Yearly Archives: 2020


It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Pentti Piironen on December 17th, 2020 at the age of 85 years. Pentti is survived by his lovingly devoted wife of 64 years, Paula Elizabeth Piironen and their children John (Rebecca) and Steven (Robin) Piironen. Dearly missed also by grandchildren Sarah, Meghan, Brittania and MacKenzie Piironen. A special thanks to the caring staff at the Welland Hospital-Woolcott Wing for providing peace and comfort through his final days. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home.


The Lord called Sid home on December 18th, 2020 at the age of 60.  Loving brother of Sylvia (Henry) Boverhof, Joyce DeVries, Apie (Dianne) DeVries, Shirley Jones and Dick DeVries.  He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Sid is predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Wilma DeVries and his brother Henry DeVries.

In keeping with Sid’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


With broken hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Wesley Gilbert Wiggins on December 16th, 2020, at the tender age of 27. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered by his Mother Diana, Father Stewart (Belinda), Sister Nicole (Andrew), Grandfather Ken (Josie) and step-sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends. Pre-deceased by his grandparents Donna Rhora, Helen and Gilbert Wiggins and Uncle Bruce Sibbett.

We knew Wesley was going to be a natural athlete when his first word was “Ball”. He ran before he could crawl, had a twinkle in his eyes that matched his big smile and warned trouble was brewing. He was a prankster with a big heart who grew into a caring, empathetic man who never faltered in his love of his family and stirring things up. We love you forever.

Wesley’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Glenn at Niagara Region Master Keys, the attending emergency personnel and Rev. Russ Myers for their compassion and support at such a difficult time.

Family and friends will be welcomed at Lampman Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 from 4pm-7pm. Please call the funeral home to make an appointment at 905-892-4701 during business hours.  You must have an appointment to gain entrance to the funeral home. Masks are mandatory at this time. A private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Fenwick.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Wesley’s memory to The Boys and Girls Club of Niagara or KidSport Niagara




Donald Victor Wiley passed away suddenly at his home, in his 86th year, on Sunday, December 6, 2020. Don was born January 20, 1935 in the rural area of west St. Catharines.  He was a proud farmer and well-known member of the Rockway community.

Don will be greatly missed by his beloved wife of 64 years Bette (Walpole); his sons David (Mary), Greg, and Jamie (Sharon); and his grandchildren, Philip, Sarah and Rachel Wiley.

Don was one of six sons of George and Elsie Wiley (Davis). He was predeceased by his brothers John (Ruth), Keith (Helen) and Clair (June). He is survived by his brothers Warren (Catherine) and Bill (Barb).

Don attended Mountview Public School and St. Catharines Collegiate. He completed a year at General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan (now Kettering University), before returning home to farm in partnership with his brothers.

Don always supported innovative changes in the farming business and believed in making improvements for the future. In his 86th year, he still worked actively on the farm, as time permitted.

Don took an interest in community and fellowship, serving with various Masonic lodges, the West St. Catharines Businessmen’s Association, and the Bertie and Clinton Mutual (BCM) Insurance Board of Directors. He was an enthusiastic baseball fan and enjoyed a good game of euchre or cribbage.

Cremation has taken place, and a private family interment will follow at Rockway Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been made with Lampman Funeral Home in Fenwick. Please visit to leave an online condolence.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to the Niagara Fund of the Niagara Community Foundation, by going online, at:; or by calling 905-684-8688, extension 24.


The Lord has called home Loes, beloved wife, mom, oma and great-oma on Saturday, November 21st, 2020 at the age of 84.  She will be greatly missed by her husband of 59 years, Simon Pols. Cherished mom of Simon (Rose) Pols, Ron (Rose) Pols, Heleen (Matt) Fokkens, Andrew (Cheryl) Pols and Ken (Dana) Huizinga. Loving oma to 21 grandchildren and special great-oma to 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her daughter Anita, daughter-in-law Debbie and grandsons Mark Fokkens and Daniel Huizinga.

We give thanks to the Lord for the blessing that Loes was able to spend her last days in the comfort of her own home surrounded by those she loved. A private family interment will take place at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Wainfleet. Donations in Loes’ name made to South Niagara Life Ministries ( would be appreciated by the family.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home.  Please leave an online condolence below if you wish.


It is with sudden sadness that we announce the passing of Judy on Thursday, November 5th, 2020 in her 66th year at the Welland Hospital. She is now reunited with her husband of more than 25 years the Late Ralph Bradley. Dear mother of Leslie Bradley (Travis Crawford) and loving grandma to Julia, Lucy, Luke and Angel.  She is survived by her siblings Ernie (Susan) Aldridge, Janet (Brian) Andrey and Joy Aldridge. She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family. Judy is predeceased by her parents and by her sister Jackie Dekker.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at Lampman Funeral Home, 724 Canboro Rd, Fenwick from 1-4pm. Please call the Funeral Home to book an appointment at 905-892-4701. A private family interment will be held on November 11th, 2020 at Zion Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home.


