REIMER, Walter Henry - Passed away peacefully on Friday April 20, 2018 spending his final days with his family at his side.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Irma, children Greg (Bev), Brenda, Glen and (Sandra). Grandchildren Samantha, Brooke, (fiancé Owen Barkway), Troy, Olivia and Keira.

Predeceased by his parents Gerhard and Susanna Reimer, sister Elfrieda Reimer and brother Ernie, sister in law Mary Reimer and brother in law Ben Jansen.

Doan HelenDOAN, Helen Marguerite - Passed away peacefully at the Welland Hospital on April 20, 2018 in her 87th year.

Beloved wife of the late Donald Doan (2007). Loving mother of Linda Vincent (Cecil) and Bret Doan.

And cherished grandmother of Joy MaGarrey (Christopher) and Bethanie Clarke (Mike). Adored great grandmother of James MaGarrey, and Ella and Smith Clarke.

Rakich MillyRAKICH, Mildred 'Milly' - Passed away peacefully at Crescent Park Lodge, surrounded by her loving family on Friday April 20, 2018, at the age of 77, Milly was received into the presence of her loving Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Beloved wife of 55 years to Milan 'Mike' Rakich. Dearly loved mother of John (Carrie) Rakich and Victoria Mackisey. Cherished grandmother of Jonathan, Kalista, Anneliese, Nathaniel and Anissa.

Lovingly remembered by her brother John Rubic.

ERB, Ruth Marie (nee MacKinnon) - (1931 - 2018) -

Passed away on April 20, 2018.

Loffelmann GuntherLOFFELMANN, Gunther Otto - (February 15, 1943 – April 20, 2018) - Passed away peacefully at the Welland hospital with his wife by his side.

Predeceased by wonderful parents Alfred and Emilie (nee Walig), we know Gunther is in good hands. An amazing husband of 49 years he will be missed by his wife Heather (nee McNiven). Thoughtful, kind and ever present father to Erika (Sarah).

Dear brother of John (Anita) and loving Uncle to Carol (Bob) and Eric.

BERESFORD, Brian - In his 79th year, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at the Niagara Falls General Hospital.

Brian was predeceased by his father Clifford, mother Marjorie and wife Margaret (46 years). Brian leaves behind his step-son Jeffrey Hamilton.

Ballantyne MurielleBALLANTYNE, Murielle - Passed away after a short battle at the Extended Care Unit of the Welland Hospital a day after her 77th birthday on Friday, April 20, 2018.

She is reunited with her late husband Clarence (2008).

Loving mother of Donald (Linda) Ballantyne and Mark (Amanda) Ballantyne and cherished grandmother of Codi, Conner and Coby. Dear sister of Gerry (Eleanore) Amyotte and aunt of Cheryl, Gerry and Alan.

Bedard PeterBEDARD, Peter - Passed away after a hard fought battle with a recent illness at the St. Catharines General Hospital on April 19, 2018 at the age of 75 years.

Predeceased by his parents Dr. John "Ted" and Rita along with his sister Suzanne.

Loving husband to Diane (nee Kisel) for almost 50 years. Beloved father to Gregory and his wife Maria. Cherished grandpa and best buddy to William.

Devoted brother to Tim and his wife Judy and John and his wife Karen. Survived by his brother-in-law John and his wife Maureen.

HERSTER, Doris Lilian (née McMillan) (Klajnscek) Died peacefully on April 19th, 2018, in her 97th year at United Mennonite Home in Vineland.

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, raised in Toronto and lived in Thorold and St. Catharines since the 1940s. Predeceased by husbands Vladimir Klajnscek (1965) and Tony Herster (2007).

Beloved mother of Les (Silver) Klajnscek and Rich (Elsje Zwart) Klajnscek, grandmother of Kayleigh Kennedy (Kevin), Evan, Aidan, Oliver and Yulia. Grams to the Janecek, Hielema and Zwart families.

Frank GeriFRANK, Geraldine 'Geri' - Passed away peacefully at the St. Catharines General Hospital with her loving family by her side on Thursday April 19, 2018 at the age of 71.

