BUCKLEY: Douglas

BUCKLEY: Douglas – passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday July 18, 2017 at the Woodstock General Hospital.  Douglas Buckley of RR#1 Plattsville in his 80th year.

Loving husband of Sandra (nee White) whom he married March 31, 1962.  Dear father of Tracy Buckley and his wife Belinda Arsenault of Orleans, ON.

Douglas retired after many years at Budd Automotive.

Predeceased by his daughter Samantha Buckley and his grandson Adam.

Relatives & friends are invited to a memorial service at the Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William Street, Plattsville on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 11:00am.  Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Society of Ontario (cheques accepted) and would be appreciated by the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Woodstock General Hospital for all the wonderful care shown to Doug.


HOFSTETTER: Clarence – passed away peacefully on Monday July 10, 2017 at his residence Nithview Home, New Hamburg.  Clarence Hofstetter formerly of Innerkip in his 91st year.

Beloved husband of Rose (nee Ellis) who he married December 18, 1948.  Dear father of Dolores & husband Neil Hofstetter of New Hamburg, Ruth & husband Keith Howard of Shakespeare, Norman & wife Linda of Novar and Joyce & husband Leigh Young of Princeton.  Sadly missed by his 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Survived by his brothers Robert & wife Pat of Baden, Brian & wife Donna of Dorchester, by sisters Laura Deans of Cambridge, Ruby vonFarra of Kitchener and by brother-in-law Burt Currie of New Hamburg. Remembered by Rose’s family Arthur & Marilyn Ellis of Plattsville, Norma Sevier of Princeton and Linda & John Hastings of Elmira

Predeceased by his brothers Lloyd, Lorne, Kenneth, Morris, sisters Mable & husband Art Storer, Hazel & husband Ralph Otto, Kathleen Currie and by brothers-in-law Robert Deans, Wally vonFarra, George Dahms and Leslie Sevier.

Relatives and friends may call at the Glendinning Funeral Home, 40 William St., Plattsville on Wednesday July 12, 2017 from 12:30 – 1:45pm followed by the funeral service in the Chapel at 2:00pm.  Interment in Wilmot Centre Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stoke Foundation or the Parkinson Society (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.

TOTH: Ruth Marlene (nee: Love)

TOTH: Ruth Marlene (nee: Love) – at her residence with family by her side on July 4, 2017, Ruth Toth of Tillsonburg in her 71st year.

Beloved wife of James “Jim” Toth whom she married on October 24, 1965.  Loving mother of Stacey & husband Scott Butler of Delhi and Jamie of Tillsonburg.  Sadly missed by her grandchildren Tyler, Braydon and Jaxon. Survived by her brother Ross Love and wife Charlene of Calgary and Sandy & husband Bob Parcharidis of Toronto and by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Cecil & Hazel (Hartley) Love and by sister-in-law Sharon Love.

Relatives and friends may call at the Jeffrey W. Glendinning Funeral Home, 36 Front Street, Port Rowan on Thursday July 6, 2017 from 7-9pm and Friday July 7, 2017 from 11:30-1:15pm. Followed by the Funeral Service in the Clark Chapel of the funeral home at 1:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the London Health Sciences Center Foundation or Camp Trillium/Rainbow Lake (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.

LAMONT: Charles Douglas

LAMONT: Charles Douglas – passed peacefully on Thursday June 15, 2017 at the Brantford General Hospital.  Doug Lamont of Plattsville in his 84th year.

Beloved husband of the late Velda (nee Kempthorne) who predeceased him May 2, 2000.  Dear father of Tom & wife Cairn of Woodstock and Joanne & husband Jim McNiven of Bright.  Sadly missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Quinton, Sarah and Aaron. Survived by his sisters Ethel Goodwin of Oshawa and Margaret “Peg” & husband Lloyd Parkhouse of Kitchener.   He will be dearly remembered by Joanne Bourne of Mt. Pleasant

Predeceased by his brother Cliff and his wife Eve and by brother-in-law Frank Goodwin.

