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VISSCHEDYK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-02 published
Independent spirit pursued all interests
By Nicole VISSCHEDYK, Special To Sun Media, Sun., March 2, 2008
Born in London in 1919, Frances FLETCHER personified the free spirit of feminism long before that word had entered most vocabularies.
During the Second World War, she moved alone to Ottawa to work as a censor for the federal government.
At 21, newly married, she screened outgoing letters from German prisoners of war in Canada to ensure state secrets weren't leaked to the enemy.
FLETCHER never stopped learning and instilled her love of education in all she met.
When her husband died 25 years ago, her independent nature served her well. She travelled extensively alone, often combining formal study.
"She studied Jane Austen in Britain and she studied on the reserves in South Africa," said her daughter, Frances-Jane FLETCHER of London.
"If she wanted to do something, she went and did it."
FLETCHER died February 15 at 89.
She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1940 with an honours degree in French and German.
"She came back for every reunion," said her daughter.
In 1953, FLETCHER turned to her daughter and said, "I'm tired of living someone else's life. I want to live my own."
That year, since public schools didn't yet offer early childhood education, she started a kindergarten class out of her basement.
Soon, she and her young family moved to Burlington for her husband's job. She led the languages department at Aldershot high school for more than two decades.
"She was the kind of person who encouraged others to follow their talents," said her granddaughter, Katherine FLETCHER of London.
Frances FLETCHER's sister, Elsinore DIGGORY of Kitchener, said Frances was a happy and popular child.
Her last home was in Grand Bend where she kept a busy schedule. Her optimistic and outgoing personality helped her to earn a certificate of merit for volunteer work with the chamber of commerce.
Her job as a tourism liaison officer brought her in contact with people worldwide. She relished meeting new Friends and learning about their lives, said her daughter.
FLETCHER is survived by her sister, three children and many grandchildren.

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VISSCHEDYK o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-13 published
Community nurse never quit caring
By Nicole VISSCHEDYK, Special To Sun Media, Sun., April 13, 2008
Cathy KOMINEK never stopped caring for others.
Even as the 50-year-old was dying of cancer, cared for by palliative-care nurses who had been co-workers just months before, she never complained, conscious of the stress of those around her.
"She accepted her destiny like a brave soldier," said her husband, Gerry KOMINEK of Woodstock. "Even when things were not going well, she was unbelievable."
KOMINEK worked as a community nurse for almost 20 years, with the last several years spent caring for dying patients.
Most of the time, KOMINEK worked alone. Her nursing care let people stay in their homes as their lives drew to a close.
"She had a strong desire to take care of people," Gerry said.
He recalled the many times Cathy would spend all day with patients and families, then spend an extra hour or two at night reviewing files and information.
"She would often be the advocate for the patient to the doctors," he said. "A lot of the time, she would be the only visitor people had all day."
After her death March 21, many families of patients for whom KOMINEK had cared paid their respects at her funeral.
"I didn't realize how much of an impact she had on people," Gerry said. "Family members wanted to talk about how wonderful a job she'd done 10 years ago."
She knew the loved ones of the person dying also were suffering.
"Cathy treated the whole family," Gerry said. "(Her) ability and skill was the standard, and everyone worked to it."
Deb HUTT, who worked with KOMINEK, says her friend's devotion never wavered.
"She was very dedicated to her family and Friends," HUTT said. "She didn't do anything halfway, she gave it her all."
HUTT remembers KOMINEK giving patients her home number and telling them to call her, night or day.
KOMINEK's professionalism was recognized by her peers. She was nominated this year for the prestigious Toronto Star Nightingale award.
KOMINEK is survived by her husband and her daughter, Alexandria.

