Obituaries & Condolences

  • Janet Bremner

    BREMNER, Janet Jean (nee Brush)

    At St. Joseph’s Hospital (Parkwood), London, ON, Canada on 17, July, 2024, Janet Jean Bremner of Sarnia passed away peacefully with family by her side. Beloved wife of Norman Bremner, predeceased. Much loved and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother of: son John, his wife Lee Ann of Sugar Land, TX, and their children, Michael of Sugar Land, TX and Steven of Littleton, CO; son Paul, his wife Louise Daw of London, ON and their children, daughter Emily, husband Jeff and their daughters Piper and Scarlett of Toronto, ON, and son Geoffrey of London, ON; and son Bill and his wife Janis, of Singapore. Survived by beloved brother John Brush, his wife Ann, of Harrow, ON, and their family. Predeceased by her sister Margaret Stanberry, of Aurora, CO. Predeceased by her parents Charles and Odessa Brush of Harrow, ON. Janet is also predeceased by two later-in-life, loving partners William Dawson QC and David Dell, both of Sarnia, ON.

    Janet, a Bachelors graduate from the University of Western Ontario (1954) and sorority sister of Kappa Alpha Theta, devoted over twenty five years working professionally as a Registered Dietician in the healthcare foodservice sector in Ontario and Michigan where she was highly regarded by her many institutional clients. Following retirement, she also enjoyed an enriching career extension working for University Scholarships of Canada helping young families plan for their children’s educations. Janet was also an enthusiastic conservationist and faithfully served as a multi-term President and long-term Board Member of Lambton Wildlife Inc. over more than twenty years.

    Beyond professional life, Janet and Norm were keen, competitive curlers at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. They were also avid sailors and active members of the Sarnia Yacht Club. Janet’s career in foodservice extended lovingly into her kitchen at home as an accomplished chef and baker.

    Janet’s remains will be cremated and later interred at Blackwell Cemetery, Sarnia. No funeral service is to be held. In memory of Janet, donations to Lambton Wildlife Inc. are welcomed and can be made through this address: .  Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at


  • Ana Miriam Klassen


    Ana Miriam “Midi” “Tia Midi” “Mami”

    It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Ana Miriam on June 28th, 2024 surrounded by her family at the age of 85. She was a loving great-grandmother, grandmother, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and cousin. Ana Miriam (Mami) will be deeply missed by her children Iclea, Urania, Manlio, and Naho; her (Midi/Tia Midi) grand-children Fabian, Susan, Christian, Melissa, Elizabeth, Manlio Flavian, Irayda, Nelson Jr., Hurania, Jency Karina, Elvis and Olivia; her great-grandchildren Sophia, Josue, Jonathan, Isabella, Savannah and Xavi, and many extended family members.

    Tia Midi is joining her loving husband, Agustin de Jesus, her parents, Jose David and Leticia Angelica, her daughter Urania Maria and her sons Roger and Vladimir in the warm embrace of God.

    Tia Midi was born in El Salvador and spent a lot of time in both Mexico and the United States before settling in Canada for nearly 30 years. Tia Midi was always known for her larger than life personality, adventurous spirit, big heart and always being dressed to impress with large jewelry and matching outfits. She loved fiercely and never missed any birthday, graduation or celebration of her family. She adored having her hair dyed in reds, pinks or purples. She loved to celebrate holidays both with matching outfits and by cooking the most delicious meals for her loved ones, whether it be making delicious birthday cakes for her grandchildren, the turkey at Thanksgiving or the many traditional foods from Mexico and El Salvador that will be sorely missed by all. She delighted in music and loved to dance to Mexican rancheras, cumbia and everything in between. She could be found dancing anywhere and everywhere.

    She spent a large part of her life volunteering with local non-profit organizations that provided meals for the unhoused and those struggling in our community. She could make friends with anyone she encountered throughout her days, even where language might be a barrier. Tia Midi always remained very adventurous and could always be found telling her many stories to those she met.

    The family would like to thank the staff at Dearness Long-term-care Home that took the time to talk to, care for and get to know Ana.