Dearly loved sister of Vicki. Cherished aunt of Rae Ann, Deb, and Tim (Anne). Loving Great-aunt of Caleb and Sarah.

Cousineau JulietteCOUSINEAU, Juliette (nee Labelle) - It is with great sadness the family of Juliette Cousineau announce her passing on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Northland Pointe in her 93rd year.

Juliette is lovingly missed by her daughters Theresa Punyi (Ernest), Claudette Badawey (Wayne) and Pauline Cousineau. Dear sister of Mary Winfield (Harvey) and Florette Webber (late Wayne).

Predeceased by her parents Honoré and Ruby-Ann Labelle, her husband Phillias Cousineau - 2000, her daughter Nicole Buccilli - 2005 (Carmen), her brothers Ernest and Laurier Labelle and her sisters Jaqueline Henley, Della Labrosse and Laurette Labelle.

Smith VictorSMITH, Victor Wilfred - Of Port Colborne, passed away peacefully with his loving daughter Donna and his best buddy Jackson by his side on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Beloved husband of the late Ada.

Loving father of the late Daniel and the late Eleanor.

Ealaschuk FredEALASCHUK, Fred - Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, at the Welland County General Hospital on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the age of 99 years.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (nee Rubocki) (2013).

Fred is survived by his children Harold (Lorraine) and Fred, all of Port Colborne, Dolores (Jesse) of Wichita Falls, Texas and Judy Chapelle (Darren) of St. Catharines.

MANTINI, James Albert - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of James Albert Mantini on April 19, 2018 at the St. Catharines Hospital in his 97th year.

James worked at Thompson Products for 24 years before retiring and enjoying the game of golf.

He leaves behind his wife Florence (nee Cecchi), children Jim (Kathy), David (Joanne), Linda (Barry), Bev (Rick), Justine, Anne and Terry.

Cybula YolaCYBULA, Yolanda Margaret (nee D’Amico) - Passed away on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at the Salvation Army Eventide Home in her 96th year.

Loving wife to the late Marian. Devoted mother to Thomas (Elaine).

Loving grandma to Krysta (Michael) Cournoyea, Kevin Paolozzi (Sara Henry) and Alexandra (Jesse Herbolic), and great-grandma to Nicholas and Benjamin Cournoyea.

CROWE, Barbara (Carmichael) - Peacefully on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at Chartwell Niagara, in her 77th year.

Beloved wife of John. Loving mother of Jennifer (Brent) Barker and Johnna (Jeff) Critelli. Dear grandmother of Julia and Brendan Barker.

Loved sister of Lillian Henderson (Wendell Harper), Ralph (Colleen) Carmichael, Cathy (Bob) Miller. Predeceased by brother-in-law Billy Griffiths.

Wareing KenWAREING, David John Kenneth 'Ken' - At West Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 19, 2018, David John Kenneth Wareing passed away at the age of 75.

Beloved partner of Sandi Sommerville for 26 years.  Loving father of John Wareing (Shane), Bill Wareing (Sheramie), Vicki Wareing (Kelly), David Wareing (Christine), Anne Desjardins (Donny), Charles Bertin (Sarah), and Sarah Love (Jacob).

Cherished grandfather of 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Dear brother of Barb Legere (the late Joe), Lorna Burke (Bob), and the late Leonard (Nem).

Predeceased by his first wife Connie (2000).

GROVES, Shirley Irene (Sauer) - Passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the age of 82.

Beloved wife of the late William Groves. Loving mother of Bill (Darlene) and Vicki (Timothy). Proud Grandma of Ashley (Daniel), Christopher, and Morgan (Tyler).

Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Irene Sauer.

Yagar MatijaYAGAR, Matija Ora (Balen) - Peacefully, on April 19, 2018 at Greater Niagara General Hospital in her 106th year, Matija joined the love of her life Joseph (1990).

