. Michael’s Church, Houston, with her nephew, Father Bernard Mac Adam, officiating, assisted by Monsignor Frank Rossi. Burial was in Houston.
Mrs. Blake died March 20, 2016, in Houston.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Greg Mac Donald and Peter Blake.
Born in 1920, in Brierly Brook, Antigonish County, she was a daughter of the late John A. and Margaret (Purcell) Mac Donald. She attended public school and Mount St. Bernard College. She graduated from the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, she received her undergraduate degree form McGill University in Montreal. She later received her Masters Degree in Nursing from Boston University and began her long career in teaching at the University of Vermont. After moving to Texas, she taught nursing at the Texas Medical Center in Houston for more than 35 years. She then consulted in the home health field after her retirement.
She is survived by two sons, Peter Blake, Houston; Stephen Blake, Atlanta; brother, Joe Mac Donald, Montreal; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Blake; three brothers, James, Leonard and Leo Mac Donald; five sisters, Alice Mac Adam, Mary Mc Lernan, Hilda Hunter, Marguerite Mac Lellan, Claire Mac Neil.

Giffin, Frederick C.

Funeral service for the late Frederick Caines Giffin, 88, formerly of Goldboro and Antigonish, was held April 1 in Goldboro United Baptist Church with Reverend Derek Elsworth officiating. Burial was in Bayview Cemetery, Goldboro.
Mr. Giffin died March 29, 2016, in Cedarstone Enhanced Care Home, Truro.
Born in Goldboro, he was a son of the late Charles Elmer and Myrtle (Myers) Giffin.
He is survived by brother, Garth (Anna Maria); two sisters-in-law, Lois, Marion; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Don, Carl.
Memorial donations may be made to Goldboro United Baptist Church.
Online condolences: www.gwgiffin.com

Grover, Vincent A.

Funeral service for the late Vincent Alphonzo Grover, 85, Cole Harbour, Guysborough County, was held April 7 in St. Joseph’s Church, Charlos Cove, with Father Danny MacLennan officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Grover died April 2, 2016, in Ocean View Continuing Care Centre, Eastern Passage.
Born in Charlos Cove, he was a son of the late Edward and Annie (David) Grover. He worked for Shell Oil Canada. He was a second officer on the Arctic Trader and sailed for 27 years, retiring at age 50. After retiring, he purchased a home in Cole Harbour and opened a fish and chip place, Harbour Take Out. He enjoyed playing crib.
He is survived by his spouse, Brenda Oakley; son, Roger (Sandra) Grover, Charlos Cove; two daughters, Dorothy Huggan (Paul), Halifax; Rose Boutilier, Stellarton; nine grandchildren, Natasha, Michael, Miranda, Vincent, Matthew, Jamie, Laura, Matthew, Lisa; six great-grandchildren, Breanna, Lucas, Laura, Ryan, Ella, Dylan, brother, Andy, Milford Haven Home for Special Care, Guysborough; many nieces and nephews,
He was predeceased by four brothers, Lawrence, William, Percy, Ambrose, sister, Theresa Richard.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ocean View Continuing Care Centre.
Online condolences: www.gwgiffin.com

