Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Vincent Buklis
2016-12-08
With sadness I share that at 1:45 on December 7, 2016, Vincent Buklis decided to take a walk with the angels and his ancestors, and leave behind his valiant 5-month-long battle with cancer. In his final hours, he was accompanied and entertained by his wife, Pamela, and their four children. He fought fiercely to recover the strength to go snowshoeing and canoeing again, but we believe his new heavenly companions are showing him a short cut to that park. Vince was a long-time employee of Canada Immigration and was a proud member of the Thorold Reed Band. Vince is survived by his wife, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. His family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the neurology, oncology, ER ad ICU teams at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, who provided their expert, diligent and compassionate care throughout the last 5 months. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie has been entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday December 12th from 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 am at St. Micheal's Catholic Church,310 Central Ave, Fort Erie, If so desired, donations to the Juravinski Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family.
Rita Zampaloni
2016-12-08
Passed away peacefully in her sleep at Gilmore Lodge on December 8, 2016 at 78 years of age. Predeceased by her beloved husband Bob and daughter-in-law Rose. Rita is survived by her children Karen (Gary) Lightheart, Kevin Zampaloni, Craig (Julie) Zampaloni and Catharine Zampaloni. She will be sadly missed by her 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews and their children. Rita was a vibrant woman who loved gardening, bingo and country music, especially George Jones. She was known to go everywhere with her harmonica and with a little encouragement, would happily entertain her family and friends by playing the spoons. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive visitors on Friday, December 9th from 7-9 pm. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home chapel on Saturday, December 10th at 11 am, followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to Gilmore Lodge.
Johanna Visscher
2016-12-06
Visscher: Johanna Surrounded by her family Johanna passed away at the Gilmore Lodge on Tuesday December 6th, 2016 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late Berend. Loving mother to Margje Dewit and Marianne (Robert) Lawrence. Proud grandmother of Peter (Debbie), Phil (Lisa), Johanna (Jarrett), Marcey (Norm), Tracey and Adam. Cherished great grandmother of Rhiannon, Teah, Haley, Kyle and Rebecca. Also survived by her brother Hank and her large extended family. Predeceased by her son in law Pieter and her other siblings. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8. Funeral Services will be conducted in the Benner Funeral Chapel on Friday at 11 am. If so desired, donations to the Alzheimer's Society would be appreciated by the family.
Elizabeth O'Connor
2016-11-23
Elizabeth O'Connor Surrounded by her family Elizabeth passed away peacefully at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 at the age of 76. She will forever be in the hearts of her sisters Thelma Hickey and Lynda Stouffer as well as her many loving nieces, nephews and their families and wonderful friends. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Catherine Burns (nee Mackay). Brothers Bobby Burns jr. and Alistair Burns. Elizabeth was a retired teacher spending most of her career with the Toronto and Peel Boards of Education. She also enjoyed being a part time actress and was devoted to her family. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday November 28th from 11am until the time of services in the Chapel at 12 noon. Interment of her cremated remains and a reception will follow. If so desired, donations to the Cancer Society or the SPCA would be appreciated by the family.
Angelo Saieva
2016-11-20
Saieva : Angelo Passed away at the Niagara Falls General Hospital on November 20, 2016 at the age of 54. Loving brother of Frank (Anita), Salvatore (Kim), Nancy (Victor Tavcar) and Vince (Melissa) Saieva all of Fort Erie. Brother in law of Diane of Buffalo and Giuseppina of Fort Erie. Also survived by his, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Pasquale and Giuseppina and his brothers Gino, Giuseppe and Dominic. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-9 pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11 am from St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Margaret Edmunds
2016-11-19
EDMUNDS, Willa Margaret Dorothy (Burns) Edmunds (nee Gauley) passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Welland County General Hospital in her 88th year. Margaret was born in Louisa, Quebec on August 10th,1929, one of nine children of the late Thomas Gauley and Elsie Tomalty. She and her husband, Robert moved to Fort Erie in the early 1950's and raised three sons. Margaret was a long time member (66 years) of the Royal Canadian Legion, 60 of which were with Branch 71 in Fort Erie, holding several positions on the executive over the years and also a member of the Fort Erie Fraternal Order of Eagles. She returned to formal education late in life (in her 70's), taking a course in Palliative Care and working with patients in hospital and who needed home care. She was an energetic member of the community who was often found assisting elderly friends by driving them to doctors appointments or to attend outings. She still had her drivers license. Margaret is predeceased by her first husband, Robert W. Burns and second husband, Russell E. Edmunds. Also predeceased by siblings Arthur, Tolbert, Alan, Edgar, Evelyn and Lorna. She is survived by her twin Elizabeth and sister Elva. Also survived by her sons Robert (Dorothy) Burns of Burlington, Ontario, Barry (Maria) Burns of Welland and Dean (Grace) Burns of Edmonton, Alberta, grandchildren Melissa (David) Young, Sarah Burns, Ken Burns, Robin (Craig) Fairchild, Lisa (Joshua) Reaves, David (Amy) Burns and Nathan (Ashley) Burns as well as great grandchildren Alexandria & Joshua Taylor, Abigail & Mia Reaves, Evanny Fairchild and Lorelai Burns. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave, Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be conducted in the Benner Funeral Chapel on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, November 26, 2016. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will take place at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery at the Canadian Legion Veterans plot. If so desired, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71, Fort Erie, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Wilson Smirle
2016-11-21
Passed away on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at Douglas Memorial Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. Beloved husband of the late Barbara (nee McCadden), proud father of Faye Taylor and Karen (Paul) Tyno. Cherished grandfather of Brianna, Jenaye, Jake and Mandy. Sadly missed by his sisters Vera Booth, Fern York, Joan Reveler, and Muriel McRae and by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brother Eldon and sister Joyce Styles. As a proud car salesman for nearly 50 years, Wilson was a dedicated supporter of his local community, believing that good business was about maintaining the balance of giving and receiving. Not only was he a Rotarian and a Kinsman, he was also a long-serving elder at St. Andrew's-Knox Presbyterian Church. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave, Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Friends will be received on Thursday, November 24 from 6-9pm. A service to honour Wilson's life will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday at 11am with reception and interment to follow. REMINDER FOR OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY FROM THE USA....BRIDGE TRAFFIC FOR THANKSGIVING AND BLACK FRIDAY NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED For those who wish, memorial donations to COPE or Meals on Wheels would be appreciated by the family
Barbara Bond
2016-11-17
Barbara passed peacefully on November 17th, 2016 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie in her 74th year. Loving wife of John. Cherished mother of Karen (Stan), Jason (Samantha), and Aidan (Laura). Sadly missed by grandchildren Felicia, Riley, Liam, Noah and Maya. Also survived by her brother Derek (Elizabeth) in England, her nieces, nephews extended family and friends Predeceased by her daughter Katrina. Barb was an active member of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Fort Erie. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Friends will be received on Sunday November 20th, from 1-3 and 6-8 pm. A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church on Monday November 21st at 2pm. Burial to follow at Ridgeway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeway, Ontario. If so desired donations to the Douglas Memorial Hospital Auxiliary would be appreciated by the family.