Born in Sveti Roc, Croatia on September 6, 1912 to the late Milan & Ika Balen, Matija came to Canada in 1937 and began what was to become a long and prosperous life.

Matija was predeceased by her brother John, and her sisters Kata, Manda, Marija, Anka, and Ivka.  Beloved mother of Joseph (Bonnie) Yagar, Sam (Caroline) Yagar, Mary Petura, and Milan (Jennifer) Yagar.

Blais GerryBLAIS, Gerard ‘Gerry’ - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Gerry, with his loving family and friends at his side on Thursday, April 19, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

Beloved husband and best friend to Petrea (nee McKay) for 42 years. Cherished father to Jennifer Blais (Mike Sinclair). Proud Poppy to his pride and joy David.

Fluit FannyFLUIT, Fanny (nee Hessels) - On Thursday April 19, 2018 the LORD in His loving kindness called home His child, Fanny Fluit, in her 92nd year.

Beloved wife of the late Klaas Fluit (2014).

Dear mother of Alice and Lucas† Meyer, Hennie†, Pete and Katie Terpstra, Jane and Pete Broere, Clara and Jake Veldman, Hilda and Kor Reinink, Margaret and John Verburg, Ken and Lisa Fluit, Ivan and Karen Fluit.

Ripenburg StanleyRIPENBURG, Stanley Clifford – At the Niagara Falls Hospital on Thursday April 19, 2018, Stanley Clifford Ripenburg of Fort Erie, aged 77 years.

Beloved husband of Betty and dear father of Ruth (Cam) Moos, Lorna (Mark) Dixon, Lee (Lisa) Ripenburg and Martin (Jo-Anne) Ripenburg.

Loving grandfather of 9 grandchildren. Brother of Blanche McPherson, Gord Ripenburg and Alice (Wally) Reid.

PRENTICE, Gerald Alexander 'Gerry' – Late of the Township of Wainfleet died peacefully in his 72nd year at Port Colborne on Thursday, the 19th day of April, 2018 with loved ones at his side.

Gerry, who attended Saint Mary’s University at Halifax, was a pioneer and leader in the farming community in the marketing of soybeans and corn having served as a director of various farm organizations including the Ontario Soybean Growers’ Marketing Board, the Ontario Corn Producers’ Association and the Grain Farmers of Ontario. He also served as President of the Welland River Floodplain Association.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, his sons, Gerald Allister (Lea, dec’d) of Guelph and Jason Cameron (Crystal) of Wainfleet and granddaughter, Abigail. In addition, Gerry is survived by his companion, Linda Marie Skotniski, her sons, Christopher (Chelsea) and Michael (Susan) and grandchildren, Sierra and Sydney Skotniski.

Flaherty TimFLAHERTY, Timothy 'Tim' - Passed away peacefully at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the age of 81.

Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Hartley). Loving father of Debra Metcalfe (Ron) and Brian (Daisy); predeceased by their mother Eva. Step-father of Dena Smith (Dean) and Tricia Cosby (Bill).

Hildebrand ZacharyHILDEBRAND, Zachary Robb Dylan 'Zack' - (June 15, 1989 - April 18, 2018) -

Loved son of John and Sarah. Loving big brother to Brittany and Natasha.

Adored grandson of Murray and Barbara Hannan and John (2016) and Ann Hildebrand.

Cherished nephew of Robert Hannan, Ernie and Birgit Hildebrand, Mary Ann and Ian (1993) Craven and A.D. and Vernah Fleming.

RISELLI, Bernardo - Passed away peacefully at the Greater Niagara General Hospital on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at the age of 87.

Beloved husband of Elisabeth (nee Bauer) for 63 years.  Cherished father of Irene (John) Kotsch, Robert (Renee) Riselli and Ronald (Dawn) Riselli.  Loving grandfather of Mira, Ava and Ben.

Dear brother of Yolanda (Luigi) Politi, Ascenza Mollica, Antonietta (Achille) DeVellis and Nino (Connie) Riselli, Theresa Lisi and brother-in-law of Lena Riselli. He will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews.