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NAGEL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-02-02 published
NAGEL, Ruth
Passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2008. Beloved wife of the late Aaron. Loving and devoted mother and mother-in-law of Sandra and Gordon HAYWARD. Cherished grandmother of Miranda and the late Benjamin HAYWARD. She will be sadly missed by her nieces, nephews, family and Friends. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 1: 00 p.m. at Steeles Memorial Chapel, 350 Steeles Ave. West, Thornhill. Interment to follow at Mount Sinai Cemetery, Sunnyside section. Memorial donations may be made to the Charity of your choice.

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NAGENZAUM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-28 published
Maggy REEVES, 85: Couturier
Austrian-born designer clothed Canada's rich and famous
By Iris NOWELL, Special to The Globe and Mail, Page S12
Toronto -- As a child, fashion designer Maggy REEVES became acquainted with immense wealth and one of its conspicuous spinoffs - beautifully dressed women. It changed her life so that years later she would attain the pinnacle of fashion excellence in Canada.
Born into uncertain times in Austria in 1924, she was christened Margarethe WEISZ. As a nine-year-old growing up in Austria she sensed only faint stirrings of the unrest around her. In 1937, she gained an abrupt understanding when her Jewish father, Robert WEISZ, fled the Nazis and escaped abroad, leaving behind his Catholic wife and daughters Margarethe and Trude.
During the Second World War, the threesome moved to the countryside where they were spared the worst of the conflict. In 1947, Margarethe married Willibald NAGENZAUM, a bookkeeper she had known from her school days. The marriage lasted only two years and she, with son Frederick, left Vienna to join her father in the Dominican Republic. There, she discovered he had bigamously married a niece of Rafael TRUJILLO, the country's infamous dictator. Margarethe and her son moved in with her father and his wife and, in doing so, rubbed shoulders with the elite of society. The women, she discovered, were stunningly dressed.
"I was so jealous," she said years later. "I showed off by making the wildest clothes." This achieved the desired effect: "People looked at me."
By 1949, however, she had grown unhappy living with her father's new wife and ran off and married James COURTNEY, a well-to-do Texan. This proved to be a mistake. After two tumultuous years in Dallas, they divorced and she moved to New York where she became an apprentice pattern maker.
In 1953, she moved to Montreal where she broadened her experience as a junior designer. Two years later, she settled in Toronto. There she got a foothold in couture by custom designing high-fashion clothes. By then known as Maggy, she set up a business in her home on Bayview Avenue in Toronto's Moore Park neighbourhood and hired three women as seamstresses. In her window she hung a sign: "L'elegance - Paris, Toronto, Haute Couture."
"Maggy organized little fashion shows in the living room," said her friend Edith BILEK, a fellow Austrian who served clients tea and sandwiches. "That's how Maggy began."
The business developed quickly but lacked capital to expand. A client named Reva JOSEPH, whose husband was a prosperous car dealer, offered the necessary backing. The new business was named Maggy Reeves, which is derived from their first names - Maggy and Reva. In 1957, the Maggy Reeves salon opened on Cumberland Street in Toronto. Over time, Maggy adopted it as her own name.
The business flourished and in 1962 she married Otto SOMLAI, a Hungarian who had fled the 1956 revolution. At first, he worked in a furniture factory but later quit to work alongside his wife.
By that time her salon enjoyed a staff of European-trained women who painstakingly produced the handwork that was the Maggy Reeves imprimatur -- beading, quilting, hand painting and embroidery. Working with fine silk chiffon, for example, a design might comprise six or eight hem lengths, each hand-rolled and stitched so fine the stitches were scarcely visible. Such filmy chiffon and tiny stitches allowed a dress to "float" as the wearer walked. It was a distinct mark of couture.
Ms. REEVES's workers spent hundreds of hours on handwork she could never afford to charge. Prices of her ball gowns averaged $2,000 to $3,000, which in Paris or New York would be 10 times higher. Her costliest design was $10,000.
Interestingly, the customer was not always right. If Ms. REEVES felt an outfit would not be flattering, she refused to make it and instead devised a glamorous alternative. She steered women away from tight-fitting clothes they thought were sexy. "If you wear something too tight that shows your bumps," she once told a reporter, "you will look like a snake that has swallowed eggs."
In October of 1964, an afternoon tea and fashion show at the Park Plaza Hotel put her salon on the map. Organized by her friend and public-relations whiz, the late Catherine SMYTH, the event was intended to expose Toronto women to haute couture suits, coats and ball gowns that were the equal of Paris, Rome and New York.
"Everybody went ga-ga," recalls Anne CASEY, a client who modelled in the show. "People wanted to buy the clothes right off your back."
Clientele grew quickly and Ms. REEVES often had difficulty obtaining high-quality fabrics in Canada. Twice a year, she travelled to textile mills in France, Italy and Austria in search of the best materials. Frequently, she went to New York for the luxurious ribbons, piping, vintage beads and Swarovski crystal buttons that gave her designs their characteristic touch.
In 1977, a star-studded charity fashion show in Los Angeles earned recognition in the U.S. The show, in support of the Loretta Young Auxiliary of Saint Anne's Maternity Hospital and Home for Unwed Mothers, was organized by Toronto broadcast journalist Edie FRANKEL. The clothes were modelled by the wives of actors and the event attracted celebrities and young starlets.
However, it also produced a big problem.
"Maggy took one look at the models and said, 'I told you, no breasts!' Ms. FRANKEL recalled. All along, Ms. REEVES had been concerned that naturally busty women and breast-implanted women would not fit her fashions. Fortunately, she had brought along a sewing machine, and her assistant Franca RANIERE immediately made alterations.
Ms. REEVES continued as a leader in Canadian haut couture for some years after that but demand diminished in the 1990s as fashion changed to ultra casual wear. Nonetheless, with one part-time worker she continued to make couture in her Toronto apartment for a few loyal clients.
Maggy REEVES was born Margarethe Katharina WEISZ in Vienna, Austria, on October 11, 1924. She died April 9, 2008, in Toronto of heart failure. She was 85. She is survived by her sister, Trude, and her son Fred Courtney. She was predeceased by her husband, Otto, in 1991.

