Benner Funeral Services
Fort Erie, Ontario

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Giuseppe Toppazzini
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Giuseppe "Bepi" Toppazzini. Surrounded by love, Bepi passed away peacefully at Douglas Memorial Hospital on Thursday, December 13, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was 92. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Iole, as well as his sons Danny, Eddie (Loredana), Randy, and David (Laura). His is also survived by his 11 grandchildren: Marlo, Patrick, Kristina, Jacob, Matthew, Alex, Sophia, Julia, Ryan, Natalie and Ava. He was our beloved Nono and will be missed beyond measure. Born and raised in San Daniele del Fruili, a small town in northern Italy, Giuseppe grew up the son of the local shoemaker, Vittorio, and his wife, Madelena. In 1950, Giuseppe left the old country, his parents and 3 sisters, Ada, Elsa and Mariucci, and moved to Fort Erie, Ontario where he married Iole and started his family. After settling in Fort Erie, Bepi began working for Guy Violino Construction before eventually starting at Horton CBI, where he would ultimately retire from 30 years later. He loved his time there and remembered those days fondly. Bepi was always active and much to the dismay of his wife, was still riding his bicycle and downhill skiing well into his 80s! He lived his life to the fullest and took nothing for granted. Giving up his season's pass to Kissing Bridge was one of the great sources of sadness in his life. As he got older, he'd dream of the slopes and would often wake up in the morning to tell anyone who would listen that he was in the Alps the previous night. He was a dreamer and we loved him for it. Above all else, Bepi loved his family. He would carry the names of his grandchildren on a small piece of paper in his wallet so as to not forget anyone should the opportunity arise to brag about them. He could always be counted on to be in the crowd cheering everyone on and supporting them in whatever they did. He loved and was loved well in return. He will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you to Dr Scher and all the nurses at DMH, as well as the team at the Niagara Falls Dialysis Unit, who were so kind, compassionate and helpful over the past couple years. Visitation will be held at Benner Funeral Home on Sunday, December 16 from 1pm-4pm and 6pm-9pm. A funeral mass will be held at St Michael's Catholic at 11am December 17 with a reception to follow at Bridgewater Golf and Country Club.
Elizabeth Packer
PACKER, Elizabeth Catherine Elizabeth passed away at Millennium Trail Manor on December 1, 2018 at the age of 94. Predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years, Frank Packer (2017). Devoted mother of Bill (Ginette) and Robert (Karen) and cherished grandmother of Gregory and Kevin. Born in Hamilton on August 20, 1924, Betty Upper grew up in Welland, where she became a life-long member of the "Oakwood Avenue Girls." After briefly living and working in Thorold and Buffalo, she and Frank settled in Fort Erie where her talents as a homemaker and mother truly blossomed. In her later years she became an avid golfer, spending many summers in the company of her friends in the Rio Vista ladies league. Her loving, caring ways will be greatly missed by the family that was so fortunate to have had her in their lives. Benner Funeral Services has been entrusted with private family arrangements.
Glenda Forbes
Forbes : Glenda Glenda passed away at home on December 2nd 2018 at the age of 69. Predeceased by her parents Earl and Marion Forbes and her sister Gaye Lapp. Cherished aunt of Rachel (Doug) Holmes and Alvin Lapp. Proud great aunt to Cameron, Cody, Hailey and Tye. Predeceased by great nephew Braydon. Glenda was a long time employee with the Town of Fort Erie. Benner Funeral Services 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. Family and friends are welcome to share stories and visit from 2-4 on Friday December 7th. A service to celebrate Glenda's life will take place at 4 pm. If so desired, donations to the SPCA would be appreciated by the family.
Waldo Robley
Born Sept 24, 1934 in Pictou N.S., Waldo passed away at the Douglas Memorial Hospital on November 28th 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife Marilyn Theresa. Always in hearts of his children John and Marilyn (Patrick) Dunn. Proud grandfather of Tracy (Colin) Bodley, Shelly (Jeff) McGregor and great grandchildren, Braydon, Jonathon, Allison, Eric, Katlyn, Alex and Chloe and 2 great-great grandchildren, Ariel and Lincoln. Predeceased by his siblings. He will be fondly remembered by his extended family and his many friends. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie entrusted with arrangements. The family will receive friends on Monday December 3rd from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be held at the St. Paul's Anglican Church on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. Burial and a reception will follow. If making memorial contributions, the family would appreciate you considering St. Paul's Anglican Church Building Fund.
