Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Devina Putney
Passed away peacefully at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on September 11th, 2014 in her 80th year. Beloved wife of the late Gordon. Sadly missed by her children, Paul (Susan) and Kimberly Putney and their families. Cherished friend and companion of Patrick Ryan. Always in the heart of Tammy Brooks who she loved as a daughter. Fondly remembered by the other members of the "Thursday Night Social Committee". Davina was employed by Horton CBI but is better known as the hostess at the Prince of Wales dining room at the Fort Erie Racetrack. She and Gord owned and operated Sunset Golf Course for 39 years as well as Gilmore Storage and Putney Sales and Rentals. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service to celebrate Davina's life on Wednesday September 17th at 1 o'clock at Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
Butch Down
DOWN, Charles Ralph (Butch) Passed away on September 8th, 2014 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital at the age of 70. Survived by his sister Carlene (Jim) and his nephew Hugh. He will be sadly missed by his many friends. Predeceased by his parents Ralph and Norma. Butch was a great sports enthusiast and an excellent athlete. Arrangements entrusted to Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie. Cremation has taken place. A service to celebrate Butch's life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday September 12th at 1 o'clock followed by a luncheon. Butch will be interred at a later date in McAfee Cemetery with his parents. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Jumpstart or the charity of your choice.
Peter Phelan
PHELAN, Peter Austin - Passed away, succumbing to complications related to diabetes at Welland General Hospital Sept 6th, 2014 at the age of 78. Peter was an exceptional, loving, giving man. He was a devoted father who spent his winters taking his family skiing and summers were filled with camping, boating, waterskiing and windsurfing. Peter began his career as a Roman Catholic priest, then left the priesthood and became a Guidance Counselor at Sutton High School and then at Twin Lakes Secondary School in Orillia. Peter was one of the pioneers of Co-operative Education in Simcoe County and all of Ontario. Peter was the President of the Ontario Co-operative Education Association for several years. Peter was then responsible for starting adult education for the Simcoe County Catholic School Board, and served as Director of the St. Joseph?s Adult Education Centres in Barrie, Gravenhurst and Bracebridge. Lastly, Peter was also one of the Coordinators of the Barrie Career Centre. Peter was deeply involved with the Orillia Duplicate Bridge Club and was a Duplicate Bridge Silver Life Master. Peter is survived by his three children Kerrie and husband Frank Muschalla of Oakville and their daughter Taya; Margo and husband Tony Cocea of Los Angeles and their three daughters Emily, Cameron and Claire; and Brian Phelan and his wife Maureen Oxley of London and their children Kate, Rebecca and Michael; his brothers Tom (Carol) and Chris (Sherry) and their families. He is pre-deceased by his beloved wife Regina, married for 36 years. He will be deeply missed by his life-long friends Bernard and Diana Varcoe and other wonderful friends, including cousin Barb Heal and also Peter?s dear companion and friend Joan Hunter. A Memorial Service will be held at Guardian Angels Church, 115 West St. North, Orillia on Saturday Sept. 27th at 2:00 pm and a Celebration of Life will take place at 335 Victoria Crescent at 4:00 pm. In memory of Peter those who wish may donate to Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia or Welland General Hospital.
Mary Kline
Kline: Mary (nee Curletta) Mary passed away peacefully at the Exeter Villa in Exeter, Ontario on Saturday September 6th, 2014 in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Walter. Loving mother of Garry (Beverley) of Exeter, Ont.. Cherished grandmother of Ben (Michelle) Kline of Edmonton Alberta and Rio de Janiero and Billy of London, Ont. . Sadly missed by her sisters in law Anne Kline and Jean Tkachuk. Predeceased by her brother in law Larry. Mary was a volunteer extraordinaire to numerous charities and causes throughout Fort Erie. Her spirit was that of giving and making people happy. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 -9 and on Wednesday morning from 10:30 until the time of departure for Funeral Mass at 12 o'clock at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Donald Olsen
OLSEN, Donald Ernest (Don) - Passed away peacefully on August 30, 2014 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital, Fort Erie, ON, in his 80th year. Deeply missed by his beloved wife Lynn Olsen (nee Clayton). Dear father of Robert "Bob" (Donna) and John (Cindy). Cherished grandfather of Nicci (Neal). Born on October 18, 1934 in Englehart, ON. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie, entrusted with arrangements. A celebration of Don's life will be held in the Benner Funeral Chapel, on Saturday September 6th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Douglas Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care.
