Syms, Michael Wayne

77, of Hamilton, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 25, 2021. Wayne is missed and survived by his daughter Lisa Syms (Norman MacNeil) and son Michael Syms; partner Lynda Fletcher-Hanley and sister Christina Begley. In his youth, Wayne served with the Royal Canadian Engineers. For most of his career he worked at Stelco/Canadian Drawn Steel. At the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 36 in Dundas he was well known for his snooker playing prowess. Wayne will be remembered for his quick wit and sarcastic nature. Friends will be received by the family on Tuesday afternoon from 5 – 7 p.m., by signing up online only on the funeral home website. All covid-19 regulations will apply. Wayne’s family will be holding a private Service following visitation. If you so wish, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Cremation has taken place and an interment will be held at a later date. Please share a memory of Wayne or leave a message of condolence for his family at www.turnerfamilyfuneralhome.ca

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Ancheta, Juanita Alcaide

Was born on May 26, 1925 in one of the beautiful northern provinces of the Philippines named Solano Vizcaya. A city with rich and lushious nature, and several national parks with eco tourism, and lovely people who are hospitable, kind and hardworking. Since Spaniards were governors in the past, it had influenced the culture and language as well. Juanita lived with her parents and siblings Andres, Antonio and Julita. Unfortunately she lost her father at a young age. After a few years her mother Margarita remarried, and through that she gained two more siblings, Junior and Victoria.

Juanita grew as an independent and strong young lady, as she pursued a bachelor degree in education, she began working as a high school history teacher. Probably this was creating the path she would have begun for the future. She met a young handsome gentleman, Mr. Olympio Ventura Ancheta, who was the chief of the US surplus in the Philippines. They fell in love and decided to start a new life together in marriage. Juanita and Olympio were gifted with three daughters, Elizabeth, Corazon and Judith and Olympio Junior, their son. She left teaching and became employed at the YMCA. She was so passionate about her community work that not so long she became the Community Administrative Officer, and during her time as an officer some of her plans were achieved:

1. Family Planning was introduced to young women. They were educated and empowered in starting their family and awareness of their healthcare and childcare.
2. National Cottage Industries Development (NASIDA), introducing and training ladies how to weave bags with natural materials, paper macheas, hand made natural decoratives and crafts.
3. Kindergarten for children in Quezon City communities
4. Leadership programs for high school students, through seminars and annual meetings, camping, trainings.
5. Sports such as swimming and basketball, and organizing tournaments.
6. Outreaches: free infant milk, clothes, feeding sessions in indigent areas.

In 1977 her first grandchild was born from her beloved eldest daughter Elizabeth, which made them all happy and joyful; their migration to Canada took place the same year. A new chapter of Juanita’s life began.
In Canada they lived in Hamilton, Juanita and Olympio had happy news of their second coming grandchild, from their beloved daughter Corazon who lived in the same city with her husband.

Community work never stopped for the couple. In a short period of time, they pioneered and established the first Filipino school in Ontario and this led to organizing Hamilton’s Filipino community, which held many activities like filipino folk dancing, beauty pageants, outreaches and many more. She made the costumes for the dance group. Juanita’s skills were so good that she sewed a wedding gown for her beloved daughter Judith, which she has kept dear to this very day.

Everyone has a principal in life, Junita’s was :
“ Charity starts from home”
And truly, love and charity starts from practicing it with your loved ones, relatives close or distant as it always overflows beyond.

Having a keen eye for the goodness in a person, she would express her appreciation to everyone in her special way by calling them beautiful, charming, etc. She and her husband knew how to put a smile to a person’s face. She was most famous for her sweet sense of humour, and he was for his great penmanship. Their son Junior/Jun has inherited both of these attributes.

Juanita and her husband both enjoyed traveling. The adventure would probably bring new ideas for their next projects. While traveling they would look for relatives in that country or city, and made sure they have a mini reunion together. This comes from them valuing family ties and relationships, which they passed on to their children and grandchildren.

A beautiful life lived with faith in Christ, and the knowledge that God’s love endures forever, is one of the values and manners passed to her 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

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Murray, Jean Marie

Jean Marie Murray

January 2, 1935 – February 21, 2021

Jean was born to Nellie (Betzner) and Ralph Sheldon Murray of Dundas, Ontario. She was the younger sister to Marguerite. Her early years were spent growing up in Dundas where her father was principal of Central Public School. She had lots of fun with her friend Peggy and cousin Mary-Pat. The family moved briefly to North Bay, Ontario, but returned to Dundas following the death of her father. Jean was a proud teacher for most of her working life focusing on elementary education and later as an ESL teacher. When she started teaching she only needed a certificate, but by the mid seventies she knew that to improve her income and job potential she needed a university degree and attended McMaster part-time while holding down a full time job and being a single mom. One of her proudest moments was getting her bachelor degree.

With her first husband, Walker Coveyduck, they welcomed their son, David Sean, in 1967. She returned to teaching in the Hamilton region until her retirement in 1997. In 1989 she married John Browne and they resided in Oakville until John’s passing in 2011. She then returned to her beloved Dundas, where she lived out her golden years. Even while she lived in Oakville she regularly came to Dundas to see friends. Jean volunteered at the Dundas Museum, helping to preserve the town’s history of Dundas and that of her family. In 2017, she moved to Amica Dundas, and as her dementia progressed she ultimately moved into the Memory Care area.

