Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Frank Vella
Vella : Francesco "Frank" Frank passed away at Millennium Trail Manor Niagara Falls on January 19th, 2018, 6 days before his 88th birthday. Beloved husband of Carmela. Proud father of Antonette (Normand) Vaillancourt and Frances (Pat) Mete. Cherished Nonno of Rachel, Marc, Justin, Thomas and Nicholas. Sadly missed by his sisters Pasqualina, Pietrina and Gerlanda. Frank was a longtime employee with the Niagara Parks Commission. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements The family will receive friends on Sunday January 21 from 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on Monday at 12:30. Entombment to follow in Fairview Mausoleum Niagara Falls.
Janet Cowell
Janet passed away suddenly on January 8th, 2018 at the age of 71. She resided at Maple Park Lodge in Fort Erie, Ontario while she rehabilitated from health issues. Janet was a loving wife to her late husband Colin Cowell, with whom she raised several golden retrievers - all of which were named Rufus. She held several positions over the course of her working life, including social worker and real estate agent. Janet had a kind heart and enjoyed a good laugh! She will be fondly remembered by all those that knew her, and will be greatly missed by her close friends Kelly Graves, Elise Butts and JoAnn Boehm. There will be no visitation or funeral service held. Donations to the Canada Lung Association are welcome.
Lois Bomberry
BOMBERRY, Lois "Barsie" - Lois Essie, 64 of Fort Erie, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018, with her family by her side. Lois is survived by her loving best friend, her daughter, Christina. The joys of her life, her grandsons, Riley and Nathan Zimak and her siblings, Arnold (Viven)Bomberry, Joan (Ambrose) Johnson, Roger (Rita) Bomberry, Donna (Ted) Davis, Debbie (Mike) Bomberry, Michael (Jay) Bomberry, Tina Bomberry, Harvey Bomberry and also survived by many nieces and nephews. Lois is predeceased by her parents Arnold and Hilda Bomberry, her brothers Richard, Timmy and Alan. Thank you to her caring nurses from Paramed, Elizabeth, Carol, Jackie,Kendra and Tanya. Dr. Oliverio, Dr. Scher and the Palliative Care staff at Douglas Memorial Hospital. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Lois's life will take place later in the spring.
Marilyn Athoe
ATHOE (nee Dick), Marilyn - passed away peacefully, with her friend Joy by her side, on Sunday, December 31, 2017 in her 83rd year. Marilyn was predeceased by her daughter Robin Lee and is the loving mother of Scott Athoe and grandmother of Tyler and Larissa. Dear sister of Donna Lee Kostecki and William Dick. She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and many friends. Benner Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Douglas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Merilyn did not want a funeral and we have to respect her wishes, however we all need closure and say our goodbyes so this is what we are doing. The girls with the grandmother faces will be having an event honouring her life with family and friends. It is open to everyone who knew Merilyn and would like to join us. Tuesday January 9th, at 2:00 to 4:00 At All Saints Anglican Church, 149 South Mill Street. Ridgeway behind the New School.
Cathy Desrosiers
Desrosiers: Catherine L. Cathy passed away at the Douglas Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side on January 4, 2018 at the age of 67. Loving wife of Brian. Proud mother of Jennifer (Benjamin) Gain and Matthew (Shannon). Her grandchildren Alex, Emerson, Brynlee and Brodee were the light of her life. Cherished daughter of Doris and the Late Vernon Emerson. Also survived by her sister Nancy and brother Edwin. Sadly missed by her brother in law Blaine and sisters in law Debbie and Brenda and her many wonderful friends who have been so supportive throughout Cathy's illness. A service to celebrate Cathy's life will take place in the spring, with a time and place to be announced. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements.
Nancy Richer
RICHER, Nancy Anne (nee Fidler)- Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at the age of 81. Predeceased by her husband, Elvin Richer. Devoted mother to Laurie (David) Buller, Elizabeth (Daniel) Derksen, John (Pearl) Robinson, Michael (Sonja) Robinson, and David (Erica) Robinson. Grandmother to 12 grandchildren and Great Grandmother to five. She will be deeply missed by Jack Totton and family. The family will receive visitors at Benner Funeral Services (1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie) on Saturday, January 6th, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. In memory of Nancy, memorial donations may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society. Special thanks to staff at Garrison Place and the Douglas Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit for the care and compassion shown in difficult times.
Gerlando Cirasolo
CIRASOLO, GERLANDO - Passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30th 2017 at the age of 93. Loving husband to Angelina Cirasolo. He is the cherished father of Josie & (Bob), Sam & (Darlene), Paul & (Kelly). Grandfather to Jake, Ty, Mya, and Dallin. He will be sadly missed by his brother Leo (Stella) Cirasolo, Sister Guiseppina & (Fred) Sicurella, Sister-in-laws Teresa Montana & Mariana Salemi (Italy) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Salvatore, mother Giuseppa, and sisters Angelina & Giovanna.The family will receive visitors at Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie on Tuesday, January 2nd from 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 3rd at 11 am. Interment to follow at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens in Fonthill. If so desired, donations to St Michael's Church will be appreciated by the family.
Carl McIntyre
R. Carl McIntyre - Carl passed away at the greater Niagara General Hospital on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Predeceased by his parents Douglas and Jennie McIntyre. Survived by his siblings Ronald, Leon, Evelyn Hart and Dorothy O'Brien. Predeceased by his siblings Jimmy, Connie Lever, Archie, Doug and Betty. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews and extended family. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Friends and family are invited to gather at Greenwood Cemetery on Thursday, December 21st at 2:30 p.m. If so desired, donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.