Maas, Helena “Maria” Petranella

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, Helena Maria Petranella (Bennenbroek) Maas, on March 30, 2016, just before sunrise at the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home. It was a beautiful sunny day. Her subtle cuteness, humor and smiles remained even as the Parkinson’s Disease with dementia progressed. She exemplified love, goodness, courage and also wanted the best for her family. Her love unfailing.
Mom was born in Heusden, The Netherlands January 15 1932. She was an active member of St. Andrew’s parish, St. Andrew’s CWL, Seniors Oak & Owl Club and St. Andrews District Community Centre. Mom learned one of her favorite hobbies, sewing, from her sister Nel but she always said she was never as fast as Nel. She learned to knit at the age of 6 from her Oma. She passed on her skills to the next generations as a 4-H leader for decades.
Maria, as a new bride to John, emigrated from Holland in late April, 1956. They arrived at Pier 21 in May, 1956 to have a new beginning for their family with hopes of owning their own farm. Her strength shows as we remember how she left all her family in Holland to start a new life with her husband across the ocean. We can only imagine what they must have been thinking as they came into Pier 21 as farmers when all you could see was rocks and trees. In 1959, they settled on the Maas farm in Marydale where the dairy farm became the way of life for us all. Their 8 children were born in Canada.
Maria is survived by her children Toni Wilson (Bill), St. Andrews; Josie van Vonderen (Gary), St. Andrews; Joanne Maas Latimer (Matthew), Mulgrave; Frank (Roberta), St. Andrews; Maria Campbell (Ken), Belmont; Petra Maas, Sydney; Elizabeth “Liz” Barrett (Steve), Halifax; and Joseph (Wanda), Salmon River. She was Oma to 21 grandchildren and Oma Maas to 17 great-grandchildren. Maria is also survived by her brother Piet (Stien) Bennenbroek of Leirop The Netherlands. Also many nieces and nephews in Holland and Canada and Peter and David whom they mentored.
Maria was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, John in 2013. They were soul mates and spent all their time together on the farm raising eight children and watching the next generations grow with them. In later years they were able to do some world traveling which they very much enjoyed together. Now they can dance together once again on what would have been their 60th wedding anniversary on April 10.
Maria was also predeceased by her parents, brother Johan (Beth) and sisters Nel Loomans (Antoon), Dora Sloots (Fritz), Mien Weijenborg (Toon), Miet Bennenbroek, Toni Heligers (Martien) of Holland and granddaughter Baby girl Patterson.
A special thank you to the staff of the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home for their love and caring the past two years while mom was a resident. Cremation has taken place.
Funeral Mass was held April 2 in St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Andrews, with Father Gary MacPherson officiating. Family only interment will be at a future date. Readers at the funeral Mass were Stacey Patterson, Samantha Patterson and Alicia Chisholm. Josie Van Vonderen, Petra Maas and Joseph Maas presented the offertory gifts. Music was provided by Mary Van den Heuvel. St. Andrew’s CWL formed an honour guard. Urn bearer was Maria Campbell.
Donations to the Parkinson Society Maritime Region or Cathy’s Place St. Martha’s Hospital.

Cirtwell, Donald H.

Donald Henry Cirtwell, 82, Pleasant Valley, Antigonish County, died April 3, 2016, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born in Hill Island, Ontario, he was a son of the late Henry Thomas and Ruby (Harbison) Cirtwill. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
He is survived by four sons, Andy, Donnie, Wayne, Kevin; daughter, Kim Sarkozi; two sisters, Veronica, Elanor; brother, Francis.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jean (Harmes); son, Doug; daughter, Carmel Anne; two brothers, Joseph, Eugene; sister, Jo Ann.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Online condolences: www.clcurry.com

Armstrong, Mary M.

Funeral service for the late Mary Margret Armstrong, 82, Halifax, was held April 8 in Saint Benedict’s Church, Halifax. Burial will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Armstrong died April 3, 2016, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII.
Born April 25, 1933, in Antigonish, she was a daughter of the late John Thompson and Catherine (Beaton) Kell of South River Road.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Don; daughter, Kathy (Jim Shatford), Halifax; two sons, Joe (Ann), Rothesay, New Brunswick; Donald (Casey), Squamish, British Columbia; two grandchildren, Paul, Riley; two sisters, Agnes Napier, Leah (John) Devlin; two brothers, Regis (Marty) Kell, John (Cathy) Kell; sister-in-law, Dianne Kell.
She was predeceased by sister, Anne (Bill) Peterson; brother, Neil Kell; brother-in-law, Bob Napier.
Online condolences: www.walkerfh.com

MacInnis, Jackie

Funeral service for the late John Duncan ‘Jackie’ MacInnis, 79, South River Road, Antigonish County, formerly of Cape George, was held April 6 in Holy Rosary Church, Ballantyne’s Cove, with Father Evo DiPierro officiating.
Mr. MacInnis died April 3, 2016, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Readers at the funeral Mass were Lindsey MacInnis and Andy MacInnis. Eucharistic minister was Lillian MacEachern. Music was provided by family and friends.
Pallbearers were Louis MacEachern, Dan McLellan, Dustin MacInnis, Daryl Neary, Hugh MacInnis and Francis Boyd.
Born in Antigonish, he was a son of the late Hugh Joseph and Elizabeth Josephine (MacEachern) MacInnis. He worked as a machinist in Framingham, United States, and Port Hawkesbury, for more than 25 years. He also spent many years fishing with his brother, Gus. He spent his retirement years building traps and hanging nets for many fishermen.
He is survived by three sons, Hughie, Halifax; Johnny, Lakevale; Allan (Darlene), New Glasgow; two sisters, Marguerite, Catherine; brother, Gustie.
He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine (MacEachern); companion, Pat Fleming; three sisters, Rita MacInnis, Girty Griffin, Barb MacEachern.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Rosary Church Restoration Fund.
Online condolences: ww.clcurry.com