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NAGL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-08 published
OLLESCH, Theresia (BREIMEIER)
At London Health Sciences Centre, Victoria Hospital on Friday June 6, 2008 Mrs. Theresia (BREIMEIER) OLLESCH of London in her 87th year. Beloved wife of Georg OLLESCH. Dear mother of Renate NAGL and her husband Ernst of Germany, Dagmar WENDT and her husband Ruben VEGA of London and Ingrid DEAN and her husband Lamar of Georgia. Loved grandmother of Markus, Juergen, Patrick, Melanie, Jim and Steaphanie and great-grandmother of 5 great-grandchildren. Dear sister of Simon and Albert BREIMEIER both of Germany. Predeceased by her sister Maria KISTENFEGER. Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received by the family at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, 1 hour prior (10-11 a.m.) where a memorial service will be conducted in the chapel at 11 a.m. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Easter Seal Society, 974 Dearness Drive, London, Ontario N6E 2R8 would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.amgfh.com

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NAGLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-23 published
WALDEN, Rita Marie
Passed away peacefully on Monday, April 21, 2008 at Mt. Hope Long Term Care Centre in London in her 94th year. Mother of Wayne and Meg WALDEN of Ingersoll; Sharron and Ron YOUNG of London Gayle and Bill NAGLE of Grand Bend; Brian WALDEN of London; and Catherine and Willie YEATS of London. Grandmother and Great-grandmother of John and Momoyo WALDEN of Toronto; Shawn and Julie and Amber and Devon YOUNG of London; Keri and Doctor Jon and Mallory PRYCHITKO of Fredericton, New Brunswick; David and Melissa and Jake and Julia NAGLE of Cambridge; Brad and Diana and Emma Mae NAGLE of London; Candace and Eric MISKELLY of Port Elgin; Michelle and Logan WALDEN of London; and Shayne and Dana YEATS of London. Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews of the Ted NEUMANN and J.C. WALDEN Families. Family and Friends will be received at John T. Donohue Funeral Home, 362 Waterloo Street at King Street, in London on Friday, April 25 from 3-5 and 7-9 o'clock. Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Michael's Church, 515 Cheapside Street, London on Saturday morning, April 26 at 11 o'clock. Interment in Saint Peter's Cemetery, London. Prayers Friday evening at 8 o'clock. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.