    A private celebration of life will take place at a later date. In memory of Ana Miriam donations may be made to the Unity Project at: For other ways to give please call Silvia Langer via 519-433-8700 ext. 201 or via email at: Online condolences shared at


    Ana Miriam “Midi” “Tia Midi” “Mami”

    Es con gran tristeza que anunciamos el fallecimiento tranquilo de Ana Miriam, de 85 años, el 28 de junio del 2024., Mientras estava rodeada de su familia.  Fue una cariñosa bisabuela, abuela, esposa, madre, hija, hermana, amiga y prima.  Sus hijos Iclea, Urania, Manlio, and Naho la extrañaran profundamente.  Asi como sus nietos Fabian, Susan, Christian, Melissa, Elizabeth, Manlio Flavian, Irayda, Nelson Jr., Hurania, Jency Karina, Elvis y Olivia.  Y sus bisnietos Sophia, Josue, Jonathan, Isabella, Savannah y Xavi.  Tambien como otros familiares lejanos.

    Tia Midi se une a su amado esposo, Agustín de Jesús, a sus padres, José David y Leticia Angélica, a su hija Urania María y sus hijos Roger y Vladimir.

    Tia Midi nació en El Salvador y pasó mucho tiempo en México y Estados Unidos antes de establecerse en Canadá por casi 30 años.  Amaba intensamente y nunca se perdía ningún cumpleaños, graduación o celebración de su familia. Ella siempre fue conocida por su gran personalidad, espíritu gozoso y gran corazón.  Tambien por vestirse con colores brillantes y joyas que daban con su vestuario.  Le encantaba teñirse el pelo de color rojo, rosado o morado.  Tambien le gustaba celebrar las fiestas tanto con su vestuario coordinado, como cocinando las comidas más deliciosas para sus seres queridos, ya sea preparando deliciosos pasteles de cumpleaños para sus nietos, el pavo en el dia de Acción de Gracias o las muchas comidas tradicionales de México y El Salvador que todos extrañaremos profundamente.  Le encantaba la música y bailar rancheras mexicanas, cumbia y cualquier otro tipo de musica.  Se la podía encontrar bailando en cualquier lugar.

    Pasó gran parte de su vida como voluntaria en organizaciones locales sin fines de lucro, que regalaban comidas a los desamparados y probres.  Podía hacerse amiga de cualquier persona que encontrara a lo largo de sus días, incluso cuando el idioma pudiera ser una barrera.  Tia Midi siempre tuvo mucha audacia y se la podía encontrar contando historias a sus familiares y amigas.

    La familia desea agradecer al personal de Dearness Long-term-care Home que se tomó el tiempo para hablar, cuidar y conocer a Ana.

    Más adelante se hará una celebración de vida privada.  En memoria de Ana Miriam se podrán realizar donaciones al Unity Project:  Para otras formas de donar por favor llame a Silvia Langer tel. # 519-433-8700 ext. 201 o por email a:

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  • Aaron Braniff

    BRANIFF, Aaron…

    Peacefully with his family at his side, Aaron Braniff quietly took his last breath at St. Joseph’s Hospice, London, on Tuesday, June 26, 2024 at the age of 30.

    Beloved son of Deb and Rob Braniff. Cherished older brother of Katelyn Braniff. Dear grandson of Ruth Bray (Gardner). Loving nephew of Grace and Robert Welch and cousin to William and Isabel. Predeceased by his grandpa Rick Gardner.

    Aaron always had a smile to share with those he loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. On the darkest days, Aaron could light up a room with his laughter. Music made Aaron happy and he also loved to be surrounded by activity. Aaron’s gentle and kind spirit was evident in every situation and he had the ability to speak through his beautiful and expressive eyes. Our hearts are broken but we know that he is in the arms of Jesus in paradise. Praise be to God for the promise of tomorrow as our hope is not in this world, but in our final resting place with him. Aaron has left our world but he will never be forgotten and will be forever loved.

    A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

    We would like to thank the Woodstock hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospice of London for the exceptional care of Aaron during his stay. Our family would also like to extend our heartfelt thankfulness for the understanding and support we felt as we walked alongside of our son and brother these past few months. God bless.

