Death Notices

A place to remember and celebrate the lives of those no longer with us

Recent Notices in New Zealand

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DOYLAND, Richard Gary (Rick)

Of Kapiti. Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Peacefully at Sevenoaks, Paraparaumu, on 12 February 2020. Loved husband of Jenny (Mother Superior). Father and father-in-law of Cathie and Paul, Leigh and Jeremy, Greg and Jennifer. Brother of Anne (dec), and Carroll. Brother-in-law of Pat and Harry. Loved uncle. The family express their grateful thanks to management of Sevenoaks (and particularly the staff of Matai Ward) who looked after Rick with so much care and love. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Kapiti Retirement Trust would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages for ‘The Family of Rick Doyland’ may be sent c/- PO Box 50-347, Porirua 5240. A celebration of Rick’s life will be held in the Mana Cruising Club, 5 Pascoe Avenue, Mana, on Friday 21 February 2020 at 11.00am.

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SMITH, Ashley

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, aged 93 years. Loved husband of Avis, loved father of Ross and Lyn Smith, Debra and Phil Wilkins, and Clinton Smith. Grandfather to Michelle and Bradley Wilkins, Courtney and Tony Smith.
Rest in peace and thank you for the memories.
A special thank you to Dr Ewan Adam for his tireless efforts, care and support. As per Ashley’s wishes, a private service has been held. Messages to 49C Queens Drive, Invercargill 9810.

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KERR, Michelle Caroline (nee Guile)

At Hospice South Canterbury on Thursday, February 13, 2020, aged 62. Loved daughter of Jean and the late Mike Guile, loved mother of her four daughters, also a loved grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunty and friend. At Michelle’s request, a private family service has been held. Messages to 22 Grandi Avenue, Timaru 7910.

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HENDERSON, John Samuell Lester

Passed away peacefully at Waikato Hospital on Saturday, 15th February 2020. Aged 87 years. Much loved father & father-in-law of Richelle & Michael, Maryse & Raymond, Shaun & Kim, Bryce & Andrea, Eugene & Rebecca. Treasured, Respected, and Adored Granddad to Logan, Georgia, Jazmin, Sam, Jacob, Olivia and Caiden. Good friend of Jean. A celebration of John’s life will be held at Tirau Co-operating Church, Main Road, Tirau, on Saturday, the 22nd of February 2020 at 11

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COMMINS, Barbara

Passed away peacefully on 13th February 2020 at home with loved ones. Dearly beloved daughter of the late Iris and Darrel Commins. Dearly loved friend of Noeleen and loved cousin of Roger, Christine and Gaylene. Gratitude and appreciation is extended for the most wonderful support from Idea Services staff in Hamilton Waikato West, also Brough Place, St Andrews, and more recently, Tahuna Ave, Raglan and Raglan Medical and District Nursing Services. Your support and love for Barbie will always be remembered. A private funeral was held to honour our dear Barbie. All communications to the Commins family, PO Box 5523 Frankton, Hamilton, 3242.

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WILLS, Lloyd

Of Siu-Ki-Moana, 83 Marine Parade, Seatoun, Wellington. Passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Valentine’s day, aged 82, surrounded by his family. Much loved husband of Violani and father of Brent, Dean and Scott. Father-in-law to Ana and Adele. Grandfather of Corey, Lucas, Keely, Charis, Adam, Dragan-Kaifoto, and Kaja. Brother of Rangi, Kino, Edith, Helen, Tui, Kathy, Butch, Peter, Cindy, and John, and wonderful uncle to many. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of Wellington Regional Hospital and Wellington Free Ambulance. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lloyd’s memory can be made to the Asthma Foundation and Wellington Free Ambulance would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages for Lloyd’s family may be left in his online tribute book at or posted to PO Box 7123, Wellington 6242. A service to celebrate Lloyd’s life will be held at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street (off Murray Street), Island Bay, Wellington, on Wednesday, 19th February 2020 at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation.
“You may be gone but your memories will always be with us. Thank you for everything!”
’Ofa atu

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BECK, Annelise

7.6.1957 — 14.2.2020
Most dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of Mat and Joanne Quinn, Alex and Anna Quinn, Taryn and William Berry, John and Sarah Quinn. Cherished Grandma of Liam, Aidan; Maeve, Alice, Esther; Thomas, Bella; and Oliver. In preference to flowers please consider a donation to Alzheimers Taranaki that may be left at the service. Messages to Annelise’s family may be left on her tribute page at eagars.co.nz/annelise. According to Annelise’s wish a private family cremation has been held. A Memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon Street, New Plymouth on Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 2.00pm.