Jean loved to read, knit, watercolor paint, listen to music and enjoyed being around her beloved friends and family the most. While David was growing up Jean and her mom would love to take long road trips across Canada and the US to visit family and friends. They had some great adventures!

Jean is survived by her son David Sean Murray (Shelley) of Calgary and their sons Benjamin and Carson; stepdaughter Valerie (George) of Toronto, and their sons Leo and Paul; and stepdaughter Caroline (Bob) of Toronto. Her nieces Julie Port (Dan) of Calgary, Joni (Fred) of Lacey, Washington, and nephew Tom (Gillian) Johnson (Kamloops, B.C.) plus numerous great nieces and nephews, and family members on the Betzner side.

Jean was predeceased by her father Ralph, mother Nellie, sister Marguerite, brother-in-law Bob Johnston and her husband John Browne.

The Family would like to thank Vera and her wonderful Memory Care team, especially Alanah of whom Jean was particularly fond, and Doctor Macaluso for their wonderful care. Lastly, words cannot describe the wonderful friendship and support from Mary Welsh over more than 50 years, especially in the last few as Jean’s health declined. Mary was one of mom’s longest and dearest friends, and a second-mom to David. Thank you Mary.

A celebration of life is intended once COVID-19 allows us to travel. Cremation has occurred and interment will occur in the family plot in Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Donkey Sanctuary in Guelph, Ontario, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

Verduyn, Tjitske Jacoba (Jessie) (nee Osinga)

God has called home His precious child, Tjitske (Jessie) Jacoba Verduyn. Jessie was born in Dokkum, Netherlands May 11, 1934 and died February 22, 2021 in her 87th year in Dundas, Ontario.  Predeceased by her loving husband, John in 2003.  Lovingly remembered by her children and grandchildren:  Lawrence – Shondra, Laura and Darryl; Lloyd (Tami) – Zak and Kaitlyn (predeceased 2019); Dorothy (Ron) – John, Stephanie and Janica; Robert (Hettie) – Trevor and Chris; Simon (Elsie) – Jonathan, Dulcie and Shane; and her 14 great-grandchildren.  Sadly missed by her siblings:  her twin sister, Dorris, Margaret, Ann (John), Jack (Joyce), Olga (Rick) and Tony (Donna) and predeceased by both brothers Eddie, sister Corrie and in-laws Henry and Sam.  Private family Service will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home.  To join Jessie’s livestreamed Service, please see her obituary on the funeral home website.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada would be appreciated by the family.  Special thanks to the staff at St. Joseph’s Villa for their excellent care and compassion. 

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Underhill, Barbara Isobel (formerly Kish) (nee Young)

Underhill, Barbara Isobel (formerly Kish) (nee Young) – at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Friday, February 19, 2021, in her 87th year. Predeceased by her first husband Zoltan Kish (1975) and her second husband Reverend Bruce Underhill (1999). Loving mother of David Kish (Brenda) of Caledonia, Ronald Kish (Raeanne) of Hamilton and Margaret Mills (Greg) of Brampton. Beloved grandmother of Bryan Kish, his partner Amanda and daughter Esther, Nicholas Kish (Christine), Amy and Andrew Mills and great grandmother of Colten. Predeceased by her brother Dr. Douglas Young and sadly missed by her brothers Robert Young (Elaine), James Young (Jean) and sister-in-law Pamela Young. Barbara was a longtime member of Binkley U.C., lifetime member of the U.C.W, played with the Thursday afternoon singers at St. Paul’s U.C., was a volunteer with the VON, and played organ at Bethesda U.C and St. Paul’s U.C. A Private Family Service for Barbara will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock at St. Paul’s United Church in Dundas. To join in the livestream of the Funeral go to www.stpaulsdundas.com or the Funeral Home website. Interment will take place in Mt. Hamilton Cemetery. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. 

Thili, Audrey Mae (nee Glass)

Thili, Audrey Mae (nee Glass) – Passed away peacefully at Wentworth Lodge on
February 18, 2021 in her 88th year with her daughters by her side. Beloved wife of 64 years to the late Ralph John Thili (2015). Loving mother to Louise (Ron) Rodgers of Dundas, Dianna (Terry) Dunnigan of Woodstock, Cheryl of Dundas and predeceased by sons Michael and Brian. Audrey is also survived by her older brother Bud Glass in PEI, her younger brothers Ed (Carol) Glass and Jim Glass in Ontario along with numerous nephews and nieces. Caring grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Audrey married Ralph at the age of 17 and gave birth to 5 children in the next 6 years. Her legacy will live on in her children, amazing grandchildren, incredible great-grandchildren, and the generations to follow. Audrey worked as a manager at the CNIB in Hamilton for a number of years where she was highly thought of by those who knew and worked with her. A special thank you to the staff at Wentworth Lodge and in particular Maple Lane, who always went above and beyond in their care and support. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will take place when permitted. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society or a charity of your choice would be much appreciated.