On October 31, 2020, under a full blue moon, Anne Kardas (nee Blaszynski) made her peaceful journey to heaven. She was greeted by her loving husband Walter, their gregarious and ever smiling eldest son John and their inquisitive son Raymond. By their sides stood her loving and nurturing parents Mother Victoria (nee Fit) and Ferdinand Blaszynski along with her family of departed brothers and sisters and their spouses: Elaine (nee Blaszynski) and Bronson Pezanowski; Wanda (nee Wieczerzak) and Walter (Buzz) Blaszynski; Joseph Blaszynski, wife Mary (nee Cucuruzzo) and eldest son Joey along with Kitty (nee Jarvis) and Stan Blair (Blaszynski) all joined in spirit to welcome her back home.

Anne was born in Koniowka, Poland on May 25, 1921 the eldest of seven siblings. Anne left their beautiful mountain property in Poland and emigrated to Canada as a young teen with her mother and then 3 siblings to join their father for a difficult pioneer life in Canada.

After raising a family, Anne graduated nursing along with her classmate and soon to be lifelong friend Martha Bruno, where she worked in the emergency department of the Welland hospital until she retired. As testament to her strength and determination, Anne remained living in Fenwick at the matrimonial home of her and Walter until just weeks before she resigned to bring herself to the hospital and leave her body.

Anne will always be remembered as the queen of family and fashion and ever so keen, she kept her faculties to the very end, having a stack of books beside her at the Port Colborne hospital where she finally left us.

She is lovingly remembered and fondly missed by her brother John also of Fenwick his wife Elsie (Baschuk) Blaszynski, and her sister Mary (Blaszynski) and husband Paul Moroz; daughter in law Dale (nee Adams) Kardas and their children Nicholas and Zoe; her grandchildren, Steven (Susan) Shawn and Sheri (Doug), and Krista , and 3 great grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to all the caregivers, relatives, friends, volunteers and professionals, her brother John for his patient care and service and a deep heartfelt bow of gratitude to our special extended family member Serge for his special care and duty right to the end; Raymond and Dale’s dear friends, John and Debbie Gamble for their kindness, and most especially the Care coordinators and the LHIN who provided emotional and practical support to all who were involved with Anne and who in their own way contributed to the love and care of Anne during her diamond years. Without the dedicated and consistent support of the teams of nurses, PSW workers and a myriad of 911 workers, she would not have been able to live out her fierce independence for the last years with so much care and dignity.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to make a donation to the LHIN, Community Support Services of Niagara or any local charity of your choice.

There will not be visitation however, those who wish, may leave a condolence by visiting the Lampman Funeral Home website.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 6, 2020 at her home parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 834 Canboro Rd., Fenwick. Rite of Committal at Holy Cross Cemetery in Welland. Due to Bereavement Authority of Ontario regulations attendance at the church is restricted to 30% of capacity. Once the limit has been reached, no one else will be admitted. Masks are mandatory.




John “Johnny” Sabo passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Portal Village, Port Colborne just 2 weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.

John was born October 29, 1927 in the township of Wainfleet, ON and resided there his entire life.

John is survived by his daughters Sharon McMillan (Jim), Sandra and his son Leslie, his grandsons Ian McMillan (Shauna), Graeme McMillan (Lauren), Travis Sabo, his granddaughter Chantal Sabo (Eric) and the sparkle in his eye his great granddaughter Nora James (Graeme), his brother Donald (Colleen), brothers in law Gordon Poth, Richard (Lorraine) Poth and his friend of many years Dawn Minor.

He is predeceased by his parents Joseph and Teresa Sabo (Ott), his beloved wife Eleanor (Poth), his in-laws Joseph and Helen (Buscis) Poth, siblings George, Joseph, Mary, Steve, Louis, Frank, Elizabeth “Betty”, Rose, Anne, Irene, Helen and sister in law Geraldine (Gordon) Poth.

John’s family was one of the earliest European settlers in Wainfleet. They settled into this farming community in the early 1900’s and were involved in many aspects of the township’s growth.

Although John was an avid farmer raising chickens, cattle and beef for both home consumption and commercial sale and gardener of sweet corn, tomatoes and his walnut trees, John also worked for over 37 years at the now closed Nickel Plant in Port Colborne and TRW Products in St. Catharines.

John’s great love was spending time on one of his many tractors whether Massy Ferguson or Kubota. These tractors played an important role in many well-loved family & friend adventures, such as driving hay rides and helping family and friends collect Christmas greenery from his white pine stand. John also enjoyed hosting a number of pig roasts on his family farm.

John canvassed for over 20 years for the Heart & Stroke in Wainfleet and was honoured for his many successful canvasses.

John also travelled extensively with friend Ross, grandsons Ian & Graeme and his daughters. A well-loved trip was a return to Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe with his daughters where he celebrated his 79th birthday.

John will be fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews and his many euchre friends throughout the region. He also had a special friend he played many cribbage games with.

The family wishes to thank all the staff of Portal Village for their compassionate and attentive care of John these past 2 years. Special mention needs to be made of Portal Village nursing staff, Para med Palliative care team and Dr. Scher. Their caring assistance at this challenging time has lessened the pain of John’s passing.

In lieu of flowers donations directed to the Heart Function Clinic or the Thrombosis Clinic at the Hamilton General Site of Hamilton Health Sciences will be greatly appreciated by the family.

Cremation has taken place. A private funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church in Wainfleet. A private family interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Welland. A celebration of life to bring together all of John’s family and friends will be planned for a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home in Fenwick. Please visit to leave an online condolence.

“John will always be remembered for his kind, gentle smile.”


**Donations in John’s memory may be made online at or by calling Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation at 905-522-3863**