JOHNSTON, Aleda Ruth Matilda (Ratcliffe)

JOHNSTON, Aleda Ruth Matilda (Ratcliffe)

June 13, 1925 – January 17, 2015

It is with saddened hearts that Aleda’s family

announce her passing on Saturday, January 17th after

a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Aleda was in her 90th

year and is survived by 5 Children: Glen (Wil) of

Welland; Sharon (Terry Silcox) of Winnipeg, MB;

Barry (Deb) of Port Colborne; Tom of Welland; and

Sandra (Gavin Jung) of Calgary, AB; 10

Grandchildren: Melissa (Derek Kirkpatrick) of

Welland; Jeff (Laura) of Mebane, NC; Jeremy (Laurie)

of Hamilton; Jeremy (Megan), Steven (Melissa), and

Nathan all of Winnipeg, MB; Jory (Adam Martin) of

Welland; Amanda (Robert Flintoft) of Wainfleet;

Leslie (fiancé, Jeremy Slak) of St. Catharines; and

Sierra of Calgary, AB; and 12 Great Grandchildren:

Avonlea, Jack, and McKenna of Mebane, NC; Joseph,

Nate, Katie and Abby of Hamilton; Emily of

Winnipeg, MB; William of Welland; Russell, George

and Victor of Wainfleet. Aleda is also survived by her

sister Kaye Thompson of Markdale, ON; brothers-in-

law: Murray (Jeannie) of Niagara Falls, and Larry

(Sandra) of Toronto and sisters-in-law Bernice (Ed

Taras) of Whitby and Linda Johnston of St.

Catharines. Aleda was predeceased by her husband

Russell (April 2014), her parents William and Della

Ratcliffe, her brother Mac and several brothers- and


Aleda was born in Vandeleur, near Markdale, ON

where there are still many nieces and nephews and

their families. Aleda was involved with the Ladies

group and kitchen committee at Rosedale Baptist

Church for many years. The family would like to

thank the staff of Rapelje Lodge for their care and for

keeping her comfortable even up to her last hours.

Aleda was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and

great-grandmother with a kind heart, loving nature

and generous spirit. She will be fondly remembered

and missed by all those who knew her.

Cremation has taken place as arranged by


Fenwick, ON L0S 1C0.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial service for Aleda

will be held in the late spring followed by a private

interment at Hillside Cemetery in Ridgeville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Alzheimer Society of Canada at

or The Welland Eastdale Alumni Association (for the

students of Eastdale High School) at

4 thoughts on “JOHNSTON, Aleda Ruth Matilda (Ratcliffe)

  • On my way to spend the day basking in the sun whilst riding waves in the ocean, the world stopped when word came that Aunt Aleda passed away earlier today. It was with a heavy heart and silent remembrance for this magnificent woman that I walked into that ocean.
    The waves made a majestic roar as they climbed high and crashed with such power and beauty. The sky was such a crisp blue I was in aww. This life is so precious and we have so much to be thankful for. My condolences to all of us who were lucky enough to know and love Aleda.
    I will be flying back and attending the funeral. Pls keep me posted with details. I’m bringing sincere love filled hugs.

  • I am deeply distraught over the passing of a great person, a great aunt will be missed.Your Condolence

  • We were so sorry to hear of Aleda’s passing. She will be missed. Please accept our condolences,
    Donna(Johnston)Ted Holmes, Gordon and Ann Johnston and May(Johnston)Wayne Watts.

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