In Memorium


Peacefully, after a lengthy illness, with his beloved wife, Ann by his side, and surrounded by their much-loved children and grandchildren, Hendrikus “Hank” Johannes Schroder passed away on September 9th at Maple Manor in Tillsonburg, at the age of 89. Born in Ootmarsum, in the Netherlands, on June 25th, 1929, Hank was the son of the late Maria (Keupink) and late Johannes Schroder. In 1956, Hank was one of six young men who boldly set out from Holland to Canada – a country where land was more plentiful and a place, Hank believed, where he could realize his dream of having his own dairy farm. He returned to Holland briefly in 1959 to court and marry the young woman with whom he’d been corresponding with by mail, Ann te Lintelo. Their letters started when Ann’s class was given the assignment to write to the young Dutch men overseas. Ann was assigned Hank and it was the beginning of a life-long love story that endured to Hank’s last breath, and beyond. From the day they wed, in 1959, Hank and Ann became a team – best friends, lovers and workmates – that allowed them to create a wonderful life for themselves in Canada. Through determination and hard work, Hank and Ann became successful dairy farmers all the while raising five boisterous children, forging strong friendships with many other young Dutch immigrants and giving back to the community. While life, especially their early years in Canada (learning English, saving money to buy a farm) wasn’t easy, Hank and Ann were able to create a loving, joyful home where they appreciated what they had – especially one another. Moving to Canada meant leaving their families behind in the Netherlands, so Hank and Ann formed strong bonds and lifelong friendships within the Dutch expatriate community and created a large extended family in their new homeland. Over the years as their families grew, the Dutchies, as their children called them, would get together frequently to play cards, celebrate birthdays and holidays, and to mark other important events. They never missed an opportunity to celebrate and to live life to its fullest. Hank was always grateful to Canada for the opportunity to fulfill his dream of owning a dairy farm and he was committed to giving back to the community in countless ways. Despite his hard work on the farm and his active role as a father and husband, Hank was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Christmas hampers program for more than 15 years; taking great pleasure in packing up the hampers and delivering a happy Christmas to struggling families. He was also a past president of the Tillsonburg Fair Board and was the recipient of an award for his outstanding service to agriculture in Canada. As a dairy farmer, Hank was keenly interested and successful in improving his herd classification and production.  For all the roles he undertook, however, Hank’s priority was always Ann and their five children: Henry (Carrie), of Ottawa; Janet (Kevin) Tysiak, of Fenelon Falls; Brian (Mary), of Milton; Marcel (Kari-Anne), of Richmond Hill; and Karen (Rick Wong), of Kitchener  and he adored his grandchildren who fondly remember his playful yet gentle nature – always up for just a little bit of mischief: Jack and Kate Schroder; Zachary Tysiak; Alexandra, Eric and Hayley Schroder; Jacob and Jenna Schroder; and Madeline and Isabelle Schroder. Hank and Ann continued their love story despite his long battle with Alzheimer’s. Even as his memories faded, Hank responded to Ann to the very end. In his last days, Ann was with Hank around the clock, her voice clearly resonating with him, their hands entwined. Hank was predeceased by his siblings Johan, Gerard, Ben, Marie, Riek, and Annie. He also leaves behind many family members in the Netherlands and is remembered fondly by his sisters- and brothers-in-law and dozens of nieces, nephews and their families. “The family wishes to thank the staff of Maple Manor- those who helped care for Hank for the last several years as well the palliative care staff. Their many kindnesses towards Hank and the family are greatly appreciated.” Visitation to take place on Tuesday, September 11th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES- BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 262 Broadway, Tillsonburg. Friends and family are also invited to the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Hank on Wednesday September 12th, at 10:30 am, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Tillsonburg, by Fr. John Pirt, with a reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider an act of kindness to someone in need or make a contribution to the “Palliative Care Unit at Maple Manor Nursing Home,” “Alzheimer’s Society, Woodstock”, “St. Mary’s Church- Building Fund” or the charity of your choice through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Tillsonburg (519)842-4238. Personal condolences and favourite memories can be shared at

PARKER, Wayne Harold 

It is with saddened hearts that we the family announce the sudden passing of Wayne Harold Parker on September 2, 2018. He leaves behind his wife Cindy, his daughter Melissa Zdero & husband Mladen Zdero, son Mark Parker & wife Chloe Parker, grandchildren Luka, Maja, Sara & Vuk Zdero, brother Gary Parker & wife Sandra Parker & nephew Chad Parker. Memorial service to be held at 2:00p.m. on September 8, 2018, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 11 St. Patricks Dr., Brantford, ON.