Alfred Spear
Born on October 11th, 1916 in Fort Erie Alfred passed away peacefully at Gilmore Lodge on Friday August 29th, 2014 in his 98 year. Loving husband of Elma Spear (nee Cudney). Cherished father of Wayne (Judi) Spear and Kenneth (Elizabeth) Spear. Cherished grandfather of Wayne, Kristin, Michael, Craig and Kendra. Great grandfather of Tristan, Justin, Jude, Kathryn, Alexander and Evan. Predeceased by brothers and sisters Oswald Spear, Viola Benner, Roy Spear and Audrey Hooper. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A celebration of Alfred's life will be held at the Benner Funeral Chapel on Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 at 11am. Interment to follow at McAffee Cemetery. In memory of Alf donations to St. Andrew`s - Knox Presbyterian Church or charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family
Mary Andrews
MARY ANDREWS (Prystai), peacefully at Crescent Park Lodge in Fort Erie, with her husband Duffy at her side, on August 23, 2014. Mary had a deep faith, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, with a great sense of style for a prairie girl from Saskatchewan. Always the feisty woman she was, Mary is survived by husband of almost 66 years Duffy Andrews, still residing in Fort Erie. Mary was the 3rd of eight children born to immigrant Ukrainian naturalized Canadian parents, Harold and Annie Prystai, formerly of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Survived by daughter Candice (Brett) Smaill of Burnaby, B.C., and son Christopher (Marybeth) Andrews of Lowbanks, Ontario. Also survived by grandchildren Joseph (Sophia) Smaill of Surrey, B.C., Geneva (Alex) Smaill of Vancouver, B.C., Michael (Autumn) Smaill of Burnaby, B.C., Hayden (Ivy) Andrews of Toronto, Ontario. Mary was also great grandmother to Zoe Alethea Smaill and Penelope Mary Smaill, both of Surrey, B.C. Mary will be missed by sister Dolly Fredo of Burlington, Ontario and also by brother Harry Prystai of Calgary, Alberta. Predeceased by brother George Prystai of Vernon, B.C., brother Peter Prystai of Edmonton, AB, brother Bill Prystai of Regina, SK, brother Metro Prystai of Yorkton, SK. Mary also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Yorkton, SK on September 4, 1921, Mary was only 12 days from her 93rd birthday before being called to Heaven. Family will receive friends and relatives at Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie, Ontario on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 2 p.m. to4 p.m. and also 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vigil prayers will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 310 Central Ave., Fort Erie, Ontario with private interment to follow. If so desired, donations made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada would be appreciated by her family.
Mark Ballard
BALLARD, Mark Kevin: Passed away on Saturday August 23rd, 2014 at the age of 58. An amazing man, father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend. A proud member of C.O.P.A. So full of life, and love and laughter. He will be sadly missed by his soulmate Monica Bereti, daughter Sheena (Kyra) Petrie, sister Anne (Russ) Sansone, brother Steve Ballard, and his many nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by parents Jim and Joan Ballard, brother Peter, sister Susan, and brother Rick. His life's journey brought him back to the waterways he loved. Family and friends will be received at Benner Funeral Services, Fort Erie, Ontario, on Wednesday August 27th from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A celebration of Mark's life will be held on Thursday in the chapel at 11 a.m., with burial to follow at McAffee Cemetery.