Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

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Sandy Riddell
Riddell: Sandra Ruth After a courageous battle with cancer, Sandy passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday August 29th, 2015 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital at the age of 60. Loving mother of Shannon (Jamie) Gale and Julie (Matt) Richardson. Cherished Grandma of Thomas, Travis and Annabelle. Sadly missed her beloved friend Greg Hesser, Kristen (Mike), Erin (Ntare) and their children. Loving sister of Debbie (Don) Desantis, Judy (Tim) Mayne, Susan Hannon and Donnie (Lynne) Riddell. The family extend their appreciation to Dr. Scher and the wonderful staff of the Palliative Care Team at Douglas Memorial Hospital for their compassionate and professional care. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7-9 pm and again on Wednesday from 11 am until the time of service in the Funeral Chapel at 12 o'clock. Cremation will follow. If so desired, donations to the Fort Erie S.P.C.A would be appreciated by the family.
Violet Barber
Barber : Violet Violet Barber passed away on August 27th, 2015 at the Douglas Memorial Hospital at the age of 87. Wife of the late Harry Barber. Loving mother of Tom (Debbie), John (Wendy) and Michael (Lori). She is the cherished grandmother of Tom and Pranita, Cheryl and Dino, Debbie and Phil, William and Angela, Tad and Val, Jo-Ann and Marc, Phillip and Sharon, Rosie and Paul and great grandmother of Bailee Eric, Ethan, Peyton, Maya, Deryk, Julia, Michael, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Lizzie, Mason, Bryce and Great Great grandchildren William, Annarose and Aislyn. Predeceased by her son Alan. Violet enjoyed her time with her late husband Harry (a WWII veteran) at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 71 where she was a member of the Auxiliary. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., entrusted with private funeral arrangements. If so desired, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund would be appreciated by the family.
Robert Ballantyne
(Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 527) At the age of 98 years, Bert passed peacefully at the Tony Stacey Centre on Wed Aug 26. Predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Bette (nee Fuller), by his sisters Mary and Lillian, his brother Les and sister-in-law, Glady, and by his partner for the last 24 years, Lori Macey. He will be Loved and Remembered by his children: Bob (Linda Bowes); Jack; Barbara (David Hamilton); and Kathy (John Fell). His wicked sense of humour will be greatly missed by his extended family: his brother-in-law Jack Fuller; Gary Collucci; Lauren Ballantyne; Doug Ramstead; and the entire Macey Family. His notorious stories will be cherished by his grandchildren: Lisa (Marco Decimelli); Nadine Hamilton (Scott Irwin); Matthew Hamilton; Mark Hamilton; and Dylan Ramstead. They will be lovingly retold to his great-grandchildren: Stefan, Alex and Katie Decimelli, and David Dacosta. Bert was the last surviving member of a 1930's Parachute Club that performed at the C.N.E. and at Air Shows around the country. The group's last performance was at the grand opening of the Toronto Island Airport in 1939. When the war began, he left employment as Chief Parachute Packer at the Irvin Air Chute Factory in Fort Erie and joined the Military; He was assigned to the parachute division of the Air Observation Training School in Malton. He was a Service Station Owner for Shell Canada for over 20 years, and during the 1950's he was a member of the Leaside Volunteer Fire Brigade. He retired from Esso Canada after 16 years as a Service Manager. The past 30 years, he enjoyed winters in Florida, trips to the casino, racing at Woodbine, and most of all, time spent with family and friends. WHAT IF'S WERE MANY; REGRETS WERE FEW. ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A GOOD LIFE, WELL LIVED. Service will be held at 11:30 AM, Sat Aug 29 at The Benner Funeral Home, in Fort Erie. Internment will follow at McAffee Cemetery. A Book of Condolence will be available through the Benner Funeral Home website. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Canadian Cancer Research.
Steven Dawe
Passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on August 24, 2015. Steven will be lovingly remembered by his brother Ron Dawe (wife Kerry Dawe), sister Ronda Maracle (fiance Rob Robertson), and by his step-sisters, Wanita Gillis and Darlene Zornada, his nieces and nephews, as well as by his son, Troy. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Road, Fort Erie, entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, August 27th at 6:00 pm until the time of the service in the chapel at 7:30 pm
Winifred Rankin
Winifred passed away on August 9, 2015 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 86. Predeceased by her loving husband John, her sisters, Violet (Joe) Taylor, Gladys Mennie and brothers William (Dot) Mennie and Terrence Mennie. Winifred is survived by her devoted daughter Beverely, by her brother Eric (Maria) Mennie and sister Marion (Lannie) MacDonald, as well as her many nieces and nephews. Win was a fun-loving, effervescent woman who loved to laugh. She was also a terrific dancer who left many in her dust, but was wonderfully matched by her husband. She loved a fine meal but was never much of a cook. Her one culinary highlight was her magnificent apple pie, something daughter Beverely has never mastered and will miss so much. She loved tennis (not playing of course, because she wasn't very athletic) but adored Roger Federer so much that Beverley is glad her father never lived to see the girlish crush she had. Well, to be honest, he would have just laughed since he'd been through it all before during the Tom Jones years. A long-time employee of Kodak Canada, Winifred lived in Toronto, Brampton and Fort Erie after emigrating from Scotland in 1954. Sincere appreciation is extended to Drs. Kamatovic and Scher for their fine care and to all the kind staff at Port Colborne Hospital. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Avenue, Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 14 at 1 pm with a memorial service to follow at 2 pm. If so desired, donations to CNIB would be appreciated.
Kathy Servos
SERVOS, Kathy - Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday August 6, 2015 at the age of 57. Beloved wife of Ken for 27 years. Dear step-mother of Ken Servos Jr., Tom Servos, Scott Servos (Chelsea) and Christopher Servos. Kathy will be fondly remembered by her Uncle George and Aunt Linda and their children. Sister-in-law of Jim Servos (Sandy) and Glen Servos (Elaine). Survived by nieces and nephews. Kathy was a member of W.A.R.M., Fort Erie. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday August 10th from 1-2 o'clock followed by a service in the chapel. Cremation will follow. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Gerlando Meli
Meli : Gerlando Jerry passed away August 6th, 2015 at the Crescent Park Lodge in Fort Erie with his family and his wife of 72 years Carmela at his side. Proud father of Carmela (John) Coco, Nina (the late Tony) Gualtieri, Sam (Anne) Meli and the late Giovanni Trupiano. Sadly missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cherished brother of Petrina Pascia, Josephine Lofaso and Mima Fiannaca. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by 1 sister and 2 brothers. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Friday August 7th from 10 am until the time of funeral services in the Chapel at 11 o'clock. Entombment to follow in Pleasantview Memorial Gardens
Filomena Botticella
Botticella: Filomena Filomena (nee Maulucci) born August 27th, 1922 in Accadia Italy passed away with her loving family by her side at the Gilmore Lodge in Fort Erie on Wednesday August 5th, 2015 at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Emmanuel. Proud mother of Vera (William) Graves, Gino (Bonnie) Botticella, Gilorma Botticella and Mary (Dennis) Brown. Cherished grandmother of Phyllis, William, Mike, Melissa, Andrew, Meaghan, Robbie and Gino. Great grandmother to Quinton, Jessica, William, Lance, Chase, Keegan, Knox, Allyssa, Austin, Bailey, Taylar, Alicia, Emily and 1 on the way. Great Great Grandmother of Deacon Also survived by her sisters Maria Giuliani and Lena DiFrancesco. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Thursday August 6th from 7-9 and Friday from 2-4 & 7-9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 am. Interment to follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.