    In Aaron’s memory, sympathy donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 485 Windermere Road, London, ON N5X 2T1 ( or the Mucolipidosis Type IV (ML4) Foundation, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 ( and would be greatly appreciated.

    Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Jeffery Carr

    CARR, Jeffery…

    On Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Parkwood Institute, London, Jeffery passed away peacefully in his 77th year. Beloved husband of Marion. Dear father of Randy and Yvonne. Loving brother of John and Jane. Jeffery was a devoted husband who enjoyed his time spent roller blading with Marion finding joy in their shared passion. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Jeffery may be made to the Verspeeten Family Cancer  Centre (London Regional Cancer Program) In keeping with Jeffery’s wishes cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at



  • Alexander “Sandy” Hoad

    HOAD, Alexander “Sandy”…

    Alexander “Sandy” Hoad passed away suddenly at home in London, Ontario, on June 19th, 2024 in his 71st year. Sandy will be missed by his wife Marsha. Loving stepfather to Stephanie (Piet) and Shawn (Tammy). Amazing poppa of Tre, Teghan, Calen, Piet, Joshua, Hannah and Jacob. Proud great-grandfather of baby Piet.

    Sandy was a proud and dedicated member of local 663 pipefitters union of Sarnia. Sandy was known for his generous nature and his dedication to volunteer work. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Sandy may be made to the Diabetes Canada. Online condolences shared at

  • Elizabeth “Libby” Beattie

    BEATTIE, Elizabeth “Libby”…

    Unexpectedly at home, Libby passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 in her 42nd year.

    Libby was the beloved and cherished mom of Mya, Ashlyn and Kingston Wolfe who were the light of her life. She will be incredibly missed by her mother Cathie, her siblings Sarah (Mike) and JD, her grandmother Dorothy Bailey, her aunt Anne Beattie-Stokes and other aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her father Jack Beattie and her grandfather Jack Bailey.

    Libby was a cherished individual loved by those who knew her. She had a special talent for cooking and was dedicated to her job at Western University, where her creativity and hardworking nature endeared her to her colleagues. Libby adored her children, always prioritizing time with them and creating unforgettable memories, particularly during their adventures on Georgian Bay. In recent years, she enjoyed traveling with Nick, visiting Ireland, Boston and parts of Canada, embracing new experiences with an open heart. Working at the Calgary Stampede was something Libby looked forward to doing yearly with friends. Libby was in daily contact with her close friends from childhood and treasured those sisterly relationships. Libby’s love of all genres of music that she played constantly and which often ended up in impromptu sing-a-longs at home, work or play. When all is said and done, her infectious spirit, sense of humour, fun and adventure, her love of life, and her caring nature will always be remembered.

    Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Libby’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2024 starting at 2 pm, with words of remembrance at 3 pm, at White Oaks United Church, 1901 Jalna Boulevard, London.

    For those wishing to support the family during this difficult time, financial contributions to a Go Fund Me for her three children has been set up and can be found here ( Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolence shared at

  • Audrey Woods

    WOODS, Audrey May…

    Audrey May Woods (85) passed peacefully on May 31st, 2024, surrounded by those who loved her in the home she and her husband, John, raised their children and grandchildren.

    Daughter of Harold and Marg Rank, Audrey was raised with values that led her throughout her life. Audrey always gave more then she asked for in return – on her own or with some help from her children by bringing food to those who had none, and offering counsel and advice to those in need of a good listener, and through her work with the Fraternal Order of Eagles, where she served for most of her life, to create spaces for those seeking community, and by inviting other like minded people to join her in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support charities whose missions were near and dear to her heart. She never wanted people to go without – she loved people, and they loved her.

    Audrey always wanted the best for her family, and she spent her life working to support them. She taught us how to cook, and how to mind our manners. She taught us what to say, and what not to say. She taught us how to be good parents and led by example on how to spoil your grandchildren. And she taught us that to love means to accept people for who they are, no matter where they are.