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VISSER o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-02 published
SCHILLER, Fredric " Fred" Robert
Peacefully, at the London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital, with his family by his side, Mr. Fredric "Fred" Robert SCHILLER in his 77th year, on April 30, 2008. Loving husband of Henny POPPEL. Much loved father of Doctor Christopher SCHILLER (Anne LEDERMAN) and Connie VISSER (John VISSER.) Will be sadly missed by grandchildren Erika and Gabrielle SCHILLER and Diana and Sarah VISSER. Uncle of Ingrid FUCHENKO, Esther PEAKER, Sean and Laura. Will also be missed by relatives in Germany and Austria. Per Fred's wishes cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 1: 00 p.m. at the Memorial F.H., 1559 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.. A private family inurnment to follow. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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VISSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-13 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Margaret Anne (née HORNE)
After a brief, but valiant fight, Margie succumbed to the devastating effects of cancer on May 11, 2008 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
The family is deeply grateful to all the oncology, clinical research and palliative care teams for the compassionate and thoughtful care Margie received while at Sunnybrook.
Margie is survived by her beloved husband Peter, her sons David (Joanne DE VISSER) and Ian, and her cherished grandchildren Erin and Callum THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.
Born in Montreal, Margie was the elder daughter of the late Marjorie Frances HORNE (née SMITH) and the late David Ross HORNE, and leaves her sister Janet HAWKE (Earl) of Pointe Claire and her many nieces and nephews.
Margie's love of her family, her passion for sport and her commitment to her community, like her beloved Orford Lake, ran deep. An avid and accomplished athlete, Margie was always on-the-go whether it was over to the tennis or badminton courts in Leaside, on the ski hills of the Eastern Townships and Jay Peak, or in recent years, chasing a little white ball all over Ontario and Quebec. Slow was not in Margie's vocabulary, and her passion for action burns brightly in her children and grandchildren.
Margie was also a very active volunteer in her Leaside community. Recently at her bedside, she was honoured for her 35 years as a volunteer at the Bloorview Kids Rehab centre. She also canvassed extensively for worthy causes such as the Salvation Army and Canadian Cancer Society. Margie could be counted on to support her sons' and grandchildren's school functions, as well as various neighbourhood events. For many of these functions, Margie could always depend on her extended circle of Friends to lend a hand in these endeavours. Over the years, her Friends really became more like family.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, Margie's memory will be honoured through Tribute donations to the Bloorview Kids Foundation, 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 or www.bloorview.ca.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering for family and Friends will be held on May 20, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Leaside United Church, followed by reception at the Church.
"Afflictions sore with patience bore, physicians strove in vain,
'til death did seize and God did please to ease her of her pain"

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VISSER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-05-16 published
THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Margaret Anne (née HORNE)
After a brief, but valiant fight, Margie succumbed to the devastating effects of cancer on May 11, 2008 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
The family is deeply grateful to all the oncology, clinical research and palliative care teams for the compassionate and thoughtful care Margie received while at Sunnybrook.
Margie is survived by her beloved husband Peter, her sons David (Joanne DE VISSER) and Ian, and her cherished grandchildren Erin and Callum THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON.
Born in Montreal, Margie was the elder daughter of the late Marjorie Frances HORNE (née SMITH) and the late David Ross HORNE, and leaves her sister Janet HAWKE (Earl) of Pointe Claire and her many nieces and nephews.
Margie's love of her family, her passion for sport and her commitment to her community, like her beloved Orford Lake, ran deep. An avid and accomplished athlete, Margie was always on-the-go whether it was over to the tennis or badminton courts in Leaside, on the ski hills of the Eastern Townships and Jay Peak, or in recent years, chasing a little white ball all over Ontario and Quebec. Slow was not in Margie's vocabulary, and her passion for action burns brightly in her children and grandchildren.
Margie was also a very active volunteer in her Leaside community. Recently at her bedside, she was honoured for her 35 years as a volunteer at the Bloorview Kids Rehab centre. She also canvassed extensively for worthy causes such as the Salvation Army and Canadian Cancer Society. Margie could be counted on to support her sons' and grandchildren's school functions, as well as various neighbourhood events. For many of these functions, Margie could always depend on her extended circle of Friends to lend a hand in these endeavours. Over the years, her Friends really became more like family.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, Margie's memory will be honoured through Tribute donations to the Bloorview Kids Foundation, 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 or www.bloorview.ca.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial gathering for family and Friends will be held on May 20, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Leaside United Church, followed by reception at the Church.
"Afflictions sore with patience bore, physicians strove in vain,
'til death did seize and God did please to ease her of her pain"

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VISSERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-01-02 published
NICHOLS, Margaret Irene " Brownie"
Died peacefully on December 28th, 2007, in her 96th year, at Saint_Joseph's at Fleming, Peterborough. Predeceased by her husband, Jack G. NICHOLS (Retired Peterborough School Superintendent) and her brother, David BROWN, of Leaside. Survived by her son, John NICHOLS (Mary MacPHERSON) of Peterborough, her granddaughter, Leslie VISSERS (Mike) of Nelson, British Columbia, and her grand_son Rob NICHOLS (Rachel) of Barrie. Also survived by 4 great-grandchildren, Isaac, Stephen, Oliver and Chloe. Cremation has taken place and a private family service of interment will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, or Saint_Joseph's at Fleming through the Little Lake Cemetery Co., 915 Haggart Street, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 2Y1 or 1-800-672-9652. The family is grateful for the kindness and care provided for Brownie by the staff of Saint_Joseph's at Fleming and the former Marycrest during the past several years.

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