In Memorium


Our family is sad to announce the passing of our much loved husband, father, proud and loving “Oppie,” brother, uncle and friend to many George Friedrich, at Oakcrossing Long Term Care, London, on Friday, August 21st, 2020, formerly a long-time resident of Camden Court, Tillsonburg in his 86th year. Born in Boszok, Hungary, son of the late Balthazar Friedrich and the late Eva (Wizthaler) Friedrich. George will be remembered for his friendly, good-hearted, upbeat personality and his skillful painting and decorating skills as proprietor of George Friedrich Decorating Centre, Tillsonburg from 1960 to 1997. George and Betty were faithful, ardent members of the Courtland United Church for many years. Much loved father of George A. Friedrich, of Vancouver, B.C.; Mary Beth (Steve Burt), of London; and Cindy (David Wood), of Georgetown. Dear “Oppie” of Lela, Amelia, Colin, and Aaron. Survived by a sister Theresa Kelle, of Tillsonburg and the late Bruno, and by many nieces, nephews and cousins in the USA and Canada. Predeceased by two sisters Mary (late Frank Hader); Gisela (late Andreas Bettler) and by three brothers: John Friedrich (late Anna); Joe Friedrich (late Margot); Balthazar Friedrich (late Mary).

In keeping with George’s expressed wishes, cremation will take place. A Private Family Memorial Service to honour George’s Life to be conducted in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg by Pastor Ted Smith, of the Courtland United Church. Interment to follow in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Celebration of Life is planned for a later date with details to be announced in the future. Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support and caring by sending flowers, posting photos, tributes, favourite memories, and hugs from home on George’s tribute page at Memorial donations to the “Courtland United Church” or to any charity of your choice would be sincerely appreciated by George’s family and can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes – Burial and Cremation Services Inc., Tillsonburg (519-842-4238), entrusted with all funeral arrangements, with confidence.


Passed away, peacefully after a courageous struggle with illness, at the V.O.N. Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock, on August 1st, 2020, Ruth Evelyn Livingston, a long-time resident of the Tillsonburg area, at the age of 70. Raised in a farming community, she did not hesitate to try new things, which led her to branch off into retail and real estate. Ruth was always full of positivity; she had a real zest for life and loved to travel, she made friends wherever she went. Anyone that knew Ruth could describe her as a gifted storyteller who gave freely of herself and her knowledge to anyone who asked for or was willing to listen. This knowledge also came in handy when frequenting yard sales; she always loved a good bargain. She will be greatly missed. Ruth leaves behind two sons: Geoffrey and Gerry-John Livingston. Lovingly remembered by her sister Bridget Sullivan and by her nieces Jill Farmer and Joanne Beckett, all of Nova Scotia.

Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support and caring by sending flowers, posting photos, tributes, favourite memories, and hugs from home on Ruth’s tribute page at the In keeping with Ruth’s expressed wishes, a Funeral Liturgy Service will take place on Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 a.m. in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes – Burial and Cremation Services Inc. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg by Deacon Andre DeDecker, of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Tillsonburg. Public visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 5th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (service time). Burial follows in the Tillsonburg Cemetery next to her late mother Elza and stepfather ‘Stanley’ Skuda. Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, attendance will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that RSVP prior to Wednesday. To RSVP, please visit Ruth’s tribute page at or call (519-842-4238) between 9am and 4pm. Each person attending must be listed as a guest. Guests must wear face masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are asked not to attend if they are ill, if they have been around someone else who is ill or have travelled. Memorial donations to the “Purrfect Companions of Norfolk,” or to the “Canadian Cancer Society,” would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Tillsonburg, entrusted with all funeral arrangements, with confidence.


Rosalie Cattell passed into the arms of her Saviour on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and will be remembered by her friends and cousins. Daughter of the late John and Jennie Cattell, formerly of Tillsonburg. Rosalie taught in London, Thames Valley Schools. She attended Gateway Church (Glad Tidings) for 50 years. Her kindness, laughter and strong force for good shall be missed greatly. It is with a thankful heart that she lived; always willing to listen, pray and give wisdom when needed. Those close to Rosalie are grateful for the wonderful medical and physical care given to her by the staff at University Hospital, 7th floor Neurology. Special thanks also to the staff at Marian Villa, 1st floor, for their excellent care and compassion. A memorial service will be conducted at GATEWAY CHURCH, 890 Sarnia Road, London on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastors Rick Boyes and Tim Schwindt officiating. Interment at New Road Cemetery, 164777 New Road, Norwich, ON. For information and online condolences please visit