COOK, Diane Marie (1952-2018)

Suddenly, at her home in Tillsonburg, on Tuesday August 28, 2018, Diane Cook passed away at the age of 66 years.  Beloved wife of Dennis for 29 years.  Loving Mother to Ken and his wife Meghan of Dorchester and step- daughter, Shari Mudford of Tillsonburg.  Dearest grandmother to Sloane and Clinton.  Much loved Daughter of Mary Cadman and the Late Tom Cadman (2000).  Dear sister of Charlie (Sharon), Linda (Myles) and Karen (Dale).  Also survived her several nieces and nephews and cousins.  Friends and relatives will be received for a visitation at Ostrander’s Funeral Home, 43 Bidwell Street, Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on  Saturday, September 1, 2018  from 11:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. The Memorial Service for Diane will be held in Ostrander’s Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. Pat Cook officiating.  Inurnment to follow at Tillsonburg Cemetery.  Memorial donations in Diane’s memory may be gifted to  The Shriner’s Hospital, as this was her wish. Personal condolences and favourite memories may be shared at

DEDRICK, Stella Grace (nee Mudford) 

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday August 28, 2018 at Norview Lodge, Simcoe.  Grace Dedrick of Port Rowan in her 94th year.  Beloved wife of the late Lawrence Dedrick who predeceased her November 9, 2013. Loving mother of Larry (Mary), Sheldon (Sandra), Maxine Lewis (Philip), Stella Walker (Dave), Judy Mabee (Robert), Gloria Sinnesael (Bradley), Brad (Kathy).  Grace treasured her family and will be missed by her 18 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.  Survived by sisters-in-law Judy Mudford & Kathleen Mudford.  Grace was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been predeceased by her parents Henry & Stella (Harris) Mudford, brothers Roy (Audrey), Harley (Jean), Harold, Gordon (Shirley), Fred, Blake (Nancy), sisters Dorothy Pelfrey (Glen), Violet Mudford, Marie Kenline (Bill), Reta Bouck (Harry), Ruby Hazen (Ben) and by her son-in-law Richard Shelly (2006).  Grace & Lawrence celebrated 72 years of marriage. They lived on their farm north of Port Rowan for most of their married life.  Grace enjoyed knitting, cooking & gardening, being a member of the Port Rowan Free Methodist Church, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the Onward & Upward Club and raising her family.  Every Saturday morning Mom would be up at 6am to bake her delicious pies.

FOLLENS, Marcel (1930-2018) 

Passed away, suddenly, but peacefully after a period of declining health, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, August, 18, 2018, with his loving wife and family by his side, Marcel Follens, of Woodhaven Drive, Tillsonburg and formerly of Langton, at the age of 88. Born in Wielsbeke, W.F. Belgium, son of the late Joseph Follens and the former Augusta Vroman (both of Belgium). Marcel was a dedicated farmer who proudly grew tobacco, belgian endive, “Witloof.” Marcel was an outstanding champion award-winning tobacco cureman, winner of the all-Canadian Rothmans Best Crop Grown and Cured in Canada in 1970. Marcel was a former member of the Langton Merrymakers. Much loved husband and best friend of 62 years of Rosa L. (De Smet) Follens. Much loved father and father-in-law of: Nancy (Steven Stanois), of Bowmanville and their two sons, Lucas and Ilias; Patrick Follens (Deidre VanWynsberghe), of Toronto and their two daughters, Sabine and Camille. Marcel is survived by two brothers: Omer (Jacqueline) Follens, of Union, Ontario and Robert (Rosa) Follens, of Belgium and nieces, nephews and cousins, all in Belgium. Predeceased by four brothers: late Medard Follens (survived by wife Lydie, in Belgium); late Maurice Follens; late Noel Follens (late Antoinette); late Leopold Follens (survived by wife Ginette, in Bruges, Belgium). Friends, Woodhaven neighbours, and relatives will be received by Rosa and the family on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES- BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Chapel, 40 Queen Street, Langton, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Parish Prayers will be held Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrate the Life of Marcel to be said on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. by Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacko, in the Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Langton. Interment to follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Langton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marcel’s memory are payable (by cheque) to the “Alzheimer’s Society,” “T.D.M.H. Foundation,” “Sacred Heart R.C. Church,” or to “Woodingford Lodge, Tillsonburg” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Langton (519)842-4238. Personal condolences and favourite memories can be shared at