Dorothy Gillespie
Gillespie: Dorothy Helen "nee Mark" Dorothy passed away at the Welland General Hospital on November 28th, 2018 in her 85th year. Beloved wife of the late Lloyd. Loving mother of Kenneth, Linda (Larry) Sherk and Jennifer (Dave) Collison. Proud grandmother of Mandy (Matt) Klassen, Mitchell Sherk, Brittany Sherk and Brianna Collison. Survived by her brother Don Mark and Sister Edith Gillespie. Predeceased by her other siblings, Dorothy is survived by a large extended family Private family services have been entrusted to Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie. If so desired, donations to the Golden Harvest Baptist Church would be appreciated by the family.
Hellmuth Berger
BERGER, Hellmuth - It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Hellmuth Berger after he bravely endured a four month struggle with illness. He was a devoted husband to Caroline (nee Webb) for 55 years and a dear and loving father to Robert, Suzanne, Patrick and Elizabeth. He was an affectionate and friendly father-in-law to Annette, Katherine, Paul, and Sarosh and was delighted with his 10 wonderful grandchildren, Christopher, Gianna, Nicholas, Stephanie, Elena, Connor, Isaak, Lilly, Sam and Max. Hellmuth (Hal) was born on December 30, 1928 in Salzburg, Austria to Johann and Rosa Berger. He immigrated to Canada in 1951 and lived in Niagara Falls where there were several families he knew from Austria. Over the next few years he took different jobs until he was proficient in English and had saved enough money to go to University. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1959. While at St. Lawrence Cement Co., in Clarkson he met the love of his life, Caroline. On June 29, 1963 they married. Hal's employment in the cement, mining and steel industries took them to many locations in Canada, the United States and South Africa. Hal was a highly respected engineer, working in a career that he loved and in which he took great pride. In his leisure time he liked reading, researching science articles on the internet and morning walks along the Niagara River with his dog Scottie. He also enjoyed summer trips to the cottage, especially if the children and grandchildren were there. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Benner Funeral Services (1105 Benner Ave., Fort Erie) has been entrusted with arrangements. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive visitors on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-2 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life in the Chapel at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Parkinson Canada or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.
Susan Salzer
Salzer, Susan Aleida (nee Reddick) Sue Salzer, age 75, of Fort Erie, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on November 24th, 2018. Susan was born in Smith Falls, Ontario to William and Theodora Reddick on July 2nd, 1943. She graduated from the University of Guelph in 1965 and then moved to Welland in 1966 to raise her family. She and her husband, Joe Salzer, relocated to the town of Fort Erie, where she has lived for 30 years. Sue had a passion for community organization, and most notably was pivotal in founding the Friendship Festival and Yellow Shirt Brigade to save the local hospitals. Susan Salzer is predeceased by her husband, Josef Salzer and her parents. She was a devoted wife and daughter. She will be dearly missed by her sister Mary Reddick of Fort Erie, daughters Jodi Dockman (Scott Wade) of Whitby, Michele Staples (Greg) of Welland, Samantha Gillam (Kevin) of Saucier, Mississippi, her grandchildren Alyssa, Matthew, Madison, Ellie and Graeme and her dear friend Carol Lawley. Sue lived her life always promoting the care and love of animals and she was a caring owner of many dogs over the years. We ask that any donations be made to the Fort Erie SPCA for animal protection. Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave., entrusted with arrangements. Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on Thursday November 29th, followed by a short service in the chapel at the funeral home.
Cecil Bennett
BENNETT, Cecil Allen - 1936-08-06 to 2018-11-19 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cecil Allen Bennett. Cecil leaves behind his loving companion Anne Shipp of 13 years, as well as his children: Lynda (Sterling), Jim (Tammy), Joanne (Dave), Cecil Jr. (Miki), Max (Terry) and his grandchildren: David (April), Beth-Ann (Matt), Bret, Cecil Jr., Josh, Crystal (Jamie), Brad, Theresa (Jose), Tyler, Jocelyne (Aaron), Robert (Diane), as well as his great grandchildren: Gavyn, Logan, Hunter, Emma, Ethan, Alex, Kurtis, Robert Jr., his nieces and nephews: Jennifer (Sherry), Elizabeth (Mike), Ross and David and his Furry Companion: Diego. Predeceased by his wife Betty Bennett (2005), daughter Terry Ryczak (2017), grandson Kenneth Ryczak (2002), parents Clara and Delmer Bennett and sister Betty Grooms (1986). Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1st at the Canadian Corps. 70 West St. Port Colborne from 1 to 4 p.m.