Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

Recent Obituaries:

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Donald Olsen
2014-08-30
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
2014-08-29
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
2014-08-23
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
2014-08-23
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.
Monica Bergatt
2014-08-19
After a courageous struggle Monica passed away at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on Tuesday August 19th at the age of 65. Cherished mother of Daniel. Adored daughter of Annemarie (the late Heinz) and dear sister of Manfred. Monica will be sadly missed by her nephew Jason. Monica was employed as a Customs Officer and most recently worked at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A celebration of Monica's life will take place in the Benner Funeral Chapel on Tuesday August 26th at 1 pm.
Mary Graham
2014-08-20
GRAHAM, Maria Louise - Mary (nee Faiazza) Passed away on Wednesday August 20th, 2014 at Gilmore Lodge at the age of 83. She is now reunited with her husband Don Graham (2008). Loving mother of Mary Lynn (Bruce) Meagher and Rich (Dora) Graham. Proud Grandma of Brandon, Evan, Dylan, Cassandra and Michael. Mary will be sadly missed by her sisters Vicki (Jack) Cox and Barb (the late Jim) Wilkie, and fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews and extended family. Family and friends will be received at BENNER FUNERAL SERVICES, 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie, on Friday August 22nd from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Saturday August 23rd from 10- 11 a.m. A funeral ceremony will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Ridgeway Memorial Cemetery. If so desired, donation made to Fort Erie Minor Hockey would be appreciated by her family
Nancy Steele
2014-08-18
(nee Cadwallader) Nancy passed away at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on Monday August 18th, 2014 at the age of 62 just 2 weeks after the death of her husband Samuel. Proud mother of Sean (Kelly) Steele of Ridgeway and Lisa (Dave Kracht) Steele of Minnesota. Dearly loved grandmother of Brody, McKenna and Ashlynn. Nancy devoted her life to her family and her faith as an active member of the Chippawa Presbyterian Church. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A private family service will be held. If so desired, donations to the Chippawa Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.
Herbert McGirr Sr
2014-08-13
Herb passed away at the St. Catharines General Hospital on Wednesday August 13th, 2014 at the age of 72. Loving husband of Yvonne. Proud father of Kimberly (Joe) Muro, Herb McGirr Jr. and William (Meme) McGirr. Cherished grandfather of Joey, Kara, Megan and Gavin. Also survived by his sister Patricia (Guy) Girgenti and his brother Ron (Joan) McGirr, his nieces and nephews and his many friends. Herb was a proud and active member of the Fort Erie Community. He served as the Chair of the EDTC, Community Living Fort Erie and many other local organizations. Professionally, he was employed by and constantly championed the Fort Erie Racetrack and all it brought to Fort Erie and served as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. A service to celebrate Herb's life will take place in the Benner Funeral Chapel on Monday August 18th at 11 am. If so desired, donations to the Kidney Foundation or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family.