Beverly Keeling, 74, of Baddeck, passed away on May 3, 2016 at Port Hawkesbury Home.
She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Alice Morrison (Macleod). She was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband Edward Keeling and will be missed by her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Beside her parents, Beverly was predeceased by her sister Annet Smith; brothers Clawd, Kennie and Sheba.
Cremation has taken place. There was a graveside service held May 8th at Ocean View Cemetery, Birch Planes with Rev. Brian Macleod officiating.
Mary Margaret Antonia ‘Toni’ (Dennis) Diekelmann
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Toni Diekelmann, who left us to be with God on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Toni was a resident of Baddeck Forks, where she moved from Tempe, Arizona with her husband, Paul and daughter Pauline in 2003 until her passing.
Toni was born in Chatham (Miramichi), N.B. in 1938 to the late Leonard H. and Margaret ‘Peggie’ (Campbell) Dennis and grew up in Sydney, N.S., where she met her husband, Paul, at the Hawaiian School of Music on South Charlotte Street. During their 61 year marriage, Toni and Paul travelled to many military and civilian homes from Hawaii to Panama and the eastern and southern United States making many lifelong friends along the way.
Toni was a hard working, dedicated and devoted wife with a strong faith in God. She was an excellent homemaker and had an eye for detail which was reflected in her work as the owner of her own accounting business in Arizona. She loved animals, was a loyal friend and had a quick witty sense of humour. Toni was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by many relatives, nieces, nephews and friends.
Toni was a loving mother of three daughters, Pauline, Margaret (Keith Miles), Bras d’or and Joanne (Volpe), Hawaii. She also leaves behind three grandchildren, Jacklyn and Michael (Volpe) and Sarah Marshall-miles. She is also survived by her brother Joe (Darlene) Dennis, Sydney and sister, Julianna (Mcclard), Ohio.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her oldest grandson Stephen Marshall.
Cremation has taken place and an informal gathering at Knox Church Hall in Baddeck took place on May 10th to celebrate Toni’s life.
Linda Marie Sams
It is with special memories and saddened hearts that the family announces the passing of Linda Marie Sams on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the An Cala Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with her family by her side.
Born in Neil’s Harbour on Dec. 25, 1949 Linda was the daughter of the late Alfred and Helen (Macleod) Jackson.
Linda was a graduate of Sydney Academy and CB Business College. She spent many years working as an office administrator for Dr. Allen, NS Power and later for the Highlands Medical Clinic in Neil’s Harbour. She taught typing for 18 years for NSVSB and she took pride in her impeccable cursive writing. She was also past-president of RCL Branch 105.
Linda is survived by her loving husband AG of 44 years; her two sons Aaron Sams of Dartmouth and Adam (Alison) Sams; her special granddaughter Madelyn; her sister Mary Sue (Gladstone) Mackinnon, all of Ingonish; niece Justine; nephews Andrew, Kyle and Logan.
Besides her parents, Linda was predeceased by her sister Cathy.
There was no visitation. A funeral service took place Tuesday, May 10th at the Ingonish United Church with Rev. Carolyn Sharpe officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Buchanan Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Palliative Care Unit of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.
Hilda May (White) Proctor
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Hilda May (White) Proctor, at her home in South Haven on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in her 90th year.
Born December 3, 1926 in Ingramport, NS, she moved to Toronto where she met her future husband Russell James Proctor, of Shelburne, ON and they wed in 1950. After the birth of their daughter, she became a foster and adoptive parent and general neighbourhood mother. Mrs. P’s home was always open and welcoming to all.
In 1990, Russ & Hilda retired to South Haven, Cape Breton, where they were welcomed with true East Coast hospitality. She was an active member of her community. Hilda enjoyed time bird watching and in her gardens and looked forward to when the days would be just a wee bit warmer. She was a longtime member of the Atlantic Mission Society, and attended the Ephraim Scott Presbyterian Church in South Haven.
She was a loving mother of Sharon Proctor and friend David Evans of South Haven; grandmother of Christena & the late Dave Mels of Delhi, ON; Gerald Doyle of Regina, Saskatchewan and Michael & Kristina Doyle of Delhi, ON; great-grandmother of Desiree, David, Kayla, Dakota, Kyle, Ashley, Emma and Poppy, all of Ontario; sister of Vera Oliver of Milton, NS; sister-inlaw of Marjorie White of Liverpool, NS; aunt and great-aunt to many.
Predeceased by her parents Harry Samuel and Selina Ann (Finch) White; her husband Russell; son Keith; brothers Bill, George and Bernie White; sisters Alice Crew, Irene Ross and Doris Thistle.
Interment will take place at a later date in Shelburne, ON. Memorial donations may be made to Ephraim Scott Presbyterian Church, South Haven, Canadian Arthritis Society or The Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Cornelia “Corrie” Berk
Corrie Berk, of Buckwheat Road, Hunters Mountain, passed away May 12th, 2016 in Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck.
Born in Utrecht, Holland in 1933, she was a daughter of the late Cornelia den Blanken and Johannis van den Bosch. She immigrated to Canada in 1955, settling in Cape Breton where she lived and raised her family. She was a hard-working, detertmined individual who accepted things as they came to her one day at a time. She was employed over the years as a seamstress, homemaker, and childcare provider. She was an avid knitter, reader and gardener.
She leaves behind her cat “Jack”, her trusted compainion. She is survived by her sons Francis (Shannon), Georges River, John (Pam), Nyanza, Gerry (Daphne), Fredericton, NB; daughters Maria (Roderick) Nicholson, Big Baddeck and Pat (Gordon) Matheson, Baddeck. She was the loving grandmother to 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild. Corrie leaves behind her sisters Nel van den Bosch, Ria van den Bosch, Jannie Saalberg and Adrie Wahle, Holland.
A funeral service was held at St. Michael’s Church, Baddeck on May 16, 2016 followed by burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice.
Verna Elizabeth (Fisher) Macrae
Verna Elizabeth (Fisher) Macrae, passed away peacefully May 16, 2016, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital.
Born in Estmere, N.S. in 1939, she was the daughter of the late George & Vera (Oakley) Fisher. In 1956, she married her loving husband, Neil Macrae and they resided in St. Patrick’s Channel and raised seven children. She moved to Baddeck in 2003 and resided there until her passing.
She is survived by her son, Charles (Cindy) Macrae, Baddeck; daughters, Doreen (Terry) Richardson, New Glasgow; Ruthie (Peter) Fleuren, Bible Hill; Joyce (Gerard) Macrae, Baddeck; Mary (Albert) Myers, Middle River; Beverly (Graham) Mackenzie, Baddeck; Sherri (Dave) Macrae, Middle River; sisters: Catherine (Norman) Beson, Blues Mills; Nellie Mackinnon, Blues Mills; Alice (Ronnie) Maclellan; St. Patrick’s Channel; Judith Mackinnon (Antigonish); Georgina Macleod, Estmere; 19 grand children; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, George and Vera (Oakley) Fisher; husband, Neil K. Macrae; nephew, Donald William Macrae and niece, Ronda Lee Maclellan-hudson. A loving sister, aunt, mother and grandmother she will be warmly remembered and greatly missed for her dedication to her family.
She had a great appreciation for all of her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her great joy and gave her a twinkle in her eye whenever they were present. She had many friends and good bingo companions and they will also miss her presence.
The funeral took place on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Farquharson Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Middle River. Burial was in Middle River Cemetery. Memorial donations to be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre or to the charity of one’s choice.