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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BRETT, Joyce Lillian (née Freeman)

Passed away peacefully on Wednesday 12 February 2020 at Julia Wallace Retirement Village, aged 93 years. Treasured wife of the late Ernie. Devoted mother of David, and Stephen and Trish. Adored Nan and Great-Nan of Carl, Ryan, Grace and Kirk, Aaliyah and Elijah.
“At peace, at last”.
Heartfelt thanks to the amazing team of people at Julia Wallace for their respect, compassion and affection they showed for Joyce during her time there. It was a great comfort to her family. A service for Joyce will be held at The Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy Street, Palmerston North, on Friday 21 February 2020 at 10.00am. Messages to the Brett family, 263 College Street, Palmerston North.

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O’DOWDA, Adrienne Jane

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Adrienne Jane O’Dowda. Dearly loved daughter of Jill and Barry O’Dowda, dearly loved partner of Eric. Cherished mother of Damien, Cameron and Sarah, much loved sister of Sean, Blair, Kelly, Shannon and partners, adored Aunty of her many nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Adrienne’s life will be held at the funeral on Wednesday 20th at 10

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DOBBS, Colleen June (June)

Went peacefully and gently from our arms into the arms of Jesus, on 17 February 2020 at Waikato Hospital, surrounded by her family. In her 85th year. Deeply loved wife of the late Eric; honoured, cherished and treasured by her children Peter & Roselle, Jan, Ian & Sue, Brian & Andrea and Glenys, her 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, and her sisters Joy and the late Ellen.
The cost of great love
is great loss.
Mum’s body is lying in state at her son’s residence where memories and stories can be shared. A celebration of her life will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 20th February, at GraceWay Church, 69 Grey St Hamilton. All communications and flowers to James R Hill Funeral Directors, 717 Grey Street, Hamilton 3216. Phone 07 855 5541. FDANZ

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OATHAM, Margaret Florence

Passed away peacefully in her daughter Rae’s arms, aged 91 years. Loved wife of the late Patrick. Much loved mother of Karen (deceased), Rae and Lynn. Adored Nan of her 6 loving grandchildren, and her 9 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Gracelands for their exceptional care of Margaret. A service for Margaret will be held in the Beth Shan Chapel, cnr Orchard & Maraekakaho Rds, Hastings, on Wednesday, February 19, at 11.00am. Messages to the Oatham Family, C/- PO Box 2555, Stortford Lodge, Hastings 4153.

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DRYBURGH, Hazel

Of Whitby, formerly of Te Horo. On 15th February 2020, after a sudden illness. 90 years young. A lover of life and all the beautiful things in it. Much loved wife of Huntly (dec). Treasured mother and mother-in-law of Paul & Sue, Pru & Graeme, Nick & Brenda, Deb Cane, Tim & Lynn, Mark (Fred) & Teresa. A loving, loved and much cuddled grandmother to Ben and Matthew; Jess and Rufus; Samara, Morgan, and Charles; Dillon, Jordan, and Alexia Cane; Vitaly and Veronika; Yuri and Len. Loved and respected by their partners Maxine, Bruno, Emma and Chloe. Doting and delighted great-grandmother of Carter, Phoebe and Conor. Loved aunt of the Orchard and Slater families. A great friend to many. Please join us to reflect on Hazel’s full and expansive life at 11.00am on Friday, 21st February, at North Porirua Baptist Church, Discovery Drive, Whitby. Hazel loved flowers – please pick or buy some for yourself in remembrance of Hazel. Or make a donation to your favourite organisation in remembrance of her life of service to the community.
Kapiti Coast Funeral Home
NZIFH FDANZ
04 2985168

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YEOW, Quek Thong (Eddie)

On Saturday 15th February 2020 at Wellington Regional Hospital. Much loved soulmate and husband of Pauline, father and father-in-law of Michael & Joanne, Geoffrey & Natalie, Nigel & Jodie, and Damien & Marisela. Adored grandad of eight and great-grandad of nine. In lieu of flowers, donations welcome to Kidney Health NZ (contact 0800 543 639 or info@kidneys.co.nz) or may be left at the service. A service for Eddie will be held in the Croft Centennial Chapel, 2 Osborne Place (off Queens Drive), Lower Hutt, on Friday 21st February 2020, at 10.30am.

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KNYN, Johannes (John)

John passed away peacefully on Monday 17th February 2020, aged 88 years. A much loved Dad of Paul and Shelley Knyn, Richard Knyn, Suzanne and John Fleming, Vanessa and Dan Harfitt and Sharon Watt. Cherished Grandad of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loved brother of Corrie, Bep and Gerrard. A service to celebrate John’s life will be held at The Lychway Chapel, 5 Roy Street, Palmerston North, on Thursday 20th February 2020, at 11.00am. Messages to the Knyn family can be sent to PO Box 1014, Palmerston North.

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POTTER, Mary

Much loved wife of Keith (deceased), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and aunt. Passed peacefully at St Andrews Care Home on 14 February 2020, in her 97th year. Our thanks to the staff and residents of St Andrews Care and Mary’s many visitors.