TAKACS, Mrs Margaret 

Takacs – Mrs Margaret Takacs of Delcrest Avenue., Delhi passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Friday, August 17, 2018 in her 92nd year.  Member of the Delhi District Hungarian House and Member of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Catholic Women’s League.  Margaret loved to cook & crochet for her family & friends adn coudl always be found reading a good book or watching a great game of golf on television.  Former Margaret Theresa Hasilo.  Beloved wife of the Late Tibor A. Takacs (1998).  Loving mother of Tibor J. “Butch” Takacs (Judy) and Yoland Gravelle (Clem).  Cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren:  Viktoria Takacs, Scott Takacs (Christopher), Kaleb Takacs, Tim Banjar, Adam Banjar (Andrea), Karen Banjar-Burke (Shawn), Steven Gravelle (Lisa), Rochelle McGarry (Blaine), Amy Gravelle (Anton) and six great grandchildren: Kenzi, Jacob, Daniel, Andrew, Sarah and Finlay.  Dearest sister of Pearl Hasilo and sister-in-law of Frances Coleman, Irene Hasilo (Late Paul 1977) and the Late Yolanda Sagi (2000).  Also survived by several nieces & nephews.  Friends may call at the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Delhi (519) 582-1290 for visitation on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00pm and for the Parish Prayers at 7:45pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, Delhi on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 10:00am with Rev. Fr. Alan Dufraimont officiating.  Interment in Pioneer Cemetery, Burford.  Donations to the Delhi Community Health Centre or the Heart & Stroke Foundation will be gratefully appreciated by the family.

KOTELES, Elizabeth (Pongracz) (1929-2018)

Passed away, peacefully surrounded by loving family members, on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at Woodingford Lodge, Tillsonburg, Elizabeth (Pongracz) Koteles, in her 89th year. Born in Abaúj-Torna, Hungary, to the late Frank Pongracz and Regina (Bodnar), Elizabeth was a former member of St. Ladislaus R.C. Church and Ladies Society, Courtland. Elizabeth was a current member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church and Catholic Women’s League, Tillsonburg. The family indicates that:

Elizabeth was a wonderful person, loved wife and mother, and liked by all who knew her. She will be always remembered and always loved.”

Elizabeth is predeceased by her beloved husband of 68 years Julius Koteles (June 12, 2017). Loved mother and mother-in-law of: Edward Koteles, of Tillsonburg; Susan (the late Gary) Grishkewich, of Beamsville; James Koteles (Minnie), of St. Mary’s; Elizabeth (Bess) Wood, of Toronto. Proud grandmother of: Regina (Glen Edmunds), Katie (Fritz Wahl), Basil Grishkewich, Nathan Grishkewich and great-grandmother of: Sophie Wahl, Lucas Edmunds, Arianna Edmunds. Elizabeth is predeceased by: her brother James Pongracz (late wife Marg Nagy), sister Mary Varga, brother-in-law John Koteles (Julianna Rimar), and brother-in-law Joseph Koteles (Irene Mekker). A Complete Liturgical Service to Celebrate Elizabeth’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES- BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519)842-4238 by Rev. Fr. John Pirt, of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Tillsonburg. Public Visitation will be held on Friday, August 17th, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, Tillsonburg. C.W.L. Prayers will be held on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Inurnment at a later date in St. Ladislaus R.C. Cemetery, Courtland. Memorial donations may be made to the “Tillsonburg Right to Life” or to the “Woodingford Lodge, Tillsonburg” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Tillsonburg. Personal condolences and favourite memories can be made at