Anne Jane McCune, 78, of Stratford, Ontario, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020, with her two adoring daughters, Erin Knights (Alan) and Marcie McCune, by her side after a short and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Anne was born in Montreal, Quebec to Anna (née Bienvenu) of Montreal and William Mainwaring of Darwen, Lancashire.  She married Wayne McCune on September 12, 1964 and became a grandmother to Charlie MacIsaac in 2004, in Stratford. She is also survived by her older sister, Claire O’Quinn, niece Dale O’Quinn and nephew John O’Quinn. She was predeceased by brother-in-law, Wallace O’Quinn. 78 going on 60, Anne lived proudly and independently in her home in Stratford, two blocks over from Marcie and Charlie.  Anne was genuinely kind to all, yet underneath her sweet and soft demeanour were untold amounts of strength and resilience. Impeccable etiquette and the ability to be perfectly turned out for any occasion were her personal code.  She was an avid gardener, homemaker, quilter, reader, cook, baker, sports fan, cheerleader, personal taxi driver and sun-worshipper. Anne spent hours volunteering between helping children learn to read, delivering books for the library, and escorting patients at Stratford General Hospital. Above all, family was Anne’s top priority. Her girls and Charlie were her raison d’être. Growing up in Burlington, everyone’s presence at Sunday dinner was non-negotiable as Anne instilled the importance of maintaining family traditions and values. Anne will forever be remembered for her ever-present heartwarming smile and  “hands up in the air” expressions of delight at the very sight of you walking in the room. For those who knew her best you’ll appreciate this: when asked if she would prefer expressions of sympathy to be made through charitable donations in lieu of sending flowers, Anne, the most selfless, generous and thoughtful individual in the world said with little hesitation, “No, I want the flowers.”  Off-white hydrangeas and tulips to be precise! A time for family and friends to visit and share memories of Anne will be held at the Stratford Country Club, 53 Romeo Street, North, Stratford on Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 7-9 p.m.  A celebration of life followed by a reception will be held there on Friday, January 31, at 5 p.m.


Maria Kalmikov, in her 86th year, passed away on Monday, January 13th at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, ON.  Maria was born on July 7, 1934 in Waltersdorf, Romania.  Her parents were Peter & Maria Bachner.   She was loved by her two sisters Katie (George) Ungar, Rosie (John) Karst, and two brothers Peter Bachner and Mike Bachner.  Maria met and married her husband Anton (Tony) Kalmikov in Austria, and they moved to Canada in July of 1956 and resided on Caverly Rd., Aylmer, ON.  They had two sons; Harold (Lorrie) Kalmikov and Richard (Linda) Kalmikov.  Maria was an Oma who was devoted to her grandchildren Jennifer Kalmikov (Scott Stubbs) and Blair (Jaime) Kalmikov, as well as her two great grandchildren Marshall and Callum Stubbs.  Oma was shared with step-grandchildren Stephanie and Craig Antonissen.  Maria was pre-deceased by her parents, her  brother Peter Bachner, her husband Tony Kalmikov (1998), and her brother Mike Bachner.  Maria’s life will forever be cherished by her family.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 am. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, John St. W., Aylmer, ON Donations in memory of Maria can be made to Sunnyside Foundation, 247 Franklin St. N. Kitchener, ON N2A 1Y5 or visit to donate online.


Peacefully and with dignity, Jean Mountenay of Dorchester in her 92nd year. Wife of the late Raymond Mountenay (2010). Dear Mother of Sharon Gaudon (Wayne) of Wallacetown, Sheila Sparling of London, Joseph (Deb) of St. Thomas and Trese Biddiscombe (Geoff) of Sherwood Park, Alberta. Loving Grandmother of Todd, Lisa, Phillip, Rhonda, Laura (Mike), Geoff (Jen), Dan (Krista), Eryn and Adam (Courtney) and dear Great Grandmother to Ella, Chloe, Evan, Sophie, Graham, Abbie, Jayden, Sadie, Mavis, Quinn, Baby “M”, and Ember. Sister of Harry, Richard Broughton, Pearl Lynne, Treva Lonsbury and sister-in-law of Velma Clarke and Lenore Broughton. Predeceased by her brothers Bruce, John and Ross. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Jean was a self-described artistic quilter and enjoyed her time tending to her gardens. The Mountenay family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital – Continuing Care Unit C and the recreational therapy department for their outstanding care and kindness. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Bieman Funeral Home (3970 Hamilton Rd. Dorchester, Ontario) on Friday January 17th 2020 from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm with a memorial service at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, (4101 Catherine St. Dorchester, Ontario) at 11am on Saturday January 18th 2020. Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital – Continuing Care Unit C (189 Elm St, St Thomas, ON N5R 1J3). Online condolences may be made at