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SPARKS, Pearl Christine (Christine)

On February 14, 2020, at Nurse Maude Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, aged 70 years. Dearly loved wife of the late Tony, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Tim and Jenny, Richard and Claire, Steve and Kelly, loved nana of Cameron, Logan; Harry, Ellie, Nathan; Charlie, and Lucy. In lieu of flowers, donations to Kidney Health NZ would be appreciated and may be made at the service. A Memorial service for Christine will be held in our Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, on Wednesday, February 19, at 2.00pm.

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GUNDERSEN, Ross Hugh

Of Carterton, formerly of Upper Hutt. On 15th February 2020 at home surrounded by family. Aged 70 years. Dearly loved husband of Jo. Loved father and father-in-law of David and Jess, Chris and Chloe, and Sam. Loved Pop of Zac and Fletcher. Dearly loved brother of Brenda, and the late Bruce and a loved brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Kahukura Palliative Care Service, PO Box 96, Masterton 5840 would be appreciated and may be left at the service. A service for Ross will be held in the Richmond Chapel, Richmond Road, Carterton on Thursday 20th February 2020 at 11.00am followed by private cremation. Messages to the Gundersen family C/- PO Box 185, Carterton 5743 or visit www.tributes.co.nz...

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BLANCHARD, Eleanor Pearl (Ella) (formerly Starr, Dorsey) (nee Smith)

On February 15, 2020, at Bethesda Hospital in her 101st year. Dearly loved wife of the late Alfred Blanchard, the late Harry Starr, and the late Thomas Dorsey. Loved mother and mother-in-law of Eleanor Harvey (Dubbo, NSW, Australia), Murray (Dunedin), Trevor and Lillian (Christchurch), and Neville and Alison (Sydney). Loved nana of her 10 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff of Bethesda Hospital for their care. Messages may be addressed to

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RINGLAND, Russell James

Passed away peacefully on 13 February 2020. Loved brother-in-law of Mary Martin & the late Allen Kirkbride, Ken & Toni Kirkbride, Ross and Anne Kirkbride. Loved Uncle of Megan, Rhonda, Peter, Maree (deceased), Linden and Ryan. Now reunited with our sister Helen.
R.I.P. Russell

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LAURENCE, Tanya (nee Jacobs)

After a long illness (leiomyosarcoma). Dearly loved wife of Graeme. Precious mother of Jake and Zara. Beautiful brave daughter-in-law of Marion and the late Miles Laurence of Morrinsville.

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PAINTING, Anthony Michael (Tony)

On Friday February 14, 2020, Tony passed away peacefully at home aged 75 years. Beloved husband of 46 years to Helen. Much loved father and father-in-law to Catherine and John, Anna and Andrew. Loved grandfather to his five precious grandchildren

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VAN BUSSEL, Wilhelmina (Mien)

15.08.1930 — 14.02.2020
Passed peacefully in her sleep at Cardona Resthome, Putaruru. Beloved wife of Bert for 65 years. Loved Mum and mother-in-law to Toos and Bert (deceased), Hans (deceased), Marian and Murray, and Frank and Karen. Loved Oma of seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
“Mum (Oma) you will be greatly missed and forever
in our hearts.”
Donations to the Heart Foundation would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Rosary for Mien will be recited at the St Patrick’s Catholic Church, SH1, Putaruru, on Tuesday 18th February at 7.00pm. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at the above church on Wednesday 19th February at 11.00am, followed by a private cremation. Special thanks to all the Doctors, Nurses and staff of Putaruru Family Doctors, the District Nurses, and all staff at Cardrona for their love, care and support.
South Waikato Funeral Services Ltd, FDANZ
PO Box 459, Tokoroa 3444

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LANGFORD, Ngaire Isobel

Passed peacefully on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Christchurch Hospital in her 94th year. Dearly loved wife of the late Ian. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Philippa and Andy, and the late Andrew.
One smile for all, one heart of gold,
One of the best this world could hold.
Never selfish, always kind,
What a beautiful memory to leave behind.
Messages may be addressed to the Langford Family, c/- PO Box 35, Rangiora 7440. In lieu of flowers, donations to Rangiora St John would be appreciated and may be made at the service. A celebration of Ngaire’s life will be held at the Oxford Club & MSA, 160 High Street, Oxford, on Wednesday, February 19, at 1.00pm.

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