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BATES, Clinton David (David)

Passed away peacefully on February 17, 2020 at Cashmere View Hospital. Dearly loved husband of Noeleen. Treasured father of Lyn and Bryan, and father-in-law of Ross and Wendy. Special thanks to Mona and staff in the Pioneer Wing at Cashmere View Hospital and Dr Adrian Pepperell for all their care.
A life well lived.
A mentor to many.
Already sadly missed.
Messages to Noeleen and family, C/- 19 London Street, Christchurch 8013. In lieu of flowers, donations to Port Hills Park Trust Board can be left at the service. The Funeral Service will be held in the John Rhind Chapel, entry from London or Whitmore Streets, Christchurch, on Friday, February 21, at 1.00pm.

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ALLEN, Robin (Rapine)

Passed away, suddenly, on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Loved husband of Jeanette, and loved father of Andrea, Tania, and Belinda, respected father-in-law of Brett, and Jerone, dearly loved papa of Flynn, Taine, Jude, and Anahera, and his fur babies Benny, Hank, and Gizmo. Robin will be at home until he takes his final journey home to Northland.
“Kai tau te rangimarie”

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BERNSTEIN, Anthony Stuart

18.04.1938 — 15.02.2020
Promoted to Glory. Tony went to be with his Lord peacefully, surrounded by all his loving family in Wellington Hospital on February 15th. Much loved and cherished husband to Dawn, treasured Dad to Susan, Stuart and Jacque, adored ‘Grandy’ to Imogen, Jack, Grayson and Charlie, father-in-law to Warren, Melissa and Wame. As a dedicated Salvationist, Bandsman, Brother at Masonic Lodge Gisborne, Businessman and friend to many - Tony will be sadly missed.
2 Corinthians 5

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GORDON, Cherry Lynne

Departed this life on 16 February 2020 after an extremely long (10 years) battle with cancer. Cherished daughter of Joyce and Douglas Gordon (both dec), a loving and much loved sister and sister-in-law of Rosemary and Harry Brown, Ian and Beth (both dec), Stuart (dec), Gillian and Ingrid, nephews, nieces and in-laws Donald and Angela, Fiona and Colin Tyler, Andrew and Aki, Kate and Glen Trewavas, Eric and Mina, and all grand nephews and nieces Mia, Hannah, Scarlett, Mio, Babetta, P.K., Viva, Eloise, and Daniel. Our grateful thanks to all who have helped Cherry — oncologists, doctors, nurses and others who have encouraged and cared for her, especially Brian Tapper for some time recently assisting her, and ensuring that she was able to stay in her own home. In the final week she had nothing but extreme praise too for all those who worked in the Arohanui Hospice. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service for Cherry which will be held at the Beauchamp Crematorium Chapel, 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North, on Friday 21 February at 2.00pm.

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DUNNING, Joan Evelyn Ethel

Joan passed away peacefully on 15th February 2020 at Rita Angus Retirement Village, aged 98 years. Much loved wife of John (dec). Mother and mother-in-law of Richard and Pat, Michael and Diane. Loving grandmother of Andrew, Laura, Aiden, Caleb and Nathaniel. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Cancer Society or The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind would be appreciated and may be left at the service. Messages and tributes to ‘the Dunning family’ may be placed online in Joan’s tribute book at www.tributes.co.nz... or posted c/- PO Box 14-366, Kilbirnie 6241. A service to celebrate Joan’s life will be held at The Cockburn Street Chapel, Cnr Onepu Road and Cockburn Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, on Friday 21st February 2020 at 11.00am, thereafter a private cremation.

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ORPANA, Pekka Olavi

Passed away while doing what he loved, on Friday 14 February 2020. Dearly loved husband of Lea for 40 memorable years. An amazing Dad to Richard and Marice, Jason (deceased), and Jessica. Adored Grandad of Hunter and Kingston. Much loved son of Pauli (deceased) and Helvi, and brother of Pirkko and Paivi.
“Will be greatly missed by all of his family.”
Messages to the Orpana family, C/- 167 John F Kennedy Drive, Palmerston North 4414. A service to celebrate Pekka’s life will be held in the Christian Community Church, 54 Pascal Street, Palmerston North, on Friday 21 February 2020, at 11.00am, followed by interment at Kelvin Grove Cemetery.
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RICE, Joan Mitchell

Formerly of Tawa. On Sunday 16 February 2020, peacefully at Charles Fleming Hospital, Waikanae. Aged 87 years. Loving and dedicated wife of Alan for 65 years. Cherished mother of Suzanne, Trevor & Lynne, Sarah & Mark, John & Gemma, and the late Julie Ann. Beloved Nanna of Duane, Joshua, Chloe, Scott and Stephanie, and great-grandmother of Kodi, Toby, Lily, Jet and Evie. Special thanks to all Staff at Charles Fleming for their respectful and loving care given to Joan. A Service to celebrate Joan’s life will be held at Kapiti Coast Funeral Home Chapel, 9/11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu at 2pm on Thursday 20 February to be followed by private cremation. Messages to 126/112 Parata Street, Waikanae, 5036.

Kapiti Coast Funeral Home
NZIFH FDANZ
04 2985168

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