Relatives & friends are invited to a Memorial Service to Celebrate Doug’s life at Peace United Church, Plattsville on Thursday June 22, 2017 at 1:00pm.  Private family interment will take place in Wolverton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Woodstock or the Lung Association (cheques accepted) would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Glendinning Funeral Home, Plattsville.

CRESSMAN: Esther Salome


With heartfelt gratitude to God, we announce the peaceful passing of Esther Cressman into the presence of God at the midnight hour on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Born May 3, 1927, Esther was one month into her 91st year when the Lord called her home. She was predeceased by her father Vernon, mother Salome and sister Sarah and is survived by loving sisters Lois (John Kurtz) of Niagara on the Lake, Ruth Cressman and Elizabeth (Ed Weber) of Ottawa, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Her nephew Phil Kurtz and family held a special place in her heart through the years and lived close to her. His poems and presence in her life brought her much joy.

Esther was educated in Kitchener, ON and following a term at Emmanuel Bible College and nurses’ training at Grand River Hospital, ventured onto the mission field in 1951. Bethany Missionary Church, Kitchener was her ‘sending’ church and they supported and prayed for her as she served as a nurse in Nigeria and latterly a language translator for some 27 years. She helped write the Dukawa language and thanks to her diligent work, a people group received the written word of God in their own dialect and many have come to faith as a result of this selfless woman’s service to God. Her partner in translation was Donna Skitch, now married to Wally Uyeyama of Campbell River, BC, who remained her prayer partner and close friend throughout her life.

Ever seeking to learn more about God, Esther returned to Emmanuel Bible College for further training in 1980, then took Biblical Counseling through YWAM Hawaii followed by serving four years in the Philippines with YWAM where she entered into a precious friendship with young Gary Hallman. Returning to Canada, Esther took the Crossroads Discipleship Training with YWAM Cambridge and served at Jacob’s Well in Kitchener, touching many with her gift of hospitality and prayer.

Esther leaves a legacy of many songs that she and Donna wrote and Esther composed for piano. All her life she sang of her love to the Lord; now she is singing to Him face to face. She has long had a heart for God’s land and people of Israel and encouraged everyone to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. How fitting that she should pass into eternity during the week the world remembered the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. Her final 11 years were spent fruitfully living in community with the Return Ministries’ family in Bright, ON, an Aliyah ministry focused on partnering with God in the return and restoration of His North American Jewish people to Israel.

Although Esther never married, she has had a lifelong relationship with Jesus, her eternal Bridegroom. Although she never had physical children of her own, she was a mother to many spiritual children all over the world.

We wish to thank all the wonderful, caring staff at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener where Esther resided for the past 11 months. Their tender loving care made her final months manageable and in return, she blessed them with her affirmation, encouragement and prayer.  A trio of good friends who watched over her in these years, Nancy, Theresa and Peg, are grateful to God for His provision of this care facility which just happened to be in Esther’s old neighbourhood. Rather than fussing about leaving her Return Family last June, she praised the Lord for taking her full circle to a home that was halfway between her Bible College and Nurses’ training hospital. Esther left a large deposit of God’s love everywhere she resided.

A private internment took place June 6, 2017.

Esther’s Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 25th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with light refreshments. Please RSVP and leave message of how many coming at 519-684-7198.  Location: Return Ministries,  907168 Township Road 12, RR 4, Bright, ON.

In memory of Esther, donations may be made:  Sunnyside Foundation,  247 Franklin Street, Kitchener N2A 1Y5 or Bethany Missionary Church, 160 Lancaster St E., Kitchener ON  N2H 1N2Return Ministries (to assist North American Jewry home to Israel).  Envelopes will be available at the Memorial Service.

For further information, please contact Peg Byars at 519-860-1599 or by E-mail to: pegbyars@return.co.il.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

Psalm 116:15