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NAGLE o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-30 published
NAGLE, Basil
In loving memory of our dear dad and grandpa, Basil, who passed away 15 years ago April 30, 1993. Never more than a thought away, Quietly remembered everyday. Sadly missed and remembered always Joan, Barry, Jennifer and Jeff.

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NAGORA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-12 published
TURVEY, Ross
At Braemar Retirement Centre, on Monday, March 10, 2008, Mr. Ross TURVEY of Wingham, formerly of Morris Township, age 88 years. Beloved husband of the late Mary Helen (KERR) who predeceased him in 2000. Dear father of Linda and Gary SPEARMAN of London, Sandra and Steve NAGORA of Kitchener and John TURVEY and his wife Linda SMITH of Petrolia. Loving grandfather of Heather and Mack KING of Ottawa. Ross passed away awaiting the birth of his first great-grandchild. Brother of Helen GOWING of Blyth. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Robert and Mary Ellen (WOODROW) TURVEY, four sisters and two brothers. Visitation at McBurney Funeral Home, Wingham, Ontario on Thursday, 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home chapel on Friday at 1: 30 p.m. Interment in Brussels Cemetery, Morris Township. Memorial donations to Cancer Society, Alzheimer Society or Bluevale United Church would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. Online condolences at www.mcburneyfuneralhome.com

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NAGY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-05 published
NOGES, Marilyn Grace (née CLARKE)
(September 23, 1950 to January 1, 2008)
Marilyn passed away peacefully at home on January 1, 2008 after a long battle with lymphoma cancer. Her fight was a testament to the amazing strength and dignity she exhibited all her life.
Beloved, loving wife and best friend to her husband Val for the past 28 years. Much loved mother to daughters Laura (Dan RODRIGUEZ) and Kristen. Daughter of Eric and Barbara CLARKE. Sister to Jeanette CLARKE (Ron ROBILLARD) and Pauline BROWN (James). Daughter-in-law to Melita NOGES. Sister-in-law to Ann NOGES. Aunt to Robert, Bradley, Brian, Nicola, and Claudia. Cherished friend to many.
Marilyn had unshakable determination and strength. She will always be remembered for her endless energy, compassion, kindness, warmth, and her natural ability to relate to everyone she met. She loved time spent with family and Friends, at the cottage sitting on the dock with a Chardonnay, and the outdoors.
Marilyn was born in Carbonear, Newfoundland, and moved to Ontario in her early twenties. She spent the last five years enjoying her work in the health and education fields, most recently managing the financial affairs of both Ozmosis Research and the Ontario Medical Oncology Association. Marilyn cherished the special relationship she developed with Doctor Amit Oza, Pam Degendorfer, and all of her close colleagues. Previously, Marilyn spent close to twenty years in the Finance Group with Maclean Hunter Limited and Rogers Communications Inc., working in both companies' cable television and publishing divisions, with a culminating position as Vice-President, Finance of Rogers Publishing. Marilyn holds a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University and Bachelors of Education and Science from Memorial University.
Special thanks to Doctor Michael CRUMP, Tracy NAGY and all the other extremely dedicated and caring professionals at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Toronto General Hospital.
Marilyn is resting at the Murray Newbigging Funeral Home, 733 Mt. Pleasant Road, Toronto. Family and Friends may visit on Friday, January 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. A ceremony in celebration of Marilyn's life will be held in the chapel at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 5th, followed by a light meal and reception at the Miller Tavern Restaurant, 3885 Yonge Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation in care of Doctor Michael CRUMP for Lymphoma Research.

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