Cooper, Lowell James

July 15, 1937 – March 27, 2021. With family by his side, Lowell left this world to go hang out with “the kids”, his brother, Lanny, and sisters, Sandy and Cathie, all who had also been stolen by Alzheimer’s. Their loving sister, Gail, misses them very much. Lowell also leaves behind his adored and adoring wife, Sharon, married for almost 59 years and left wanting more, and his loving and much-loved children, Heather (and Andy), Scot (and Monica), along with the true melters of his heart, his grandchildren, Grace and Benjamin, and so many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lowell grew up in Dundas, travelled Northern Ontario while working as a lineman for CN Railway, which was the thrill of his early life and he loved reminiscing about his adventures. He then spent most of his years living in Lynden and working at Hamilton Video and Sound. In retirement, he enjoyed being home with Sharon and their animals, Patches the dog, and many cats, his biggest buddy being Thomas. Lowell had been a proud member of the Lynden Legion Executive many years back. He had been a T-ball coach for Scot, then spent many years umpiring and played some Old Timers ball. He was the keeper of our very large vegetable garden and the mechanic to make sure our family had a pool in the summer. He loved staying home and his favourite spot was sitting up on top of the picnic table in the back yard, with a “50” in his hand earlier in life and later a “Canadian” – but he was happy for anyone to come visit. He spent many a Saturday night at Flamboro Speedway, usually with Heather and Scot in tow. Lowell and Sharon loved the Canada Day parade coming by their house every year and would put out extra chairs for passersby. They also treasured yearly trips to the Bala cottage with the whole family together for lots of fishing, games, and watching the grandkids jump off the rock or raft. More recently, Lowell had been part of the Maple Lane family at Wentworth Lodge. He was better known there as Skipper, a loving nickname given to him. Words like amazing don’t cover how truly great the Maple Lane caregivers are. You need to see it to get it and we thank all of them most humbly and with full hearts. Thank you for making our dear husband/Papa-Bear/Grampy part of your family and giving him the finest care. Thank you also to the Alzheimer Society of Canada for your excellent classes and counselling. In lieu of flowers, if you are able, please support the Alzheimer Society. A Celebration of Life will be held on Zoom on Saturday, April 3rd at 1:30 pm. Meeting ID: 897 0266 0270 Passcode: 426108 or contact Heather to be sent a link.

Ambrose, Catharine Ann Winifred

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(October 8, 1957 – November 14, 2020) It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Catharine Ambrose (nee Neale) on November 14th, 2020 at the age of 63. Catharine was many things to many people. Above all, she will be fondly remembered as a kindhearted friend and doting mother who loved her children unconditionally. She was an adoring mother to Ashton (Joanna), Chelsea (Joel), Devon, and her youngest, Julian, who predeceased her. A devoted wife to Peter, with whom she shared 40 years of treasured memories. She was also a cherished grandmother to Carter and Zoe; and a proud aunt to Geoff, Violet, and Aaron. Born to the late Helen (nee Castle) and George Neale, she was the youngest of three siblings; a caring and wise little sister to David and Stephan (Jane). Catharine dedicated her life to helping others as shown by her career as a registered nurse. She was known for her generosity and kindness; was always able to put a smile on your face, and will forever be remembered as the kindhearted, incredible woman she truly was. We are hoping to organize a celebration of Catharine’s life on October 8, 2021 – what would have been her 64th birthday. We will share more details as soon as possible.

Hils, Judith Pauline

Passed away peacefully on March 25, 2021 at Emmanuel House in her 78th year. Beloved wife of the late Thomas (1999). Loving mother to Paul (Brenda) and Suzanne (Jamie). Caring grandmother to Brad, Kevin, Zachary and Benjamin. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Donations in memory can be made to Emmanuel House.

Berényi, Géza

1940 – 2021

It is with heaviness of the heart that we announce the passing of Géza Berényi, who died peacefully in Hamilton, ON, on March 22nd, 2021. Géza was born on August 3rd, 1940, in Pestszentimre, Hungary to Géza and Etelka Berényi. Throughout his youth Géza pursued his love for knowledge, especially philosophy, history and the arts. He was a valiant Freedom Fighter during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and resisted Soviet Communist oppression until the very end. He escaped from the Iron Curtain on foot, and emigrated to Canada in 1957, where he met his beloved wife Janina of 53 years, and learned engineering technology as his trade. Géza was an old-fashioned bon vivant who celebrated life in the present, poured an exuberant spirit into all that he did, and loved to dance the csárdás and waltz. He is forever remembered and cherished by his wife Janina, daughters Monika and Nicolette Cross (James), and many grandchildren (Taylor, Brendan, Aaron), cousins (Andrea, Zsuzsanna, Dénes), nieces (Eszter, Alexandra), and nephews, in Canada, Hungary and Germany. He is predeceased by his dear parents and elder sister, Sarolta, and favourite cousins Ottó and Ilona. “Géza, in eternal peace may you rest with the angels always by your side”. We express our sincere gratitude to Dr. J. Williams, and the staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and the Juravinski Hospital for their tireless compassionate care, and to Father Andrew Lopatniuk for his pastoral care.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church (Dundas, ON), on Tuesday, March 30th, at 10:00 a.m. Due to the pandemic, if you wish to attend the funeral in person or by livestream, and to share condolences, please contact Turner Family Funeral Home at: 905-628-6412, or online at Catholic interment to be held in Pestszentlőrinc, Hungary.

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WILSON, Jean Sutherland

1921 – 2021

Jean passed away peacefully on March 18, 2021 at the age of 99. Born in New Liskeard, Ontario, Jean was the second daughter of Scottish immigrants William and Clara Joss. She was predeceased by her sisters Clara and Doris.

Jean spent her formative years in Hamilton and Colborne. Focused and determined, Jean excelled in school, becoming a teacher by age seventeen. For a number of years she taught six grades in a one room country school while continuing her studies at night to graduate with a BA from McMaster University.

Jean married Mel Wilson in 1951 and settled in Dundas to start a family and build a home. John arrived as the first child and Jim a few years later. As a mother she was cheery, kind and charitable with high standards and expectations of success for her sons.

An annual summer family vacation was always important to Jean, and she would arrange a trip to a new place each summer. Jean enjoyed golfing, first with her university friends and then with Mel. In later years, watching the spring Masters Tournament was an annual highlight for her. At home she loved her garden, especially her many roses and peonies. She also loved to walk, and well into her eighties she would walk several kilometres on most days.

In 1987 Jean lost her husband and best friend and placed her focus on family and volunteering with Knox Presbyterian Church (Dundas), the Cancer Society, and Meals-on-Wheels. She warmly welcomed her daughters-in-law, Anne-Marie (John) and Vicki (Jim), and delighted in the arrivals of her grandchildren: Colleen, Jennifer, Carolyn and Mark. Grandma’s house was always a special place where they learned, played games, discovered baking, and made lifelong memories.

Jean was fortunate to see her one-hundredth Christmas, and maintained her sense of dignity, humanity and good humour until her last days. We will miss her so much.

Our family would like to thank the tremendous caregivers at Wentworth Lodge who, over eight years, wove Jean into the fabric of the residence and the hearts of those who live and work there. We are truly grateful.

A private family gathering and interment will be planned for a later date.