    Audrey is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, John. She is predeceased by her parents, Harold and Marg Rank, her sons Michael and Llyod, her grandchildren Jason, Tanya, and Wayne, and her brother Bill. She is survived by children Katherine, Sharon (Brad), John (Tasha), and Heather. She also leaves behind her brother, Harold, and her sister, Marg. Referred to as “Gramma” by some, and “Nana” by others, she is survived by grandchildren Jennifer (Pete), Allyson (Greg), Kyle, Kevin, Kristofer, Anthony, Sonya, Brianna, Olivia. She was also blessed to have been a great-grandmother to many and was especially close with Dylan, Ciara, DJ, Nicole, Brooklyn, and Ava. She was also a proud great-great grandmother.

    Celebration of Life to take place on June 26, 12:00pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie, 500 First Street, London, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Jean Guest

    GUEST, Jean

    On Friday May 17, 2024,  surrounded by Family, Jean Laura Guest; Beloved Mom, Grandma, Sister, Aunt and Friend passed peacefully at home ending her short battle with ALS.  Jean will be deeply missed by her children John (Jennie),Karey (Ryan) and Lori (Steve).  Loving grandmother to Justin, Karson, Jax, John, Julie and Kenny.  Dear sister of 4 brothers, Earl (Marg), Phil (Karen), Al (Connie) and Mike (Laura). Predeceased by her parents Brydon and Elizabeth Guest.

    Jean was an extraordinary person who absolutely loved connecting with people.  She genuinely cared and was invested in everyone’s story and always wanted to help ensure those around her always felt special.  She loved life, had a perfect sense of unique humour, and used it to create lifelong memories with those around her.  Even in her darkest moments this past year our days with her were filled with laughter beyond measure.  She always thought about everyone else first, even when she needed the most.

    Jean worked with Rembrandt Homes in London as her final landing zone as the Sales Representative.  Jean has had a very successful career in sales and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of helping clients create their forever homes.  She developed life long friendships with clients over the years that ended up becoming more like family.   We would like to take the opportunity to thank Tony Marsman and Michelle Kinney with Rembrandt Homes for going above and beyond in their care and commitment to our Mom during her battle with ALS.   With the help of this company Jean was able to feel like a part of the Rembrandt Family until her last days because of the extraordinary connection she built with this team of amazing people.

    Jean requested not to have a funeral or service but rather those who cared for her just get together and ‘have a cheers’!   We are having an open house for those who are able to drop in for a visit on Sunday June 9th anytime between 3pm-7pm at 919 Foxcreek Road, London ON.   Please note that this is not a duration event.  There will be food and beverages provided, indoor/outdoor and casual attire.  Come share a memory, hug and a cheers to the most incredible human, Jean Guest. Questions/comments can be directed to As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the ALS Society. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • William “Bill” Pargeter

    PARGETER, William “Bill”…

    William “Bill” Pargeter passed away on Saturday May 4, 2024 at University Hospital at the age of 60 after several months of health challenges. Bill was born February 24,1964 in London, Ontario. Beloved son of Marilyn Makarich (nee Penalagan) and the late George Pargeter. Stepson of Joyce Pargeter. Best friend and loved “bro” of Terry Pargeter. Much loved brother of Bonnie Lancaster (Dave), Dan Pargeter (Deb), Carl Pargeter, Al Pargeter (Laurie) and Tammy Rogozynski (Mike). Bill leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

    Bill was a long time employee of Sofina Foods. He had a good sense of humor, and he loved animals, music and the Montreal Canadiens. He is now reunited with his beloved dog Tasha.

    The family would like to thank Dr. S. Valiquet, staff at Victoria and University Hospitals and SE Health nurses for their excellent care.

    Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life and scattering of ashes will take place at a later date. In memory of Bill, donations may be made to the Humane Society London and Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, Ontario, N5V 3K5. Arrangements entrusted to Cremation London and Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  • Catherine Lang

    LANG, Catherine…

    Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, in her 68th year. Beloved mother of Nicole (Jason) and Jesse. Loving grandmother of Devin. Dear sister of Karen (Paul) Morrison, Gwen (Wayne) Kivell), Brian Crawford and the late Janet Crawford. Dear aunt of Michelle, Robbie, Allan, Angela, Andrew, and Connor. Predeceased by her parents Allan and Lois Crawford.
    Catherine leaves behind a legacy of kindness, artistry, and unwavering love for all those who were fortunate enough to know her.
    Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at


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